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Stand-up Comedian and Proud Indian
Stand-up Comedian and Proud Indian

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The Papa CJ Happiness Project asked people to share stories of bringing smiles to others and photographs of those whom they bring joy to. Here's a wonderful story from Piyush Chopra about a little girl called Purnima (the one in the pink suit):

Read your note this morning about the Papa CJ Happiness Project and asking to share our own stories. And I remembered this group of spirited girls whom I met at the traffic signal every night on my drive home from work, until about two years ago. The first time she spoke to me, it was the season of mangoes and I was relishing fresh cut mangoes. She made me roll down the window of my car to ask for a mango. I wondered how to share and not wanting to part with my lunch box, I asked her to get a plate or paper! She told me to see her after the signal. When I stopped there, she pointed at a mango hawker and demanded a kg!!! "Meri behen log ko bhi achha lagta hai", of course!

We became friends and I would often look for her even on my drive to work in the mornings, when sometimes she would spot and wave at me from the other side of the road! Whenever she did, I knew I'd have a nice day. She would hide from me on evenings when she would have bunked school, because her little sisters would complain to me. She could count till 25 in English, and every day for several months, we practiced till 30. I remember giving her home work and then stopping for that extra second after the signal had turned green, because I wasn't done correcting it! Then I moved jobs, and had a baby, and I don't know when I saw her last. I always told my husband this girl will make a far better life for herself and her sisters, than the one she was born into. We had made many plans together, but I am the one who disappeared. You reminded me of her this morning, and I didn't write to you then because, as you asked, I wanted to share a happy photo of hers, of course with her gang of girls!!! Just came home, and thanks to google's photo assistant, found them grinning at me 🙂 This is from one of our McDonalds outings. I had randomly promised them one day that I will take them for breakfast over the weekend. Not sure if they'd even remember, I showed up the next Saturday morning, and found them glittering in their best dresses, waiting for me 🙂
I hope to go see them one of these days, will tell you more then.

- Piyush Chopra

If you have a story you'd like me to share, please email happiness@papacj.com with your stories and media and tag #PapaCJHappinessProject in your posts.
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It's always a pleasure to speak to young people on the Josh Talks platform. Here's a teaser from my last session in Kanpur (a chunk of it is in Hindi to cater to the profile of audience in the room).

The full talk will be on Josh Talks' YouTube channel. I understand they've released the first half right now.

#MotivationalSpeaker #Motivation #inspiration #leadership #happiness #leadershipdevelopment
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‪The use of one's abilities to spread joy is very close to my heart and so I wanted to share this, with the hope that even one person may get inspired to undertake similar initiatives: ‬

https://www.facebook.com/notes/papa-cj/seeking-ambassadors-of-happiness/1923952634292703/

‪#PapaCJHappinessProject ‬
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Was supposed to try new material tonight but Priyanka is getting engaged to Prateek next week and he hadn't romantically proposed. It was my solemn duty to ensure that such a travesty did not happen to pass on my watch.
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Published in The Patriot
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