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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

You are my Wonderla

What a moment!!! This is what children are.... and this unpredictability of their love and adoration is the sanctity of this profession. I am truly humbled and touched by my student Amal's portrait of me. This year's teacher's day came with a wrapped wonder, my career best token of love from a student!!! Amal, I can only offer you the infinity of love and support for a life time, dear. You conquered me and reminded me that children are a world of wonders, of untainted and unconditional love. You are the fuel for my passion for this profession; you refresh me every day, you reinstate my faith in humanity, you make me better than what i was as a teacher and as a person. I repeat my usual words: "Not only teachers inspire students, students too inspire teachers". Lots of love and blessings, dear.
With Amal.  He is a student of Class XII at KV, INS Dronacharya, Kochi.
                                                                                                     --Santhosh Kana

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                                             -Santhosh Kana 

Monday, September 5, 2016

A surprise on Teacher's Day, Kochi

This came under the section "TO OUR BELOVED CLASS TEACHERS" in the student edition of The Times of India, Kochi, today on 5th Sept,2016.

Saikripa Sethuraman of Class XI-Commerce,KV INS Dronacharya, has been popular in print and visual media for her extraordinary collection of more than three thousand key chains. Like the splendid variety of key chains in her collection, she is a multi-talented girl who can be the key for a teacher to enter the ever widening wonderland of the creative mind of children. 

I am honored and touched by this pleasant surprise she gave me on Teacher's Day. Blessings and lots of love.
                                              --Santhosh Kumar Kana
                             during the release of my book KALLAVANDI at Ernakulam.

Sunday, September 4, 2016


Interviewer:Do you actually do something than posting pics and scribbling stuff on your blog, facebook and bla bla bla??? :)

Me: I am a teacher. You know, it's a real, hectic race against time from Monday to Saturday.

Interviewer: Ha ha!! Are you kidding? Teachers and hectic schedule??!! come on. It is the most leisurely job, i know. so, stop giving me all that okay?

Me: Please don't say that. I teach six classes each with a strength of 40, that makes it 240 in total,right? It's not giving lecture, but correcting their notes regularly and giving feedback, making question papers every month and correcting answer scripts and preparing mark sheets in three to four days time!! Plus result analysis to be prepared for parent teacher meeting every month end. Of the eight periods a day, i have to teach six periods!! And out of the two periods free, i need to do correction work and many other paper work. I leave home by 7.30 am and the classes start by 8.30 going up to 2.40 pm. No, it's not over. I give extra classes for an hour. It will be 5 pm when i get back home. so, from 7.30 to 5 pm i am at work. After reaching home i make a cup of tea for me and go out shopping for vegetables and stuff. Now it is cooking time. Some days, washing clothes too. Then preparation for next day!! it doesn't mean preparing lessons alone, but preparing lots of data of students regarding their personal details, academic performance, fee structure etc. etc. in between i take some time off to go online. And on weekends (Sunday, since Saturday is also a working day) or holidays, may go out and unwind myself  It's been fifteen years since i joined the profession, worked and travelled many parts of the country and abroad as well.  And the "bla bla bla" are just frail efforts to restore the ebbing zeal and hope: i scribble my loneliness, upload my hopes and post my dreams. How life would be otherwise for a teacher, have you ever imagined?? Do you know how hard it is to  keep a consistently cheerful face, a paternal/maternal concern for children? The priceless moments with children make it our day every day.

(The interviewer's dazed face puts an abrupt end to the interview!!! :) )
                                                      ---- Santhosh Kumar Kana