thoughts before leaving country

1. enter the classroom with the intention to learn not to score marks. never stop learning and focus on concepts not on grades
2. never stop Questioning – what, why, where, when and which
3. meet new people and don’t judge early. diverse background
4. don’t lose focus and remember the reason why you are there – to excel and gain knowledge.
5. study hard and party harder. take a break in between and have fun.
6. visit new places. nothing great has been achieved while sitting on the couch.
7. take time in between to do what you love the most – never stop reading books, writing your blog and sharing experiences.
8. Don’t waste time on sleep, social media, tv shows and movies. You can always catch these things later.
9. there might be a time when you might face failure, remember ‘confidence is the key success’. be confident and conquer the world.
10. Remember to be positive and go with the flow.
lastly, I left a cushy comfortable job and home country to live my dream..

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teach for india

I got down at the selampur metro station. As soon as I left the air conditioned delhi metro, the cruel heat gripped me in it’s claws and I was started cursing and saying ‘damm, kya garmi hai’.
The story doesn’t begin here but it starts when my friend amit gupta who is a fellow in teach for india (NGO for school children)— asked me ‘do you wanna go to school where I teach’. In a spur moment, I found myself standing in scorching heat and cursing delhi’s weather.
Little did I know that this was a beginning of lots of cursing.
We asked the rickshahwalla to drop us near janta colony (one of india’s largest slum on the basis of density).
As I got down, I couldn’t believe that this was delhi.
As I walked in the narrow road which could just fit 3-4 roads, I looked around to see old shops, moulds of garbage on the road (I started wondering when was the last time road cleaned? ‘Last century may be), folly smell and drain overflowing and producing penchant smell.
Than I saw ancient building with a banner ‘Modern school’. The building looked like as if it will fall any minute.
Than he showed me the school which was in a very shabby condition, small classroom with dirt piling over chairs, windows with no glass and nonstop traffic back ground noise. The worst part – 1 slow moving fan (a nightmare for a person in delhi).
We settled in a classroom and started making half yearly exam papers where we were joined by another fellow. Soon our conversation started and I got to hear stories of the school which I still couldn’t believe.
1. A new teacher gets rs 800 per month and a 5y old experience gets paid rs 1400. (Isn’t this below minimum wage).
2. one student has 14 siblings and average sibling ratio is more than 5. (China were a coming for your #1 spot)
3. Shabby classroom, teachers don’t want to teach and books with incorrect syllabus.
4. Parents reluctant to sent girl for school.
5. Family living in a single room.
6. Every children suffers from typhoid at least twice due to contaminated water.
And the list goes on!
At a point, I felt dejected.
Just few metro station stops away lies gigantic malls where people splurge money while on the other end, we have school system which is completely screwed up. A perfect example of disparity.
As our conversation started molding another shape, I realized it’s very difficult to work in an NGO where adult don’t want to change their perspective, struggling with them every day is very difficult. Standing for more than 4 hours without fan in delhi’s heat and teaching, leaving a plush and settled career path for making a difference.
As I started pondering over these thoughts, I realized it really required courage.
Sometimes in life we get too comfortable in beautiful surrounding that we are unable to break the invisible threshold of comfort level.
Been comfortable in uncomfortable situation requires courage..
I really appreciated their courage.

Good work gupta!

Advice to Younger Prateek

Few months back, I was traveling to bangalore when I met an engineering aspirant who was going for admission to bangalore. During our conversation, he asked me series of questions about colleges, stream, scope, raging and the list continued.
After exhausting round of questionnaire, he asked me a question that completely took me by surprise.
He asked me ‘what is the advice you would give to a younger Prateek’.
I pondered for a while and came with an answer ‘do everything with concentration. Study while studying and play while playing. Don’t think of studies while playing or vice versa.

Isn’t it one of the most neglected aspect of our life.
While at work, we think about our problems at home.
While at home, we think about the issue unresolved at work.

We can’t focus or concentrate on the present. We are always bothered about the future and forget to enjoy the present.

It’s important to keep equilibrium between present and future.

It’s rightly said ‘learn from past, live in present and future’

Last not the least, I would advice younger prateek to make mistakes. After all, what would life be without those mistakes and lessons learned from them.

🙂
PrAts!

teach for india

I got down at the selampur metro station. As soon as I left the air conditioned delhi metro, the cruel heat gripped me in it’s claws and I was started cursing and saying ‘damm, kya garmi hai’.
The story doesn’t begin here but it starts when my friend amit gupta who is a fellow in teach for india (NGO for school children)— asked me ‘do you wanna go to school where I teach’. In a spur moment, I found myself standing in scorching heat and cursing delhi’s weather.
Little did I know that this was a beginning of lots of cursing.
We asked the rickshahwalla to drop us near janta colony (one of india’s largest slum on the basis of density).
As I got down, I couldn’t believe that this was delhi.
As I walked in the narrow road which could just fit 3-4 roads, I looked around to see old shops, moulds of garbage on the road (I started wondering when was the last time road cleaned? ‘Last century may be), folly smell and drain overflowing and producing penchant smell.
Than I saw ancient building with a banner ‘Modern school’. The building looked like as if it will fall any minute.
Than he showed me the school which was in a very shabby condition, small classroom with dirt piling over chairs, windows with no glass and nonstop traffic back ground noise. The worst part – 1 slow moving fan (a nightmare for a person in delhi).
We settled in a classroom and started making half yearly exam papers where we were joined by another fellow. Soon our conversation started and I got to hear stories of the school which I still couldn’t believe.
1. A new teacher gets rs 800 per month and a 5y old experience gets paid rs 1400. (Isn’t this below minimum wage).
2. one student has 14 siblings and average sibling ratio is more than 5. (China were a coming for your #1 spot)
3. Shabby classroom, teachers don’t want to teach and books with incorrect syllabus.
4. Parents reluctant to sent girl for school.
5. Family living in a single room.
6. Every children suffers from typhoid at least twice due to contaminated water.
And the list goes on!
At a point, I felt dejected.
Just few metro station stops away lies gigantic malls where people splurge money while on the other end, we have school system which is completely screwed up. A perfect example of disparity.
As our conversation started molding another shape, I realized it’s very difficult to work in an NGO where adult don’t want to change their perspective, struggling with them every day is very difficult. Standing for more than 4 hours without fan in delhi’s heat and teaching, leaving a plush and settled career path for making a difference.
As I started pondering over these thoughts, I realized it really required courage.
Sometimes in life we get too comfortable in beautiful surrounding that we are unable to break the invisible threshold of comfort level.
Been comfortable in uncomfortable situation requires courage..
I really appreciated their courage.

Good work gupta!