(A story from my personal experience which was a turning point in my life)
“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher”.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Among the three central prominent members mentioned in the above quote from Dr. Kalam, I feel a teacher play the most significant role in shaping the future of children. Personally, I’ve had numerous teachers who meaningfully influence different stages of my life. However, I will specifically talk about Mrs. Aparna Sahay because she was the first one at my school time stage.
Everyone wants to excel in their life and so was I. In my 7th grade, Mrs. Aparna Sahay was my class as well as an English teacher. At that time, we used to have a monthly unit test for 20 marks and the score was ultimately added to decide the top 3 rank holder of the class. In five consecutive unit tests for English subject, I scored below average, which shattered the hope of becoming a rank holder in the class for the first time. I was very much anguished with my performance and started worrying more and more for scoring higher rather than putting hard work and rectifying my mistakes. That led to a further downgrade of my performance. Recognizing this, one day she called me to the staff room and made me realized why my performance was relegated and encouraged me to learn from the mistakes and put hard work in the right direction rather than unnecessary worrying for marks. That incident fueled the enthusiasm in me and as a result, for the first time, I received a medal for securing the 3rd rank in the class. This was a particular incident which personally benefitted me. However, she always used to take some time in the beginning of class to make us understand the importance of hard work, the value of curiosity in learning new things, the greediness for excellence, belief in yourself and much more which have faded in my memories. Those inspirational lessons had always pushed me to change and improve myself. She probably didn’t know at the time that, eventually, she ignited my higher education interests and my career.
Although it’s been very long talking to her, the filaments of time had persistently bound me to her through her lessons, her values, and her principles.