Pune: While Maharashtrian households were relishing on the sumptuous ‘puran poli’, celebrating Holi, the festival of good over evil, Prajakta Rudravar, member of Robinhood army, a volunteer association, was busying collecting ‘puran polis’ for the underprivileged and poor children and people.
“Instead of offering the puran polis to the fire, please collect them at the boxes kept near the fire,” she appealed.
Prajakta came up with the idea of spreading love and food to the underprivileged children and people in the streets and slums. Prajakta, along with her team, started sharing the idea to keep a puran poli donation box near Holika Dahan on the eve of the festival in many housing societies, including Celestial City in Ravet, Shubhashree Residency in Akurdi, Vignaharta Society in Nigdi, Nano Homes and Midtown Society in Ravet, Dwarkadish Residency in Pimpri, Vardhman Heights in Kalewadi, Shantiban Society in Chinchwad, Greens Society and Swiss Country
The Puran poli drive was a huge hit when more than 1,200 puran poli donors participated in the same. “It was satisfying to see the collection of food. There were people who gave 5 puran polis, while some even gave 150. Our team of 29 Robins distributed more than 1,030 puran polis in different slums and construction work sites. Along with puran polis, people also donated ghee, papad, pakode, rice, daal, jalebi, kheer and much more. It was a great experience to see those happy
faces,” said Rudravar.
“It was a lovely initiative taken up by Prajakta, and it feels great to see such a good response at such short notice. My family and I participated whole-heartedly by putting 11 puran polis in the donation box,” said Ketaki Naidu, a homemaker and a resident of Celestial City.