Friday, March 14, 2008

farewell all

was thinking that i will not do this. it would be a repetition of the one i write every year at this time. but what prompted me to write on the same subject was the realization that the students are not the same. a new bunch of students are going to graduate and they need a proper farewell. in fact, they deserve it.
i will start with the students of Thai origin. for starters i am ashamed to admit that except for three i don't known the names of others. but their faces are etched in my mind's eye forever. as foreign students they deserve special treatment. it was not possible to give more time and energy to their unique requirements- it will always be a regret.
the other group that i interacted the least was the one made up of students mostly in the 60s- roll number that is. the onus is obviously on the teacher to draw the students out of their shells. this was again something that didn't happen. why is it that the background of the person matters so much for even us teachers to warm up to students?
Rahul j, tarun, ajay, rahul m... make up another group (may not be a cohesive one) that was hard to crack. again i take responsibility that it was not possible to draw this group into the mainstream of the class activities.
come to think of it now, very few are left of the class who i did relate to and interacted with- big regret. ali, sheetal, shivraj, sumantra... were, due to different reasons, accessible and thus the class to me is represented through and by them.
finally, all the best to each and everyone of you- the journalism batch of 08. may you all do well in life. take care.

9 comments:

Y knot said...

I think a true teacher is one who, at least thinks about these things, post there passing out.

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anxietyprone said...

most teachers feel the way you do but rarely do even a few reflect on this theme.i guess they don't want to invest too much of their time on people(students)who are going to be bidding goodbyes in no time at all.i am so glad(proud)to know you are an exception to this rule.ciao.

Shwetha said...

Hello sir,
It's very nice to see you write so honestly. Somewhat of an inspiration, I guess.

Shwetha, I JP class, first bench :)

Vishruti said...

dear sir,your farewell wishes matters a lot!! hyderabad was not a success. but now i need your blessings for my new career option. have got married to a business man and shifted to jaipur. got opportunity to work with TOI- Jaipur. am with Response Art & Edit dept. as a correspondent cum copy editor. now getting to know the real journalism and the amount of energy it requires to creat just 1 page and how many people would not even go through the hard work when its shot on pages....but still with a new hope everyday the creativity and hard work is doubled...am enjoying though! its a best place to work in... all the lessons u taught about page making and sizes of headlines n letters, prioritizing and composing are of immense help...u r the 1st person i must thank for this day in my life...Thank
You Sir!
Vishruti 3rd JPEng. 2007

Sheetal Sukhija said...

Sir,
I'm really going to miss ur classes, they were the only motivation and reason I even came to college and completed my final yr, maybe it doesn make sense but its true!
Thanx for everything sir and especially for the lessons about life that u taught me.
Sheetal

dhanya said...

Somethings and some people never change. That's the best part about you, Sir. Thanks for being you. :)

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muddlehead said...

i am sure all the students will always miss u.. i was with u for one year n i must admit.. i do miss ur class.. the fact tat we were much more than numbers on the roll call.. as u mntioned an association btwn the teachers n students..

tho i am tempted to use the word professor here, i think i'd rather use teacher.. for u teach a lot more than the subject.. u were the best sir...

Lzafeer ( 05D1634, wat cud've been the batch of 08)