Monday, January 15, 2007

I Have A Dream

On this day commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his immeasurable contribution to our society, we are reminded of how he was an inspiration for Anuj as well. During his many years at St. Francis College in Lucknow, India, Anuj showcased his talents in a number of areas including debates, drama, quiz competitions, and of course, all kinds of sports. However, the area of competition in which he began his multi-year run of winning countless awards was called "public elocution". Competitors gave a prepared speech in front of a large live audience and were judged by their clarity of delivery, passion, ability to connect with the audience, and originality, among a number of other criteria.

For his first attempt on stage Anuj chose MLK's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Like they did for millions of others, King's words moved him even at that young age - Anuj was in middle school at the time. He felt that conveying MLK's passion and strength of purpose would be a worthy challenge. Anuj understood Martin Luther King Jr.'s deep connection to India based on the latter's lifelong public admiration of Mahatma Gandhi. Therefore he wanted to deliver the speech in a manner that was a true tribute to this great man. He not only succeeded in doing that but in the process won first prize in the contest. His entire family was so proud.

We remain proud to this day because Anuj chose not only to deliver a speech by King, but decided to live his life in a manner inspired by him as well. And those who were lucky enough to cross paths with Anuj, even for a brief time, know that he unequivocally succeeded in achieving that goal.

Anuj holding one of the many awards he won on stage during his time at St. Francis College.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My dear son Anuj,
It was your choice to present the Martin Luther King’s “I HAVE A DREAM” speech as your first attempt at public speaking. Today as we stand on this great Man’s Birthday, we are inspired by your choice and his words. We the Mohan Family Promise to make your and your fathers dreams come true by making the Scholarship a reality for deserving and needy kids.
And the same way you won the first prize on your first attempt, we will too.


10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was so fortunate to have an amazing dear cousin-brother as Anuj & dear uncle. We miss them so
immensely. Both were so accomplished & as time continues
to show, they have left their mark on all those who knew them.
We love you dearly,

Meena & Walid

9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Chachi,
This (scholarship) is a great way to honor Chacha & Anuj's Soul's.

With our best regards,

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are some people in this World
that make lasting impressions on those that they meet in this JOURNEY we call LIFE.

I can genuinely say that our dearest Mausa ji & beloved Anuj were two of these Souls.

They were both Intellectually brilliant, but it was there hearts of Gold that captured those around them.This will be their lasting legacy.

Love you all so much

6:59 PM  

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