Teachers : Aaj Kal

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This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 2, the second edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.

shankara_edit02Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara. Guru Sakshath Parambrahma, Tasmai Shri Gurave Namaha. (tr: Guru is the creator Brahma, Guru is the preserver Vishnu, Guru is the destroyer Siva. Guru is directly the supreme spirit — I offer my salutations to this Guru.) -Adi Shankara

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thoughts controlled
There is no sarcasm in the class room
Teachers leave them kids alone
hey teachers leave them kids alone!
– Pink Floyd

Though I voted for this topic but when I sat down to write about it I found that I am a not a “student” anymore its been about decade I had anything to do with a “Shikshak” or teacher so How do I write about ‘Teachers Aaj’ part. But since this is a topic at hand I go ahead and write.

Do you think the two quotes above are inappropriate or out of place. I mean first one was written ages ago and the next one not so long ago but it holds true still today. And don’t they provide a very contrasting view.

Ok lets talk of the topic “Teachers – AajKal” or teachers now and then. Lets begin with teachers today.

Today and this today can include a decade or so more in recent past, the teaching is just like any other profession where people go to work do the work(teach) take their dues and theres nothing more to it. Do you this is wrong in this age of extreme professionalism?

I must say that my extended family has or had many teachers. My mom is a trained teacher but dropped the profession to take care of us the kids, My father is currently a visiting faculty so I have a ‘Shikshak’ at home only. And I see him work really hard to prepare notes, presentations(Few moths back my sister & I taught him MS PowerPoint) and books. But what he says is that most of the effort is not worth as noone is interested to ‘learn’.(Don’t worry guys even our teachers alleged that).

Today the teachers in private sector are paid a meager amount. So where do they get the motivation to ‘teach’, quite naturally they resort to other sources of income like tuition, writing suggestion books etc. I can talk about an incident where a college student asked the professor to teach from a particular suggestion book as it was easier for ‘him’ to study and the professor had to comply, as a complaint from the “high fees paying student” could have been detrimental for the professor’s own job itself. Sad right but true, Ok I am not trying defend or offend anyone but facts are facts. (Another allegation, now all the students must be looking for me to break my bones).

The scenario in government institutions is little different as “teachers” are selected through a ‘stringent’ selection processes and paid well but there too we have corruption. Which is used by teachers to get into ‘plum’ institutions. Like all other government employees govt. teachers too take their job complacently. Add to that the retirement age is so high. So what we get? Old & grumpy often sleepy teachers. (Now teachers are searching for me I guess).

All in all what I get is the situation is looking grim today. But is it really like that?

Now lets talk of teachers of Kal or yesterday, Now yesterday can be right from the beginning of civilization. Well in India the Guru-Shisiya (teacher-student) relation has been one of most sacred of the relations. So if we see down the lane there have been great gurus (teachers) in our mythology/history like Dronacharya, Chanakya equally great shisyas(students) Eklavya, Chandragupt. Recently I read a newspaper article where a group of high profile, well placed students of a revered teacher gifted him a new house as he could afford it. The students had paid their guru dakshina because he deserved it. I would like to express my gratitude to my English teacher for working on ‘me’ and not only improving my miserable English grades but inspiring me to keep writing in English.

So the point I am trying to make here is we should judge teachers in reflection.That is to see the quality of todays teachers we have to wait for few decades maybe when the students grow up and if they still remember or express their gratitude then we can say that they were great but by then they’ll be “Teachers yesterday” :D.

In end I would just say that teachers of today or tommorrow like yesterday will be good, bad and ugly the matter is who do you run into.

The fellow Blog-a-Tonics who took part in this Blog-a-Ton are Vipul, Rajalakshmi, Ranee[1], [2], [3] , Avada, Indian Pundit, Sojo, Aneet, Pramathesh, Aativas, Sid, Pra, Ajinkya, Lakshmi, Govind, Shilpa, Bharathi, Shankar, Mytuppence, Azad, Pawan, Pankaja, Saimanohar, Guria, Shruti, Vishnu,Nasrajan and Richa. Click on their respective names to read their posts on Teachers : Aaj Kal. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.

I Want You Back

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This is an unplanned post. As everybody knows MJ(Michael Jackson) is not there anymore. I was never a great fan of his but having grown up in a era when this “legend” was being created could never avoid him.

Just read  somewhere that you cannot judge his impact on world  of music.  Whatever he was , he was a true “King of Pop”, the worlds biggest musician in modern times.

Virtual world is filled with obituaries, posts tweets infact #michaeljackson has become the most popular #tag  beating #iranelection in weeks. Moreover   BBC says web has slowed down after his death read it here. So do I need to say anything more.

I want you back all summer long 4.3

Below is the email which I received after his death and I am sure more to follow but this one shows the true mood of millions of his fans.

(Naku Penda Piya-Naku Taka
Piya-Mpenziwe)
(I Love You Too-I Want You
Too-My Love)

Liberian Girl . . .
You Came And You Changed
My World
A Love So Brand New
Liberian Girl . . .
You Came And You Changed
Me Girl
A Feeling So True

Liberian Girl
You Know That You Came
And You Changed My World,
Just Like In The Movies,
With Two Lovers In A Scene
And She Says . . .
“Do You Love Me”
And He Says So Endlessly . . .
“I Love You, Liberian Girl”

(Naku Penda Piya-Naku Taka
Piya-Mpenziwe)
(I Love You Too-I Want You
Too-My Love)

Liberian Girl . . .
More Precious Than
Any Pearl
Your Love So Complete
Liberian Girl . . .
You Kiss Me Then,
Ooh,The World
You Do This To Me

Liberian Girl
You Know That You Came
And You Changed My World,
Just Like In The Movies,
With Two Lovers In A Scene
And She Says,

“Do You Love Me”
And He Says So Endlessly
“I Love You, Liberian Girl”
(Naku Penda Piya-Naku Taka
Piya-Mpenziwe)
(I Love You Too-I Want You
Too-My Love)

Liberian Girl
You Know That You Came
And You Changed My World,
I Wait For The Day,
When You Have To Say
“I Do,”
And I’ll Smile And Say It Too,
And Forever We’ll Be True
I Love You, Liberian Girl,
(Girl)
All The Time

I Love You Liberian Girl,
(Girl)
All The Time

I Love You Liberian Girl,
(Girl)
All The Time

I Love You Liberian Girl,
(Girl)
All The Time

I Love You
(Girl)
I Love You Baby

I Want You
I Love You Baby
Ooh!
(Girl)
I Love You Baby,
I Want You Baby, Ooh!
(Girl)

It was a total shock to hear today that Michael Jackson died. His music will always be with us. Rest in peace and thank you for giving us your all. My deepest condolence goes out to his family.

And now I am sadly singing ‘I Want You Back’.   😦

Read some of more detailed and well documented tributes by my friends :

Michael Jackson : An obituary

Michael Jackson’s Unexpected Death Stuns World

Loss of Legend

Remembering MJ.. your music lives on

The ‘THRILLER’ Moon Walks into oblivion

Life History-Michael Jackson

And it Started with Thriller

MJ’s Last Images from his Rehearsals for upcoming Concerts in UK

The Eternal Bewdaa izzzeezzzeh!

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Yesterday I was watching Golmaal  (1979), a ROFL types comedy with some brilliant performances by Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Utpal Dutta, Kestho Mukherjee and others.

It was the famous “Police” station scene where Kestho Mukherjee and Utpal Dutta make you roll-on-the-floor laughing made me think about the talented comedian Kestho Mukherjee.

A Brief Bio of Keshto Mukherjee is
“Keshto Mukherjee specialised in comic roles of a drunkard in Hindi films. Keshto made his debut in Ritwik Ghatak’s Bengali movie Nagarik (1952). He was spotted by Hrishikersh Mukherjee who cast him in his debut film Musafir (1957). Keshto always acted in short character roles which often went unnoticed till Asit Sen cast him as a drunkard in Maa Aur Mamta(1970). This movie started a tring of roles as a drunkard and Keshto became synonymous with these roles.

Keshto Mukherjee was a part of some of the greatest movies of his times , He was a permanent fixture in movies made by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Basu Chatterhee, Gulzar and Mehmood. His big films include China Town (1962), Asli Naqli (1962), Teesri Kasam (1966), Majhli Didi (1967), Sadhu Aur Shaitan (1968), Padosan (1968), Mere Apne (1971), Bombay To Goa (1972), Parichay (1972), Zanjeer (1973), Aap Ki Kasam (1974), Sholay (1975), Chupke Chupke (1975), Gol Maal (1979) and Khubsoorat (1980). His roles of Hariram Nayi in Sholay, James in Chupke Chupke and Ashrafi Lal in Khubsoorat are remembered to this day.

Kesto Mukherjee died in 1985.”

Remember Bombay to Goa(1972) where he played a sleeping passenger without a single dailogue in the film yet had an impression on the viewers. How can we forget him Iiiizzzzze!

Trivia :
Kesto Mukherjee’s son, Babloo Mukherjee is also a comedy actor and has acted in several films.

Another fact, Actress Susmita Mukherjee(Kitty of TV Serial Karmchand) is not the daughter of Kestho Mukherjee contrary to the popular beliefs. Read more about it here.

Click here to see the Filmography of Kestho Mukherjee.

References : http://www.gomolo.in/People/PeopleBiography.aspx?pplid=16291

A Few Keshto Mukherjee Videos:

Watch the famous Scene in Golmaal

The Scene from Chupke Chupke with Dharmendra

The song “Ek Tanete Jemon Temon”  from Bangla Film Troyee- MITHUN CHAKRABORTY & KESHTO MUKHERJEE

Scene from Kudrat Rajesh Khanna and Keshto Mukherjee

Bombay to Goa- FUNNY SCENE

Satyajit Ray a tribute on 87th Birthday

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Though we commemorated his birthday on 2nd of May but its never late for a post to be dedicated to the maestro. I had first fallen for Satyajit Ray when as a kid I had seen Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne(Adventures of Goopy and Bagha) (1968) which was shown in Doordarshan as a summer special program. The antics of ‘Bhuter raja’(ghost king) just mesmerized me. Then one by one I watched his children’s movies Sonar Kella(The Fortress)(1974), Hirok Rajar Deshe(Kingdom of Diamonds) (1980), Joy Baba Felunath(The Elephant God)(1978). Then when I grew up I watched the masterpieces Pather Panchali(1955),  Apu’s Sansar(The World of Apu)(1959) as the parts of Apu trilogy, Jalsaghar(The Music Room)(1958), Paras Pathar(The Philosopher’s Stone)(1958), directors favorite Charulata(The Lonely Wife)(1964) ,  to name just the few. Infact in no time I became a fan and watched all his films and some documentaries as well.

With his debut film Pather Panchali he put the Bengali rather Indian cinema to the world map of cinema the film won about 12 international awards. He was first Indian film personality to have recieved the Honorary Oscar Award in his deathbed. The man was a true multi-faceted personality a true Auteur. He was script writer, story writer, music director, editor, cinematographer, graphic designer alongwith a director and everything else. He had created two most read characters of Bengali literature Feluda-the sleuth and Professor Sonku– the scientist.
I am very common person and donot have the capacity to talk about his works and mastery. But the best thing I like about him was his ability to tell stories without being very hard on his non-intellectual audiences like me. The more I see his films the more I get overwhelmed. I think he became a part and parcel of the Bengali identity. I can keep blogging about him but most of the information about him and his works are available out there in Internet.

I feel the treasure trove he has left for us will be enriching us for many more generations to come.

For further reading you can refer to the following :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyajit_Ray
http://www.satyajitray.org/bio/index.htm

Complete list of his filmography : http://www.satyajitray.org/films/index.htm

Image from : http://www.satyajitray.org