Nowadays it is rare that you go through the news and not have a panic attack. With numerous reports on mayhem, death, destruction and corruption vying for your attention, you are almost convinced that apocalypse is knocking at your door. At least the media will have us believe so. So it’s not surprising to read that almost 1/3rd of the population tuned in to watch a Royal wedding in a has-been nation, infamous for its wet and not so wild weather. It made for a mushy watch; we got to see royalty in their outlandish hats and of course Pippa’s derriere. Did you know Pippa Middleton’s behind has over 15, 0000 fans? What’s wrong with the world!
So naturally, when one fine morning you chance upon an inspiring story of a girl who beat all odds to emerge a victor, your faith in humanity is restored – well almost. Meet Soma Sharan - a girl whose life reads like a fairytale. From a humble ashram in Haridwar to heady Los Angeles to bagging the Gates Millennium Scholarship, this is Soma’s story....
Year 1993, in a lonely alley a 3 day old baby girl is abandoned to die. But this is the holy town of Haridwar and God has other plans for her. The baby’s terrified crying catches the attention of a good Samaritan and the rest as they say is history. The girl is adopted by Sri Ram Asram, an orphanage where she spends her growing up years. At the age of 10, she is one of the few who are sent to Mount Madonna Yoga Centre in USA and later to the school by the same name.
But what should have been a dream come true for her turned into a nightmare. Soma had a tough time coping with a language that was unfamiliar to her – her Indian English was not good enough for America. To make matters worse she had to face the barbs of her classmates for being an orphan. All her life, not even once had she felt that she didn’t have a family. And now all of a sudden Soma felt so alone.
But Soma Sharan is one plucky girl who doesn’t give up easily, her spirit is indefatigable. The taunts only provoke her to work harder. Soon she became part of the school volleyball team, which went on to bag the state championship. I was the only fresher in varsity volleyball team. And that’s not all. Besides being a star student, Soma is a good dancer and has performed in school plays.
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Soma is now going places. Not only her undergraduate course at the University of California at Los Angeles is being sponsored, she has also earned a scholarship for her graduate studies and even her PhD. Soma is the girl who carved her own destiny.
She is now back home to be with her brothers and sisters (she has 70 of them at the ashram) before she embarks on her journey to realize her dreams. Soma wants to dedicate her life to help destitute children all around the world. I see myself in different countries. I am not keen to live in one place. There’s so much to do in the world. Soma Sharan is truly a citizen of the world.
Another girl who has been making news is Suri Cruise, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes daughter. The girl barely out of diapers has been named one of the world’s best dressed women in Glamour magazine’s annual poll. By what twisted definition does a 5 year old qualify as a woman?
Suri’s multimillion dollar wardrobe is more in the news than her mom, Katie Holmes’ career. The kid never repeats her outfits, loves flaunting labels like Armani, Burberry and Ferragamo. She has over 300 pairs of Mary Jane shoes (a French label), indulges in five hour shopping marathons and is often spotted in kitten heels and makeup.
Cruise and his wife Katie are rather proud about the pint sized diva’s sartorial choices. Apparently she dreams of designer bags and helps her Mom chose her outfits. And doting Daddy is all but approving of his progeny’s demands. It all figures doesn’t it - wasn’t it Daddy Cruise who jumped like an excited puppy on Oprah’s couch when he wanted to announce his love to the world at large?
How will Suri ever understand the worth of things, or the pleasure of working and saving to have something lovely? She wants it and she gets it. Will it not be more sensible for the Cruises to stop pandering to the demands of their willful daughter? And for God’s sake, does she always have to preen like a peacock in her designer couture – what can’t she be dressed “normally” like any other kid!
Can you imagine her as a fully grown up adult? What a terrible catastrophe she will be. The last thing we need is another brat!
What a startling study of contrasts: a self obsessed million dollar baby with designer dreams and a girl with humble beginnings who dreams of changing the world.
So is it good to have more or less – you decide.