Sunday, September 11, 2016

Three Four- Thirty Four


In the wee hours of 28th August, 2016  I realised that I have completed thirty four years of my career.

 On 28th August,1982 I had joined as Lecturer in English‎ in F.C. College, Hisar. The day was so exquisite, a dream come true, the dream of entering a noble profession that my father had always aspired for ; the dream of making my ends meet on my own, the dream of teaching literature‎ to students. Getting an opportunity to work is a blessing and I have always felt grateful to Almighty to endow me with the ability to walk on the track of serving while earning for my own well being. 

A year before that I had lost Pitaji but when I joined I could see his beaming eyes saying: 'mera chhewan puttar wee kamau puttar ho gaya'.

For seven long years I taught with zeal and enthusiasm. It was an era more of learning‎ through trial and error; learning as an individual  with responsibility of mentoring the  adolescents; learning as an amateur amidst experienced, grown up colleagues; learning as a woman with passion for doing things that could make the difference for the better in the surroundings she lived in. And it was great spell spread over seven years that I would always treasure with affection and nostalgia.

when I joined the Civil Services (allied) and became the maiden 'woman‎ bdpo', I suddenly realised that a safe, secure world of a college for women had been left behind.  I was initially made to feel that it wasn't the right decision but my family and friends/mentors hugely supported me. It was like entering a world where you are constantly 'watched'; a world where every inch of the ground beneath your feet has to be carved afresh. 

Getting into Haryana Civil Services (executive) was again a dream realised with His Grace. The challenges as a woman have continued but I have persisted on trying to do things sincerely, diligently, carefully and to say the least, with enthusiasm and positivity. My teacher's exhortation to follow the thumb rule :'To thine own self be true..'* has always stood by me  in good stead besides the Rotary Four way test.**

I used to feel sometimes that 'its a challenge' and I would roll up my sleeves  to put the best foot forward. Every kind of opportunity has made me feel 'now is the time..'. It has been a struggle at times to prove myself as a woman, as an individal with a purpose, as an Indian, as a  daughter of pitaji and ma- the patriots to the core.

 I must confess that the divine powers have always been kind (touch wood!) and enabled me go on despite all odds and hindrances paving way for better opportunities keeping intact the resilience and the zeal. Thank you, God.‎


With five and half decades on back, life has brought forth, gifted the superlative opportunity. I feel humbled and grateful. The days remaining may be countable but every day has 24 hours and the minutes and seconds are precious, valuable , worthy to be dedicated to my country and to the service of the country men.


*This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Farewell, my blessing season this in thee!


William Shakespeare

  • **Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

40 comments:

  1. A brilliant, fruitful and rewarding career! A refreshing, energizing write-up! Thanks for sharing this! Kudos!

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  2. Thanks for this write up! Your journey has been rewarding and it has been because of your sincerity of purpose and being true to yourself! May you continue to be an insplration for many others!

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    1. Pranam sir, thank you so much for such encouraging compliments. regards

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  3. Very sincere and motivational journey.thanks for write up,must provide energy and inspiration for many others like us

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  4. Very sincere and motivational journey.thanks for write up,must provide energy and inspiration for many others like us

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  5. May i add something in this beautiful blog that you have inspired many lives and always helpful to friends and near dear though they may not have come to your expectations sir carry on god bless you namah shivay

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  6. Wow!!A beautiful write-up visualising before eyes how peetaji must have felt to see his dream come true. Entering into a world where too much is expected of with just a little cooperation, a lot of criticism, plenty of back- biting, making the huge work a thankless one, rewarding it "so what? It was her duty" and what not , you have really imprinted your uniqueness to each project you did take. Three kudos to you ! I pray to Almighty for my dearest friend to gift her all the zeal and energy for achieving still greater heights. Why to wish u success as IT ITSELF HANKERS AFTER YOU TO CROWN YOU. God is really great who has gifted me with such a gem in life.. true Sumedha. Wishing ...always be a beacon- light for others who are like forlorn ships and craving for a direction in the gloomy nights!!
    Dr.saraswati Arya

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    1. Thanks a lot for generous compliments. regards

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  7. Great personality great views. Your are always my ideal sumedha mam.i know sky is your limit and you will definitely achieve much more.always need your blessings dear mam.all the very best...

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  8. Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude. We are proud of you

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  9. Nothing can stop the person with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the person with the wrong mental attitude. We are proud of you

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  10. Great journey and inspirations to me and others. I feel proud and blessed to have work with you. Wish you great success in life. Regards.

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    1. Thanks Varun. I too feel privileged to have worked with you! regards

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  11. Making true "The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.....

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  12. You have always been an inspiration and have enlightened me. You proved ur name. Made parents proud. I wish if I could just walk on your steps and make my dreams come true.

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    1. Thanks Manisha. You are doing great! bless you

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  13. You've always been an inspiration for me and many more.This has become possible only b'coz of your dedication & sincerity. You've proved that Betiyan Beto she kum nahin hoti.But you can't stop here. The sky is your limit.I am proud of you for being my teacher & mentor.l wish to follow you to achieve my dreams.

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  14. You've always been an inspiration for me and many more.This has become possible only b'coz of your dedication & sincerity. You've proved that Betiyan Beto she kum nahin hoti.But you can't stop here. The sky is your limit.I am proud of you for being my teacher & mentor.l wish to follow you to achieve my dreams.

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  15. In appreciation of your Dedication & Sincerity l really appreciate the way you strive to fulfil your & your parents dreams.Almighty always showers His blessings on those who step forward with a noble cause.Congrates on your completing 34 years of a successful journey.May God always shower His blessings on you.My daughter Himani has all the praise foryou forthe efforts you did to make your your dreams come true.Really you are great!

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  16. Great careers are not passed down or handed over. They must be seeded, tended and grown—and you are the gardener. When u take ur success into ur own hands, when you take ownership of ur achievements, development and ambition, there is no limit to what u can accomplish. No matter the course, there’s always one constant: u cultivated ur own success. If opportunity doesnot knock, build a door.... You have inculcated ethics, morals and spirtual support to all. Really inspiration to all of us. Regards

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  17. Great careers are not passed down or handed over. They must be seeded, tended and grown—and you are the gardener. When u take ur success into ur own hands, when you take ownership of ur achievements, development and ambition, there is no limit to what u can accomplish. No matter the course, there’s always one constant: u cultivated ur own success. If opportunity doesnot knock, build a door.... You have inculcated ethics, morals and spirtual support to all. Really inspiration to all of us. Regards

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  18. Very motivational journey mam...very nice God bless u

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  19. Very motivational journey mam...very nice God bless u

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  20. आपके ब्लॉग से स्त्रीमन की ,संघर्ष और सुरक्षा की अन्तर्निहित परतें भी हैं !और बीच में एक बात की "अज्ज मेरा छेवा पुत्र वि कमाऊ हो गया "माँ बाप के पुरातन नज़रिये को बदलने को काफी है !आगामी युवा लड़कियों हेतु प्रेरणादायक !"मोटिवेशनल" !

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  21. आपका ब्लॉग लेखन,आपका पुस्तक लेखन और आपका काम के प्रति समर्पण,सदा से मेरे लिए और संभवतया उन सभी के लिए प्रेरणा स्त्रोत रहा है,जो भी इन्हें पढ़ते रहे हैं।
    Great and devoted journey of yours,will always prove a lighthouse for the lost generations to come,if they can read and understand the depth of your sincerity in job and honesty in profession. A true hardworker,a truly wonderful and enchanting personality,that's what SUMEDHA KATARIA IS.
    Three cheers������.

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  22. आपका ब्लॉग लेखन,आपका पुस्तक लेखन और आपका काम के प्रति समर्पण,सदा से मेरे लिए और संभवतया उन सभी के लिए प्रेरणा स्त्रोत रहा है,जो भी इन्हें पढ़ते रहे हैं।
    Great and devoted journey of yours,will always prove a lighthouse for the lost generations to come,if they can read and understand the depth of your sincerity in job and honesty in profession. A true hardworker,a truly wonderful and enchanting personality,that's what SUMEDHA KATARIA IS.
    Three cheers������.

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  23. thank u very much for sharing yours write up with me. I as being father of five daughters can easily understand the challenges before a daughter to combat with the conservative society and to prove justified model role at last
    become light house for others. fortunately, as District Information and Public Relations officer Kurukshetra, I had witnessed the golden journey of your outstanding
    performances as ADC Kurukshetra, always found you sincere, devoted, dedicated and keen to serve
    people round the clock.Now
    almighty grace another feather in your cap, DC Kurukshetra, right time right person"Sumedha Kataria"will definately ensure no stone unturned for overall development of Kurukshetra in the offing. No doubt, you are blessed that is why, you have been able to grace the splendid work culture enjoyed the dignity status of BDPO SDM to ADC and now as DC as woman in a male dominated society really great achievment. today is the day when one of
    my daughter Kirti Sirohiwall
    selected BDPO( HCS allied)
    is very keen to take guidelines from you and to be successful adminstrator as only you are as a maiden
    BDPO of Haryana had values to guide proper a lady. really you are ray of hope of daughters' fathers those have dreams to make successful administrators of their daughters...regards:Dev Raj Sirohiwall

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  24. Words are betraying me in expressing my thoughts about your works and words. Tough in action but soft at heart, you have crossed channels filled with filth and stink dug before you by male dominated society. Your Karmakshetra was first Dharmakshetra-Kurukshetra and you owned Gita by man-vachan-karma which perhaps gave inner power to excel in all fields you were associated, whether KDB or ADC or MC. While making Kurukshetra the first district in country as Nirmal district by your tireless efforts, you continued giving words to your emotions and the world could know you later as a prolific writer. It is a rare combination today where a bureaucrat becomes a literateur and not a petty writer.
    Your positive attitude towards life and career made many of your critics rethink and redesign their misconceptions. I stand a live witness to this phenomenon.
    In social sphere your thoughts and ideas are exemplary, be it the gender equality or upholding Vedic traditions. The first lesson of service to humanity began from your home itself. The social and cultural ethos were genetically in your blood which impelled you to serve people at large and especially the weaker sections of society. This spirit of your turned many notorius ones into sublime souls. Now people look at you not only for help but also for your guidance as they know your positive thoughts would bring them out of pathetic conditions.
    Thirty Four is not enough time but certainly a time to look back and replan future's innings. Much more to serve much more to achieve but in a lesser period. The world of right thinking people expects more from you as they know you can do it and alone you can do it.
    My best wishes to you for your better life and career for bright future of people of Kurukshetra and Haryana.

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  26. Write-up!gives energy and inspiration for many like us.You remain always helpful to people of down trodden community.You are a great personality and wins the Hearts of everyone where you live.Your approach remains always positive.You are a symbol of women empowerment.Congrates on completing 34 years of successful career.
    GREAT JOURNEY
    Regards

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