Tuesday, September 8, 2009

And We Did It....

Long ago, actually not so long ago when I was college, there lived a poor mess-worker next to us. He used to come to our room, talk to us, tell about his kids and lastly about his problems. He told us that he had been working in the college since 1986, which actually is the starting year of N.I.T Hamirpur, and all he gets [in 2008] is 2000 INR only and once he leaves the college [mess] he will get no retirement money, no rewards for his service.

Me, JP & Karma listened to him and we told him that we will do something about it. Later on, all of us started doing the same shitty business of ours, everything except studies. After one week, that fellow died, I was coming back after failing in the exam and I found his name on the noticeboard. As, I did not know his name, I slept peacefully that after-noon, but in the evening JP told me that he was "he". And that night, three of us could not sleep... :(

May be we feel more pissed off, if someone dies, when we know someone. There is no absolute love left in this world, I guess. It is relative, had he not talked to us, we would have done the same old things without giving a single thought about him. So he died, leaving nothing but a cruel fucking world for his family.

That night, KARMA and JP smoked some thousand cigarettes, and I cursed them badly for it and we decided to start Mess Worker Welfare Fund, which will take 20 INR from all the students and will be distributed among the needy mess workers from time to time. We got into action that day only and got signatures done from all the 1000(approx.) students within one week, some people asked to reduce the amount from 20 to 5 INR. But good people and bad people co-exist, so never mind. Lastly, we were sitting in front of all the Professors, wardens and Deans with the proposal we prepared. Some fools tried to oppose us, till date I don't know why, may be I = WE did not have good marks, as marks are very important criteria to be able to respect your self in my college :D

We left college with very very very heavy heart as we could not get the job done.Our worthy teachers could not approve our proposal as they did not have guts enough to approve it.They wanted to get it approved from some higher authority and they from someone even higher than them. That dead person's image haunted me for a very long time but I guess today is the day of happiness. It is done, I don't know how it happened, neither I want to know. The job is done and "WE" did it.

R.I.P Old Man
We still blame ourselves as we could not do anything for you when you were alive :(

19 comments:

Vinod said...

Well as said " Der aaye durust aaye". It may have not happened when u were there bt ur moyive is completed now. Great job done. Hats of to u guys......... And hope Staff do remember u for ur efforts.....

abhishek gupta said...

gr8 start of sept blogging... :) :)

gr8 work dude..

i never understand one thing.. y people can not give even 100/- per month to poor... they waste the much more money like hell but when it comes to do gud work they even don't want to give 10/- :( :(

Tarun Goel said...

Well it was not about money and helping poor, it was about conscious decisions of life, i guess......

Deepak Bagga said...

"some people asked to reduce the amount"
some people asked to reduce the amount, may be because they didn't have any reason to trust you people 100%.they asked to reduce only, may be because they didn't have any reason not to trust you people

chalo vadhiya hai, tum logon ki mehnat ka fal mila, jo tum logon ne chaha tha ho gaya

Nishit said...

Congrats for doing a great job!!! By getting the proposal accepted although late,you have provided them with some sort of relief....Doing such things for a social cause is like worshipping GOD and the blessings you get in return give immense pleasure and strength to work for a better tomorrow....Do one thing...whenever you find time(once or twice a year), just pay a visit to your college and meet the mess employees and see if they are not facing any problem!!!!
.......Keep up the good work

Ketan said...

Hi!

A very evocative post, Tarun!

In our mess, underaged children used to work. I used to think, how somehow it was so unfair that they would never have my kind of opportunities to be able to earn decent living for themselves. And if at all, one of them ended up earning handsomely, it would be with infinitely greater efforts and risk that I'd ever require. And I used to feel very guilty about it in some strange way.

But what did I do in response? Nothing. I won't say I'm ashamed of myself, but would still like to congratulate you for allowing your convictions to rule your actions rather than laziness or apathy.

Where is Hamirpur?

TC.

Mr controversial said...

U,JP and KARMA
rocks!!!!!!!!!!!
:)

vimmuuu said...

That was indeed a very nice thought ! Atleast you werent one of those who didnt try to implement your plans ! You did a good job and the old man up there would be proud of the fact that he is responsible for evoking such thoughts in you people !

Tarun Goel said...

Dear All, Thanks a lot..
Bagga, their worry was not our "trust" but the worry was INR 20, but never mind, job is done, let them go and screw their relatives, I don't care :P

Smita said...

I wanted to say that sometimeseven thinking in certain direction is a good thing but I know the line sucks. Because their are certain things in life that we desperately want to do, there are certain times when we seriously feel that we can make a difference and when we are not allowed to, it hurts!!!

Sadly in our country following rules is more important than doing anything good. Sadly the same rules are conveniently forgotten later...

Tarun Goel said...

Smita, I thought you will praise me :P

Smita said...

I did not? Well i thought that it was obvious :-)

sloppychronicles said...

Way to go! Now all we have to hope is that the admin will not eat half the money in it.

ANKESH said...

gr8 buddy.. one more gud wrk has been done.. Dis coll authority I don't understand y d fuck dey can't sign a paer where dey are not giving nything from dere pocket.. I had a similar kind of exp of getting signed from senior authority... it took us almost 7 month of daily knocking every office door from chaprasi to director to get a permission for a club where student can brush up dere soft skill.. hope the system changes.. otherwise the engeer producing machine like NITs will keep producing engineers like us who don't understand E of Engineering..

Chhaya said...

the thing that hit me the hardest was the fact that these people make our lives so much easier, yet they die nameless....

you guys really tried for a good thing.. i dont get the point why someone can NOT afford tos pend 20 bucks for a noble cause.. huh..

Tarun Goel said...

Even I could not understand it but then it hit me........
So many people, so many god's, so many conditions and so many restrictions :)

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wise donkey said...

well done:) the best part is the perseverance.

btw what happened to his family?

honey said...

gud work yaar!!
I still wonder why ppl give crores n crores of money at Tirupati/Puttaparti/n othr temples......but I nvr heard ppl giving/helping poor ppl!!
but they nvr knw that the othr wil bless them :) :)