Let me light my lamp, says the star and never debate if it will help to remove the darkness” – Tagore
Dear Esteemed Colleagues & Students,
It is indeed a great honor to be elected as the Chairman of Lucknow Branch of CIRC of ICAI. I would like to extend my heartily gratitude for reposing confidence in me by handing over the baton of Leadership of Lucknow Branch which I take with folded hand and address you for the first time as Chairman of Illustrious Lucknow Branch of ICAI.
Keeping the above quote in my mind I just want to start my message by sharing a story of the little boy and the starfish which David McNally writes thus in his book ‘Even Eagles Need a Push’.
“…… Loren E. Eiseley talks of the day when he was walking along a sandy beach where thousands of starfish had been washed up on the shore. He noticed a boy picking up the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the ocean. Eiseley observed the boy for a few minutes and then asked what he was doing. The boy replied that he was returning the starfish to the sea otherwise they would die.
Eiseley then asked how saving a few, when so many were doomed, would make any difference whatsoever? The boy picked up a starfish and as he threw it back said. “It’s going to make a lot of difference to this one.”
I believe that we can certainly make a difference at least in a few lives in our lifetime.
My new responsibility brings both opportunity and challenges. But I hope that I will continue to enjoy your faith, affection, love & support and I have no doubt that we can reach our collective goals together. In words of Robert F. Kennedy:
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.”
I am fortunate enough having worked with Dynamic Past Chairman CA. Hemant Kumar and learnt a lot from his working style which will be a memorable experience for me which will help me in discharging the pious duty assigned to me in coming year. Further I am also confident that our young and dynamic team of management committee will achieve new heights and raise the bar by setting new standards.
With great sense of responsibility, we have various programs planned in the upcoming year for members and students and will share with you such programs from time to time and at the same time will invite suggestion from all of you to make every program and event a grand success. As the saying goes, coming together is beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.
I am quite confident that your involvement in various initiatives of the branch will give me further impetus to put in more energy and to take the profession to new heights. This is joint endeavor; I seek your involvement and enterprising ideas to translate the dream into reality.
I sum up my first message by quoting the lines of poem of Shri Harivansh Rai Bacchan,
असफलता एक चुनौती है, स्वीकार करो
क्या कमी रह गई, देखो और सुधार करो
जब तक न सफल हो, नींद चैन को त्यागो तुम
संघर्ष का मैदान छोड़ मत भागो तुम
कुछ किये बिना ही जय जय कार नहीं होती
हिम्मत करने वालों की हार नहीं होती