As a student, when I was in Holy Cross, I never managed to get to the bottom of things in my science curriculum. As soon as I joined DPS, “Darbhanga Public School”, my first exam was a terrible failure. The reason being, in Holy Cross, I was used to knowing answers to the questions which were given only at the last of an exercise/chapter. In DPS, the trend was completely different.
There were no “house-wife-teachers” like in HC, though I must say that there were a few really good teachers in HC. There used to be no “line-by-line” reading of chapters, but lectures. Students used to copy down whatever they grasped from them and then, make their own notes on the basis of understanding.
Initially, this pattern of study was not what I was used to. I was used to something which was very near to “spoon-feeding” and so, I failed in getting proper concepts. Gradually, over a period of one year and some realization from my bad result, I started to work hard and started grasping things and understanding them.
And then, finally, there was a time, when I could understand the things that were being talked about in class by teachers. Thanks to teachers like “MKM Sir”, “BM Sir”, “BKJ Sir”, that my concepts in science and maths improved and I started liking and following them. Though, this did not make much difference in my result, but still, now I was a better student because instead of just learning the things, I now tried to get to the bottom of things. Questions like, why? how? etc..
I remember, when for the first time, I followed the laws of motion, theory of relativity and other similar stuff, I was so fascinated, that I started scribbling in my diary about equations. Stupid me, somehow, I tried to relate 1mt on earth with 1mt on moon and then, using some equations, came to a relation between the “time on earth” and “time on moon”.
Time flies by. I am no more the physicist I wanted to be. Instead, I am a computer engineer.
It was DPS, which shaped my future.