Monthly Archives: September 2010

Manipal long long ago

Kamath circle

A block without decoration


Being responsible is giving life

Giving life to yourself

We all have a natural tendency to life a carefree life without burdens on our backs. We would love it if we had nothing but freedom so that we could enjoy every moment. But there is this thing called responsibility which doesn’t allow us to be so happy all the time. We have to bear with it. It always disturbs the enjoyment we have in our lives. If we look at responsibility from another aspect, it is that which forms the spine of our organised life. It keeps us alive all the time. We must never run from responsibility when it comes to us. We must not seek it either, but when it is expected, we must give in. We must never try to shirk it, for it would later become even more onerous to do everything at the same time. We have the option of either being casual and be a malingerer or face responsibility and lead an existence that would propound us as a great leader later. It is the essence of responsibility to make a quality leader. We owe the balance in life to proper conduction of duties which come from being responsible. Whenever we feel dejected or lose hope, we must remind ourselves about the responsibility we have towards our parents and our country. This provides a thrust to move forward and make miracles. As a great person once said, “It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.”

Teachers for life

Teacher’s Day, a day when we revere our teachers. This was the custom at school. We had a large function arranged for teachers where they would play games and spend some fun time with the students. It was basically a teacher’s day off at school. We loved our teachers so much when we were at school. Each one was a different role-model to me. I had learnt a lot from my teachers at my school. My social studies teacher, apart from teaching World History and Geography used to tell us stories of the World Wars so interestingly as if they were being fought right in front of us. Our social teacher of 5th and 6th class, Mrs. Anitha used to take us to various countries in Africa merely by making us close our eyes and giving enthralling description of the surroundings of those thick evergreen forests in Zaire, the birds, animals, the rain etc. We actually were in Zaire, when she described it. I can never forget my teachers wherever I am. They have formed the basis of my high school and primary education, which is of utmost importance as it teaches the basics of any subject. My teachers have not only given me education, but also inspiration to pursue challenging careers. I love my teachers and I wish to repay them by bringing laurels to them.

A step towards reality

It would not be an overstatement if I said that I totally agree with Prof Sahasrabuddhe of ‘3 idiots’. Life is a race, and  truthfully, it really is. We have no choice but to compete with other ‘lives’. In light of the events that have taken place in my life so far, I strongly adhere to the notion that one must take sabbaticals after every step of their education. APJ Abdul  Kalam once said that every student done with their graduation / undergraduation or whatever highest level of education they have achieved, must spend one whole year in the villages teaching the education deprived children. What a noble thought that is! I deeply respect him for his attitude towards social-service. One must never forget one’s motherland even when one goes abroad for studying, for we are nothing without an identity, which our motherland has given. We must always be respectful towards our nation and try to help the under-privileged citizens in whatever way we can. “We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet” said the greatest person India has ever produced- Swami Vivekananda. When we are eligible and enjoying the step which is helpful in building  our character, then why not the kids who, in the villages, till today are not aware of the light that education gives to them? We must give it a serious thought and make it possible. We are the youth of the nation. If it’s not our responsibility to educate those children, then whose is it? Let us not be selfish and spread our knowledge to others as well. We must see education as a weapon in our hands to eradicate the poverty, which is surprisingly rampant in the villages and few cities even though Indian is very much independent. Let us make the meaning of independence clear by educating our little brothers and sisters. They will enjoy the fruits of education, maybe a lot later, but do not gainsay them the initial steps. A step towards reality.