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My Mommy greatest! My Role Model

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Hailing from a very lower middle class family and making it up to a govt job as a mechanic and retiring as a senior foreman, all the while making sure that kids have the best in education and more so make investments at the right time mange finances minutely and see them well off.

Thats in a nutshell Dad’s life. All through the life he was living for the dream of the kids and the family, working overtime and saving money in ppf so that we can pay the yearly fees which was a kind of help extended by my school.

Al thorough I have not seen him negative at any point in time. Sometimes looking back I wonder if it was all possible at that time or how on earth did we pull it off. This has ingrained in us siblings to look at life in a perspective not jump at decisions.

We have learned a lot from him on what to expect from life and how to turn an adversity into an opportunity. And at some time he has also taught us the value of self respect. That has also stuck to us in many ways than one.

Even in the worst of circumstances, its always been an inspiration to look up to him and try to imbibe those traits in us. One more he has taught us is to be ourselves and take decisions in the right way irrespective of the circumstances. Keep yourself honest and always be a person with integrity and that would make it a success for oneself though the yardstick may vary for different set of people.

We have learnt quite a lot and still its tough to digest how its been this journey of life. A lot to go on and I keep looking back at those days to see how we have grown and still growing.

In all this there was another person who would stand to support him, ofcourse it was our Mom! 🙂

I am writing about #MyRoleModel as a part of the activity by Gillette India in association with BlogAdda.com.

Senthilkumar Rajappan

The nameless Autowala bhaiyya – Celebrate Men who make a difference

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It was in the thick of things that I started from the office that evening. I had an event next day. The buses had been on flash strike, on April 1. Whoever wanted to make a fool of whom only they will know the answer.

It was tough to get rickshaws, and if you got one, they would ask a  bomb or never cared to take you short distances. As I cursed myself I thought I should walk the distance if everything fails.

As I contemplated this I saw another rickshaw coming my way and waved my hands. Luckily he stopped. I told him the hotel name, he said ok and then we crossed the  highway to the road on which the event was to be held.

I asked him how the day was. He said it was busy and he hadn’t stopped even to eat. I asked him why, he said ‘Its been very sad that the BEST buses went on a strike, nobody knew and who knows what emergency people have and yeah I can live off without food for a single day no?’

I could feel so happy about someone, who took it so nicely and since autos were very tough to get, I said it was nice of him. We exchanged ideas while we waited at every traffic junction. While it was true they had genuine concerns on the payment and salaries they should not have made it so bad for common people. That was his take.

As I neared the hotel, I saw the meter read some 1 . odd kilometers and the rate read 17 rupees, I handed him a 20 rupee note and was about to leave without taking the balance, he shouted back “ruko bhaiya”

I turned and he held 3 one rupee coin and said I have taken my due this doesn’t belong to me.

I was actually offended, I told him I am giving him happily, he said, still I would not take it , then he added, ‘Today you will be give me, who will give me tomorrow. Let me keep what is mine and I am happy!’

I was literally stunned, in this world where we go after money, someone was content, at his rightful earning, and happy at that.

He became my role model. I told myself, if I have to earn money it shall be done with respect and dignity.  I dont know his name- I call him my Autowala bhaiyya.

Senthilkumar

I am writing about #MyRoleModel as a part of the activity by Gillette India in association with BlogAdda.com.