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Why Prayaas???

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Since I was small, I have been hearing and reading a lot of bad, unfair stuff happening around the world such as recent gunning of innocent people in Norway. Sometimes, I let it enter it though one ear and bid it goodbye from another ear. Sometimes, I ponder over the Ultimate question “Why??” and eventually… let it go.  Sometimes, my soul refuses to accept the unjust and I pound the table with my fist “Something has to be done!!!” BUT…  Again confronted by the question, “What can I do??” or send a false justification to myself “I will do it when I grow up…” All the while, my heart shrinking and the real me disappointed in me.

Now that I have entered a college, an opportunity is being provided to me in the name of a NGO, “Prayaas”. Prayaas, as the word implies, is an effort by our student fraternity to bring some sunshine into the life of under-privileged kids whose Life is overcast by dark clouds of scarce resources, lack of opportunities, insufficient knowledge …

As a volunteer, I teach some kids elementary knowledge and It’s a wonderful feel.  I bet you would be astounded by the eagerness of the children to learn. They tug your shirt and ask you to check their copies, and not allow you to go unless you have given some homework. These children have also given some wonderful stage performances. Apart from everything, it’s a lot of fun doing this. They will come up and do craziest things (I will mention in my later blogs). You get to experience what’s it like to be on the other side of the bench. You delve into the psychology of children. How they should be taught, how to keep the class in control?? It’s the CHANCE for the “change” we have often-talked-about-but-rarely-acted.

‘I don’t have time.’ Or ‘I don’t have energy.’ Yep, contributing 1 hour from 168 hours (a week) is really impossible for us. One word: RIDICULOUS and if our youth lacks energy, I am sorry for the future of our nation.

Also, many of us think what’s the point in teaching these kids ABCDs or addition-vagerha blah, blah?? Its not like they are going to become world leaders or get a job in a MNC. BUT believe it or not, its going to bring a change, even maybe substantial, maybe even to a small percentage of class. But yes, its going to be a change. We would, actually, be inching towards our dream of seeing India educated. Plus, you never know, after all, Mr. Kalam, the Missile Man of India, came from an underprivileged background… Rethink.

Moreover, even if we are convinced that no impact can be made through this gesture. The question arises of ‘our initiative’. Are we really willing to reach out to people need in our assistance? Are we going to allow, for once, the human barricaded inside us to come out and help another fellow human beings, especially children? Are we willing to give them a chance which they have always been denied? Our act or no-act will, certainly, decide and shape the Life of children.

Prayaas is not perfect, not something straight out of a movie. There are kids who pay no attention and try to disturb the class. There are children who throw paper planes, picks-up fights, rubs the board and don’t obey any single word. But amidst all this chaos, I am looking for HOPE and its what that is fuelling me right now… A HOPE, A CHANCE…

(P.S: Watch out this space as I will be communicating my moments, fun at Prayaas…)

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A Walk outside Naini

P.S.: Naini is where my college campus is (Here P.S. is pre-script)

Ever had a situation where you were promised or told that you would get a big or wonderful gift but ended up in not good, but actually, worse gift. This was my first feeling as I stepped my feet in Naini for the first time. Its limited small space, tin roofs, no sports equipments, no operating computer lab (Psst that too in a IT college), no net facility (worse no wi-fi), mashallah food, no television, fights and limitations for food, high person per bathroom ratio and I could go on and on. This scenario just shattered the image of college I created in my mind. It felt as if my two years of hard-work’s materialistic results were denied to me. Life did not live upto my hopes…

During that period, I came across a self-help book and it was in it suggested taking a morning walk everyday. Realising the need to change my way of life or something in me, I thought of giving it a try never realizing what majestic and priceless treasure it was about to unearth for me.

Naini looks best in probably the time when the mighty Sun begins sending its golden warriors to conquer the land and I started enjoying the best. It is a place full of greenery, where a line of trees graces the place’s beauty by their presence on both sides of the road and offers a very peaceful and serene atmosphere. My walks outside Naini are often welcomed by a peacock’s (perched on a veryyy high branch) sweet cry, not to mention the other melodious birds who chirps in, later on. Extending my vision everywhere, I saw the trees assuming the smile of a person who is just rising from sleep. Its falling dark green branches reminding me of a dark waterfall of hair of a pretty damsel. Sometimes, it would even seem, absurdly, as if they are sun-bathing.

As I further took my steps, I further realized the beauty of Naini. Often, the sunrays would penetrate the branches and barks of trees and illuminate a particular portion as if it is God’s own special spot. Now, if you are a Dan Brown fan, you may think of the hidden mysteries and… God knows. A few steps down the road, a large area of bushes comes where various bushes are there, varying in shades of colour, height, intensity, and looks awesome. It is where I think God really reveals his true artistic talent. How with only single colour, green, he manages to create such a level of beauty remains a mystery to me? I also came across a thing totally unexpected i.e. innocence. The very little young plants growing among the pebbles by the road-side would just steal your heart. Many a times, you would have one of the most beautiful creatures i.e. peacock as your companion and after the rain, it looks as it rained the fountain of youth. The leaves of the trees look fresh and glossy and it seems that the tree had just taken its bath as if they are getting ready for their first date. Finally, the leaves strewn and the alternates of shade and sunlight along the road will, surely, generate a strong impulse to summon a photographer and take the best pic ever. I could go on and on… For once, visit Naini from my perspective as, believe me, my words are not justifying the beauty of this place.

However, as the time passed, things at Naini became good and I am blessed, rather privileged, to be living in Naini. Facilities unavailable also became available. I made new friends and started learning new things. Also, met a host of different characters and saw unexpected talents in unexpected persons. In short, Naini became ours.

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