Thursday, April 28, 2011

Living in the hills



I am at my college, in Thandavpur, 18 kms from Mysore, Karnataka. Forget about the social activities like cinemas, theaters, malls, parks, fountains or shopping centers, there is no power supply for at least 6 hours per day, every day. But then yeah, its green, I get to eat healthy food and I have peace of mind. And, right now I am glued to a state of the art computer with an unlimited wi-fi connection (Courtesy to my college's growing infrastructure) writing this post (You must think I’m jobless. I actually am!). As it is said, everything has its own advantages and disadvantages.


Now for those who don't know, I am a lecturer in this college. Have been teaching Computer Science for B.Sc horticulture students since the beginning of the year and I love my job.


To tell you something about my students, there's no cool group or a in-crowd. They are a bunch of 30 students, trying to blend themselves in the small crowd. I have students from across the country, Bihar, Chandigarh, Kerala, Bangalore, Dharwad, to name a few. They form a mixture of suburb and rural lives surviving in a village unknown to them. I can understand how difficult it must be for my students to adapt to a totally new environment. I consider myself blessed not to have endured a life away from family over a long period.


Teaching Computer Science to them was almost fun. Almost because not many of them have had knowledge about computers before, this made my job difficult to certain extent. For them, it was an object they were, if I could say, afraid of. They perceived computers as something vulnerable and breakable. It did take some time for them to come out of the shell. At one point I had to unplug the computer just to show them computers do not bite! It was hilarious actually. Now as I am almost done with the semester, they are much better at computers and masters at Facebook!!


I still have no idea how good a teacher I am. I guess it is too early to decide on that but what I do know for certain is I love teaching and this is one profession I consider not to be monotonous (Considering, having tried 3 other professions). But, never know, I might start looking at horizons to spread my wings. But for now, it is teaching and I AM LOVING IT!!











4 comments:

  1. Good one!!!!

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  2. hey nice reading ur blogs for the first time actually.. love the jelly beans behind :D but had to struggle a lil wid the titles.. heheehe.. nonetheless good ya u writing ur experiences. :D all the best and keep it coming.. sometimes sharing experiences makes things easier :D

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