In the inaugural entry of the ‘Behind the Pages’ series for my book “Boger’s Legacy”, I delved deeply into the intricate journey of selecting and finalizing the topic for my postgraduation thesis in Homeopathy. It was a momentous year, 2002, filled with rigorous academic endeavors, brainstorming, and continuous refinement of ideas, all leading up to that pivotal decision.
In the subsequent post, I meticulously laid out every single one of my resource files, illuminating the intricate tapestry of research, insights, and countless revisions that culminated in the polished thesis I presented to Jaipur University. It was more than just a document; it was a manifestation of dedication, long hours, and unwavering commitment to the field of Homeopathy.
Today was a journey back in time. I carefully opened and scanned the pages of the thesis file that I had received from my esteemed guide, Prof. Dr. MP Arya, hailing from Pune. With each page, I am revealing to you not just words and diagrams, but the detailed annotations and feedback he provided, gracefully penned in a striking pink ink.
These markings are more than mere corrections; they are a testament to the rigorous scrutiny and dedication he poured into mentoring me.
I had entrusted Prof. Dr. MP Arya with over 100 pages of my raw thoughts, structured into a preliminary thesis. In return, I received a masterclass in dedication and mentorship.
Each page came back adorned with his markings, corrections, and invaluable suggestions. His hands danced over the paper, infusing it with insights and expertise. It was evident that virtually no page had escaped his meticulous attention, bearing witness to his commitment to guiding me to excellence.
This particular resource file isn’t just a collection of pages for me; it’s akin to a treasure trove. Every annotation, every correction, and every suggestion from Dr. Arya embedded within those pages encapsulates the care, knowledge, and mentorship he imparted.
It serves as both a testament to his dedication and a tangible piece of my academic journey, making it incredibly dear to my heart.
In 2003, the excitement of receiving the parcel was palpable. I can still recall the anticipation I felt as I began to sift through its contents. By my side was my daughter, a curious seven-year-old at the time, observing intently. As we went through the pages together, she noticed the plethora of annotations made by my teacher. Every page bore the meticulous markings of Dr. Arya, which to her seemed like a labyrinth of corrections and comments.
At a certain juncture, while scanning the sea of corrections, her innocent voice broke the silence. She remarked, “पापा ये तो सारा काटा हुआ है, और फिर आपको ‘सर’ ने ‘एक्सीलेंट’ दिया है।” Translating her words, she essentially pointed out, ‘Papa, everything seems to be crossed out, and yet, ‘Sir’ has labeled it as ‘Excellent’.’ Her statement wasn’t just an observation, but it carried the genuine bewilderment of a child trying to reconcile the idea of extensive corrections with the affirmation of excellence.
Her astonishment, mirrored in the pitch of her voice and the wide-eyed glare, has remained indelibly etched in my memory. Recently, when I reminisced about that moment with her, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that even after two decades, the vividness of that scene hadn’t dimmed for her either. The weight of that instance, even after 20 years, stands testament to the profound impact certain fleeting moments can leave on our hearts.
Back in 2003, within the meticulously corrected pages of the file, Prof. Dr. MP Arya had included a personal note. This letter, a symbol of his faith in my endeavors, found its rightful place in ‘Boger’s Legacy’ on page number 22. The most heartwarming line, “Yours is an excellent work, keep it up,” resonated deeply with me. It was not just a mere compliment; it was a beacon, guiding me towards the realization and eventual creation of my book.
In dedicating ‘Boger’s Legacy’ to Prof. Dr. MP Arya, I was not just adhering to a formality but paying homage to the singular guiding force behind the creation of my book. His teachings, relentless guidance, and meticulous corrections have been instrumental in shaping my understanding and approach. It’s crucial for my readers and the community to understand that it was Prof. Arya’s consistent mentoring and faith that became the bedrock of ‘Boger’s Legacy’.
His contributions aren’t just footnotes; they are the very foundation upon which every page of the book rests. While I deeply respect all my educators, it was Dr. Arya’s influence that resonated the most with me, guiding me to articulate my thoughts in the way I have in this book.