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Byline: Krishna Kumar

In 1987, one fine evening, my son came home from school bubbling with enthusiasm having secured 97 per cent in a mathematics test.

As a father I congratulated him, but at the same time asked him to look where he lost his remaining 3 per cent. My son, who now is a successful grown-up doctor, has not yet pardoned me for my criticism.

Sixteen years later I am beginning to realise my mistake. The world needs encouragers rather than criticisers. Mark Twain once said 'keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but great people make you feel that you too, can become great'. This is the essence of the Hindu scripture, Gita.

Thus we need to be clear of our company ie criticisers or encouragers? Surround yourself with people like Lord Krishna, the encourager, who believe in you. Your life, the precious gift of God, is too important than anything less.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 6, 2003
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