When I was young… I was very much into debates, elocution and extempore competitions (partly owing to my high decibel levels!). A maami who lived in our neighbourhood would often ask me to learn the Bhagavadgita from her. She would say that I had a good voice suitable for ‘chanting’ and would be able to pick up the shlokas very quickly. Her aim was to make me participate in all the Gita competitions. I would smile and then concoct some excuse. One day, she even came home and talked to Appa about it. I refused on the pretext of not having time. Appa, resigned to my disinterest by calling it a ‘defeatist attitude’. And I never thought about it much although some guilt would strike me whenever I would hear Amrit chanting the Gita.
Thirty years later, today, I have started learning the Gita. Subhalakshmi maami, wherever you are, you must be very happy. And, Appa, I am learning to let go of my defeatist attitude.