Yes, while writing this I am not a Chartered Accountant, I am a mere shadow of all those who backed me in all my downfalls, cheered me in all the successes, scolded me for my faults, and appreciated me for my hard work. Of course, the day is dedicated to teachers, who in my life too, have played an unsurpassed role. But more than that, that every minute lesson of morality, that learning of day to day ups and downs, and that development of my soul and mind, have all come from my beloved parents.
I know that more of my words may lessen my Mummy and Papa’s immense contribution in my life; however I want this 5th of September know that along with academic teachers, parents too are to be remembered. When I recall those struggling childhood days with my Papa working endlessly on farms and my mother supporting the family expenses by knitting sweaters till mid-night, life seems even more encouraging and contented. Hard-earned money and success after multiple failures make a man a real man- my father says.
To Papa- Your lessons on history, geography, and science, despite your profession related with agriculture, taught me why our learning is partial without lessons on Swami Vivekananda and Dayanand Sarasvati. Yes, I enjoyed that every bit working with you in the farms and was happy at every of that moment when the farms yielded the output of our hard work. You are the one who made me realize that a man’s life is unused if personal, social, and economic works are not handled until the day we die.
To Mummy- Today, I see people cribbing over trivial power cuts and an extra hour of work in office. This substantiates that you were above others to have handled that knitting work even without the power supply, sometimes all night just to support our studies. It is tough to believe that you managed my CA studies, your eldest son’s medical studies, and your youngest son’s engineering studies with those scarce means. Hats off to you, our ‘Mother India’.
To Teachers- Beyond those lessons on Emperor Asoka and organic chemistry, you all taught the vitality of commitment and good works. You all were an exact replication of world’s greatest men and women, and I hope that some of that vibes flow across the society. A special note of thanks to the principal (who fortunately turned my father-in-law a few years later) of the school I attended. Sir, wherever your heavenly soul rests, I want to express gratitude for extracting the real me from within with your stringent, but optimistic approach.
To my brothers and sister- Nothing in this world can lessen your constructive part in my life. I know that all of us had distinct dreams, but those equivalent morals from Papa and Mummy merged us in a single soul. Best were those days when each day was a day full of knowledge.
To all- Limited means, scarce resources, and lesser work prospects can never be a hindrance if one follows those inspiring life lessons on ethics, morals, and traditions extended to us by our parents. Just not for mine, this goes to all those papas and mummies who eat the remaining bowl after their children finish their part.
To God- Thanks for the continuing guidance of Papa, Mummy, teachers, brothers and my sister, and a kind prayer- give them more and more years, and give me more drive to serve.
Parents, for sure, are a divine gift, the basis of our lives, and energy for life’s continuity. When we regard Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King as world’s role models, we many a times disremember our parents who turn into real heroes, be it when we are injured or when we lose every hope. You would agree that role models are not just those who find place in the books of history. In actuality, a hero lies within every individual and parents are the real examples- Generous, brave, and inspiring. I believe all Papas, just like mine, must have taught their children to do the right deeds, and to be strong and self-reliant.
For all that teachings on punctuality, honesty, politeness, dedication, and above all, the religion, and all those prayers of yours for your children’s well-being- I thank you from the core of my heart- Papa and Mummy; I am and will always be proud to have been born to you.