Generally, knowingly or unknowingly, we take or copy the experiences of others. This other person can be from our own family or from outside. In my case both are there. My father's life taught me many things. He was educated up to the intermediate level. He could not go for a degree. Our family had acres of land holdings, spread around different regions. After his education he had to look after the management of these. Later the whole were partitioned among the family members. My father's share was a little far off from the main house. It was an underdeveloped area, without any modern facilities. He constructed a two storeyed house with four bed rooms and other facilities. He understood that the whole are was very much underdeveloped in all sense. The nearest road was about four km. away. There was no road connecting that place to his house. Nobody got news papers there, since majority were uneducated. The nearest Post Office was about ten km away. The post man came only once in a week. All the locals depended on agriculture or related activities. All were uneducated.
Sseing all these Father decided to start a primary school there. It was the first step. Together with that construction of a road to connect with the main road, four km away, also was undertaken. Some people were reluctant to give their land for constructing road. Father purchased such places and handed over to the Panchayath for road making. Next he started to bring a Post office there, for which he gave space in the school itself. Next step was bringing bus service to the place. Meanwhile the Primary school was made an Upper primary school and later a High school. He brought electricity connection to the village. Then a health centre. He took initiative to start a Library for the public. Thus the whole area got developed, with his own support. Financially also he supported all these activities, even forgetting his children's education expenditure. I was the major affected son among all. I was studying for degree and post graduation during these days. He could not send money to me in time.
Most of the locals, depending on their qualifications, were given payment in the school, without taking zny money from them. Thus I could see how one can develop an underdeveloped area into an area with all facilities generally needed.
Now the school is a Higher Secondary School with more than two thousand students and more than a hundred staff. It has five school buses running for students and staff.
So this model person is in front of me to copy and follow. I follow him in every work. I never bother about the returns from the works I am doing. Several voluntary works are undertaken by me.