U for Uganda: For the love of SRK!

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“Legs off the sofa, or you don’t get pasta!”
“It’s ok Mommy. I don’t want pasta,” says my seven year old, matter-of-factly.

Now that’s unexpected. Pasta has always, ALWAYS worked before. I ponder a change in strategy when he scoots over and forks in a mouthful of penne.

Uganda is in Africa, Mommy. It’s a poor country,” he says between bites. “I’m going to help the people there.” My heart swells with pride at this.

“… meet Shah Rukh Khan there,” he exclaims, cheese dripping off the corner of his mouth. My little one, all grown up, helping the impoverished … wait, what? Where did Shah Rukh Khan come from?

“Shah Rukh Khan? In Uganda?”
“Yeah Mommy. Ms. Nadia said Ugandans don't have enough electricity. He lit that light bulb in that movie, remember? So he can help, no?” Face palm. Scratch WHO and Red Cross. My son is more enamoured by the Bollywood actor’s role in a movie where he generated electricity for a village.

“Then they can watch Doraemon too,” he continues.
I console myself with the thought that hopefully, his empathy for the kids of Uganda outweighs his fascination with the cheesy actor. 

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Uganda continues to struggle with power generation and distribution. Hydroelectric power generation is now being looked at one of the top possible solutions to the problem. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/power-shortages-plague-uganda-2012-01-17

I would love to hear your views!


  1. The fact that your son even talks about impoverished people in a foreign country is a big plus. They're grown people who could not care less no matter which celebrity might be involved. I see a future humanitarian with a love of cartoons and noodles. Nothing wrong with that. :)

    1. LOL, thanks Sheena. The story woven around the concept is pure fiction. Including the characters. Though the thoughts do resonate! :) Thanks much!

  2. You're not going to be liked for calling shah rukh cheesy XP
    Firstly saakshi will stop letting you impersonate her! LOL

    The Doraemon bit is cute. But I hate that cartoon, especially in Hindi!!

    1. Hey, I'm not saying that. The mother in the story is :P Saakshi, <3
      I have never watched Doraemon you know! But I see the fascination kids have! So it kind of fit!

  3. Aww! He has got his heart at the right place! It's the thought that matters, so what if it is inspired by SRK :)

    1. That is true! Sometimes I feel kids are the most compassionate of all. After animals! Adults get corrupted!

  4. THe little one has a heart of GOLD.. I hope SRK reads this and does actually do something for the kids in africa :)


    1. Hehehe, if only wishes were horses! :) Thanks, Bikram!


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