EVENT An inspiring book narrating the tale of an ordinary citizen chasing extraordinary dreams was launched recently

S .B. Misra's “Dream Chasing” (as told to Neelesh Misra) is about a brilliant student who struggled through extreme adversities, and achieved glory by winning a scholarship to finance his post-graduate degree in Geology in Canada.

Misra was the inhabitant of a remote village in Uttar Pradesh, who because of his academic brilliance was awarded a scholarship in Canada where he discovered 565 million-year-old fossils that raised questions about Darwin's theory of evolution.

He became an overnight star in the scholarly world. However, on the fringe of name and fame, he quit the glorious life and returned to his village to fulfil his dream of educating the young in his village.

There, he along with his new bride Nirmala, established a school Bhartiya Gramin Vidyalaya that revolutionized the lives of the inhabitants of the village.

He continued working as a geologist and taught students in Lucknow and Nainital. “Dream Chasing” which has been brought out by Roli Books, was recently launched in Delhi by the Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi. “It is not a one man story, but a story of a lot of Indians working in the villages or the cities,” said Neelesh Misra, son of S.B. Misra.

He added, “As a communicator, it was a revelation for me. It was fascinating for me to rediscover my father.”

A short film on the school set up by the former geologist and his wife was also screened on the occasion. “This book is a tribute to all those thousands of people working in the country without striving for fame. It is a story of an ordinary Indian. The greatest moment of my life is that I could grab the courage to leave the luxurious life in Canada and head back towards my village,” remarked the author of the book. Differing with the writer, Neelesh commented that the book is not about an ordinary Indian but, an extraordinary Indian.

AABHA KOLEY

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