26 Sep It’s never a goodbye!
Times of India. Teach India. And then, Bhumi. I was a third year engineering student and I wanted others too to reach my level of education. So I enrolled in the Teach India campaign and was lead to Bhumi. And it seemed like destiny. Bhumi, came to me as a package- full of goodies, educating children, meeting new people, making many friends (oh so many!), and changing today. There is a term in the corporate world, job satisfaction. Bhumi shattered the threshold of my satisfaction and brought me to a totally new level!
I had never imagined that the youth resource could be used in such a wonderful manner. There is so much positivity around each Bhumi volunteer. Nobody can change the world, but we are trying to make it better.
First, Vaishnavi Srinivasan (MAD- ya, Make a difference AND mad :-P) — There is a saying, “A woman is the best manager.” Thank god Vaishnavi is a woman. Else the saying would have been proved wrong. How can one multitask? Or multi-multi task? There is always a little that I learn from her every single day. She keeps my memory alive!
Dr. Prahalathan. I was (read am) a little scared of him. Why? Because he is so old! He has the wisdom of, well, himself. Wise, witty and nice. That’s doctor for you. It takes a hell a lot of courage to even think of doing what he has been successful in. You are the soil of our Bhumi. You can make the impossible look like a bag of rotten walnuts (excuse my poor sense of humour).
Ayyanar, Mallieswar, Bhargav, Vivek, Prakash, Mini, Hari (and everyone else whom I’ve forgotten to mention) – No building is complete without the strong bricks or the cement to hold it together. Bhumi was, is and always will be the strongest building because of you (us). So what if we have migrated to different cities, it only means we are going to spread the wings of Bhumi to far far lands unknown. OK, known.
Mahesh, Aruna, Nandu, Ice (Ishwarya), Nivetha, Jamuna, Ravi, Rohini, Preethi and everyone at Anbu Karangal children’s home (AK)- I can write a lot here to make everyone else jealous. But the point is, THANK YOU, YOU GUYS!! Teaching at AK was a pleasure not only because of the wonderful kids, but because of you kids too 😛 I am going to take so many awesome memories of us that my kids will wonder why I keep smiling all the time.
@ Everyone else in BHUMI – This is not a goodbye. This is just a publicity stunt 😛
Bhumi blast, Siragugal, Bhumi Premier League, CCD meetings…oh, it sure is a life well lived!
Someone once said, “You don’t fall in love once. You fall in love every time you get up, and there you are ready to fall in love yet again”. Bhumi Please let me get up from you 🙂
Preetha Ganguly, one of our most loved volunteer teachers has joined the Indian Army this year. She will be serving the country for a minimum of five years as a Technical Officer (Signals Core). Only 14 women from the country get this opportunity (for this cadre), and dearest Preetha, you have made Bhumi extremely proud. Our little birdie says this has been her dream since childhood and while her parents thought this phase would fade away with time, with complete focus, she marched towards the defence forces.
Your crazy yet humourous questions for Bhumi Mirror’s Volunteer Den will be missed a lot, and your dedication and passion as a MAD volunteer will be appreciated forever. Bonda girl, may your wishes of either completing eight years of service and getting into one of the IIMs, or finding a handsome Army man and completing the entire 14 years of service come true!! 😀 All the very best!! 🙂