Man Pasand Garden is a beautiful park in the posh New Palasia locality of Indore. I am here after almost two years.
Earlier, whenever I took a long morning walk along with my wife Radhika, we always stopped here to relax for a while. Almost on all such occasions, we dreamt of starting a Laughter Club here.
As I sit here, I find people slowly moving towards a green enclosure and clapping joyously. They move their hands over their heads and burst into an uproarious laughter. I realize that this is a new Laughter Club. Within minutes, I am there taking deep breaths and laughing intermittently with them.
I am told that this club Laughter Club of Man Pasand Graden started by A L Jain, affectionately known as Raja Babu, is just six months old and has been adjudged as the number one club among the 65 clubs inIndore. The members are growing steadily as more and more younger people are joining the club.
Ram Kishan, tech savvy at 72, tells me that the attendance had started declining a couple of months after the club was inaugurated and he thought about using social media to boost it. His devotion to the club is commendable. He shoots videos and pictures on a daily basis and uploads them on YouTube, Facebook and also shares them with the clubs WhatsApp group each and every day. It is ensured that every member present on the day is reflected in the pictures and videos. The members enjoy watching themselves laugh on their cell phones throughout the day.
Their average daily attendance is well over 70 and it is perhaps the only club in the world which meets every day in two batches, one at 7 am and the other at 8.30 am.
When I introduced myself and they came to know that I am associated with the Laughter Yoga University in Bangalore, they invited me along with Radhika to conduct a laughter session for them. Once home, I told Radhika that our dream to start a club at Man Pasand Garden has been fulfilled by some divine intervention and we have to conduct a Laughter Yoga session there the next morning. She was pleasantly surprised.
The laughter session was simply out of the world!! And the club members were so full of energy and enthusiasm. Everyone there loved it, especially the Laughter Meditation towards the end.
You may watch glimpses of this session through this link:
Highly inspired, the members decided to felicitate us in a public function. Though we told them not to indulge in such formalities, they insisted. When we reached the park next morning, we found more than a hundred people waiting for us including the founding members of the club, representatives of other Laughter Clubs in the city and the elected political representative of the area.
The felicitation was really warm, affectionate and full of laughter. We were offered flowers, sweets and a shawl as a mark of honour for which we thanked them profusely.
On behalf of the Laughter Yoga University, we presented a cap and a hat with the University logo to the leaders of the club, Raja Babu and Ram Kishan, as a memento of love and recognition for their dedication and selfless service to the community.
We shall ever cherish the happy memories of Man Pasand Garden and the wonderful club members. Many of them have expressed a desire to undergo Laughter Yoga leader training with us which we will be arranging in the near future.
Jagat Singh Bisht
Laughter Yoga University
Cell Phone: +91 7389938255