My excitement level was at its peak when I enrolled for the personality contest. It was while working as a teacher. The anticipation for upcoming rounds made me nervous as well as eager. Finally, the rounds began. But facing the vast audience could not beat my anxiety for rounds. But determined as always, my heart said, “Go for it.”
The first round was to introduce ousrselves in a unique manner. After brainstorming with thoughts, I decided to recite a small introductory poem. We were given a time limit of 5 minutes to prepare for the same. And the outcome was as follows. Though I don’t remember the exact words, still let me try.
Years ago, a flower bloomed in my parents’ garden.
It was a unique flower, which could sing, dance, and compose poems as well.
Years later she chose a profession to mould future.
Lovingly, she was called by all her students as Hema teacher.
A sweet gesture of applause by everyone in the hall reduced my fear to a great extent. The next round was Aptitude test round. We were given a list of questions and ten minutes to solve. I finished my task and waited eagerly for next round which would decide the semi finalists of this contest.
It was none other than
my favorite, performance round. I presented a number which was again appreciated a lot by all. after everyone’s performance, the semi finalists were announce. Guess what, I had cleared the round. Upcoming was Question Answer round, wherein everyone was asked a different question by the judges.
My question was, ‘What is your opinion about remixes?’
I answered what my heart spoke, once again. Certainly supportive of the originals, I stressed on musicians should compose something of their own instead of destroying the original tracks. After this round, finalists were announced. My heart was literally thudding as names were being read one by one.
Its been my habit since childhood. Even after giving my best and delivering honestly, I get extremely tensed at the time of results. And, to my surprise, I made it to the finals.
Towards the end of the contest, the last round began. It was once again a Question Answer round, with the variation of same question being asked to all the finalists. The last question of the contest was read out.
If you get a rebirth, who you would like to be reborn as?
We started penning down our ideas on a paper provided and we got a time limit of around 3 minutes. What entered my head first, my heart immediately approved and I started writing down. One by one, each of us read our answers. Some said they would like to be born as Mother Teressa, others said names of famous celebrities. Mine was as follows.
Given the chance of rebirth, I would like to be reborn as my mother. This will make me experience the joys I have given to her in my lifetime. And also, this will allow me to feel the hurt and pain which I gave her, not once but many times. I want to undergo that same pain. Also the tears shed by her for me, should flow from my eyes too.
No one else had mentioned their mother in answers. We waited for the result for some time. Finally, the moment came and the results were announced. I came 3rd in the contest participated by nearly 30 more teachers.
What brought peace and joy to my heart was a moment after the culmination of the contest. One of the judges walked towards me and said, “I was moved by your answer in the last round. It brought back memories of my mother and I was in tears. Your answer was really touching.”
This made my day. A mere contest helped me revisit, how we treat our mothers and take them for granted. We have time to listen to our spouses, children, friends but not mother. I hope you all too remember the sacrifices done by your mother. Keep her always in your prayers. See you all soon.
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