WEEKEND THOUGHTS # 15

CHAKRA

Article by Sidhartha Mohanty

Review by Swapnakant Mohanty


Hi,

When I went through the article a lot of thoughts came to my mind. The article's title was very striking and imaginative. The title is "THE WORLD IS A STAGE: DREAM ON". Had this been topic for a debate, then-

FOR - Yes, it's essential for everyone to have a dream and
      go after it; fulfil one's dream.

AGAINST - But my friend, it's not a dreamy world; it's for real.
      It's not for day-dreamers.

FOR - But what's a life without a dream! A life without a dream
      is like a ship without a rudder.

AGAINST - But how are you going to follow your dream! sleeping!!
      because, when you wake up, it's a real world, no dream.

FOR - You cannot achieve anything in your life without a dream.
      There's always a dream behind every great achievement.

AGAINST - Yes, but one's dream got to be realistic, practical.
      Otherwise you end up achieving nothing.

FOR - No, one has to persevere to make one's dream a reality.
      You have to work hard to achieve something.

FOR -
AGAINST -

and does this go on and on ... What are your dreams !!!

Let's listen to what our author has to say about this. This reminds me of the encouraging words of the English poet Robert Frost wich was adapted by our first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru in many ways...


"The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
	But I have promises to keep,
 And miles to go before I sleep,
	And miles to go before I sleep." 

Let me present a fine article by Sidhartha Mohanty of Allentown, PA. The review is by Swapnakant Mohanty.

Surjit Sahoo (06/01/95)


>>>>>> Personal Introduction <<<<<<

Sidhartha Mohanty

Education: Montfort School (Kansbahal, a small town near Rourkela).
           (Schooling, till 10th)
           Government College, Rourkela.
           (+2, Science)
           BITS, Pilani (1988-92).
           (B.E. in EEE)
           University of Cincinnati (1992-94).
           (M.S. in Computer Engg.)

Work:      AT&T Bell Laboratories, Allentown, PA.
           (Dec 1994 -- present)

Hobbies:   Music, Reading, Cricket. I am crazy about watching
Cricket. I miss it a lot. The only consolation (though a very
minor one), is watching other games like Basketball.

Other Interests: I would very much like to get more involved with
development projects in Orissa.


The World is a Stage: Dream On...



"Leaving behind one's country, going towards another place.
 Leaving behind sunrise, going towards sunset.
 Leaving behind the familiar surroundings, bound towards
         unknown destinations.
 Let the dream of your life not be covered with moss and fungi.
 Our journey does not terminate -- onwards, onwards, onwards,
         ever onwards."
            -- From Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)

These lines of the poet touched my heart. It is very important that we dream, dream of a bright future for us, for our family, our community, state and country. The very fact that we can think separates man from animals. "Imagination is more important than knowledge", said Albert Einstein. Most of us who are here, so far from home, have reached here as a result of a dream we had at some point in our life, a dream to study in a premier institute of education, a dream to work for one of the top companies of the world. But in the midst of these dreams, have we forgotten the more important dream, the dream of our parents, the dream of our society and the dream of our country? It is more important that we keep these in mind and do our best to match these with ours, so that we can make a very bright and glorious future for all, a future in which our society will be held in great esteem, a future in which India will again be the "Golden Bird" of the world, and our state Orissa will be looked upon as an example of success, happiness and progress.

Frequently, an atmosphere of success acts as a seed to more achievement. With the liberalization of the Indian economy, we are seeing a scramble among multinationals to capture the Indian economy, but sadly, very few benefits of these have been seen in our home state of Orissa. One of the main reasons being that we have never been the business leaders of our country. This leads to one of the biggest limitations of free economy: the benefits never seem to reach the poor. As a result, the rich become richer and the poor poorer. As citizens of this world, it is our duty to help change this.

Orissa is a rich state, with an abundance of natural resources, a rich tradition and culture, and hard-working people. We haven't seen the growth and development our state is capable of. If each one of us does whatever little (s)he is capable of, then that would be a great service to our motherland and our examples will be adopted by the future generations. Each of us has to look into our heart and ask the question, "What have I done for my motherland?", because as Abraham Lincoln said, "Ask not what your country has done for you, ask what you have done for your country"!

I received a letter from a classmate and some lines from his letter really drove into me a sense of duty. He writes, "As an Oriya who has got the opportunity to come out of Orissa, sometimes I feel it is our duty to setup some company in Orissa and help in its development". I hope Almighty GOD gives me and many others the strength and courage to fulfill this dream. Each of us can contribute in our own unique way to make the dream of our freedom fighters come true, the dream to see a society with no barriers in caste, creed, wealth; a society which can act as an ideal to the world.

Apart from educating your children to read and write, teach them to dream, dream of a life of success, dream of crowning achievements, because only if they dream, will they be able to work for their dreams. Where there is no vision, people perish, says an old proverb.

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be".

                        -- Patanjali

As I end this dream, these words of our great poet Rabindranath Tagore comes to my mind. They are as true today as they were when the poet composed these beautiful lines. Oh Almighty GOD, give us the strength and determination to fulfil this dream.


"Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
 Where knowledge is free;
 Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
        by narrow domestic walls;
 Where words come out from the depth of truth;
 Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
 Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into
        the dreary desert of dead habit;
 Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening
        thought and action;
 Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake. "


Review by : Swapnakant Mohanty.

I have never reviewed any article in my life so far and even don't know how to review one. However, when Debasmita Bhai asked me to review this article, I was a little scared. How do they review an article ? Anyway, I will try to put forward my own views on the article and would like to mention that my comments are purely my personal opinion, which need not be true on a general basis.

Before going into the analysis of the ideas presented in this article, I would like to congratulate our author for his exceptionally well presented article. The presence of different quotes at right places reflects a rich sense of presentation. The title of the article, " The World is a Stage: Dream On... " gives one ample scope to think positive.

This article reflects the hope, expectations and enthusiasm of a young Oriya to do something positive for his motherland. The way the author has thought of meeting one's own goals and the expectations of one's parents, country and motherland is definitely remarkable. But, I feel that my young friend has never got a chance to work in Orissa, so far. I have a couple of points to mention, which I believe is related to his thoughts.

We have got something in India, which is called a "SYSTEM". This SYSTEM is much more prominent in Orissa. My working experience in Orissa is very much limited to Bhubaneswar, where most of the Govt. setup is present. The major problem is, most of us ( in Orissa ), believe that this SYSTEM is incorrigible. So, most of the time we adapt to the SYSTEM and become a part of it.

Well ! If all of us think that way, then we will never progress.

True. I hope, some ideas, like the one our author has, will at least revive our spirit and provide us with the zeal to take the first step.

We Oriyas are satisfied with very little achievement. We are happy and thankful to God for whatever He has given us. Most of us believe in the proverb "ati lobharu tanti mare" and that's why we never try to go beyond an unseen boundary we have created for ourselves. This is the reason, people like Tata, Birla, Singhania, Jhunjhunwala and many others have exploited us by building nice temples for us to keep the simple minds busy praying while they have moved all our natural resources outside the state boundary and become rich today.

It's pathetic. But, it's true.

I do not intend to discourage my young friend from whatever he has planned to do for his motherland, rather I would like to mention that effective communication is established, when two people shake hand, i.e., if you are ready to give something to someone, then the other person should be ready to accept the same with the same spirit. My intention is to make the author aware of the hurdles, he and his friends will have to face in Orissa (probably), when they try to change something in the SYSTEM.

The author has suggested some steps (like a quick tour to better Orissa) like teaching our children to be achievers, teach the next generation about our rich culture and try to do something at our individual level for a better Orissa, which are quite practical and can be implemented, if they are taken seriously.

I hope and wish that his call for a better Orissa will be communicated effectively and will be treated as a first step towards progress. May you get all strength and courage my friend, to face every odd that comes your way, to make your dream come true.

I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE YOUR WAY OF THINKING.


Your comments are always welcome...


Sidhartha Mohanty


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