An interview of the kid with regular attendance for motivation ended up in a small chat with 3 enthusiastic kids. Their original and translated responses are in a dialogue form to instil the innocence in the words.
Me: Vijay Unna Pathi sollu?
Vijay: En per D.Vijay Kumar Nan Thiruverambur Kulathur melnilai pallila Ninth padikuren
Me: Vijay Tell Me about you?
Vijay: My name is D.Vijay Kumar I’m studying Ninth standard in Thiruverambur Kulathur Melnilai Palli. (Thiruverambur Kulathur Higher Secondary School)
Me: Unakku enna pudikkum?
Vijay: Enakku vilayatu, Padippu, Vilayada pudikkum.
Me: What is Your Passion?
Vijay: I like Sports, Learning. I like playing.
Me: Enna Vilayada pudikkum?
Vijay: Enakku Kabadi, Cricket, co-co, kaal pandu , kai pandu….
Me: What Do you like to play?
Vijay: I like playing Kabadi, Cricket, CO-CO, Football, and Handball.
Me: Ithu ellam vilayaduviya illa Vilayada pudikuma?
Vijay: Ellame vilayaduven; kathukuten
Me: Do you know to play all these or you like them?
Vijay: I play all of them; I learnt.
Me: Seri Bhumi’lerundu edo nanga lakshya’kku varom appudina odane enna pannuvomnu nenaicha?
Vijay: Ungalta irundu nalla vilyatu approm ungalterundu eppudilam muneranumnu kathukalamnu irunthen.
Me: Ok! When you heard that a few guys from Bhumi are gonna come for something called ‘Lakshya’ what were you expecting?
Vijay: I was expecting good games; I was eager to learn how to get better in life from you people.
Me: Vera enna therinjukalamnu nenaicha?
Vijay: Ungalterundu suthatha Pathi therinjukalamnu irunden, Padippu vishyam edavuthu solli kudupinganu nenaichen
approm enga ellarukkum English kathu taruvinganu nenaichom.
Me: What else were you expecting to learn?
Vijay: I wanted to learn about cleanliness and hygiene from you; I thought you will teach something academic oriented I thought you would teach us English.
Me: Unakku padippu school’la soli Taranga ana entha edathulayume solli tarathadu unaku pudichathu edavathu ne kathukanumnu yosichu irukiya, apudi yethavathu…
(A howling sound followed by Vivek saying nanga Thana and Vignesh added engaltayum ethavathu kelunga)
Vijay: ivungaltaye kelunga
Vignesh: Enakku English olunga varathu athanala katukanumnu aasiya irukku.
Me: You are learning academics in schools, what other co- curricular activities did you want to learn?
(A howling sound followed by Vivek saying Its just us and Vignesh added Ask something to us also.)
Vijay: Ask to these people also.
Vignesh: I don’t speak good English so I wanted to learn that from you.
Me: ippodaikku konjam teriyala avalothan kathukudutha vandrum vera edavathu.
Vignesh: neenga eldurathaye vera madri kathu kuduthinga athunpudichirundudu.
Me: As of now your English has to be made better but what else do you wanna learn?
Vignesh: You made us write a normal test in an innovative way I liked that.
Vivek: Enakku aeroplane pakkum bothu atha ota kathukanumnu aasai irukku.
Me: How about you?
Vivek: Whenever I see an aero plane I wanna learn how to drive it.
Me: Atha pathi yartayavathu keturukiya ena therinju irukka atha pathi?
Vivek: Athuku Konjam control machine correct’ah use pananum; payanaligala yethitu vandu correct time’la erakanum; Neraya per iruntha rumba valaika kudathu; adu abathana vela than
Me: Have you enquired about that to people what do you know about it?
Vivek: Yea we need to user control systems correctly for that; Depending on the persons you should turn; if there are a lot of passengers you should not drift much. It’s pretty much a dangerous job
Vivek: Eninakku abathulam toosi madri na.
Me: Dangerous in the sense…
Vivek: Dangerous tasks are like dust before me…
Me: Ungulukku intha madri aasai …
Vignesh: Kovil’la hindi karangala pakum bothu hindi pesa kathukanumnu aasai irukku.Neraya mozhi kathukanumnu aasai irukku.
Vijay:Enakku train otanumnu aasai irukku.
Me: Do you guys have some wish like this…
Vignesh: When I see Hindi people worshiping in temple; I have yearned to learn the language. I basically wanna learn a lot of languages.
Vijay: I have wished to drive a train.
Me: Seri ithana lakshya session’la ethu unnakku tak’nu gyabagam irukku yosikama sollu?
Vignesh: thopiya mati mati potom’la antha velayatu gyabagam irukku.
Me: Well can you tell me which Lakshya session you could remember instantaneously?
Vignesh: the one in which we exchanged caps by passing it over to nearer ones…
Me: Enna kathukutanu gyabagam irukka?
Vignesh: Naama padichu inoruthanta sonna avan poi innorthanta solluvan ipudiye padichu padichu muneruvom.
Me: What did you understand in that?
Vignesh: If we learn something and share it with a person then he would share it with a few more and thus we would all get better together.
Me: Lakshya’la Enna pudichirukku?
Vignesh: Enakku valkaila muneranumnu oru vilayatu solli thandenga adu pudichirundudu ippo nenga panra madri nanum oru amaippu arambichu ellarukkum solli taranumnu irkkuren na.Nanum English kathukutu yellarukkum solli taruven.
Vivek: oru study group maadri aarambichu pasangalukku solli taralamnu irukkom.
Vijay: college ponadhuku approm.
Me: what do you like in Lakshya?
Vignesh: You taught me a game about getting better in life I remember that. When I grow up I too want to start an organization like this and teach people like you. I will learn English and teach people.
Vivek: We would like to start a study group and teach people
Vijay: After going to college.
(This is where that beautiful chat ended still thinking if I could just go and have another chat with them like this)