Rakesh did his schooling from the prestigious Lawrence School in Lovedale, located in picturesque Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India. His school motto being “NEVER GIVE IN” is so inspiring. After his graduation at Ferguson College Pune he did his MBA at Tasmac. He is now all set to join the Civil Services and serve the Nation.
Rakesh was inspired by the quote on roses in our previous post and was kind enough to share an interesting experience. Many thanks buddy!
“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses – Alphonse Kerr
Lovely Roses and the accompanying quote reminds me of an incident that happened a fortnight ago, when I was on a holiday with my family. We had been to the picturesque Papi Kondalu, in the Godavari River.
Before our boat cruise started in the morning, we had visited the temple at Polavaram, but had to hurry our visit as we were getting late. One of our more pious cousins was not very happy about us rushing out of the temple (on a river island). We tried to explain to her that by going late to the boat, we will be disturbing everybody’s schedule.
Later that afternoon, when we were about five hours into the cruise, in dense jungle (the nearest inhabited hamlet was about 40 KM downstream), our boat had a technical snag and refused to move forward. It only spun around in circles. Finally the engines stopped and we could all hear the loud silence.
People were tensed but the crew (young college boys, who work part time with the tourism company) showed great leadership and handled everybody’s emotions well. After overcoming the initial sense of panic (and the fear of naxalites), some people decided to swim in the river to beat the merciless Andhra heat.
Three or four hours later, just before a brilliant sunset, a rescue boat came to tug us back. As we approached the base camp at Rajahmundry, we sailed past the Polavaram island temple.
My cousin looked at me and said:
“It’s because we did not have a proper darshan of the temple, God punished us by damaging our boat”.
I didn’t know what to say, as being an atheist; I felt my views might be misinterpreted. However another cousin came to my rescue and told her:
“Why don’t you look at it this way?
It’s because we went to the temple, God protected our boat from sinking. And being attacked by the Naxalites. And from the crocodiles and wild animal. Besides we got to swim in the river, which the tourists on other boats couldn’t do. And God gave us all this mirth almost free, because the tour operator promised us a 75% refund”
I guess it is all a matter of perspective!!!
Adieus Rakesh and here’s wishing you the best of luck in all your endeavors!