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Meena Manek - This 63-YO Mumbai Woman Makes Us Believe In Power Of Giving As She Has Been Cooking For Orphans For 15 Years

63-year-old Meena Manek wakes up in the wee hours every Sunday, or sometimes even stays up all night to feed about 400 people every Sunday. She has been doing this for about 14 years now and is determined to continue this work for a long time.

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Every Sunday, about three orphanages and one old age home receive breakfast from Meena Manek and her group of friends. Some orphanages house blind children as well.

"We usually get funds from people who want to help out the needy and poor. Sometimes, we adjust with our own money if the funds run low," Manek tells us.

"Mothers prepare meals that their children demand. Those without parents do not have that luxury. Taking care of that has what's kept me going for almost 15 years now and could keep me going for 50 more," Manek shares.

Manek, mother of two, and grandmother of one, has a group of friends of about 10-12 people, who regularly volunteer every Sunday and go to all the orphanages to give lip-smacking dishes to the kids and elders alike. Manek begins at 7 am on a Sunday from her residence in Kandivali East to the shelters in Andheri.

"I try to give as much of variety to kids as I can. Poha, Upma, Batata Vada, Chaat like Bhel Puri and Pani Puri, Chhole Samosa, Potato Sabzi and Poori, etc," Manek informs. The amount of effort that goes into making a Pani Puri or Batata Vada is known to all those who cook. However, Manek manages to make about 40 Kgs of Batata Vada on some Sundays.

"The Pani Puri we make costs as much as Rs. 5,000 because we use the best quality ingredients," she informed. And in a case of having Pav Bhaji on the menu, she wakes up at 3 am in the night and with some help from family, and readies everything by 7 am. news/india/this-63-yo-makes- us-believe-in-power-of-giving- as-she-has-been-cooking-for- orphans-for-15-years-275569. html

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