My maama-maternal uncle- Dr K ( whom I thought i would grow up to marry) is very witty and versatile- a near genius. Though his subject is Bio Chemistry, he has been a thesis guide to literature students unofficially. He also happens to be a Dean in a University in the States.
At one time, decades ago, he returned to India and tried doing his bit for the country but could not really fit in. His son is back in India trying to do the same now.
K Maama is 55 yrs old. He had been smoking and had also put on a lot of flab. However the last 1 year or so he had toned down on both.
He suffered a heart attack on Monday.
I have not met him in eight years. And was worried that I may never again do so. But God has been kind.
Last heard, he has been joking with everyone at the hospital. When a nurse introduced herself as a nurse at the hospital, K said nice to meet you, I'm K, a patient at the hospital.
And he's been telling everyone about the lecture he gave last Friday where he presented the case of a heart attack victim, and then says that he should have chosen a different topic!!
My other maama was born on Teacher's Day. My amma is a gifted woman who happened to be a professor of English, before she gave it up for Anushka. My appa is among the greatest coaches who also leads by example. And Anush of course is my favourite teacher of late.
Here is to all of you and the more typical ones by definition- school and college teachers- who taught me a thing or more in the subject called LIFE!!