Shri C. Srinivasa Iyengar
Sreeman C. Srinivasa Iyengar, one of the greatest teachers of his time at P S High School would have been a centenarian now to bless me and other old students of P S High School had it not been for his departure in 1998. He was a product of the P S High School and also served the institution. His academic excellence at College (BA with distinction) would have helped him easily in landing up in a lucrative position, for that was his father’s ambition. On the other hand, he wanted to be a teacher. That was the wonderful man, Mr. Srinivasa Iyengar.
Many of his old students speak high of his exemplary teaching methods. His extempore lecture about the geographical features of European and Orient countries spoke well of his mastery over the subject and he for never referred to any books, fondly recall his old students.
He has authored many books in History & Geography. He has helped Professor Neelekanda Sastri in compiling the book History of India. One of his best works is the Lifco’s dictionary for students.
He was a sociable person, cracking jokes at nobody’s expense. Sometime he would narrate certain thing that never happened in such a way that one would believe that as a true statement, only later, to realize that it was just his great imagination.
As a sincere head of the family he, with the guidance of his minister of Home Affairs, his wife affable Kamala Mami, looked after his children, gave them good education and if today they are all better placed in life, they owe very much to him.
He faced personal tragedies in his life and took all that as god’s will and as part of the game of life. Longfellow’s poem seems to be written for Mr. Srinivasa Iyengar.
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
P.A.Ranganathan (The author is a younger colleague of Shri C.Srinivasan in P.S.High School. He was also Srinivasan’s neighbour in Vedachala Gardens.)
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