When the God creates a baby girl, there is a joyous celebration; the creator marvels at his creation before infusing the golden breath of Life.
For he is completely aware of this marvelous creation; after all he has blessed her with the POWER TO CREATE! To create, to sustain, to nurture, and to liberate. Liberate Mankind!
The journey for this baby girl is tough on Earth right from the beginning. From a girl child, to a daughter, to a sister, to a wife, to a mother, to a GuruMaa! Why such a difficult journey for her? She alone holds the capacity to take it in; inwards to her core. Then transform it all for an outward journey; like the River Ganga, born in the Himalayas, but gushing towards the ocean. On the ways she comes across several situations, good, bad, ugly and finally, before she touches the ocean, she spreads herself into several small tributaries and even gives up her identity as Ganga and merges completely with Sagar (Ocean).
Yes, this is the story of little girl called Lalita, whose extraordinary journey starts at a tender age of 16.
Born to Shrimati Shanti & Sri Bhojraj Menda on November 1,1932, married at the age of 16 to the dynamic Sri Girdhar P. Hinduja, son of the legendary Shrimati Jamuna and Sri Parmanand D. Hinduja, widowed at a young age of 30. One must remember that way back in 1962 being a widow in India was considered a full stop to Life! Every aspect of life would come to a halt; more so socially. It was her father-in-law, Sri P. D. Hinduja, who took a bold step of sculpting her away from the social bondages. It is then at that time and age, 45 years ago, that the true Lalita emerged as Lalita Girdhar Hinduja.A personal tragedy was transformed into a flame of service.
Sri P. D. Hinduja believed that 'HEALTHCARE & EDUCATION IS EVERY CITIZEN'S BIRTHRIGHT' and Lalitaji implemented this with all her dedication for nearly three decades of her life.
She did not only dedicated herself to patients but also created an ambience and culture of a family unit at HNH, by being a mother figure to all the employees including doctors and other medical staff.
There was not a day when Lalitaji did not go on her rounds to comfort the patients with her graceful smile and loving eyes. Just her presence made a lot of difference.
Making her pathway in the healthcare service at the P. D. Hinduja National Hospital & Medical Research Centre, (HNH); a shy, timid daughter-in-law and a doted upon sister-in-law, had taken her first step to serve mankind. Who would have imagined these little footsteps were to leave footprints in the shifting sands of time
It is with her blessings that the Hinduja Hospital Parivar was created; she infused a precious value system and helped understand the true meaning of "Selfless Service".She translated our founder's Sri. P. D. Hinduja's dream "QUALITY HEALTHCARE FOR ALL" into a reality.
Her labour of love has blooms even today. Her unfailing trust in each one of us has inspired us to follow her exemplary example, to give sincerely of ourselves and to serve with a loving heart.
Today the shell has disappeared leaving behind a pearl - The Hinduja Hospital Parivar to be cherished and rejoiced. That's our Lalitaji, THE MOTHER OF PEARL!
Thanks to our torchbearer, Lalitaji, each one of us has embedded within us the five principles of our founder.