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First we want to talk about Deb Uncle (Mr Deb Bhushan Mukherjee), who lovingly donated close to 5 acres of land to set up the O-campus (open-campus). We can't think of a better way to start Aarohi but to get blessings from such a humble, bounteous and caring person. Every interaction with him teaches us to think beyond the function, exist beyond self and live beyond happiness. Thank you Deb Uncle for not only blessing us but for being our aspiration - we all hope someday we will grow to be a person like you.
We really started to interact with Deb Uncle when he told us that if we want he is ready to donae about 5 acrre of his land near Hosur. We are still at a complete loss at fathoming the kind of greatness that resides in him. So humble that not even once he has shown any desire that he needs to be highlihted, acknowledged or acclaimed for donating so much land to the school. So trusting that he has not asked any questions, not interferred with our efforts once he has donated the land. So magnimious, that he continues to bestow his time and effrots towards establishing the o-campus of Aarohi.
About Deb Uncle in his own words:
I was born in a Zamindar family in east bengal, now Bangladesh. The village was Tushbhandar, in dist Rangpur. After studying at home,from the age of three, under guidance of my mother and aunt, I was enrolled in class six at the age of six years. The school was sponsored by our family for the benifit of the villagers. Early recollection includes having a boy, in our class, who was already a father (early marriage). He was 18 years old. I had to leave the school after half yearly exams, as my uncle joined the army during the war, in 1942, and aunty took me along as she did not have any children. He was posted in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. I continued my studies with aunty, as I had to study in Hindi medium which I did not know. In 1943, my father took up a job in Berhampore, West Bengal. He rented a big house and all of us, six brothers and two sisters moved there. After studying for few months, myself and my elder brother were admitted in same class 6, after the tests.I passed matriculation exam from the same school, in 1950, atthe age of 13 years and 7 months. As father did not have the wartime job, I could not join college I waited for a year and joined Indian Navy, as Artificer Apprentice, after going through competitive exams and tests. After 4 years training and 10 years service I left navy to take up civil employment. I joined Sperry Vickers as Service Engineer, in 1966 and resigned from sperry in 1979 as Product Services Manager. I started my own company Hydax Hydraulics Pvt Ltd, and still manage it as Managing Director.
Deb Uncle at the registrar office at Rayakotai - after signing the gift deed - formally donating the land to aarohi trust on 1st April 2011.
We've a concept in geniekids called "giving FISH" - a praise, a gift, a something ... but you give JUST LIKE THAT.
But the biggest fish has been given to us!
Today, Deb uncle officially gave AAROHI 4.89 acres of land - JUST LIKE THAT!
We are completely overwhelmed by his FISH and have no idea how to express our gratitude.
We pray one day we too develop such a deep attitude of GIVING.
Thank you Deb Uncle.