Nobody would have imagined, especially me, that, after being a District Chairman in 1999-2000, I would climb the ladder. But then do we plan our destiny? Destiny plans our steps. It decides whether we should climb or go down the ladder.
Right from my childhood, when I lived with a Gandhian grandfather who wore Khadi to his end, I grew up to marry into a family where my father-in-law too wore Khadi. Childhood memories are never forgotten and in fact are always a great influence in determining our future. Thus Social Work was embedded in my Life.
‘We, for women’ is truly a theme to which we can all relate. We must give due importance to ourselves, especially where Health is concerned. Let us not be Activists, trying to fight for our Rights, but fight against ill-health. Let us take a vow to be fit. For Once let us turn WE into ME.
I want all the members with their lady friends to participate in the Pinkathon this year. For those who have never participated in a Marathon - let this be their first time. Let the Walk for Pinkathon be a reason to start being fit. It is never late to make a beginning.
Women should pursue their hobbies, at any stage of their lives. We definitely give time to our families, but once the children stand on their own feet, it is time to take off for ourselves. We may have had interest in singing or painting or embroidery. These are the interests which can be pursued without neglecting our family. Take time for yourself.
Always remember, ‘If you want to blossom like a Rose in the Garden, learn the art of adjusting with the Thorns’. Women have always learnt the art of adjusting, and Inner Wheel is a platform, which teaches us to adjust with various temperaments of Women. Teach others what you learn here. Here we learn to be kind to Senior Citizens, which we can utilize in having patience with our parents. Similarly, we learn to be kind to children, then why not be tolerant towards our own children? Bring Home the Study that you learn in the School of Inner Wheel.
To wind up, I remember this saying on a Bus-Stand - Only Bus Stops Here. Not Time. So Do Not Waste Time - Keep Moving Up with Your Duties.
Wish everyone the best in their own endeavours.
Pushpa Suryamurty
Association President 2013-2014
Pushpa Suryamurty, born and brought up in Mumbai, did her Graduation in English Literature, followed by a Degree in Law. She then went on to do Exports Management and Travel and Tourism. Being a thorough Mumbaikar, she is conversant with English, Marathi, Hindi, Tamil (her mother-tongue), Telugu (Husband’s mother tongue) and Gujarati.
Her mother was an activist who worked with freedom fighters like Ahilya Rangnekar.Her father was the Secretary and a Committee member for many years of Mysore Association. Her siblings, a sister and two brothers, are all settlled in the U.S. of America. Her older brother is the author of a fiction, An Indian in a Cowboy Country and is busy with his next novel. She married into a family where her in-laws were very active and in the Committ ee of Andhra Maha Sabha. They were a great support to her activities all around.
Pushpa joined Inner Wheel in 1987 as the club I.S.O. of Inner Wheel Club of Bombay North Island. As President of the Club in 1988-89, she conducted about15 Pap Smear Tests Camps. Till date she has been a 100 per center. She has never missed any of the club meetings and is very active with their projects too. She entered the District 314 Executive Committ ee in 1995-1996 and became the District Chairman in 1999- 2000. As Chairman, her thrust area was banning plastic bags. After her term, she continued being active at the District level. She has been the Chairman of the Consti tution Committee, Co- Chairman of Rural Projects, and Chairman of the District Rally for many years. She enjoys the togetherness of the members, especially during joint projects and the Rally. As a Co-Chairman of Rural projects, she coordinated with the clubs which came together and gave water supply, built toilet blocks, organized vocational training for the villagers, aided education for the ashramshala children, constructed classrooms, a laboratory, kitchen, vocational training centre and cow sheds with 14 cows that supply milk to the ashramshala children. She won the Best Past District Chairman award twice.
She has attended every Triennial Conference since 1989-90 as a Voting Delegate, as a scribe in two of them and has been an active participant as a Committee member in the two Triennial Conferences held in Mumbai. She has attended the IIW Conventi on in Istanbul, Turkey, and the South Asia Rallies at Cochin and Sri Lanka. She was the Secretary of the Celebration of the Silver Jubilee Function of the Association, which was held in Mumbai and was the Chairman of the Entertainment evening in 2010-2011 when the International Board Meeting was held in Mumbai.
Besides Inner Wheel, she has been active in Khar Gymkhana too. She has been the Co-Chairman of the Social Committee and the co-Editor of the Club Magazine. She has organized Summer Camps for the members’ children and the annual Diwali Dhamaka. For the last three years she has formed a Singers’ Club which performs every month.
Pushpa enjoys Dancing, which she has learnt since childhood and Badminton which she enjoys playing even now. She has choreographed many Dances and Fashion Shows in Inner Wheel. Her husband, Suryamurty, Charter Secretary of Rotary Club of Mumbai North-Island, is in the Real Estate Business and a good singer. Together they have held the fort of Fellowship at the club level and won the Best Rotary Couple Award twice, Fellowship Award15 times and Pushpa won the Best Rotary Ann award five times. Their daughter Suchita, also a good singer, is in the field of producing Special Effects for movies and son Purav, who is a State Level Badminton Player, is in business.