Reading & Writing Assignment (10) – The Role Model

And here we are on the last assignment of the series. Yes, we did it! Feels awesome, right? :)

What will you do in this assignment? – You would read about an interesting event, watch a video on it, and then answer a question based on those. This assignment is an overdose of inspiration and can end up giving you serious life goals :)

Today’s situation (source):

In a country obsessed with cricket, other sports often feel neglected and don’t get the due attention. Further, our focus in India has always been on doing well in studies and sports is considered a mere hobby at best or a distraction at worst. No wonder, for a nation of 1.2 billion and a contingent of 100+ sports persons, India’s medal tally at Olympics usually has only a medal or two to show.

However, not all hope is lost. Even lesser known than our Olympics athletes and their performance is our athletes’ performance in Paralympics (the equivalent of Olympics for athletes with physical disabilities). In 2016, at Rio Paralympics (organised right after Rio Olympics), Indian contingent had 19 athletes and it won 4 medals (2 Gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze). Devendra Jhajharia and Mariyappan Thangavelu won gold in javelin throw and high jump events respectively. Deepa Malik won silver in shot put event and Varun Singh Bhati won bronze in the men’s high jump event.

This assignment is our attempt to recognise these heroes, to thank them for inspiring us, to give them a place in our collective memories, and to make them known to younger generations to come. And if you think that just because these are Paralympics, the performance of the athletes would be sub-par or the excitement levels would be low, you are in for a surprise. In 1500 meters race at Paralympics 2016, even the 4th place finisher ran faster than the Gold medal winner of the same event in the Olympics game (source). And as far as excitement levels are concerned, watch the video below –

Question for you– Who is your role model (could be from Sports or any other walk of life) and why so? What is it about that person that inspires you and what qualities of that individual you admire the most? Write your answer in the comments section below (minimum 200 words).

You can also read fellow students’ answers in comments (but do so only after you have submitted your own answer so that you don’t get influenced by what others wrote). We also encourage you to share your feedback, appreciation and thoughts against others’ answers. Remember, it is a community effort and we are all in it together :). Only when you participate, you can expect others to participate and share feedback on what you wrote. Deal?

Parting note – While this series of reading and writing assignment ends here, we hope it is only a comma and not a full stop in your endeavor to develop the habit of reading a page and writing a paragraph every day. Continue practising on your own, with your friends, online etc. and develop your communication skills further – one day, you would thank us for this advice :). Till then, adios!

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7 thoughts on “Reading & Writing Assignment (10) – The Role Model

  • October 16, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    The person who has taught me a lot about bringing out the best out of myself and the people around me is MS Dhoni. Following are two of the reasons why I admire Dhoni a lot –

    He is an excellent innovator. Cricket has been around for several decades and has been played by thousands of world class players. It’s hard to imagine something completely new in cricket. Yet, some of Dhoni’s field placements and decisions are often very unorthodox and innovative. Sometimes, they work and sometimes they don’t. But what stands out is the first principles thinking and continuous experimentation without worrying about what others think and say. In order to discover something new, you have to often be prepared to take criticism/ become the laughing stock.

    He is a great leader. While his personal performances and decision making automatically command respect and affection from his team, I especially like the way he shields his team-mates from the outside world (media, presenters etc.). The only person who can put pressure on a member from Dhoni’s team is Dhoni himself. This creates an environment where the ambition, spirit and bonding is very high and his team-mates can perform to the best of their abilities.

    I could write a book about all the things I have learnt from Dhoni. While he has his flaws and has not done everything right, there is no doubt that he has given our country loads of optimism and happiness. I believe we will only realize his full value to the Indian cricket team once he had retired.

  • October 16, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    I never had one role model. There was no such person who I would think about every time I did not have answers to my life. But life wasn’t as uninspired as it sounds. I was inspired too – but every time it was a different living or fictional individual.

    When I tried to make a mini-project in 6th standard, Dexter from his laboratory inspired me. So I made sure the project has a cool, red button to be turned on with. When I was in my high school, Einstein inspired me to make choices based on my interest. So I stopped studying, and flunked a board exam. When I was stuck with a wrong job, Steve Jobs inspired me to quit that and move on. So I moved on. When I was counting all those excuses a human being can, Stephen Hawking inspired me. I learned that many people have real and bigger problems, but they do not stop. Once someone called me ‘boring’ and Jim Carrey inspired me to be funny and weird. When I fell for a girl, a few movies inspired me (but never helped). When I was sad about flood I saw in village, every human being present there inspired me for showing the kind of humanity one rarely witness. And when I was not stuck anywhere else but with my own thoughts, Richard Feynman inspired me to think of this world in a whole new way.

    So did I have a role model? Yes, I had many. My heroes changed. They grew up and old with me. They still do. Few helped me. More failed me. But each of them inspired me to take a risk when I could not gather courage.

  • October 17, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Many of us have role models in our lives and to most people role models are athletes ,scientists or leaders, but to me a role model is much more. To me a role model is a person who has positively influenced someone in life, and is not a person filled with selfishness and greed. They help shape someone’s personality, and characteristics. They are people who someone can look up to for advice in a hard situation, and know that they will give those words of wisdom. They will never judge our past actions, instead only look to help because they really care. A role model is someone who we should never feel awkward talking to about our problems. A perfect role model for me is my mother.

    She is a wonderful human being. She’s smart, wise, ambitious, patient and such a loving person.

    She has taught me the importance of being a woman with high morals and values. She has shown me to stand on my own feet and not be dependent on anyone for the success or failure in my life.

    She pushes me to treat everyone I meet with respect and I have never heard of her making a rude comment or put someone down. She has taught me to be proud of who I am and make smart decisions.

    My mother is extraordinary because she is a woman of substance, faith, and loyalty. I am proud to say that I am my mother’s daughter.

  • March 20, 2017 at 11:39 PM

    Emma Watson is, without a doubt, my role model in life. Even after rising to international fame in the Harry Potter franchise, Emma earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Brown University. She is probably the only teen role model who continued to be my role model even after teen years. She is also a certified yoga and meditation teacher. She has used her privilege and power to make a difference to the world. She is a UN women goodwill ambassador and helped launch the UN women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate gender equality. Promoting education for girls is another of her major causes; she has visited Bangladesh and Zambia to do so. She is super-stylish and I adore her fashion choices. Most importantly she is a damn good actress, My personal favourite scene in NOAH- when Russel Crowe tries to kill her just born twin children, She begs him not to kill, they start crying, she requests Crowe to at least let her breastfeed them so that they wouldn’t die in a state of hunger. The emotional trauma she goes through while handing her kids to him, her comic performance in that particular is on a whole new level of standard. For me, she is the symbol of elegance and royalty.

  • April 24, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    My ideal and role model is my maternal-uncle who is an epitome of a man with full of peace. That is next to impossible in the present circumstances where each and every man is fighting to each other for acquiring something.

  • August 1, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    My role model is Virat Kohli . His attitude towards his duties is admirable . His dedication level is amazing and teaches that there should be not any sort of distraction between you and your dreams , if you have a goal then work and work for it madly . Always try to improve as there’s always room for improvement . Moreover his fitness level is incredible as he one of the fittest sportsperson in the world right now . He never takes any match lightly or for granted , the way he goes after every ball in the match is spectacular to watch , one can see the hunger for perfection in his eyes every time he is one the ground. Not only this , but the way he caries himself on and off the field , with the days passed and as he is now the captain of Indian cricket team , one can easily see how he has matured as a person and as a player. Along with these qualities , he is a good human being . He is loyal towards his family , his friends and his girlfriend Anushka Sharma , this proves that if you are honest and trustworthy in your relationship , let it be of any kind , it sure is gonna work .


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