I Will Do It


I Will Do It
He was short. He was sharp. He was the brightest boy in his class. His seniors used to ask him to solve their difficulties in science. He could have gone unnoticed in a crowd, but once you asked him a question related to Physics or Maths, there was a spark in his eyes. He could grasp theories of science faster than the speed of light.

He came from a poor but educated family. His father was a high-school teacher and an avid reader of English literature. He, like all the boys in his class, was trying to get admission into some engineering college. The brighter ones wanted to study in the Indian Institutes of Technology, or the IITs. There was an entrance test for IIT. This boy, along with his friends, applied to appear for the test. They did not have any special books or coaching. All these IIT aspirants would sit below the shade of a stone mandap close to Chamundi Hills in the sleepy town of Mysore. He was the guide for the others. While the others struggled to solve the problems in the question paper, he would smile shyly and solve them in no time. He sat alone below a tree and dreamt of studying at IIT. It was the ultimate aim for any bright boy at that age, as it still is today. He was then only sixteen years old.

The D-Day came. He came to Bangalore, stayed with some relatives and appeared for the entrance test. He did very well but would only say 'ok' when asked. It was the opposite when it came to food. When he said 'ok' it implied 'bad', when he said 'good' it implied 'ok', when he said 'excellent' it implied 'good'. His principle was never to hurt anyone.

The IIT entrance results came. He had passed with a high rank. What a delight for any student! He was thrilled. He went to his father who was reading a newspaper.

‘Anna, I have passed the exam.’

‘Well done, my boy.’

‘I want to join IIT.’

His father stopped reading the paper. He lifted his head, looked at the boy and said with a heavy voice, 'My son, you are a bright boy. You know our financial position. I have five daughters to be married off and three sons to educate. I am a salaried person. I cannot afford your expenses at IIT. You can stay in Mysore and study as much as you want.'

Indeed it was a difficult situation for any father to say 'no' to his bright son. But circumstances were like that. It was common then for the man to be the single earning member with a large family dependent on him.

His father was sad that he had to tell the bitter truth to his son. But it could not be helped. The boy had to understand reality.

The teenager was disappointed. It seemed his dreams had burnt to ashes. He was so near to fulfilling his fondest hope, yet so far. His heart sank in sorrow.

He did not reply. He never shared his unhappiness or helplessness with anybody. He was an introvert by nature. His heart was bleeding but he did not get angry with anybody.

The day came. His classmates were leaving for Madras (now Chennai). They were taking a train from Mysore to Madras. They have shared good years in school and college together. He went to the station to say goodbye and good luck to them for their future life.

At the station, his friends were already there. They were excited and talking loudly. The noise was like the chirping of birds. They were all excited and discussing their new hostels, new courses etc. He was not part of it. So he stood there silently. One of them noticed and said, 'You should have made it.'

He did not reply. He only wished all of them. They waved at him as the train slowly left the platform.

He stood there even after he could no longer see the train or the waving hands. It was the June of 1962 in Mysore city. Monsoon had set in and it was getting dark. It had started to drizzle. Yet he stood there motionless.

He said to himself, without anger or jealousy, 'All students from the IITs study well and do big things in life. But it is not the institution; ultimately it is you and you alone who can change your life by hard work.'

Probably he was not aware that he was following the philosophy of the Bhagavath Gita: 'Your best friend is yourself and your worst enemy is yourself.'

Later he worked very hard, and focused on one thing, never bothering about his personal life or comforts. He shared his wealth with others. He never used the help of any caste, community or political connections to go up in life.

A son of a school teacher showed other Indians it was possible to earn wealth legally and ethically. He built a team of people who were equally good.

He became a pioneer of India's software industry and started the Information Technology wave. Today he has become an icon of simplicity, uncompromising quality and fairness, apart from being a philanthropist. He really believes in the motto, 'Powered by intellect and driven by values'.

He is none other than Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy, the founder of Infosys,  a leading IT company in the world. - By Sudha Murthy

Glossary
mandap (n)      : a raised platform
D-Day (n)        : a date on which something important is expected to happen. (From the name given to June 6, 1944, the day on which the U.S., British, and other armies landed on the beaches of northern France in the Second World War.)
icon (n)             : a famous person or thing that people admire and see as a symbol of a particular idea, way of life, etc
philanthropist (n)   : One who devotes his service or wealth for the love of mankind.

About the Author
Sudha Murthy, wife of N.R. Narayana Murthy, is an Indian social worker and author. Murthy began her professional career as a computer scientist and engineer. She is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation. She has founded several orphanages, participated in rural development efforts, supported the movement to provide all Karnataka government schools with computer and library facilities, and established the 'The Murthy Classical Library of India' at Harvard University. Murthy also teaches Computer Science and composed fiction. Dollar Sose. The present story is an extract from one of her most successful stories 'How I Taught my Grandmother to Read & Other Stories.'

Comprehension
I. Answer the following questions briefly.
1. What is the ultimate aim of a bright student? And why?
A. The ultimate aim of a student is to join an IIT to do engineering course. It is because study in IIT ensures good jobs and bright future.
2. 'His heart sank in sorrow.' Whose heart sank in sorrow? Why?
A. Narayana Murthy’s heart sank in sorrow because his father could not afford to send him to an IIT.
3. How did Murthy react when his father refused to send him to IIT?
A. When his father expressed his helplessness to sen him to IIT, Murthy was disappointed. His heart sank in sorrow but he did not become angry with anybody.
4. The author calls Murthy an introvert. Which action of Murhty substantiate this claim of the author about Murthy?
A. Yes, Murthy was an introvert. When his heart sank in sorrow as he couldn’t go to IIT, he didn’t say a single word. He did not share his sorrow with anyone. So, the writer calls him an introvert.
5. What, according to Narayana Murthy, can change the life a person?
A. According to Narayana Murthy, a person himself can change his life with his intellect and hard work.
6. How does the motto 'Powered by intellect and driven by values' describe Murthy's life?
A. The motto ‘Powered by intellect and driven by values’ best describes Murthy’s life because his source of power is his intellect and he was guided by his values.


II. Given below are some sentences from the lesson. What do they tell us about Narayana Murthy's qualities? Use the adjectives given in the box to describe Murthy's character. You may also use some more adjectives you like.

bright         shy        introverted        hardworking       simple
uncompromising          philosophical        encouraging

Sl.No.
Sentences from the lesson
Aspects of Murthy's character
1.
His seniors used to ask him to solve their difficulties in science.
Bright
2.
He was a guide for the others.
Sharp, Brilliant
3.
While others struggle to solve the problems in the question papers, he would smile shyly and solve them in no time.
Intelligent
4.
His principle was never to hurt anyone.
Gentle
5.
He did not reply. He never shared his unhappiness or helplessness with anybody.
Introvert
6.
He went to station to say goodbye and good luck to them for their future life.
Encouraging
7.
He never used the help of any caste, community or political connections to go up in life.
Uncompromising
8.
He built a team of people who were equally good.
Hard-working, constructive, co-operative

Vocabulary
I. One word substitutes

Look at the underlined words in the following sentences from the lesson.
1. Today he has become an icon of simplicity, uncompromising quality and fairness, apart from being a philanthropist.
2. He became a pioneer of India's software industry and started the Information technology wave.

What is the meaning of a philanthropist? A philanthropist is one who devotes his service or wealth for the love of mankind.

Who is a pioneer? Pioneer is a person who is the first to study and develop a particular area of knowledge, culture, etc. that other people then continue to develop.

You have observed that the meaning of a group of words is substituted with a word as in sentences (1) and (2). Words which replace a group of words or a full sentence effectively without creating any kind of ambiguity in the meaning of the sentences are called one word substitutes. The main purpose of using one word substitutes is to express the idea precisely and accurately.

Let's look at some more one word substitutes.

Sl.No.
Word
Meaning
1.
Fatalist
A person who believes in fate
2.
Centenarian
A person who is above hundred years
3.
Omnipresent
One who is present everywhere
4.
Mercenary
A person who can do anything for money
5.
Misogynist
One who hates women
6.
Monogamy
A practice of having one wife or husband
7.
Autobiography
A life history written by oneself
8.
Biography
A life history written by somebody else
9.
Honorary
A position for which no salary is paid
10.
Ambiguous
A sentence whose meaning is unclear
11.
Inimitable
That which cannot be imitated
12.
Theist
One who believes in God
13.
Spendthrift
One who spends too much
14.
Teetotaler
One who abstains from alcohol

Tick (..........) the most appropriate one word substitutes for the following.
1.       A person or thing that cannot be corrected
a. unintelligible                                 b. indelible          c. illegible            d. incorrigible
2.       A person of good understanding, knowledge and reasoning power
a. expert                              b. intellectual   c. snob                  d. literate
3.       A person who knows many languages
a.linguist                              b. grammarian   c. polyglot           d. bilingual
4.       One who possesses many talents
a.versatile                          b. prodigy            c. Exceptional    d. Gifted
5.       Words inscribed on a tomb
a.epitome                           b.epistle              c. epilogue          d. epitaph

Project Work

You have read about Nick Vujicic who has accomplished every seemingly impossible thing in life despite having the most difficult form of disability. You have read about Narayana Murthy, who is one of the most remarkable examples to win over the unbeatable difficulties. You may also have heard or read about some remarkable Indian women such as Sudha Murthy, Sudha Chandran, Kiran Bedi and many other women who have crossed all the hurdles to become successful.

Now, work in pairs and collect information about the women who you think have excelled in their lives though they may not have come into limelight.

You may read articles in newspapers, magazines, books (autobiographies, biographies etc.), browse internet and watch TV reports on women.

Sl.No.
Name of the women
Details eg. birth, childhood, education etc
Challenges they faced/disabilities they have / had
Remarkable achievements
The qualities that inspired you































  1. Based on the information you gather about the persons, prepare a short biographical account of the person you like the most, emphasizing the exemplary work done by him / her and present it to the group / whole class.
  1. You may also present this write up on the occasion of celebration of Woman’s Day in your school.
  1. Discuss the information in pairs and speak about one woman in the class or on the occasion of "Women's Day" in your school.
  1. On the occasion of your school anniversary your school has invited one of the above mentioned women as the Chief Guest. Assume that you were of one of the members of the school magazine committee and wanted to write an article on her and publish it in the school magazine.
  1. Develop an article on the woman whom you have invited as the Chief Guest.

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