Pulmonologist asks BPS students to practice self-sacrifice & perseverance

 09 Jan 2018 - 12:13

Pulmonologist asks BPS students to practice self-sacrifice & perseverance

The Peninsula

There is no magic and no mantra but the key to success lies in perseverance and self-sacrifice’, was the advice Dr Udaya B S Prakash gave to the students of Birla Public School.

Doctor Prakash is Scripps professor of medicine, Mayo Medical School and Mayo Post Graduate School of Medicine and Consultant emeritus in pulmonary disease, critical Care , and internal medicine and director emeritus of bronchoscopy and interventional pulmonology at the Mayo clinic and Mayo Medical Centre , Minnesota, USA.

Highlighting the importance of reading Dr Prakash exhorted the children , ‘to read, read and read, as when reading stops learning stops’. Quoting George Santayana, Spanish philosopher, he told the children if you do not read ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ and ‘you will then will have the spectre of reinventing the wheel’

Mentioning the examples from the lives of Usain Bolt, Martina Navratilova, Subramanyam Chandrasekharan, Dr Prakash highlighted the lessons of perseverance and self-sacrifice. While Martina and Bolt persevered against obstacles and challenges and failed more times than they succeeded, they never gave up. B G Harindranath, Law Secretary, government of Kerala, also addressed the students. Drawing examples from the life of

King Solomon, he told students that ‘it was keen observation of life and its intricacies that made King Solomon pronounce judgments that astound the world even today’. The address was animated by a question – answer session. Many a student expressed satisfaction and fulfillment and said they were inspired to define their future goals pretty well. Mohan Thomas, Director and former Chairman, attended the session.

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