Case 1: 

India is such place where you tend get motivation or de motivation from altogether strange things. Like for example, our Gods. Apart from the debate of theism or atheism let us get it straight that people in our country worships idols, images, photo frames, computer screens with Gods or demigods, pendants etc. and get lot more energy to sail through their fates and ill fates. On the other hand, many of the times we see them knocking the doors of tantriks, babas or other spiritually enriched demigods to get rid of deadly diseases, to get hidden treasures or even for a baby,  yes it stands true today, at this point of time when I'm writing this and your are reading this. 

This scenario is presented by many movies, books and documentaries. 

But my question was different. Is it really necessary to inherit this? Why can't we teach our children values of hard work, sacrifices, self control instead? Why can't just we make them brave enough to think logically and choose what they want? 

These questions haunted me during my formative years like a pimple on my face. At home there was a total faint possibility that I would ever get an answer. My teachers were the only hope that I could look for and they absolutely proved me true. All of them I met during my college years, graduation and post graduation, affirmed me that even though these things are inherited it’s up to me to carry the burden or not. Children during their toddler and adolescent stage are very fragile and innocent. These are the only years where you can work on their mindset and can make them brave enough to change their fates, to stand for what they feel, to push themselves beyond their limits.

Case 2:

Similarly, in the same place called India, there exists two more religions, Doctor and Engineer. Even before baby born, her parents already want her to be a doctor or an engineer, basically based on parent's current profession this decision is taken. It doesn't stop here. Even those parents, who are not doctors or engineers, also want their unborn baby to be one. Hypocrisy at its best. Similar kind of Rakshas had haunted my family too. And I wanted to become a forest officer, big blow for all the society where I was living. 

Again, my teachers were my saviours. They played very important role in my bringing up along with my parents. Today, I had 3 post graduate degrees in life sciences, wild life and forestry along with one in management. Although I don’t practice forestry, wild life and ornithology I regularly practice. Mainly, bird watching. I have published two research papers in the well known publications on rare birds. I cannot measure this or quantify this in terms of money. The satisfaction I get of what I do is intangible. 


For every pupil in India, a teacher is a blessing. I never imagine what I am today without my teachers. India has a tradition Gurudakshina. Some years back, during our school get together, one of the students asked our teacher what she does want or would like to have from us as a Gurudakshina. She humbly said, "Be a teacher to someone". Till the time we have such teachers, India is unstoppable and life is full hope, positivity and optimism. 

Today, I'm following her steps and words. I do not get much time from my corporate job to spare with students, but I make sure to spend 3 weeks of December and January with students. I usually teach them something which they do not find in their books like some niche skills. Till now, since 2.5 years, I'm following this practice and I hope to continue this for a better India, for a better future. It’s a virtuous circle. 

Jai Hind.


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