Adorned with a tiny black bindi, a round faced, big eyed girl stole my heart in the very first academic year of my school. Her name was Pavithra Sethuraman. She was timid yet fearless. Loving, sensible and dutiful too, Pavithra had all the qualities of an ideal student.
Her South Indian accent while talking is still fresh in my ears. Down to earth and smart, she was adored by all her classmates. Certainly the combination of these values in a single person is quite rare in kids. I have always believed this rare combination is the result of a very honest and dedicated upbringing of parents.
And my belief
turned out true when I met her mother for the first time. Undoubtedly the qualities Pavithra had, were passed on by her loving mom to her. The biggest virtue parents of that era had was that they trusted us teachers. Apparently I enjoyed the teaching learning process with this sweet girl as she was non judgemental like other students of that generation.
Although we shared a very sweet, close bond, the mutual respect was always there. It is the same till date. As a matter of fact, when I am in touch with her again after so many years, she has not changed. she is married with a kid now, but her regard and love for me is still the same, pure and real. I am thankful to her parents for making her loving, sensible and dutiful too.
I am glad that she was my student once. My prayers to the Almighty are to bless her always and grant her all that her heart asks for.