At the 169th Foundation Day celebrations of Lawrence School at Sanwar Tuesday, members of the teaching faculty had interesting stories to share about their former students who have now become big shots in politics and elsewhere. Mathematics teacher Rajesh Puri, who taught maths for about 35 years in the Sanwar school, recalled an incident with one such pupil, Sukhbir Singh Badal, now Punjab Deputy Chief Minister.
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“One day I was tough with Sukhbir in the class. I punished him the way teachers do sometimes. Sukhbir started crying in the class room,” said Puri. After the class was over, Sukhbir went rushing to the teacher.
“He asked if he could come over to my home after dinner. I said okay,” said Puri.
“When Sukhbir turned up late in the evening at my home, I was not there,” said Puri. Sukhbir complained against me to my wife in chaste Punjabi that “Sir padhaunde padunde hai nahi bus thappar marde rehnde ne( Sir does no teaching at all, all he does is slap),” said Puri.
When Puri got home, Sukhbir made only one request: “Sir, you can beat me black and blue now but please don’t pull me in class in front of the girls”.
Puri said Sukhbir was good in studies and used to take a lot of interest in sports but in maths, he was not that sharp. He used to be a fun-loving boy, Puri said.
Puri said that former J&k Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was one of the brightest students in the school and very good in Maths. He was also the school’s head boy
Founder of HCL Shiv Nadar, who was chief guest at the function, had everyone in splits when he said, “It is the first time that my wife is saluting me today in our over four-decade old married life. You cannot imagine how happy I am today.”
Nadar’s wife was part of the march past with the 1966 batch and saluted the chief guest. As it was golden jubilee year of this batch, all students of that batch were invited to take part in the founder’s day celebration at the Sanwar School.