Sorry Mother but I am not literate

Sorry Mother but I am not literate

Illiteracy happens to be the worst social curse of the 21st century that retards nation and society alike, but sometimes it is also capable of creating hilarious situation, to throw light to this fact let me narrate you an instance- a moisturising company in south Africa was shocked to discover that the demand for one of their moisturising products was unbelievingly high in one of the remote villages of     Africa , to show their gratitude they decided to send teachers to the village for the upliftment of the society, the company believed that the next year the sales will sky rocket , but much to their horror it drop down to zero, when a further study was initiated, they were astounded to hear that when the people were illiterate, they would consume the moisturising cream with bread , on being literate they understood it’s purpose, the bottom line of the story is that literacy helps you differentiate between your priority and wants, they understood the utility of product, saving themselves from the perilous ramifications of ignorance that they were living in

People in rural areas are still very reluctant to break the stereotypes, do away with the traditional norms thus leaving very little headroom for any change.

The government is coming up with various initiatives to rein in the escalating illiteracy, but somehow the offerings are not reaching the people at the grass rotes level

Census states that Kerala is the only educated state with very minute traces of illiteracy, apart from it all other states have been a laggard in the field of literacy,

organisations like ONUS teach for India have made successful attempts in bringing about the change to the society by encouraging parents in the rural areas to send their children to school

Each and every one of us have a hunger for education and values, but only few are really able to quench that thirst, the  proverbial fits very well into this description that everything comes for a price

This is something which is not just the duty of these organisation, it is incumbent on everyone to make little efforts to make their society a better place to live in, teaching night school students, a weekly pilgrimage to a nearby orphanage apprising them of the tenets of education will accentuate the future of not just those little kids but also infuse you with the feeling of pride and contentment

Education is just like those bright shiny colours and those underprivileged disheartened gloomy illiterates are just like the canvas, and we all are the artist

Now it all depends on us to hold the brush and be a part of the change or just sit and wait for someone else to do it, but the wait is never going to end and the change is never going to come


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  • Harshita Kain
    July 28, 2015 12:50 pm

    I found the incident in Africa to be utterly sad but I am glad that someone touched upon this topic. A good effort at urging people to be the change.

  • Vidushi Aparajita
    July 28, 2015 1:57 pm

    nice article. One thing that bothered me did the people got literate in just a year?

  • Devika Arora
    July 28, 2015 2:07 pm

    Very inspiring article, and extremely well written!

  • Dipesh Srestha
    July 28, 2015 3:35 pm

    nice work…..the stiry of Africa was an eye opener!

  • good job 🙂

  • Aradhana Badhwar
    July 28, 2015 5:04 pm

    Great article!

  • Srishti Kumar
    July 28, 2015 5:19 pm

    Illiteracy has been plaguing our society for years. If this issue is resolved i believe almost 95% of our problems can be solved. Access to education is a right of an individual but its sad to know that a large proportion of our population doesn’t have access to it. Nice choice of topic and well written 🙂

  • Aayushi Prasad
    July 28, 2015 6:45 pm

    Well written.

  • Megha Tomar
    July 28, 2015 7:39 pm

    a very good topic chosen.. education has become a necessity..!

  • Shikha Tandon
    July 28, 2015 7:44 pm

    Well written and true lines, illiterates are the canvas and we all are the artists .

  • Akanksha Varshney
    July 28, 2015 7:46 pm

    You actually reflected the truth…n I really like the way how u relate that Africa’s incident to this topic

  • Akansha Saini
    July 28, 2015 9:03 pm

    Nice article. ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’-Mahatma Gandhi

  • Akanksha Babbar
    July 28, 2015 10:05 pm

    Well written

  • Chandni Ahuja
    July 28, 2015 10:47 pm

    Nice one.

  • Aishwarya Kakkar
    July 28, 2015 11:02 pm

    This is SUCH a good article

  • Great efforts..!

  • good work..

  • Mannat Arora
    July 29, 2015 12:03 am

    I think not just illiteracy but education is also important for the actual development of a human being. Also its essential that government provides quality education to people who are economically deprived. The article no doubt is written really well..a good cause.

  • Abhishek Khapre
    July 29, 2015 7:47 am

    well written! good job Vineet!!!

    Illiteracy has been plaguing our society for years. If this issue is resolved i believe almost most of our problems can be solved. but we should not forget that literacy doesn’t means the ability to just read and write……. some moral issues are also to be learned which will lead all of us to the happy world.

  • Kirti Dhaka
    July 29, 2015 8:44 am

    Firstly I’ll appreciate the selection of topic.. it’s good to see that you came up.with this topic 🙂 and definitely agree with you education is must!

  • Vasundhra Maheshwari
    July 29, 2015 9:15 pm

    Beautiful title and topic… What a wonderful writing style…a very sensitive issue chosen

  • Rima Thakkar
    July 31, 2015 4:46 pm

    Illiteracy is acting as a barrier to the progress of the mankind, no matter in what part of the world it is. Every literate person should take the responsibility to educate at least one illiterate only then the mankind will progress

  • Shaily Hooda
    August 1, 2015 4:02 pm

    Moving, really!

  • Shubhangi Sethi
    August 1, 2015 4:46 pm

    good one 🙂

  • Shubhangi Bhatia
    September 14, 2015 10:10 pm

    Very well articulated. That was a worth read!

  • nice topic. good you attempt on this. education makes people like star in the sky

  • true and relevant one

  • Tathagat Sarthaka
    September 22, 2015 8:17 pm

    I would disagree with a point written that people from village are afraid to break open their stereotype thinking. Prople now are given basic amenities which are really needed and they are readily accepting it as they too have understood that theres no way out.


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