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Friday, September 6, 2013

Happy Teachers Day Ma'am....!!

I started my career as Assistant professor in Allahabad Agriculture Institute Deemed University in 2002. (Now its Sam Higginbotom Institute of Agriculture and Sciences).

It was fun teaching and those were one the best days of my professional life. More than 50% friends in my Face Book profile are my students I have taught in Allahabad and Pilani. In today's fast forward life we hardly get time to interact with each other but my students still make sure that they wish me on Teachers Day.

Today too I got lots of Teachers Day wishes and messages, via sms, calls, mails, twitter and FB. I felt good reading every wish. It is my earning over these many years. Wishes are always good and no wish can replace other wish but still one wish and message touched me inside. I am sharing that  with you. It was the message from a student who silently admired but could never interact with me for she was reserve and shy.

I actually felt corners of my eyes were wet while reading this message from Manisha:

"Happy teachers day ma'am...!
aapko ek baat batati hu jo pehle main sirf apne frnds ke saath share karti thi. College ka 1st day 1st lecture mera aapke saath hi tha....And u were amazing....Aap mujhe bahut acchi lagi...Sab aapse baat karte the par main kafi shy thi to aapse kabhi personally baat nai ho paayi....

Surely aap mujhe nai recognise kar paaoge. jab aap aaidu se ja rahi thi to mujhe kafi bura laga tha.... 
Life me kai teachers ke saath interaction hua par aap sabse acche lage"

I could not say directly anything to her but in my heart I silently told her:

"Manisha I am really sorry that I am not able to recognize you exactly the way I recognize my students. Reading your message I am realizing that somewhere I too could not play my teacher's role effectively. Though I tired my level best to connect every student of my class, don't know how did I ignore you, though it was not at all intentional.I left Allahabad and you are conveying me today, but its never too late for reviving the connections. You told me that you are in Delhi, sure we will meet to rejuvenate good old days.Lots of love and blessings to you today and always !!"

Archana ~ 05-09-2013

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