This is a story i want to share today and a express thank you to my teacher.
This is about 10th standard, i had enrolled in tuition classes in my vicinity. The previous year I was in the same tuition class. We had one English teacher, Deshmukh Sir. He was short, bald and had a strong persona. His voice had a touch of passion for the subject. So he taught us the school syllabus.
One day during my 9th standard classes, he asked us to write an essay. We all wrote it. Around next day, he came and praised me in front of the class. He loved what I wrote. I was overwhelmed. Never before I was praised like that. I mean teachers do evaluate, but I don’t think ever, someone stood up and said this was good or my efforts were appreciable. Not that I was a brilliant student but nevertheless you do expect teacher to value your efforts to catch up his level. I always feared his strong persona but liked and respected him as a person.
Then in 10th standard, there were some more instances he was happy with me.
And in the final prelims that my class conducted, i was told my Sir was very happy with how I had fared.
Soon i gave my main 10th board exams. I scored a disappointing 55 of 100.
I couldn’t face him eye to eye. He met me, he stared at me and showed me the notice board where the students class marks were displayed.. With a disappointing face, he questioned..Why? what happened? Why so less?
It wasn’t that he was angry, but so deeply concerned as if he lost something. That he had failed to deliver.
I couldn’t face it. I felt really bad i couldn’t live upto his teachings.
Somewhere down, i promised myself to look up to him and answer him back..
And I took that vow!
As soon as my 11th exams finished, i got hold of the English textbook and studied it every single day for the 12th board exams.
Not a day went where I did not pay attention in my vacations.
Even in my college classes, i wrote things as teacher would say. I was so sincere to attend that there was a time, no one would turn up for classes and I would sit one on one with the English teacher. I was crazy with that.
Soon prelims came and I scored a 80 off 100. I hadn’t scored exceptional marks but I did give my 101% . I was totally thankful to my teacher for this. This i dedicated to my teacher who did not just teach me the subject but told me it was his personal investment. That my result was also his win or loss. It is this value that I always treasure and cherish 🙂
Thank you Sir for believing, valuing, appreciating and encouraging to do better and best 🙂
I know you are not here and in the heavens. I pray this thank you and my good wishes reach upto you there. 🙂