Its what a school is all about the training to follow the dotted line..Its about just being like others . Not any different . The similar dress, haircut, similar thinking , presentation everything. Its for the teacher to trim the frills, soften the sharp edges, even if it means making the learners a little more duller, automatons who churn out notebooks with red lines, projects which are presentable . Its all about uniformity, notebooks with a long authoritative tick. Its about fitting in and never standing out . Its about writing just what is needed not more , not less, in the ordinary language lest examiners penalize verbosity, pedantry ..in general showing off. Its about what you can do in that limited space and forge ahead..make a difference ..after all the differences have been ironed out. That’s what a school is all about ..creating photocopies , those who think alike and work alike and do what is told.
Once in a while there comes a someone who refuses to walk the dotted line and there’s hue and cry..humiliations in PTA meetings, expressions of anger , helplessness.. and then as if out of the blue ..the unpredictability of life .. life that never follows the dotted line..just when life has fit into a pattern,…the fickleness of it all is exposed ..yet the dotted line beckons..
A spirited youth left for the heavenly abode yesterday…Akshay RIP