I am sure we all remember a certain peculiarity relating to our teachers: The way they talked, they dressed, they scolded…
There was Nagamani Miss in Hymamshu Jyothi Kala Peetha who used to say, “Bad boy, what made you do such a thing?”. She used to start every sentence with ‘Henceforth’ (Eg: Henceforth, no delay in submitting the Home-Work). And end each sentence with ‘I say’ (Eg: Stand up I say).
In KV Malleswaram, there was one Mrs. Noor Fathima (History) who would enter the class and tell: Yesssss, open your bookssss (in a peculiar tune).
Then there was the SUPW teacher (forgot her name) who would tell: “Stond in line.”
Shivanna Sir (PT) was the ultimate when it came to voice modulation when scolding. We could also see the expression change on his face. The voice would start from low to high and higher range: le, LE, RASCAL, PLAY WITH A STRAIGHT BAT, USELESS FELLOW!
We had Udupa Sir who would lift his hand to slap even before hearing the full complaint. Then there was Anasuya Miss (HM) who would always walk with a scale in hand. In the morning it would be a full scale. By noon, it would be broken (a poor chap being the target).
Sanskrit teacher Suryanarayana would pinch the ear of the ‘victim’ and ask him seeing the whole class (particularly girls) in Sanskrit: Tava naama kim? UTTHISHTA! (He used the word ‘mandam mandam’ a lot and was nicknamed the same).
When we saw our Hindi teacher Malathi Prakash, we never felt Hitler was dead. She simply thrashed the boys and girls alike. And as for her English, here’s an example. Listening to the Radio (Cricket commentary in particular) was my obsession then. In her class, I got caught one day and she barked thus: Ramkishan, Badmaash ladke, I will throw the class out of you!
When we were in the Library, Padma Miss would say: Aye: Can you not read Silently? She would point to 2-3 fellows and say: Stand out. Hmmm… go!
During the NCC theory classes, I remember the way the NCC Officers from Air force stations would shout at us early in the morning after the march past: Bloody fellows, I will take the juice out of you! (we never understood then what he meant)
If that was with their speaking and scolding style, the way some of the teachers dressed amused us too. In HJKP, Vimala Miss always had a top knot and lots of powder on her face. There was another teacher in HJKP, ‘B’ section. Always ‘Haralenne face’ (Castor Oil face).
In KVM, there was Iyer sir (Physics). His sense of matching was aweful. (Many a days, it was Parrot Green shirt with Red pant.) There was Ravikumaran Nair who whould wear the same pant and shirt for three days continously. Noor Fathima would come immaculately dressed with everything matching everything. Deena Ram Singh would just look as if she is straight out of a lipstick factory. Ditto Padmavathy Miss. It would always be a silk or synthetic Jubba over a formal pant for Art sir HL Bhat. Venkatalakshmi miss (SVL) would always cover her neck with the ‘seragu’ (pallu) a la MS Subbulakshmi.
How can I forget the attire of our Principal T Prabhakar? Never did I see him wear anything other than Suit and Boot!
Just remembered all this yesterday evening as I was seeing some old school photos.
Inviting readers to share their ‘favourite’ teacher’s dialogues and mannerisms. Surely, it would be great fun reading it!