By Ashish Kaul
At a prize distribution function few years back, a reporter put a question to me – “What message do you have for the younger generation?” Presumably, the same thing would have been asked to different set of people or the dignitaries the journalist must have stood out to.
“I refuse to give any guidance to anyone,” I told him, adding, “At this age, I am myself looking for guidance, how can then I guide. Every one is to oneself.” Suddenly, the five-star banquet hall was silent. I was listening to only my echo in the packed hall with 300 people. It seemed like a déjà vu.
Rest of the speech was all on a personal view format. When I finished talking, for a second, public down there forgot to clap. Suddenly, everyone was standing like obedient students on arrival of the principal. I was happy they remembered to clap a second later.
My view has always been that if I am still chasing my dreams and falling short every now and then, how I can guide others.
A leader has to have walked the path first before cautioning others. I am still in search of a Guru… How can I be of someone else’s Guru? Life is simple. Keep it simple.