M.D Dinesh Nair

(Thrissur/Vijayawada)

ON THIS TEACHERS` DAY I SALUTE YOU MY STAR TEACHERS...


SEPTEMBER 5 is celebrated in India as TEACHERS`DAY and the celebration is done on the day which is the BIRTH DAY of Late Dr SARVEPALLI RADHAKRISHNAN [THE SECOND PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDIA]who was a great teacher.

On this September 5 I am paying tribute to 6 of my STAR TEACHERS whom I have ever loved, respected and of whom I have ever been proud as they were and are my great teachers of all times.


MY FIRST STAR

She was all smiles from morning till evening
With a slightly concave frame and curly hair
She was like a guardian in the class
With no stick in hand and we all loved her.
She was perhaps very beautiful too
But I was too young and innocent to see such things!
She taught us English and Geography and
I still remember the big sun and small earth
She drew on the black board
With the smaller moon trapped between the two,
An eclipse explained but for me it was a sketch of beauty.
She was our Lakshmikutty teacher the most beloved
And I pay tribute to her sweet memory on this day.

MY SECOND STAR

He had huge spectacles with thick frame
And he often came into the class like a lightning
As he never wanted to be late by even a minute.
He spoke and spoke in Hindi even as we stared at him,
He taught with care and never fought with hard words
He knew almost every word in Hindi, I bet
But his Hindi was like Greek to Shakespeare.
He was ever merciful to me and my Hindi
And he stood by me when I read the stanzas
Of the day`s poem with unease
And corrected me in almost every line I read.
And he left us to chat among ourselves
Just before the bell
[During the last five minutes Salim Raj and Santhosh my naughty friends would whisper into my ears a lot of mischief about Lucy and Beena who had red lips and chubby cheeks and they sat far from us on their left benches]
He was SP sir whom we looked at with awe
I salute his memory on this great day.

MY THIRD STAR

He was the epitome of learning
His mouth spoke sweet Malayalam
And his heart radiated immense care and concern.
He would come near me and comment on my uncombed hair,
Then he would smile at my face,
Oh what a smile it was!
He used to ask me to read aloud each day`s part
And I still remember how I barked at the text book
As the girls sat closing their ears with both the hands.
When he left the class, we felt like a moon moving out!
He was Cherian sir our beloved teacher clad in white and white ever
I salute him on this great day with my eyes cast on the sky.

MY FOURTH STAR

There was a handsome prince in blue or pink
Who used to storm our brains with his great memory power,
Our Haridas sir, a man pampered by his father
He would teach us how to solve half a dozen problems
In a class in the backdrop of silence all within
And he would never touch a text book before us,
He would tell jokes immortal and we would laugh to no end.
Many a time I saw him smoking alone and
I wondered why he should discolour his red lips
Our timid Lalitha madam often ogled at him
And it was how to begin her romance she thought.
But he, the prince would never look back at her, I bet.
I salute him on this great day of his breed.

MY FIFTH STAR

He sat like a lion on the brown coloured chair
And taught us ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Arms and The Man’.
He sympathized with Viola and stood by reason
And his English flowed like sweet melody recited by a singer.
He would be absent once in a month
And we would look at the man in substitution
With disinterest cast on our faces and minds alike.
He used to be a socialist within
And that made him dearer to me outside the class room
When my SFI* comrades called me out
He would nod at me and I could go out.
He is Varghese sir whom I salute today.

MY SIXTH STAR

He had an oval face and a huge belly,
His English was American all throughout.
How terrific his classes were!
That accent, that modulation and those Alaskan tales!
All were a great experience to us all
His reading into Emily Dickinson`s death poems
Was beyond what one could expect from
A Professor of his times or these times.
When he taught the Principal would pass by our class room
With a smile transcending his cloak of white fabric.
We once saw his German Shepherd sitting by him
And both of them looked like two halves of a huge lion.
He was Edmund Peters and
I salute him with my eyes cast upwards on this day.

MY POEM HUNTER STARS WHO ARE TEACHERS ELSEWHERE

You are all the torch bearers of knowledge and wisdom
And you are all to feel proud of being TEACHERS
I salute you all on this day the 5th of September,2013.

Submitted: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Edited: Thursday, September 05, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

MY STAR TEACHERS WERE/ARE:

1.Ms Lakshmikutty- Our class teacher in the 3rd class at St Anne`s School, Kurianad, Kottayam
2.SP sir- Hindi teacher in the 6th class at Sree Krishna High School, Kurichithanam, Kottayam.
3.Cherian sir- Malayalam teacher in 10th class at TPSHS, Trikkur,
4.Haridas sir- Lecturer in Accountancy sir in the pre-degree class at Keats College, Alagappanagar, Thrissur.
5.Varghese sir– Lecturer in English in the B.A Class at St Thomas` College, Thrissur.
6.Edmund Peters– Professor of American Literature in the M.A Class at St Thomas`College.

A LITTLE MORE:

S.F.I* is a Student Organisation in India with strong campus units all across Kerala and West Bengal.

Comments about this poem (ON THIS TEACHERS` DAY I SALUTE YOU MY STAR TEACHERS... by M.D Dinesh Nair )

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  • Neela Nath (9/12/2013 7:45:00 AM)

    Wonderful tribute to your Teachers.You sketched them with every detail.Loved. (Report) Reply

  • Tajudeen Shah (9/11/2013 10:34:00 PM)

    Dear Dineshji
    Wonderful, enjoyed reading those good academic memories of your good self. I wonder how many of us are lucky to remain in such reverence and love among our students today! Time runs stately with such memories remain shining on our soul's crest. Cheers. (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (9/11/2013 9:58:00 AM)

    What wonderful teachers you had so interesting and unique in their way of teaching. They are beautifully presented with their richness of character and dedication to teaching!
    Beautiful write! (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (9/6/2013 12:22:00 AM)

    Beautiful tribute to lovely teachers...
    Let me wish you Happy Teachers Day! . I always believe knowledge is power and passing on this knowledge is really something great which no words can describe..
    Dear Sir, I respect you and the knowledge in you..God Bless you to keep on spreading this light to millions. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (9/5/2013 8:13:00 AM)

    Thank you Chandra madam, Valsa Madam and Kavya for your sweet/kind comments. Valsa Madam, your poem on the occasion is also very good. (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (9/5/2013 3:46:00 AM)

    A wonderful tribute Sir to all your teachers, ....greatest part is u still remember and recall the lessons and teachings imparted by these teachers..........i would wish if u get a chance to meet or communicate with any of them and share this lovely poem.....they would be highly overwhelmed to read this, i bet! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (9/4/2013 8:42:00 PM)

    Great pen portaits by a poet student who himself has grown into a great teacher! All his teachers are etched deep in his memory, and on this day, he profusely expresses his sentiments of gratitude and indebtedness in flowing verse and heartfelt feelings!

    Dinesh, this has helped us remember our great teachers! Wish you and all other teachers on poem hunter a great Teacher's Day! (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (9/4/2013 11:02:00 AM)

    Thank you Shahzia for taking a lot of time to write such a long and sweet comment. I have tried to be as honest as possible in writing the account of the kind.As you are also a teacher I wish you too A HAPPY TEACHERS DAY. Thank you.. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (9/4/2013 10:17:00 AM)

    The great tribute that we can offer to our teachers is in the form of our feelings of gratitude, and this your Star Poem is the perfect example of this feeling...the poem is highly an enjoyable and readable experience, as each star offers an art of character delineation and the pen-portraits of those great teachers...

    the fab. lines from each Star:
    Star one:

    She taught us English and Geography and
    I still remember the big sun and small earth
    She drew on the black board
    With the smaller moon trapped between the two.

    Star two:

    He knew almost every word in Hindi, I bet
    But his Hindi was like Greek to Shakespeare.
    He was ever merciful to me and my Hindi
    And he stood by me when I read the stanzas
    Of the day`s poem with unease
    And corrected me in almost every line I read.

    and...the parenthetical add, of course!

    Star three:

    Then he would smile at my face,
    Oh what a smile it was!

    Star four:
    There was a handsome prince in blue or pink
    Who used to storm our brains with his great memory power,

    and, ref to lalitha ma'am is the additional color...

    Star five:

    He would be absent once in a month
    And we would look at the man in substitution
    With disinterest cast on our faces and minds alike.

    Star six:

    His reading into Emily Dickinson`s death poems
    Was beyond what one could expect from
    A Professor of his times or these times.
    When he taught the Principal would pass by our class room
    With a smile transcending his cloak of white fabric.

    and
    Poemhunter Stars:

    Kindly accept my greetings too...Happy Teachers' Day...
    This poem is a wonderful celebration of the great day, and the teachers who teach young children should not take their students light as they can be one who might compose such a wonder poem for their teachers one day, like you have done...thank you so much for writing this special poem. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (9/4/2013 9:24:00 AM)

    Thank you Tirupathi Chandrupatla for your greetings. I want to join you in remembering your father. (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (9/4/2013 9:15:00 AM)

    Happy Teachers' Day. Thank you, I also share some of your compliments as a teacher. Beautiful tribute to six memorable teachers. May their tribe increase. In the sixth star section please refer to the great poetess as Emily Dickinson. Through your poem I remember my great teachers which includes my father as top among them. Thank you Dinesh. (Report) Reply

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