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Diamond trader with heart of gold

By YS Chan

READING the report of an Indian tycoon who organised a mass wedding for fatherless brides warmed the cockles of my heart.

While others may be impressed with lavish Indian weddings by some of the ultra-rich, I found them disgusting and hope that such extravagance would not become a curse, as newly married couple deserves blessing from everyone.

I salute Mahesh Savani for organising mass weddings annually for fatherless brides from poor families, totaling 700 since 2012.

This time, he performed the Hindu wedding ritual of ‘Kanyadaan’ – the practice of giving away one’s daughter in marriage for 236. Each received gifts of gold and household items worth 500,000 rupees (RM33,030) to help them start married life.

Amazingly, his two sons also got married in the mass wedding event, making the ceremony for 238 couples.

Mahesh Savani could have spent all on his two sons but instead he continued with his charity. He is bound to receive God’s blessings and from all who knows what he has done.

To me, he is richer than all his wealth and a great inspiration for all, particularly to the 700 fatherless bride he has helped in their hour of need.

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