DR Raveendra Kumar's life epitomises service. The medical doctor and immediate past governor of Rotary District 3300 (Year 2011/2012) has carved a career devoted to his patients and the community, steered by his favourite quote "the life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Dr Raveendra, 65, graduated from Kasturba Medical College, South India in June 1973. On his return to Malaysia, he was houseman at Ipoh General Hospital followed by a stint as medical officer at Kuala Trengganu Hospital till 1977. His last government posting was to Hospital Besar Seremban as registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology. He was with the government service until he went into private medical practice in July 1981.
He joined the Rotary Club of Seremban in 1999 and served in various positions, both at club and district levels. He was president in 2003/2004 and has been in the club board continuously for the last 10 years.
He received the District Service Award in 2006 for his services on behalf of the Rotary Foundation. He is also a major donor to the foundation.
"I have attended every district assembly and conference since 2000," says Dr Raveendra. He regularly attends conventions and has participated in Rotary International Conventions in venues including Osaka, Japan; Chicago and New Orleans in the United States; Montreal in Canada; and Edinburgh in Scotland.
He answers questions on his schooldays:
Yaqin: Which primary and secondary schools did you attend?
Dr Raveendra: I finished my primary education in Cator Avenue School in Ipoh and my secondary education in Anglo Chinese School, Ipoh.
Yaqin: Did you have a favourite teacher and why did you like him/her?
Dr Raveendra: My primary school teacher, Mrs Kumar. She was a role model to many of my schoolmates. She was ever so forgiving and kind at all times.
Yaqin: What subject(s) did you like at school?
Dr Raveendra: Mathematics and Biology.
Yaqin: Were you rewarded for good performance by your parents? If yes, in what way.
Dr Raveendra: My mother was a school teacher and we were expected to excel. If you did well you were living up to expectations and if you did not, you were failing in your duties. So yes, in a way we were rewarded for good performances. It helped us to strive to do better the next time round.
Yaqin: What was your best (and worst) school holiday?
Dr Raveendra: Actually, I remember all my school holidays as good and fun, though none was really outstanding.
Yaqin: What hobbies did you have while at school?
Dr Raveendra: I was a Boy Scout so a lot of my time was spent exploring the outdoors.
Yaqin: What was your ambition while schooling?
Dr Raveendra: To become a doctor, which is what I have achieved!
Yaqin: If you were to live your schooldays all over again, is there anything you would like to change?
Dr Raveendra: Interesting question. I would have liked to participate in more extra-curricular activities in school. That was something I never did.