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Jenita mam- The woman #madeofgreat


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‘Jenita Mam- The woman #madeofgreat

People  come, and go in life, but only the best of the best leave an indestructible footprint in the path of our lives, and make us greater than before. They will make us realize our true worth when we didn’t and inspire us to do more, feel more, achieve more.

In the quick and hasty steps of life, we often forget many people we meet, but then, after decades, we will still hold on to the memories of some, even if we have lost contact. Because…. These some, wherever they are now, would have made an impact in our lives, with their words, their strength, their wisdom. And these some, we can’t help but remember them from the deepest of the consciousness. It’s hard to let go of them, despite of having no communication whatsoever, they will always have a quiet corner in our hearts.

And to me one such person is my Chemistry ma’am of eleventh and twelfth grade. She is the greatest source of inspiration and a true teacher, but I love her because she touched my heart with her kindness and compassion, her knowledge and girth. Jeni mam as I lovingly call her is one such person that is truly #madeofgreat.

Now I had seen teachers, all sort, some I despised and wondered how they could grime the art of teaching, because… These teachers made school a burden. They made studying poisonous. It’s the attitude, it’s the egoistic approach.

But then there were some I loved and admired…. Teachers that are true example for The Teachers. And Jeni mam is one such person, will always be, in my heart ‘The Teacher.’ Someone who scored 101 out of 100 in my heart.

I had never wanted just another lecturer, never wanted someone who would dictate me, never wanted a tyrant. But mostly I got these kinds, because… Let us admit: most of the teachers believe the students know lesser than them, most of them treat the students as slaves.

But then there was she — The Teacher. The person who changed my opinions about teachers. She was someone who listened to my opinions, who said she didn’t know when she didn’t really know the answers to my questions, who promised to find the answers tomorrow, and who kept the promises.

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She was so easy to talk to, and she understood us students. She treated us as equals, and never depreciated us.

When she talked, she taught, she knew what she was going on about, she made me listen, she made me understand. When some struggled with chemical formulas and equations, when some memorized them with with much difficulty, it was she who made me understand and love chemistry. Chemicals were like my best friends, formulas my closest pal, because… There was such an ease with which she taught the subject. While I slept away most of the classes, I was always awake and alert in hers. She made the subject I once hated into my most favorite subject.

And then she had words of wisdom for us… She guided us –me– through life, like a lighthouse.

She was so simple, yet so magnificent.
She inspired me, when I lost inspiration.
She ignited me, when my fire was doused.
She guided me, when I get lost in my way.

But then… These weren’t the only reasons I loved her.

I loved her because, she was there when I crumbled apart.
I loved her because, she stood by me when I have no strength to stand.
I loved her because, she trusted me when I didn’t do it for myself.

Twelfth grade was when I was so weak and depressed. I was scared of studying (What do you call phobia of books?) And always felt nauseous and had low blood pressure when exams arrive. I spent most of the time in hospital beds during exams. I had lost all my strength then… Oh, yes, I was a very good student, I studied well, I scored well… But then, no, didn’t know what happened to me after eleventh…

But then she was there….

When every teacher force their students to study more and score more, she sat with me and said to do as I pleased. I still remember what she said…

“Fathima, you don’t have to do anything more than you are able. I know you’re capable of great things, but then… If you can’t score good grades in exams, it is okay as well. What is important is you and your health – both physical and mental. So do what you can, and stop being scared of it. What is it… It is just some scores, and it won’t be enough to judge your talents…”

She said so much more. She asked me to eat and sleep well, she gave me notes, she gave me her books to read, and when I scored  low marks, she never criticized. She always encouraged me, she always helped me…

And I knew she helped me in getting stronger. My phobia started to decrease, and finally I can study without hyperventilating…. Without getting my blood pressure low.

And really… I scored 190 out of 200 in chemistry exam and 200 out of 200 in math… And got the overall of 1139. I got placed second in my small town. (Well, it was like a big feat for me, for a girl who was afraid of school books).

I proved myself and then her.

She was the second person to call me and congratulate once the results came… And then, I felt like I have achieved something.

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. – Brad Henry

& she was, is and will always be a good teacher in my mind.

Ps. Ma’am, I know you will never come across this, but how I wish you will accidentally come by this and know how much I appreciate your presence in my life. You have made me what I am today, I have come a long way, a long distance after some awful, difficult parts of my life. And you’re one of the reasons for who I am today… You’re really beautiful on the inside and the outside (of course, I –we– loved your wardrobe ;)) and you are someone who left a footprint in the sands of time. Love u…
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What do you think of Tata Motors’ association with Lionel Messi??. (oooh… Fan girling here).

Comment and get a chance to win voucher worth Rs 750… Yayyy, come on… Put your thinking cap and write a best comment….
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© Ada

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12 thoughts on “Jenita mam- The woman #madeofgreat

  1. What a wonderful and kind teacher! You are blessed to have studied under her 🙂
    Lionel Messi’s association with Tata Motors seems apt to me because they both are passionate, trustworthy and honest. Messi has motivated many to achieve the impossible, by his actions on and off the field. Tata Motors is a brand that is based on decades of trust, integrity and dignity. Together, they are like icing on the cake! I am thankful that Tata chose him because he truly compliments their own passion to excellence and self-belief! I cannot wait for their partnership to inspire all of us 🙂

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  2. Tata Motors’ association with Lionel Messi spells a significantly notable alliance that will steer the company towards favourable benefits. I always acknowledge Tata Motors as a distinctive name in Auto industry, which will not let the success ‘larger-than life’ elude from its fate now with a timeless guild with iconic figure Messi. I don’t see this union of Tata Motors as an aspirational effort for garnering some quick publicity and evoke specific reaction from myriad crowd with Celeb branding, but is rightly an embellished handshake for keeping up the pace to get to the pinnacle of success graph. To sum things up, I am joyous to see the brand and the star uniting for ‘One in a Million’ #madeofgreat power-packed drive ahead 🙂

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  3. Tata Motors’ association with Lionel Messi spells a significantly notable alliance that will steer the company towards favourable benefits. I always acknowledge Tata Motors as a distinctive name in Auto industry, which will not let the success ‘larger-than life’ elude from its fate now with a timeless guild with iconic figure Messi. I don’t see this union of Tata Motors as an aspirational effort for garnering some quick publicity and evoke specific reaction from myriad crowd with Celeb branding, but is rightly an embellished handshake for keeping up the pace to get to the pinnacle of success graph. To sum things up, I am joyous to see the brand and the star uniting for ‘One in a Million’ #madeofgreat power-packed drive ahead 🙂

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  4. I really appreciate those people who always give credit to their teachers for getting good knowlege from their teachers and the contribution made by them for making our future.

    Tata Motors has earned the goodwill from giving the best and innovative Automobiles and it is also known as one the best Automobile Manufactures. And if you see the Lionel Messi , his throughout dedication, zeal , targeted goal of life and technically soundness make him big, achiever and remarkable position in the world.
    As per me, the association of Tata Motors and Messi is a grand amalgamation of two legendary entities of the world, and their amalgamation will definitely break down the clutters and affect the cut throat competition of Tata Motors. Tata motors will sure get a huge preference by the fans of Messi. This will sure make a record of Tata motors in the world of production or may be the highest selling automobiles.
    Tata motor’s main target is to give an impression on the large amount of crowd and this can be achieved only through the Messi, because the youth generation is crazy for MESSI and this can be smart move and a great achievement for Tata Motors they positioned MESSI as their BRAND AMBASSADOR .
    In the nutshell, Tata Motors , Messi joining hands will definitely give more soundness in technicality of promotional strategies and Messi’s influence will influence the audience for choosing Tata Motors and expand the business drastically.

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  5. Hi Ada,
    Its been nice visiting your blog.
    Indeed a nicely written post. I wish you good luck for the contest
    Here is my answer
    The association of Tata Motors with Lionel Messi is that of two greats. Lionel Messi has been exceptionally talented who with his hard work, determination and sacrifices has got better and tougher in his chosen sport so is the Image, reputation and quality of TATA Motors that have transformed brilliant ideas into masterpieces of engineering and created a brand and products that we are so proud of as Indians. Lionel Messi has transformed his body and the mind body co-ordination into a masterpiece of precision and excellence it would not be wrong to say that Lionel Messi is the TATA Motors of sports where as TATA Motors is the Lionel Messi of vehicles both giants in their own spheres driven by the drive to excel and lead by example. So Lionel Messi is the best choice for becoming the brand Ambassador for TATA Motors
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  6. Your post defines #madeofgreat in an awesome manner.Very well written and interesting post indeed.
    My Answer
    Tata Motors is a brand that makes durable vehicles, with its MADE IN INDIA mark makes every Indian proud. It is a brand seen globally as Trusted, Reliable, Innovative and at the forefront of technology. In its journey since inception it has overcome all odds, competition, and adversities with grit and determination. These same qualities are associated with Lionel Messi who was very talented and hardworking from a very early age. With each game that he played he kept improving his skills and built a career to become one of the best player of professional football. There qualities make both TATA Motors and Lionel Messi giants who perfectly compliment each other and Lionel Messi the right and perfect Ambassador who stands for the same values that TATA Motors does.
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  7. Yours is a very well written post your .Its is a very nice description of #madeofgreat
    TATA Motors is a brand associated with performance, endurance and excellence. These words are also synonymous with Lionel Messi who plays as a forward and weaves his magic on the football field.Just as Lionel Messi is considered the best footballer in the world ,TATA motors which is Indias premier automotive manufacturer gives wheels to the people of India with its wide range of vehicles. Both believe in excelling in whatever they do and set examples for others to follow. They compliment each other as both are reliable trustworthy and leaders thus Lionel Messi is the natural choice as the brand ambassador of TATA Motors
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  8. Such a beautiful post, even I remember some of my teachers who have been my biggest inspirations!

    When it comes to impacting millions of lives, Yes, we can see both Tata Motors and Lionel Messi being the pioneers here. While the very name Tata is enough to make us go back to all our history books where we have seen there hardly is a comparable name that has contributed so much to the society in such an ethical manner, the very name Messi conjures up images of a boy-man who has turned the world upside down with his talent, determination, discipline and never-give-up spirit. The compatibility between the values they both share is intense and that is the reason this partnership works perfectly.

    With a concern for the society at large,everything that Tata has done has inspired us to dream big, conquer the world and pour all our energy back into the society to do good and inspire good. By facing his demons, Messi has done the same. He enjoys a God-like status in the world today because he dared to dream, achieved the sky and still hasn’t lost his humanity a bit. He is still a child at heart and he gives back with his multiple philanthropic activities just like Tata does!

    Talk to any person in India, ask them about the companies they admire the most. Tata is right there at the top. This name is beyond bottomline, spreadsheets, return on investment and share price. It is equivalent to soul of India-soft, kind, diverse, dynamic, eternal. Just like that Messi has emerged as not just another football player but someone whose very life is an inspiration, whose personal struggles are a template for others to emulate and who has morphed into an eternal legend.

    While it would take eons to write about what makes Tata Motors and Messi great, as their list of achievements is too long for us to even skim over, suffice to say that this partnership is for the ages. As they say, some things are made in heaven 🙂

    Thank you for this opportunity.
    -Richa Shailendra, lovelyricha1@gmail.com

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  9. Inspiration,
    Dedication,
    Discipline,
    Commitment,
    Trust,
    Loyalty,
    Excellence,
    Legacy,
    Immortality.

    These are not mere words but a part of our soul. Not just the ones that we carry around in our individual bodies but that supreme soul that binds us all together in this universe. That is why we teach our children values and morals so that these little pockets of our souls do not die away. But when we look around at our modern day lifestyle and society,it leaves a lot to be desired, right? Wrong 🙂 I would say,as long as we have even 1 shred of humanity left,there is a ray of sunshine and that is what we see here.

    I am inspired by your story just as I am inspired by the stories of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi. As I said above about humanity and ray of sunshine, it is very few icons left in this world who make me feel that way. Both Tata and Messi definitely make it to this short list.

    When we talk about Tata Motors,we talk about the pride that every Indian feels because this is our truly global brand, a brand with a soul, with every product made to help us fly. This is a corporate behemoth that has not amassed its fortunes at the cost of the little man but by being a part of the very grassroots. The legacy of excellence and giving back to the society selflessly is so ingrained in Tata DNA that it has become part of folklore. Even today,in any Indian home, the moment a son/daughter gains employment in a Tata company, nobody talks about salary or CTC, they just thank their lucky stars that they are a part of Tata family. The very soul of India resides in Tata. Tata Motors has taken these very same values global, making Indians proud of what they represent. ‘Look,we represent excellence, with a dollop of old world values, with love and respect’ !

    When we look at Messi, we see a boy with dreams in his eyes and a man who has put everything he had in making them come true, and he did! With singleminded focus,dedication and hardwork, he has managed to outdo every obstacle he faced since his birth personally, healthwise and family financial situation wise. Every obstacle became just another step for him to grow and reach up the sky. And still, every time he walks out on the field, he plays with the same agility, alarcity and a a hunger to prove himself as if it is his first game! He hasn’t achieved his demi-God status without superhuman efforts.

    When these two demi-Gods of their respective fields come together, there are bound to be fireworks and that is exactly what it is! Purely from a corporate point of view, there are rare instances when we see such a perfect fit form. It can be called a divine sign that a symbol of vibrancy and dynamism like no other has taken shape with the partnership of Tata Motors and Lionel Messi. More than a mere advertising gambit,it is an amalgamation of those perhaps ‘lost’ values that the world needs more of,now more than ever. Maybe the Gods are finally happy!

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  10. More than this contest and prizes, the best thing that can happen to this post is that Jenita mam can read this. How I wish it happens!

    //Chemicals were like my best friends, formulas my closest pal// something I loved in this post!

    And congratulations on your exam scores, but something that must have become trivial to all of us now 😆

    Of the thousands of thoughts moving around the Messi-Tata Motors association, here’s a new insight. Messi is also the ambassador for UNICEF for his noble deeds for the betterment of children across the globe. That’s something that truly touched me, more than the football legend in him. On the other side, our Tata Motors could think of making several Indian middle class dreams alive with their Nano. Definitely there’s a touch of humanity behind this. Their association sound to me like humanity meets humanity!

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    1. True that… The exam scores are so insignificant right now and still I do wonder what was I thinking when I was very scared to even touch a book (only school books)…

      Loved your post for #madeofgreat,

      Wish I had a big sis like her, but nope, I am the big sis, and I am nobody like yours 🙂

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