30 Dec Bhumi Volunteer Den – January 2012
Every month, Bhumi Mirror’s Volunteer Den section focuses on one volunteer who has been making a considerable difference in his/her respective project. This January, its Mr. Sriranjan Gorty from Little Einsteins. He teaches at Wilson Garden, Bangalore.
Hi Sriranjan… Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I work with Wipro Technologies, Bangalore. I did my B.Tech in Biotechnology from Amity University, Noida. As the head coordinator of the social committee (ABHIYAAN) of our university youth council, I’ve organised many events and helped spread awareness about the environment and global warming. Currently, I’m associated with Wipro Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) wing of Wipro, which works for education, environment and other social causes. And of course, there’s Bhumi 🙂
So you’re a busy Software Developer at Wipro…How do you juggle your professional and Bhumi lives?
It’s very simple to balance professional and personal lives when you have likeminded people around you. There is flexibility at my workplace. Some of my teammates who volunteer for Wipro Cares have also registered with Bhumi and it’s more fun to work that way. Very often, our tea breaks start with Wipro Cares and end with Bhumi 🙂
So what do you do apart from Wipro Technologies, Wipro Cares and Bhumi?
I’m a movie buff and make sure I don’t miss many. I’m also a sports enthusiast, and I watch and play cricket and football. I also enjoy singing and playing the piano.
What is it that inspired you to start volunteering at Bhumi?
Despite having organised several events and activities in Amity, I didn’t really feel the impact. When I started to volunteer at Bhumi, I found just that. I can already see the results of my efforts and believe in the cause we all are striving for. Like all my fellow volunteers, I wish to change today for a better tomorrow.
So, it’s been a year now! How has the ride been so far?
It’s been a scintillating experience so far. Structured syllabus, right approach and deserving audience are the significant things I have to point out.
Any other ways you contribute to Bhumi apart from the regular weekend classes?
I have been introducing friends and colleagues to Bhumi and will always continue to do so. I also introduced my juniors at Amity to Bhumi through the recent orientation in New Delhi. I’m following it up with them and will be a part of the volunteer drive there. I’m taking up more responsibilities and wish to contribute in all possible ways I can.
Can you narrate one unforgettable experience you’ve had in Bhumi?
In our centre, we distributed wish cards as part of Joy to the World. These cards would then be distributed among professionals in corporate firms who would play Santa to fulfill the wishes of these kids. So, among the kids there were some high school boys who were not part of our regular teaching schedule, also writing down their wishes. One of them wrote “I need a tutor to help me clear my P.U.C”. I was speechless when I read that wish! We spoke to him at the end of the session and assured him that we would help him with the difficult topics during the class hours and he too is now part of the class. Then we asked him to wish for something else 🙂 he couldn’t stop smiling
What is it that takes to make a great volunteer?
Every volunteer is great in the first place for taking time out of their busy lives to think and do something for the next generation. It’s all about how motivated one is and how well one’s priorities are set, that takes them to a different level.
How has Bhumi impacted/changed your life?
There is no doubt in my mind that Bhumi and the kids have affected my life. It made me more responsible, punctual and I already foresee what an educated tomorrow looks like 🙂 The love, warmth and satisfaction that a Bhumian gets is incomparable to the little effort he/she puts in.
Your message to fellow volunteers!
We have seen what little aspirations and efforts can accomplish. Always be ready to put in that extra mile, as you know, it can take us a long way ahead and makes our destination closer 🙂