I want you to lose your eyes for a minute and think; think about your school days. What do you remember? Friends? Hi- bye friends, Sitting next to me friend, Bus friend and of course the BF i.e. Best Friend. Teachers? Strict ones, Adorable ones, Can’t raise her voice above the din ones and the Cool ones. What else do you remember? Think for a while. Buying cotton candies and golas when you were finally released from school, going for Maths tuitions, being excited about the school functions and the school picnic, which would be one of the most important events of the school and of course the sports meet.
Did you have any complaints during your school days? Well, we all did, didn’t we?
How could school start so early? Why were forced to oil our hair? Why did we have to polish our shoes? The school seats are uncomfortable, why did they make three people share a bench? Why were we given so much homework?
I am sure that if we sat down for longer than a minute, we could come up with a lot more.
Now, I am going to ask you for another minute. Think back and try to remember your classroom. The stationery you used. The bag packs you carried. The number of erasers you lost (I remember losing at least three every week, come to think of it, I still do).
Now, why am I suddenly rambling about school days? Is a reunion coming up? Am I missing my friends or teachers? No, it’s not that. I watched a video and it made me realize something important.
I want to take 3 more minutes of your time and I want you to watch that video.
Do you see the contrast?
Back in our school days, we took everything for granted. Notebook got over? No problem, mom would hand us a crisp 20 rupee note and we would go and buy one. Eraser got lost? We had an entire dabba of Smiley erasers at home. Money for picnic? It would be given to us without even batting an eyelid? Were the school fans not cooling enough during the summers? The entire PTA would march to the principal’s office for their li’l one’s comfort.
Now, think about Chandrakumar Pradhan and his needs. Just 20 school kits and 2 blackboards. Basic amenities that we take for granted. Our children don’t have to walk for 2 kms on a hilly terrain to reach school. They don’t have to sit on the floor in a cramped room. They don’t have to struggle to collect money to buy a notebook. All they have to do is study.
All these little children want to do is study, too and this man is making their dreams come true. Fortunately, for them, their story has ended on a happy note. People like you and me came together and fulfilled his dreams. So, what should you do now? Go back to work and forget about him? Obviously, we are delighted for him but he is not the only one out there who is asking for help. There are so many others with needs so basic that it will make you sob.
Take a minute again tomorrow. Recollect that video that you just saw. See the faces of these children, delighted to receive new books and stationery.
And then #DoRight for someone, anyone.That’s all I ask of you.
Lot’s of Love,
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