I Learnt The Value Of Hard Work
"My father, who was a teacher, taught me in the evenings from books of one class higher than the one I was studying in. This way, he kept me a step ahead in my academics."
By Team ParentCircle
Padma Shri Dr Mylswamy Annadurai
‘The Moon Man’, Scientist
I learnt the habit of reading the Bhagavad Gita every day from my parents. Even today, my day starts with reading at least one or two pages from it. An important message that I draw from the Gita is that you have to keep working and the fruits will follow. Even if there is a delay, you will get what you deserve. And what you don’t deserve, you can’t keep.
My father, who was a teacher, taught me in the evenings from books of one class higher than the one I was studying in. This way, he kept me a step ahead in my academics. My mother told us ‘stories in the moonlight’. They were mostly mythological stories. At the end of each story, she would encourage us to ask questions and would answer them spontaneously. The morals she taught us through the stories were that everyone will have both good and bad qualities, but you should appreciate the good. Also, it is not important to win the enemy by defeating him; even without defeating, you can win!
After coming back from work, in the evenings, my father would undertake tailoring and I would help him. I also used to help my mother in the household chores. This instilled the value of hard work in me, and taught me the dignity of labour and to be self-reliant.
As far as my parenting goes, I never force anything on my son. When it came to his higher education, he wanted to go abroad, whereas I always believed that we can be successful staying in India. In fact, I feel it is our duty to give back to our country which has provided us with the educational opportunities. However, we went on a tour to the US and visited a few universities. On our way back, my son told me that he would like to settle in India and that he could go to the US once in a while as a visitor. So, you see, even though my intention was to make my son stay rooted in our traditions and culture, I didn’t force it on him.