My Life My Passion: Love for Butterflies – Balakrishna Vallapil

Balakrishna Vallapil addressed the children about his passion for butterflies. He conveyed that there are 17000 species of butterflies around the world of which, 1250 species are in India; 335 species of butterflies in the Western Ghats. He along with his teammates found the 335th species, which was added to the index two months back. He also explained the difference between a butterfly and moth and the threat to butterflies. The video clipping of the different variety of butterflies was awesome.



A very interesting man and he had captured many beautiful butterflies on camera. – Amrtya Rajkumar

Mr Balakrishnan is the butterfly expert and it was amazing how he memorized the names of most of the butterflies! – Madhav Govind

I understood our hobby should not be just to pass our precious time, even in our hobby we should do everything with full Shradha and happiness. – K Gayathri

I am going to choose my hobbies like him and achieve in my life. – S Atchaya

His speech made us to appreciate butterflies. – P. Neela Sowndaravalli

From him I understood that in India there are more than a thousand species of butterflies. – S.T.Aadithya Narayanan

After listening to his words i won’t hurt a BUTTERFLY! – M.Chithambaresh

Explanation was little boring, but the various butterflies he showed was amazing. – Varija V

Anybody going behind butterflies is soooo crazy, but he taught us how to like our hobbies! – Amrutha Ramakrishna

Butterflies are very nice creatures. From now I will also explore more about butterflies – Sanjan C S

He showed us that we can concentrate on our goal and our hobby at the same time. He is a civil engineer and at the same time, he has a hobby of photographing butterflies. Finding time for activities you like is very important. – Rishika Rajkumar

It was so funny of him to run behind butterflies leaving his family. – P. Anandh Krishna

The videos that he showed were very beautiful and awesome.
– Anoosha M. Bhadauria

Butterflies can make a person different…really! – Shivankari. P. R

I like butterflies now. I learnt how many species are in India in the Western Ghats. – P.Palani Pushpam

I can identify different varieties of butterflies now. – Greeshma P

He loved butterflies a lot just like he loved his family. Now I will also love animals just like he did. – Shantanu Sriranjan.B

It made me understand more about the nature. It served as a way for me to understand about the nature’s beauty. – Rahul. C. M

I have never seen a person mad at butterflies like this man. He inspired us by teaching about butterflies. – P.Surat Kumar

His great love towards butterflies and his research about them was amazing.- G. Sathiyapriya

After meeting Sir I came to know that there were 1700 species of butterflies in the world and 1250 species in India and 335 species in the Western Ghats. – B. Pavitra

He was an amazing man who had a craze for butterflies. – Chaaran . A

Even though we see them (butterflies) everyday, we didn’t realize there was so much in them. It was really useful. Thanks – Srinath. S

I never thought that there will be a man with such a craze towards the butterfly 🙂 And now i know about a few butterflies because of him.. – Ajay Sarma

My Life, My Passion: Love for the Gender – Lakshmi Tripathi

Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi  gave an inspirational session to children about “Transgenders” and removed the misconceptions about them. She taught them to never make fun of people especially those who are a little different, and that they also have a right to education, all that society offers and to be given their due. The children were also urged to accept their friends as they are and not try to change them. They were advised to have trust and faith in themselves, encourage a positive attitude and not let negativity enter their minds. Lakshmi also danced upon the request of the campers.


She showed us that Hijras were not less than us. – Hrishikesh . G. Menon

This aunty was one of the most inspiring people who came here, who fought against all prejudice and rude comments. Such a wonderful figure. – Madhav Govind

I have never seen a transgender person in real. I was happy to see her. – Jayasudha

She was confident and she knows how to be in balance. – Ayush R

I don’t have words to says about her confidence and self control and I would surely practice the self control. – K Gayathri

I will not let others to tease at transgender people. – S Atchaya

We should not hate any body. First we have to keep faith that ‘I can and I will’. – G Preethi

She is a very inspirational transgender. – S.T.Aadithya Narayanan

Even though she was a transgender, she did not feel badly about it. She decided to do good work for her society. She is a good dancer and she studied well too. I was very inspired by her. – M . Subash

I learned here that we should not hate others. (Adwstha Sarva bhutanam..) – Vishnu Sankar C

She inspired me a lot. When the other women like her were afraid to stand in the society, she was not afraid to stand in the society. – Inesh Abisha S

This was the most inspiring “star sessions” of all!! I never had even dreamt that such a person would inspire me to such an extent. After her session, I’m sure I will be more focused about achieving my goals. My confidence in myself also got improved. – Chitkala S

Role model to all, taching how to face difficulties without hesitation. -Divyadayanand

I came to know the importance of education in every ones life. – Divya.R

Through this session I learnt not to tease any one. – Sanjan C S

Talking to Ms. Lakshmi was the first time that I talked to a transgender. She made me realise the difficulties that they face in the community. She has achieved success by concentrating on what she is doing. Now, I have a different view point about transgenders. – Rishika Rajkumar

If someone is missing something, in some other way they would have something special in them,I swear. – P. Anandh Krishna

The way she doesn’t allow what people say to affect her, really inspired me. – Vaishnavi G

I loved her. ‘Do good by being yourself’, I learned this. – Shivankari. P. R

She is a nice personality. I learnt to respect parents and to have courage in life. – P.Palani Pushpam

She proved that hard work and self confidence can take people to great heights. – Greeshma P

Nothing is impossible when we believe in ourselves. – Athmika Prajesh

I now understand the agony of transgenders and she also does not fear. – Shantanu Sriranjan.B

She taught us how to be firm in life. – Akash P Rajan

Taught us how tough it is to be a transgender. – P. Mukundh Krishna

It was very useful as I understood the problems facing the Hijra community. It created more awareness in me. – Rahul. C. M

I like Lakshmi Tripathi very much. From her I understood that we should we should have faith in ourselves. – Amrita S

Her speech and her life teaches a lesson to us that “We should not be depressed about how we look. We should make people to look us!!” and I’m really inspired by her speech. – P.Surat Kumar

Inspirational transgender woman. We learnt how to face problems at different situations and to solve them. – M. Kousalya

Though she was a DIFFERENT KIND OF person, she had her focus right, studied well, never cared about others’ comments on her and that was good. – K.Jayapreethi

I simply love her self confidence. – Mrinalini Ashok

She taught us how to face problems in our life and to be courageous. – B. Bhuvanesh

Her respect to parents, respect towards dance and her respect towards studies made me salute at her. – M.Rithikaa

From her i got a message that ‘Whatever happen to us we should not stop studying’. – K.R. Dhanush

She is a transgender who showed that education saves our lifes. – Chaaran . A

Being a Hijra is not easy. Yet she fought against all odds and taught us the importance of education.
– Bharath Biju

She made us realize that we must treat everyone the same. – Shree Rengan.S

We came to know about the feelings of a transgender. And while many transgenders were afraid to come out of the society, we were straddled when we saw a transgender as an actress. We enjoyed the session with her. Thanks. – Srinath. S

My Life, My Passion: Love for tribal community – Dr Sanjeev Vasudevan & Dr Ajitha Kumari

Dr. Sanjeev Vasudevan, working at Pain & Palliative Department at Amrita Institute of Medical Science, gave a session on his work on “Upliftment of the tribal people of Wyanad”. During his session he emphasized the need for simple living, limiting one’s needs and to have high thinking.

He asked the children to develop values like patience, togetherness, humbleness, sharing and caring etc. Along with his wife, he motivated the children to serve the less fortunate and demonstrated that if we live to serve others, and have that trust and submission to God, our needs will be taken care of. He also taught the children to be content with what they have, and not run after material things. His talk about his experiences working with the tribal people moved and inspired the children and made a huge impact.


He inspired me a lot and was a perfect example of a person who is always happy. – Hrishikesh . G. Menon

This doctor couple is one of the most inspiring people living such simple lives but with such unmatchable happiness. They help the poor and needy from the tribals living in Wayanad which is just breathtaking. – Madhav Govind

Their words were very inspiring. They lead a simple life and they were happy. – Ayush R

I was just pleased with their humbleness. – K Gayathri

I will surely become a doctor like them and do service to the people. – S Atchaya

The most inspiring couple who were happy always . He told that he can’t enjoy his life when others were not happy. – G Preethi

They are a good inspiration for me.I want to do service like them. – Jeeva S

Dr.Sanjeev and Dr.Ajitha have sacrificed their life for the welfare of the tribes. I was very much impressed,inspired and astonished by them. We should be proud of the couple. – P. Neela Sowndaravalli

They are very simple but they have a quality of humanity and they live below poverty line and they are still very happy people – S.T.Aadithya Narayanan

I learned that we should help others. – S. Sree Sakthi

The thing which inspired me is that they both studied medicine and to help the tribals they sacrificed their own life. And they live below poverty line. – Inesh Abisha S

Inspired by their simplicity and dedication. Their work for the tribal community is great!! – Chitkala S

I was inspired by them…I will take small steps that I can, to help them. – Varija V

They were very inspiring Doctors. Nowadays every one thinks of money, pleasure etc. And in such times people working for the tribes and sacrificing all their needs is soo kind of them. IIn spiteof all these they are HAPPY. They just want to serve people.They are the inspiration for the future Doctors, and I want to thank them for contributing their life for a good purpose. – Amrutha Ramakrishna

Best couple I have seen in the world so far, and will be known for their simplicity! -A.Sivaramakrishnan

The doctor couple inspired me. How wonderful they are for giving up their whole life for service and to work for the development of tribes! – S.Prem Santhosh

They really inspired me a lot. They showed us that running around for money is not necessary for a happy life. Both of them are always happy. – Rishika Rajkumar

I really admired the way that both of them have dedicated their whole lives to serving the tribal people. Their simplicity and outlook of the world was really inspiring. – Vaishnavi G

Real forms of angels of God on earth – I learned what service is! – Shivankari. P. R

They inspired me a lot with their qualities. – Greeshma P

If we are simple in our life we can achieve anything. If we are not greedy we can have everything in our life! – Athmika Prajesh

They taught us how to be happy by sacrificing one’s pleasures for others. – Akash P Rajan

We understood that we should not be selfish. We should select a job that will be useful for us as well as for the society. It inspired me to become a doctor. – Rahul. C. M

In this section I learned that we should have compassion for everyone. – Amrita S

It is unbelievable to think of two doctors living such simple life and they told us everything about tribal life. – Ramakrishnan PS

I am really inspired by his speech and the way he led his life. I respect Dr.Sanjeev and Dr.Ajitha for helping tribal villagers. His speech made me want to help everyone and to love everyone. – P Surat Kumar

Both the doctor couple were amazing. I have never seen such humble doctors in my life. I appreciate there selfless service to the “forgotten” sections of the society – the tribal people in Wayanad.They did really inspire me. – Mrinalini Ashok

What inspired me the most was his patience and his calmness, and that he was sooo good! I came to know that there were tribals in kerala also, and he treated them with so much care and love. – K.S.Amrita

Dr.Sanjeev has impressed me that how to lead a simple life. Dheeraj Nandakumar .R

These couple are the best example of “Manava Seva Eva Madhava Seva”! – G. Sathiyapriya

I liked this couple very much and i am amazed to see that both of them had the same thought of serving tribes with less money and free of cost. They inspired me very much. – Sangeetha.M.T

They served the tribes -I liked that quality of them. If I became an adult I will serve people like them. – K.R. Dhanush

I was inspired by both of them for showing a way by which one could help others. – B. Pavitra

After hearing sir’s speech i started lessening my desires. – K.S.Megha

I felt that I will surely help the people like these tribals in Wayanad in some way or the other in future. – S.Aishwarya

They made us understand that we can lead a happy life without money. I would pray that they would follow their passion without any obstacle. – Bharath Biju

The person who gave me knowledge to serve. – Srinivasa Raghavan S

The class provided by these great souls was great. We came to know more about life and how to live it. Even though they were both doctors, they were below the poverty line. That is they did not get any fees from the tribal people. It made me take an interest in social service. Thanks – Srinath. S

Through this event , we learned that we should be happy with what we have and we should not be greedy. – Hari Chandhana Varma

In future I will also be a good doctor – P.Ramya

I learn humbleness from them. – S.N.Sukithashri

Like them I will do my best. – Sai Sudharshini K

These doctors, they gave us a great lecture about their life. They were living below poverty level but thyy were enjoying life. They were a great inspiration for us. – Sidhanth Preman

My Life My Passion: Love for Swimming – Akhilesh Matti Rajakyla

{Akhilesh Matti Rajakyla is National Swimming Champion from Finland and participant in 2004 Athens & 2008 Beijing Olympics. Almost a hundred National level medals in Swimming and three National Records.}

Akhilesh shared his experiences as a young school boy at Helsinki’s sports high school, where he lived by himself, practicing, attending school, doing homework, cooking and helping himself. His hard work paid off for his fast progress and involvement in practice for Athens Olympics.

Demonstrated his true sportive nature even when he couldn’t win a medal at Athens, he was happy to have participated and was able to meet the other sports stars!

He got the European championship gold in 2005, which changed his attitude towards the sport and began to work harder, took it as his job to practice, but constantly had a fear of failure.

He played his video from Olympics and showed how even a single fraction of a second matters for a sportsman of his cadre and what difference it can make in their life!

He attributed his failure to his attitude, and explained how he felt depressed and began to question himself. This is exactly when he met Amma and found answers to all his queries which brought major change in him who holds high respect for the Indian tradition and values.


Feedback from the students…

We came to know how to overcome situations and learned not to give up in any problems and to continue or complete our passion – Sannidhi Raikar

This is the line which was told by him is written in my mind in  bold letters.
”Everybody is born as a artist with a talent inside. The thing which we have to do is to keep the talent till the adulthood.”   Whenever I feel I am not gifted with any talent, this line strikes in my mind and enables me to move forward. Thanks to Akhilesh Sir. – Megha Hichkad

I have learnt ‘never giving up from him’ & that’s same thing what we were taught in Gita sessions that Sri Krishna  instructs  – Revant, Karwar

Waste Management – Workshop by Mahita

The waste management session began with an interesting introductory session by Mahita from USA where the value, cost and origin of any product is taught to assess.
Children were made to segregate biodegradable waste from non bio degradable and stressed upon the sustainable development. Composting session from organic waste was enjoyed by the children.

Mahita demonstrated how our Mother Earth is suffering from the irritation in her eyes.

My Life, My Passion: Love for the Moon by BR Guruprasad

BR Guruprasad, ISRO Scientist & Science Communicator narrated how his school and teachers shaped up his characters.

He gave a beautiful power point presentation on Chandrayaan, India’s mission to the Moon. He explained the surface, conditions on the moon and the human exploration on it, how well Chandrayaan – 1 confirmed the presence of water on the moon soil. He also gave a bird’s eye view of various space programmes taken up by ISRO, how a satellite is launched through PSLV, and how it is put to the orbit.

Guruprasad also gave the perspective of the Moon both in terms of a scientist and a poet. This was the most interactive session, where children queued up to pose questions to him.

Feedback from some students..

There are many doors in life which are not open, just open the door which you like and explore. And you can achieve more than one thins in life. By all these sessions i can conclude that passion with work gives you happiness and there is no age limit for any learners. – Dhanush, Bangalore

Brought into me a thirst for knowledge and inspired us to read whatever occurred into our mind any time, irrespective of the subject. Enlightened us about the amount of hardnwork required to achieve our goal. – Chitkala S sharma, Mysore

I felt that he could have made it better by fascinating the children by telling  about the numerous unexplained phenomenon that exist in our universe. By doing so he could evoke the curiosity in the children about the ‘Lord’s master piece” i.e the universe.  – – Sunidhi Naik, Karwar

My Life, My Passion: Love for the Desi cows – KEN Raghavan

[KEN Raghavan, National Joint General Secretary, Ekal Vidhyalaya Abhiyan
Expert in Training: Gram Vikas (Low cost, Micro Model) – Bio Gas, Organic Manure, Bio Pesticide, organic farming Cow based small cottage industry.]

KEN Raghavan shared his knowledge on the historical documentation of Megasthenese, Fahian, Albarooni, Marco Polo, Columbus, McCauley, etc. Explained well how McCauley was successful in destroying self sufficient India in terms of CPC laws, Education system and administration systems. But he gave the hope of self sufficient India called Bharat by restoring the village structure. He explained the 5Js Jan-Jameen-Jal-Jeev-Jungle ( man, land, water, animals, and forest) needed for gramaswaraj.

He demonstrated the importance of indigenous cow, its milk and products with scientific support on these studies.


Some feedback from the students

I now understand the difference between A1 milk and A2 milk which most people do not know. – Akshay S Prasad, Karwar

From this session I got to know more about our country India, it’s richness and and also where it is lacking. And most importantly about our mother cow, importance of milk and many other things that I was not aware of. – Sinatra, Karwar

This session enabled me to understand the importance of cow and also the rich heritage of our own country which we Indians were not aware of. I learned India is not inferior to any other country and will try to follow the steps showed by him in creating self sufficiency in our own country rather than depending on some other country. Megha, Karwar

It was a wonderful session. We came to know the importance of cow milk, gomutra etc. – Shobha, Belgaum

From this session I got to know the importance of cow , cow milk, the difference of A1 and A2 milk and the qualities of these milk. – Divya Dayanand, Mysore

My Life, My Passion: Love for Sri Rama – Ram Avatar Sharma

Dr. Ramavatar Sharma began the session with giving the importance of visiting the temples and how one gets Samskara from it.

The enquiry at the age of 5 about Sri Rama made him able to seek the places he visited.

Gave a picturesque narration of how he went in search of Sri Rama’s path starting from the saint he met at Ayodhya. He has being doing research on Sri Ramas 4 journeys for the last 37 years by visiting those places by foot or bicycle and mapping them!

Children experienced and listened to the words he lived, “until you become crazy about something you cannot achieve anything”.

Ram Avatar Sharmaji narrated his experiences in beautiful Hindi, during his travel amidst the forests and how he could see Sri Rama present in everyone’s heart. He established the fact that Hanuman was from Karnataka.

This was session endowed with simplicity, faith, consistency and devotion.
Sharmaji also shared his work on his travel in the form of the book with all the children.



Some feedback from students

I was really happy to hear that Hanuman is from Karnataka and his mother tongue is Kannada. – Saumya G, Karwar

Sharma sir showed us that there is no work which is impossible. If we have passion, we can achieve any heights. If he could travel the path Sri Rama travelled by cycling, we could all achieve our goals. The story told by him helped me to understand God is present in all, irrespective of their jobs. – Megha, Karwar

This session taught us how to implement the proverb “where there is a will, there is a way “, in our life. – Sinatra, Karwar

I learned we should all have dreams – Sagar SC, Belgaum

I learned a lot about Ramayana and I got to know Hanuman was from Karnataka. – Rohan K, Bangalore

Dr Ram Avatar who has taken up Sri Rama’s journey, has made me realise we should be confident in whatever we do. – Shreyas J Kashyap

May be he is the only one who has found the journey of Sri Rama in Valmiki Ramayana. He has cycled from Ayodhya to Rameshwaram. – Akshay S Prasad, Karwar

We came to know more about Ramayana and the places where it must have taken place. – Sushma S, Bangalore

My Life, My Passion: Love for the red light girls – Praveen & Priti Patkar

My Life, My Passion:  Praveen Patkar and Smt. Priti Patkar

This was one of the most touching guest lectures. Pravin Patkar began the session with an analogy of the city’s waste dump yard to the filth of the society, i.e., human trafficking. He described the current situation of the children on the streets and made the students to realize the dangers such children are facing.

He stressed the need for passion for bringing change in the society as youth in their lives.

The couples shared their experiences and challenges they faced in their early days of serving the needy people during floods, riots, etc. They beautifully narrated their success story that brought change in the lives of children in the red light area of Mumbai through their sustained efforts for rehabilitation.

Mr & Mrs Patkar demonstrated their courage in spite of having enemies in the flesh trade and criminals of all sorts from the red light area and their sacrifice of personal security for the sake of children of the destitute.

Some feedback from the students

They made me realise how lucky I am. I am born and brought up in a surrounding with no trouble. – Dhanush B

We live in this world where there are not only good things but also cruelty. I have been always seeing this life of pleasure and so has never thought about children of my own age, suffering from cruelties of people in this world. I had heard about child trafficking but never took it this serious. This session made us realise the sorrows and feelings of these children and has inspired us to take up social service jobs, if not in a big way, to the extend possible in our own little manner. – Megha, Karwar

It was an awakening and altering program. I felt very inspired and felt I also should do something as these great personalities did – Sinatra, Karwar

I am so much inspired by them that I have decided to become a social worker. – Suyash M P, Karwar

They were a couple who had no fear and went forward and helped children. – T Shashank Yadar

I was shocked to hear they have helped almost 9000 children. – Vaneesh V, Belgaum

They are like the parents of children who are trafficked. They have saved 9000 children. Truly this is a great job done by them. – Akshay S Prasad, Karwar

I also want to do something like them for the society. – Amrita J M, Mysore

My Life, My Passion: Love for the computers by Dr. P Venkat Rangan

My Life, My Passion: by Dr. P Venkat Rangan, Vice Chancellor, Amrita University

Dr Rangan began the session by narrating how AMMA influenced his life in 1992 when he met her in Los Angeles and learn to shift his thinking from brain to heart.
Associated very well the networking speed in transferring knowledge between the “two super speed idiots” (computers) with respect to Amma’s ability to transfer the knowledge and demonstrated successfully how Amma can transform individuals into higher states.

He called upon the students to become Hanuman and invoke the potential in them. “Don’t treat humans like computers and computers like humans” he advised.
Demonstrated well how Amma overcame the hurdles of her life to become great today, by narrating her childhood biography — the barriers like economical, caste, regional, educational, language and gender.

He gave an invaluable equation of life for the success. Also stressed on the importance of accommodating the ideas of others in life by giving examples of own experiences.

16 Oct 2012