I still have fresh memories of my first day with AAM Foundation; it was a beautiful morning of March 19, 2013. An immeasurable zeal had enveloped me, because this was not only my first job, but more importantly the thing which I had always wanted to soak myself in.
I was welcomed by my evening facilitaor, Ms. Pooja Dutt Sharma, in such a warm manner that I had instantly developed a great rapport with her. She explained me everything meticulously leaving no room for any doubt. So, there I was; standing in my Pandav Nagar center, eagerly waiting for my students to join me – immensely excited, and yet, a bit nervous.
Of course, the first day brought its own share of opportunities, wherein I had to interact with all new faces.
I majorly utilized it by initiating casual conversations with them in order to break the ice, thereby exchanging a few genuine smiles. Moreover, I soon realized, that one attribute which bound all of them together, regardless of their age or gender, was the thirst to excel in their lives. At the same time, they also had an awareness that learning the English language could brighten this desire multifold.
With the passage of time, my bond with them has become as poetic as ever.
There have been numerous instances which have massively inspired me, but whenever I enroll any female student in the Free English Classes, it makes my heart swell with pride. Out of all my female students, there are three mothers, who all are in different phases of their lives, but, what unites them is that all of them are incredible multi-taskers. They are superwomen in my eyes !! They might appear quite ordinary to a lot of people, but, if we would glance through their tight schedule, then, it would take no time for us to understand that it takes a lot of will power, intelligence, and positive attitude to come out of their shell and learn something new!
The association with my students may just have been for 3 months now, but I feel that they have left an indelible mark on my senses. They have showered so much love on me, taught me so many countless things, that I often get very emotional about my relationship with them. I can honestly vouch for it that they are not the only ones who have been guided by me. I am equally privileged to gather beautiful experiences of life from them.
In the end, I would like to contribute a quote by my favorite poet, Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī:
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the mighty ocean in the drop.”
I firmly feel, that all my students are gems in their own way and if we keep working on this project, their finesse would know no limits.
Morning Facilitator, Pandav Nagar.