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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Day 584

I was supposed to write a long blog yesterday. But i guess, the spirit was willing but the flesh was weak. Yesterday, according to the Hindu Calendar, it was Guru Purnima. It means Day of the Teacher. Many people who bring in this day, do so by paying tributes to their spiritual or religious Gurus (Teachers). For me, a teacher need not be someone who has taught me, religion or spirituality. My school teachers, college teachers, my friends who have helped me in my education, personal and professional help have all been my Gurus. I would like to dedicate this Blog to them. There have been many teachers and guides in my life. But there are a few of them who deserve a special mention in this blog. Whatever knowledge i have gained, these teachers have a very important hand in it.
I will start with Mrs Choudhary. My 3rd standard teacher. More than a teacher, Mrs Choudhary was more of a motherly figure in school. The students were more like her own children and like a mom, she used to scold and love us equally. She was the age of my own mother and maybe thats why, atleast I, had an awesome comfort level with her. I have no idea where she is now, but i am sure she will be as sweet and nice as she was in 1986.
Miss Lobo(Who is now Mrs). My 4th standard teacher and who ensured that I fall in love with Maths and despite getting a D grade, i got promoted because of the kind of bonding i had with her. A very sweet lady who broke all the conventional rules of teaching and was always like a friend. The roots of my Mathematics fundamentals have been sowed by her.
Miss Yasmin Chagla - A typical Leo. A very unconventional and very Unbiased teacher i have seen. She was the only teacher who would call a spade, spade. Hitler would have peed in his pants if she would have been his teacher. If i have developed the habit of reading and have a strong command of the English Language(Which helped me get a Job in 3), its only because of Miss Chagla. I would have been another dumb person with absolutely no knowledge of Current Events and literature had it not been for Miss Chagla. And yes, she didnt marry. Dont think any guy would have had the balls to face her fury.
Late Professor Subash Gupte - The only male teacher in my school days. Very Unbiased, very very very unconventional. I remember an incident when Mr Gupte was hospitalized years back. Every student in school and ex students as well had gone to visit him. During the same time another one of our teachers had fallen ill but not a single student visited her. Professor Gupte was the only teacher who got 100% respect from everyone without even asking. He was the only teacher, whose classes were waited with lots of enthusiasm. He had an amazing sense of humor. You could die laughing at his jokes. At the same time, he ensured that none of his students fail Maths(By far the most challenging test paper during school days). He is no more, but Professor Gupte, you will always have a very very very very special place in all our hearts.
Mrs Sushila Parikh aka Behenji. Our Hindi Teacher. Again, very very strict. If Miss Chagla could make Hitler Pee in his pants, Mrs Parikh would have just shot him with his own gun. Like Hitler, she was short in height but no one in the school had the balls to face her if her homework was not done. The fact that after so many years, i can write and read and speak Hindi fluently, its only because of her.
Professor Pradip Punwotkar - My professor during Engineering days. If you have seen the movie - Dead Poet's society and remember the character played by Robin Williams. Well, thats Mr Punwotkar. I dont have to say anything else.
Profesor Kharade - Never knew his first name. But a very encouraging teacher during the engineering days. He taught us the most comprehensive subject - Electronics Materials and components. And believe me, there are over 1000 components that we had to learn and it was only because of him that we did it at super ease. Extremely encouraging teacher and loved by one and all.
Professor Ashok Patil - A very simple, honest and a jovial teacher. Taught us mathematics in First Year of engineering. Always treated us as his own children. Not one student would have anything bad to say about him. He was very very loving and he was the only professor whose class had 100% attendance. Hats off Sir. The last i heard he had become the vice principal of our college.
Shree Dilip Bhatt - The person  who taught me mathematics and Applied Mechanics during my engineering days. Very strict but ensured that the fundamentals of maths remained extremely strong. These subjects were very tough and the only way you could pass them was to love them more than your own mother. And thats exactly what Mr Bhatt did.
Rajesh Mestry - My teacher at Jetkings when i was learning Computer Hardware along with certain final year subjects. Very Calm and if i know anything about computers, its only because of Rajesh Sir.
And last but not the least, my sweetheart. Someone i loved, am loving and will love till the day I die. I wont reveal that person's name, but some of you may know who i am referring to.
That person taught me advanced mathematics when i was pursuing BCA. It was a very tough paper and i remember a day before the exam i was so nervous that i had called that person in the middle of the night to solve my queries. My whole life and outlook towards life changed when i met that person.
Sadly there is a void right now which i am not sure will be filled or not, but i hope and pray that things go back to normal.
Last 2 days have been good in office where work is concerned, but an upset tummy has been making my personal life hell. The doctor did give me nearly half a dozen medicines so that i could be back to normal, but my pesonal life -- normal is what??
Anyways, i have to go to sleep. Tomorrow is the day when i should, hopefully, be completing all of my accont work.
And for my sweetheart,

Cupid, draw back your bow and let your arrow go
Straight to my lover's heart for me, for me
Cupid, please hear my cry and let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover's heart for me

Now, I don't mean to bother you but I'm in distress
There's danger of me losin' all of my happiness
For I love a girl who doesn't know I exist
And this you can fix

So, Cupid, draw back your bow and let your arrow go
Straight to my lover's heart for me, nobody but me
Cupid, please hear my cry and let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover's heart for me

Now, Cupid if your arrow make a love storm for me
I promise I will love her until eternity
I know between the two of us her heart we can steal
Help me if you will

So, Cupid, draw back your bow and let your arrow go
Straight to my lover's heart for me, nobody but me
Cupid, please hear my cry and let your arrow fly
Straight to my lover's heart for me.

Love you all!!!

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