It is believed that during a time of crisis, a helping hand is better than praying lips. Kashmiri Borkakati Nath from Guwahati has been successful in justifying these words.
Kashmiri is a renowned chef cum food expert, food blogger, founder of Northeast Food Forum and Kata Foods.
It was once in the month of April when Kashmiri received a call requesting her to deliver food for a Covid patient who was in isolation. She then put up a message on all her social media platforms with a will to help people. Immediately after that, she received an overwhelming response from people.
She then made up her mind to start distributing free food among each and everyone who requested her. Most of them were Covid patients, some were in quarantine and some were aged and were unable to cook.
Started on 21 April 2021 with an initial 20 plates of protein-rich diet (including soya beans, chicken and lentils) along with home-made curd, Kashmiri has delivered more than 10,000 plates of lunch and dinner to the people till date.
In an interview with Fit Northeast, Kashmiri Borkakati Nath said that the journey of cooking and delivering free food to the needy people was full of challenges but the entire process became easy as many people offered their helping hand.
"Initially, there were some people who could not decide and asked thousand questions regarding the food delivery and other details. But as time passed everyone accepted it", told Kashmiri as she was talking to this journalist.
Many other people voluntarily came out to help Kashmiri in this initiative. Some helped in distributing food among the ones who ordered, some contributed rice and vegetables, some helped in preparing and packaging of the food.
Following the first step by Kashmiri, many other people voluntarily came out to help her in this initiative. There were some people, who helped in distributing food among the ones who ordered, some contributed rice and vegetables, some came down to her place and helped in preparing and packaging of the food.
She even expressed her gratefulness to Hotel Palacio and Poddar Car World for their immense help in this effort.
Talking about the challenges she said, "The people who took responsibility for delivery of the prepared food had to go to almost 80 different directions per day and strictly ensured that the food reached the particular person who ordered it. It was fixed that the lunch had to reach the people before 1 PM and the people who delivered the food reported to me at around 4 PM after all the deliveries were done".
She also mentioned that since she prepared the meal in her home and there was a limitation of space and helping hands, so Hotel Palacio has been offering the rice for the last one month and she is preparing the lentil and other items.
Kashmiri started the processing work at 5 am and the food was ready by 11 am every day. They even distributed medicines among the people who asked for.
Financial help was also received from friends, family, well-wishers who made the work smoother.
Kashmiri expressed her happiness for the moments when the people thanked her after receiving the healthy food prepared with love and good wishes. She expressed her joy and happiness and that she is really grateful to God for giving her a chance to serve humanity during this hard time.