Once, a snake fell on me from the roof in the classroom. On another occasion, while on a bike, I fell on a snake as my bike skidded
The Hush Post: Rajinikant Mendhe, a teacher in Bhor, Maharashtra starts his journey early morning to a school in village Chandar in Bhor. But this school has just one student. Mendhe’s only student is eight-year-old Yuvraj Sangale. And he has been travelling for him for the past two years.
Just as he reaches the school, the first job Mendhe does is look for his student. “I often find him hiding in the trees. Sometimes I have to catch hold of him from his hut. I know his reluctance. He has to go to school without friends after all?” says Mendhe adding that he had a firend called Rohit but he migrated to Kohlapur. The village has more snakes than human population.
Mendhe says when it rains, the track turns messy and it becomes impossible to ride. The village is in MP Supriya Sule’s constituency but villagers say she has never visited to even campaign during elections. The only government officials who last turned up here were for the polio vaccine.
Mendhe says, he started teaching here eight years ago when there were about a dozen students. The children were intelligent but many dropped out since higher education was far.
The school was built 32 years ago. But the place is full of snakes.
Once, a snake fell on me from the roof in the classroom. On another occasion, while on a bike, I fell on a snake as my bike skidded,” Mendhe says.
In the name of light the villagers have kerosene lamps and that also takes its toll on the school. But Mendhe has done his bit of innovation. Using a few wires and a TV set, he has been able to set up an computer facility. This despite the fact that the villagers do not have electricity.
The isolation of the village has claimed many lives including of a woman who died on way to a hospital. She had high fever and gave up on life on way to the hospital.
Mendhe, meanwhile is stuck. He could have applied for a transfer after five years, but relocations are based on vacancies. And then he is too attached to his pupil.