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A Lesson from the Heart: Amitabh Bachchan's Sherwood School Nainital Experience

Dear readers,


As we celebrate the legendary Amitabh Bachchan's birthday, we take a nostalgic journey back to his school days at Sherwood College in Nainital. It's a journey that not only shaped his acting career but also imparted him with a timeless life lesson.


Amitabh Bachchan in Sherwood School Blazer
Amitabh Bachchan proudly dons the iconic Sherwood School blazer, reminiscent of his cherished school days.

In a heartfelt blog post, Mr. Bachchan shares his experiences from Sherwood College and how a particular event during his school days left an indelible mark on his life. While he initially reflects on his recent trip to Cannes and the excitement of reuniting with his family in London, his thoughts soon turn to a more profound event - the Class of 1958 reunion at Sherwood College.


Sherwood College, Nainital, holds a special place in his heart, as it was where he spent some of the most formative years of his life. The occasion was the Founder's Day celebrations, which spanned from June 3rd to the 5th. The Class of 1958, who had graduated from the school 50 years ago after their Senior Cambridge Examination, had organized this gathering. The prospect of reuniting with old classmates and reliving cherished memories filled Mr. Bachchan with excitement.


The power of nostalgia is a remarkable thing. Amitabh Bachchan, like many of us, finds that the memories from his school days remain vivid in his mind, even as the years pass. He recalls the school, the people, the teachers, the classes, the games, and the incidents as if they happened yesterday.


However, one particular memory stands out among all others. It's a memory of a profound life lesson, one that Amitabh Bachchan received from his father during a Founder's Day event at Sherwood College.


Back in school, Mr. Bachchan had a deep passion for the Annual Concert and being part of the cast of the play. Acting had always been a part of his life, starting from his kindergarten days when he played a chicken. As he progressed through school, he won accolades for his acting, including the prestigious Kendall Cup for Best Actor in 1957.


In 1958, his final year at Sherwood College, he was cast as the lead character in Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" for Founder's Day. His talent and the importance of the role made it seem likely that he would win the Kendall Cup again. However, fate had other plans.


On the day of the dress rehearsal, Mr. Bachchan developed a rash on his face, which he initially attributed to contact with a wild plant called nestle. His roommate realized it was measles, and he was promptly sent to the school infirmary. He pleaded to be allowed to perform, as his parents were coming all the way from Delhi to watch him, but the school authorities decided against it. Mr. Berry, the drama instructor, would play his part that evening.


What followed was a profound lesson in resilience and perspective. As the play began, Mr. Bachchan sat in the infirmary, hearing the audience's anticipation and the opening lines of the play. Then, his father quietly entered the room and sat beside him, offering comfort and solace. They sat in silence, not needing words to communicate.


Finally, Mr. Bachchan's father spoke, imparting a lesson that would stay with him for life: "Man ka ho to acchha. Man ka na ho to zyada acchha!" Translated, it means, "If things happen according to what you wish, it is good. If things do not happen according to what you wish, then it is even better."


Initially, Amitabh Bachchan found it hard to accept this perspective. How could something not going according to your wish be better? But his father patiently explained that when things don't go as planned, they happen according to the wishes of the Almighty, and those wishes are always for your good. His father's wisdom and unwavering support provided comfort during a challenging moment.


This lesson became the cornerstone of Mr. Bachchan's life. It became his strength in adversity, his companion in pain, and his dearest friend in moments of glory and joy. It's a lesson that reminds us all to embrace life's twists and turns, understanding that there's a greater plan at work.


As Amitabh Bachchan prepares to return to Sherwood College for the Founder's Day celebrations, he knows that the school and its memories will never fade. His father may no longer be with him, but the words he left behind are eternal.


In closing, let us remember these profound words: "Man ka ho to acchha. Man ka na ho to zyada acchha!" In them lies a timeless lesson on resilience, acceptance, and the wisdom to find the silver lining in every situation.


Happy Birthday, Amitabh Bachchan!


With love and respect,

Glacier Gazette Team

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