Sunday, September 5, 2010

To Sir, with Love.

The role a teacher plays in life is one which can't be sufficiently explained in words. But what are bloggers for, if not to attempt to express the inexpressible, procure the non-procurable and measure the immeasurable? Here goes..
Anyone who hasn't had a teacher who changed their lives cannot empathize with this post. For now, let's forget that particular lot and focus on those who, like me, have become what they are, thanks to a teacher, at some point of time in their lives. The aforementioned Guru, who made such an impact on me, was DVN sir. He taught Maths, Physics and Chemistry. To the others, that is. To me, he taught far more than what anybody else has taught me-apart from parents- in life. The reason I learnt that much from him was probably because he didn't preach much. He simply practiced-and still does, I know. He commanded respect, never demanded it.
Beginning of 10th std, I was a girl who hardly cared to attend classes-bunked at every opportunity I got under some pretext or the other and a compulsory rebel. At the end of the year, I was quite something else. In school, rules were pretty strict. A mistake was a mistake, no matter what the reason. But with DVN, a mistake was ok. You had a second chance. He had asked us to get up at 5.00a.m everyday in 10th, and we had a student who lived opposite sir's house then, so Sir would come to class and say," Ivattu light on agirlilla, yaake?" The guy in question would come up with hilarious excuses, and laughter would eventually follow.But even after the laughs, the fact that Sir gets up at 5.00 a.m in the morning just like the rule given for us struck me, and stayed. His methods of teaching were different, and along with academics, he would speak about life in general, tell stories, keep us entertained, discipline us when required, everything so easily. Discipline is something he stressed on then, and after having a taste of how discipline changes you, I can't agree more. (Though I currently don't reach even 60% of the req discipline levels, that is not the matter of concern of this post). He made us keep a record of how we spent time, so we get a fair idea of how we were using our time. The best thing about him is the fact that he never, like never scolded anyone, he merely corrected our mistakes, and gave us time to change. Even during times when I'd screwed up, and screwed up big time, I remember pretty clearly that his reaction would be mild, and that would give me sufficient time to correct it, quite contrary to the reactions my teachers generally gave me. That was the reason. That was the difference. So here's a post dedicated, To Sir, with Love.

From Shanghai to the World.

World expo, Shanghai:
On November 18, 1999, the Chinese government officially decided that Shanghai would bid for the 2010 World Expo. With support from home and abroad, Shanghai won the bid on December 3, 2002, at the 132nd General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau.
The world exposition is for the first time being hosted by a developing country,creating a record for itself. Beijing Olympics overall cost: 4.2 million. World expo, Shanghai: 42million. Expected visitors: 70 million. Cab drivers trained to speak English, about a 1000 new cabs. The entire city tidied up-an understatement-for the big event, also taken into consideration is the convenience-and inconvenience-of the residents of the city. The plethora of events being conducted inspires even as it slaps you across the face that Mumbai was supposed to be the next Shanghai- and at the current rate Shanghai is pacing ahead, we have to work really hard to get anywhere close.
The staggering improvement made by China has overwhelmed everyone round the globe, Indians especially- I’m very specifically included. The target which they have taken and the way they’ve gone about achieving it is par excellence. China has caught the eye of the world- read as the developed countries. It has made a clear and strong statement by hosting the world expo, that too with such poise and √©lan.
Simply put,China has walked the talk,and in a big way!