Paul Brosnan was a traveler from New York to Kerala. He was an academic person as well as a cross-country traveler who worked for the United Nation. He was visiting Kerala with a mission to attend a peace awareness program on behalf of the United Nations, where he worked.
It was a happy day for Meenama, an old lady staying in the town of Vaikom in Kerala. She was one of the invitees to this program. Her father Aadidev was being facilitated. The committee is Ernakulam who organized the program on United Nations Day which Paul Brosman was attending, had decided to pay respect to Aadidev for his peace awareness initiatives. Since he is no longer alive, his daughter, Meenama was to receive the award on his behalf.
Aadidev had been a local school teacher during World War II and had tried within his limited capacity to help the families of those soldiers from their village who died during the war. He was known in the village as a man who always helped others and promoted peace. He used to preach to his students that fighting a war can bring no good to anyone. It causes hindrance to growth and prosperity. This brought him fame and he became well known for his teachings in Vaikom and other neighboring places.
On the United Nations Day, Meenama, dressed in her best saree, was escorted by her family to the venue of the program. During the program, Paul Brosman handed over a memento to Meenama and passed her father for his contributions. Meenama felt elated. She had never dreamt that one day she will be receiving a memento for her father from someone from the United Nations! It was a great honor and one which she would remember until the last day of her life. Her eyes filled with tears thinking about what a great father she had.
After all, ‘The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism’, is the theme of this UN Day – 24th October, 2020
Note: This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to a person living or otherwise may be purely coincidental