Garodian Alumni Times
From The Editor's Desk
I'm sure most of you have noticed that this issue of the newsletter looks different than the previous issues. This is because the PGGS Alumni Association has launched its website and all newsletters from now will be published on this website itself! You can read more about the website in the first article.
Next, we have the interview of an retired teacher as a part of our new section called 'A New Side to them.' In this issue, we speak to Mrs. Subhadra Rao.
After this, we have an article from Mrs. Bhakti Desai (Mirani) from the batch of 1994, on what it means to be a 'perfect' friend.
As always, our goal with this newsletter is to keep you informed of all the activities of the PGGS Alumni Association and to give you a platform to share your creative side with a community of your past peers. We have come a long way since we started but we still have a long way to go. If you have any thoughts or suggestions or contributions for the next issue, feel free to hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Happy Diwali & a very Happy New Year from the PGGS Alumni Committee!
Signing off for now,
Batch of 2019
Editor, Garodian Alumni Times
On the occasion of Founder's Day of our school, we, the P.G. Garodia School Alumni Association, have launched our official website!
This website will serve as a central hub for PGGS Alumni and help us stay connected to our alma mater in a better way.
Details of our events, newsletters, and more are on the website, so be sure to check it out!
A New Side To Them
This section is dedicate to reconnecting with some of the people that have nurtured our lives and shaped our being, our teachers. Here, we interview some of the teachers that have retired from our alma mater and get to know a new and more personal side to them. In this issue, we spoke with Mrs. Subhadra Rao, who taught Math & Physics to several of the older batches.
When did you start teaching and what did you teach?
I am from Karnataka. I was teaching in Karnataka, in Mysore. I was born and brought up in Mysore and then I taught High school students in Mysore for 7 Years, before my marriage. One year before that, I taught in middle school. Here, we need teachers to be able to reach in both Mediums, Kannada and English, to be selected. After my marriage, I moved to Mumbai. So, I taught for 7 years in Karnataka.
I left Karnataka in ‘78. After that, I immediately applied to Garodia School and was selected. Mahesh Garodia asked me to give a demonstration and I agreed. Since I was from Karnataka and used to teach in both mediums, I had no problem. The only problem was that my Hindi background was not good at all. That time, Nishant was in 9th standard and I gave a lecture in his class itself. I was asked to teach Math, and I remember that I discussed ‘Simultaneous Equations.’
I was not nervous at all because I had already been teaching in Karnataka, but these students from Mumbai were very smart and wanted to trouble me as I was the ‘new teacher.’ But being an experienced teacher, I had no fear at all. When they started asking many irrelevant questions, I asked this one girl to solve a simultaneous equation on the board. She got so nervous because she couldn’t solve it.
After that, I got my appointment letter on the same day and started working at P. G Garodia.
We know that teaching is one of the most underappreciated jobs in the world. So, what pushed you to take it up instead of any other profession that you could do with your qualifications?
I don’t agree with you there because the way some people, especially in Maharashtra, respect teachers so much, whether you teach their children or not. I used to meet so many people on the local train and when they came to know I was a teacher, they showed me so much respect that it made me happy to take up this profession. Anyway, I was a sportswoman, I represented the Karnataka State for 6 years in athletics & Kho-Kho so I was bold enough to face anything in the classroom.
What made you apply to P. G. Garodia School in the first and what kept you here? What was your first day like? And what was the first-class you taught?
I was very happy to work in P G Garodia English High School. The school was very close to my residence Nandadeep, just about 7 minutes walking distance. I had not applied for a job anywhere else, so when I was selected, I was very happy. I don’t know, the 1st class as I said was the demo class, then they gave me classes 5, 6 & 7, but in 2 years I was promoted to teach classes 8 & 9.
Throughout the years, there must have been a lot of changes in the school, but I think what happened in the last two years must have been the most drastic and sudden. So how did it impact you and your teaching style?
I have not retired, I had some misunderstanding with the then Principal – Mrs Sonia, as I helped my colleague Mrs Nair because her father has passed away. I had to take up her paper checking bundle since I was the Head of the Department. This Mrs Sonia didn’t like. The last 2 years of my job were not very happy, so I left the school
I don’t appreciate these online classes because I felt that both the teachers & the children are disturbed. Going to school & learning is very different from online classes since the students are not exposed very well. Discipline is a big problem.
Over the years, you must have formed an image of how your last day would be. So how was it different from what happened?
Life is not full of roses, we have to face whatever life gives, whether we like it or not. Everything is written in fate. My husband was from Bombay, but after taking VRS, we moved to Karnataka for my daughter. Unfortunately, I lost him & I am living here alone, taking care of home & myself, staying busy with social activities, temple & bhajans. Life is going on. Have faith in God.
My last days with school with children had been wonderful. With the students, I was happy and had contact with them. The other side of it- the politics I have already forgotten. Even now I say I am happy that I worked for P. G. Garodia School. The students were really good.
What do you remember most vividly in all your years of teaching?
What do you want me to say? I was happy teaching. I took up the profession because I was concentrating more on sports, I didn’t want to go somewhere else. Teaching, mixing with the children, mixing with all different people from across India, especially teachers who were mainly from Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu. It was good.
According to you, how different are you comparing your first day at school to your last day? If you were to do something differently, what would it be?
I use to give tuitions to students of other schools- Fatima, Vidya Bhavan. I wanted to continue the same afterwards, but couldn’t since I have now shifted to Karnataka.
For the past several years of your life, teaching must have been a major part of your life. Now that you are retired, what do you spend your time doing?
I am not teaching. I didn’t want to take up tuitions here in Karnataka. But I loved teaching my grandchildren. They have learned addition and subtraction from me. So I am happy. They are now in America.
- Taken by Aekta Doshi, Batch of 1992
A Perfect Friend
The most common wish within most of us is to be perfect. While being 'perfect’ is a good thing, we need to realize how much we need to change ourselves to gain perfection. While in school, we thought the coolest guy or girl around us was the most perfect among us. Most of us have tried to fit in that group or tried to befriend that person. For that, we always try to change ourselves according to that group or that person. Not only do we lose our individuality in the course of doing that, but try to portray ourselves as artificially perfect. This is not required as all individuals are perfect in their manner. Society is becoming more artificial than genuine. We need to recognize and value our true friends.
We have continued the same habit till now. Today we are trying to be friends or come closer to a higher socialite or more influential person. We are trying to copy them and think we are perfect. But is this race for perfection changing us for the better?
The irony is that most of the time, we are not changing ourselves for the better but just to ‘fit in’. While changing ourselves according to a perfect friend many a time we have lost touch with so many people who could have been our true friends and not just ’perfect’ friends. Friends are those who accept us with our imperfections and never expect us to be perfect. In every corner of our lives, we need friends who just hear us out which is the most important thing in today’s world. Most of the time, we don’t need solutions but we just need a friend who holds our hand and stays by us through our ups and downs. This can come only from a ‘true friend.
Recently, we all have gone through a very difficult situation, where we realized that having a handful of true friends is better than having hundreds of friends on social media platforms. So the question is our perfect friend the true friend? Blessed are those who have True school friends as their Best Friend For Life rather than 'perfect' friend!
Don’t lose a True friend
In search of a Perfect friend
Perfection is a fantasy,
But ‘Truth’ is reality…
- Bhakti Desai (Mirani), Batch of 1994
Remembering Some Blessed Lives
Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy. We send our most heartfelt condolences to the families of the dearly departed.
Mr Prashant Maheshwari
Batch of 1988
Mrs Mahalaxmi Naidu
Mr Thomas Abraham
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Editor: Siddhant Shah, Batch of 2019
Co - editor: Aekta Doshi, Batch of 1992
Ishwar Nankani, Batch of 1983
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