Walking the tightrope between hope and despair…

India, the land that  promises “business opportunities” for the future…. and yet the land which generates a lot of despair,

The land with fast emerging mega-cities……. and fast deteriorating sex ratios,

The country where development is but on election posters and democracy is restricted to lighting candles near India gate.

In this India…in our India…. the state of education has been reduced to that disparate islands of hope, meek in front of the mighty sea of the unfortunate who never see the inside of a classroom

One might argue that all the numbers point in the right directions, but aren’t numbers mere ink on paper, who takes the responsibility to say that every one of those “fortunate” enough to be counted as a literate will actually get an opportunity to empower his or her life.

On a recent visit to one of the islands of happiness and hope (a CSR trip to a government school adopted by the Bharti Foundation), I could not help but sit near the shore and stare at the vastness of gloom that encompasses the sea of the unempowered. The happy children learning and interacting at the school made me see the India that could have been… or rather, should have been.

The day has left this heart askew,

The mind is filled with a questions few,

Is life for all such jump and play,

Or are these needles in a stack of hay.

What of children who make those bricks,

Or earn a living turning tricks,

Can we imagine their plight,

or is the truth just what’s in sight.

As the scenes seem to rumble by,

and clouds begin to dot the sky,

we begin to seal the day,

the wayside sand turning to clay.

The pitter patter of this acid rain,

Eroding my happiness….throbbing pain,

what comes tomorrow I wonder,

A sunny day or livid thunder.

The Sparkle in the children’s eyes,

the giggles and the happy ties,

All comeback as a colourful memory,

Ahh…if only these roses could crowd out the thorny tree.

This post shall serve as a reminder for me, whenever I am tempted to meander from the path of serving society, and I dedicate it to the 8 year old school boy whose smiling eyes I can never forget.


  1. Dhawal said,

    May 23, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Very Good Sidhanth.. you have always been good at this.. but this one tops the list..think it touched a part of the soul somewhere..

    Just want to let you know that I completely share your sentiments, and am with you and anyone who shares this endeavour of serving the society and doing something meaningful with life..

    Loved the last 4 lines..

    • Sidhanth said,

      May 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      For once, I will not call it Spam 😛

      Just Kidding Bro, thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Nitya said,

    May 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Very true !!
    Hopefully the govt. will realise the situation and better the conditions in the near future !

    • Sidhanth said,

      May 23, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      Hey Nitya, it isn’t the government, but people like you and me who will have to do it 🙂

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