I distinctly remember the day when some senior students would try their best to teach us. For this day teachers in our school weren’t supposed to take any classes. I never realized the importance of the day when I was in school. It was just a day, when I could have some fun and a day quite different from the usual day having 7-8 classes.
Things are different now. I am in college and sometimes I miss that student-teacher relationship. A teacher who is bothered about your performance, who would scold you when you wouldn’t perform well, would call your parents on the Parents teachers’ meeting usually abbreviated as PTM and discuss who you could have performed better if you change your seat. It is not that we don’t have teachers in IIT Delhi (we aren’t that luck anyway) but we have professors. I took a long time adjusting and responding to the change. Professors are indeed your teachers, but in my college due to large size of the class you would never receive the kind of personal attention that you might have received in your school.
So, in the college we have our seniors. I am particularly lucky to have mentors like Saurabh Gupta and Nitesh Mor (they are now in Berkeley doing ther PhD). Maybe it is the selfish me who would miss them for all their advices and the help. I used to call them sir because of the kind of culture that we have in IIT specially in our first year, but they were like bade bhai to me whose advises mattered a lot to me. (I don’t have any elder brother, but my younger brother is really really lucky to have one. I am quite jealous of him because of the kind of bada bhai he has.)
Coming back to teachers, I would really like to acknowledge my class teachers in tenth and twelfth grade. Mrs. Savitri was my class teacher who used to teach us sanskrit when I was in my tenth class. I cannot forget the kind of encouragement and the attention that she blessed me with when I was a student. I have never met her after my tenth class. Perhaps I got busy, perhaps I didn’t care. Shayamla Mam as I used to call her, was my class teacher in my twelfth class. The subject she used to teach me is kind of irrelevant because I was never interested in my school classes. At that time I was preparing for JEE and particularly used to miss classes (Physics and English were among the most frequently missed ones). But the encouragement and moral support that she used to shower on me is really commendable and something that neither I can forget and nor I would be able to acknowledge in my life.
After this boring description of the wonderful teachers and mentors I was lucky enough to have, I would like to share with you an idea and another sister of The Lazy Us sites.
Fundae by us, for us. Like all our sites it is going to be a community blog so all of you are invited to join the site as an author and share fundae that you have. Please email us at email@example.com for more details. Fundae can be your views about things that can be helpful for some others, your experiences with heinous exams like JEE or say Physics Olympiads. Your encounter with tyrannous interviewers, and things that you would probably like to advise people who are going to apply for them soon in the future.
I hope you will shower the same affection and love that you have showered on The Lazy Us. I can now see our vision of building a community model where people would share their views, manage technical mess that the blog needs and be a part of editorial team to improve upon the overall quality of the blog without looking and asking for incentives, coming to a reality. If you have any idea for a new sister site you can write to us, we would love to work with people who want to make things big, really big.