04 Jul Volunteer Den – Sivakumar Selvaraj
A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)
Hi! My name is Sivakumar Selvaraj.S, a happy go lucky guy born and brought up in Chennai, youngest in a family of two. I did my schooling at Velammal MHSS and again my bachelors degree at Velammal Engineering college (made in Velammal 😛 ) in the field of production engineering, now currently in pursuit of my master’s degree from MIT Chennai. I watch a lot of movies and hang out with my friends during my free time. Apart from that I have been in LE Science from 2012.
How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
Well, it was one of those times during college where we had a lot of free time and nothing much to do. We used to visit various college cultural events and it was one of those events that I came to know about BHUMI. A volunteer was managing a stall there and he approached with a pamphlet, we listened to him and liked the idea of doing something useful for the society so we went for it right away. Even from my childhood I had a passion for science (might be from the overdose of Dexter’s laboratory: p) so I went with LE-Science and been there ever since.
What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally
Before I Joined BHUMI I was very silent, a shy guy who always moved away to the corner of the room, never knew much about what’s going on around me and neither did I mingle with anyone besides my close friends. But after joining Bhumi, I learned to come out of my comfort circle, met new people, visited new places. A whole new me came to light for which I am grateful.
One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian:
I have a lot of memorable moments in Bhumi but it’s the first one that motivated me to work more. It was during my first year of volunteering, I had a bad habit of arriving 30 minutes early to class and hanging out with the kids at my center. It was week after we demonstrated the concept of water rocket to the kids and they were still talking about it. One kid ran towards me and was jumping in joy “Anna guess what I did, guess na” and then he told me that for his school project day, he built a similar water rocket model with what he had In the center and how it won 1st prize there. I could never forget the joy I saw in his face, the happiness when he explained everything to me, it was then I realized the importance of being a volunteer and started taking it seriously.
Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
That’s a difficult question :-p I look up to all Bhumi volunteers for inspiration. If I had to narrow it down, then it will be 2 people who inspired me the most. One would be Boopalan who always patted me on the back and guided me with a smile. And the other would Agne who always gave me a situation to learn from on my own. Both of them made me who I am today, if you two happen to read this, then I would like to say thank you for being there and supporting me 😀
Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
Well that would be our routine Sunday lunch when Yuva makes Maggie at Bhumi office and we share it with everyone like a big happy family 😀 even though Maggie has been banned the memories weren’t 😛
A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?
Keep calm and do what you wanted to do. Just follow your instincts and keep up the good work