There is no other festival like Onam which gives such a lot of nostalgic feelings. Joy and Prosperity are the keynotes that are inter-twined with the Onam Celebrations. Equality was the ultimate ingredient for the peace that prevailed in the land of King Mahabali. Every person has the right to enjoy and experience happiness on Earth. Therefore the more privileged among us cannot take it away from the poor and the oppressed, but rather we should contribute something to their happiness.
In this context, I remember Mother Teresa, whom the Vatican officially declared a Saint of the Church on 04 September, 2016. She became a legend in her own lifetime by giving herself completely for the uplift of destitutes. Mother Teresa was quick to realise that every form of discrimination - whether racial, gender or otherwise - was often the after-effect of acute poverty. Speaking to her Sisters, she said, "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." On her canonisation we pay our spiritual homage and follow her little piece of advice, "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”