Today, I attended the eleventh day ritual of Late Manorama Mahapatra of Keonjhar. I prayed for her departed soul to rest in peace. At her mourning ceremony, I recollected our strong bond and how she plays an important role in my life.
Back in 1994, when KIIT was in its most formative stage and we were struggling for each pie, we had finalised a piece of land in the Nandankanan Road for setting up the campus. We wanted to buy that land because it suited all our requirements. With a lot of difficulty, we were able to trace the owners of the land. In those days you could not google it and this part of Bhubaneswar was not even very developed to be able to know the real owners. We learnt that the owners of land were a mother-son duo from Keonjhar.
But then that didn’t solve the purpose. We didn’t know how to pay for it. I went to Keonjhar which took eight hours back then to reach. I took a leap of faith by asking the owners to allow me to pay in instalment. Within me, I knew I was asking too much. I told them that I could give 50 percent of the agreed amount first and the rest as deferred payment as soon as I gather the funds. I never thought they will agree.
But to my surprise the owners agreed to it. They allowed me to set up the campus on their land with half the payment made. This was the first piece of land ever bought for KIIT. The world now knows it as Campus 1. Had they not agreed to it and not trusted a struggling stranger who committed to pay them later, KIIT would not have become what it is today. It was the beginning of the growth of KIIT, rest of which is history.
The owner was none other than Manorama Mahapatra who we lost a couple of days back. She treated me like her son. She was a pious soul and was engaged in a lot of social work. Her son too, inspired by our work started a school for around 300 orphans and empowers them holistically. From time to time, we also help their cause.
Be true to the salt you eat. I told this at the mourning ceremony as well. Being grateful is the way of my life. If any one has helped me ever, I try to give back as much as I can and as long as I can and remain indebted for life. Gratitude is the best compassion in action, afterall.
Campus-1,was the turning point of Kiit.We are privileged to be the 1st batch sit for our Chemistry paper in this Campus.
This true story is known to me today which You shared on Social platform.
Like me many also come to know.
We salute the departed Soul for creation of KIIT & now Campus 1, Koel Campus, First Campus of KIIT way back in 1994(28 Years back).
Your Struggle period when You were at 30!
The terms & conditions set by You were agreeable by her for payment.
This is purely grace of Almighty.
She came as a divine soul indirectly contributing for the formation of KIIT.
We are happy to know that her son also works for a noble cause inspired by Your Work.
What a great line Sir!
“Being grateful is the way of my life.”
” If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion,” the Dalai Lama wrote in The Art of Happiness. 🙏🙏
Sir u are a example for all in all ways possible.
I had met the councelling day at campus 1 in the year 2K with my father.I with my friends had regularly been using the shortest footpath (narrow) route having both side cactus tree lying from Campus 1 to 3 as our shopping path during staying at Prasanti Bihar Mess which was more charming than today’s blackish bitumen road.Really the calm most atmosphere(specially winter)perticularly of that areas were more charming & thrilling.
At last I pay my sincere gratitude before the incredible soul for her matchless dedication towards KIIT.
Really. True Love. True passion. True gratitude 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
Inspiring. Sir you have god gifted talent. 🙏
The unseen blessings and the unheard story! 🙏🏻
Two days back I visited Kim’s Bhubaneswar for chest pain all blood tests ecg echo costed me two thousand Rs
Big hospital medical college like five star hotel near hygienic curtieas staff with five such branches in city only great work by that trust hospital 🙏🙏