Monday, February 15, 2010

Poetic Justice

Year 2002, Oct:
A lanky young boy with an unsure demeanor walked in the campus of KIIT, an engineering college in Bhubaneswar. But he was starry eyed dreaming of doing silly little things. One of the things he did was publish an inter campus magazine called Akanksha in his 3rd year . He was the chief editor then.

On the magazine unveiling ceremony, which was attended by more than 200 students at the open air amphitheatre, he was asked to address the gathering. Never before had he spoken in public. He was given a rousing welcome and called onto stage. With pride swelling his chest he walked onto the stage and felt the world at his feet. With heart thumping, adrenaline pumping, how much he had craved for a moment like this. He walked through the stretch of the stage and faced the mike. And then he looked at the audience for the first time. It looked like a sea of heads each one poring on him. The two hundred odd people looked like two million.

He went blank and stared at the sea with horror. Blood drained out of him. Time was suspended for eternity. His mind raced. He fell silent for half a minute. So was the audience. And soon the whole crowd cheered with applause. An applaud that was meant to boost him. He mumbled ‘sorry’ and walked out of the stage. The heaviest steps he had ever taken in life. Steps of shame and disgrace. Back stage he let out a loud shriek and cried like a kid. An honorable moment had turned into a moment of ignominy. He was heart broken. He was crushed.

Year 2010, Feb
Venue was the same campus of KIIT. The crowd had gathered again to listen to him. This time they had paid to listen to him. This time he didn’t fall silent. This time he didn’t go blank. This time the audience cheered not out of sympathy, but out of approval.
The boy had redeemed himself of the ignominy after 7 years.

The boy was me. And I am proud.


Rahul Prabhakar Monday, February 15, 2010 10:25:00 PM  

Ravi: I have to say this. You never fail to impress. Go Ravi. Take the world over. And if you need my help at any point in time, do stop by.

sweety Monday, February 15, 2010 11:29:00 PM  

i came to drop you and kamaal hogaya .. hehe.. Jokes Apart, i must say, you have not given up in life.. :) !!

Good ...!!

Wish to see more of this even personally..


dominic Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:23:00 AM  

Hey Ravi - this is great stuff man.
It was so motivating to read this. Generally I get this type of refreshment only when I get into to read my scriptures - I feel the same now. I would strongly recommend you to compile your milestones as a Book...and I am sure you will go places...and you are already.

Sanjeev Patra Wednesday, February 17, 2010 4:57:00 AM  

Ravi, You are a great inspiration for me. I can see the same burning passion in whatever you do. I'm sure, you will cross many more milestones in life. This is just a beginning......
I wish to see you in TED talk next year.

Anonymous,  Wednesday, February 17, 2010 10:33:00 AM  


Am glad that I got to work with you on the Akanksha project. I could go on and on about the experience but I won't. Hey it's your day and the world simply has to step back and watch.

Proud of you Ravi Da.

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