Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Nicest little thing

It was the nicest, cutest little thing. I went to my sophomore section B class at 12 noon. They were waiting for the arrival of some key elements. Shahab Saheb also dropped in, and so did Mr. Zafar Qasim. Students gathered around as we chatted very informally and cordially. Some other faculty members couldnt or didnt come. They missed it. Then the cake arrived which was stopped at the gate by security (no surprises). There was comment about the security person at the gate boasting about being a special services group guy while my fellow faculty member Anita asked them to clear it in.
All this while, there was a knife in front of me, and we were joking about hypothetical scenarios about it. Then, the knife was put to the cake and I cut out two pieces from it. The students were impressed by my expertise. Well, two and a half years, cooking and what not, in the US didnt go to waste. I still remember those days and I loved cooking. I just hope no one tells my in-laws to be, whoever and wherever they are, otherwise, my wife to be would have frequent headaches asking her better half to cook instead.
Anyway, the ladies did the rest of the honors to the cake. Oh, and it was also the birthday for one of my students, and she sliced the cake, too while we wished her happy birthday. We ate the cake, there were photos taken. Then the biggest and sweetest bouquet that I have ever been given was presented to me and I was touched. Then another nice and pretty bouquet was given to me by some other students and I appreciated their gesture, too. As I carried them over to my lab, I was spotted by many people, I'm sure they'd been envious, and why shouldnt they, as not everyone gets so much loving and caring. As for me, I dont know what I did to deserve it. I wonder what I ever did to deserve a lot of other things I've earned in life, and the pointer always points to the never ending prayers that my parents, my friends and my students give to me selflessly.
I brought the bouquets back to my place and photographed them to save and cherish the memory forever. I'll upload them soon. So, thank you everyone for this gesture of your love. I couldnt repay you for your feelings, actions and words for me.
Oh, and I was also asked to say how I felt, but I had already decided to save the emotional speech for the last class. I just hope teardops dont break the dam. So, my students, wait till Saturday morning. I love you all, and pray and await for your successes in life.

7 comments:

M Shoaib Sheikh said...

Well sir we all believe in your expertise by heart and soul undoubtedly.And I also believe the same about your cooking expertise as you have over your profession.I wish you Godspeed.

M Shoaib Sheikh said...

Well sir we all sophomores believe in your expertise by heart and soul undoubtedly.And I also believe the same about your cooking expertise as you have over your profession.I wish you Godspeed.

Muhammad Saqib Ilyas said...

Thanks Shoaib. I think it's about the feeling of creating something. That wonderful feeling that you derive when you know you've created something is irreplacable. Whether it is software development, hardware development, building a circuit or cooking.

Sarfaraz Ahmed Soomro said...

Salam Sir.
one of my friend said it once "yaar cheetay tu buhat hotay hain, magar asal cheeta woh hota hay jis ka attitude acha ho", so this is all i think you've done. A good character overshadows everything i guess. There are many people out there who are good at things but they really aren't courteous, helping and downtowards. IMO and in the opinion of others, you are a great source of inspiration! really ! MashAllah, may Allah help you in attaining success after success and so on :), jazakAllah

Muhammad Saqib Ilyas said...

I can only thank Allah for the praise that I am getting that I do not deserve. May Allah bless you all and enable us all to be good.

Sabrina Malik said...

I wouldnt write abt the details of the farewell here ,as you have already read them on my blog but surely i have seen very few teachers getting this much respect and love ever since i have got into N.E.D and this time when we planned abt giving you a farewell you wouldnt believe how much enthusiastic every student was ....we argued abt the best way to bid you farewell and we continued arguing till the other day when it was finally organized...some of the students gave their viva earlier of their scheduled times because they had to go do their part of the work for the party....and the other's voluntarily let them have their turn in the viva.....bcz it was only the viva day when the party was planned .The cards were brought at 10 pm in a rush...I mean its very difficult to go into little details which exactly show how much we all respect you and are going to miss you but one thing is for sure...and that is "ITS ALL WORTHIT"..U deserve much more then that..and mere words cannot descibe the feelings

Muhammad Saqib Ilyas said...

You're giving me tears in my eyes again.