This article chronicles the journey of Sindhutai- from an outcast to 'Mai'.
When you treat everyone around you with love and kindness, you finally get to know that the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb! This is the lesson we can learn from the life of Sindhutai Sapkal. She nurtured a family of more than 1050 orphans, even though she was herself financially struggling after her husband and her mother refused to give her shelter. Tag along with us as we chronicle the journey of Sindhutai- from an outcast to 'Mai'.
The Mother of Orphans!
Born in 1948 in Wardha, Maharashtra, Sindhutai was married at the tender age of 12 to a man who was older than her, by more than a decade. A victim of domestic violence, she was refused shelter even by her own mother when she knocked on her door, seeking help with a newborn daughter in her arms.
Blessed with a natural flair for singing, Sindhutai resorted to begging for alms for survival. Her dejected situation caused her to empathise with orphans she met and she poured all her motherly love and affection into taking care of them. She fed them food and nurtured them and today, she has a family of 207 sons-in-law and 36 daughters-in-law.
A legacy for generations to remember
For her social work, Sindhutai Sapkal has been honoured with more than 750 awards which include- Nari Shakti Award (2017) by President Kovind, All Grassroots Woman of The Decade Achievers Award (2014) by Venkaiah Naidu- Honorable Union Minister of Parliamentary and Ahilyabai Holkar Award (2010) by the Government of Maharashtra.
Further, her life has been immortalised in the 2010 Marathi film "Mee Sindhutai Sapkal" by Anant Mahadevan, which was also selected for the world premiere at the 54th London Film Festival. She was also a contestant in the 11th season of Kaun Banega Crorepati.
Sindhutai has taught us all a lesson in humanity, which is the need of the hour! One of her adopted children is pursuing a PhD on a topic that explores her life. Let's hope that the results of this research can help us all become better, kinder human beings and make this planet a happier place for all human beings!