I kept going back to substitute whenever there was a requirement and I would always stop by in front of her classroom whenever I would get a chance.
Anshita lost her father when she was barely two years of age. She was raised by a strong mother who instilled the power of positive thinking and how to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Even though resources were limited, she and her mom always lived blissfully. Her mother was very understanding and open, that was probably the reason Anshita walked on the right path.
She did well in school and got admission in Miranda house. She later got a scholarship for her master’s degree in education. It was an expensive course and a relief for Anshita as resources were limited.
Recently I heard that she got married and left the school after seven years. Though I was really happy for her, I was a bit heartbroken as I would not be able to meet her. I called to check on her and got to know that she met her husband during one of her travel trips. They became good friends and they realised they loved each other’s company. “I would never get bored with you.” He told her (which was true because it was simply enchanting to be with her).
I asked her what she liked about him, she shared, “He says that I have spent 28 years without him, I don’t need him for making my own decisions, for every small little thing.” He just loves her the way she is and doesn’t want her to change.
Anshita’s father passed away when she was still a toddler. Her mother always focused on education and ensured that she stands up on her own feet. Somewhere Anshita realised the power of education, and probably that is why she chose that field. So much so, that even after leaving the school, she has joined an organization that focuses on early childhood education in Jammu and Kashmir. She keeps traveling there for work with the same zeal and dedication.
I asked her what has been her learning so far from life and experiences. She said, “Don’t judge anyone, especially children, they are so pure.”
I asked her why she chooses to be only with small children, she said, “because they heal me.”