the 30th of January 2004, I was invited as Chief Guest to an
Investiture Ceremony at my school, 'Queen Mary' in Bombay.
What is 'Investiture'? I also had to look up the dictionary…Just
a second while I do so again…Investiture means: a formal
investing of a person with authority, power, right, office or
dignity… In the school, it meant that the outgoing
office bearers were handing the torch of 'knowledge, courage
and confidence to their successors.
a beautiful ceremony and the credit to make it so awesome goes
to the Present Principal, Mrs. I. Aarons. I was expected to
give a short speech to the students. I was choked with emotion
as I did. I told them about how, the then Principal, Ms
Lambert was reluctant to grant me admission in the 8th Std, as
my knowledge of English was of the 'Noddy Book level'. (I was
in Spain before that) I begged for a chance, and said that if
I did not perform well, I would repeat the class then (but not
to place me in a lower class now) I put in my best efforts,
and came 5th in Hindi, a language, I barely knew.
point I wanted to make, was that everything is possible, if
one works hard and perseveres… If at that time, someone
would have told me, that I would author books and lecture, I
would have dismissed the thought as 'wishful thinking' with a
grimace. But I did…I have authored 6 books…
a point in my life, I had so much to say, that I wanted a
column in a magazine or leading newspaper…I did not get it…but
I sat behind my computer and started typing what I thought,
and sent it to a few friends. The notes were forwarded, and my
widely read website: Dal-sabzi for the Aatman' was born. About
20 years ago, I had wanted to spread spirituality to schools.
I failed. The reason: Because India is a secular country and
they did not want to speak about religions. I protested. Why
can't we speak about the what all religions teach, like love,
compassion, brotherhood…My plea fell on deaf ears.
many years later, my book 'Dadi
Nani ki Kahaani' was released
by the Deputy Prime Minister Shree L. K. Advani and has
been approved for reading in the Prayer Assembly Meetings in
Schools. Again my desire was fulfilled! I know that God says:
Yes! Sometimes, He says: Wait! If I find it hard to have
patience, I implore Him, to carry me! Like a child who has to
walk a long distance and gets tired!
the new captains of school and Leaders of tomorrow's world, I
to agree to disagree.
PREVAILS If you are a true leader, your eyes will light up,
when confronted with a challenge.
person who doesn't feel the thrill of challenge is not a
willingness to take responsibility
one can lead without being criticized or without facing
tough enough to succeed when everybody wants you to succeed.
People who don't want you to succeed are like weights in your
running shoes. But practice to run anyway.
who like you will work for you, those who don't will work
isn't important that people like you. It's important that they
respect you. They may like you but not follow you. If they
respect you, they'll follow you, even if perhaps they don't
like you." Apply to yourself, what you advise others to
do. Even if you lose, do so graciously. Say sorry, It is
saying that you are smarter today. YOU are the Leaders of
tomorrow. Learn and teach to co-exist. Become co-leaders in
the Movement for Peace and Prosperity.