No impediment it was..

It was a while back when this was published by my learned friend, Mr. Natahswami, but even today when I read it again, it leaves an impression of a complete man, his aims, achievements and never-say-die spirit. The short story of his formative years in a village teaches us that success and erudition need not come only form the best of schools, books, gadgest, tuition classes and money. It comes first from hard work and the will to achieve.

Read on to inspire yourself, just like I have been…


My village was not electrified until I got my university degree. Kerosene lamp was all that I used to read my lessons at night. There were no motorways around and no bus served our village. I walked to my college which was at a distance of eight km from my village. I never felt them as impediments in the pursuit of education or a joyful life. A daily walk of sixteen kms Β and a smoke, dust-free atmosphere helped me enjoy robust health. An irrigation canal and a few lakes around our village helped us learn swimming without spending a single pie from our pocket.

There was plenty of space around the village which was used to herd the village cattle in the morning before they were driven to the nearby hills for grazing. In the evening the same space was used as the village playground. There was no dearth of…

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23 thoughts on “No impediment it was..

  1. I grew up in a small town and nights when we had load shedding in the summer, we used to go to the terrace with a mat and lie down and look at the stars. I was so fascinated by them. I already had made a plan to be famous as I dreamed of being the first man on Mars and writing my name in the sands of time forever like Neil Armstrong. Forget this, now I can’t even gaze at stars at night with all the light pollution.

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    • Wow! I feel ya! Nothing beats a sky full of stars seen from a village or a small town, where you can actually make out the trail of the Milky Way. I know, cities have totally killed star gazing. Forget the stars, there are days when even the moon isn’t visible. 😦

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