In the life of any human being there is a person or a number of persons which influenced him or her through the life. I will discuss about one person which influenced me and gave me the power and motivation to go forward in any conditions.
Influential people â€“ A former professor from India
Two days ago I saw a news article about six visiting professors which will lec
ture at Mykolo Romeris University from Vilnius this spring. One of the professors will be Assoc. Prof. Raj Sekhar Basu from Calcutta.
It was the spring of 2012 when I went in Lithuania as an Erasmus student at Mykolo Romeris University, Vilnius. The University was preparing the classes that you could attend based on the number of students per class. One e-mail received from the University changed my life in a positive wayâ€¦
An e-mail can change your life
The e-mail was containing the presentation of two classes and the possibility to register in order to attend them: Journey from Pre-History to Medieval India and Transition from Mughal Rule to English Domination in India. They were saying that the class will be held by a professor from the University of Calcutta, India. I always loved the ancient history and I decided, without any hesitation, to attend the first course, even though it didnâ€™t had nothing to do with Law studies.
First course â€“ last course
In the first course held by this professor, I realized that there were many people (mainly Turks) which are participating and are interested in the ancient history. But Prof. Raj wasnâ€™t the type of person to neglect his lectures or to close the eyes when somebody was not doing his homework. A great professor, if you ask me. The model for others!
Third course â€“ half of the people moved to the second lecture. I understood in that moment that the exigence of him made them make this move.
Two weeks later, I was the single one attending this course. But Mr. Raj never neglected the lectures even though I was the single one attending this course and he had all the reasons to move me to the other and continue with one single course.
Last lecture was actually a Farewell Party about which you can read here.
Working with Prof. Raj
One of the best moments I ever lived.
He saw that Iâ€™m giving an interest in his lectures and that I like to write. He asked me one day if I would like to work with him writing some books he was working on. I accepted the offer without thinking. I still remember what a smile I had on my face. I was so happy.
He was writing a history book about Fiji and Iâ€™m very glad I could contribute to it. Every day, after the lectures, I was going to his residence and writing on that book. And after eating with him Indian food. How much I loved those moments!
How it influenced me
I learned from him that 24 hours it has a day for everybody in this world. Sixteen for some, twelve for others, twenty for others. Depends only on you how you manage your time, if you make it productive or not.
In Lithuania I understood that you can make a lot of things in 18 hours and would be enough to sleep 6 hours. A person doesnâ€™t need more. When somebody asks me how it was the Erasmus for me, I always answer: I learned how to work! Because it was true, I worked and Iâ€™m very proud of my work.
I learned the pleasure of staying in the Library all the night (yes, in Lithuania the libraries are opened all the night). I learned how to socialize, how to interact with people from different backgrounds, how beautiful itâ€™s to promote a culture and how to find motivation to learn new things every day. More than this, how beautiful it was to see Romanians in Spain proud to wear the traditional outfits. And I understood all of these aspects thanks to Mr. Raj and his family.
India have, like all of the countries, ups and downs. He knew how to attract you to learn the good aspects of the Indian life. For him, the questions were the reason to teach you more and research more. A perfectionist.
Hereby I would like to thank him for everything that he thought me and all the help that he offered me. I am a better person because he was a better professor. And I am sure that many people who met him will say the same thing: Thank you Mr. Raj!