Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Twelve Year Wonder

Before reading this news item, I had heard about this boy in Zee News as well. A twelve year old clearing SAT and TOEFEL, and getting admission in BCA course of Eastern New Mexico University, USA - sounds amazing.

I had also read about a 4 years old girl, who knew THREE languages at that age. In fact, her talent was discovered when her parents noticed that she could read English newspapers. She could recite shlokas from Ram Charit Manas, along with the meaning. No body had taught her as she never went to school and her parents were illiterate and sold fruits to make two ends meet.

Luckily for her, when my school came to know about her, they called her father, gave him a job of an office boy and enrolled the girl without an fees. I hope she goes places. I hope the same for this boy, though money is still the problem. Some good samaritan institution must come up and help this boy achieve his goal.

E B White was bang on target when he said 'Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.'