On the eve of Teachers day celebrated every year in India, on September 4, to commemore the birthday of the renowned teacher and former President of India, Professor Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
And on the eve of Teachers day, this year, I salute to all my teachers, especially my parents and my school Teacher Aruna, who has a large role in inspiring me to believe in myself. This post dedicated to my inspiring teacher, Teacher Aruna Mesquita.
The teacher who sowed the seeds of confidence!
I wrote this article in November 2015. But all this while kept thinking whether I should showcase to the world or not.
Anupa was a shy girl in Class IV A. All the bright students of Class III (A, B, C, D) after having completed their school term were put in Class IV A. She was happy that she too was considered bright, though in her view she was yet not up to the mark.
However, she was not very keen to study hard, get good grades and prove herself. May be it was her innocence and /or lack of initiative on her part due to her young age. She stood 16th in Class IV. This made her think how she could get better grades. How can I rank 1st in class?
Her class teacher in IV standard, Teacher Aruna was a fair, slim and strict teacher. But she taught very well. In the next class V, the same teacher Aruna happened to be her class teacher again. Anupa was very happy. Indeed she was elated! She did fear a bit as the Teacher Aruna was strict but was happy as she knew her and liked her teaching style.
This year was a year of transformation for Anupa. Anupa could sense this transformation within herself and her surroundings. The first positive step was that her teacher Aruna in subtle ways used to encourage her to speak in class by asking her regular classwork related questions. And Anupa always tried to answer these questions correctly. She would go home and ensure she completed her homework. This boosted her morale and confidence.
Next was her bench partner, Gabriel, who was always smiling and happy. This ushered an air of positivity in the class and reinforced her confidence. He continued to make her happy with his jokes and smiles.
There was her confidante and best friend, Gayathri who with her endless chatter and support always kept Anupa entertained.
Not to forget her main competitor, Sidney, who besides being her buddy, challenged her to outwit him in studies, which instilled in her a healthy sense of competition and camaraderie. Eventually he became one of her best buddies. She loved had to help him, especially with writing notes. When many students detested writing notes, she loved to do these tasks.
Added to all this, Teacher Aruna continued to inspire Anupa to motivate and do her best! She always encouraged her to take initiative and assigned her small tasks which eventually sowed and nurtured her leadership qualities.
In the second term of Class IV, Anupa, stood first in Class. A great achievement for her and her loved ones, especially for her Teacher Aruna.
As time flew by, Gayatri, left this school and joined another school. Anupa felt very sad about this. But with time, she coped with the situation. She was happy that Beverly was her best friend, now. She liked being with Beverly as she was pure in heart, understanding and always ‘cool’. Beverly and Sidney continued to be her best buddies till Class X. All through her school days, she had other ‘cool’ friends who made school a ‘fun place to be at’ like Moffie, Enid, Maya, Edrich, Violet, Terry (Stanley), Fatima, Violet, Savio, Presley, Fabian, Prisca, Dennie, Manevy, Orlando, Aamar, Claret, Wonerdulfo, Vania, Frankie, Clive, Sushant, Ronald, Osmond, Supriya, Rodney, Nataniel and many more… And Moffie continues to play an important part of my everyday life by her continuous support and always lending an ear, when I need it the most …
With Beverly around, Anupa felt she was protected…..
With Sidney around, Anupa felt she was needed!
Teacher Aruna never showed forthrightly that she favored Anupa. But in her simple and subtle ways encouraged her to excel, further instilling faith in Anupa’s capabilities. Thus, she laid the foundation for Anupa. Teacher Aruna was responsible for instilling a strong determination in Anupa to excel in her studies. Anupa’s parents, nevertheless always supported her. However, Teach Aruna reinforced her Anupa’s confidence in her own capabilities! Thus laying the foundation for a successful individual. Eventually, this capability helped Anupa in becoming a confident woman, which led her to excel in her professional pursuits. Till today, Anupa is deeply grateful to this wonderful teacher who encouraged and believed in her, boosting her confidence and assertiveness.
Indeed a teacher plays a very important role in molding the personality of a child! May all the teachers be an inspiration for the young students as Teacher Aruna.
Thank you Teacher Aruna!
And here I would like to share a simple, yet filling and nutritious breakfast dish, which can be had for lunch, as a evening snack or for dinner too – stuffed Indian cheese (Paneer) paratha. I made these to celebrate Teacher’s day and wished I could share this meal with my dear Teacher Aruna. I hope to meet her soon.
Paneer Paratha can be savored either plain or with any other curry or curd.