A Slice of Adventure for Parents

A Slice of Adventure for Parents

The Majestic Himalayas are one of the most sought after destination of adventure-lovers. The Himalaya, also known as India’s crowning glory, is a magic place where the magnificence of the world’s highest mountains is mirrored in its rugged beauty.   The beautiful snow-capped mountain peaks beckon trekkers from all over the world.

Every year, many students from Thane experience the heavenly beauty of the Himalayas first-hand by participating in annual treks organised by city-based NGO, Jidnyasa Trust. But there are others who, even though fascinated by the idea, are unable to join these treks because their parents, who are apprehensive about the dangers that are associated with such treks, do not grant their consent.

If you are one such student, it’s time to rejoice. For now your parents too have an opportunity experience the bliss that is Himalayas. Have your parents enrol for the Himalayan trek being organised especially for parents aged between 25 and 45 years. The trek, being organised by Jidnyasa, will extend over a period of 15 days and is scheduled somewhere in mid-September, soon after the Ganpati celebrations.

The trek is mainly for those parents who wish to re-kindle the spirit of adventure or would like to experience the glory of Himalayas and also see for themselves how safe such treks are, for their sons and daughters. "The reason we have scheduled this trek in September is because the Himalayas look very beautiful immediately after monsoons. The Valley of Flowers especially blossoms in August and September," says Sagar Oak from Jidnyasa.

The participants can expect to get a taste of adventure as they will stay in tents and eat food made in the same camp. Long stretches of walks will help them unwind. But most importantly, anxious parents will know exactly what their children would live through at such treks. So the next time your child comes to you seeking permission for an adventure-trek, you’ll be able to make an informed decision.

The trekkers will take the Rajdhani Express to Delhi, from where they will enjoy a bus-ride right up to the base of the Har-ki-dhun glacier via Rishikesh. The trust has organised similar treks to the Himalayas on two earlier occasions and had received very encouraging response from parents. They are also planning two treks for youngsters in the nearby Sahayadris – on August 10 and September 21. For more details, you may contact Jidnyasa on 25403857.

A Question of Felicitation
Soon after the SSC and HSC results, there are countless felicitation ceremonies held in the honour of the toppers. Every second day we read about this guild or that association, commending and complimenting those who’ve done well. Everyone celebrates success. But very few discuss failure. So, we were pleasantly surprised when a few days ago we were invited for a speaking engagement at a seminar being organised in Thane for those who failed to clear their board exams. The idea was to address unsuccessful students – their apprehensions, reservations and misgivings.

It is a fact that there is a huge stigma attached to failing at board exams. And many students, who fail, end up losing their self esteem and their confidence. Agreed, that it’s an extremely competitive world. But competition is alright as long as it’s healthy and encourages participants to perform to their optimum levels without inflicting harmful and depressing after-effects on those who don’t succeed. Try, try and try till you succeed is not an empty maxim. Almost everyone who’s achieved great success has learnt to fail gracefully. Thousands of examples of Success after Failures are found in every field one can think of – Films, Sports, Business, Politics, and Science and so on. The big difference between those who ultimately succeed and those who don’t is that those who succeed refuse to get seduced by failures. They view each failure as a step closer to success. When Thomas Edison was working on his 10,000th attempt at inventing the light bulb, he was asked how he kept going in spite of 9999 "failed" attempts. Edison said he believed that what he had in fact done was discover 9999 ways NOT to invent the light bulb.

Young minds are often confused and a large part of the blame rests with their parents and the society in general. By all means, we must felicitate those who succeed and encourage them to achieve even greater success. But at the same time it is our collective responsibility as a society to ensure that those who fail are not neglected. It’s important that we create the awareness that failure is just a temporary phenomenon. And one failure does not outline your chances of success in a life so full of opportunities.

So if you know anyone who has flunked his or her school exams, please offer them wisdom of perseverance. You never know who among them has the potential to become a great scientist. After all, Thomas Edison "failed" at his attempts to invent the light bulb over 10,000 times.

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