‘Daan Utsav’, the festival of giving
I have always believed that there’s nothing more beautiful than sharing the gift of happiness with people around you.
In our extremely busy and goal-driven lives, we have to seek happiness in the little things we do to make our life experience fulfilling.
But the point is, this happiness comes from within and is incomplete without the people around us.
That’s exactly what I had in mind when I discussed with my husband Vishal about doing something different for my domestic help, my household’s lifeline, Leela.
Leela has been with us since the last 5 years and is one of the most sincere, diligent, honest and warmhearted persons I have come across.
Over the years, she has developed a very special bond with my 11-year old son and we lovingly call her ‘Leela Tai’.
Her husband works in a jewellery store and between the both of them they collectively earn about Rs. 20,000 per month. They don’t have kids, but they earnestly are trying to have one. Despite this, Leela always has a positive outlook towards life.
Leela and I share a great comfort level and she often shares her challenges in managing her household expenses, especially the high expenditure on medical treatment, even for the normal fever and seasonal ailments. In certain months, it gets extremely difficult and they have a hand-to-mouth situation and as a result, they tend to defer all medical treatment due to lack of funds.
So, this Diwali, I decided to gift my Leela the gift of health insurance.
I helped her in identifying a suitable health insurance plan for her and her family, and my husband’s colleagues were our guiding light.
[I wrote about how I helped Leela with her health insurance. You can read more of this story, over here.]
The Need for Health Insurance and Coverfox
It was incidental, that Vishal my husband, is Director-Operations at Coverfox. When I discussed my plans with him, he agreed with my sentiments. But he had something else in mind too — to make as many people as possible aware of this.
I’ve read this in the newspaper several times that as little as 20 percent of the Indian population (of 1.3 billion) actually has a health insurance. And in a country like India, these figures just reflect the financial risk with which most people are living.
In our little social circles, we discuss about buying health insurance plans. But what about those who don’t know about it, and that it could help them handle massive hospital bills in case of a medical emergency?
I wanted to Leela to know about this, and Coverfox wanted to spread this message to others around.