Thursday, May 9, 2013

My school teachers

I remember my life from primary schooling - some parts are vague memories and some others are very vivid! But even today, if some one asks me who is your teacher, I would say two names - Mrs. Sarojini and Mrs. Sundarambal.

Mrs. Sarojini was my first standard and third standard teacher. Such a wonderrful teacher she was. She never scolded any of us, though many of the students were naughty.

Mrs. Sundarambal (I call her Sundarambal athai as she is my mother's close friend too) is an amazing teacher. I would remember the lessons she taught even today. She was very strict but was very fair. Strictly no favouritism at all. She was very kind too. I used to wonder how can somebody be very strict and kind at the same time; kind and fair at the same time. Many people I see today are nice but not fair; fair but not nice.... She is one of the rarest of rare people who could be kind and fair simultaneuously. She stood up against any injustice done to anyone - even if it did not affect her directly.

I read somewhere that from a teacher you learn subjects; from Guru you learn life. If that statment is correct, she definitely is one of my Gurus. She corrected many things on the fly; made me a confident person; not only me, there are quite a number of other students in this category!

Everyday I think of them. Before meditation, one is supposed to think and thank parents, gurus and god. I think of these two teachers every day; I pray that their life gives them good satisfaction that they move towards renounication; then to God and never to be born again (as per Hinduism that is the highest place one can ever get to).

The other teachers were also really good; it is just that I hold the above two close to my heart.

Mrs Kanthimathi was my Tamil teacher; I cried many times in her class; not because she scolded me or harassed me but because I melted down listening to her! If she teaches 'Silapathikaram', you would melt "seeing" Kannagi - crying and running through streets of Madurai; if she teaches 'Yesu kaaviam' you would cry seeing Jesus carrying the cross in front of his mother.

How can I forget Parvathi madam? She taught us maths. She was Headmistress of the school. She would have several other responsibilities also; but she used to borrow time from other teachers to teach maths for some more time (in addition to the time allocated to her as a maths teacher). She would do anything to make us learn maths. Her classes were interesting; her handwriting was so perfect that we used to feel bad to rub it off from the black board after her class.

A few of us went and asked her if she would retire before we came to 10th class! Only after she confirmed that she would teach maths in 10th standard there was a sigh of relief. Not sure how many teachers would have commanded this kind of respect from the students!!! She was too good!!!

I am what I am because of my teachers and my parents (they are teachers too)! I salute the teachers!

எது சரி?

"இன்னா செய்தாரை ஒறுத்தல் அவர் நாண நன்னயம் செய்துவிடல்" என்றொரு குறள் உண்டு. என்னுள் மிகப் பெரிய தாக்கத்தை எழுப்பிய, நான் கடைபிடிக்க முயற்சி செய்யும் குறள்களுள் இதுவும் ஒன்று; கடைபிடிப்பது மடத்தனமோ என்று குமுறும் குறளும் இதுதான்.

பல வருடங்களுக்கு முன், என்னுடன் மிகவும் அன்புடனும் அக்கறையுடனும் பழகிய சிலர் செய்த பிழையை, குறள் கூறும் கருத்தின்படி மன்னிக்க முடிந்தது. மூன்று வருடங்களுக்குப்பின் மீண்டும் அதே தவறு தொடர்வது தெரிந்தபோது ஆயுதம் எடுப்பது தவிர வேறு வழிஇருக்கவில்லை! அந்தப் பிழையின் ஆழமும் வீரியமும் அதிகரித்திருந்தது; இளைதாக முள்மரம் கொல்க களையுநர் கைகொல்லும் காழ்த்த இடத்து என்ற குறள்தான் மனதுள் ஓடியது!!

அந்த முள்மரம் கீறிய வலி இன்னும் இரணமாக நிற்கிறது...

இந்த இரண்டு குறள்களுள் எது சரி? இன்று இத்தனை வலிக்குப் பின், முள்மரம் உவமை சரியாகப்படுகிறது. ஆனால், 2009 -ல் முதல் குறள் சரியாகத் தெரிந்தது... யார் சொல்லியிருக்கக் கூடும் எது சரியென்று?