Saturday, September 5, 2009

Teachers : Aaj Kal

This post has been published by me on the occasion of the Teachers' Day as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 2; the second edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.



Teachers are like bollywood movies. Its tough to find a perfect blend; as in bollywood movies, we need a miracle to have a good plot, good direction, good drama and good acting. What does one need in a teacher? Yes! you are right - we need a perfect bollywood movie in a teacher - good direction, acting, plot and a bit of drama to make it interesting.
Today teaching has become a mere means of earning rather than the urge and craving to teach. The long bell-bottoms(which were also called elephantas) replacing the tender sharp and narrow ones, big framed retro glass structures replacing slim plastic frameless glasses on the eyes,- these are not the only things that have changed from 70's teachers to todays' ones.
Teaching I feel is in the sideburns, with them disappearing so did the quality of teaching from 70s to the 90s. But its not that there are no good teachers today, the thing is we have lost good students too. Students choose to learn things themselves these days rather than climibing the college stairs for lectures. This is a vicious circle - lack of student interest leads to degrade in quality profs and lack of quality profs leading to a degeneration in the student interest.
Its funny that everyone hates teachers in their childhood but dont realize how they mold them into the person they are today. Ironically these are the worlds that can be derived from the letters of "teacher"
ache
heat
react
hate
retch
tear

But more importantly there is this vital other set too :)

reteach
reach
act
and the most imp one! -- heart

A good teacher is like a drop of mercury falling on the floor, no mathematical model or statistician can simulate how many and what forms the droplet will take once they land on the floor. Same is for the teacher whose pupils spread through out the world in different forms and take the learnings with them. Somewhere inside these students have a part of the teacher in them be it the teachers of 'kaal'(yesterday) or 'aaj ke'(todays) teachers.


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The fellow Blog-a-Tonics who took part in this Blog-a-Ton are Vipul, Rajalakshmi, Dhiman, Ranee[1], [2], [3] , Avada, Indian Pundit, Sojo, Aneet, Pramathesh, Aativas, Sid, Pra, Lakshmi, Govind, Shilpa, Bharathi, Shankar, Mytuppence, Azad, Pawan, Pankaja, Saimanohar, Guria, Shruti, Vishnu and Nasrajan. Click on their respective names to read their posts on Teachers : Aaj Kal. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.

27 comments:

  1. "Teachers are like bollywood movies." A catchy way to start off :)

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  2. "A good teacher is like a drop of mercury.." nice analogy :) read my post on this topic too

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  3. Being a teacher myself, I adored the way the post flowed. Similies, metaphors and analogies come to you like KRAZZY.

    Reading your post, I feel great to have been a teacher.

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  4. That was a different take I mean teachers should be like bollywood movies .... liked it ...

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  5. nice start you gave. I like "Its funny that everyone hates teachers in their childhood but dont realize how they mold them into the person they are today"

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  6. I must say, nice word play there lending to a syllogism!

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  7. Great post.

    Amazing word play.

    Cheers and check out my post.

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  8. This is a first...I mean comparing Teachers and Bollywood movies!!

    A very interesting post...and The 'Teacher" words in a word is just commendable! :)

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  9. Your post is totally and absolutely different!comparing teachers and Bollywood films :-) then making all good and bad words from the word teacher...And above all "teacher is like a drop of mercury"! I like that bit very much!

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  10. hey ajinkya, you know what?
    Even God came to me and told about your participation in Blog-a-ton and without my indulgence,the mouse clicked on your post! Isn't that interesting?

    Well coming to your attempt, ahhh!! Comparing teachers and bollywood!! Height of creativity! I liked the words derived from the teacher!!

    You are good at playing with words i guess!! Played..errr...wrote well!!

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  11. ""we need a perfect bollywood movie in a teacher - good direction, acting, plot and a bit of drama to make it interesting.""

    Hahahahaha..........thats downright hilarious.

    Great post.

    Beautiful.

    Cheers and had fun reading it.

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  12. I like the percussions of your mind, Ajinkya--you write to your own drummer and your'taals' are all your own!
    Love your analogies--especially the really visual ones like the "sideburn" and especially the oh-so-true "mercury droplets"

    Ranee

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  13. Thank you Sojo, evanescent for your first comments !

    @Susan- gee, I didnt know you are a teacher.. am scared now.

    @Dhiman, Indian Pundit - I am glad you guys liked it .. fell free to criticize on the other posts too ;)

    @ Sid, Bharathi - Relieved you found it funny!

    @Shruti - thats too sweet of you :)

    @Ranee - You are a good writer.. honored to hear these words form you!

    @Pra, Aneet - Thanku for your comments. Do visit again.

    @Shilpa - Glad you found it interesting !

    @Kirti ;)

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  14. hey an amzing piece though i need to tell you that the extracting of words you did is known as lexigrammng (a concept bt linda goodman) and the words wich one gets out of a word are considered to be the true nature of the expression so i just lurve it and kudos to an amazing and most importantly an interesting effort

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  15. Nice one buddy.. Nice analogy between bollywood and teaching:)
    But a very apt conclusion there!
    Kudos:)

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  16. @Richa Thank you for the info! Glad you found it interesting atleast ;) (kidding)

    @Vipul Thanks man! But no where near the apt comparison by your dad!

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  17. A good teacher is like a drop of mercury falling on the floor, no mathematical model or statistician can simulate how many and what forms the droplet will take once they land on the floor.
    great one very well written post

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  18. Ajya, I think its time for you to leave sucking IT & join the crew of Chetan Bhagat , Rashmi Bansal etc.

    I liked the idea of comparing a Teacher with a Bollywood movie. :)

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  19. @scratchyoursoul - Thanks you for your kind words :)

    @ Himanshu - From when have you started cracking such wonderful jokes ?! :)

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  20. hii Ajinkya
    nie blog :)

    yup! i agree, teaching used to be a sacred profession once uopn a time ...not now.. btw i had also written a post on teachers day.. plz check it out :)
    http://hummingwords.blogspot.com/2009/09/happy-teachers-day.html

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