It is indeed fascinating to remember your childhood after you grow up and there is always an urge to go back to being a small kid where every antic of yours was encouraged, every activity that you did made people flood with you, every question that you ask was seen as a promise that you would grow up to be a genius. Those were good times indeed.
And usually, with time, play hours get reduced, bag gets heavier, lessons get more serious and life becomes boring. As we grow up, these keep increasing till a point where we are called adults and we have then got to live in a new life, with more rules and with our actions being mostly ruled by our family, peer, colleagues and what the society thinks.
If a person who lives by the code of society is called a good person, then to hell with the society let it not call me a good person. I have always lived by one code all my life – I will do things that make sense, do not hurt anyone else and allow me to sleep peacefully every night. And I have done it, I have followed my code forever. Let me take you to my childhood, tell you how I grew up and how it all shaped me up to start Gyan Lab rather than lead a comfortable life.
I was born on 6th May, 1989 in Patna to a banker father and housewife mother. Childhood was pretty cool, I ate, slept, cried. I learnt to walk late due to a very heavy and big head (compared to the body). I loved sleeping on an open newspaper and spend hours tearing it into a million, zillion minute pieces. I also loved disorganizing clothes and anything else that I could lay hands on but was a very disciplined boy. Except for sitting and playing with my own shit, I never did anything whacky. I had a sister 2 years after my birth and spent the next 3 years managing her as we both grew.
When I learnt to speak, I became the most irritating person, anyone around me could know. I spent 24 hours asking questions. Mind you, every question was legitimate. I went to school at the age of 2 years and a few months. I loved school, we wrote /, \, - and then combined all 3 to write A and so on. We made sand castles, and on the 1st day of school, a fat girl bit me on my cheeks and I cried all day long after that. But I earned the tag of an interesting, intelligent and intuitive kid. I was never scolded or beaten for anything I did.
I started reading newspapers and political and business magazines since I was 6 years old. My father bought me loads of story books as well including the Classics and Champak and Nandan, and sometimes Archie. He also got the whole Tell Me Why Series and other encyclopedia when I was 4 and I started reading them by grade 2. I was good in studies, or so everyone thought. I finished among the top ranked students of the class. I wanted to be a scientist, automobile engineer, and so many more things.
My parents bought me a 24 volume World Book when I was in grade 6 which, till the advent of college, was my single greatest possession. I read every page of it multiple times and acquired so much knowledge from it.
I would stop here in this blog-post (continue tomorrow and day after) and quickly summarize my early childhood:
1) Good kid, disciplined except some cases – learnt value of Discipline
2) Intellectual, awesome parents who helped me gain interest in Knowledge Acquisition
3) Learnt Human Resource Management with my sister
4) First tore newspapers, and one day just shifted to reading it, from tearing it – more Knowledge Acquisition
I would continue this for the next 3 days and bring out the thought as to what urged me to start Gyan Lab rather than lead a comfortable life.
Written by: Priyadeep Sinha (CEO & Co-Founder of ADD-on-GYAN; Creator of Gyan Lab; Good Entrepreneur in Making; Mech Engineer by education only; Creates activity based learning modules for school kids for a living)