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Not pontificating. Only trying to bat on the side of the environment. And ethics. And simple living. And slowing down. (And trying to learn and practise before preaching or teaching...)

Friday, September 05, 2008

Aum Gurubhyo Namaha!

It's Teacher's Day today. (Read about Dr S Radhakrishnan, India's second President whose birth anniversary is celebrated as Teacher's Day every year in India)
When we were seniors in school, we always looked forward to this day, when senior students conducted classes for the rest of the school, while the teachers enjoyed the (much-needed) respite.
The Olympics just went by, and I remember one of my teachers - Mr MTW - the PT master of our fledgeling school in Chennai in the '80s. He is Discipline personified, and expected, encouraged and trained excellence in his students. He easily identified talent, and set up a morning regimen for atheletes, and his perseverance consistently paid off - the school performed well at several sports meets. He was also the teacher incharge of the Road Safety Patrol. Looking back after 20+ years, I wonder at the dedication of most teachers of that age, and earlier. (At that time of course, any kind of efforts at discipline seemed 'imposing', as well as tyrannical!) My batch, and a few junior classes, benefited from his presence during the four formative years of higher secondary studies.
It is somewhat disheartening to see the school's grounds now - what is left of them after multi-storeyed classrooms took over. The completely self-contained atheletics stadium is no more.
Mr W continues to serve in his profession elsewhere in Tamil Nadu now.
Salutations to you and all your brethren, Mr W!



Blogger Kannamma said...

"Guru" has great value in our indian culture. We accord them the status and place next to our parents and even before the Almighty.

A great way to remember our teachers, who have put in their best to share with our parents and made us what we are today.

I join in saluting all those who have taught me not just in academics but in life too.

05 September, 2008  
Anonymous Pradeep said...

The role a teacher plays in a person's life is often underestimated. Sad many of them are just exploited.

05 September, 2008  
Blogger Kat said...

A fitting tribute... every teacher is like a ladder... elevating us.

And I respect the students too, who care to remember their ladders..!!!

05 September, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

K, Pradeep, Kat
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on teachers. In our own ways, we can ensure that the nobility of the profession remains sacrosanct.

06 September, 2008  
Blogger Inner Vision said...

Nice post! reminded of my school days.

09 September, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Shiv, Fatema
Thanks for visiting.

10 September, 2008  

Good to remember your teachers, Swarna.
I am still in touch with my school teachers from Pondy of almost half a century ago - they have visited me here, and we often talk on the phone - always makes me happy, and I like to think, them too.

16 September, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Hope more students keep in touch with their mentors, like you do!

16 October, 2008  

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