Her answer trickled through my hand like water through a sieve.
- (Photo by Sujeeth Kotian)
Inspire, inspiration, hmm, very strong words, with great power, gives great power (you are the giver in this case, to the person or figure who inspires you). I have a story that I would like to share. It’s the story of my father, and how he inspires me.
My father was born 4th to a family of 6 brothers(yes, 6!). He grew up in a remote village in Assam, India(do look-up google maps on this one). When I mean remote, I mean, proper roads have only been made as recent as 5 years ago. Telephone lines never reached there, neither did cable TV, and constant electricity isn’t even a dream(as it’s out of question), but thank the gods for cellular communication and DISH TV which has brought modern equipment and media to the place.
My father is a SELF-MADE man, true to the last letter. He studied in a government school located a bit from his home(I’ve been there!). He was great at studies, and speeches(gives me many of them haha). He studied his pre-university under scholarship, and proved himself by coming 1st in Assam in the Grade 12 exams(we call it Boards here, very important exam in life).
Fast forward to engineering, fully paid scholarship, at Pune Engineering College. Fast forward again, fully paid scholarship for M.Tech at Manchester University, UK. From that village, to all this, and the roller coaster of a life(very much fun) that he’s given his family(me!!!) is something again a person from his village wouldn’t even dare to dream, yet he went on, constantly passing every hurdle, and today, after living in 3 of the Biggest Metropolitan Cities of India(Mumbai, Kolkata, and the capital New Delhi), I’m so glad I was born his son, and I’m constantly inspired to do something on my own, make my own name, do good things(if not great) so that the people who know me are happy, and can be proud(no selfish gains here folks!). I feel the urge to study (that’s a hard thing mind you!), and learn new things, do things out of the box, be “THAT GUY” who people like, and someday look up to and say, “Now see, that’s a AWESOME person” :P.
Phew, so that is his story. How about yours? Is there anybody you can relate to like I did here? Is there anyone you feel has been such a shining light in your life? Or can you relate to your own life like this?
Share with us your story, your journey…
Try not to become a man of success but a man of value, a man to look up to, a man to be remembered…
– Albert Einstein (modified by me)
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