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An Ode to Teachers Outside the Classroom: Teachers’ Day at BYJU’S

Team StoryWeavers|September 30, 2021, 14:51 IST| 2
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Ever had a super supportive colleague who helped you get through tough the times with a simple life hack? It could be as easy as helping you with a spreadsheet trick, teaching you to make a lip-smacking dish or even inspiring you to follow your passion. Afterall, BYJU’S work culture is all about learning and growing together. It helps create a culture of innovation at the workplace. And having a super supportive peer is indeed a cherry on the cake. 

So, this Teachers’ Day, BYJUites seized the opportunity to pay an ode to the wonderful people who have enlightened them with a valuable lesson in life. They participated in a fun #ThankaTeacher Contest and shared heartwarming stories that melted our hearts. These will leave you smiling and thinking about the teachers in your life. Read on!

And the winners are...

Congratulations to the winners! 🙂

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

-Santosh Shelke

A Business Development Associate at BYJU’S, Santosh Shelke shared a heartwarming story about his friend whose fierce life choices will leave you inspired. Meet Krishna, an engineer by degree and who currently works for an IT company in Bangalore. Krishna has a secured job, good earning and a settled life. But all this did not come easily to him. A few years ago, due to some financial issues at home, Krishna opted to work as a food delivery agent to make ends meet. Krishna is a firm believer of hard work, says Santosh. “There is no shame in doing work that gives you bread and butter. Every work is important and should be respected equally.” 

Santosh adds, “Good things come to those who strive for it. I have learnt a lot from Krishna and his life struggles. It motivates me to do better in life.”

Believe in yourself 

-Sasi Rekha

Sasi Rekha, a Trainee with the Product Expert Team, recalls an inspiring story of a 60-year-old woman whose passion for life left an everlasting mark on her. The story is from a time when Sasi had gone for a singing competition. It was a long wait outside the auditorium and while awaiting her turn, she met this lady who struck a conversation with her. As the discussion intrigued, the lady told Sasi how unsupportive her kids were of her dreams, and how she wouldn’t give up on them. At that moment, Sasi realised how passionately this woman is chasing her dreams. It fuelled a self-realization that no matter what stands in the way of your hopes and dreams, there will always be one support system to guide you through. And that’s your own self. 

“We are all our own knights in shining armor. I didn’t get through the audition that day but she did. I took home a great lesson, while she took home the trophy for having faith in herself,” says Sasi.

P.S. Unfortunately, Sasi didn’t take any pictures with the woman. 

Willpower is everything 

-Ruchi Pathak

Meet Jwala! She is a  three-legged female dog whose twinkling eyes and jovial attitude continues to inspire Ruchi Pathak, an Assistant Manager with the Capstone team at WhiteHat Jr. 

“Jwala’s leg was amputated after a tragic road accident. But she is the happiest dog I have ever seen,” says Ruchi, who is in awe of the happiness and joy that lies in Jwala’s eyes. “The way she (Jwala) still looks at the world around is so inspiring. I have learnt a great lesson from Jwala, that you are the innate fire of life itself – the will to live, and to heal.”

Be your own hero

-Gulab Hassan

Gulab is another name for rose. It’s a beautiful plant that symbolises beauty, warmth and compassion. At BYJU’S, we have an employee who shares this beautiful name. Meet Gulab Hasan, a Business Development Associate, who has a beautiful story about his life’s first teacher – his mother. 

Whatever I am today is because of my mother’s teachings, says Gulab. “I used to be bullied as a child because of my name, Gulab.  My classmates would tease me as it was the name of a flower. It would always upset me. One day, I came back home and burst into tears in front of my mom,” he recalls. 

That’s when his mother brought a fresh perspective into his life. She told him that even though rose is a beautiful, delicate plant, it also has a tough exterior that protects it. Life is also like that. So, be your own hero and stand up for yourself. “From that day onwards, I never took any offense and learnt to appreciate life as well as my name,” Gulab shares.

Little sparks of kindness 

-Tooba Khan

Our colleagues are the mentors and friends we turn to for guidance at the workplace. Tooba Khan’s story is on these very lines. The Academic Specialist recollects an amazing life lesson shared by a senior colleague at BYJU’S. 

“My senior taught me to never give up on any student,” says Tooba, adding, “Think of the kid as your own child and you will be able to find a solution to his/her issue. It was an eye-opening life lesson for me.” Tooba says she has learnt to respect the diversity of her class and put kindness above everything else, all because of one life hack shared by her super supportive colleague.

Teaching may come in different forms, but it will always leave you with a valuable lesson. 

Liked what you read? Let us know the valuable lesson(s) you have learnt from your mentor(s) in the comment section below. 

About the Author

Harshita looks for stories in almost everything. A hopeless dreamer and a movie buff, she is known for laughing at her own jokes and being proud of it. She has a thing for sarcasm, wit and everything savage. A supporter of the underprivileged, she will totally judge you for being rude to the waiter in a restaurant. Loves conspiracy theories and myths and prefers dogs over humans. She is an impulsive writer and hopes to write a book someday.

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Debashish Chatterjee

September 22, 2021

Great insights and teachings from these stories!! Very inspiring indeed. Thank you Harshita for bringing these to us. Great contribution indeed!! Keep it up!!


September 22, 2021

Really heart touching and life lesson giving stories..


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