Jayant Bhole and his family have joined an increasing rank of Indians who choose to forgo extravagant weddings in favour of helping the society. Rather than spend it on festivities, the family from Maharashtra has donated a sum of ₹ 1,70,000 to a village in the state, to help with various civic needs.
In a Facebook post, Jayant said that the wedding of Tanmay, his son, and Poonam, which took place on February 11, would be devoid of the trappings one usually expects from grand weddings in India. The money instead would be spent on the needs of the Varkhede village in Jalgaon District in the state.
He said, “We are going to forgo all the pomp and splendour of a grand wedding. It will only be attended by a few people. We won’t be accepting any dowry or extravagant gifts and there won’t be any firecrackers or band or DJ or horses. We are going to use the money to develop our village…and we would love to have your blessings on this happy occasion.”
One of the initiatives that the family has undertaked is the installation of an R.O plant to ensure the village and its residents have access to purified and filtered water.
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The village has long suffered from a problem of having to make do with muddy water, until the Bhole family decided to step in and help. Jayant also noted that this was done with the encouragement of those around him including his son, the groom.
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The family has handed over the cheque to the village sarpanch, and work is likely to begin soon. And one village no longer has to worry about their water supply and its quality thanks to the generosity of the Bhole family.