June 08, 2008

Philanthropy ??

Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBZgrXRad6s&eurl=http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505693080

What gift do you expect, when you score a ninety in a board exam? What do your parents promise to give you, if you would attain a first in your degree, or top the school, or come first in the class? A 'Swatch', A Pulsar motorbike, A Personal 'Honda civic'? .. Well its not the story everywhere. 

An 18 year old boy, from a rural village, who does not have any midnight oil to burn, or to even rent books, cracks an IIT exam, and guess what he promises his Mom! HE would buy her a gas stove, and she would not have to burn her eyes everyday, because of the heat of coal. Funny ? Shocking ? Pitty ? . `dont be ! because the reason he said that, was very realistic and most likely to happen. After everything he has proved of his skill, he still find find it difficult for renting books, and does hard labour under some' National Rural Scheme; in India. Shame on us, that he cannot afford the travell expenses to the test centre. 

Its time for us to look at the frivolous expenses that we do everyday, and it could transform some people's lives. We should take on the responsibility to sponsor these children and get them in the mainstream. I hope you share the same opinion. I think its time you should.


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  1. average joe

    i agree with the sentiment, but in reality then i think you’re wrong. while i’d love to be able to help people like this, i can’t afford it (im not one of these people who spends loads of money on starbucks and humous i don’t need either). i agree that it would be a good thing to do, but it shouldn’t have to be yours or my responsibility to help out these children, i agree that responsibility is there but i think it’s down to the governments of the world to help us out with that – the people who actually control the money.

    the same goes for fair trade. if i could choose to buy one of two products which were exactly the same price but one was fair trade then i’d choose that everytime. but i think it’s a bit ironic that by paying fair trade price and helping out these people, that i’m made even poorer and my student debt gets bigger!

    footballers and people who earn silly money maybe, but the average student??

    08 Jun 2008, 08:28

  2. Sue

    I never expected any gifts when I achieved anything academically because the first time I did anything of any note in that field was when I passed my eleven plus and when I opened the letter my parents never said as much as “Well done” My mothers only words were “Well, that’s the first hurdle.” Now I’m grateful for her attitude because I think she thought I might sit back on my laurels and think it was the end of a journey rather than the beginning. I’ve done the same thing with my own children because I always thought there was an element of bribery involved in giving rewards for those sort of achievements.

    08 Jun 2008, 19:27

  3. good reality link as nikhil posted, its true many had to struggle which is basics of life
    but its hope and hardwork they never leave!!!!!!!
    see total opposite view this link of BBC documentary as Mr Naranyan of INFOSYS (who started his company with merely US $ 250) talk about IIT
    as it now IIM-IIT fellows running global corporates…...

    16 Sep 2008, 15:43


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