Saturday, September 8, 2012

Teacher's Day

Thought of this on 5th Sept - teacher's day - but did not get round to writing it -so here goes......
Teacher's day .. should I not record my gratitude to all who played a role in teaching me... the first thoughts were the obvious ones..the ones that are officially called a teacher ... so it was vague memories of the dedicated nuns in Mount Carmel Convent Rourkela, its so sad I do not remember their names .

 Then the same apostalic Carmel sisters of Providence Women's College at Calicut . I still remember Sr Ambrosia head of Zoology dept. , the Zoology  lecturers Ms Jayashree, Ms Bibi, Ms Maya who taught English etc.

I was one of those "Good"students thanks to the interest these teacher's instilled in me. Should have pursued specialisation in Zoology that was where my interest lay. But those were impressionable age somehow got side tracked into doing my MBA at CUSAT. I do not think the course really inspired me though there were good teachers there too, Dr Pylee, Prog Parameswaran etc but except for the closeness to the batch mates with whom I keep in touch with, the institute does not draw on my heartstrings as  does the MCC and PWC.
Wonder why?

Once that obvious list of teachers are recollected , I realise that probably a host of teachers post formal education actually played a far more influencing role in my life.

There were the various bosses in the three organisations I worked in Apollo Tyres, National Dairy Development Board and Ashok Leyland. From some I learnt how Leaders should  be from others how not to be. Both categories play an important role and I believe they come into ones life with a specific purpose .
If I were to name just one it would undoubtedly be Dr Amrita Patel currently Chairman NDDB,who was and remained my role model all through my professional life.

The participants of various workshops I conducted , though I was the teacher there, yet  numerous lessons I have learnt from them on the floor of the workshop, from their questions , from their responses, from their life experiences.

There have been  the various family members and friends, each person has been a teacher. Whether I enjoyed the relationship at that point in time or not, in retrospect I believe they came into my life as there were lessons about life that still had to be learnt. Even if the lesson was painful it was important for me to learn that lesson.

The authors of the various books I have read , being an avid reader I cannot name all of them, but their thoughts have moulded me as a person.

Then there was that on the spur of the moment walking into Anna University to listen to a talk by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. Never been to any such talks before , never heard of Sadhguru JV , just saw a poster as I stepped out of office. Anna Univ. was en route to office so stepped in to listen and was drawn into ISHA .
That was an important changing point in life. Rather late in life, but that's when I started having a true perspective of life.

Last but not the least my parents, how could anyone not be influenced by those in whose care one took those first few baby steps in life!

On Teacher's Day specially and on all other days too my deepest gratitude for the role you played in my life.
Thank you for the lessons you have taught me, sometimes I have been a poor student sometimes good. Even in those situations were I was slow to learn, later in life I have realised the significance of those lessons .

Thank you all.

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