13 May Volunteer Den – Aarush Deora
Little Einsteins Science – Rajendra Ashram, New Delhi
A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences).
Some people are born wise, I was not one of them. Smart maybe, but certainly not wise. Others, like me, life slams wisdom down our throats. Bhumi wasn’t part of the plan, if there ever was one. I got into a medical college unaware and naive in my own arrogance. Life got messed up, nights kept getting longer and days suffocating. They were strange and testing times. I was searching for a way out, anything because many avenues had failed me already. I was good at studies. Cramming and learning. Reciting and writing. Working out stuff. Those were the things I could do. And there was a deeply gratifying feeling when I could help my sister or some juniors with their studies. And so a dear friend of mine suggested that I should try teaching other kids who really need it. And the first question I asked myself: Can I really do that? Am I really that kind of a person?
How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
Random web searches led me to Bhumi. Sceptical, I attended the orientation. And I saw people really enjoying themselves, the natural smiles that are so rare around, I pushed myself then- I could give it a try.
So Bhumi was an accidental coincidence. It’s been many months since I attended the orientation. But now, it is a much bigger part of my life than I would admit.
What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
It’s grown on me every single time I have been among those kids, helping them out, talking to other volunteers who have become dear friends, especially Mayank, Sakshi, Sanchi and Mekee. People like them are inspiring me and many around me every day. Times at Rajendra Ashram have been more than memorable. The kids I teach are truly amazing, working harder and harder. They have been a huge inspiration as well.
One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
The one instance that really crops out from my memory is a recent one when I was handed a certificate and I was the ‘most sought after teacher’. I was happy like a little kid with a lollipop that day. And now more than half a year and many sessions later, I can say that I am proud to be a part of the Bhumi family. There are souls that are touching mine and we are really creating a better society. Bhumi means a lot to me, it has helped me immensely and I hope I have given my best for the kids too. There are very few things that I can truly say I am happy doing and being a proud volunteer at Bhumi is certainly one of them.
Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you.
It’s been many months since I attended the orientation. And there was Tanushree on that first day, radiant with that smile and bursting with enthusiasm. She had been always around, helping, organizing, running around and instilling in us too, some of her endless well of kindness.
A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?
To all the volunteers I needn’t say much. All of us are giving our best and that selfless attitude is changing many lives including our own.
To higher goals, brighter futures and sparkling smiles! Cheers!