Recently, while reading a book by one of the most versatile actors of our Film Industry, Mr Anupam Kher, I came across a term used to reference the progressive journey of anybody’s life. It is stated that the real journey of a successful human journey must be from noun to verb. When we try to decipher the term’s meaning, we understand the vast substance hidden in these three words. While living life, whosoever he or she may be, the journey always starts with a noun only. Especially in this modern time where we are encircled with many critical and complex issues, the stress is always given on nouns. It implies that the first struggle is to establish one’s name in the domain of life and make it known to everybody. The struggle of establishment becomes more acute in this world where we face an intense competition which has reached the level of Darwin’s theory of ‘struggle for existence. Due to such a scenario, it is accepted that one starts his journey by establishing his name, i.e., noun. In this progress of life, there are certain stages where we start releasing the importance of various aspects of life. In the early stage of life, under our parents’ protected wings, we do not even care for the noun. But just when we enter in our adolescent age, we start realizing our own likings, our personality and then start the journey of establishing a noun. Then many years pass in this process of forcing the importance of noun on others. Sometimes we need to push to get it noticed. But again, a stage comes where we realize the bonding of some kind of work or domain around the noun, which slowly becomes a verb. We are known by that work, and then we start losing the importance of noun against the verb by which we are identified. Mr Anupam Kher proclaims the other important thing that the journey of the establishment of anybody’s life shall not revolve around the noun only. After a certain period, it must move further and adopt the verb’s direction. It means that after an initial struggle, one must consider being known by the work, which becomes more important and influential than just noun. If the verb is firmly established, then its importance prevails beyond the diminishing of a noun.
Few nouns turned into strong verbs around our life. Dr Prakash Amte (Bhamragarh, Maharashtra) was a noun that turned into a powerful verb for helping the Madiya Gond Adivasis (Tribals) for the last 35 years by devoting whole life for their upliftment and providing them with a chance to live the life of a normal human being. Dr Shankarbaba Papalkar (Vazzar, Maharashtra) was a noun that turned into a verb to give shelter to 123 destitute, mentally disabled, differently-abled children and make them face the challenges of life boldly having citizenship (Aadhar) card with the name Shankarbaba as their father. Mr. Ashok Dogare (Yeotmal, Maharashtra), a noun turned verb, provided a home to more than a hundred senior citizens who were thrown out of their houses by their kinsmen and now nurtured in this Ashram powerfully. Ms Poromita Goswami (Mul, Maharashtra) was just a noun but now a very emphatic verb by leading an army of women against the alcohol addiction by men, which causes the complete ruin of many families. Late Mr Sunil Deshpande was also a noun but now remembered by the verb for his dedicated work of establishing Sampurna Bamboo Kendra at Lawada (Dharni Maharashtra) to provide employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to the tribal youth who otherwise get exploited at the hands of the system badly. These are few nouns that turned into the verb of great substance and credibility. These verbs not only function within their domain but inspires many nouns to turn them into verbs.
In this modern time of technology and rationalism, it is pretty acceptable to focus our vision on establishing a noun. But this gestation period must end, and then we must strive to change the noun into a verb in the form of any such task which will leave footprints for others to follow. Lastly, the book reads that the tiny journey of any human being is always known by the work undertaken. Therefore, because the existence of the verb is permanent in contrast to the narrowly circled presence of a noun, let’s change our direction towards a potential verb.