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1.Group...2.Duo(Rajesh and Appu)...3.K.Mukherjee...4.Duo

You all must have watched the infamous movie "HAPPY DAYS" by Shekhar Kammula. Ya, I know it was good, and it reminded all of us of the good times(and bad times) we've had in our Engineering college lives

You remember Rajesh - "the careless, but friendly and often rude and innocent" guy's character in that movie? And Kamalinee Mukherjee, the Communication Lecturer? How he proposes to the English lecturer and how she reacts to that by giving him a box of love letters various students had given her over the years? And when Rajesh asks her to attend the Birthday party of a friend, she gives him a 'copy of a poem' and tells him that she will come if he recites it to her by the end of that day. And how Rajesh works very hard to recite it and fails in the hands of "Khushi" trickster. And finally that same poem comes in handy to get him a job in Wipro. Well you may have wondered at least five times why I am telling you this crap when all of you already know it. I know, that you already know the story by heart, but that is not the point I am trying to make here.

My point, my base point, point of concentration, center of attention, fundamental point......ok, I will stop.....is the poem. If you know about if, if you have already read if, if you have seen if somewhere, if you have watched someone reading if, or even glancing across if, and if you remember something by reading if, if you felt like you read if somewhere then you are probably right(by the way this sentence is grammatically correct, I've just deleted the punctuation marks '').

The poem I'm speaking about is "IF-" by "Joseph Rudyard Kipling". We(Intermediate 2003-2005) had it in our first year Intermediate in our English Course. If you haven't read it or unable to recall it, I've typed the whole thing. I just love this poem. Even though I tried about a thousand times, I was unable to by heart it. Hope you succeed.

Its a father's counsel to his son who is on his way to make name and fame in the whole wide world. It covers everything and can be used as a remainder in every situation. I wont suspend it further. Here is the poem

IF-
-Joseph Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:


If you can dream- and not make dreams your master;
If you can think- and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;


If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for tools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;


If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn, of pitch-and-toss,
And loose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;


If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them:"Hold on!"


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;


If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more- you'll be a Man, my son!

Try and understand the meaning of it. I would have given an explanation for each paragraph but I don't think you'll read it. Hope you learn something from it.

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