Originally written by Karthik Reddy, MAD Mumbai.
(Karthik, a 2nd year Engineering student is currently a volunteer at Father Agnel’s Centre. )
As the rains poured down on the city, it was was easy to feel a little lethargic and sleepy.
Still, as I stepped out of my house on Wednesday evening, there was no thought about curling up with a good book or watching some FIFA. As I tried to mentally prepare for the first time I would interact with the kids at Father Agnel Technical High school, doubts and second thoughts clouded my mind.
What if they don’t like me?
What if this turns out to be a waste of their time?
What if the kids don’t learn anything from me?
But these thoughts were swept away by the sheer enthusiasm and joy that greeted us on entering the classroom. After getting over the initial wave of noise I could register little boys eager to introduce themselves with a genuine smile plastered on their face. The fun was infectious and before I knew it I found myself having ,easily, the best day of my week!
The kids demanding Deepika and Katrina’s number had me in a fix, trying to explain how I wasn’t really the actor from Karthik calling Karthik. I still have to get back at Tanmay for making them believe that!
The kids, bursting with enthusiasm, told us about their hobbies and what they wanted to be when they grow up.
I’ll never forget a 14 year old who wants to be a Terrorist, just so that he can throw a bomb, sitting only a few benches away from a little boy determined to join the Indian Army!!!
The kids were divided into teams to play Pictionary and 20 questions. After a few noisy rounds, complete with accusations of cheating and wild celebrations, our first class came to an end.
The kids took me under their umbrellas because they didn’t want their ‘Sir’ to get drenched.
As I walked the kids back to the hostel, they wanted me to promise that I would be back the next week. And I was more than happy to oblige!
I couldn’t believe that I was feeling more refreshed after my class than before it. The kids have that effect on you!
You can be sure that I’ll be back next week, and the week after that for my dose of MADness!