BETTER THAN RAND!!!

Its reading that gives me some of my most emotionally enlightening moments(as in, when I find out that some emotions actually existed in reality ….true ideological fulfillment for one)…Only when reading an Ayn Rand does one generally come across a moment  when you feel genuine respect and admiration for the actions of another…that your eyes well up…you get goose bumps and the applause comes from within…

But then you walk into a MAD camp and it happens twice…in a day!!!ya its quite late in the day to be droning on bout my Holy Ghost experience and all…but this just had to be told…

                                        First I’ll start off with the one bout our much loved,admired and very oldVP-HR (Cochin) Sanjana…this was the first day of the camp…i

In the evening ,we were having the adventure session and the kids were all queuing up at the monkey glide…(the one which we used Meril as a dummy for)then it struck us that, unless there was someone to catch the kids, before they got to the tree we’d tied the other end of the rope to…we might end with a few broken noses more than we’d bargained for…and of course,the job went to the sturdiest MADster around…so there stood Sanjana…like Oliver Kahn at the German goal post waiting for each kid to slide down safely into her arms…while all of us responsible folks stood around egging the kids on…to kick her in the the nose!!!kid after kid slid down…without any success…we had almost given up hope…

so there stood Sanjana…like Oliver Kahn at the German goal post waiting for each kid to slide down safely into her arms

Till this rather healthy lil girl ,quite pissed at practically being thrown of the ledge…raised her legs just as she got to Sanjana…and off she went into to the air before plonking down a good couple of feet away…and while all the rest of us were too busy laughing to even help her up… our lady pulls herself up… forces her battered body to to run to her assaulter…and ask…MOLKU VALLATHUM PATTIO???... and so touched was that  kid with the kind of concern showered on her by someone she’d just caused a nasty fall to,that it was for her,the defining moment in the best MAD camp ever held…when Sanjana introduced her doctrine of CHILD CENTRICITY, I for one never dreamt I’d get to see it implemented in a manner so true to its spirit…of putting the CHILD above all including SELF…and as the kids were saying…Sanjana chechi…JAI!!!JAI!!!..:)

                                                       But when it comes to sheer loyalty to the cause…I doubt if there’ll ever be anything to beat the next one…here goes…

After the camp…at around 10.30 0n the 27th…A non-MADsterfriend of mine, Leticia and I had a car accident…both the cars were absolutely smashed..Rahul and I alive only thanks to our seat belts…and the first thing I saw when I looked into the back seat was a profusely bleeding Lettie(turns out she had a level 4 Laceration on her fore head, a level 2 on her upper lip and a skull fracture to boot)…

Totally horrified, I was pulling her out of the car to get her into the hospital…she was quite delirious…was crying and was blabbering something about her parents being mad at her and while I was trying to calm her down,she looks up…looking totally devastated…bleeding real bad…eyes filled with tears…and goes on to say.. “but you don’t understand…they won’t let me be involved in MAD anymore”…In the midst of all that chaos…not to mention pain,fear,shock,and a cracked skull!..her chief concern was continuing in MAD!!!…

In the midst of all that chaos…not to mention pain,fear,shock,and a cracked skull!..her chief concern was continuing in MAD!!!…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

All i can say is…if there’ll  be a MADster who’ll humble me more…I just hope I’ll live to meet the chap(or chapess)…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                               

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh wow.. That bad an accident eh??
    Good to know nothing happened..

    And, Sanjana Chechi ka jai alright !! :)

    Maybe you should have titled this post “Varkey Shrugged” or something.. :)

  2. says

    Oh wow.. That bad an accident eh??
    Good to know nothing happened..

    And, Sanjana Chechi ka jai alright !! :)

    Maybe you should have titled this post “Varkey Shrugged” or something.. :)

  3. Paul says

    dood….!!
    was the accident at the bypass n did it involve a skoda octavia….?
    cuz my friend’s mom,dad,sister and a friend had an accident there on the 27th night and a girl in the other car had a fractured skull….!!

  4. Paul says

    dood….!!
    was the accident at the bypass n did it involve a skoda octavia….?
    cuz my friend’s mom,dad,sister and a friend had an accident there on the 27th night and a girl in the other car had a fractured skull….!!

  5. sabarish says

    i was actually visualizin sanjana flyin up in the air when i read the latter part of it..proud of u gal..this is why they say “age transcends barriers”;)

    letitia…an honourable wonderful fantabulous n wat not..a person tht ur(atleast frm this;))…

    varkey shrugged seems to be an apt title..;)gud one jr…

  6. sabarish says

    i was actually visualizin sanjana flyin up in the air when i read the latter part of it..proud of u gal..this is why they say “age transcends barriers”;)

    letitia…an honourable wonderful fantabulous n wat not..a person tht ur(atleast frm this;))…

    varkey shrugged seems to be an apt title..;)gud one jr…

  7. says

    (trumpet) – Sanjana is my cousin & Lettie is my roomie…so I AM rubbing off on you guys, aye?!!… :P

    So proud of you people!! (puffed up) :)

  8. says

    (trumpet) – Sanjana is my cousin & Lettie is my roomie…so I AM rubbing off on you guys, aye?!!… :P

    So proud of you people!! (puffed up) :)

  9. Jonva says

    wow!she knocked down SANJ??she must be trained!! :)
    as intimidating as she might be we all know hw much sanj wrks fr MAD..thats why there ain no other wonder women here he he…

    and yea leticia..a few volunteers like u is wat we look for in every interview..its a pity a lot turn out otherwise..

  10. Jonva says

    wow!she knocked down SANJ??she must be trained!! :)
    as intimidating as she might be we all know hw much sanj wrks fr MAD..thats why there ain no other wonder women here he he…

    and yea leticia..a few volunteers like u is wat we look for in every interview..its a pity a lot turn out otherwise..

  11. says

    OOPS!!!I forgot to give Lettie a proper intro…for the uninformed…shes founder member and VP-HR Hyderabad…and along with Glo,is responsible for the 2 lakh odd that the Google employees contribute to MAD every year under the FOM project…also,she is Tina Isaccs’ sister..:)

  12. says

    OOPS!!!I forgot to give Lettie a proper intro…for the uninformed…shes founder member and VP-HR Hyderabad…and along with Glo,is responsible for the 2 lakh odd that the Google employees contribute to MAD every year under the FOM project…also,she is Tina Isaccs’ sister..:)

  13. Lettie says

    Well, high time I took measures to stem the flow of anxious (yet cute) sms’, phone calls, and scraps :) So here goes…, Me doing perfectly fine.. (cracked skull, and lacerations not withstanding ;) ) Had to delay my return to Hyd by a few days, but not to worry, going back next week :)

    Varkey, really good post (though things sound much cooler than they are in reality :P), and thanks for the intro. :) But hey, who are you calling delirious?? and I wasn’t blabbering!! I was only talking non-stop :)

    Paul, Geez.. small, small world I tell you!!!

    Thanks for the compliment Sabarish :)

    Glo, two words – Go Fly!!! :P

    Jonva, you could probably use this as an example to set expectations for volunteers on the kind of dedication we expect from them!!! :D Jst kiddin.. we would probably manage to only scare them off!! :O

    And Pooja.. wats that smiley for??? :)

  14. Lettie says

    Well, high time I took measures to stem the flow of anxious (yet cute) sms’, phone calls, and scraps :) So here goes…, Me doing perfectly fine.. (cracked skull, and lacerations not withstanding ;) ) Had to delay my return to Hyd by a few days, but not to worry, going back next week :)

    Varkey, really good post (though things sound much cooler than they are in reality :P), and thanks for the intro. :) But hey, who are you calling delirious?? and I wasn’t blabbering!! I was only talking non-stop :)

    Paul, Geez.. small, small world I tell you!!!

    Thanks for the compliment Sabarish :)

    Glo, two words – Go Fly!!! :P

    Jonva, you could probably use this as an example to set expectations for volunteers on the kind of dedication we expect from them!!! :D Jst kiddin.. we would probably manage to only scare them off!! :O

    And Pooja.. wats that smiley for??? :)

  15. says

    He he he.. I can imagine the volunteer Expectation form :

    1. Should have very thick skull..
    2. Should blabber coherently and audibly in case of car crash
    3. Be willing to jump off heights at Varkey’s notice…
    4… (sigh) This will make volunteer recruitment a lot more easier.. :) Hail Jonva for the idea.. :D

  16. says

    He he he.. I can imagine the volunteer Expectation form :

    1. Should have very thick skull..
    2. Should blabber coherently and audibly in case of car crash
    3. Be willing to jump off heights at Varkey’s notice…
    4… (sigh) This will make volunteer recruitment a lot more easier.. :) Hail Jonva for the idea.. :D

  17. tina says

    Hey varkey…tis a real gud post.
    Really touched by wat sanjana did…in case nobody asked,hey sanjana did nethin happen to u? :)
    (molku vallathum pattio).We can’t afford nethin happenin 2 our most dedicated madster.

    Oh and ma dear sis…..TALKIN NON STOP is blabbering hehe :D
    Hey jr -not a bad idea 4 a voulteer expectation, :D and yeah hail jonva!!!

  18. tina says

    Hey varkey…tis a real gud post.
    Really touched by wat sanjana did…in case nobody asked,hey sanjana did nethin happen to u? :)
    (molku vallathum pattio).We can’t afford nethin happenin 2 our most dedicated madster.

    Oh and ma dear sis…..TALKIN NON STOP is blabbering hehe :D
    Hey jr -not a bad idea 4 a voulteer expectation, :D and yeah hail jonva!!!

  19. Sanjana says

    am fine tina. thanks for asking. :)

    varkey, you stole my blog story, but i dont think i could have framed it better.

    actually, when she was narrating the incident and explaing how touch she was, i was really touched.
    nothing tugs on the heart strings like a child talking from the heart. i had to keep clicking pictures to keep people from seeing the tear in my eye. :)

  20. Sanjana says

    am fine tina. thanks for asking. :)

    varkey, you stole my blog story, but i dont think i could have framed it better.

    actually, when she was narrating the incident and explaing how touch she was, i was really touched.
    nothing tugs on the heart strings like a child talking from the heart. i had to keep clicking pictures to keep people from seeing the tear in my eye. :)

  21. liz says

    even though i d heard abt the accident..its only when i saw lettie i realised hw bad it was….the scar runs right across her forehead!! maybe it looks big cos her forehead s small…i was imagining hw it wud ve looked had it been my forehead…it wud ve run a metre long!!! [:)]

  22. liz says

    even though i d heard abt the accident..its only when i saw lettie i realised hw bad it was….the scar runs right across her forehead!! maybe it looks big cos her forehead s small…i was imagining hw it wud ve looked had it been my forehead…it wud ve run a metre long!!! [:)]

  23. Pooja says

    @ jithin chacko : i do that at times ?? gosh…!

    I was just lost with no words , not lazy !!!

    @ Lettie : Small small world , but seriously.. tell us how u felt when u knew u were going to get Jacked by ur Parents big time !! i got a summary from Tina , I just couldnt stop laughing :)

    @ Jonva : why is the world too small ??

    @ Jr Jithin : U really wanna Hail Jonva’s idea ???

  24. Pooja says

    @ jithin chacko : i do that at times ?? gosh…!

    I was just lost with no words , not lazy !!!

    @ Lettie : Small small world , but seriously.. tell us how u felt when u knew u were going to get Jacked by ur Parents big time !! i got a summary from Tina , I just couldnt stop laughing :)

    @ Jonva : why is the world too small ??

    @ Jr Jithin : U really wanna Hail Jonva’s idea ???

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