healthy relationship with neighbours always helps us
to ease out many tensions and misunderstandings. It
paves the way for troublefree and peaceful co-living
in the community. But, in these days of rapid urbanisation,
demanding work schedules, we don't have much time for
domestic matters. We leave home early in the morning
and get back only in late nights. And there is little
scope for interaction with neighbours. In case of families
living in apratments, the interaction is not all that
frequent. It is pity that we live in the same locality
or apartment without knowing families living around
us. On the contrary if we get to know our neighbours
well we can build up community spirit among our fellow
residents, so that all neighbours can work together
to everybody's benefit. Keeping these things in mind
here is a day - International Good Neighbour Day.
Some of the Hyderabadis celebrated the International
Good Neighbour Day on May 20. But this was confined
to small locality as only few people were involved in
it. The day is celebrated on different dates in different
countries. For instance in USA it is September 24 and
in U.K. it is May 7. The day is meant for promoting
a return to neighbourliness in the community.
'achhe padosi' (good neighbours) six couples from
old city celebrated the Good Neighbours Day in Hyderabad.
"If Martyr's Day is a proper and glorious
tribute to the many members of the freedom movement,
who sacrificed their lives to defend the country",
I feel that as Indians, and Hyderabadis, we should also
celebrate the Good Neighbours Day to keep the positive
spirit of good neighbourliness on", said Mr.
Praveen Jain, who was instrumental in initiating
good neighbourly relations in his neighbourhood in Shalibabda.
It is a day to acknowledge our relationship to our neighbours
on our street, in our community and in the rest of the
country, he added.
Mr. Praveen & Mrs. Sangeeta; Mr. Ashok & Mrs.
Padma; Mr. Kishore & Mrs.Varsha; Mr. Nilesh &
Mrs.Swapna; Mr.Kushal & Mrs.Kalpana; Mr.Manoj &
Mrs.Rekha, all in their thirties, who have been celebrating
each others wedding anniversaries for the past six years
without break unitedly, now jumped on to community development.
All the six couples unitedly appealed to people all
around the state and country to plan ways to make future
Neighbour Days festive, peaceful and neighbourly celebrations
in their communities.
says, he has already spent Rs.15000 trying to kick-start
the Neighbour's Day in Hyderabad, which has largely
been a one- man initiative. He is thinking of lining
up sponsor for next year. He has one thing definitely
on his mind to celebrate neighbour day differently.
On May 20, 2002, the six couples will give away 12,000
free random kindness rose buds, one dozen per person
to the first 1000 people in twin cities of Hyderabad
and Secunderabad. But, they will give those rosebuds
on one condition, that you keep one stem for yourself
and give the other to eleven people in the spirit of
the day. When giving each person a rose, you have to
introduce yourself and get to know someone new. "Anybody
can initiate the Neighbourhood day by giving a rose
to your neighbour as a gesture of friendship and love.
This is a wonderful way to know your neighbours or get
to know them better. The gift of flowers to the local
community is to highlight the spirit of being a good
neighbour and to encourage random kindness throughout
the city", said Mr. Praveen Jain. Hope this
small initiative of celebrating Good Neighbour Day,
may just blossom into garden full of random kindness
throughout the Andhra Pradesh state and hopefully the
country and beyond.
Interested persons who wished to participate in the
Neighbourhood Day celebration may contact Praveen Jain
on Phone: 474 2713 Cell: 98480 11611.