Amman - Jordan
Amman - Jordan
For a child, the alma mater is the second home. At that stage of life you are so fascinated by the aura around the school especially your teachers(you think they are next to god)that you feel nothing is better than to be a teacher. I grew up with the same desire.Every childhood vacation was spent playing a teacher(draped in mummy's sarees and making a nice hair do)with friends and cousins. After completing my post graduation in English the first thing i did was to apply for a teaching job. In no time I got it. Though at that time the teachers were not paid much but that did not make much of a difference. The thing that mattered the most was the experience i gained.
The teaching career did not last long as I opted for marriage sacrificing my MPhil and a good working opportunuity in UNICEF.
After a brief span I thought of giving a second chance to the first love of my life - teaching. This was a lifetime experience which enhanced my teaching skills tremendously. Due to some upheavals in life I became more close to humanity - I started feeling the problems of others as my own - I wanted to probe into them and do something beneficial. I took up some projects on family welfare. While working in the villages of Uttar Pradesh,I came in close contact with women folk. I realised that they really need to be empowered - financially first. Along with my team, I set up a small scale industry for them, where they made daily nibbles and we marketed for them. We formed many self help groups for women also where they were able to look after themselves and their needs.
Back in chandigarh,India, I did a project on female foeticide. What a pathetic life a woman led who was not able to bear a male child .What all she was made to undergo just to bear a male child and how ruthlessly the female foetus was aborted - thinking about it still gives me goose pimples.
Twenty five years of my life, I gave to teaching children of different levels - yes, I counselled them at each and every step and also their parents . Each student of mine has a special place in my heart - all I want is best for them in life and it gives me immense happiness when I see them well settled.
Now I feel I should give more time to the cause of women - work for some more social causes as it acts as a balm - a soother for the upheaveled heart.