‘You are Becoming’ springs from a conversation I had with one of the most amazing teachers I have ever come across. The thought he planted in my heart has been disturbing me for well over a decade. I strongly felt that I should share this thought with as many teenagers as I can possibly reach. It is this urge that has now materialised into this beautiful book.
My purpose in writing this book is, sincerely, to help you improve as a student, as a son or a daughter, and most importantly as an individual. This would happen if, and only if, you treat this book as an interactive source of guidance. Just reading through these pages, you will be losing out much from this book. My humble request to you is to keep a pen or a pencil ready in your hand: make entries in this book as you do in a personal diary, after all now this is your book. Work with it.
This book is in three parts: the first part deals with ‘becoming’, the second part is about ‘being cool at school’, and the third part deals with some of the most effective and time tested ways of learning. Although apparently there seems to be nothing in common among these three parts, a closer inspection would clarify that they are all closely interconnected. The process of ‘becoming’ starts much earlier than we have previously thought of. The earlier you identify your destination, the easier your journey becomes.
It was way back in the year 1999 that I first came across this thought: the thought that gave me many a restless nights and is now spread in these pages. It lay there deep within my heart for well over a decade. All these years I have been interacting with teenagers both as a teacher and because of my particular interest in matters concerning teenagers. In 2013 I announced my desire to write a book for the teenagers especially of our country in my Face book page. Many wrote to me expressing their supports and many were generous with suggestions.
The more I learnt about the issues, problems and hardships our teenagers face in their day to day life, the more I realized that my knowledge of their difficulties is so insignificant. Yet in the light of having spent the last one decade of my life with teenagers, I decided to offer my help. And here it is, in the form of this book in your hands. It is my attempt to talk to you personally, if you are a teenager; to reveal a bit of what a teenager needs today if you are a parent or a teacher.
This book will definitely help you become a better teenager, a better student, and mostly importantly, it will help you grow into a better adult.