Dr. Uday Modi- Mumbai’s ‘Tiffin Doctor’

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Dr. Uday Modi

Aging is a process that cannot be averted, but we can always learn how to deal with arising conditions for great health. Most of the elderly suffer from memory loss, madness, and Alzheimer’s complaint among others. Things become harder for those who are abandoned at an age where there isn’t much scope for them to earn a living. Despite the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, millions of elderly people continue to suffer.

Dr. Uday Modi is an Ayurvedic doctor who is also known as Mumbai’s Dr. of Hope. His profession often brings him to know the reality of hopelessness in which his patients live. Dr. Modi is deeply moved by the precarious situation in which hundreds of abandoned people especially the elderly live across the length and breadth of Bhayander in Mumbai.

And thus Dr. Uday Modi started an organized campaign to feed the abandoned elderly known as “ONE day ONE service of tiffins”.

Dr. Uday Modi was born in Amreli, in Gujarat. He acquired a degree in MD and soon moved to Mumbai. He started practicing as an Ayurvedic doctor and opened his clinic in Bhayandar.  

The journey of Dr. Uday Modi started roughly 13 years ago. While on a regular day of his duty, Modi received a patient who complain to him about being neglected by his sons. Despite being a father of three grown-up sons, the patient told Modi that he is not even offered food on time. “I simply couldn’t understand how a son would refuse to feed his own parents,” says the doctor. Thus Modi began sending the elderly food every day.

Dr. Uday Modi

Soon, Dr. Uday Modi received more such people who suffered from the same plight. He was shocked and pained by the tragic situation of these people and decided to do something for them. He printed some leaflets and distributed them in the locality inviting people to come forward and seek help. And to his surprise, he received an overwhelming number of requests asking for help, and thus began his journey of selfless love.

Initially, his wife helped him cook and pack food daily for their kitchen. She world pack food for 11 people for the next 15 days. But soon the number of requests increased and thus Dr. Modi planned to set up a trust and open a bigger kitchen. He employed staff to cook and deliver food entirely from his own funds. Today he houses two tempos and four delivery vans along with delivery persons and a driver. The total cost includes INR 3 lakhs per month.

As an Ayurvedic doctor, Dr. Modi has to supplement his income to bear the monthly expense of the trust. Thus he began taking small roles in Hindi and Gujarati TV serials and the fee he makes from his acting career goes entirely into funding this mission. Once, he also joined Bhartiya Janata Party but dropped out soon as politics didn’t meet his temperament. He says, he is happy working as a common man.

His social feeding mission goes more than just a cause as Dr. Modi is deeply attached to it at a personal level. Unlike the majority of organizations working solely to make money, Modi is invested in his mission soulfully. He sets the menu for an entire week and provides food that is suitable for elderly people. He would take care of people suffering from diabetes and hypertension and would send them meals accordingly. For people who are unable to chew their food due to weak teeth, he especially prepares soft and mushy vegetables so that they can enjoy food without any trouble.

Dr. Uday Modi

Apart from rice, dal, chapatis, and vegetables, on Sundays, he provides dessert too. He also provides them with regular supplies of masks and sanitizers. This way he ensures that his service is authentic and valuable. Dr. Modi also celebrates birthdays and anniversaries with his beneficiaries. The gist of this mission is to make the last few years of their lives more enjoyable and worth remembering. He saves around 500 hundred people in Mumbai from hunger.

Now Dr. Uday Modi aims to open a home for the elderly called ‘ Dikra nu Ghar’. For the same, he had started the construction on 25,000 sq. ft in Uttan, all through crowd-sourcing. He says that he wants to build a place for these people to live more comfortably and most importantly enjoy the feeling of togetherness.

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