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Education : A Poem Based On An Old Inspiring Story

Vanita Thakkar is an Entrepreneur - an Engineer-Researcher-Consultant and an Artist - Singer-Composer-Poetess-Writer from Vadodara, Gujarat.


Long, long ago

In a Gurukul,

A dumb student, Varadraj,

Struggled in vain

To study and learn,

But, always,

His laziness and foolishness won

And he became and remained

An object of fun.

His classmates surpassed him,

Completed their studies

And left for home,

Leaving him behind,

Ashamed and alone ….

Gurujee’s perseverance,

Patience and compassion

Also gave way,

One day

And with heavy heart

And kind words,

Varadraj was told

To leave for home ….

On his way back,

Dejected, despair-loaded Varadraj

Stopped by a well

To quench thirst

And his eyes fell

On the eroded stone wall

Of the well.

He wondered,

If a rope can erode,

Leaving pits and marks

On stony well wall

Can hard-work not carve,

Can hard-work not enliven

My stone-dumb brain ?

He went back

And told this to Gurujee,

Who gladly

Gave him

One more chance,

Not in vain, again,

For he worked hard

And excelled ….

Gurujee’s kind support

And purity of his pupil’s

Intentions as well as Efforts

Fetched desired results.

- Vanita Thakkar (24.08.2009)

During my tenure in Academics - as an Assistant Professor and later, as an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, while teaching heavy / complex subjects like Heat Transfer, I used to inspire my students to work hard and to be self-confident by narrating this story, assuring them that they are far better than Varadraj - the dumb student in the story ....

I had this story in my Hindi Prose lessons in the fifth standard and it had inspired me a lot as a student .... At the end of the story was a small two line verse, which is called Dohaa - "Karat Karat Abhyaas Ke, Jadamati Hot Sujaan, Rasaree Aavat Jaat Te, Sil Par Parat Nisaan" .... given in the picture ....

One day, I thought it could be a penned into a good poem and wrote this poem ....


© 2020 Vanita Thakkar


Vanita Thakkar (author) on September 13, 2020:

Thanks, Brenda with sincere appreciation for reading and posting insightful comment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 12, 2020:

That is what one calls the "Awe" moment.

When he finally get it.

Good write.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on September 12, 2020:

Thanks, Prithviraj for your nice comment.

Always most welcome.

I am happy that you like my poems.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on September 12, 2020:

Thanks, Millicent for your visit and nice comment.

Happy that you liked the poem.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on September 12, 2020:

Yes, Lorna. Exactly. He was awakened.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Sincerely appreciate your time and support.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on September 12, 2020:

Thanks, Chitrangada for your comments. Always love to hear from you.

My Naaneeji used to tell stories - most often - Alibaba and the forty thieves - to the army of cousins that used to gather during vacations .... I hardly remember having heard more than 3-4 lines of any of the stories - I would be fast asleep (ha, ha ....) - always the first one to fall asleep.

Prithviraj Shirole from India on September 11, 2020:

Inspiring poem. Thank you so much for sharing.

Millicent Okello from Nairobi, Kenya on September 11, 2020:

Wow.what a lovely inspiring poem.

Lorna Lamon on September 11, 2020:

I think Varadraj had a light bulb moment in realising that if he applied himself he could succeed. I enjoyed this poem Vanita and in particular the moral to the tale.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 11, 2020:

Well written poem, with an important message.

I can relate to your story, because I have read this during my school days.

How simply, we were taught the important lessons of life, which are relevant for the whole life! Reminds me of the stories, narrated by my grandparents and parents.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece.

Vanita Thakkar (author) on September 10, 2020:

Yes, dear Peggy.

Varadraj just needed the right orientation and application of mind and intellect - that is what learning is all about ....

Thanks for reading and commenting - sincerely appreciate your goodwill.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 10, 2020:

Practice does make perfect, as the old saying goes. In your story, Varadraj turned out not to be so dumb after all!

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