It was my first day at college and we had to select our Majors for our graduation. This was one of THE decisions of our life and going to decide our future. Only few people knew what they wanted to graduate into, rest of us were clueless. After welcome session, we were all called in turn by turn and had our admin guy asking us the choices in his typical South Indian accent. Depending on the choice we made we were classified into batches. Section A for those who wanted to graduate in Finance, Section C for who those in marketing and Section B was a mix of both. My father who is a financial advisor wanted me to opt for Finance and that’s what I put as my choice for majors. But as soon as I stepped out of that room, I overheard my seniors talking to all those who opted for finance. They said if you are going for it, then get ready for the ride of your life with BHARAT SHAH.
Bharat shah, the finance professor was a kind of terror for everyone who opted for finance. He is simply a master in his subject and he can teach finance to even a layman. He can teach you entire day till you get it and that too without taking a single break. He is strict and very particular about the concepts. And the fascinating part of all is that he is a brand ambassador of Bhagat Tarachand, a pure vegetarian joint. He made it so popular that the entire crowd of my college would go there be it birthdays, placements etc. (it is economical too and for people who are students especially finance and want higher returns both tangible and intangible; this worked out to be the best place)
Next day the week’s routine was up on the notice board. The juniors started taking a note of it while the seniors started making plans keeping finance class as constant. It was our finance class on the third day and I could hear whispers around. Then, we saw a simple man with grey hairs and hazy eyes walking into the class. He introduced himself as Bharat Shah and asked everyone to introduce ourselves. After the introduction, he asked us one question. Why do you want to take finance?? Many people started giving him answers as if they were asked why we should take you in our college. This was a common question asked during the Personal interviews while selecting students for MBA. Not satisfied with the answers, he said if you are still not sure, you may like to opt out of it. It’s about your future and may be because of him I decided to take marketing as my majors.
When it was time for his class, there was an invisible announcement of him arriving any time. You can actually see no movements in the class. No one would go for a break. The attendance was 100% because no there was no room for proxies. He would call for our names and look at our faces and then move to the next one. The assignment submissions were never postponed. Everyone was in the class before it started and those who could not, got punishments. The punishments were as cute as he was. Either we had to sing, dance or tell a joke but he would let anyone take their seats until they entertain the entire class. May be that way he uses to break the monotony. Many of us were shy to sing or dance and always use to be in time.
One day I went to see my friend Mouparna in marketing class not knowing that it was time for Mr. Bharat shah to enlighten them. By the time, I could realize he had already stepped in. I tried hiding away and taking an exit, but he caught me. And the same rule applied. So, either I had to dance or sing to let him leave me and go out. So, this time I thought why can’t I dance with him?? So, I grabbed his hand and pulled him up for a ball dance and Oh boy, He was a sport. He danced with me gracefully and took a bow with me in front of the viewers. That was one of the moments for me. Then, time passed and we had new students coming in and it was our time to be seniors. Once, I went to see him in his class. When I entered, he looked at the class and said, do you know who she is?? I make everybody dance but she is the one who has made me dance. I can never ever forget this introduction in my life. It’s been years now and I haven’t met him for long but still. I always remember him and I guess he will one of those professors who are registered in your mind forever!! He has been instrumental in making us take right choice in our life and I know that all my batch mates will agree that we owe a part to him for being wherever we are.