January 2014


"After you left, my cousin brother was admitted in the school. He was eight or nine years old. The principal did not allow him to stay in the hostel, and uncle could not make alternative arrangements for accommodation. I requested the principal to accommodate him in my hostel room, but the principal dismissed the suggestion saying it was against the rules."

"In a fit of anger, I vacated the hostel room. I found myself rented accommodation and began staying there with Mohan. His mother had died few years ago. He was such a frail boy and so very trusting that I felt pity for him. He was very sickly - some days he would have headache and some days he would have fever; he was always suffering from some illness or the other. He was so sickly that he would begin to doze early in the evening and then would continue to sleep till late in the day. It was with much difficulty that I could wake him up for his meals. He would get up in the middle of the night, frightened awake by a fearful dream, come to my bed and go to sleep clinging to me. I could never get angry at him."

I cannot say why I developed an affection for him. I, who used to get up not before 9am, now got up much earlier and warmed the milk for him. I would then wake him up, make him brush his teeth and then serve him breakfast. I was very concerned about his health and took him for a walk every day. I, who never opened my text-books, now took his lessons for hours together. I feel surprised as to how I became aware of my responsibilities. I used to be so worried if he fell ill; I would run to the doctor, fetch medicines and coax him into taking them. I was worried to no end that I may do something against his wishes; the poor boy had only me to look after him. If any of my friends teased him, that made me angry; my friends began to taunt me for my concern and called me 'old granny'. But I only laughed at their jest; I never uttered a single abusive word in Mohan's presence. I wished to become his ideal, and it was therefore necessary for me to alter my behavior. I gradually gave up my wayward ways - getting up after 9am, loitering around till noon, planning new pranks, and skipping school. I had been the greatest enemy of good character and good health; but, now, I was their most ardent protector."

"I had been the staunchest atheist but now I was the strongest believer. 'If God is present everywhere, then God must be within me too?' Mohan would ask me with childish faith. It was impossible for me to laugh off this question, and I would reply, 'Yes, God is within each of us and protects us.' He would brighten up at this assurance."

"Within a year, Mohan's health had improved vastly. When uncle came to visit us, he was surprised. 'Son, you have restored him; I had given up hopes,' he told me with tears welling in his eyes. 'God will bless you. Mohan's mother is thanking you from heaven.'"

There were sparkling tears in Suryaprakash's eyes as he narrated his story.

"Mohan must love you a lot," I said.

There was a wistful longing in Suryapraksh's eyes. "Mohan never left me even for a minute - he sat by my side, ate his meals with me, slept with me. I was everything to him. He is no longer in this world; but for me he is still alive. It is he who has moulded me into whatever I am today. Had he not, like some divine mediation, shown me the way, I would probably have been languishing in some jail today. He dislike bathing in the morning; one day I told him that if he did not bathe, I will stop talking to him. The result of my threat was that he would bathe the first thing in the morning, even if it was chilling cold."


Some useful links for
your career:

  • Union Public Service Commission - www.upsc.gov.in
  • IIT-Kharagpur - www.iitkgp.ac.in
  • Indian Statistical Institute - www.isical.ac.in
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras - www.iitm.ac.in
  • Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad - www.iimahd.ernet.in
  • Indian Institute of Mass Commission - www.iimc.nic.in
  • IIT Bombay - www.iitb.ac.in
  • Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad - www.ismdhanbad.ac.in
  • Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi - www.bitmesra.ac.in
  • Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training - www.cifnet.nic.in
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (Deemed University) - www.iiita.ac.in
  • Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi - www.cmfri.com
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai - www.tiss.edu

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