Today I experienced a peculiar fight between two of my friends Atku Singh and Latku Singh. Atku is very dutiful. He feels very proud and tells others to be as dutiful as he is. Similarly my other friend Latku Singh is very much responsible. He also feels that he is a role model to show as well take up responsibility on various occasions. Fight of Atku and Latku was serious but in a friendly and like a game/ competition of Duty Vs. Responsibility.

Whenever and wherever there is a game, there has to be a referee. My friend Bhatku played this role of referee of a game called Duty vs. Responsibility.

Friends, I want to tell you that these three friends of mine are wonderful people. They are full of energy, they are rational, and practical too. Somehow this fight occurred. But they rarely fight with each other. They are very helpful in nature. Still this fight is enjoyable. You will come to know a little bit of my three friends. So enjoy the fight in the form of this poem.


Dutiful Atku Singh

Responsible Latku Singh

Had a big fight one day

Bhatku Singh came there by chance

And became a referee that day.


Atku Singh said,

“I am great, I am a dutiful man.”

Latku Singh said,

“I am great, I am a responsible man.”

Bhatku Singh declared,

“I am neutral, fair and very clear, my dears

Let me play the role of a referee with free and clear mind.”


Come on …………

Play the game of “Duty Vs. Responsibility”

Fight- fight Atku Singh

Say what you want to say……….

Atku said,

“I am morally committed to my family

Morally committed to my society and my country

I am a dutiful man, honestly dutiful

I do all these without any self interest

Always I have active feelings

To do something useful to many.”


Latku Singh shouts…

Let me fight and fight back

Bhatku Singh , the referee, allowed

Come on Latku you fight


Latku said,

“I am a responsible man

I have the ability to act and do things

Without any supervision.

I feel it my obligation

To successfully complete any job

I am so dedicated and honest you see.”


Bhatku Singh, referee of the game

Blew a long whistle and declared,

“I am happy; I am impressed and proud too

Dear Atku and Latku

You two are great in your own way

May I be allowed to give suggestions?

Please remember……..

Unity is strength

Atku dear……

Please add more responsibility to your dutifulness .

Latku dear……

Please also add more dutifulness to your  responsibility .



Bhatku further advised

Dear Atku and Latku……….

Please also remember

Duty without responsibility

It’s like a beautiful flower without fragrance.

Two is stronger and better than one

Two basic qualities are better than one

Better we collaborate and complement

Together we can make life better.

Together we can make life meaningful

Together we can make life useful and beautiful

So, my dear Atku and Latku

Be friends and friends forever.



You have seen that the fight is amicably settled. My friends are really rational and they understand very much that unity is strength. Both duty and responsibility are like two sides of a coin. They can not be separated. When both help each each other the results can be phenomenal.

Therefore let us try to understand the meaning and the definition of DUTY and RESPONSIBILITY for further clarity.

Definition of Duty (Source Internet)
Duty- Noun

  • A morale or legal obligation, responsibility.

“It is my duty to uphold the law.”

Synonyms: responsibility, obligation, commitment, obedience, allegiance, loyalty, faithfulness, fidelity, respect, deference, homage.

“She was free of any binding love or duty.”


  1. Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.  ANDREW CARNEGIE
  1. All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a  single word: freedom, justice , honor , duty , mercy, hope. WINSTON CHURCHIL
  1. Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for Expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential. BRUCE LEE
  1. Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. MARK TWAIN
  1. One painful duty fulfilled makes the next plainer and easier. HELEN KELLER, The Story of My Life.
  1. Duty is what one expects from others. OSCAR WILDE


  1. The key is taking responsibility and initiative, deciding what your life is about and prioritizing your life around the most important things. STEPHEN COVEY
  2. Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. KHALIL GIBRAN
  3. You can not escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. ABRAHAM LINCOLN
  4. You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons , or the wind, but you can change yourself. That id something you have charge of. JIM ROHN
  5. You should take some responsibility for the way you present yourself. But you should not be hung up on your looks, whether you are ugly or handsome, because it isn’t an achievement. CHRISTOPHER REEVE
  6. Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more. TONY ROBBINS
  7. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
  8. Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. PETER DRUCKER
  9. You need to be proactive, carve out time in your schedule, and take responsibility for being the healthiest person you can be- no one else is going to do it for you. MEHMET  Oz
  10. Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW



You might have seen many people with high sense and high degree of duty and responsibility. This type of people are always liked. They also take up or are given various types of duties and responsibilities at our families, villages and societies. Mant a time such people volunteer to do any type of social work. Such people are needed in our society. They contribute selflessly without any expectations. Hats off ! to such people. My two friends Ataku Singh And Latku Singh belong to this category.

Let me not give a lecture on this topic. Better we go through two stories, one on Duty and the other one on Responsibility taken from internet………



ONCE THERE WAS a little Dutch boy who discovered a leak in the dike.

What should he do? From a single leak, a terrible breach might grow. The whole country could be flooded, and everyone he knew would drown.

So he did the only thing he could think of. He stuck his finger in the dike, and the leak stopped.

Of course, now he was stuck. He couldn’t move, because as soon as he did, the leak would start again.

So he stood there for quite some time. He was rather tired, and his finger felt a bit numb from the effort of holding back the North Sea, but he knew he was doing his duty.

At last the Burgomaster happened to pass by.

“Young man,” he said with a certain amount of sternness, “why are you poking your finger in the dike?”

“I am stopping a leak,” the boy explained. “I saw the dike leaking, so I stuck my finger in the hole.”

“Heroic boy!” the Burgomaster exclaimed. “You shall be rewarded! Meanwhile, keep your finger there while I call the Burghers together.”

So the Burgomaster called a meeting of the Burghers, and they agreed that the boy had heroically saved Holland.

“And now,” the Burgomaster asked, “what shall we do about the leak?”

“It seems to me,” one of the Burghers replied, “that private enterprise has already found an admirable solution to the problem. The boy has stuck his finger in the dike, and the leak has stopped. You might describe it as voluntary self-regulation. There is no need for expensive government action.”

So the Burghers voted to award the boy a Certificate of Good Citizenship, which the Burgomaster was delighted to be able to present to him the next day.

“Thank you,” the boy said politely, “but I still have my finger in this dike.”

“And we appreciate that,” the Burgomaster replied. “I may confidently speak for the whole Council of Burghers in saying that your heroic action is universally admired.”

So the boy stood there with his finger in the dike for a few more days.

It was not long, however, before another leak sprang in the dike, a little bit farther down the way.

“What shall we do?” the Burgomaster asked the Burghers. “There is another leak.”

“As private enterprise has so admirably solved the previous problem,” one of the Burghers responded, “the solution to this new leak is obvious. We need only persuade another heroic boy to stick his finger in it.”

So they went into the local school and found another boy who, after much persuasion, was willing to stick his finger in the dike.

It was, however, only a few days later that two more leaks appeared. This time it was much harder to persuade boys to stick their fingers in the holes; and when, a week later, half a dozen more leaks appeared, no volunteers were to be found.

“What shall we do?” the Burgomaster asked the Council. “Private enterprise seems no longer to be adequate. We may have to repair the dike itself this time.”

“Nonsense,” said one of the Burghers. “The solution that worked before will work again. We must simply force private enterprise into action.”

So the Council visited the school and dragged a number of young boys by the ears to the dike, where they were forced to plug the leaks with their fingers.

But the dike, which was old and poorly maintained, continued to spring new leaks here and there, so that it was all the Burghers could do to find more boys to plug up the leaks with their fingers. At last the Burghers compelled every little boy in the Low Countries to stick his finger in a hole. All economic activity came to a halt, as it is well known that young boys are the leading consumers of skates and cheese, on which the economy of Holland depended at that time.

“What shall we do?” the Burgomaster asked the Council. “We have run out of heroic little boys. At this rate, we may have to plug the leaks with our own fingers.”

“That would be moderately inconvenient,” one of the Burghers remarked.

So the Council voted to remove the North Sea by digging a new seabed somewhere in Germany; and they voted themselves a number of solid gold spades, befitting their dignity, for the purpose. And if you go to suburban Wilhelmshaven right now, and look into the field to your right as you drive westward on the Friedenstrasse, you will see a number of Dutch burghers very busy with their spades, trying to dig a new bed for the North Sea. It is lucky for them that the people of Wilhelmshaven have mistaken the burghers for a party of archaeologists looking for ancient Saxon remains, which has allowed them to continue the work uninterrupted.

Morale:- As all realised their individual duty , so Holland was saved from possible flood due to leaking of the dyke.



One night four college students were out partying late night and didn’t study for the test which was scheduled for the next day. In the morning, they thought of a plan. They made themselves look dirty with grease and dirt. Then they went to the Dean and said they had gone out to a wedding last night and on their way back the tyre of their car burst and they had to push the car all the way back. So they were in no condition to take the test.

The Dean thought for a minute and said they can have the re-test after 3 days. They thanked him and said they will be ready by that time.

On the third day, they appeared before the Dean. The Dean said that as this was a Special Condition Test, all four were required to sit in separate class rooms for the test. They all agreed as they had prepared well in the last 3 days.

The Test consisted of only 2 questions with the total of 100 Points.

1) Your Name __________ (1 Point)

2) Which tyre burst? __________ (99 Points)

Options – (a) Front Left (b) Front Right (c) Back Left (d) Back Right

Moral: Be Responsible else you too will learn your lesson!

Friends !

You have got a poem, quotations and two stories on both duty and responsibility. This is a mega offer for friends like you. May I request you to be more dutiful , more responsible and enjoy your life……..


See you……..


All the best.