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A Drop in the Ocean Can Change Everything

Life
May 20, 2016

A Drop in the Ocean Can Change Everything 

There is a powerful scene in Nil Battey Sannata where Chanda, the film's protagonist, is contemplating destiny and her future with her employer.

'Insaan do cheezo se banta hai, ya toh kismat...ya mehnat,' the employer philosophises.

'Gareeb ke paas kismat hoti toh wo gareeb kyun hota,' Chanda sighs.

'Toh bachchi mehnat...wahi karni padegi.'

To translate loosely: One is successful either by luck or hard work. And if luck doesn't favour you, only hard work will.

Chanda works as a bai (maid) in a small town of Uttar Pradesh. She has a daughter who doesn't believe in dreams (or studies) and thinks that in a world where a doctor's son becomes a doctor, she will grow up to become a bai.

But Chanda has sky-high dreams for her daughter. She wants her to become an IAS officer. When her daughter fails in mathematics, Chanda resolves to help her in every possible manner. But a poorly educated woman herself, she realises she is of little help. Thus, she enrolls in tenth standard and embarks on a journey to elevate her life and those of everyone around her.

With a triumphant climax, the film leaves behind an aromatic message - never stop chasing your dreams. But the film has many layers, and at its core is the evergreen lesson - be the change you want to see in the world.

Chanda harboured a small dream. But she realised that it wouldn't manifest through desire alone. She achieved it through honest and courageous effort, and challenged the conventions of society.

It is here that most people give up on what they want and 'accept' what they get...calling it 'reality' or 'practicality'.

Everyone wishes things were different. But do we initiate a change?

There's a profound saying: 'If it's to be, it is up to me'.

Change is like charity. No matter how big or small, it begins at home. And it begins when you choose to act.

Choose to act

Change begins when you resolve to bring it about. It happens not by prayer but by action.

As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him... We need not wait to see what others do. - Mahatma Gandhi

If you wish for a polite world, never fail to be polite with others.

If you wish for a world full of love, do not overlook the needy.

If you wish for a healthy world, practice a healthy lifestyle.

Commit to it

From Mahatma Gandhi to Dashrath Manjhi, all those who brought about change chose to act. They ignored the odds against success and were committed to their actions.

But committing to your goal is easier said than done... We are afraid how others will perceive us. We want to be accepted.

In the movie, Chanda is laughed at, disregarded, taunted... But she is committed to her vision and chooses to respond with action rather than words.

The world initially laughs, then protests, then accepts...

Change, finally

Recently, we wrote about a man from Maharashtra who made headlines for an unusual achievement. Bapurao Tajne dug a well all by himself when his wife was unjustly denied water.

He acted on his desire, committed to it for 40 days, and finally brought about a change for himself and others.

The world is full of stories where change wasn't awaited but created.

Long ago, I read a small story...

Once upon a time, there was a man who used to go to the ocean before dawn.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he noticed something unusual. There were hundreds of starfish on the beach and the tide was getting low.

'If the sun rises and the tide gets any lower, these won't be able to get back to the sea,' he thought.

He was deeply saddened as he saw many, many ill-fated starfish on the beach. He contemplated on life and death as he walked on...

He went ahead and saw a boy who was picking up the starfish and throwing them back in the sea.

'What are you doing?' the man asked.

'Can't you see? I'm helping the starfish get back to water.'

'Haah! Soon the sun will be up and they all will die... You really think you can save these many?! You think you can make a difference?

The boy bent down, picked up a starfish, and threw it into the sea.

As it met the water, he said, 'I made a difference to that one.'

Irrespective of how the world perceives it, no action that changes a life, even the life of a starfish, is meaningless.

In this moment, Mother Teresa's profound words come to me... 'We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.'

Be the change... Be a drop in the ocean.

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12 Responses to "A Drop in the Ocean Can Change Everything"

Ayushi sharma

04 Feb, 2018

This article is outstanding.... but i think that i should not chase dreams, dreams should have the dream to chase me...

Jayendra Engineer

01 Sep, 2016

Really Soul stirring article. Made me realize my weakness and clarifying my doubts. Thanks a Lot!!!!

Pooja

12 Jun, 2016

Wow ... That holds a lot of grip and such an inspiring one! ??

Pooja gaur

12 Jun, 2016

Wow ... That holds a lot of grip and such an inspiring one! ??

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Bhim Raju

26 May, 2016

Commonsense living has set a different benchmark of writing excellence. But this one truly stirred my thoughts. I was awe struck by the simplicity and clarity in writing. Way to go Swapnil Take a bow... Warm regards Bhim 

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kamaraj

26 May, 2016

Excellent message. Thanks a lot. Regards Kamaraj.R

Bindu Bhat

25 May, 2016

Excellent article, very well written!

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Siddhesh Mehta

21 May, 2016

Lovely attention grabbing article..

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mona gaur

21 May, 2016

loved the artical... ! the way you write realy holds the attention .....

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Dhaval Chokshi

20 May, 2016

Thanks for such article.. Nice to read and every time rocking …!!

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Mohan

20 May, 2016

I was also impressed by the movie 'Nil Battey Sannata' & the message that it carried. It still lingers in my mind. Truly ' God Helps those who helps themselves......'

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Shantanu

20 May, 2016

Loved the article!

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