Parents are the one who give birth to us but teachers (Gurus) are the ones who mould us. Teachers are like sculptors, they can shape the society from being a good one to a great one. Here are some of them who shaped my life and made me whatever I am today:
Mathew madam - Whatever little I write in English, I owe it to Mathew madam. She taught me both in the middle and high school. She would nurse a dull student but would never tolerate an intelligent but indisciplined one and thus got the ignominious nickname Peyi (Ghost). She was from a rich background and used to bear the education expenses of many poor students. Even today mention of the word discipline brings to my mind image of Mathew madam and VD sir.
V Doreswamy Iyengar– He taught me accountancy and commerce in junior college. He was perfect in accounts and had a commanding voice. If you cannot understand accountancy taught by him, the possibility is that you have vacuum between your ears. He would suddenly prop-up questions from the first chapter or even from 1st year textbooks. The student (does not matter even if you are a girl) who did not know the answer would get a public preaching on the need to concentrate on studies rather than diversions of youth.
Sathyanarayana – He taught me English in the junior college. He used to repeatedly stress the need to write English in a simple way and without use of complicated words. It never stuck a chord with me those days but now with experience I have understood the importance. He is one of the calmest individuals I have seen. He had a throat problem and at the end of every sentence had to say “hmm”. Being teenagers we used to find it funny, even girls used to mimic it but he would dismiss it off as “indulgences of youth”. He used to advise me to cut down the “aggression” in my speech and writings and till date I have not complied with the advice of my dearest teacher.
B Aresh – He taught me Statistics in junior college and later I attended private tuition with him for business mathematics and statistics while doing ICWA Inter. He is a true style king in dress, talk and attitude. When it comes to being immaculately dressed, there was nobody better than him. Many girls had a crush on him. He was a person of great integrity and used to return tuition fees of students who did not show signs of improvement even after 3 months of coaching. At the same time he imparted free tuitions to many students who came from poorer background but were receptive to his coaching.
Devarajan: He taught me Economics in ICWAI Inter course. It is only under him that I understood that Economics could be an interesting subject. He was a great advocate of economic reforms during the early 90s when “Capitalism” was still a bad word. He was a great democrat and it is from him (apart from my father) I learnt the need to voice opinions on public issues. I have never seen him sending off a student because he was late to the class by a few minutes; he would just remark “It is better late than never”.
These are the men and women who shaped my thoughts and deeds. I may have lost track of most of them but never of their preaching. I have been only a marginal success when it comes to implementing the vast knowledge they imparted to me. Their persona always surrounds me and pulls me through the bad times of my life. I owe whatever little success I have achieved to their reverend feet. I only hope that I can achieve everything they wanted me to be. My journey towards that goal continues.