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Dr. Navin C. Mehta

When I was a child I saw my father give money away to as many as 100 beggars who would line up at the door of our shop each and every morning. These were modest amounts, but that goes so far in India for people who have no food. He always told us that we were always to share . . . not just money, but also our knowledge, our talent, our time, our entire good fortune.

My first paycheck as an intern was very modest . . . just a stipend really. I asked my wife, should I bother to give away 10%? And, she said, 'Give the whole check away.' So we gave it to the American Red Cross. They didn't pay attention to something so small, but I always remember this moment. It was 1976 and a beginning. And, since then, I've given substantial money to many charities both here and in India.

I think all Indians should be giving and volunteering so much more. So many of us have done so well, but the population of the poor is huge. I don't mean just the medicaid/welfare population, but the working poor. Nobody cares for them. We must care for them. I hound all my friends and colleagues. I know once they start, they will enjoy it and do more. Even if they only have a little, I tell them, 'With every drop we can fill the bucket together.' Don't worry about how much, just start. The peace and inner joy you get from saving a life or helping someone fulfill a dream you cannot get from money. Philanthropy is addictive. The feeling you get from it makes you want to do more.

I personally feel that education is the most important gift, because this is permanent. The person will take this with him. He is changed. It is inside him. Now he can share it with others.

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