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April 5, 2009

Why do I love being a teacher?
There are many reasons. But the most important reason for me is that I get to work with kids. Of all ages, from all backgrounds.
Kids who are so different from each other. I have never seen two kids who are the same. each one of them is so unique, so special.
Each one has a corner of my heart forever.

Why do I love being a teacher?
Give me some time to discover more on my own. For,each day I discover a new reason. Each day is a revelation.

Why did you get into this profession? How much do you make? Does teaching pay anything at all?
Why don’t you get a better job?

Some questions that have been asked of me, time and time again.
I have tried answering them at various points of time.
But then realised that the ones who ask these questions won’t be able to understand a single word I say.

How will they understand the butterflies in my stomach each morning before a class?

Will they understand that I love those kids like they are my very own?
And they are, in so many ways.

Will they be able to see the way a child’s eyes light up when you remember his/her name?
Of how precious that little being feels when you give him/her a little pat on the head and sometimes a bear hug?

Or when you write long notes in the notebooks explaining why you loved the essay so much?

The questions might stop. But my answers never will.

But here is something by another teacher. One who answers these questions with a passion that’s intense.

By Taylor Mali

DO watch the video here.HE makes the words come alive with his sheer passion.

What is poetry slam?

The text of the video

He says the problem with teachers is, “What’s a kid going to learn

from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?”

He reminds the other dinner guests that it’s true what they say about

teachers:

Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.

I decide to bite my tongue instead of his

and resist the temptation to remind the other dinner guests

that it’s also true what they say about lawyers.

Because we’re eating, after all, and this is polite company.

“I mean, you¹re a teacher, Taylor,” he says.

“Be honest. What do you make?”

And I wish he hadn’t done that

(asked me to be honest)

because, you see, I have a policy

about honesty and ass-kicking:

if you ask for it, I have to let you have it.

You want to know what I make?

I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.

I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional medal of honor

and an A- feel like a slap in the face.

How dare you waste my time with anything less than your very best.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall

in absolute silence. No, you may not work in groups.

No, you may not ask a question.

Why won’t I let you get a drink of water?

Because you’re not thirsty, you’re bored, that’s why.

I make parents tremble in fear when I call home:

I hope I haven’t called at a bad time,

I just wanted to talk to you about something Billy said today.

Billy said, “Leave the kid alone. I still cry sometimes, don’t you?”

And it was the noblest act of courage I have ever seen.

I make parents see their children for who they are

and what they can be.

You want to know what I make?

I make kids wonder,

I make them question.

I make them criticize.

I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them write, write, write.

And then I make them read.

I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely

beautiful

over and over and over again until they will never misspell

either one of those words again.

I make them show all their work in math.

And hide it on their final drafts in English.

I make them understand that if you got this (brains)

then you follow this (heart) and if someone ever tries to judge you

by what you make, you give them this (the finger).

Let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true:

I make a goddamn difference! What about you?

128 Comments leave one →
  1. Smitha permalink
    April 5, 2009 10:37 pm

    Indyeah!! One more of your ‘from the heart’ post!! Hats off to teachers like you! For whom, its a mission, a vocation , not just a job that you’ve settled for!!

    Your passion for what you do comes through in this post and that video was fantastic!

    How I wish there were more teachers like you who want to make a difference, who have a passion for what you do! For after all, a nation’s future are in your hands – and what better hands to be than somebody who cares so much!!!

    I have had some wonderful teachers and am always grateful to them for making me what I am today.. I just hope my daughter is just as lucky..

    Hugs!! and tell me where you teach – I’ll try and get my daughter in that school🙂

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 4:09 am

      awww…Smitha Thank you so much:) I teach In Delhi🙂
      Anytime you are here and want to settle here or even stay for some time just gimme a call😉

      I love teaching or as Usha says learning🙂

      There are a lot of teachers who love their jobs but we do need more of them🙂

      yes, teachers do make one’s school life memorable dont they?🙂
      Your daughter too will be as fortunate as you🙂 *touchwood*
      (((hugs))

  2. hitchwriter permalink
    April 5, 2009 11:05 pm

    You surely must be making a difference…

    I guess people who love their jobs probably do a great job !!

    since you love teaching so much and the kids so much… i m sure you would be making a huge difference…

    We need more and more teachers like you who take up this job for the sheer passion and love and not for just salaries… !!!

    WTG Indyeah !

    we are proud of you, not just a teacher.. but a lot more… !!

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 4:11 am

      🙂 Thanks Dhiren
      yes, As they say if you love it and enjoy it then its not work anymore😀
      Thanks Dhiren
      For your words and for the smiles as well😀

      • April 6, 2009 6:00 pm

        It must be fun to have you as a history teacher… that was the only subject I liked… as it had stories…. of kings and wars !! Maybe English and Hindi as they too had stories….

        I loved all my teachers always but, my Maths teacher… ek to I didnt understand anything and plus I used be actually standing outside the class all the time… as if it was going to help me understand… !!

        I really gave her a hard time… always asking… I dont understand !!! lol… eventually i would get to her… and she would throw me out…

        • Indyeah permalink*
          April 6, 2009 9:48 pm

          yeah it is fun to teach history coz it is such a vast and interesting subject:)

          LOL! Dhiren I disliked maths😀
          I was okay till 5th and from then on was petrified of the subject😀
          I really gave her a hard time… always asking… I dont understand !!! lol… eventually i would get to her… and she would throw me out…
          LOL! I used to do the exact same thing😀
          only the teacher staretd ignoring me and my inane questions😀

          • April 7, 2009 12:58 am

            you too ??? in the maths haters club ?

            lol… as long as it was arithmetic i was fine but algebra and what’s that ? Trigo nometry… it was totally beyound me !

            lol….🙂

          • Indyeah permalink*
            April 7, 2009 2:01 am

            LOL:D yeah I detested mathematics intensely!😀
            and I have a friend who solves complex mathematical questions when she gets bored😀
            imagine!😀

            In maths everything was beyond me!😀 LOL!
            I heaved a sigh of relief when I could choose subjects in 11th😀

            Dhiren ! more similarities😀

          • April 7, 2009 2:33 am

            i used to love maths!!!!😆

          • April 7, 2009 3:09 am

            Me too – I used to love Maths!!! and was horrible at History😦 Did not have the patience to try and remember all those dynasties and dates.. Loved reading thru like a book though🙂

          • Indyeah permalink*
            April 7, 2009 9:40 am

            You too? why is the world full of Maths lovers?😆
            You didnt like history?😀
            me too😀
            disliked it in school, loved it in college…LOL@dates and dynasties😀
            yeah but it got really interesting in college😀

          • Indyeah permalink*
            April 7, 2009 9:41 am

            also will do a post on books on India..though I am sure you would have read most of them but still😀 you will like quite a few🙂

          • Indyeah permalink*
            April 7, 2009 9:39 am

            OG ! salt in our wounds eh?😛

          • April 7, 2009 1:32 pm

            🙂 haha…. no ways….🙂 i always loved maths, history and physics!!!!🙂 please do a post on History!!! waiting always!!!

            me:-yeah and thats why you escaped my torture😀 coz you love history…we’ll ignore that you love *shudder*maths and physics😀
            coming over to read now🙂

          • April 7, 2009 5:57 pm

            I got 98 in maths in 10th.

            me:-Gasp! Someone come and take away this torturer please!😀 main hi mili thi to share this info?😛

          • April 7, 2009 11:35 pm

            maths lovers… have their screws a lil lose… dont you worry Indyeah !! lol🙂

            ME:-LOL!😀 yeah DHiren we will go with that theory😉

          • April 8, 2009 5:49 am

            I got 99 in maths for 10th and 98 in 12th boards… CBSE…🙂 LOL never knew where I lost those mark….🙂 coz I had answered all answers correctly… LOL😀😛

            me- uff ! ek aur maths lover! Dhiren quick come and help me eject this dusht aatma😀

            Why did you have to share this tortutorus info here OG?😛
            note to self:-dont publish comments which torture my heart😆

  3. April 5, 2009 11:33 pm

    There is big high than loving your job; leave aside what people say. and your love for what you do very evident !!🙂

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 4:12 am

      Yup! right you are!Nothing gives a bigger high :)Thank you so much:)

  4. April 5, 2009 11:33 pm

    i mean there is no big high ..sorry for typo🙂

  5. April 5, 2009 11:37 pm

    I wish all teachers were like you…Unfortunately, some are in the profession because it suits them…

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 4:14 am

      yeah Sraboney I have been taught by some really bored teachers and even now have some of them as colleagues…It seems as if they have been forced to teach…or mostly they treat it as a ‘timepass’ job…
      We do need teachers who are sincere and who are held accountable for all that they do, specially govt school ones

  6. April 6, 2009 12:04 am

    The last line ‘I make a goddamn difference! What about you?’ says it all….

    Teaching is a noble but thankless profession but then I have alwaya believed in onething…if we are rpoud of doing what we are then rest of the things/ arguements cease to exist!!!!

    As a kid I wanted to be a teacher too…I even used to carry chalk pieces back home, making the back of the door my Black Board & used to teach imaginary students….I remember checking my own books after the end of the year🙂

    Somehow the passion & drive to be a teacher was lost somewhere…

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 4:19 am

      Absolutely Smita…noble and yet thankless ..as one of my teachers said a long time back..’‘be thankful if even one child thanks you in all of your teaching career
      But sometimes the thanks just comes from little gestures

      aww…so cute..I used to do that too😀
      and loved checking notebooks as well😀
      LOL!
      So cute Smita😀

      the passiona and the drive are being channelised in another job I guess🙂 your current one:) which is great too🙂

      I just think that whatever is one’s job one should be passionate about it…so ideally all teachers who take up teaching as a profession should be passionate about teaching…sadly that is so rare that I have started becoming cynical😦

      • April 6, 2009 7:17 pm

        Yep!!! The profession is far more commercialized but then if I think of the salaries which teachers draw in present times then I believe it commercialisation is a necessity….

        I will share with u a not so relevant incident.

        I was in class 12th and used to go for my Maths tuition. It was my birthday and I carried a box full of cake. As a courtesy I offered it first to the tutor. You know what he did??? He handed over the dabba to his wife who went in and emptied the dabba…I was shocked and as was everyone else. May be this was an individual thing but from that day I lost all respect towards him. These are such incidents which make or break a professional. Teachers are people whom we look up to & their smallest folly changes our view for them….

        You also used to do the same thing?? hehehe I used to get a special red pen for that….kya maza ata tha copy check karne me😀

        • Indyeah permalink*
          April 6, 2009 9:58 pm

          that is so disgusting and rude! What a pathetic human being let alone a teacher!
          :X
          Teachers are people whom we look up to & their smallest folly changes our view for them….
          Absolutely agree Smita ..I still remember some words from school which were so encouraging and some that sought to hurt..this was way back in school and even after so many years I still remember the teachers..yes teachers have a special place and they can encourage or hurt…

          LOL:D red pen?😀
          yeah me too😀

          I used to sometimes check the same ‘rough’ notebook atleast 6 times😀
          LOL!
          those were the days…childish😀

  7. April 6, 2009 12:15 am

    Taylor Mali’s words are powerful. Lucky are students who get such a guide in their formative years.

    I am sure your students too are lucky, considering the passion and sincerity that you put in everything you do…you make an impact (I haven’t seen that award yet on your blog!) like Taylor does.

    On a lighter note, it seems your students will be overloaded with hugs and notes longer than their essays!

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 4:23 am

      His words made me sit up too and I listened to them again..
      yes, I too wonder at his students and how fortunate they are to have him🙂

      yes the award😀
      really soon Sir just as soon as I get my pending application to Chirag 😀

      Thank you so much Sir🙂
      LOL!😀
      yeah they do get a lot of hugs and rather err long notes😀

  8. April 6, 2009 1:24 am

    I guess I am saying this ad infinitum and ad nauseum…😀 But yes, for all those reasons, too, I am a teacher. The text that you have posted, is a treasured piece for me, and I have lost count of the number of times I have quoted from it🙂

    When one knows one makes a difference, that is all one needs, right?

    And you are so right in saying that most persons, who ask such questions perhaps will never be able to understand!

    Lol@ butterflies in the stomach… me too, but at the beginning of the year most of the time, with a new class..

    And yes @ the way a child’s eyes light up when you remember his or her name🙂 Always, but always! It truly is enchanting!

    And when they have passed out and come and show you their spouses, and introduce you to their babies.. oh my!

    And when they just stop midway on the road, and shout a greeting, it awes you🙂

    And when they pull their parents and grandparents to school, stand shyly while you tell them how lovely their child is, and watch the little one beaming…. the day is complete:)

    Went thru most of this today at Open House🙂 And I loved each moment🙂

    Beautiful beautiful post, Indygurl…🙂

    You know why :D!

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 4:41 am

      I guess I am saying this ad infinitum and ad nauseum…😀 But yes, for all those reasons, too, I am a teacher. The text that you have posted, is a treasured piece for me, and I have lost count of the number of times I have quoted from it🙂
      This is why I look upto you🙂
      Coz who better than you to learn from?🙂

      I knew it! knew that you would know how precious each name is, how it lights up their eyes🙂

      And when they have passed out and come and show you their spouses, and introduce you to their babies.. oh my!

      And when they just stop midway on the road, and shout a greeting, it awes you🙂

      And when they pull their parents and grandparents to school, stand shyly while you tell them how lovely their child is, and watch the little one beaming…. the day is complete:)

      Went thru most of this today at Open House🙂 And I loved each moment🙂

      OH! Oh! beautiful Usha:)
      Its not hard to imagine because of the way I see your students chatting with you everywhere🙂
      You are one cool teacher:)
      Wish I was in your class😀

      yes , I want to reach there someday🙂 all that you have described so beautifully …

  9. April 6, 2009 1:30 am

    And thank you so much, for that awesome video; seeing it for the first time 🙂

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 4:59 am

      I was blown away by it too Usha:) It is awesome na? (((hugs))
      was a pleasure to share it here

  10. April 6, 2009 1:47 am

    Good Morning Teacher😀

    Yeah Indy, keep up the great work, and don’t bother – I truly respect the fact that there are a few people like you, who are teachers out of choice and not of lack of choices.

    Truly appreciate the Difference that you and a lot of others like you make.

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 4:32 am

      LOL!😀
      good morning beta😛

      Thanks a lot🙂
      yes the choice is the chief point here:) thank you for that🙂 coz my colleagues think it must have been majboori 😀
      tsk tsk poor girl!😀

  11. April 6, 2009 2:50 am

    “Acharya davo bava”
    We are like this because of the teachers.Teachers shape the future of the child(other than the parents).
    I know people don’t know the value of the teachers.My daughter will listen to me if i tell her that her teacher told her to do so.I pull her leg saying ur teacher didn’t tell u properly,she cries and says no what my teacher says is right.Kids have faith and confidence on there teachers.My kid just loves her teacher and the teacher is also very sweet.

    “Of how precious that little being feels when you give him/her a little pat on the head and sometimes a bear hug?” One day my kid came running and her face was bright and she said her teacher gave her a hug and kissed her.
    Hugs to you and to all my teachers………..

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 4:46 am

      aww… varunavi give your lil daughter hugs:) its her name that you use here isnt it?🙂
      iTs a beautiful name🙂
      yes, little children always are the most close and the most in awe of their teachers more than the parents even…which is why its necessary to talk to them like they are one’s own kids🙂

      alle cute🙂
      (((Hugs)) from me too🙂
      thanks Varunavi for that hug🙂

  12. April 6, 2009 3:44 am

    In the last 7 or so years, three of my co-workers gave up high paying jobs in Engineering to take up teaching. They find it more fulfilling. I can understand.

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 4:34 am

      Thanks a lot Maald🙂 yeah thats exactly what I mean..this gives one a different high..it has to be experienced to be believed🙂
      great going by your colleagues🙂

  13. April 6, 2009 3:52 am

    You know I wish more teachers were like you – people who love to teach and don’t consider it a job. People like you made a huge difference in children’s lives, even though the results are not always evident. Keep up the great work. And welcome to your new home🙂

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 4:43 am

      Thanks🙂 I love it for sure🙂
      thank you so much for the encouragement🙂
      and for the welcome🙂

  14. April 6, 2009 4:40 am

    we are what we are because of our education…. and upbringing and teachers do play an important role….🙂

    but what is bad in India is that teachers are not paid enough…🙂

    The only downside of having a teacher in the family is that they make you study and up to all your tricks….🙂
    My mom was a teacher in my school, and I had to be the good innocent guy in school becuase of that!!!🙂
    an d LOL at Vinod Sir’s comment….🙂 LOL

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 4:49 am

      Yeah True OG🙂
      Me too all the amazing teachers I have come across in my life..I am everything because of them and the encouragement they gave…

      LOL@downside of having a teacher in the family😀
      oh yeah?I bet you were one shaitan kid😀

      What?You are laughing at Vinod Sir’s comment?😛
      Run for your life dude!😀

      PS:-Your avataar sure is something else🙂
      LOL😀 all green pants and OG’s face😀
      awesome!😀

      • April 6, 2009 4:56 am

        You know what Indyeah!!
        When i was in school in cochin from 7th std to 12th std, I had to be the “accha bacha” as my mom was maths teacher and so was my mom’s sister (also a maths teacher) who really was strict….🙂
        They were in the same school!!!!
        and there was this physics teacher who never liked me…🙂 it was fun times to see their expression when I stood outside the class…🙂 LOL…. wah!! what times….🙂

        it seems that everybody is behind me, you, Solilo and Smitha!!…🙂 OG run!!!! but I suppose running with green pants would make me conspicuous!!!🙂 and I would not be able to blend into the crowd!!!

        • Indyeah permalink*
          April 6, 2009 7:22 am

          LOL!!😀
          you and in green pants running for your life! rofl!!
          lemme stop laughing at the image first!😀

          oh god!two teachers !??you must have been forced to become an achcha bachcha😀

          It was fun times to see their expression when I stood outside the class…🙂 LOL…. wah!! what times….🙂

          LOL!!you a brat were you?😀

          • Indyeah permalink*
            April 6, 2009 7:23 am

            a chupa rustam I think😀

          • April 6, 2009 7:44 am

            LOL, I was this decent chap, who did not know what to do….🙂 but i compensated for my school days in college!! where we had some major major fun!!!!🙂

          • Indyeah permalink*
            April 6, 2009 7:52 am

            I was this decent chap who did not know what to do

            Hai ram! you mean to say you are an indecent fellow now?😀 LOL!

            yeah completely understood coz I was a bhola..err..okay relatively bhola bachcha in school…became a brat in college

            do a post sometime on your college life OG🙂

          • April 6, 2009 8:01 am

            not indecent fellow!!! never!!!🙂 hehehehehe

            College life!!! I would not know where to start and where to end!!!!🙂
            As mechanical engineers, we had certain levels to maintain!! and we did our best to get under everybodies skin!!!🙂 LOL
            yeah, will do a post on it!!!

            and LOL at “relatively bhola bachcha”….😛😛😛

          • Indyeah permalink*
            April 6, 2009 10:21 am

            LOL😀
            yeah do a post for sure ..and knowing you I am sure an FR like character would inhabit that world too😀

            will wait for a college post then🙂

          • April 7, 2009 3:36 pm

            post done!!!!!!!!!!!1

  15. April 6, 2009 4:44 am

    Loved this post, Indyeah. I knew you loved being a teacher, but just how much – I know now! Your enthusiasm shows in your post and it is really great to be with kids for most of your working hours. The kids are lucky to have someone who loves them and enjoys the teaching job. When a teacher loves her job, even the kids can make that out! “What does a teacher make?” Better humans out of kids, perhaps.

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 7:20 am

      Thank you so much Sir🙂
      yes, it is a joy to be around them🙂
      thank you so so much:)

      Better humans out of kids, perhaps.
      thank you Sir
      This was just beautiful🙂

  16. April 6, 2009 5:07 am

    Abhi, I was waiting for this post. This post as in a post from your soul. I love the posts from your brain too🙂 but these ones always touch a chord. With teachers like you around, teaching will always be the noblest profession.

    I have always maintained that one should work because one wants to. There is a difference between job and a career and many people forget that. Job is just a routine thing people do to make money. Career is the dream, the ambition. I don’t like working for just the sake of money.

    The dedication I have seen in you and Usha is awe-inspiring.

    You wrote: “HE makes the words come alive with his sheer passion.”

    I have the same words for you,

    You make the words come alive with your sheer passion.

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 7:18 am

      from the brain😀
      what? kya bola?
      you mean to say this one is without any brains?😀 lol!
      kidding!I know what you mean🙂
      with friends like you the encouragement sure helps:)

      Usha is something else really!🙂
      she rocks!

      ((hugs)) coz you know and for the way you soothe even when I dont say a word

  17. April 6, 2009 6:00 am

    A really heart warming post. Enjoyed reading it …. well done teacher. This passion comes only when one enjoys what one does for a living. Doing what one loves doing is very important to have a fulfilling life…..that is my take in life, and you are on your way to fulfillment. Carry on…….teacher, many blessings will surely come your way in life.

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 7:36 am

      Thank you so much SIr🙂
      somtimes I get tired of answering these questions in real life so just wrote about it coz someone asked them today too..

      Doing what one loves doing is very important to have a fulfilling life…..that is my take in life, and you are on your way to fulfillment.
      Thank you so much for the blessings sir:)
      need them all🙂

  18. April 6, 2009 6:16 am

    nice🙂

    • April 6, 2009 7:23 am

      Vichi, word not allowed. Unfair!

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 7:34 am

      *Indyeah kissing the ground in sheer gratitude*
      Vishesh has uttered a word😀
      Quick take out the bubbly! lets celebrate!😀

      seriously thanks Vishesh🙂

  19. April 6, 2009 7:19 am

    Dilse post Indeyah!! Glad to know you are a teacher🙂 My mom has been a teacher for 20 yrs i think and she loves it as much as you mentioned here…..Many of her students are now high up and they still remember her!! its a profession which gives a lotttttt more satisfaction and peace…..my mom says, how much ever worries she had in life, seeing those small kids be it kg kids or 10th class ones, that innocence and joy you get by teaching them something they dont know, the smile and surprise in their faces when they discovered something……Ahhh its worth living a life like that!
    Kudos🙂

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 7:43 am

      Thanks Sahaja🙂
      your mom ‘s a teacher? awesome!🙂 always love to hear more about people who love this job🙂

      my mom says, how much ever worries she had in life, seeing those small kids be it kg kids or 10th class ones, that innocence and joy you get by teaching them something they dont know, the smile and surprise in their faces when they discovered something……Ahhh its worth living a life like that
      !

      Beautifully said Sahaja! Your mom must be one hell of a teacher🙂
      coz thats exactly how one feels while teaching:)

      One’s life becomes intertwined with those of the students….their joys become ours and so do their little disappointments…

      ((hugs))for your mom🙂

  20. April 6, 2009 7:21 am

    Lovely post, Abhi, straight from your heart! And I’m sure that’s the way you teach, too. Straight from your heart to your students’!

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 7:33 am

      Thanks a lot Manju🙂
      I sure hope so🙂

  21. Winnie the poohi permalink
    April 6, 2009 7:22 am

    Kudos babes!

    And congrats./. for its not really easy to be satisfied with your job.. And I know you mean it when you say you love to teach and what a wonderful teacher you will be…..

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 7:39 am

      Thanks Winnie🙂
      yup do love this one🙂
      and yes it is not easy to be satisfied with jobs easily for sure..

      but one can keep trying…:)

      (((hugs)))

      • Winnie the Poohi permalink
        April 6, 2009 9:40 am

        *hugs* *hugs*

        Ah here’s a secret.. though its not that big a secret.. I love teaching but for long I hated “teacher’s job” my moms a teacher and I could see how difficult her job was she taught in BMC and I tell you those kids are so difficult to handle.. so many ppl cried and quit.. so had a bad idea about it.. but offlate I want to teach too hoping to do it🙂

        Lets see if I ever will.. but if I did so part of it would be for the reasons you stated out here🙂

        • Indyeah permalink*
          April 6, 2009 10:29 am

          awww…Winnie:))
          ((hugs))
          you go for it girl!
          I am sure you would be a great teacher…but be sure about it:)
          once you have made up your mind then go for it🙂

          your mom was a teacher too?:)
          How cool is that?So many moms here have been teachers..

          (((hugs)) If you really want to be one, it’ll happen for sure🙂

          • Winnie the poohi permalink
            April 8, 2009 12:35 pm

            I guess so. Teaching was considered cool then.. and a right profession for females🙂

            Yeah she was.. and she loved it.. I love teaching.. just hate the disciplining part!

            me-yeah true Winnie…there are a lot of gender issues connected to this profession…will write about them sometime…
            yeah teaching used to be a cool profession..it still is for a lot of people…only the perception for the aam janta has changed..its considered too uncool now😦

            I still love it :)aww…the disciplining prt is necessary but can be done in a loving manner too..one thats gentle and friendly…you softie!you!🙂

  22. April 6, 2009 8:05 am

    “when you write long notes in the notebooks explaining why you loved the essay so much?” …..Dont tell me !!!! long notes, like your posts ??? poor kid !! LOL😀

    Poor jokes apart, that was a great video.

    and you know what, I wanted to be a teacher myself when I was young. As I grew up, I started losing my patience ! LOL.

    So what class do you teach, huh ?

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 10:25 am

      *glares at Vimmuu*
      What do you mean?
      Did you see the length of this post?😀
      it was short after ages😀😀

      You wanted to be a a teacher? awww how cute…:)
      LOL@started losing my patience😀

      I teach 6th, 9th and 11th🙂
      Teach them History🙂

      Vimmuu screams and runs at the mention of history😀

      psstt you do dislike history dont you?

      Most people I have met seem to dislike it😀

      • April 6, 2009 12:04 pm

        No, I was extremely good at history and I lovvve the subject ! I was terrible at chemistry and guess what, I did my graduation in chemistry😀

        I know, this should be one of your shortest posts, na? I was jus kidding; short or long, we all enjoy your posts.

        (I think I got away this time with a little appreciation😉 )

        • Indyeah permalink*
          April 6, 2009 10:24 pm

          You love history? awesome! Apart from Kislay and OG you are one of the rare ones then😀

          You were bad at chemistry and took it up?😀
          Guts😀
          good for you:)
          Coz sometimes taking the weaknesses head on solves a lot of problems😀

          yup shortest post eva!😀
          hmm…Indyeah pondering over this matter of Vimmuu..”maar diya jaaye ya chod diya jaaye?”😀
          chalo chod diya!

          the appreciation sure helped your cause😀😉

      • Winnie the poohi permalink
        April 8, 2009 12:34 pm

        I dont dislike history.. I just hate writing the history exams.. I have this friend who is so crazy about history that when we go to land mark to pick up books I get a mini history lecture.. he knows all about the forts and the paintings so much so that fleetingly even i get interested!

        me- yeah History is pretty tedious that way..one has to write tomes …fortunately I love to ramble😉 your friend sounds like a history fan! cool! another of the last History souls left in the world😀

  23. April 6, 2009 8:09 am

    Glad to know that you have job satisfaction . Years , my mom said this to me on a Teacher’s day – “A true teacher is like an incandescent source, lighting up the universe for her students” . You sound like one of those .

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 10:19 am

      Thanks A lot Kislay🙂
      Your mom’s words are beautiful🙂
      Thanks🙂
      Sure hope that I am able to be as good a teacher as the students think🙂

      thanks a lot Kislay🙂

  24. April 6, 2009 8:16 am

    Didn’t know you taught! What do you teach?🙂

    Yes, there’s so much satisfaction in being able to make a difference, isn’t it? And you can’t ask for a better reward than when students come and tell you how much they miss you or email you years after you stopped. What a high!

    Wonderful post…your students are lucky kids!

    g

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 10:18 am

      Yup I teach History🙂

      yeah it sure does give a high…and one day hope to reach where another friend Usha has reached🙂
      She is a rocking teacher🙂

      thank you so much Gauri🙂

  25. April 6, 2009 8:23 am

    and if the students need some energy — they know whom to go to —

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 10:26 am

      awww…Anrosh🙂
      (((hugs))

      LOl They really try my patience at times😀

  26. April 6, 2009 6:58 pm

    Lovely heart warming post…🙂

    And History was always my fave subject in school and we had some really awesome History teachers…

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 9:53 pm

      Thanks Pixie🙂
      History was your fav ?😀
      lucky you! your teachers must have been awesome then as you say:)
      I had boring teachers in school , only found some awesome ones in college which is where I started taking an interest in History:)

  27. April 6, 2009 8:16 pm

    You sound like the best kind of teacher there is! Your ‘kids’, all of them, are lucky to have you.

    I have had jobs where I needed to interact with kids on a creative level and they have never ceased to amaze me with their imagination, love, creativity and their individual personalities.

    But the thought of having these children with you for a year and then seeing them pass onto another, always fills me with a certain sense of heartbreak. I don’t think I have the strength to do it year after year!

    You are one of the lucky few who has the immense pleasure of being surrounded by kids and experiencing profound job satisfaction.

    Hugs to you, your passion and your ideals. You are truly amazing!

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 10:02 pm

      Thanks MM )
      dont know about the best yet coz have just started…its barely been three years..but yeah I sure hope I live upto your words:)

      yes, it is heartbreaking to see them go up to another class..and yet its beautiful when they come running to share little conversations even though i dont teach them anymore🙂

      Thank you so so much:)
      yes , I do feel blessed to be here in this profession🙂

  28. April 6, 2009 8:32 pm

    Wow, Indyeah, hats off to you. You have defined the most selfless profession in this world, in the best possible way…

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 9:55 pm

      Thanks a lot Sindhu🙂

  29. April 6, 2009 9:46 pm

    This is such a moving post,Indyeah!All that you said here I somehow felt as though you were echoing my mother’s thoughts.She is a teacher by passion more than a profession.
    “Will they be able to see the way a child’s eyes light up when you remember his/her name?
    Of how precious that little being feels when you give him/her a little pat on the head and sometimes a bear hug?”…I’m sure all your students are truly truly privilaged and honoured to have you as a teacher.And I so wish my daughter also would be taught by a teacher like you.
    God bless you:)

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 6, 2009 10:58 pm

      Thanks a lot Deeps🙂
      Your mom is a teacher too?🙂 This is so great…its so amazing to hear about so many teachers in one space:)

      aww..(((hugs))for your little namnam🙂 thats what you call her right?:)
      even though I teach other clasees yet I have seen that it is always the primary school teachers who are the most affectionate, the most happy and the ones who absolutely cuddle their students🙂
      I am sure your daughter is in great hands🙂

  30. April 7, 2009 4:06 am

    A nice post from you Indyeah.. straight from the heart🙂
    Even though I love teaching.. I never thought of taking it as profeesion.. dono y??

    But I am really happy that you are a teacher and you are develoing the citizens for future India.. I always have great respect for teachers, even more if they are passionate about it.. I believe that a teacher-student doesn’t ends with the text books.. they are seeing them.. so they like to pick some qualities from their teachers, which will develop them into responsible ones..
    And your word reflects the same.. Even I love to taught the kids over weekends.. but I am too lazy.. will pick up someday..🙂
    Be a great teacher who live in the hearts of the children.. that is the best thing that can happen in a teacher’s life, I think. Period.

    And you are a history teacher.. I love history much.. I enjoy reading about it,… but in exam, writing about it for pages.. ahhh.. that’s awful *blink* *blink*

    @Vimal

    /*No, I was extremely good at history and I lovvve the subject ! I was terrible at chemistry and guess what, I did my graduation in chemistry */

    the problem is, only when we go deeper we will come to know the real evil.. as is the case of my engineering.. LOL😆

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 7, 2009 9:47 am

      Thanks Kanagu🙂
      yeah have you noticed how most of us love teaching when we are kids, but give up thinking about it as a career as we mature? I think teaching is not a career thats really sought after as such😦 and some lousy teachers in school further turn us off teaching forever..I had some really lousy ones and thankfully some incredible teachers as well🙂
      But worry not , you can always contribute in other ways🙂
      liek you said teaching in your spare time would help too🙂
      or maybe after you retire😀
      the problem is, only when we go deeper we will come to know the real evil.. as is the case of my engineering.. LOL😆

      Vimmuu glaring at Kanagu😆

  31. April 7, 2009 4:34 am

    Yes,Indyeah,my Ma is a history teacher.As I went through your comments I realised you too teach history.I feel a much closer connection here:)
    Do drop by my blog as and when possible.Would love to hear from you:-)
    Thanks.Will pass on the hugs to Namnam:)

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 7, 2009 9:49 am

      Dont tell me a History teacher too? awesome!😀

      will def drop by..had your blog in my previous blogroll but here I seem to have messed up quite a few links😦

      awww…do pass them on :))
      Will come over now:)

      psstt Chirag is looking angryerr baffled about why I have not used his blogroll tips..😀

      I did dude..But I always mess up😀
      they dont call me the ‘klutz ‘ for nothing😀

  32. April 7, 2009 7:36 am

    You are welcome . Kabhi kabhi hum logon ko bhi bhi rochak aitihasik batein bata dijiye .🙂 Your take on some great historical event .

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 7, 2009 9:55 am

      arre wah! Itni shuddh Hindi😀 ham prasann hue😀
      Sure, will do… though knowing me and my foot in the mouth disease I will get more brickbats than bouquets😀

  33. April 7, 2009 7:45 am

    Hi Indyeah !

    You make a nice teacher. Very few nice ones are left though, to which you might also agree.
    I still remember the names of those teachers who influenced my life.
    You are a teacher too, for the blog.
    But i don’t wanna learn this wordpress thing, i am comfortable on blogger🙂

    Keep Teaching.

    Have a look at this, i guess you might have seen this before : http://www.grannymar.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/teach-learn.jpg

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 7, 2009 10:16 am

      Hello RK🙂 Thanks:)
      yeah very few sincere teachers are there but there are some who are quite passionate about teaching…The problem is lack of accountability and lousy pays in some cases and the biggest factor is that there are no strict rules ..anyone can get into this profession! Even peopel who dislike children!😦 even people who are pathetic at teaching!and dealing with kids😦

      I like blogspot too🙂

      well wherever you are I will keep visiting you🙂

      thanks for that link:)
      Thats exactly what I believe in and waht a dear friend Usha keeps saying:))
      Thanks a lot RK🙂

  34. April 7, 2009 8:04 am

    I think when you are in love with your job, its not a job anymore. Its more like a way to be happy.🙂
    I am glad that you are in love with your job. Not many people on Earth can boast of that.🙂

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 7, 2009 9:56 am

      Absolutely!🙂
      Thats exactly what I feel🙂 thank you so much🙂 yeah realized that after I started teaching..otherwise I used to crib too😀

  35. Usha Pisharody permalink
    April 7, 2009 5:16 pm

    🙂
    Yippe… on wp, finally🙂
    thanks, Teacher🙂

    me:-muahh!I am happy to see you here too:)
    coz now it is home🙂
    (((hugs)))

  36. Chirag Chamoli permalink
    April 7, 2009 10:45 pm

    @Each one has a corner of my heart forever.
    That makes it a lot of corners, which polygon are we taking about.🙂

    You, really love being a teacher 🙂 dude, we need more folks, like you. I had a few teachers who, took there jobs as a burden.

    My boss say’s, I would have made a bad teacher. because, am still not able to teach him, how to make some stuff in Photoshop.

    @Or when you write long notes in the notebooks explaining why you loved the essay so much?

    Now I know the secret behind the comments🙂

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 8, 2009 12:48 am

      LOL @polygon😀
      mera dil bahut badaa hai😀

      yeah I am very modest😀😀

      thanks a lot Chirag🙂
      ”My boss say’s, I would have made a bad teacher. because, am still not able to teach him, how to make some stuff in Photoshop.”LOL! or maybe your boss is a bad student?😀 ever thought about that?😀

      But then we were also told once that ”There are no problem students , only problem teachers”😀

      So the problem is always the teachers🙂

      lol!!I think dude that you are too intelligent to be able to get your point across to your boss😀

      LOL@commenst and essays😀
      what to do?its a disease😀

  37. Chirag Chamoli permalink
    April 7, 2009 10:49 pm

    Dude, do check this out. If you want to implement this let me know.

    http://onceuponaschool.org/


    me:-thanks a lot Chirag🙂 I loved that site🙂 absolutely completely loved it🙂
    will explore it in detail; and get back to you :))

  38. April 8, 2009 2:30 am

    A heartfelt post and an awesome video …
    The last line says it all…”I make a goddamn difference! What about you?”

    Wow, iIknew you loved teaching, but this post shows your ‘passion’ for teaching…

    My Maasi was a teacher and a very strict one…students dreaded her class if they hadn’t done their home work.

    I remember i would teach my younger sister sometimes and she would go slyly to my mom and say “don’t tell Di to teach me😦, she scolds a lot”.. I would feel guilty and promise that i wouldn’t scold.. but then.. it was hard to miss the chance🙂

    I had a teacher in LKG, who remembered my name till i was in 10th std..It made so happy🙂,
    I once bumped into her when i was in 10th std and wished her ” Good Morning” when and walked past not expecting anything more than a GM reply, but when she said my name I was so happy, I came home n told Ma…Mummy do u know after so many years she still remembers my name🙂

    haha.. but when I met her after college, she had forgotten my name😦 …

    me- thanks N(((Hugs)))🙂
    aww…,she remembered your name for so long?and then forgot it in college? (((hugs))it happens you know..imagine the same teacher has to teach so many students each year there is a new batch…she is bound to forget soemtimes na?happens to the bst of us…:)

    I remember i would teach my younger sister sometimes and she would go slyly to my mom and say “don’t tell Di to teach me😦, she scolds a lot”.. I would feel guilty and promise that i wouldn’t scold.. but then.. it was hard to miss the chance🙂LOL!:D

    dont worry I remember your name😀 N!😀
    (((hugs))Cheer up and please do posts on the new darling🙂

  39. April 8, 2009 5:33 am

    firstly, biiiig hug for shifting to WP.u dont know it, but u hv made my life soooo much easier!

    loved that piece by taylor… very touching… i can relate to a lot of stuff coz when i tell ppl i work in the developmental field, they always ask how much i make….n i always feel like telling them, is everything in life always about how much u make? and when i do tell them exactly that i dont think they really get me ..

    thanks for putting up that piece..:D

    me – ((((huge bear hugsss right back)))😀 wanted to reply yesterday itself but was feeling way too sleepy😀 life is easeir for you?:D wah! more comments from Mandira😀
    oh goody goody!;)

    n i always feel like telling them, is everything in life always about how much u make? and when i do tell them exactly that i dont think they really get me ..

    I soo get where you are coming from😦 I mean they never are able to understand..let them be! you work in such an area too?cool! I am soo curious now😀
    you are most welcome😀
    ((((Hugs))for the blogspot comment too😀
    *sigh*have to go and log in there now😀

  40. April 8, 2009 7:58 pm

    Wow Indyeah……..straight from the heart…and I know you are in the right profession.U have it in you to turn ordinary students in to winners. U am sure give your students something to think about besides just home work.Salute you Lady, and the many as dedicated as you.,who not only teach by books but also from their heart…..

    me-aww (((hugs))thank you so much:) your words encourage🙂 Hope I live upto them🙂

  41. indianhomemaker permalink
    April 8, 2009 10:51 pm

    I had read half the post earlier but had to leave it half way! Now back again to say we need teachers like you. Reminded me of a lovely, passionate comment you left on my Hitler post.

    the comment was about how much difference teachers can make.🙂

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 10, 2009 3:24 am

      sorry about the late reply IHM:)these comments went on the 4th page of my dashboard😦

      (((Hugs))coz you remember such an old comment🙂
      muahh!

  42. April 9, 2009 1:30 am

    I once asked one of my favourite teachers if he didn’t get tired teaching the same thing every year. And I loved his reply. He said, “I don’t teach a book. I teach a class. And that’s never the same.” True of all good teachers I guess!

    • Indyeah permalink*
      April 10, 2009 3:26 am

      D real sorry as you can see I am duh at using WP😀
      missed your comment and IHM’s😦

      your teacher was absolutely right🙂
      thats the whole charm ..its love and yet heartbreak when the kids go to the next class and I cant teach them anymore and yet it also is a new beginning for new students🙂

      that statement by your teacher is awesome!😀

  43. April 11, 2009 9:55 pm

    I had forgot to subscribe to your new url and I almost missed this wonderful post!! Loved it as I too am a lecturer by choice and that makes me happy doing what I do. I see so many colleagues frustrated and dispassionate about their job. After 4 years of teaching various subjects of electrical engineering, I still enjoy every class, every batch as D’s teacher rightly said;every class is different.
    I just have the butterflies when its my first lecture in a particular class. After that I feel so at ease and I know this is my calling. Strange as I am not known for my patience😀
    History was my favorite subject too. Infact Social Studies was my favorite subject excluding Civics. Actually I liked every subject except Hindi. I totally sucked at it and was glad to give it up in Class 9. In 11-12th I opted for PCB,Maths and English. I loved Bio and Maths both.🙂
    I read above that you teach in 11th too. Do they have History (or Social Studies) in 11-12th nowadays? We had various combinations to opt for in 11th-12th but no SS.

    • April 12, 2009 6:44 am

      awww…so you know exactly what it feels like na?🙂
      Thanks you so much! ab subscribe kiya?😀
      plss do😀
      yeah I usually plead like this😀
      I still enjoy every class, every batch as D’s teacher rightly said;every class is different

      After that I feel so at ease and I know this is my calling. Strange as I am not known for my patience
      yeah me too ! I have no patience for those who are the closes to me😀

      yay!!people get aside!!I have found my soul sistah!!😀😀

      yeah on a more serious note thats exactly right🙂

      I mean each day like you said so rightly the butterflies in the stomach are exactly the same na?😀

      electrical engineering? *looks in awe*

      hey bhagwaan another techo😀 awesome!

      except that I dont know the T of techo😀

      In 11-12th I opted for PCB,Maths and English. I loved Bio and Maths both. okay*deep breath*
      people time to call in the cavalry!😀
      Dhiren!!
      come quick! another maths lover! Inka kya karein?😀 *evil ..evil grin*

      LOL!!😆
      psssttt! Reema tell me why you love maths and I will tell you why I dislike it😀😀

      yeah teach History , Economics and Political Science to the 11thees🙂

      the Humanities stream that is🙂

      otehrwise for 6th it is SST and for 10th it is Pol Sc and History

      yay!you love History?cool!😀
      very few ppl do🙂

      Civics … my teacher made it boring too!😦

      they should ban such teachers or something😀

      yippee!and that ladies and gentlemen is Reema’s longy long comment on my blog😀
      thansk a lot Reeema🙂
      seriously!🙂

      being a lecturer must be awesome😀 interacting with college kids and all😀

  44. April 13, 2009 12:58 am

    At the risk of repeating everything the above comments had to say, teachers DO make a lot of difference in a student life. Even if they manage to make a difference in 1 student’s life then they r to be congratulated:-))

    I was not a teacher in the strictest sense of the word….rather a trainer who used to teach Graphics & Multimedia packages. I had an easy time of it because I taught grown-up people who were interested in learning[since they paid up their hard-earned money unlike children;-P].
    But yes I enjoyed doing wht I did & it used to be so happy when my students gave me credit when they got good marks or good jobs based on wht I taught.

    Once again lovely post Indyeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    me-thanks a lot Nancy:))
    you were a teacher too?:)cool!that IS being a teacher Nancy:)teaching is being a teacher isnt it?:) or as a friend Usha says teaching is about learning everyday:))
    But yes I enjoyed doing wht I did & it used to be so happy when my students gave me credit when they got good marks or good jobs based on what I taught
    thats exactly the feeling that one goes through:)
    see ?you are a true blue certified teacher😀

    thank you so so much for the appreciation:)

  45. Badz permalink
    April 22, 2009 9:29 am

    Hey! This is the first time I am visiting your blog (thanks to Dhiren) and I really liked reading this post about teachers. It’s great to hear there are teachers out there that feel so passionate about their job. The closest I’ve ever come is helping my friends with revision just before a Maths exam. And helping my Maths teacher during college (11th & 12th standard) doing my diploma. Hence I may take teaching as an option after I complete my degree and graduate. Because I must say it feels good when you teach someone something and they understand.

    Anyway, before I get carried away, I wanted to say you write well. But I guess that is to be expected as you’re a teacher. May I as what do you teach and to what age group?

    • Badz permalink
      April 30, 2009 9:16 am

      No reply.😦

      me-Sorry Badz.😦 ..the comment dashboard showed the latest comments and I missed out on the older ones :)sorry🙂
      glad you reminded me🙂
      I still have not answered so many comments..have to answer them too:)so many friends have shared ..will reply to all of them🙂

    • April 30, 2009 9:33 am

      welcome here Badz😀 I already know you but since this is your first comment here let me be all formal and welcome you to join a crazy group here :DDhiren is a sweetheart😀
      and he is the one who keeps increasing the members of our blogsamaaj🙂

      its amazing to know that you love to teach…and I am ecstatic to know that you might take up teaching as a profession😀
      yay!!
      we need more people who love this job🙂
      actually when you love it then it wont remain a job any longer🙂

      I teach upto 12th but right now teaching history to 10th , 11th and Social Studies to 6th🙂
      it keeps changing🙂

      thank you so much for the kind words Badz:)

      glad to know and delighted and humbled that you like the way I write🙂

      now start your own blog ASAP😀

      • Badz permalink
        April 30, 2009 11:52 am

        LoL! I keep thinking about stating. As you can see, I have a lot of opinions BUT then I some how talk myself out of it.😕

        And Dhiren is a sweetheart BUT he didn’t send me to you directly. I was impressed by your comments on his blog.😀

        Now you say you teach History and Social Studies. Well next time I come India, I will have to attend your classes.😆 Although, I think I will be a bad influence on your students.😉😀

        me-why do you talk yourself out of it?its fun:) and addictive as well😀

        I am delighted with your compliment🙂 thanks:)glad you found the commenst impressive😀
        yeah history😀
        my students are a bad influence too😀 they are brats but I love them anyway😀

        • April 30, 2009 11:45 pm

          girls are starting to call me sweetheart… how i wish this be highlighted and the Bhai and Kumar term be forgotten !!!! gee…

          me:-😆
          Noone is going to stop pulling your leg anytime soon😀

          • Badz permalink
            May 1, 2009 1:46 am

            Dhiren! Sweety! I think we’ve made your day.😉

            me-😆
            badz careful ! Dhiren will be floating in the clouds soon if we continue like this😀

            Dhirenbhai !!where are you?😀

          • Badz permalink
            May 1, 2009 2:32 am

            LoL! I’ll let his head float today. Tomorrow back to Dhiru Bhai.😈

            me😆

  46. Happy Kitten permalink
    April 30, 2009 1:26 am

    Though I have been reading you, never commented…

    Thanks for being such a great teacher…. I am sure you have enriched many and will continue to do so in your life time.

    Teaching is a noble profession and a lucky students get the noble ones…

    Both my Aunties are teachers (now retired)… while my elder sister after her Mech Eng preferred to teach Eng. Students. But she had to change her job after relocating to Canada. she still misses her teaching job.

    Even I have had my stint as a teacher and I loved it until it lasted.

    I hope the teaching job will continue to inspire many and thus keep the profession noble, we need more of them…

    me-welcome here🙂
    thank you for commenting coz now I can visit you too:))
    teaching is a rather satisfying job isnt it?you would know…you have three teachers in the family..four including you:)
    the experience is amazing na?🙂

    I hope so too🙂 that many more people will take it up….out of sheer passion🙂

    • May 5, 2009 5:17 pm

      Happy Kitten do you have a blog of your own?🙂 couldnt find any link😦

  47. Happy Kitten permalink
    May 5, 2009 5:26 pm

    You are most welcome..though I dont find time to update as often as I like to (excuses!) besides the only blogging time is in between my work…(no rules as yet in this place!)

    http://under-the-tree-of-tranquility.blogspot.com/

    me- thanks for the link Happy Kitten🙂
    would love to visit as and when you do update🙂

  48. May 16, 2009 9:03 pm

    I just subscribed to your posts and I find them absolutely stunning! And I also respect the fact that you are a teacher, because I have loved all of mine!
    You might have heard of Randy Pausch – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo
    The link is The Last Lecture, he gave at Carnegie Mellon University – before he passed away of a terminal illness a few months later. It surely inspires one to live life in a different perspective.

    me- welcome here🙂 thank you so much!🙂 delighted with those words:)
    I am so happy to hear that you had such teachers!🙂
    *touchwood*

    Would you believe that I have this video in two of my social networking sites?😀
    thank you so much for sharing it here…because to be honest I had forgotten about it🙂
    thank you so much:)

  49. June 7, 2009 12:23 am

    I loved this post girl. Am remembering all my teachers so much after reading this.
    Hard to find teachers like u today from what I have seen/heard.

    And, am glued to ur blog today; don’t hv track of time also😉
    me- thank you so much Swaram🙂
    I am so glad to read that you had teachers whom you remember so fondly now🙂
    😀 glued?
    I am flattered🙂

  50. Dev permalink
    January 7, 2010 4:15 am

    “Kids who are so different from each other. I have never seen two kids who are the same. each one of them is so unique, so special.”

    Kids are unique because the world hasnt corrupted them yet. Once they grow old, they mostly become assembly line ‘grown up’ men and women, indistinguishable from each other in their pathetic sameness.🙂
    Perhaps teachers like you are our last hope to undo that damage.🙂
    me- Once they grow old, they mostly become assembly line ‘grown up’ men and women, indistinguishable from each other in their pathetic sameness.🙂 you are right Dev ..its this cynical world and we in it who make them such carbon copies of each other and cynical to boot…
    dont know how good a job I am doing…but trying hard like so many people in this profession thats also a love…:)

  51. sunita permalink
    September 6, 2010 12:43 am

    Indyeah!! i just loved this article…touched home without a second doubt🙂 nothing gives me more happiness than to see my students still has that shine in their eyes whenever i meet them🙂 thank u for such a heartwarming article🙂
    me-Thank you for your words Sunita:) so glad to meet another learner who loves what she does:) God bless

  52. Param permalink
    December 8, 2010 3:48 pm

    hi..i am new to your blog, enjoyed reading this post of yours..we seriously need more teachers like you..feeling like shifting to delhi, so that my kids can have the pleasure of being taught my an amazing teacher like you:)god bless

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