The other day Sunil Dutt ,Jvr & I were at a breakfast meeting , when we briefly talked about the great significance teachers have had on our lives .This set me off as I ran through in my mind the teahers of our school days .I am aware that age is catching up on me , and putting together names and faces is getting more difficult than in the days gone by. So thought I’d run through all the well know personnae of the past teachers from school .Any one who comes immediately to mind .
So here goes :
Rev Father Whyte , that great teacher and administrator who was the Principal of St Mary’s school during my time , the time of my brothers and for several years later .He was prone to use the cane and give " benders" to hapless students who deserved it, but he had a heart of gold .He was instrumental in building a commonly held set of values typical of most St Maryian’s of that era.Unfortunately he took to "the bottle" as did many other old teachers and went on the decline .Many years later we heard he had passed away in Ireland.
Then there was Edmonds , the English teacher with a military bearing and a booming voice .He was generally entrusted with the responsibility of conducting all the sports and major events in the company .Besides English he also took our Shakspeare classes where we studied Julius Caesar .He really dramatized this very well and made Julius Caesar a personal favourite of mine .He was strict and generaaly there was pin drop silence in his classes .
Cohello , was our maths teacher in the senior classes .He firmly believed that there was no point in teaching students who had no intrinsic interest in maths .He there fore mearly asked us to read the text and answer the excercises on our own .He did how ever take interest in the students who where potentially good and even offered special coaching classs at no fee .He was a believe in mental maths and got us to learn the "tables" by heart so that we could do most of the calculations quickly and mentally .He finally would had over a set of 200 odd worked out sums to the class , which he guaranteed would lead to creditable passes for all who studied them .He dislike sports and believed there was too much flamboyance in sports .He said too much was made of people who ran 100 mtrs !! He really gave a tough time to competitors when he was the track and field judge for any event .
Then there was Bernard Mathews , also an English teacher and custordian of the library .He was very helpfull to those looking for good reading material and regular borrowers from the library.Mathews was a taciturn man and hardly ever smiled .He did though from time to time ,a small ackward little smile , almost a grimace . He had a very dapper look much like Hercule Poirot .
Marshallah was the Hindi teacher .Emmanuel , the Geography teacher who did bring life into a drab subject like geography.D’Cruz was the macho "cowboy " who taught maths and a few other subjects in the junior classes .He has a reputation for terrorizing his class and generally lived up to that reputation. Paul Raj was a late entrant as a teacher who took us through the Science courses.He was the first of the teachers who did not belong to the old school of St Mary’s teachers .Mrs Mosses was one of the few lady teachers of the Junior classes .
I’m going to ask Srini and Cedric if they can also contribute .I’m sure they will add interesting perspectives to wat I’ve already covered .