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The dawn was yet to break. It was cold, the winds chilled up the surroundings even more. Though dark but the moonlight made the sand dunes shimmer under the star studded sky. The Pole star could be seen very clearly as if the Almighty is radiating some light to curb the darkness in the desert.
Kishu got up at 4 AM everyday and cleaned all the utensils. Following this he took his bath and prayed to the small idol of Lord Krishna and Radha Rani.
He had created a small table, made up of partly broken Plywood and small logs of nearby forestwood. It was supported on bricks and stones, and had a leg room between the supports. He placed his belongings, the idol of Lord, his jute bag which carried his school books, a candle which was supported in a tumbler such that all the melted wax collected in it and the candle was never exhausted!
“Chachaji!! Good Morning☺ Have some tea☕”, said Kishu waking him up.
“Good Morning Kishu☺”, replied Chachaji as he sipped the tea after washing his face.
“So, done with the utensils?”
“Yeah! I have even placed them in the Kitchen, please tell Jambal to wipe them once before he starts to cook in them, as I saw lot of cockroaches roaming around last night”, said Kishu arranging his books in the jute school bag.
“And Please have the medicines on time. I have kept them above the cupboard.”
And he took his little bicycle and left for the school.
“So Children, today we shall begin with the basics of Profit and Loss”,addressed Surendra Sir.
Surendra Gahlot was the only teacher at the Govt. School of the village. He was originally an Engineer but his love for teaching and a passion to make the change, was the reason, the only school in a remote village amidst the sand dunes could actually be functional. He taught nearly all the subjects single handedly and the students loved him too.
He was really dedicated towards making the concepts crystal clear to each and every student of his and helping the talented students with their higher studies in the city, by helping them apply for various scholarships,Government loans and Sponsorship programmes.
Many of his students had already made it to the elite colleges across India, and few of them already settled in Reputed organisations in India and Abroad. He was also intrumental in setting up the solar plant in the school campus which in turn provided electricity to the entire village at Night.
“So Students, you have completed the exercises 1 upto 3 that I gave for homework?”, enquired Surendra Sir.
“Yes! Sir”, the students said in unison.
“Okay! Kishu please collect everyone’s notebook and place it on the table”,
“Right away Sir!”
Tun!!!Tun!! The bell rang indicating lunch hour.
“Okay! Submit your notebooks everyone and we shall meet tomorrow. And yes! Don’t forget to attempt the first ten questions from Profit and Loss Chapter. See you in the evening”,said Surendra Sir as he walked out of the class.
Many of the children who came to study, used to work in the nearby roadside restaurants and in the Market to support their families. And hence the class hours were changed from 7 to 10 in the morning and 4 to 6 in the evening.
“Excuse me Sir! “, said Kishu as he showed his book to sir.
“Yes! Kishu. Do you have any problem solving the questions?”
“No Sir! I just wanted to know if I can appear for the Junior Mathematics Olympiad about which you were talking about yesterday”
“Yeah! Sure. I just forgot to tell the class toady. Actually do one thing ask all your friends if they want to enroll for the same and intimate me by tomorrow morning. If there are enough participants we may get a Government sponsorship for the same”,said Surendra Sir.
“Sure Sir! I would definitely note down their names and give it to you by tomorrow morning”,said Kishu keeping the notebooks on his table.
(To be continued……..)
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An inspirational journey of small village boy, who dreams to become an able administrator and be what they call it as ‘BIG’!
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