A Tribute To Our Founder
Brick by brick,
dipping each in your blood,
you raised a temple of learning,
with Samuel Johnson as its High Priest.
As your neighbour, I saw it rise
like a phoenix from the ashes.
What kept you striving forward
Was your will to work miracles
With sand, and write oracles on water.
â€œEach dawn â€“ break is a gift from God,â€
you always said. â€œNo time for regrets.
Despondency and angst are for unbelievers only.
The strong-willed can even chew stones,
See through granite walls,
For they seek their abode only on hill-tops,
like eagles that can confront lightning
You have not gone the way of other
mortals-bone, flesh and ashes,
for your message of hope will always be
a clarion call for others to follow you.
Great Spirits are not wood or mortar,
but candles that shine like glow-worms
in a dark forest.
Fare thee well! But Iâ€™ll always conjure up
Your spirit, flapping its resplendent wings
above the steeples
of your citadel of learning.
Keep Guiding others, You Spirit Benign!
Prof. Shiv K.Kumar
(Awardee Padma Bhushan)