Teacher’s Day.This day is dedicated to all teachers and named Teacher’s Day and it coincides with the birthday of one of our greatest teachers of the country,Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.From morning my wall is filled with posts on Ganesh Chaturthi or teachers.There are lovely remembrances about their teachers.
In our family also we have had teachers,starting with my grandfather,who was Prof of English,Central College,extending to two of my sisters, and my sister in law and some in my extended family also.My sister has re-established contacts with many of her students,mainly due to their efforts on seeing her profile photo in the Facebook.I could have opted to be one,soon after my masters.I just needed to do a B.ed course. Somehow I never thought I had an aptitude for it,nor the patience or dedication needed.
A teacher’s job is not an easy one.To teach very young ones,although is a pleasure ,need infinite patience for their tantrums and should have a knack to control them.As you start teaching older kids,things become more difficult.You may be proficient in your subject but presenting them in an attractive and efficient way is another thing.Students should be absolutely absorbed.There lies the success of the teacher.A boring teacher is always the butt of jokes.To quote one wonderful example of good teacher,Aamir Kan in “Taare Zamindar Par.”We have had other lovely movies based on teachers like,”To Sir,With Love”,”Good bye,Mr.Chips” and many others.
Today’s generation ,though intelligent ,is a restless generation.What was accepted blindly is now questioned.No one accepts anything at face value.This is surely encouraging but needs extra effort from the teacher.They are not highly paid,except in some International Schools.Therefore a teacher has to be a very dedicated one to enter the profession.Plus,they should have the discretion not decide when to be kind and when to be strict.Along with this,of course,they should have a thorough knowledge of the subject and also the willingness to update their knowledge often.Rather a tall order but necessary.
Amongst my Facebook friends,I have learnt a lot and still to learn .Gautam Benegal writes about things strongly and aggressive,about a burning issue,without mincing words, and uses his art to stress a point.Sampath Kumar deals with it in a different way,also fearlessly.He knows a lot about all subjects and I learn about Economics and Law from his posts which is lucid in explanation.Both of them write beautiful prose.I learn about the intricacies of Carnatic music and musicians and many new details associated with them, from Sriram Venkatakrishnan and he makes the music season special with his one liners.Never a dull moment. I learn more about History,old classics and literature and specially about Tagore from Ruma Chakravarty.My Tamil teacher is N.Chokan and I have learnt about Tamil grammar and usage after reading his book.and my Sanskrit scholar is Raji.B.Iyer.Thus even at this age I have to learn so many things and no limit whatsoever.
There have been lapses in our education system which has to be rectified.In one state there were even attempts to rewrite history.Let us be honest.Students are unruly at some places and teachers resort to violent punishments at others.There needs to be more understanding and the gap between the two has to be bridged.With these words,let me wish all teachers a very happy Teacher’s Day.I have quite a few in my friend’s list,including a young ,handsome professor,Parjanya Sen from Darjeeling.Others I can remember are Ruma,Gita, and Rajan Grover.
Mentioned in this post are Gautam Benegal,Sampath Kumar,Sriram Venkatakrishnan,Ruma Chakravarti,N .Chokan.
To all my writer friends
Writers and their payments.
I happened to read a post by my writer friend,N.சொக்கன்,wherein he had expressed support for one of our leading Tamil writers and how he has been deprived of payments due to him.As comments started pouring in for Chokan’s post,I asked for the link and read the writer’s blog.It was painful to read the blog.He had quoted various instances where he has been either paid too low or where he didn’t get any payment.He is a popular writer and now he has decided not to write anything for anybody free.His demand is rightful and justified.It also brings to our mind a pertinent point.If this can happen to a leading writer,just imagine the plight of all other writers who suffer the same way but are not speaking out for some reason.This writer is known for his outspoken views ,some of which we may not agree.That is besides the point.
Magazines increase the prices every now and then.Television channels are roaring in wealth.Why the writers are given short shrift is something difficult to understand.All writers are not rich and neither it is like olden times when there was royal patronage.Many of these writers also work full time somewhere else since they cannot depend only on their writing.Times are hard with escalating prices of everything around us and they have to run a family.They have to work very hard to keep their passion and creativity going.It is only proper that they are paid their dues.We have heard of many writers dying in chill penury,with no money even for their day to day existence and also when they fall ill seriously.
As a society we are partially responsible though the onus lies with the publishers.In book industry also we have similar grievances.There are unscrupulous ones taking advantage of the situation.There are cases where the authors pay some advance to get their books published.We also understand the publishers are taking a risk.No one can clearly predict the success of a book.It is a gamble.All the same we agree an author has to be paid correctly in order to keep their creativity alive.This is a social responsibility and duty.I agree the problems of a book industry are different,more so with the onset of e publishing.
Forgiveness Day. Today’s newspaper had this at the top.I have never heard of this day.The recent trend is allocating each day to someone or something.This Forgiveness Day,however set me thinking.This is a contemplative post.Forgiveness is a word with an enormous depth.It needs a large heart to forgive others.We are all ordinary human beings with all our frailties and follies.None of us can call ourselves to be great sages or savants.
In our life everyone of us must have passed through situations where we have harmed somebody,intentionally or unintentionally.Likewise there may be instances where somebody has insulted or humbled us.In my opinion we can never forget or forgive those who harmed us.There may be cases of our glossing over somebody near to us having been rude to us and get on with our lives but the hurt would be permanent.I am sure,heart of hearts it is the case with everyone,even with those whom we have hurt in someway.Forget and forgive,our life is built on this emotional compromise.Only great people can say “Forgive them,they know not what they do”.We are just normal human beings,to be frank.