The Indian spin-off, started by Hyderabad-based Manju Latha Kalanidhi, involves donating rice to people in need in a country which is the world's second largest consumer of rice. "Joy of Giving" week is celebrated across the country Oct 2-8. But the Kolkata initiative is being observed a week earlier to avoid a clash with the Durga Puja festivities during the first week of October.
Kolkata Victoria Round Table 227 has donated 200 kg of rice. Jammu and Kashmir is battling the worst floods in 60 years, which have left over 200 people dead. About four lakh people are still marooned in Srinagar.