The other day,we anxiously waited, along with hundreds of local people, for the royal entourage to arrive on the slated time. Well, it is understandable that we had to wait for almost three quarters of a day for the Tokha! I wore my black gho while Choden was at her best in her non-descript kira except that she looked much older than i thought, but she is still like a tiny diamond that glows ceaselessly in my heart! No big deal.
When the HM and his entourage did arrive, lunch was served with haste since it was past 3 pm. I along with few more teachers had to overlook the students involved in serving to the masses. "Be careful!", all of us warned to eachother. After the lunch, there were some dances and jokes to entertain the retinue. It is difficult to find anything funny in such a solemn gathering as that. So, by dusk we were back to our respective homes, much to our own relief.
Hmmm.., the teachers around the country is awaiting yet another Teachers' Day. Honestly, i have always felt special on that day. It keeps my resignation away for another year or so! Afterall, who wouldn;t resign? If there were greener pastures, i firmly believe more than half of teachers would say "quit!'. There is never a greater frustrations in teachers and doctors than in any professions. Doctors too? Yes ofcourse. Doctors like teachers, are overburdened. Saw their handwriting?:) Dont worry, there is nothing much to get from the shelves. Free drugs are hard to come by easily. Even a normal saline has to be purchased, according to one of the doctors that i follow closely. Having said that, i have to admit that one of my earliest dreams was to become a doctor. But common dreams such as this do change. Towards my high school days, i yearned to become an engineer. Post my graduation, i would have opted to follow law if it was not for my certificates that awarded a meager B.Sc! Few years into teaching service, i had my resignation letter written time and again. lol.
But what next?!
On a generous thought, teaching is good. There are laptop schemes that would gift you with a Sony VAIO and you go on paying instalments even after the the cost price! You have Chigphen Rigphel programs that would enroll you and you have to cough out few more hundreds from your wallet to meet the expenses of the workshop! There is Evaluation Camp in winters that reserves you once you knew the right person.Hmm..knowing the right person? It is there in all walks of our lives. You wouldnt want to attend some scholarship interviews if your relative X was not in the panel. Would you?:) And you wouldn't want to enroll some under-aged children in your school if you werent related to them, would you?. You wouldn't even bother to refer some terminal patients to advanced treatments if they werent related to you. If you chaired the finance of your dzongkhag, you would "pass" the bill so long the claimant is known to you, would you?
Things are complicated in real life. We only learn through experiences.:)