When I was in Coimbatore this Jan, I visited few of P’s uncles and aunts. It was fun knowing people and realizing that you have suddenly become part of a bigger family. Visit to Palakad, and staying in the old mansion designed and built by P’s grandpa; filled with beautiful antique pieces was really exciting.
P's grandpa passed away last May, almost 45 years after gandma died. I have never seen him in person, but this room of his appeared so much full of life.
But what I enjoyed the most during this trip, was speaking to P’s little cousins. In them I saw a new generation, totally different from what I have seen growing up. Each one of them are so talented, so creativity.
A sweet little 4 year old, does all her work by herself. She has already placed her tiny foot into the world of classical dancing. He brother after returning from school goes to music classes before he sets off to learn playing shuttle badminton.
Two other cousins’ of P are superbly talented in Skating. Lakshu and her brother Sachin displayed for us, some of their skills on the wheels. The siblings are good at Yoga, Abacas and Skating. Another cousin of P is a good dancer and has also recently started learning Violin.
Among my cousin’s; few are of this age and are very talented. Some are well trained classical singers already. My Sister & cousin are grooming their sons to be a good vocalist along with their academic growth. One of them is taking classes to learn the rules if tricks of Chess.
What impressed me the most is that how beautifully these kids have learnt to balance their life between studies and hobbies. They have learnt so early in life to blend art with academics. I wish I had this thought when I was of their age. I only started identifying my interests after my 10th standard.
These kids, so extremely talented also very good in their studies are the future; the coming generation. One also has to recognize the efforts from the parents to develop the kids overall growth.
When I saw a couple of college going boys and girls in Bangalore; carefree in an arrogant manner; embracing the bad qualities of western culture; I wondered (worried) about the future to come. But looking at these beautifully gifted kids, I feel much better and see a brighter upcoming.
At Murugan Temple, Murudamalia, Near Coimbatore