Sweet Childhood "blues"... A stroll down memory lane...

Vartika By Vartika, 30th Aug 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/171dqz7z/
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Frequent transfers and new schools can be overwhelming. Patience, motivation from parents and teachers can help. Few leaves from my childhood, bitter and sweet...read on!

Lessons of life

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Life is eventful, a journey full of memories, experiences, lessons and more lessons. One never ceases to learn. The world is a stage and life is a drama…there are no retakes………lets live it to the fullest, let’s learn from experiences and other’s mistakes because we can’t make them all ourselves…. let’s pass on our experiences to the younger generation…for them to take the torch of learning ahead, to achieve greater heights….

Seeing my child grow inevitably brings back memories of my own childhood.

My childhood was full of academic uncertainties. My father, who was serving in a large private organization, was transferred to Nairobi (Kenya) when I was five and in a span of seven years we moved to India and back to Nairobi twice. I felt like a shuttlecock, suddenly thrown into different education methods, institutions, teachers, syllabus, friends and social conditions, with no time to adapt.

The struggle

I would struggle to attain pass marks, just enough to get promoted to the next class. By the time I would attain any position of significance in the class, I would find myself thrown into an alien atmosphere again. How frustating! But I did not give up – my father had not taught me the word “impossible”. Every time I would fail to get good marks, he would tell me – “there is always a next time, always a better tomorrow”.

With a generous dose of patience from my teachers, lots of love & understanding from my parents and stroke of luck, I was able to come out tops in my Board Examination. I still cherish the moment when my class teacher (a Kenyan) hugged me and showered her affection & praise in the school assembly saying that she wanted me out of her class because I did not understand English and here I was – a topper and had done the school proud. Today, as I think back, I realize that I was always a person with average intelligence but would deliver extra-ordinary results because of the trust reposed in me by my parents, patience of my teachers, hard work and a positive outlook towards life.

Learn to love and trust

Such is the power of trust, affection and discipline– it does wonders to your personality and so subtly, that the results are seen much later. A small pat on the back, an appreciation for doing things right, teaching the values of hard work and discipline will go a long way into shaping up the personalities of our children

Today, I happen to be in a profession where I meet new people everyday (I am a recruitment consultant) coming from diverse backgrounds and functions. More often than not, people who have the right upbringing, right guidance and perseverance, do better in life than those who are more intelligent but lack the right attitude & values.

I read somewhere - Being a Champion doesn't mean beating the others, it means beating YOURSELF! This is the absolute truth. Let us teach our children to walk that extra mile for excellence, let us give them the faith and encouragement to believe in themselves…teach them to dream and then help them to follow their dreams.

Also read:
Gods Best Creation

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Education, Learning Process, Life Experiences, Life Lessons, Memories From Childhood, Parenting Tips

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A self-employed professional...I enjoy studying and analyzing human behavior.
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author avatar AMITA PATEL
31st Aug 2012 (#)

Vow ! Vartika,Congrats for your excellence !! Journey of your life superbly written...loved it

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author avatar Vartika
1st Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks for the kind words Amita. What I like still more is that you are the first one to comment.

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author avatar Bhaven
1st Sep 2012 (#)

So true but we find this road less traveled this days. Good one ! Try dev

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author avatar Bhaven
1st Sep 2012 (#)

So true but we find this road less traveled in recent times. Good one ! Try developing this skills to give back more to the society.
Bhaven

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author avatar Arjun
2nd Sep 2012 (#)

nice......

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author avatar Kena Shah
3rd Sep 2012 (#)

So true and insightful it is. Hard work along with patience and self belief indeed helps in achieving the goal. Thank you for being a boss like you are.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Sep 2012 (#)

Inspiring, Vartika. Thanks for the share - siva

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author avatar Vartika
10th Sep 2012 (#)

Thanks Mr. Siva

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author avatar DuitByJames
12th Sep 2012 (#)

Your article has touched my heart. You can plant seeds and hope they will grow. You must harvest the tares as they start to grow larger. For sure watering with quality time as much as possible; with the encouragement of unconditional love are the best to prepare our children in life.

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author avatar Vartika
12th Sep 2012 (#)

such kind words and such beautiful corollary...thank you!

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author avatar DuitByJames
12th Sep 2012 (#)

You Are Welcome You have helped to inspire an article about my parents. It will be my third. I am on my second now. I know you will know how you touched my heart when you read it. peace be with you.

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author avatar Vartika
12th Sep 2012 (#)

thanks again..waiting for it :)

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author avatar Manpoa
24th Apr 2013 (#)

acknowledging the people who contributed to your success is being so generous,you make me proud of being a kenyan

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author avatar Vartika
24th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Denism for visiting the page and your kind comment.
Kenya has been a beautiful memory for me and I will always cherish it. I spent my growing up years in Nairobi and I have only good memories of that place. Good to know you.

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author avatar Manpoa
24th Apr 2013 (#)

welcome again and again in Nairobi.......its a great pleasure to know you. karibu kenya

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