Jul 20, 2012

Finally, I did it! [202/365]

After several thoughtful months and a sabbatical, I made the difficult choice of resigning from a company that I came to love.

Leaving a company is never easy. More so when you've invested so much of yourself into the company. Five years was longer than I'd initially thought. But when time came, I knew I had to go.
It's a uncomfortable decision. I've survived and grown.

Leaving my zone of comfort was disturbing, but I knew I had to. Narayan Murthy, the co-founder of Infosys once famously said, "Love your job, but never fall in love with your company because you never know when the company stops loving you... "

Which brings me to an instance of where the society refuses to love its people. I'd written about an amateur artist who is differently abled several weeks ago. As I recalled in regret how I could not be of help to him, I got the perfect chance to undo that regret today. Passing by, I saw the gentleman sitting at the pavement and this time, I decided I would stop and chat with him.

Mahesh, a 23 year old from Kolar, is an amateur painter who ekes out a living by painting with his crippled legs. As I was speaking with him, curious onlookers and tourists stopped to understand what was going on. Some people threw some rupees but he was not interested in free money. I wanted to buy a few paintings and he even gave me four of his favorite drawings. We chatted and all the while, Mahesh is painting deftly with his feet. Anywhere abroad, an artist like Mahesh would have been feted and his paintings sold for thousands of dollars. In a country where you'd meet able bodied beggars at every signal, Mahesh was a breath of fresh air. Infact, some of the beggars, seeing as I was being generous with a cripple, wanted some money too.

Men like Mahesh is what keeps India vibrant and progressive. They don't want quotas and freebies. They want equal opportunities in a society that cares.

You might have a bullying boss in your office.
You might have a disability that makes you different from others. You might even wonder why God is not listening to you.

You need to stop thinking you are in a rut and set up that lemonade stand.

Other Heroes in 'Hold the Thought, Get the Point'
Raju
Vikhitha Shetty
Claire Lomas
Poonam Vaidya 
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