Did you know that Rabindranath Tagore didn’t attend college and was first non-european to win a Nobel prize? Ramanujan did not get the opportunity to go to secondary school and yet wrote theorems that a dozen mathematicians of his age couldn’t put together.
Haldhar Nag had same fate like Rabindranath Tagore and Ramanujan. But we are sure you don’t know who he is. Haldhar Nag, an Oriya poet known for Lok Kabi Ratna, is a class 3 dropout who won Padma Shri.
Haldhar Nag was born is a poor family and lost his father at a young age. Due to the family conditions, he had to quit school and work as a dish washer at a restaurant and cook at a school for 16 years. After 16 years, he decided to establish his own shop that sold eatables and stationary to school kids.
In 1990, his first poetry Dhodo Bargachh (The Old Banyan Tree) got published and his worked received appreciation. This turn of events inspired him and he started writing more often. He knows all his poems and 20 epics written till date by heart. He has been compared to Gangadhar Meher and is known for his contribution in Oriya literature. His work got recognition by Government of India when he received Padma Shri in 2016.
While we may not know him or heard about him but books have been written about him and BBC did documentary on him. Nag is an inspiration to many. He proves the fact that education is not everything. It is our willingness to achieve something we desire.
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