SSC Results.   
Jun,18,2010
 

Here is an article I wrote for Mid Day.

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The SSC results are about to be announced and this takes me back to my school days. I remember being petrified of exams, even more petrified of the results. The red lines on my report card were demeaning, disheartening, and most discouraging. How could I face my friends and family? Shame! Broken self-esteem.

I remember I used to have nightmares. In fact, after having put in a distance of more than 20 years between myself and my last exam, I still havenít managed to escape the cold fear of exams and results. I still wake up with the shivers after a nightmare about going blank in front of a question paper with time running out.

I am sure there many children out there who go through similar emotions and are currently in a state of panic about the impending SSC results. Kids, donít be afraid. Just chill. All izzz well!

Donít look upon the SSC Boards as a milestone in your life, itís just another stone with many miles on it! You have a long way to go and many more important exams to face. Not the school or college exams, but the exams of life. And those are the ones to be prepared for. The mark sheets to look out for are not the ones printed on some paper, but the ones on the faces of the people you love. Those are the mark sheets that matter. Bring a smile on the face of your mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, friend, and you have done well in the exam of life.

I remember that the one person who always gave me strong support and encouragement even after bad results was my father. My mom would complain and tell him that I had failed in Marathi or History or something and he would laugh it off and say ďWhat? You failed in only 2 subjects? I always failed in at least 4!Ē ďDonít worry about exams,Ē he always said, ďjust have a good time in school and be honest.Ē Honesty was always a big one for him. It genuinely never bothered him that I had done badly. And when I look back now I realize that it was probably because of his utter and absolute belief in me, and his strong support, that I grew up with confidence in myself. Had he lost faith in me I would NEVER have been able to reach where I have in life, and achieve what I have.

Parents, there is a strong lesson here for all of us. Tomorrow the SSC results will be out. I want each of you to remember that we need to accept our children as they are. Your child might fail, or get average marks, or might miss by half a percent the result that you may desire, either way, I want you to accept him/her as he/she is. Is the mark sheet more important or is your child more important?

Do not be disappointed with one exam. Life has so much to offer. Each one of us is special. And for each one of us to do well in life we need the encouragement and support of the people who love us, especially our parents. REMEMBER THE MARK SHEET OF LIFE. And this mark sheet has only 3 subjects Ė love, caring and happiness. Fame, success and money are calculated on some other mark sheet, and they cannot compete with the value of love, caring and happiness. Let us, as parents, not to fail in the exam of life. Remember our face is also a mark sheet, as is the face of our beloved child. Let us see really high scores on each and every face this time!

This exam, no matter what the marks of the child, I want every parent to hug his/her child when they come home with their results. Try it, and see the power of love. See what it did to me when I came home to my father.

This exam I would like teachers and principals to click photos NOT WITH THE TOPPERS but with the students who have not done as well. Reach out not to the toppers but to the ones at the other end. Give them your encouragement and support, they need it much more.

Kids, any problems with your parents, show them TZP and 3i. You have the power to change the world no matter how much you have scored in your exams. The whole wide world is ahead of you to enjoy and contribute to in small and big ways.

By the way, did any of you know what Gandhiji scored in his Matriculation Exams (which is equivalent to our SSC boards today)?

40%.

Now do you believe me?

 
Posted by Aamir Khan at 01:17 AM 1862 Comments  Post Comment
 
 
1862 Comments
 
1852.sachins168
Posted on Aug,14,2010 at 10:54 AM
aamir i want to meet you once

 
1851.preetiMD
Posted on Aug,12,2010 at 03:37 PM
Nice thoughts! Inspiring!

 
1850.nitishap
Posted on Aug,10,2010 at 05:23 PM
I do agree with you. But only partially. Now when I take a look back, I feel proud of my family because of the value they insisted that education had. Although we had thin means of having everything we need, we were pushed to achieve the best. More so now, while both the parents are working, every wish of their child is granted, and this might include neglecting education at times. Now that most of the parents are educated and mature, they need to understand what is the limit in pushing a child for a better future.

 
1849.aneri96
Posted on Aug,09,2010 at 11:58 PM
This article brought tears to my eyes.

Thanks.

 
1848.karan25199
Posted on Aug,06,2010 at 12:48 AM
my cell number is 9870090709 plsssssssssss msg me.whn u msg me that day will b my wonderfull day of my lyf

 
1847.karan25199
Posted on Aug,06,2010 at 12:46 AM
hey aamir i m big fan of urs n i luv ur all movie n i want to meet u i m karan staying at dadar my dad has business of manufachuring shirts and pants ur in dubai thn just go at snow white store and ask for karbon shirts

 
1846.Priya105
Posted on Aug,05,2010 at 01:25 AM
It was an awesome article Aamir, I really wish my parents could read this or relate to it. They are like Madhavan's parents in 3 Idiots. Why not 100 why only 98. And the sad part is, they dont even realise how hard it is for the person to live up to that kind of expectations. What sort of emotional,mental and physical toll it takes. Good of you to atleast add your voice,

 
1845.iitpraveen
Posted on Aug,02,2010 at 07:13 PM
iitpraveen@gmail.com

 
1844.iitpraveen
Posted on Aug,02,2010 at 07:13 PM
I have a Three-SCRIPTS for u people u-hrithikroshan-shahrukhkahn- am student from IITMadras-2007, i didn't gone for any job, Film making program from NYFA New York,Screen Writing Program from PSTU Hyderabad, Sir-am working on Scripts since 2004,in Telugu cinema i didn't get a single chance- Past 36months am searching like a DOG- there is no Response. Please give One CHANCE to NARRATE SCRIPTS.

 
1843.dhaivatttt
Posted on Aug,01,2010 at 09:43 PM
I always thought that it would be so much better if aamir khan made films! and you surely did! I am the winner of MUMBAI FILM INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN FESTIVAL. AND U WERE MY ROLE MODEL.i WOULD WANT TO GIVE YOU MY REAL LIFE STORY TO BE MADE(IT'S REALLY NOT A CHINLDS STORY).but someTHING WHICH NO ONE EVER HAS MADE SUCH A FILM......

THE CORE PART AND MATTER OF STORY NEEDS AWARENESS-THIS IS BASED ON NATIONAL IMPORTANCE!!!!!!!AND THIS THING HAS STARTED RISING IN INDIA....IT SHALL BE A REALLY UNIQUE FILM

 
 
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