First monthly meeting 22. X. 2012
I am Thangam George, joined APF , Karnataka SI, as RP with C&E on 10th Sep,2012 is what I thought, till I read my Welcome poster at the SJP office to know that the SI was referred broadly as FI. Later was given the LT (laptop),DC( data card), a B(bouquet)and then taken around in circles to meet each one present with a string of names being quizzed at you and to find oneself already in a rote mode of me, myself and what. Later it was brought to one’s attention the need to prove your fitness – by not a small bargain but by giving your B(blood) & U(urine) or in Hindi – apna khoon aur pishaab deney key baad, at the Apollo’s.
Later the 2nd day, at SI was getting to know one’s Dharmabhoomi….more. Having a very warm welcome with a handful of persons present and the leader, the day was more spent on getting across various documents. Well since that day till now I have been tossing and juggling with MDPs,ELDFs,ELDP,CDHD,CSLDP coupled with DSERT,DIET,SSA with equal number of BRCs, CRCs, BRPs,CRPs. Then, I attended a series of meetings that whole week which was very beneficial. To know about the Leaders meet of the RRIs and the QIPs presentations in the Innovative Workshop with ATI, and then the narratives of the SLDFs Meanwhile I also learnt about the young DI , Yadgir and its vibrant activities. Then I discovered about the CEP,NS and NS+.I was left wondering the connections between IMF(International Monetary Fund) and education. To defend my ignorance I did not challenge it upfront, adding to still another battle in my head. Though, at no point did anyone make me feel that I don’t get the hang of it Each one would empathize and build my confidence by saying well give time to yourself , you will understand – which I realize is the only way out.
To find one’s sanity in this new world, I grabbed the opportunity to some familiar territory- being part of Ngo Mela. Some gyaan dawned when the Induction was done for one week with still another 20 alike me, making me feel quite good about my cluelessness in this maze. In Peterpan, one comes across Never never land, reaching APU by 8.45 am was almost similar experience it almost felt like a journey to the Never never land(a place where children never grow up). Knowing about the work APU is into, gave a glimpse into the promising future of children.
Later I attended the DIET lecturers Capacity Building Program. I was completely knocked out by the ELDP series 1,2,3 and to know that there are co devs which involves the same stalwarts leading these programs. At the DIET training I was confronted by one person asking who I was and stating that he has never seen me in SI so far. I thought to myself the same about him. Hesitatingly I then asked about who all are in SI, though the Peepul tree’ who’s who’ does tell me about it. Today I hope most of the people of SI are here than the obvious ones whom I already know.
Though till now I reflected on lighter vein, I am once again convinced that man proposes and God disposes. Each event in the course of life is done in His time. Been in the dev sector for so many long years, the conviction to work with government is fulfilled now bringing me to this place to give my best possible effort in this mission. Last, but not the least, hats off to all the members here at SI and all those whom I interacted so far from DI, Foundation and APU. It is like the B (bouquet) given on day one – each one with different colours, vibrancies and fragrance spreading the same for each one. I am happy to be here. I want to conclude my train of thoughts by sharing few lines from Khalil Gibran’s Children
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.