Past week has been unique. It has been like a roller-coaster ride to my childhood. All of a sudden lots of old childhood memories flooded. Many childhood friends came in contact and made me feel like a child again. Yet another fond memory of a dear respected teacher emerged due to Shanti Thatal didi.
Shanti Thatal, a very well known music composer and singer from Darjeeling is in Kathmandu to sing in Paleti Concert Series for September.
While talking to her, when she came to know that I studied in AVM, she mentioned that her youngest brother used to teach there long ago. I was curious and asked the name. When hse said it was Dilip sir, I found myself travelling once gain down the memory lane. Dilip sir was our science teacher in class 4-5. He was very friendly and loving. Harish Chandra Michael sir and Dilip sir were a funny duo. There was a famous hindi film song,
“fir na kehna Michael daru pee ke danga karta hai.”
Dilip sir used to teach Michael sir with this song and Michael sir would sing it like,
“fir na kehna Dilip daru pee ke danga karta hai.”
I remember once Ajay Nepal (Who passed away couple of years back and I hope is in peace wherever he is) had written a funny shayaree at the end of his science exams paper,
“jhoom barabar jhoom sharabi,
babu driver chhora khalasi
truck ko number teen saya chhaurasi.”
Dilip sir deducted five marks after reading out the shayaree in the class.
Those were the days….when we were carefree, stupid, ignorant, childish and yet……pure at heart. The more we grow up and become mature, the world corrupts us. We become more practical, responsible and sensible. And in that course the innocent child within us disappears. But when such memories come, when we come across childhood friends or school teachers, we hallucinate to be a child again and feel good for some time.
If only we could be a child forever……..