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A verse for one of my "maash"!
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As I post this my thoughts are with a person who was (still is)  like a guru to me. Or should I say is my guru. He was a mentor and a wonderful guiding force. For some reason, I somehow lost all contacts with him. The last time I emailed or heard from him was when I invited him for my wedding. I post this poem thanking him for being a great teacher. He is Ravi, a corporate trainer. I called him Ravi maash (as that is how i used to address him. maash is the malayalam word for a male teacher).

A small verse  from one of my poems I wrote long back. It was titled as "NEP- Never Ending Poem". The plan was to write it as long as possible on a topic as generic as: Life. Anyways, I am not too keen on posting the poem that I have written so far as I think it is still incomplete and the end for it has a long way to go. This is just a small part of that poem. Part of the poem had verses penned by my teacher, this sir. Of course, the verse posted here is from my part.

I had planned on writing a post this Teacher's day. However, as always I had stopped my writing half-way through and hence, the writing sits on my drafts. That is when I realized I had written a paragraph dedicating to this person and thanking him for being a wonderful teacher.  He is a multifaceted person who was also a trainer by profession. He was talented in music, debating, speeches, writing great ad copy. He has experience in training, advertising and management. Always with a positive outlook and spirit in life, he has been responsible in teaching me many valuable things that I still remember every time I work or look at a problem. There are only a few people in life whom you will respect and learn from and he was one such person. He introduced my writing abilities to a music director, who had initially only known me for my music. That gave me my first break and chance to write an ad jingle for which this composer was composing music. When his friend (a director and DOP who made short films and documentaries) needed someone to write a script for a documentary, he gave me a chance to try my hand at it. It was for a documentary on information technology and differently-abled (Blind NGO story).  Even though that did not go really well and I was not of much use for them (except partially) the knowledge and experience I gained from this interaction was and is great.

If I were to think of a teacher I respect and equate that person to be wonderful teacher and human being, it has always been and will be my DAD. Ravi maash changed that and made me appreciate and respect him just the way I respected my dad.  Of course, with my higher ed here in the US, i have now met many more wonderful professors (specifically my advisor).

Anyways, I thought that even if I missed writing a Teacher's Day wish, it is better to be late than never, so here is my special thanks to this great man who has been a wonderful trainer. Wherever he is now, I wish him and his family a wonderful time!

This post is for Ravi maash.

Gratitude is the soul of a life, truly lived
Belief is the lantern that treads one safe,
With a pillar as faith that can shape us right!
These are the ones, which sail us through
The waves of life, 
where the tides of shark lurch towards us, 
making us shiver in fright.
The three good ways will show us our path
To come out of the waves, unhurt and brave! 
-Copyright © 2013 Meena Arvind 

See you all tomorrow!


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