Aishwarya Rao
Make a visit to the science lab in the much esteemed Padma Seshadri School in K.K.Nagar, Chennai and you will see a petite lady with eager brown eyes and a perfectly clad cotton saree, probably going through a student's record. You cannot miss her small frame, the way she wears her reading glasses around her neck and endlessly searches for the pens she keeps losing. Sitting there by herself, she carries a dignity that gently commands respect.

She is one of those few teachers who could pull you by the ear and yet make you feel not-so-bad about it. P.Ds child-like yet crisp voice will make a mockery out your slip yet affectionately tap you to impress her. She has a tendency to stress on the 'n's and 't's and 's's and not a student not enjoys imitating her articulation. As a 'Karuna' club activist she exemplifies an incredible compassion towards animals and effortlessly tells her children to live in a better world.

The sessions in the football ground, her high-pitched dictations and her elegant 'P.D' signature on the notebooks are now only memories that will live forever. I, at this moment, am only upset that I wont get another chance to tell her how she has touched my life with her genuine love for people and her generous compliments for my biology diagrams. I wish I had visited the lab a couple of weeks ago. I wish I had told her what a truly amazing person she is. I pray that her students never forget the lessons she taught. May she be the prettiest angel in heaven.
8 Responses
  1. Kavi Says:

    That was a lovely tribute. I havent met or know PD, but now i think i do. Yes, may she be the prettiest angel in heaven !


  2. Mark IV Says:

    with you totally on that. PD was more than a friend, teacher, mentor and a living example. and she will always come to life from within us every time we feel the kinder heart out pour.
    A fitting homage to Mrs. Praveena Devarajan. only a fleeting memory in our otherwise preoccupied lives to do our might to make this world a better place...


  3. Hi,
    That was moving...trust me...as Vikram pointed out, she lives on in the light of compassion that we students spread around.....I too wish I had spoken to her a week ago...

    SARVAM SRIKRISHNAARPANAMASTHU!


  4. rads Says:

    That was a beautiful tribute. Teachers are amazing human beings.


  5. Mark Isuak Says:

    shes my dads cousin, my aunt :|


  6. I heard about her death. Truly felt bad for an amazing human being!

    May her soul rest in peace!


  7. Ramya Says:

    This news was more than shocking to all Psbbians !
    None whom she taught can forget her easily ! She's made a difference.


  8. gowri Says:

    There is something abt trying to write abt praveena Ma'am . Words fail me like they are highly inadequate. Even now , when i sit alone in my room at night , reminiscing abt my school days, she comes back to me. I can hear her voice in my head just as clearly. There is nothing abt her that i can ever forget. She was one teacher who thought that I was "sincere". I was quite the opposite of it, but in her classes I listened with rapt attention, did all the homework and actually enjoyed doing it. The pain is still fresh when i think of her, like a knife stabbing me.
    I had met her the previous year, I told her abt how her bio classes had helped me thru BITS's general bio, but i didn't tell her that her words had made me a vegetarian. I still am one. I hope to continue. May her life inspire many, I can never be as great as her , but she inspires me to try.