Men also cry
By Priyanka Loonker
Socrates, the greek philosopher, believed that heroes should not cry. It is clearly a sign of weakness. Shakespeare had clear views for men and women. Women weep, men don’t. When King Lear is unable to hold back his tears, he remarks, “ And let not women’s weapons, water drops, stain my man’s cheeks!”
What a pitiful world. No wonder we want to move to the moon! Dressed in a white shirt and grey pants, K Sivan weeps uncontrollably. The entire nation expressed solidarity when Chandrayaan 2’s moon lander Vikram lost contact with ground station minutes before the touchdown.
Communication was lost. Saying that the rover didn’t land but he tried- that’s unfair to the man. Heartbroken as every Indian glued to the television was, there is a lot of pride in the journey of Chandrayaan 2.
Kailasavadivoo Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation studied at a Tamil medium government school. The humble son of a farmer, he completed his aeronautical engineering from Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), got his Master’s in Engineering from IISc and a PhD in aerospace engineering from IIT Bombay.
Sivan is the first graduate from his family and only because he scored 100% in Bsc, was he even allowed to pursue his education.
On the other hand, over the radio Virat Kohli was talking about how in school he was academically behind.He felt he has never worked this hard at cricket, how hard he had to work for mathematics. And still he scored 3/100..bummer! That student went on to become a global cricket icon- well only if his parents had known!
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech for the metro inauguration in Mumbai , spoke about three kinds of people. There are three kinds of people – Those who never start even to try in the fear of failure, people who run away from a problem at the sight of first hurdle and people who start then keep at it until they achieve it. This “chaiwalla” from Gujarat tried and tried until he won a clear majority from the world’s largest democracy.
Let’s not just glorify the successes. Even the smartest Indian minds of ISRO failed. Or did they? Cynicism is a great product to sell. But do we want to live in a world where we are made to believe that only if you have this-you are good?
The entire world witnessed history being made by these scientists. Years of hard work, frustrations and ideations, for the purpose of passion. The preparation and hard work for an exam or your school annual day is more important than the results. Disappoinment is a part of learning, so lets train our minds to learn to talk about the journey and not only what was achieved.