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5-Year-Old Delhi Girl Illustrates A Book On Coronavirus, Raises Rs. 1 Lakh To Help The Poor During Lockdown

Meet 5-year-old Aranya Dutt Bedi who was moved by the plight of the poor people and decided to illustrate a book and raise funds to provide for people in need

5-Year-Old Delhi Girl Illustrates A Book On Coronavirus, Raises Rs. 1 Lakh To Help The Poor During Lockdown
Highlights
  • 5-year-old Aranya has illustrated a book ‘Be calm with coronavirus’
  • Through the book, money is being raised to help the poor amid coronavirus
  • In over 2 weeks, Rs. 1 lakh has been raised to provide for people in need

New Delhi: The Novel Coronavirus induced lockdown has got the best of us. The uncertain nature of the outbreak has left people wondering about the future. But at the same time, while the privileged have the luxury to stay inside their air conditioned home, with their pantry stocked up, it’s the poor people especially daily wagers and migrant labourers who are left to the mercy of the government and the well to do people. While many of us may choose to ignore the flip side of the coronavirus, 5-year-old Aranya Dutt Bedi who noticed the plight of the poor people decided to act upon it.

The tiny tot, who is already an author of nine books, illustrated a book to raise funds to provide food and hygiene kits for the people in need. Talking to NDTV, Vijay Bedi, Aranya’s father, recalled how his daughter got the idea and said,

We have a government school close by where food distribution takes place on a daily basis. As I along with my daughters stand in the balcony, we see people lining up to get food and the queue gets so long that it reahes all the way to our house. So, Aranya has seen this harsh reality. One day she said, ‘I need to help the poor people because they don’t have any food to eat’ and asked if she can give money from her piggy bank.

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Little did Aranya knew that her tiny piggy bank won’t suffice the needs of the people. Having realised that she will need a hefty amount for the noble cause, Aranya decided to write and illustrate a book and raise funds through it.

Aranya who has been drawing ever since she has been 2.5 years old soon sprung up to work and illustrated a story of a girl Tiya who loves to be outdoors, especially during summers when she would go to the park and catch lady bugs but in an ugly turn of events, she has been forced to stay indoors. Through the story of Tiya, Aranya has also highlighted preventive and precautionary measures to protect oneself from contracting the COVID-19.

From practising social distancing, wearing a mask while venturing out, to washing hands for at least 30 seconds and coughing and sneezing etiquettes, the book titled ‘Be calm with coronavirus’ mentions it all. The book also stresses on Tiya making the most of the home quarantine by studying, baking cookies with her mother, learning piano from her teacher on a video call and other things. The book gives the message that one should not consider this lockdown as punishment; in fact, they should keep themselves busy.

5-Year-Old Delhi Girl Illustrates A Book On Coronavirus, Raises Rs. 1 Lakh To Help The Poor During Lockdown

From Aranya’s book ‘Be calm with Coronavirus’ – a lesson on social distancing

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Elaborating on how the book is being used to raise funds, Mr Bedi said,

We have partnered with two organisations – UNICEF that provides soap, hand sanitiser and other essentials and The Akshaya Patra Foundation that has been feeding people across India. I have put out all her books on my website and they are available for free download. Whoever enjoys reading ‘Be calm with coronavirus’ can make the donation to either UNICEF or The Akshaya Patra Foundation or both. The donation directly goes to these organisations.

The book was put out on April 18 and in over two weeks, the 5-year-old has raised around Rs. 1 lakh of which Rs. 52,000 have gone to The Akshaya Patra Foundation. According to the NGO, the money can either be used to serve 2,000 meals or provide 61 essential ration kits to the poor. Appreciating Aranya’s initiative, Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, said,

We are delighted, overwhelmed and immensely proud of little Aranya and her amazing act of kindness. She is a sweet young girl with the biggest heart. She is already a hero and a ray of hope in these difficult times, and we are confident she will grow up to do many more remarkable things for the country.

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Further talking about how it makes Aranya and him feel, Mr Bedi said,

For Aranya, it’s a huge relief because she thinks she is doing something for the poor. As a parent, for us, it’s a very big deal. I am blessed for her to come out with a book with such a strong message. During the lockdown, a lot of parents are sharing videos of them cooking with their kids. I think we need to go beyond that and educate our children on how sensitive the situation is and the poorest of the poor is suffering the most. The idea is it’s not about a book per se but how an individual thinks. I think we need to make sure that our children understand what poverty is and how difficult it is to live life in a city and at the same time get sensitive towards the situation.

Having achieved this, Aranya plans to illustrate more books and raise as much money as she can and help the people during this time of crisis.

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World

23,23,25,643Cases
19,46,11,603Active
3,29,58,002Recovered
47,56,038Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,23,25,643 and 47,56,038 have died; 19,46,11,603 are active cases and 3,29,58,002 have recovered as on September 28, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

3,36,97,581 18,795Cases
2,92,2067,414Active
3,29,58,002 26,030Recovered
4,47,373 179Deaths
In India, there are 3,36,97,581 confirmed cases including 4,47,373 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,92,206 and 3,29,58,002 have recovered as on September 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,44,325

41,396 32

63,64,027

1,38,902 32

Kerala

46,41,587 11,699

1,57,733 6,122

44,59,193 17,763

24,661 58

Karnataka

29,73,899 504

12,833 409

29,23,320 893

37,746 20

Tamil Nadu

26,58,923 1,657

17,261 24

26,06,153 1,662

35,509 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,47,459 618

12,482 566

20,20,835 1,178

14,142 6

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,778 6

176 0

16,86,712 6

22,890

West Bengal

15,66,865 472

7,584 99

15,40,530 556

18,751 15

Delhi

14,38,746 32

366 5

14,13,295 37

25,085

Odisha

10,24,764 444

5,102 214

10,11,482 653

8,180 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,269 27

282 3

9,91,423 30

13,564

Rajasthan

9,54,316 13

86 9

9,45,276 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,872 21

142 9

8,15,648 30

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,504 8

118 2

7,81,868 6

10,518

Haryana

7,70,825 7

329 6

7,60,686 13

9,810

Bihar

7,25,947 3

57 11

7,16,230 14

9,660

Telangana

6,65,284 216

4,585 27

6,56,785 241

3,914 2

Punjab

6,01,538 38

284 2

5,84,747 35

16,507 1

Assam

6,01,031 412

4,587 42

5,90,593 362

5,851 8

Jharkhand

3,48,198 4

79 1

3,42,986 5

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,504 14

218 8

3,35,893 22

7,393

Jammu And Kashmir

3,29,125 117

1,513 1

3,23,190 118

4,422

Himachal Pradesh

2,18,523 209

1,730 16

2,13,124 225

3,669

Goa

1,76,145 50

862 56

1,71,980 106

3,303

Puducherry

1,26,127 37

866 35

1,23,423 72

1,838

Manipur

1,20,000 116

2,111 14

1,16,042 129

1,847 1

Mizoram

90,539 1,846

15,843 358

74,394 1,481

302 7

Tripura

84,085 19

275 3

82,999 22

811

Meghalaya

80,897 108

1,752 125

77,750 230

1,395 3

Chandigarh

65,217 7

44 3

64,354 4

819

Arunachal Pradesh

54,395 43

319 4

53,802 47

274

Sikkim

31,291 25

601 11

30,303 35

387 1

Nagaland

31,167 17

426 19

30,078 35

663 1

Ladakh

20,786 5

148 8

20,431 13

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 0

10,666

4

Lakshadweep

10,361

5 0

10,305

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,619 1

11 2

7,479 3

129

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