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October 24, 2012 / subramanyam

Darkness, Fear and Light :: My CC2 with ToastMasters.


The following is my second speech CC#2 at the toast masters. Here is the you tube video of it .

The full text goes here (there might some changes in the speech as I did not stick to the script completely)

          If there is a quality that kills a human being from inside, it is fear. A man who fears dies every day, Life’s a mess when wrought with fear. OK lets talk about two things we fear the most. One darkness, two death. As kids we were all afraid of Darkness weren’t we? Today as grown up’s most of fear death. Any ideas why we fear them? It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.

          Once the darkness is gone and light flows into our lives, many fears simply vanish and perish. Well, fellow toastmasters and guests I subramanyam K.V am here to speak about those lamps and those mirrors that have driven the darkness called ignorance from our minds and hearts.

AS it is rightly said in sanskrit

           “Gukaaraschandhakaarascha Rkaarastannirodhakrit |

             Andhakaara vinaasitvaa guru rityabhideeyate”

Meaning

“Gu” in Sanskrit means darkness, “ru” means removal , one who removes darkness from our lives is called as “Guru”.  “Teacher” as we might say in English.  “ They are wonderful people, They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don’t know it. Such is the power and beauty of a teacher.”

          There was an age in this country, where students used to go to gurukulams to seek knowledge, however teaching is a profession now and I am sure each and every one of us have had  our share of good, bad and ugly teachers. Here I would like to narrate a true story where the genuine zeal for learning was dealt differently by two different teachers.

           In the sacred city of  Kasi, there is a sales person called Rohit Kumar who is a sales person cum guide.  One of the person whom I follow on internet had a wonderful experience with him.  I would like to share it here.

           So Rohit was my friends guide in Kasi, Rohit would tell  him ““This is Hanuman Temple” and “Here  Kedar ghat” Rohit would insist on giving his city counsel in ragtag English and we enjoyed every bit of his conversation. “Morning here no food, evening food” Rohit advises me on the availability of street foods in Banaras only in the evenings. “The price of silk Rs.800 last year, same Rs.1600 this year” laments Rohit on the doubling of the silk prices in just one year affecting the saree business in the city.”

         My friend grew curious on why he insisted in speaking in English and English alone , when I was well versed in his native tongue. The tale was narrated a most heinous story of how the aspiration of a budding school kid could be mercilessly plucked, crushed and destroyed by the insensitiveness of a school teacher. “Rohit was keen on finishing home work, everyday he used to go the class finishing home work on grammer” everyday the English teacher used to abuse him, cane him in front of the whole class just because his answers are wrong . “Sir , one day hitting , two day hitting , three day hitting daily hitting sir…” I decided no school sir, but I want to learn English sir on my sir a battered Rohit told my friend. 

          NoW compare this to the story of Siva Subramania Iyer, who taught BharatRatna A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. As a child Kalam did not understand the concept of flight,  He kept asking his teacher on what it was?  The teacher drew pictures of birds etc on the board but Kalam said he did not understand.  Siva Subramania iyer tried everything but Kalam wouldn’t understand , Finally Siva subramania iyer took Kalam to the beaches of Rameshwaram made him see the birds , how they fly etc and explained him the science behind flying.  We all know what Kalam went on to become.

         Friends , we spoke about two teachers one who killed the enthusiasm and the other created a gem of a man , that’s perhaps the power of the teacher.  If you are still wondering why I am speaking this stuff here, it’s because parents , particularly mothers are the first teachers for  any kid. How we teach the first lessons to our kids is all that matters.

one of the stories for this speech has been taken from “http://chapter18.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/teaching-lessons/” .Thanks to Mr.Narayanan for sharing thiswith me.

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