At first my fingers were awkward. They fumbled carelessly and sloppily like uncooked French fries. As a child of three I first dipped my fingers into the endless ocean of expression and allowed my hands to grow a voice and this is how I started interacting and learning from my idol.
As a child I always admired him for his adroitness and would with utmost curiosity try to figure out that even when God had gifted me and him with the same number of fingers, how come he could always solve the mathematics problems faster than me.
A person who adhered to a strict schedule and at the same time was very comfortable with it. He would get up at five, go for his morning walks, come back have his morning tea and then for about half an hour he would associate himself with all the aspects of the outer world. Once the last page of newspaper was read, then with a gratified look he would get up and carry on with his daily chores.
Though at that age I rated myself, as an excellent actress he could always make out that with closed eyes his daughter was wide awake. Then in the fo
rm of a morning fairytale he updated me about the happenings of the world from his vast repository of knowledge. My associations with different gamut of people be it in person or through a distance helped me to identify their good qualities and practices and initial effort was to imbibe the good qualities and integrate those practices in my real life based on their relevance. Though as a child my sole target was to be as high as him in the physical sense and be a brisker mathematical wizard than him, in the later stages of my life it transformed into a desire to be as high as him in the mental stature. However as my interaction with the outer world increased, my perceptions changed and I realized that "my idol" couldn"tmt be a single super hero for one individual cannot have all the good traits and therefore it had to be an amalgam of people. He successfully replaced all that was ignorant in me with curiosity and tolerance. My idol that is my father gave an initial direction to my life and contributed significantly to my evolution evolve into a mature thinking individual from whom I have inherited my guiding principles of life however the "amalgam of idols" helped me to fill up the remaining void spaces and gave a sense of completeness to my "Role Model" to whom I can always look up with utmost reverence and which in turn provides me with the confidence that all the good traits can always be inherited be choice. So now "my idol" became role based. At the end of the execution of the assignment at hand, the final outcome was always better than expected. It also comprised of people like Mother Teresa who had a lot of compassion for humanity and could take up their ventures for the well being of human kind to global scales and the "Business Maharajas" who could set up empires based on the merit of their knowledge, technical and management skills and untiring determination to make a mark in their respective fields. So till the young age of fourteen being a witness of his undying spirit I took him as my idol and my role model. The best asset of his personality was that he could always get his work done in a way that the person on the other side felt happy doing it and at the same time did it with a desire to learn. Then he took my open mind and opened it even wider so that various aspects of life could be appreciated from a very young age. "My idol list " synonymous to a "collection of people" underwent constant upgradation. They ranged from my teachers who had a very good command on their subject to the seniors who worked untiringly towards accomplishing their dreams.