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A big lesson that I’ve learned from my parents is how to be compassionate and generous. My father is generous to a fault and my mother would sometimes get annoyed because he would just do too much. I’m a lot like my father and over the years the thing I’m trying to learn is how to stay balanced in everything I do. When I like someone or a care for someone, I go all out and many a time that has come back to haunt me. It’s a tough thing to learn how to control your emotions or when to draw the line. I think the most important thing I’ve realised is how to put yourself first in a situation AND that it’s okay to look out for yourself before anyone else. Having said that, I also know what it’s like to feel absolutely helpless and not see the light at the end of the tunnel. Going through tough financial times is not easy and I’ve been there many times in my life. When my editor sent me a facebook post of the NGO Save our Strays I don’t know why it pulled my heartstrings. I was overcome with emotion and truly wanted to help. Chinmayee (my editor) has been working with SOS for over a decade and vouches for them. She’s fostered many dogs and cats and always knows that she can count on SOS for support.

I’ve started a crowdfunding campaign for them and you can contribute any amount here – https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/poojaforsos. This money will help them stay afloat and carry on doing the incredible work they do for our city’s dogs and cats.

If you’ve ever been in a situation where you really needed help and remember what that felt like – this is like that for SOS and we can help in our own little way!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart <3

Pooja

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    • Sayali

    • May 20, 2019 at 23:23 pm

    Hey pooja that was a great initiative. Ppl like u who are so famous and know whn u say ppl vll do that really vry helpful for common ppl. Even I am currently mom of 7 cats & i am just 23 though and it very difficult for us to manage like ppl around us doesnt support us they alway think I am mad creature who only loves cats and not human beings and all stuffs even i try to do something for them comments from others are so disappointing . I think every child & family should have been taught how to love pets bcz real love peace is what it is. When ppl like u so stars (my inspiration ) as I am also going for pastry chef course takes such initiative, common ppl thinks on it 🙂 hope that we all can do something for this strays. I want to do so many things for them hope one day everything vll come true and we gave a better life to strays and even pets with love and not with tension

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