I always believed education and culture went together but realized it is not necessarily so. Education might mean learning the three R’s and earning degrees but I think in some cases it stops there with the big C and V missing especially in the taught ! Today, on Teacher’s Day, I would like to recall all my ‘Teachers’ who have not been responsible for earning degrees and certificates but instilled in me something more important —Culture and Values in Life.
First come my parents who always insisted I tell the truth what ever be the consequences. I ‘ve realized, not only telling the truth but sometimes ferreting out the truth which is the hall mark of a journalist also produces ire in the other person.
Then come my class mates in School and college who were a mix of the ‘down to earth’ variety and the ‘snobs’, from whom I learnt to keep myself away.
Post marriage, my mother dinned into my ears the importance of adjusting with my inlaws and not to get a bad name which would reflect on her. My husband taught me the virtue of being patient and my MIL said any differences that might arise between us should be sorted out within ourselves.
My band of good friends which includes a few who cannot boast of degrees earned but known for their culture and refinement have taught me to adhere to the golden saying “ you might win an argument but might lose a friend.”
To be honest with myself and not sound boastful, I think I’ve been a good student in every respect except ONE—I.E. to be patient!
n.meera raghavendra rao