How to Grow
Growth is nature's biggest gift. All objects, animate or inanimate, grow with time. What is essential is the growth in the correct way. Without it, full potential cannot be achieved. For this, planned efforts are needed. These are in various forms. Plants are looked after by farmers and gardeners; animals and birds by curators; human beings by teachers. Nature is give and take. It gives according to our acts. Writings are reflections of thoughts of writers; his family, education and training; successes and setbacks; aims and desires. Honesty, sincerity, discipline, planning, determination, dedication, concentration and patience are the raw materials. Decisions are the pathways. These are the basics for success. Games are important for physical and mental growth. They teach us quick decision making. Right decisions at the right time lead to success and achievements.
What I have learnt in life are from good education, working in a progressive multinational company and sports. My achievements and successes are the results of decisions at the right time. I am sharing them with examples from my life and lives of successful people.
Ishwar Nath Chaturvedi
Essence of Life
Ishwar Chaturvedi's Essence of Life deals with the journey of a man and his experiences through the gradual swift from the rural to the urban life. Villages in India are dwindling due to migration of people to cities for better future causing displacement of the population from the rural to the urban sectors. Essence of life depicts such experiences. It narrates a true story of migration in India from village to city. The shift has consequences. India which once thrived on strength of joint families is turning into nuclear units eroding family values. How the author has grown and fulfilled his desires from modest beginnings are real examples of lives of common men.
Author was born and brought up in Calcutta. After completing his education, he worked at Calcutta in a Multinational Company. The book highlights his lessons on corporate management and value of sports in life. His forefathers came from a small village of Uttar Pradesh. They had migrated in search of a better life. This is the essence of the book. With a modest upbringing in a close knit joint family, the author gives all credits to his family members and relatives with real examples for teaching to succeed through sincere and honest means. How family ethics, traditions, belief in God; help, feeling of respect for each other are maintained is also the theme of the book.
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Ishwar Nath Chaturvedi
This autobiography is based on the life of a middle class boy from rural India whose forefathers, a family of two brothers, had migrated from the ancient city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh to a village, nearly 60km.away, during the rule of Mughal Emperor Aurangeb around 1660 A.D. to save themselves from his humiliation and torture. They cut forest, made land suitable for farming with help from maternal uncles from nearby village of Pharoli, started growing crops, keeping animals and built mud and brick houses for living. As family increased; they acquired more land; built new houses, cattle sheds; gave land and jobs to others required for help in living. In course of time, their possession of land increased to 1400 bighas with 7 houses of Chaturvedis and 20 of others. To avoid harassment and gain goodwill of Mughal rulers, village was named Jahangirpur.
The story starts from great grand father Ram Ratan, who in his younger days had worked as Khajanchi (now known as treasurer) in one of the Princely estates of United Province(Uttar Pradesh now). After the death of his elder brother, Ram Prasad, he had to settle down in village, when he was in his forties, to look after the family and farming. Since he had education and exposure to town life, he was familiar with basics of life. He gave education to children at a time when very few Indians knew its importance and sent them out of the village to cities to work. Dayu Dayal, author's grand father, was eldest and most educated. He came to Calcutta at the age of 18 years and worked as a stock broker. Author's father, Onkar Nath, joined him later at same age after finishing his education. This is how the family came to city from village.
The family has inherited leadership quality from great grand father and is conscious of social obligations. Uncle, Sidh Gopal, had taken active part in the freedom movement and was recognised as a "Freedom Fighter". Father, though educated in catholic missionary school and college, became complete follower of Mahatma Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave not only in thoughts but also in living, acts and dress. Like great grand father, grand father and father were Sarpanch (Headman) of Gram Panchayat (village governing body). Grand father founded a school in the village which today is an intermediate college. Current generation is also actively involved in administration of establishments with which they are connected.
Village life is hard. It was more so in earlier days. Sun rise and set were clocks. Farming and cattle rearing are professions. Communal living is the need. Honesty and togetherness are the rules. Love and respect for each other are the norms. People, families, villages have to be self sufficient. Survivor of the fittest is the rule. So every child was taught martial art, more so was in his family because both great grand father and grand father were Headman (Sarpanch) of the village and had to use muscle power sometimes to control the wrong doers. Physical training was a must for all. Wrestling, use of lathis, spears, swords and arms were taught. Competitions were held regularly to tune up abilities. Caste and creed were no restrictions for participation. Grand father and his brothers took part in wrestling and Lathi competitions. Because of this, all got interested in physical activities and sports. Two of the uncles were school and district champions in wrestling; father represented school and college teams in hockey, football and tennis; brother and the author did well in many outdoor games viz. football, cricket, hockey, rowing, tennis and athletics; sons, Amit and Asit, won tennis championships at the National and State levels and aunt's (father's sister) son, Gaurav, became National Champion in tennis and represented India in Davis Cup.
Author's education started at Calcutta from a roadside one room Pathsala near the house and finished with studies in renowned colleges and university; his service career of 30 years in a multinational business house taught him the art of good administration; his family background of stock brokers made him a financial investor after taking early retirement from the employer due to ethical reasons; his family life strengthened the belief in God resulting in the experience of life after death; major sickness of his elder son taught him the medical science and its values etc. Photographs are pictorial depiction of life. Though he is in early seventies, his day begins at 5 am and ends at 11pm with the blessing of good health through work and exercise. To share his experiences, the book is a "Must Read" history of a humble, peaceful, prosperous and healthy life through honesty and hard work.
Ishwar Nath Chaturvedi