The Teacher From Bihar

The Teacher From Bihar

"You Can't Imagine How This Poor Bihari Boy Climbed The Wall Of This Big Private Institution."

I can still remember these words uttered almost twelve years ago were enough for you to judge the importance and impact of these words on me and my life. His facial expressions and moist eyes are still fresh in my memory. His eyes conveyed his entire story to me in a second. I don't know what others present in that class felt at that time, perhaps some have laughed at his emotions but those emotions touched my heart which inscribed these words for always.

I am talking about my Math teacher of 11th and 12th class Mr. Pathak. He was from Bihar an upper cast who was affected by V.P.Singh's government agreeing and applying of Mandal Commission report in 1989-90. The Mandal Commission was formed to analyze social differences in society which effected in increase of quota of reservation for SC, ST and OBC. Bihar being the initiator of Mandal movement experienced most discrimination on caste lines resulted in neglecting of upper caste students. Mr Pathak being from the upper caste was caught in this politics which lead him to leave his village and state to study in Delhi.

He usually told us the stories of his village school which was devoid of any modern facilities. He was impressed by his math teacher who was devoted to his students even in such a poor condition. He wanted to be like him and teach his village students. The sentence I mentioned above was showing his pain of leaving his native place and his struggle after enforcement of Mandal commission. At that time I was not much aware of Mandal-Kamandal politics, neither I understood his mention of it in the class room, I was just touched by his emotions and experienced his pain of struggle. I think he was driven by his pain of leaving his native place which helped him performing strong in the big city.
This became the reason of pursuing my higher education through correspondence than regular college. Although I secured marks enough to get admission in a good reputed college but my passion was and is writing which I thought I could pursue without a regular college degree so I left my seat for someone more deserving who was nurturing dreams like my teacher from Bihar to teach his people and make an impact on their life.

I never met Mr Pathak after school but two years with him in school realized me that he was #madeofgreat.  He crossed all economical, political and social hurdles to become a teacher of a reputed school which was looking impossible at one point of time in his life. Perhaps one day he would fulfill his dream to open a school in his native village to teach his people. He was a good teacher whom I remembered even today. I don't know why I never met him again but now I think it’s time to have a rendezvous with him.

You can have a rendezvous with Amazan Voucher worth Rs 750 by sharing your thoughts on below question. The best answer will be picked by me and will be awarded by Indiblogger. 

What Do You Think of Tata Motors' Association With Lionel Messi? 

This post is linked to Made of Great contest by Tata Motors in association with Indiblogger


  1. An inspiring story of Mr Pathak....God knows how many would have been affected by dirty politics!

  2. What an inspiring teacher. He triumphed against all odds and armed with determination. As they say, the great doer is never a pessimist. Hope he fulfills his dream of opening a school in his village.

  3. He sure is an inspiring teacher. I bet its an honour to study under his guidance. Great post.

  4. After reading your post, I can only say that Mr.Pathak is indeed #madeofgreat. Even I was lucky enough to have excellent teachers throughout my school and college who dedicated their whole life to the teaching profession.

    Coming to the association of Tata Motors with Messi, it’s indeed a great one. It’s a pleasure to see someone great like Messi associate with Tata Motors which is one of the most respected and popular automotive company in the world. Messi has made the right choice by endorsing a company like Tata Motors. The partnership will definitely help both of them.

  5. Nice post! Some teachers leave a permanent footprint in our hearts.
    As far as Tata and Messi are concerned, I just have one thing to say, when Durability meets Excellence, the only way is ‘Forward’!

  6. very thought provoking and inspirational post. I applaud you for leaving a seat for a deserving when you could easily get to the best college. Am taking a learning from this post.

  7. Hats off to Mr. Pathak and a heartfelt thanks to you and your writing passion. Today because of your writing passion we come to know about Mr. Pathak and how he influenced your life. You must meet him someday, I am sure he will feel proud.

    Answer of your question:
    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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  9. 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

  10. Your post defines #madeofgreat to the hilt. Goodluck for the contest
    My answer is:
    Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the pillars of strength on which TATA have built a brand that has put India on the global map. It is a brand that has stood the test of time just like Lionel Messi who tackles opposition on the field with his skill,agility,strategy,brilliance and raw power to reach and score a goal so has been the track record of TATA motors who has become a brand leader and a global giant. These qualities make TATA Motors and Lionel Messi perfect partners who stand for the same set of values thus Lionel Messi is the perfect brand ambassador to represent TATA Motors.
    Hope my best to be a winner here; do contact me for the prize at
    fingers crossed

  11. He is inspiring. I bet, he has ignited such a spark in many others. Good luck for the contest. :)

  12. Your post describes #madeofgreat so well that it has winner written all over it. Good luck for your entry.
    Here is my answer.
    Like minds think and act alike looking at the track record of TATA Motors it has stood the test of time and built a business that was built using bricks of hard work on a foundation of trust. Authenticity, reliability, simplicity, as well as its commitment to innovation are the trademarks of brand TATA Motors. These same qualities are present in Lionel Messi who with his immense talent has made a mark for himself on the international football field .Facing all hardships he has worked hard toiling on the fields and in training sessions facing injuries and pressure to come out trumps and be a winner. Thus these two greats Lionel Messi and TATA Motors are made for each other .There association is a bond of two legends
    In case you pick me a winner my email id is :
    Fingers crossed :)

  13. Your math teacher seems like a wonderful man! we need more teachers like him because he can shape students into becoming equally sensitive and wise! :)
    Reg your question, well I feel that this partnership is perfect because Both brands have built themselves on pure excellence. they will continue to create things that will inspire all of us.. they are both #madeofgreat and being together, they are unbeatable :) Like Joseph Campbell said: A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.

  14. Brilliant inspiration!

    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!

    Prajakta Sinha

  15. Haven't been commenting but I really liked the person you have chosen to talk about. Very inspiring indeed. My parents are teachers too and my mother has a very similar story like Mr. Pathak. Great post.


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