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The Chronicles of a Class

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… or how we got our Nine days of Fame, thanks to Deccan Chronicle 😀

I know. Sigh. Trust me to get all cheesy, even about something as wonderful as getting appreciation, state-wide, well actually Nationally and Internationally when you think of the number of readers we reached out to, via shares on Facebook. That’s why I laud the social networking sites, while I still fight the engaging way they never let you go.

Cris, the awesome writer of this article, made such succinct beautiful sense of a rather long and garbled out-of-focus rambling, in answer to some wonderful questions she asked, during our ‘interview’. I must thank her for her patience and for her ability to sift through all of the rambling and come up with the required 250 words. And what do I say of Harish R Varma, the instigator of the interview, and therefore the write? Certainly creating and taking forward the creating of Happy Days for as many people as he could 🙂

(Click on pictures to enlarge and see in full resolution – as full as can be 🙂 )

 

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(The above was written in here, on 11 July, just before the World Cup came to its fantastic close 🙂 – and here I am, on 19 July, catching up with the many things that have happened since )

The Article, published in The Deccan Chronicle, on 3 July, 2014, in their Classroom Page, which is a space for news on/of/ from campuses across the nation featured my class and me! All thanks to Cris and Harish 🙂 A shoutout to both of you wonderful people. You have brought joy and sense of achievement not only to the famous 47+1 but also to their families and the school! God Bless y’all 🙂

You’ll find that the content is self explanatory. And for those who do wonder at my having played the WC anthem of 2010, I have shared a picture, a screenshot, I think, taken by one of those kids who did remember, Vaisakh, where he has highlighted the relevant part 😀 I cannot tell you what joy that brought! The comments that followed are soul food. Thank you to each of you. (Click on the picture to enlarge, and read)

The Article – highlighting done by Vaisakh

The poster competition, referred to, in the article also brought good news for the class. We received the First Prize, a shield, which proudly adorns our wall 🙂

 

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The First Prize for the Poster Competition, on FIFA World Cup 2014, rests proudly in our Class!

So, what brought us this fame? It was these expressions of creativity, mainly, that I had shared, along with my crazy football updates, most regularly on Facebook! When I asked my class, and the other classes I go, if we could update our Black board, or any other space in class with information and pictures, the immediate response was a resounding yes, from X’D’ – MY class. However, the next Monday, when I saw the uninspired writing of JUST the highlights, my face fell, and I certainly did mope 😀 I did sound disappointed too, and told them that it was OK, and we’d stick to whatever they could 😀 By the afternoon, when I was invited back to the class, there was a sea change, a transformation of the wallscape, where collage was taking shape, and the greenboard assumed festive colours. We were in Samba Land 😛 There was no turning back! And since the publication of that charming write up by Cris, the rest as they say, is History 😀

We did Rock the Samba, all the way down in our Class!

We did Rock the Samba, all the way down in our Class!

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The Collage slowing taking shape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Completed! The Collage!

 

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The 48!                                    The Poster Posers!             The Creativity!                 And the Joy! Oh! The Joy!

But, it does not stop there. No Sireeee! X ‘D’ does not believe in doing things by half-measures, and they certainly measured up in performances in the Cultural Fest which just concluded, but most especially, they are Masters of the Cliffhanger 😀 How? Ah! Therein lies the tale!

Gurupoornima was observed in school, on 11 July, 2014 – to mark the day for oblation to our own Guru; both, teachers and students, paid their respects in whichever way they could to their own Gurus. That day, more than Teachers’ Day was  a revelation! We had ‘paada puja’, led by our own Principal, Dr. Manoranjini, who honoured her Guru, the Chief Guest for the occasion, in the morning session, followed by students’ performances of both dance and music, tastefully done. It must be mentioned here, that this session where the paada puja, the washing of the Guru’s feet, and then paying obeisance with a ‘namaskaram’ at the feet, does not come easy to anyone, these days. Especially in public! So, it was truly inspiring to have the School Principal lead the way for all of us, teachers, and students to do the same, only if one wished to. This was done in full view of the entire gathering in the Auditorium, so that it transferred the sense of humility one felt in the presence of something far greater than ourselves. Respect.  No compulsion there – but we did, to those whom we considered as our Guru! It was a liberating experience too, to have been able to set aside one’s ego, and prostrate at the feet of those we did consider as our Guru.

So, what does this have to do with my class? Ah! The absolutely creative and mischievous lot they are, they did not wish me AT ALL, but looked suitably dumb in the first period when children from other classes came in, wished me, and even shared cards and sweets 😀 ! My class? Not a quiver of emotion. Deadpan. Puzzled I was, but did not say a WORD. Except at the end of the first period when I told them accusingly, that they did not even WISH me 😀 They smiled. Serenely 🙂 🙂 That was clue enough. The cliffhanger. I was there, but did not have time to wonder what exactly they were upto, for much work awaited, in planning duties for the upcoming Cultural Fest, due to start immediately after the weekend 😀

Last period. Lots of work. And two of my students come, terrified expressions, to tell me another girl in class has injured her leg when the desk fell on her leg – possibly a fracture! I dropped whatever I was doing, and rushed, heart in my mouth, directing one of the two to rush and get the PT Teacher. I reached the Class door, which was shut!

The penny dropped. I stopped. Looked at this other girl with me, who, incidentally, was trying hard to maintain the terrified expression. The smile, the mischief had started leaking through the frown 😛

Gingerly, I pushed open the door, and what do I see, hear, but an electric guitar strumming (our own George Mathew, ace guitarist at it 😀 ), along with Vivek on the Triple Drums, belting out, with the class, WE WILL WE WILL ROCK YOU! Oooooh! Ooooh! I did a Susmita Sen expression, (when she received her Miss Universe Title) – the jaw dropped, round eyed, happy, overwhelmed expression! And my heart started beating at normal pace once again 😛 Well as normal as can be, when you’re overjoyed! And then it raced again, my heart 😀 I was sure that the class and its Class Teacher were going to be hauled up for the racket emanating from the class! Shushing them down (duh! What a task! ) I went on to thank them – but no, it was not done yet – the Smart Class was switched on with a lovely message 🙂 Cards awaited 🙂 Shared below 🙂 And a lovely gift too! Sheepishly they said they wanted to surprise me, that is why they stayed mum all day 🙂 And boy oh BOY! did they ever!!!

I promised them a blog, to attempt to capture the sense of gratitude I have for them, for their affection, the sense of conspiracy I feel most times, with them, in all our endeavours 🙂 X “D”, you are the rock, not me 🙂 So, as the cliche goes, Rock ON! 😀

Shared here is their creativity, and that of the students of other classes, particularly Class 8’B’, 7″D” and 6″B”, along with cards from a certain lovely young lady in Class 12, and others from classes I do not go to, this year 🙂 All, all of them very very precious souls 🙂 Thank you, each and everyone of you. Stay Blessed!

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The Cover

 

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Awesomeness from X D

 

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Collections of pure blessings from the kids!

Meanwhile, The Chronicles with this class will most certainly continue, you can bet on that!

Earlier, they have featured here,  🙂
And yet another awesome X D made a farewell memorable, here
Last years’ X D, when they were in Class 8, featured here 😀 (I bet you people did not even know, right? )

Comments are welcome, dear kids 🙂 If you cannot see the comment space below, click on the title of this write up, and it will follow. All you need to sign in with are your name, email id 🙂 The email will NOT be shared.

20 July, 2014
*Phew* Under 1600 words. Just. 😀

Lol! I just learned something. When you write X and D, without a space you get this XD ! Oh my!

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Author: Usha Pisharody

A rambler, pretends to be a teacher, loves to dream, and go on Quixotic Quests in the Realm of Romance With Life...

14 thoughts on “The Chronicles of a Class

  1. Awesomeee.. yayyyyyyyy I loved reading the 1600 odd words..it took me back to my school and my favourite teacher..

    And when I started my career as a teacher ..

    Congrats in everything..the collage and the board look awesome.. and they did the we will rock you.. yayyyyyyy.. one of my favourite songs..

    And what a prank to pull they shud have taken that sushmita sen expression picture..he he he

    This one made me smileeeeee..

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  2. I feel jealous !! This sounds like a class I would have loved to part of !! To able to do all this stuff and think about doing more and better and having confidence in the teachers to feel the excitement as the students do, that’s ace !! Kudos! Congrats ! Thank you
    Some generations are lucky to be born at the right time , to be at the forefront of many positive changes that happen to the world and some have to be content with being around before that time, so that their actions start off the change process. Its always been a big debate which generation anyone belongs to because every generation gets to experience something and gets to start off something!!

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  3. hmmmmm………..actually…i must say, we expected a little more writing about us….1600 words…not at all enough…hehehe….thank you very much again teacher….

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  4. This was amazing. Exciting and thrilling! Your students are blessed to have you and you, them! Makes me want to be a teacher too 🙂

    Would have loved it go beyond 1600 words!

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  5. Wow! Could visualize every bit of whats written here 🙂 sure your students are truly lucky to have somebody as amazing as their Usha Miss in their lives. Just wish i were a lot younger to have studied in your X-D world 😀

    Much love,
    a fellow thrissur-ian 🙂

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  6. This is so touching. I can only say the students are lucky to have a teacher like you. It reminds me of my school teachers 🙂

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  7. Hello teacher!
    There are lots of things I want to say… and I really don’t know where to start. Well, anyway, when I first heard of the newspaper article, in the assembly, I was really amazed, and my thoughts were like: “Usha teacher follows football!?” Anyway, class X D does look awesome, and I’m slightly jealous as well. I don’t usually follow football myself, but my friends’ enthusiasm is so infectious, I got involved in the last few matches of this year’s FIFA….my friends are all crazy sports fans. 😀

    And it was really nice to see how your students surprised you! I’d seen them during lunch break, hard at work, making cards. In my class, unfortunately, we were unable to give our class teacher a surprise– she walked in upon us when we were making the card– I still remember our embarrassed smiles. But fortunately everything else went well.

    Also, I couldn’t wish you on Guru Poornima…I’m sorry…I really am. You’re an awesome teacher (yes, that’s the word!)…. excuse me….despite your fierceness at times!

    The programme at school today was just….so wonderful. And touching. A lot of us felt like crying. The tears were just threatening to burst out at some points of the programme. And I really want to give a big hand to all those students…and those (I have no words to describe) teachers who helped to give shape to that programme…and Ma’am, didn’t you help too?

    I think I better stop here.

    —Malavika

    P.S. For some reason nowadays I always get reminded of last year’s OTBA material when I comment on your blog… and your explanation of the material…didn’t you say that nowadays we find it much easier to talk through the internet, etc rather than face-to-face. I totally agree…

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  8. Awww!! Usha teacher!! u r the best.. ‘Party rock of our class’ .. we did give u a real treat right? 😀 Thank you so much teacher for letting us get involved in things completely unrelated to our studies, but which is extremely fun.. lots of love…

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  9. Wow Usha Di! This is splendid. 😀 Congratulations and all the very best.
    I enjoyed reading through the celebrations and find myself wishing I could go back to school. Oh well. 🙂

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  10. makes me wish if i could be in your class again Usha teacher 🙂

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  11. Hi Usha,
    Nice to be here,
    I am here via one of my blog friend i found today.
    Oh! This is is really a wonderful achievement.
    the pics are telling volumes of stories.
    Congrats for the achievements.
    Keep sharing.
    I am at philipscom
    Keep informed
    Best Regards
    ~ Philip Verghese

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  12. I really wanna be in your class ma’am in the 9th and 10th!!!!! : – )

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