The first batch in the new center in Mazgaon passed away without any failures. In addition, a student of my class came in the top. I was known as a good teacher and the next batch saw a phenomenal increase in the number of students. It was not just the success of one teacher but the whole center because the students came because of the reputation of the center.
The success of the batch was so great that the strength of the second batch grew by almost four times the previous batch. Suddenly we were one of the best profit center compared to the head office and another small office in the suburb.
The question bank had grown beyond our imagination. We shared the question bank with other centers and It became a great tool to prepare the students for the exam. As almost all the students were from Government offices and the sole objective was passing the exams, we did focus on the exam perspective but also tried to make them understand the concept without mugging up the information we threw at them.
From the second class, I started observing a new trend. The presence of competition among the students. The competition was so fierce that students would come to us and fight for each and every mark. Sometimes I was blown over by the logic they gave and even though I was supposed to be the teacher, the answer they suggested also seem right. This was good because it meant good results for us. It was not only among the batch, results were compared among batches. After every exam, the next day, all the batches knew how the other batches had fared.
All the teachers have to be in sync. We would be in a difficult position if we gave different answer for the same question in different batches because question papers were discussed in the offices and answers would be verified and re-verified.
It was interesting to see people who had long left studies being so passionate about doing well, even though it was just to get ahead of their colleagues. Most of my students were married and had children. They lived a very routine life compared to work and the classes brought the fun back.
By the fourth batch, we were selling like hot cakes. One of the students came to us and told us how reputed the institute was. He said that if you want to pass exams, go to the rival institute and if you want to learn and pass exams with good marks come to us. I felt so proud of myself that day.
I hardly scolded my students and each and every query was handled with patience. I guess that made me a very popular teacher. One day when I visited the Sales Tax office, I was surprised to know many people knew me there by my name.
I took a class on computer network which went for more than three hours. It was a class where I did the talking and the students listened. I taught all batches at once because it involved explaining some the networking concept for more that three hours and it was quite boring. Among all the teachers in all the location, Chetan and I were the best teachers for the subject.
We were called in all centers to give that particular subject but I have to agree that it could get pretty boring to listen to someone for three hours. I would give them breaks but then I would find them getting all sleepy. I remembered by school and college days when I would sit for such classes feeling quite bored. I tested if my students would be awake by speaking the most insane lines during a boring explanation like;
“So a LAN is small group of Network and Madhuri Dizit danced so well in Tezaab and each computer can be connected to the server”
If the crowd was paying attention, then there would be surprise from most of them. Others would suddenly look up with the sudden burst of laughter and did not get the joke at all. These were the people who can sleep with their eyes open.
My classmates who had joined my present company confirmed that the job they took was not according to the job description given by the HR. This was the same job I rejected because it had the word “Hardware” in it. They informed me that the company was recruiting people for the same job. We decided to try again. Chetan, Rahul and I went for the interview
I found the same person who took my Interview last time. I found the same HR person who was with him. I got the same aptitude test. They almost asked me the same question with a variation here and there. Again I got selected but Chetan and Rahul did not make it. I guess it was my good luck.
By the end of July 2000, I was ready to leave the job. For the first time, I had a batch only of teenagers. It was our first non-government students batch. It was more difficult controlling them. Adults are easier to control but teenagers have this bundle of energy that they want to do more. They are also fast learners.
I had to leave the batch mid-way because my joining date was very near. It was a teary farewell from all the students. The job I was joining was totally different from the job I was doing. I was a king here and the new job had a description of customer support where customer was the king. Things were about to change
I left the company after staying one and half year. I also had to leave the hardware company as I did not have time to work there.
On 5 September 2000 I joined my present company
To be continued……………