Born into a family of farmers in Kothuru village, his mother Nokaratna worked in the fields to support her two sons through primary school. From class 1 to 6, K. Rajababu pursued schooling in the village.
He moved to Chammachinta village in 1997 when he was in class 6. The answer to pursuing uninterrupted higher education came in the form of AIM for Seva. Rajababu joined the Tiruvikrama Bala AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys, Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh in 2007 and stayed there till 2009 .
While pursuing his BSc degree from BHSR And VLM Degree College, Devarapalli, Andhra Pradesh Rajababu worked part time at a pathology laboratory. The proprietor of that facility was a devotee of Swami Sthairyananda Saraswati ji, the coordinator of our hostel in Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh. “My parents were unable to support my higher education and I had to work part time. I was fortunate to have been introduced to Swamiji,” recollects Rajababu.
After that, there was no looking back. Rajababu lived and studied at the Gudivada Chatralayam from 2007 to 2009. The daily disciplined life at the hostel left a huge impact on him. The day would begin with the morning alarm going off at 4:30 am. The early morning routine at the hostel comprised of Surya Namaskar, yoga and pujas. At 8:30 am, it was time for the boys to leave for school and college. “After stepping into the Gudivada Chatralayam, I stopped working as lot of things were provided in the hostel.” Rajababu would finally leave his college at 5:30 pm and head back to the hostel. His mother chipped in and provided him with money to buy a cycle for his daily commute between college and the Chatralayam.
Rajababu’s biggest learning while being part of our network was the importance of discipline in daily living and guiding principles of Sanatana Dharma. “Such learning helped me to become proud of my own background,” he says.
Rajababu went on to complete his MSc. Microbiology. In July 2009, he moved to Hyderabad and started working with Bharat Biotech. Three and and half years later, he moved to Hosipra in Chennai. A year later in May 2014, Rajababu moved back to Hyderabad and joined Shantha Biotech. He is currently working as assistant manager, quality assurance at Aurobindo Pharma Limited, Hyderabad.
Rajababu has been a topper throughout. He stood first in school in his class X board exams as well as in class XIIth. He is a college first too and a BSc. gold medallist. And ‘good habits die hard.’ “I still continue to get up early every morning and do yoga.”
Rajababu proudly declares that he is an inspiration to his entire village and a role model for all young boys. Even the elders come to him and seek advice! He continues to keep his links with AIM for Seva alive by teaching students from our Chatralayam.
He has promoted the good work done by us by urging his colleagues to celebrate their special days with the Chatralayam students. His efforts have paid off with some of Rajababu’s professional acquaintances sponsoring students studying in our Chatralayams.
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