Around the world to gather life lessons
Deepak Ramola, a popular lyricist, actor and life-skills educator, was in conversation with Ekta Verma, the Founder of Invisible Scar, at the Kalam session in Hyderabad on August 17. Ramola said his most precious life lesson came from his father, who had advised him not to share a meal with a person whose energy one isn’t sure of. “Meals, my father explained, were one of the most intimate moments one shares with anybody. It is here that you are absorbed in the most engaging thoughts or in a heartfelt conversation,” Ramola said. He confided that his school life was not as pleasant as his life at home. “I was bullied ruthlessly because of my physical attributes and lean tone, but this did not deter me nor cause any complexes. In fact, this just egged me to strive harder to excel in academics as well as co-curricular activities,” he added. At the age of 14, a conversation with his mother steered him to ponder on the fact that life was the ultimate institution. Armed with this notion, he set out to educate and transform human lives by designing lessons gathered from life experiences of various individuals from around the world. He travelled around Europe for 90 days collecting life lessons from refugees and while doing this, he found that learning a song in the local language made initiating a conversation easier. He has picked up life skills from sex workers of Sonagachi and Kamatipura, re-modified and designed it into modules that he has shared in business schools across the world. The young educator even learnt a lesson from a 5-year-old, who told him, “When you are done using the jar, remember to close the lid.” The young poet has refrained from using strong love words in his poetry because he believes that this generation was not much into dramatic expression of romance. “Actions speak greater than words,” he said. Ramola has written songs for films like Wazir and Manjhi. He has also acted in a few movies and a TV serial, besides being a screenplay writer, script analyst and a spoken word poet.