Jayakumar, one of my classmate from Manjappara Upper Primary School, called me up today to inform the availability of some 20 cents of land in the beautiful hill named ‘Kadalukanipara’ in my village. I am fond of that beautiful place and looking to buy some land there as my vacation and spiritual home, the home away from city and professional life. While I am there, I can change my hat from software professional to village farmer! With help from Jayakumar, I am writing an article about Kadalukanipara and hoping to publish it in Ananthapuri.com soon.
After I hang up the call with him, I started thinking about my old school days. During the 7th standard, I was the school leader of this village school. As the school leader one of my daily duty was to read out the national integrity pledge in the school assembly. I tried to recollect the pledge, but couldn’t do it completely.
Here is the English version of the pledge, our medium of instruction was Malayalam.
India is my country and all Indians are my brothers and sisters.
I love my country and I am proud of its rich and varied heritage.
I shall always strive to be worthy of it.
I shall give respect to my parents, teachers and elders and treat everyone with courtesy.
To my country and my people, I pledge my devotion.
In their well being and prosperity alone lies my happiness.
BTW, Kerala schools are opening on Monday, 5 June 2006, after the 2 months summer holidays. Wish all students and teachers a great academic year!