Our maths teacher in the school had a very very bad habit of walking all the time…. she was just too honest with her job for our liking… I mean a lot of the teachers would read their stuff when they would give us our work…. but she would always keep walking in the class peeking into your books to ensure that all were doing their stuff….
This used to annoy us a lot, we fools of all…. never understood maths…. and we had reached a point of helpless ness… Trigonometry no matter how much they explained to us…. never went in….!!! it just didnt make any sense…. it doesnt today either….
This maths teacher, Kaul Madam was her name, eventually got a name from her students (ungrateful that we are) of billi…. a cat on the prowl…. She was a very good lady and a good teacher, but we all just didnt understand and hated Maths just too much… !!!! This name was passed on from years before we came into her class in Higher Secondary….
So one day while she was on a prowl…. one of our class mate Vijay (ma best friend) , purred… !! ” meow meow ”
She knew they teased her as a Cat and immediately she turned around and asked who was it…. somehow she got the impression that someone from the last benches made the noise…. however the culprit was on the second row… so she was way off target….
She was (is) not very strict but maybe she had a bad day that day…. she made the whole class stand up on the bench… then she went to the last bench and kept asking… nobody actually knew…. who purred… she slapped 4-5 students asking who was it… give me the name…. !! Strangely enough most of my class’es last benchers were actually rankers and really studious students and not as mischiveous as Last Benchers are normally believed to ……. after she had slapped 4-5 students we all thought it would pass away… but she had probably decided that she wouldnt let the offender go unpunished that day and made us stand for the whole period and kept prompting to tell who did it…..
Eventually she uttered…. tell the truth and I will forget…. and the smart ass came up ahead and accepted that he did it and he was sorry….
as Kaul madam neared him, Vijay sitting behind me had both his hands on his cheeks fearing slaps….
to the surprise of everyone and the disgust of the students who had been slapped… Kaul Madam actually praised the guy for his honesty whats more… she made all the students clap 10 times for his honesty….. !!!!! Can you believe that ???
‘Boy did we have a tough time defending Vijay that day in Recess….. !!!!! phew…..
Had I been the one who was slapped…. I am sure I would have made mince meat of him ….