“Navodaya”….a kNowlegible Nest for the Nightingales

This October 23rd 2011 our “Apna JNVB” is celebrating 25 years.  We all are excited and enthusiastically waiting for the silver jubilee function. My stay in JNV Balehonnur consisted 7 beautiful years of my life and I cherish each and every moment of it. I laughed, cried, crumbled, stood up to situations, I learnt, I taught , I won, I lost, and most of all I lived my life with making great friends. The following is an incident of my life in navodaya. And I have tried to reply all those who ask what special with your navodaya??.  It’s quite lengthy but I have made sure it will not bore you while reading.

Couple of years back,

It was a lousy Friday and I was perfectly prepared to go to birur for a two day off. I was waiting for the intercity train in Yeswanthpur railway station. Like never before I was 25 minutes early from the train timings. I was alone standing in a corner of the platform reading a weekly magazine. A guy walked towards me looking suspiciously and thinking as though he has seen me before. He was continuously staring at me scratching his cerebrum for something, which I too didn’t get. After some time finally he made his mind to come up to me and clarify his doubts.

He said “are you from JNV Ckm?” Happydent smile on my face “Yes am “.

He replied “am your junior “and started telling many of my batch mates names. The only worst part of it was even after so many names his lip movements didn’t suggest that he has got my name.

After around 10 to 12 names he asked my name saying I have forgot yours? When your junior comes up to you and start recognizing many of your classmates and not you? –This feeling can only be felt not expressed in words. After hearing my name he started thinking again and suddenly like Archimedes’s eureka he uttered “chicken pox patient”.  That word brought back smiles on my face. I felt like an Indian cricket player ignored from a series then called back for the next one. After few minutes train arrived and we both departed.

History behind  “Chicken pox patient”- Probably I guess just three or four days before my 2nd PU board exams should start, small kind of skin rashes started occurring on my body. Due to physics exams being the first my brain has already had rashes of Physics. This was an addition to that. Immediately I left JNV and went to CKM to seek a doctor with my family. After some treatment it was found chicken pox which had attacked me. With a wonderful treatment in ckm by Dr Chandrashekar, he inspired me like anything before. Came back to navodaya and reported with the nurse madam as it was a contagious disease. I was transferred to the guest house. I was isolated from everyone and made to live alone. Being together for seven years and at the crucial time living alone was quite disturbing. It was in front of my physics madam’s house. She was also worried as it was physics exam first. Only people I had around was physics madam (Mrs. Rekha Ashok), Ashok Sir and their two beautiful children alek and avinash.  Even though I would have got food from the mess, she had informed the authorities that she will take care of my food intake. She used to cook and take care of me in between her hectic schedule. In between all these she used teach me physics and kept on motivating me to come out of this disease hangover and perform well. I was never ever motivated so well in my life than in those 20 days. Her sons used to be always with me playing and trying out different pranks. Ashok sir used to come and motivate me always to stay out of the embarrassment of having a disease during board exams. Only thing I remember doing was sleeping a lot and have couple of checkups daily. But the inspiration and great support from Rekha madam and Ashok sir made me courageous to perform well despite of all these things. They taught not only physics but lot more about life. She is the best teacher I have ever learnt from in my entire life. It will fall short if I express my gratitude towards them in just words. Like the quote below

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind”.  I had never got 90+ marks in physics exams in my entire life but she made me to get that in my final exams.

As the days of exams passed my entire subject teachers came to me and clarified my doubts.  Especially Uday nayak Sir, Madhusudhan Sir, vijaya madam, Chidanand Sir and the great Mahesh Sir. My maths sir mahesh was never affected by chicken pox, so he used to have an antibiotic to just come to me and teach. I am grateful to every one of them and will be in my entire life.I don’t think in any of the high paid boarding schools or in country’s prestigious residential schools you have a treatment like this when you are down with a disease during your board exams.

One of the best government initiatives till date is to build Navodaya.  It is a unique place and a tailored made one for one for students to spend their beautiful life. Thanks to Rajeev Gandhi for creating it.

I am determined to give back to my school what I have learnt in all the possible ways in the coming years.

“Navodaya” a word that brings joy and happiness to my life.  Very happy and proud to be a part of it.

A year for my blog as it started in march 2010, this was the 13th post. Thank you all for your fabulous support and advices.
ramanujan ……….\raam/



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26 responses to ““Navodaya”….a kNowlegible Nest for the Nightingales

  1. Amogh R Chandra

    superb one bro, felt like reading it again and again.

  2. nayana

    awesome!!!!i am also a student of JNV CKM.even till today i remember you many a times.i was in sixth when you were attacked by chicken pox.

  3. Sowrabha

    I was student of Navodaya probably very senior to you. You can’t recognise me as I can’t pull out your name from my memory chip.
    However, just wnated to compliment you for your deed of writing about Navodaya. It is very important that we share such experiance with others. Bad words spread faster than good words. So we all should gear up to spread good words.

    Sowrabha Dattaraja

  4. Manjunatha Y D

    Good one buddy…


  5. gayathri

    nice write up dear. our teachers would be really surprised if they get to read these posts, hope they do. congratulations on completion of one year. got to go long way.. keep up the wrk. al the best.

  6. Rawi Prakash Sheshappa

    Hey Ramanujan,
    nice write-up.
    I just noticed something. Sorry about my ignorance if it is.. The title read ‘Knowlegible’.. what’s meaning around it? Did you mean ‘knowledgable’? Just curious. Being professional tester, it was itching :).
    When is the next one coming? Waiting for it.
    – Ravi Prakash

    • Thank you Bro,
      Yeah it meant almost Knowledgeable , i thought of naming it knowlegible as it didn’t had a proper meaning so thought it may include some flavor to the word Knowledgeable. Because we did learn many other valuable things excluding academics.
      Will post next one soon…

  7. Kiran

    lovely man….in fact, this is the first blog i read and its great…. 🙂

  8. Vijay

    Dear Ram,

    Really it was heart touching lines which ur written about our JNVCKM ,
    thanx for sharing the beutifull golden days which was ther in life book,continue with the same,
    i really loveed it

  9. Naveen

    Actually i wont read blogs n all, if i read also only some lines but not full, But your blog din’t allow me to stop!!!
    Gud one Ram,,, Touching lines!!!!!! 😉

  10. Chandan

    Hey Ram…. Your blog is cool and makes me nostalgic.

  11. sachinmm

    good one…
    u just refreshed those golden memories….

  12. Harish

    Few days back i had called ashok sir and he still relates ur batch with tat chickpox incident..Anyways a great one, because wherever there is JNV its gonna be obviously awesome..truely heart-touching..glad tat u mentioned the teachers and their selfless act..Thanks for blogging something on a place which created ‘The best part of my lyf’…..

    • Thanks a lot harish and JNV has become a integral part of our lives. Ashok Sir helped us a lot during the tough times. And that chicken pox incident is still in minds of many in JNVB and about teachers it will fall short if we express our gratitude in just words.
      Happy to be a navodayan.

  13. Keerthan

    good one mate…. your blogs are good, better than i expected (no pun intended :D):P
    keep up the good work..
    those days in JNVB will last in our memories for ever…
    we all were worried for u guys at that time…
    how can we forget those teachers who are the reason whatever we ll go on 2 achieve in our lives… we r for ever in their debts…
    macha where did u get those pics frm?? i ll need them lo 🙂

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