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Happiness 101

Everyone wants to be happy. Television and movies have led us believe that if we have a perfect house, a perfect relationship and “a lot of money”, we will be happy. But will we be?

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”

Jim Carrey

This quote of Jim carrey (The Mask) gives you a reality check. Money makes life easy, but does it make you happy? For me, real happiness comes when I change someone’s life positively. May be you feed someone’s empty stomach or you help someone when they were in dire need of money or something. That’s a more real and long lasting happiness.

I’m Abhay, a 9–5 working software engineer, but I’m not in a rush. I empathise with people begging on metro stations, children and women working their heart out on a construction site and making a meagre amount of money. I have always wanted to help these people, not just with a few rupees or by giving them food for a day. But I want this happiness and satisfaction to last longer for them.

So being an engineer, I thought of teaching them computers. Many of us would think that it is a bad idea as children on streets are not “educated enough”. But computer education is not something which requires formal education.

Hence, I started on my own. My office colleagues helped me out in this by issuing laptops from office and I picked up a few random children from nearby. But then reality hit me. They couldn’t even read the alphabets on keyboard. It was too hard for me to start with the alphabets.

Meanwhile on my facebook post, one of my friends Ripunjay, told me about an NGO which was doing the exact same thing. Bingo, I got my club. I talked to Abhishek and joined here as a volunteer. I talked to the students there, got to know about their humble background, and saw their enthusiasm in learning. Few were there for an year and looking for a job, I helped them in getting jobs or an internship and everything started to fall in place for me.

And all this taught me one thing, when you really want to make an impact, everyone will help you. I strongly believe:

Everyone has a good in them, but this mad rat race have dulled out the good in them. And whenever people see something good happening — their long sleeping good wakes up.

NavGurukul has still a long way to go. And only one such NGO won’t make a budge in a population of 1.2 billion. I hope this initiative will inspire others and will try to solve the problem of “unemployment and loss of great young potential” in our country in their own ways.

I want to end this with a quote of Mother Teresa to ponder over.

“When a poor person dies of hunger it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.”

Mother Teresa

May you find your happiness as well!

Do check out a youtube trim tool i created




NavGurukul offers a one-year residential program in Software Engineering for underprivileged students to enable an access to aspirational jobs for them. We are working to launch similar courses in Mental Health and Tourism.

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Abhay Srivastav

Abhay Srivastav

Meditator | Coder | Blogger | Memer

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