From the alleys to beyond
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From the alleys to beyond


From the alleys to beyond

Published on :5 Jun,2017 By :- UNT News

Astro India Automobile Pvt. Ltd, Jammu

New Delhi:
From a child who was brought up in the streets to being a first class gazetted officer in Indian Army and then carrying on in corporate world as a Chief Administrative Officer in a multinational telecom company, Captain Rakesh Walia has come a long way. In a true sense, he has seen the life from rags to riches and that didn’t happen overnight. It took him years of perseverance, patience and sheer hard work to attain a position that he has today. Studying overnight to getting himself drowned into the pool to learn swimming, Captain Walia is an epitome of ‘work-hard-till-you-get-it’ attitude.

 True to itself and its title, the autobiography, Broken Crayons Can Still Colour, is packed with sources of inspirational anecdotes and experiences. Captain Walia describes himself as a positive influencer, a motivator and a people’s man, who likes to lead from the front. “I was made to light the pyre”, his autobiography says. Part one, The Beginning of a Journey, deals with the kind of adversities Capt. Walia faced when he lost his parents to a tragic car accident at a tender age of six. When asked about that phase of life, he vividly explained, “There was this time when I had parents. My mother would feed me. My father would pick me up in his arms. And suddenly, there was this accident. I couldn’t believe what happened. I believed that if you are born in a family, the family members would live together forever till eternity. There was this huge negative jolt that affected me.” He shared with us the confusion of choosing the title by saying, “It took me around six to seven months to think of a title. I was juggling between various titles.” He explained the deeper aspect behind the title where he drew parallelism of a person’s life to a crayon saying, “A crayon when broken will have the same effect on paper as a new crayon. So, no matter what problems a person faces he/she shouldn’t carry the miseries ahead. I had that positivity in me where I didn’t carry any malice in heart for anybody.”

“As a person working in corporate industry, I have attended various lectures and programmes globally. We get speakers, who always narrate someone else’s stories. They are cut, copy and paste. And here, my autobiography is a unique case study. I thought if that is so, why don’t I write my story. At least, before I die, I must write something which reaches the heart of the youth,” elaborated Capt. Walia on why he decided to write an autobiography.

 The second part of the autobiography, From The Alleys To The Army encircles around his experiences in the Indian Army. It deals with his anecdotes right from his fresh beginning in Army where he joins Officers’ Training Academy, Chennai till he resigns from the Army. “When a soldier from the Gurkha Regiment instructed me to join Army, it was after the 1971 war. It was that phase when only ‘Bharat Mata’ or ‘Motherland’ was heard. And when I heard these words, I grew emotionally connected to the words ‘Mata’ and ‘Mother’. I thought, if I couldn’t serve my own motherland then there’s no use of me. Not only that, I increased my vision to join Army and serve my nation,” he shared.

He calls himself a servant of mother India and remembered, “After I was commissioned as a Lieutenant in Gurkha Rifles, my commanding officer asked me why I had joined army. I told him,” he said, “If I die, I must be wrapped in national flag. He continued, “Unfortunately, I couldn’t fulfill that even today. I would have been a happier soul if I could come wrapped in my tricolor. In my life, I have seen death early and from very close. Every soul has to romance death one day. If I have to romance death than why not in a national flag?

 The Master’s Game is the last part of the book that speaks about the Captain’s life in the corporate world. From how he started in the big corporate world to how he is now a CAO of a multinational telecom company. According to Capt. Walia, success is all about executing plans and staying true to oneself. He said, “I always walked the path that I talked. I never thought what I want to do. And even if I did, I never gave too much attention on the planning. I always executed and took small steps at a time but steady enough to ensure that I reach my destination.”

There’s an incident in the book where he mentions about his ‘devil-may-care-attitude’. When enquired about that, he said, “The devil may care attitude shouldn’t be taken into a negative sense. As a child, I kept my head cool and observed my environment and surroundings. I used to see what obstacles were being created before I make a move or strategise. Circumstances put me into that way of thinking where time was always short for me and I had to make the best out of the given situation. The same strategy I used in the Army in operations and is now being put to use as a person in corporate sector.”

 The book is successful in painting beautiful pictures where readers can actually visualise and feel the emotions that were felt by the author. It also is a great saga of a man, who rose from playing cricket in the streets and carved a niche for himself in this big world  just on what is pure and relentless hard work. The autobiography is the best source of inspiration for today’s youth and children alike where everyone wants to be successful.

Nexa Peaks Auto, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu