Time is of the essence

M.K. Rao: a rewarding life

M.K. Rao: a rewarding life  

FOR SOME, life becomes more hectic after 60. Such is the case with M.K. Rao, who has spent over 40 years with the TELCO in Jamshedpur.

He is now busy with the more glamorous occupation of member of the Central Board of Film Certification. At other times, he is busy giving talks to students at one of the many colleges in and around Bangalore.

For someone past 70, Mr. Rao appears to have boundless energy and more enthusiasm than many half his age. The secret may well be in how carefully he uses his time. Nothing wasted.

At a recent interview by a FM radio station, he spoke about the value of time and how to effectively manage it. "To realise the value of one year, ask a student who failed an exam. To realise the value of a month, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature child. To realise the value of a second, ask a person who survived an accident and to realise the value of millisecond, ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics''. If you measure the time spent on each activity, you can easily figure out how well you spent the time or let it go waste, says Mr. Rao. Like the time many spend watching TV serials. If you multiply the two hours spent in front of the television by the week, month and the 365 days of the year, the time you let go can be mind-boggling.

His daughter lives in the U.S. and when he visited her for a long vacation, he decided to spend the time more usefully than most visitors to another country do. He enrolled for a course in public speaking and communication at the University of Texas. He was 67 then. Giving public talks became a passion. He enjoys talking to young students and builds an instant rapport with them.

Time management is not the only topic he talks on. Patience and perseverance in life, keeping oneself updated with changes, and prioritising work are others. His drawing room is filled with the awards and mementos and sandalwood garlands he has received. Mr. Rao is not exactly your typical grandfather !

By Satyamurty K.

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