Mr M Kharga’s pens his thoughts as a Master in St Paul’s School.
Still remember walking up the chapel slope, gingerly, on to the quad of the hallowed portals of St. Paul’s as a young master on 2nd March 1998 at 8 in the morning. Coming from a college teaching background, was initially apprehensive and had to make a crucial decision – stay on as a lecturer in a government college with its own set of advantages or join St. Paul’s – with all its fame, aura and sophistication. The second proposition seemed irresistible. Met Mr. Howard, the then Rector, and said to myself – it can’t get better than this……and took the plunge. I knew that the school with its outstanding legacy and heritage would be a cut above the rest. Must say, I took one of the best decisions in life and has been an memorable journey ever since – no looking back. Here I am now, delighted to have completed my silver jubilee in the school’s 200th year!
Having worked in various roles and capacities over the last two and a half decades, I can say with conviction that the school has not only moulded generations of Paulites but masters alike; every day is a new learning curve for we as teachers. Personally it has been a very rewarding and enriching experience, truly it is an institution par excellence.
Privileged to have worked under some excellent Rectors, Senior Masters and very capable teachers – Mr. David Howard, Mr. Sunirmal Chakravarthi, Mr. Thomas Mukhia, Mr. Ricardo Soler, Mr. Arun Jayal (my HOD) and our present Rector – Mr. Peter Lepcha, being prominent. They all have played a significant role in my professional growth. Having taught so many batches of Paulites – their success has brought me delight and contentment, to see that all of them have carved a niche for themselves. Remember most of the boys, especially all from my first batch in 1998; might have just forgotten a few faces though. Wish to take this opportunity to thank all my colleagues – past and present who have helped me significantly in achieving this personal milestone. Your steadfast support have kept me going.
Very grateful to the school administration and the chief guest for our bi-centennial Speech Day, Hon’ble Mr Justice Sanjib Banerjee (Old Paulite 1980), Chief Justice of Meghalaya, for the kind gesture in appreciation of my services. I am truly honoured.
La vie est belle!
Moniti Meliora Sequamur