Happy Teacher’s Day: Remembering all my Teachers


Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. – Aristotle



Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan


Born to a Brahmin family in Tiruttani in Tamil Nadu state, education from
Primary Board High School at Tirutani., Hermansburg Evangelical Lutheral Mission School in Tirupati, Voorhees’s College in Vellore , Madras Christian College , Professor of Philosophy in the University of Mysore, the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University, Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University , Ambassador of India to the Soviet Union,  also elected to the Constituent Assembly of India, the first Vice-President of India , the second President of India, Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford University, fellow of the British Academy, awarded the Bharat Ratna ,  the Order of Merit ,  received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade , the Templeton Prize , donated the entire amount of the Templeton Prize to Oxford University, the Oxford University instituted the Radhakrishnan Scholarships in his memory ( "Radhakrishna Chevening Scholarships"). Lets remember the great teacher on TEACHER’S DAY.   {Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarvepalli_Radhakrishnan}


My Teachers and few moments of my life with them


MY First Teacher: My Father Late Sudam Ch. Dash was my first teacher, he taught me the basic values of life and how to respect to talent irrespective of cast and status. Till class four he was teaching us from 6 to 8 PM everyday (after that we went to some tuition classes). He taught us some Sanskrit slokas which I still remember …it goes like "Paropkaraya phalanti brukhsya, paropkarya bahanti nadya, paropkaraya dudhanti gava, paropkaraya idam sariram". Also my mother Late Sureshwari Dash taught me to face the struggle of life by "Stay cool and keep walking". If I will not listen to her and skip my evening hours for studies then she used to say "Kahari kichi jiba nahi to bana budiba gosain"…….

During one of my friend’s wedding(Ramesh) in Bargarh last year in June, I met our UP school Head Master Sri TulasiRam Pradhan(Recipient of Rashtrapati Award). He is very old now but still came in his bi-cycle and attended the reception and blessed the couple. He was standing  in a corner with "Jyshobanti Guruma" and was discussing something. I saw them and went there and as usual I said "Angya Namaskar". Jyshobanti Guruma asked Tulasi Angya.."Do you remember him?" , Suddenly a humbled eyes said "Because of these people I got award from President and am recognised as a good Teacher everywhere"…"Emane mor chua aan"…"eeta aamar Manas aaye". "Kenta aachu bo babu…Bhagwan tate bhal bhabe rakhitaun..Tor Bapara na ke sarthak karbu..sabku sabubele khushi debu".. Jyshobanti guruma said "bhall chkari kalana".. Tulasi Aangya said "Karba nai, Hatpada School ra chua aaye, aamar aashirwad sabubele tar sange aache". I thank them and  got a great feeling because still my teachers remember me and all my activities, and not to forget that we are just like the old school kids for them. Now a days we are getting busy in professional life and occupied with family responsibilities and may be not remembering our teachers, who had placed us in a respectful position in the society. But still they have the same love and affection for us and are blessing us everyday to reach the future goals.

I still remember the Teacher’s Day celebration. We used to prepare for debate and songs and on that day we will stand in a line to take the blessings of our teacher….Can’t we go back to those days??????

During my High School days once Our teacher Sri Susil Dash said "Tume gadha jadi phel heba …khali tumar handwriting lagi phel heba". I was disappointed for a few days…then he called me once again and said "eehade bhi time aache ..practice kara…mor tumar upre pura biswas aache je tume bahut bhal karba". I tried a lot for so many days and still trying also for a better handwriting(now somewhat manageable). Now a days I am not writing that much (due to computerised work culture) but still I remember him whenever i write something.That one statement that they believe us & our talent , takes us to the next level.

Those who stood first in school events(Town High School) they can participate in block level OSTA competitions. I stood 2nd in QUIZ so was not selected. One of the boy’s name appeared twice in the list (in QUIZ and in Essay), but he can only participate in one. That day while I was roaming around the school field, one of our High School Teacher Sri Khageswar Meher(popularly know as Meher Aangya) called me and told come to the Head Master’s room. I went there and our Head Master Sri Narsingh Bishi asked me "why do you stood second in QUIZ?". I kept quite ..he scolded me for that and then they told  "don’t worry …we called you to inform that you will be representing our school in the OSTA quiz completions, go and practice hard and remember don’t come back with empty hand". I felt very happy and participated in that block level competition and stood First in the QUIZ competition and again represented our block in Sambalpur. Here I learned that you know less about your potential and your teacher knows that you can. They have already discovered you through your potential so obey their advice and work on them. We had a small "QUIZ Society", under the mentorship of Sri Sushil Dash and we used to practice during the last period of the day.

During  my college days I attained a NSS camp in a near by village(I was the team leader). After working very hard for some 10 days we decided to give away the best Volunteer Award. Our guide Shri Prahallad Dora (Professor, History Dept) came to me and asked "whom do you think is suitable for it". I promptly replied "Bharat". He was quite for some time and said "You know I have always kept a  little soft corner in my heart for you, and today I am proud of you for your decision". After a couple of years I met him near Main Road, Bargarh and he spent around 20 minutes and asked me about my job , life , health and everything and said "I remember those NSS days and hopefully now also you must be doing the good work for the society with same spirit and motive".

"Basics are important for a person to excel in every sphere of life. Concentrate on your basics and never ask for spoon feeding" said Lalit sir …Sri Lalit Kumar Barik (My Mentor, Guru, Guide of my life’s journey in all the way). Even today also if I face any kind of difficulties either relating to professional or personal life… I used to call him and he will solve that within minutes. He is the one who changed my attitude towards life and forced me to think about the broader aspect of life also advice me to do something that he always dreamed of. Even I remember the time when I have some issues in my career or studies and if I will ask my parents .."what to do?". They will advice me "Speak to your Lalit sir and check if he has something for you". Now my parents are no more but I can connect to them through the advices of Lalit sir.

After coming to Bangalore I started attending different session and joined so many User Groups.In this journey I met Vinod Kumar M a technical and leadership Guru and started following his advice and guidelines to be a better human being and helping the tech community. Vinod knows that we can do it , he just put us on the track and will tell us “its all yours, keep moving”.

I salute all my teachers including Santanu sir (a philospher with his own way of analysing life), Mishra sir of Patharla UP School, Sri Annada Bishi, Shatni Guruma, Snehalata guruma, Sujata Guruma, Tapaswini guruma, Basanti Guruma, Hota sir, Manas Sir, Dilip Sir, Mahendra Sir, Sri Arvind Mishra . Surendra sir, Late Shri Bipin Dash, Sri Chitta Ranjan Pradhan, Ranjan Sir, Ganesh Sir, Sushree Madam and last but not the least Jiten Sir(who gave a professional touch to my career). (All these teachers are  from Hatpada UP School, Town High School, Panchayat College, MCA ,NIIT and my professional days).

NB. I might have missed some of my teachers name but still if I close my eyes …I can see them.

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.  ~Lily Tomlin


(I blogged this in the year 2010, this time its a little modification)


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