The literal translation of the Sanskrit adage “Matha pitha guru deivam,” is “mother, father, teacher, God”. When it comes to how far they go in influencing our lives, teachers are right up there with parents and their role is considered even more significant than that of God. And it seems about right. When a child leaves the warmth of parental protection for the first time, he or she is handed over to the nurturing arms of a teacher. Over the next two decades, the child transforms into a well-rounded individual with his or her own thoughts, ideas and personality under the able guidance of several teachers.
This Teachers’ Day, Soulveda explores the types of teachers most of us have had and how they contributed to what we are today.
The unyielding teacher
Complete attention was a must during their classes and the assignments they set needed every ounce of concentration and effort you could muster. They may have been responsible for many an all-nighter you pulled, poring over volumes till your eyes burned and feverishly scribbling down equations in your notebook till your fingers hurt. They did not care for your elaborate excuses or your tearful apologies. Perfectionists as they were, they did not let you get away with anything less than your absolute best work. And today, you thank them for it. For where would you be if it weren’t for your ability to push yourself past your comfort zone?
Final year engineering student Chandramouleeswaran shares a similar love-hate relationship with his Computer Science professor, who once made him redo his project report seven times until he got it right. “Though I was indignant at that time, I am glad that the professor relentlessly pushed me. Through all those attempts, I did figure out where I had gone wrong and where I could do better.” Nowadays, Chandramouleeswaran can write a killer project report in no time, and he has his professor to thank.
Their perspectives shaped our thoughts, which in turn shaped our actions that have brought us where we are today. For that and so many other things, we are eternally grateful to them!