9 Inspiring Quotes By Bal Gangadhar Tilak That Will Move You To Rise Above Mediocrity
A primary school teacher was imparting lessons in arithmetic and he asked the students a question, “If 5 goats took 28 days to finish eating the grass in a meadow, then how many goats would finish it in 20 days?" Before he could complete the question someone answered "7 goats." Surprised the teacher looked at the boy and asked him if he solved the question in a notebook as it was mental math drill. To this the student pointed his index finger to his head and the teacher smiled.
Wondering who was this student? He was Lokamanya Bal gangadhar Tilak, a pioneer of the Indian freedom struggle. The one who said, 'Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it.'
One other time, Tilak was in school and the teacher asked the students who had strewn groundnuts all over the floor. When no one replied, the teacher decided to punish all. It was Tilak's turn to receive punishment, but he surprised everyone by defying the teacher saying he did not have the groundnuts so he won't accept the punishment. At this the teacher asked him to reveal the name of the mischief maker. To this Tilak replied, “It is said that telling tales is bad. So I won’t tell." The teacher wrote a note to the boy's parents informing of his acts. However the next day his father arrived at school and corroborated Tilak's statement. He said, Bal was never given any money and he was not allowed to eat anything from outside.