I am taking part in the Write Tribe Festival of Words
This is my Fifth Post
Today I chose the SEVEN letter word TEACHER!
Teachers in my life who have influenced and made a difference to my life. I am eternally grateful for the teachers. Especially those who have taught me in the early childhood days. I have very pleasant memories of some very adorable teachers who have guided and helped me not only to learn, but encouraged me to believe in myself.
I recall two very special teachers who taught me, one was a teacher named Savithri who taught me Tamil which was my first language in school. She was an expert in the subject, and taught so well, that I and my friends looked forward to attend her class. She was full of life, witty and humorous and at the same time helped us to understand the subject.
She taught Thirukkural, which is a collection of 1330 Tamil couplets organized, containing inspiring quotes and verses for learning. Thiruvalluvar a Tamil poet and philosopher has contributed to Tamil literature. I still sometimes recall, remember and recite to myself and also tell my daughter.
Another Teacher I recall today is the teacher who taught me Hindi. Hindi was my second language in school, and it was fun as the teacher was very simple and kind, never rude with us, so as children we played up in her class. Despite all the fun we learnt Hindi and enjoyed Khabir’s Dohe’s
My favourite Dohe’s were:
Maala to kar mein Phire, Jeebh Phire Mukh Mahin,
Manua to chahun dish phire, yeh to sache simran Nahin”
Meaning to say that you say your rosary rotating by the hand and twisting your tongue, but your mind is wandering everywhere around, and this is not true worship.
Chinta Aisee Dakini, Kat kaleja Khaye
Vaid Bichara Kya Kare, kahan tak Dawa Lagaye
Meaning to say, worry is a thief that eats one’s heart, what can a poor doctor do, how far wills his medicine reach? So be happy don’t worry.
Kaal kare so aaj kar, aaj kare so ub.
Pal mein pralaya hoyegi bahuri kaoge kub
Meaning to say, do the work of tomorrow today, and today’s work now, if the moment is lost, how will be get the work done.
The best time is NOW.
Living in Hyderabad and speaking shud (pure) Hindi is really a challenge, as the hyderabadi hindi has a mix of urdu and telugu. In school the Hindi teacher used to correct us to speak properly – I am glad to have learnt from this teacher who was not only kind but affirming. It is a blessing to have teachers who can inspire, and motivate us to find ourselves.
There are other teachers who have helped too, and I am thankful for all of them. Today I wish them all “A very Happy Teachers Day”