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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Freedom of Unbiased Thought Process & Expression

This is a very funny memory which makes me and the people around me to laugh on and on.....This happened when I was studying in 2nd std in Govt.Aided Lower Primary School in Kerala. My class teacher used to send my classmate to get tea from his father's shop nearby during our second period every day. Seeing this I too had a desire to drink tea and one day I got money from home ( the tea costed 10 paise ) and gave this chap and asked him to bring one tea for me too.....Seeing another tea cup ( Steel tumbler and a cup under it) a surprised teacher asked him, whom did he bring it for...? The innocent chap told that he brought it for Padmanabhan....!!! First the teacher burst into laughter and then he scolded me saying that students are not allowed to drink tea inside the class room....!! He allowed me to drink tea saying that it is only one time excuse....!!!!

That day evening, the teacher came all the way to my house for the dinner to meet my dad and they were laughing, citing my mischief.....I was literally embarassed at this sight and my dad called me and told softly that whatever I had done was wrong, because it will tempt others to do it and the discipline of the class will be affected. Immediately I had an answer ready with me...' I got tempted because teacher was drinking in front of us...' . Teacher and dad went into another series of laughter and in the end he told that he had learnt a great lesson from me and next day onwards he stopped drinking tea inside the class room.

I still say this example at all the orientation classes, I had taken for teachers across the country during my social development projects. I owe my dad a lot for the freedom of thought process, he induced inside us and the freedom to respond to anything, even if it is done by him and he used to remind us no one is unquestionable in this world....including U and me!!

Note: I dedicate this post to that innocent friend who used to bring tea for the teacher, who went on in his life to become a "Chenda" artist (A traditional musical instrument of Kerala) and left all of us due to an unprecedented heart failure during a performance at Sabarimala Temple in the laps of Lord Ayyappa.