2 hours = Five decades of inspiration

“I just received this Limca Book of World Record certificate last week”, were the beaming words of Mrs.Malathi Rao, fondly called Ajji, when she met me at her house. You have to only meet her in person to be able to experience the vigour, energy, creativity, innovation, perseverance, skill, dedication, self-confidence, and pursuit, that this lady has, at 80 years of age.  And, she goes on showing me one by one, her accomplishments and rewards over the past five decades ! It was truly splendid and amazing for me to witness all these achievements. I consider myself very fortunate to have got this opportunity of spending two hours in her company.

Most of us would throw away the remains of a strip of (medicine) tablet that we would consume upon any illness – Mrs.Rao made a bird out of it. She has been creative and innovative in making various forms of birds, animals, humans, flowers and structures using various items like bindi’s, match boxes, empty soap wrappers, covers, ice-cream sticks, unused socks, etc. Her love for both art and music was very evident in each of her creations. Having made various creatives, she went an extra mile to connect with the right people to get them photographed and then converted them into a table-top calendar for distribution and sale. Very humble by nature, Mrs.Rao narrated to me, in these two hours, every minute detail of her life, since she lost her husband at her age of 30 years. It was indeed not a simple thing to grow all alone and raise two small children along the span of 50 years. She provided excellent education to them to enable them to shine in their individual lives today. Her love for them reflected in the booklet full of her work and accomplishments, that she created as a memento from her side to them on her own birthday and managed to send a copy each to both her children staying in London.

A powerhouse of energy and sacrifice, she intends to teach children about all that she knows and has learnt, and wants to instill in them the following values :

  • Count your blessings every day
  • Whatever you have to do, do your best
  • Learn to be self-reliant
  • Time is precious – do not waste it
  • Be ready to help a needy person

At a physical stage where she has her hip surgery done a few years back, and has ability to see only with one eye, her enthusiasm made me feel shy of myself. When a person like her, who does not have any of the comforts, luxury and convenience which people like us have, can do all that I saw with my own eyes; we should definitely be doing things beyond it.

Service over self ! Truly inspiring ……

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