Right from my childhood, I’ve always dreamt of becoming a teacher by profession. I’ve always had the feeling that moving around with young brains always makes me feel young too. I could even relate my younger kid Karthik being more active when compared to my calm elder one Vignesh, to the fact that I was working at SRM Engineering College for the entire term I was pregnant. I used to always be among the cheerful students and that had a very positive impact on the baby inside me too! Coming to the point of writing this particular blog is that, during the past one week, I suddenly came across three or four students to whom I’ve taken classes at SRM almost some 8 to 10 years back. The other day, after having a tough time to go all the way upto Maduranthagam(around 130 kms up and down from Chennai) for a wedding, me and two of my friends were dining at Vasantha Bhavan, Tambaram. A guy was glaring at me for quite some time, and suddenly he came and wished me and started talking fluently about those days at SRM where I had taken him First Year Maths classes. I was very happy to meet and was quite moved too, when he spoke about those days at college. Two days later, something similar happened while I was traveling by train to Tambaram. I met a girl who did B.Arch at SRM. Generally, teaching Maths to Architecture students had always been a nightmare as they were mostly weak in that subject. This particular batch I took it as a challenge to bring them up and had done innumerable extra classes. This girl called Ramya Moorthy started talking about those days, where even their lunch period was not spared by me. But the hard work that we all had put then paid us all very well, and that batch was one of the best batches to have very good results in Maths. It had been very heartening to meet my old students…I love my profession!!
ஸ்ரீவித்யா தன் கணவர் ரவி, இரு குழந்தைகள் – அஞ்சலி, ஆகாஷ், மற்றும், ரவியின் பெற்றோருடன் கனடாவிலிருந்து பிப்ரவரி 1ம் தேதி வந்தாள். அவள் வந்ததிலிருந்தே, எனக்கும், விஜிக்கும், எப்போ அவளைப் பார்ப்போம், என்றிருந்தது. பிறகு, இரு முறை பார்த்தோம். எங்கள் கல்லூரித் தோழிகளிடம் ஸ்ரீவித்யா வந்திருப்பதாய் நான் கூறியதால், அவர்களும் ஸ்ரீவித்யாவைப் பார்க்க வேண்டும் என்று விழைந்ததால், ஸ்ப்லென்டிட் சவென் (Splendid Seven) என்ற எங்கள் கல்லூரி காலத் தோழிகள் அனைவரும் நேற்று மதியம், தி.நகரில் உள்ள “மன்ஸுக்ஸ்” என்ற உணவகத்தில்,மதிய உணவிற்காக சந்திக்கலாம் என்று முடிவு செய்தோம். விஜியிடமும், இதைப் பற்றிக் கூறியிருந்ததால் அவளும் அலுவலகத்திலிருந்து, மதிய உணவு இடைவேளைக்காக, வந்து சேர்ந்தாள். ஏழு பேரில், நான்கு பேரால் மட்டுமே வர முடிந்தது. நான், ஸ்ரீவி, லக்ஷ்மி மற்றும் சுமதி ஆகியோர், விஜியுடன் சேர்ந்து, ஐவரும் சுமார் ஒரு மணி நேரம் ஒன்றாகக் கழித்தோம். அனைவரின் வாழ்க்கையைப் பற்றி, எங்களின் கல்லூரி காலத்தைப் பற்றி, என்று பல விஷயங்கள் பேசினோம். மிக அருமையாய், அலுவலக நாளாக இருந்தும், நாங்கள் அவ்வாறு சந்தித்தது, எங்களனைவருக்கும், திருப்தியாய் இருந்தது.
அந்த சந்திப்பை முடித்து வெளியே வந்த போது, நானும், விஜியும் முடிவெடுத்தது, சந்தர்ப்பம் கிடைக்கும் போதெல்லாம் சந்திக்க வேண்டும், அல்லது, சந்திக்க சந்தர்ப்பம் ஏற்படுத்திக் கொள்ள வேண்டும் என்று….
Way back in 1992, I joined S.D.N.B.Vaishnav College, Chromepet for a three year degree course in Statistics. The first two years, I was very sincere, not very playful, but I never used to top my class. That made a big scar in my heart. I vowed not to touch any of my academic related books during my Final year of the B.Sc. Statistics course. I also told my parents about the same. They kept quiet as they ever were regarding my studies. I also joined a new gang, leaving behind my previous Padipps gang. The new gang, had six members, Gayathri, Lakshmi, Srivi, Geetha, Sumathi and Poonam. All of them were fun loving. Both Gayathri and Lakshmi, to some extent, were studious. Srivi was more interested in Computers, and was already pursuing a course with NIIT. She always dreamt about her software career. The other three were not too attached about studies, but were of the mediocre type. We all got together very well, and our gang got a name “Splendid Seven” among the students as well as the Staff members of our Department. Ironically, that year, inspite of my reluctance to spend time on studying and preparing for my exams, I topped the class in all the subjects.
But, the way we enjoyed our final year still remains fresh in my heart. Wherever an inter-college competition was announced, our team was there. Be it Dumb charades, quiz, Sloka recitation, sports, pot pourri, we were there. Our gang was well known among the Top dumb charades teams in the city. We also had the honour of winning the Madras Round Table Dumb Charades competition wherein around 150 city teams participated. There was a huge prize amount of Rs.10,000 for the winning team. I still remember that day, when we carried the winning shield in the bus and the train that we travelled. My mother made a small silver plate out of my share of money.
I really miss you all my dear friends. Now, that all the seven of us are settled, with family and kids, we don’t even find time to speak to each other over phone or otherwise.
Those days were really carefree and wonderful……….