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“I am a dreamer”

Yes, I am. I dream a lot. 

Well, I have read the following concept in J.K’s books too.  One world without boundaries? May be. But watch the video. It was one of my favourites, but haven’t listened to it for a while. John Lennon sings so well, it touches your heart. Thanks to a friend for rekindling my memories. I hope Janyaa helps this cause in long run by providing good education to children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b7qaSxuZUg

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

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A friend of mine sent me this link today and I wanted to share it with you all. Rohini Nilekani talks about people at TED. But the theme is about what “we people who are freed from survival concerns” can do for others.

Well, Janya is all about this. I hope all of you can support Janya to build a better world for our kids who cannot even afford to go to school. With Janya we are not only attempting to change the drop out rate, but also provide better education for them so that they can reach the heights they might not have imagined. Kids are our future.

Here is her article. A very interesting and enlightening one. 

http://www.livemint.com/2009/02/12222211/Rediscovering-wonder.html

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Comparison….

I am sure most of us have experienced this in life – comparison with others. When you were a child you were compared with other students and you were compelled to compete with them to move ahead. It’s not a surprise if this continued throughout your student life. Sure it doesn’t end there. It continues to your job, your house, your living etc. 

When we are compared with others, whether it is with our studies or our appearances or sports or anything, we have a sense of anxiety and fear. We focus on moving ahead in any way rather than on gaining knowledge. Of course, there is also a sense of anxiety and uncertainty as we don’t know if we will continue to stay ahead of others. 

Don’t you think we can perform better when we are free of this comparison. We can do better if there is more interest and more freedom. When you are happy and healthy you can learn more easily. But when there is fear of comparison you cannot perform to the fullest.

In school teachers are concerned in getting you to the next class and parents are concerned in getting you ahead in the class. None of them are interested in thinking that you should leave the school as an intelligent human being without fear.

Competition and comparison hides the fear of failure. But we all know that failures are stepping stones of success. You learn when you fail and you succeed from these lessons. But how are we treated when we fail? Well, if we do not want our kids to be in the same situation as us, may be we can instill the right sense of knowledge into them to see they “learn” than just “pass” an exam.

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Say for example, no matter how much you want to be an engineer, if your father is against it, can you still study engineering?

Well, if you persist in wanting to be one, even if your father turns you out of the house, you can still find ways. According to J.K, “Life is strange. The moment you are very clear about what you want to do, things happen. Life comes to your aid – a friend, a relation, a teacher, somebody will help you. But if you are afraid to try because your father may turn you out, then you are lost. Life never comes to the aid of those who merely yield to some demand out of fear. ”

If you are saying, “This is what I really want to do and I am going to pursue it,” then you will find that miracles take place. You may have to go hungry, struggle to get through, but you will be a worthwhile human being, not a mere copy and that is the miracle of it.

** Courtesy: “Think on these things” by Jiddu Krishnamurthy

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That’s right. What is so special? He is just another IITian (for those of you who don’t know, IIT is at par with or better than any Ivy league schools in USA) who got employment with Google.

Well, it’s special because his parents are illiterate and he moves around in a wheelchair as he does not have legs. Read this motivating article and you will see life from a whole new perspective.

Naresh

Naresh

http://specials.rediff.com/news/2008/jul/28sl1.htm

I have seen people complaining – if only their parents provided them more guidance they would’ve achieved new heights in their lives. Well, now you can see that nothing can stop you if you have the passion. Naresh’s parents are illiterate.

We see people complaining about their lives. Look at Naresh. He is always smiling. This is one of the best qualities in Naresh.

I know I will see life from a completely different angle from now on.

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His home and his car

This is an inspirational story for all of us. It’s nice to know more about such people.

Here is an IIM-A graduate – E Sarathbabu – who rejected several high profile jobs from various MNCs whose mission was to help poor through job creation. So he started a catering business in 2006, inspired by his mother who once sold idlis on Chennai pavements. After struggling and making losses he turned it around in 2007.

Today he has six units and 200 employees with Rs.32 lakh turnover per month. He still lives in the same hut. He words “We can be a developed country but we should not leave the poor people behind. I am worried about them because I know what hunger is and I still remember the days I was hungry”.

90% of his people are uneducated.

He bought a car, but is in no rush to buy a house. He is happy where he is right now.

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