06 Nov Volunteer Den – Tarang Mehrotra
A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)
I am a Jaipur based guy and schooling for me has been from various places which has left a great mark to my persona making me sociable, sedulous and adjustable to newly exposed conditions. This in turn made me discover the secret of true happiness of being altruistic with a concern of benefit to others.
I am pursuing research based integrated M. tech course in converging technologies (Nanotechnology) from Centre for Converging technologies in UOR. My favorite pass time includes cooking, watching movies, reading books.
How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
Volunteering opportunity with Bhumi occurred to me somehow through a friend of mine when I had a thought to get bonded with a NGO in my search radar. On my first encounter, I got introduced to old volunteers and it was a delightful experience to know the acumen of working with Bhumi.
After being mapped to the nearby centre Apna Ghar Boys (Mansarovar) I am currently teaching Mathematics and have also actively participated in Hi5 events such as cleanliness drive, abandon use of polyethene etc.
What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you personally?
The following situation screams out loud: when you undertake the task of teaching young fresh minds. it takes a turn and changes into daunting challenge, you need them to absorb the basic concept and they fire you with constant queries. Thus what you need now is to avert conventions and come up with luminous ace method which delivers the same knowledge but in a more easy way. Such experiences have synthesized a transformed me.
All throughout, I have learnt being energized and playful helps to blend with children and match their frequency to establish synchrony. Monotonous week full of priorities needs rejuvenation and spending the weekend with children acts as a therapy empowering you with strength to achieve goals.
I developed more of patience and the quality of sustainably managing my daily do.
One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian
Most memorable incident takes me down the memory to the day when we didn’t study but played cricket with children at ground opposite to shelter home and worked on their phonetics of Hindi and English language in groups with my fellow volunteers. They laughed at top of their voices, enjoyed and learned to speak in urbane manner. We captured a video with them which is a good sight to cherish whenever seen.
Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
Inspiration for me is eclectic – I draw it from this deadly combo pack of TA (Tanushree and Ashir). They are young, well managed and good orators. Be it persuading or being authoritative, they standout with their expertise. They manage various chapters with ease by organizing meetings and taking suggestions into account. I might drain out my laptop battery enlisting their qualities. Becoming like them is what I aspire.
Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
It has been a very special journey of near about 1 year with Bhumi. I made new connections with many volunteers and now can count them as friends (Ashir, Deeksha, Tanushree, and Harshit) and made strong bonds with my childhood friends Apoorv and Shivam. It has always been fun to hang-out with them.
A message to every volunteer at Bhumi
Bhumi gives you a chance to change a child’s life with you as driving force. Make sure you give your best. After all you have been identified as a responsible mentor and children depend on your givings. There will always be a child longing to see your face at your nearby centre to learn from you. Utilize your energy efficiently and try steering at least a young mind. I am sure a story will accommodate you which might affect the way you see life.