The teacher

I wanted to be a teacher ever since I could remember. I graduated from kindergarten and told my parents that I was done with school. When they looked at me puzzled, I told them I was going to be a Kindergarten teacher. “I know my ABC’s,” I said, “I know everything you need to know in kindergarten.”

I ended up going to school, and although I didn’t become a kindergarten teacher, I became a teacher. I taught French and Theatre at the Alliance Française de Madras for over a decade and wrote and directed plays for them. My performed scripts include Alladin Et Sa Lampe Tragique, a comic sequel to the Arabian Nights tale, Vous Allez Voir Ce Que Vous Allez Voir, inspired by the poems of Jacques Prévert, Lettres d’Amour, a bilingual interpretation of love letters between Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and Qui Va Jouer Scapin?, a comedy about a troupe rehearsing for Molière’s Les Fourberies de Scapin.