Lotus or Colossus
Lotus or Colossus is a tribute by the senior author at Mindauthor, Mr. Chandra Prakash Misra to his elder brother, mentor and guide, Mr. Jagdish Behari Misra on his Death Anniversary- September 27.
I am still unable to decide whether my elder brother Mr Jagdish Behari Misra, my mentor or creator who served as a lecturer at the English and Modern European Languages Department at Lucknow University from 1958 to 1975, was a lotus or colossus. He was tender, generous, kind hearted and imaginative like a lotus. At the same time, he was brave, courageous, firm and resolute like colossus.
Mr. J.B.Misra was a prodigy. He was born in a lower middle class family. So he had no facility which the children of the rich have. Our parents had no financial resources to teach us in good private schools and to arrange tutors for us. So, he was sent to normal government aided schools, yet he always got first position from primary classes to PG class. He arranged his education with the money of his scholarship, which he obtained from 9th class to M.A. He did his MA in English and achieved gold medal in English in undergraduate as well as post graduate level. He went to England for higher studies and did post graduate in linguistics as well as diploma in teaching English as a foreign language from Leeds University in Scotland. In Leeds too, he succeeded with distinction.
Mr. J.B.Misra was not only a great scholar but also a devoted son, loving brother, faithful husband and affectionate father. After untimely death of his father, he shouldered the burden of the family patiently and ably. He served our ailing father and turned down the offer of the Gorakhpur University to serve there as Reader because he could not ignore his duty as a son. While our eldest brother who was in west Bengal at that time didn’t come even at the time of our father’s death. Mother’s wishes were God’s words for him. He did his best to carry them out. He got his sister married and went on solving her family’s problems throughout his life. He not only educated his wife, but also arranged lectureship for her in a PG college. He brought up his daughter affectionately but could not finish her education and settle her due to untimely death.
Mr. Mishra was a very generous and kind hearted man. After his Death, many of his students revealed that he help them with books, clothes and money. During vacations and holidays, many of his students would come to him for guidance and help to get their educational as well as personal problems solved and he would do his best to solve them. He never accepted money as fee for coaching. He would even go to his student’s residence to coach them, even though, he didn’t know driving.
Mr J.B.Misra was my icon. He was not only my friend, philosopher and guide, but the creator of my personality. His personality affected me deeply. I imbibed his ideas, honesty, sense of duty and humility. He never displayed his leaning publicly nor in family.
Though, Mr. Mishra was humble and unassuming, he was very firm and resolute. He never compromised with his ideals and principles. He never encouraged evils and evil persons. He avoided them as far as possible, but if the situation demanded, he faced them bravely and courageously.
Mr. J.B.Misra was a possessive man. He never let me got out of his shade. He arranged every book and notes for me, but he never encouraged me to visit my lecturers, who were his colleagues. My brother loved me so much that he never let me go out of his influence. I also never tried to go out of his shade. The march of events separated us a few months before his death. Was our separation one of the causes of his death? I can only guess, though I am not sure. But this is fact that his demise was a great shock for me, out of which I came out with great effort on the part of my wife.
Mr. J.B.Misra was a great scholar as well as a great human being. His simple life and high thinking were exemplary. His honesty, sincerity and sense of duty have always inspired me. May God give me strength to follow his ideals and prove worthy to be intellectual creation and younger brother.