Prateeksha, Mumbai March 30/31, 2010 Tue/Wed 12 : 11
Ha ha … Ha ha Ha …!!! Hah ha ha ha ha …!!! Haha haahh hah …. ha ha ha aha ha …. , a large breath and then … ha ha ha ha aha ha …. !!! ha ha !!! hahhhhaaaaaaaaah … gosh, I am running out of breath …
Ha ha ha aha hahahaha …. !!! ha ha ha ah ah ha … hhhaaaaahhh … ah hahahahah …. !!!
hhhhaaaaammmmpphhh… !! Sorry, just overcome by laughter.
SYMBIOSIS !! The International Institute a few kilometers away from Pune, isolated atop a hill, surrounded by natures glory, is our destination this morning. The dream of Mr Majumdar, a simple hard working benign man, who began with a vision of wanting to educate young students and providing them with the facilities that could match any other institution in the country.
We are here today to inaugurate the Entertainment and related studios and to meet the students of this faculty for a quick interaction. It has been a most rewarding experience to see and observe how the care and intent of those that want to acquire knowledge are , in today’s times given such wonderful facilities. In our time we were completely unaware of what we would have wanted to become or do or survive for a living. There was no guideline or counsel for us and other than what we picked up in conversation from the outside world on what one must do, we really were just lounging around wasting our time. But looking at the facilities available to the young in today’s age, I lament the fact of not being born today and to become a part of such wonderful opportunities.
These are the ‘happiest days of our life’ and devoting it at a very early age towards imbibing all we can get is the most crucial aspect of today’s generation. Kids today have the opportunity of multiple vocations they can follow, we didn’t. I love the fact that an aggressive and determined youngster of today has the benefit of multiple choices. And, the opportunity to choose from a plethora of subjects that he may wish to take.
And then have the ability to design their career, simply because there was someone or some act that would draw you to a future in life.
Anchors were being trained, artists and technicians were under practice, classes were conducted to educate the new comer in the rules and regulations of an institute. Just such a lot to learn and such a lot to give praise for the Chancellor, who dreamt of this most noble of all professions – education.
The terrain was barren and dry, but soon after the rains hit the region, it transforms itself into a haven of natural beauty. One is so tempted to want to do something in this field and I did set a meeting with the chief of production of a company, only to be told to ‘go knock on another door’. But Yuvak Biradari, is determined to find space and time for the many good works that it is involved in and hopefully this NGO shall in days to come, get involved in some of our work that we take up for them.
But Pune’s grandeur as it expands beyond its territorial limits is remarkable. Huge infrastructure work is in process. Houses, colony’s, education institutes, medical … there is expansion work that does continue round the clock. Satellite cities spring up every few miles, where they have their own independent and worry free existence. Residences, hospitals to look after the ailing, shopping malls for the purchase of essentials, schools for the education of those that find traveling into the city again cumbersome. And with the construction of smart highways, I did not for a moment feel that I had come to another world, another city. To me it took almost the same amount of time it takes me, to travel from my home to SoBo or to be more politically correct South Mumbai.
And its back to …. ha hahaha ha ha …!! hah hahahhhaaaa ahhhahaha hahah …!!
Because we have in our family the biggest comedian and mimic of all time, Mrs Shweta Bachchan Nanda, who has kept us all in splits over the telephone throughout the day. her topic of mirth … ???
Ah … well … some other time .. or may be never at all …
Such is life ..
Sleep well dearest ones as I retire too … tomorrow another day to lounge and ponder and to clean up the mess that collects underneath my work station ..
ha ha love and ha ha more love …