“That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.”
The human life on the earth is full of pleasure and sorrows, ups and downs, strengths and weakness and health and illness. Like day and night, these happenings are inherent in everyone’s life cycle. But it is a silver lining that these are noble people who work all their lives to mitigate the sufferings of the others. Among them, the profession of doctors is perhaps most respected for service to society.
A doctor dedicates his life to the services of the patients. He or she relieves the sufferings and pain of mankind. He cares about them from disease and illness. He strives to make the life of others better and healthier. The doctor works to prevent the spread of the epidemics. Every now and then dangerous diseases grab humanity. It is the doctor who makes research, and ultimately the success is achieved. As a result, we find that the field of medicine and surgery has advanced beyond imagination. A damaged organ can be transplanted, such as kidney, heart, and lungs etc.
A doctor’s life is often hard, he has to visit the patient at all hours and has to avoid his rest sleep and even food. Sometimes the doctor has to work throughout the day and night attending to serious patients or victims of war, epidemic or major accident. He has to always treat his patients with a smile and cheer. He motivates and encourages sick people. He is a source of hope and strength for the patient. Even in distress, his duty is first towards his patient. Always remembering the famous Hippocratic oath.
India has a long tradition of service to the mankind. As a result, Indian doctors are well known for their charitable attitudes, dedication, hard work, and personal touch. They are in great demand all over the world. Many Indian doctors are working in famous hospitals abroad. India has about 300 medical colleges which produce about 30000 doctors every year. They work all over the cities and villages and i their own clinics.
The postman is a very useful public servant. He wears a khaki uniform. He carries a leather bag hanging from his shoulder. In his beg, he carries many letters, money orders, and important papers.
The duty of a postman is very hard. He goes to the post office early in the morning every day. There he gets the letters and many types of papers. Then he goes for distributing them. He goes from street to street, from house to house. People wait for him eagerly. To some, he brings happy news and to some time some sad news. He works for about eight hours a day. Rain or shine, he must do his duty.
Though the work of a postman is very hard, his pay is very small. He spends his life very hard. Some people give him a little money when he brings some happy news. He gets a small pension when he retires. The Government is now trying to improve his lot.
The postman must be polite, and we too should be kind to him. Moreover, he must be healthy and strong so that he may be able to do his duty well. A careless postman can do great harm if he misdelivers letters. So the postman must be very honest and careful in his work.
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An Indian Farmer
India is a land of many rivers. These rivers flow almost the whole year. These rivers have been dammed at various places. Canals have been taken out of them. These take water to the fields. Where the parched land soaks the water and blooms into leteant harvest. A farmer is like a river. His sweat soaks into his land and bears fruits. India has one of the most fertile lands in the world. But there is no proper infrastructure to cultivate it. Hence it is left to the hard-working and toiling farmer to feed the nation.
The day of an Indian farmer starts from the wee hours in the morning and ends in the late hours of the day. During this time he looks after his fields. This involves plowing the land, sowing the seeds, watering the field and taking care of the growing crops. He takes great care of his fields and dreams of a rich harvest. When the time comes he harvests and sells this crop in the market after separating the grain from the chaff. Sometimes an untimely hailstorm or a drought can destroy his standing crop.
The harvest time is the time of realization of his dreams. A farmer is helped in reaping the harvest by his family and friends. They take a break from this back-breaking labor by occasionally bursting into a song. This encourages other people to work hard, and gradually the heaps of cut harvest mount. This rich harvest makes a farmer very happy. sometimes when the farmer is not working, he makes handicrafts. These are beautiful pieces of art. His wife works on these pieces at home. If he is not interested in making handicrafts, he takes up another work. This work could be beekeeping poultry farming or pig farming.
A farmer prefers to keep himself busy. He in fact lives a very dignified and simple life. All this means a lot of hard work for the farmer. He is usually an illiterate village man. He is generally not aware of the new developments in the fields of agriculture. There are times when though aware of the new advancements, he cannot afford them because he does not have enough money to buy the latest implements, seeds, and fertilizers. By establishing schools, Agricultural colleges and Universities the Government on its part has promoted education among the farmers. Yet due to total poverty, many farmers are not able to take advantage of it.
Therefore the Government along with many Social organizations have taken the technology to the fields by holding field lecture-demonstration sessions, by instructing the farmers through television, or by spreading information through the village level workers. A farmer can now get advance on his crops. He can get loans for seeds, fertilizers, cattle, tractors, and other farm implements and irrigation facilities. He can also ensure his crops. Such steps have freed the farmers from the clutches of local money lenders, and natural calamities like drought and floods.
They have also attracted many first-generation farmers to take up farming as a career option. Agriculture no longer depends solely on rains or monsoons. An average Indian farmer is progressive in outlook. He has learned how to get the maximum out of the land. He has started using tractor and machines. Canals and tube wells have solved his water problems. He makes use of fertilizers and looks towards the future with hope and confidence. He also looks forward to farming again with pride and profit.
A Rickshaw Puller
A rickshaw puller is a familiar figure. There is no road where we do not see him. It is a painful sight to see how a man drives a man.
After the unfortunate partition of the country, rickshaw became very common. Most of the refugees took to it as a means of livelihood. Now rickshaws are seen almost in all towns and even in big villages.
The life of a rickshaw puller is very hard indeed. He gets up early in the morning and works the whole day long like a beast of burden. Sometimes, he is wet with sweat, and at times gets drenched in the rain. Still, the poor person has to pull the rickshaw.
He is the symbol of India’s poverty. He knows no rest and no zest. He carries passengers and luggage from one place to another place. Very often, he is dressed in rags. Even in severe winter, he has only one torn out shirt and a pantaloon to protect himself against the cold wave. He has no woolen clothes for winters.
The rickshaw puller is generally illiterate, so he lacked manners. He often quarrels with his fares over trifles and sometimes gets a sound thrashing. He has no sense of self-respect. He uses foul and abusive language.
Most of the rickshaw pullers are so poor that they cannot afford to buy rickshaw on their own. They get them from the rickshaw owners on rent. In spite of so much labor, his need is not being complete.
After all, a rickshaw puller is a member of our society. We should provide him some other work and rickshaw pulling should be banned.
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An Indian Soldier
‘Only the brave deserve the fair’ and an Indian soldier is the pride of our nation. India is famous for its soldiers in the whole of the world. An Indian soldier has continuously shown their worth in many wars during the last fifty-sixty years.
The soldier is a government servant and his main work is to safeguard the boundaries of the country. He can be easily recognized by his khaki dress and heavy boots. He looks very active and smart in his dress.
The life of a soldier is very hard. He gets up early in the morning and goes to the parade ground. Thus he learns how to use the weapons in modern wars. Then he returns to his barrack, takes a bath and meals.
He recreates with his fellow soldiers. In the evening, he is again ready for the practice at the ground. At night he has to attend the classes where military training is imparted.
Many Indian soldiers made their name immortal in the recent Indo-Pak conflict. Many were rewarded with medals and cash prizes. The whole world saw the bravery of the Indian soldier.
A Railway Coolie
A railway coolie belongs to the labor class. They are always present on any large railway station to carry the luggage of the passengers. A railway coolie wears a red shirt and white loin and a turban on his had. He has a brass badge which he ties around his arm on which his number is written.
His work is very hard. He carries the luggage and helps the passengers in getting the seat in the compartment when there is a rush on the platform, he comes forward to help. People ask him about the arrival and departure time of the trains.
Most of his time is passed at the station. When there are no trains he sits among other coolies and cuts jokes.
If a coolie is not available at the station, we can understand how difficult it becomes for us. He is the most helping hand at the station. It is very difficult for women and children to enter the train without their help. We should treat him with respect and sympathy. We should pay him his due.
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