Dr Uday Modi runs a free tiffin service for the abandoned elderly, and is considered a son to them all. Operating out of Bhayander, Mumbai, Modi’s ‘Shravan Tiffin Service’ owes its origin to one humbling moment nine years ago.
When his 78-year-old patient confessed how he couldn’t afford money for food let alone for his wife’s medication, Dr Uday Modi decided to ease not just his patient’s suffering, but do something that would help feed all those in need without any quid pro quo.
With the sole motive of helping those discarded by their own children, the doctor took the entire operational and financial burden upon himself. Under his dutiful care, not even a single day of delivery has been missed since the service’s inception.
Operating out of the doctor’s own kitchen and assisted by his wife Kalpana, Shravan tiffin service tells an emotionally riveting tale of selflessness. What started out small gathered momentum and attention from the community as well as the media, which only helped the tiffin service grow from a handful of tiffins to nearly 200 with donations of every form pouring in from friends and family.
“My chest swells with pride when my kids come back and give me tiny bits of their savings to be put in for the seva. Lots of people come forward and support, I am sure it will go on, and with the grace of god, we will be able to reach out to more and more helpless elderly,” the doctor told NDTV.
The tiffin usually consists of 6-8 Chapatis with dal, rice, and a curry, ensuring not only satiety but essential nutrition for the body. On the weekends the doctor includes a savoury Gujarati dessert called Farsan on the menu.
Dr Modi personally oversees the preparation of the food in the kitchen, tasting each item as it is prepared, paying special attention to hygiene (being a doctor at heart) and even ensuring that food for diabetics is prepared separately—such is his devotion.
His goal is to reach out to as many elderly people as possible and as if showing us just how angelically relentless he is, he’s shared his next humanitarian venture, where he aims to not only feed the needy but also shelter them.
No matter how noble the enterprise, it still requires liquidity to ensure its free-flowing operations and while he is rich at heart, Dr Modi is by no means from an affluent background. He makes ends meet by acting as a junior artist in small time teleserials to save up for the cause, as well as providing for his family at the same time.
In an era where people are self-obsessed and an individual’s needs come before all else, it is a rarity to come across somebody who redefines what it actually means to ‘be human’…