A Tribute to Bait Sir!

I was deeply saddened by the sudden death of Mukhtar Ahmad Mir, one of my teachers at 10+2 level, in a coaching center at Tral area of South Kashmir. 
I along with a friend Sheikh Kousar, I came across the sad news while travelling in a car through Srinagar city. I was surfing net when i stumbled upon the shocker bringing tears to my eyes. I subsequently shared that sad news with my friend, who was driving the car. such was the shock he abruptly stopped his car for confirmation. Later, we came to know that, Botany teacher Mukhtar sahb is no more.

Mukhtar Ahmad Mir (Bait Sir), a resident of Gulab Bagh in Tral, was a great teacher. He was always inspiring us when we were his students. I can honestly say that he was among the top tutors having a great art of teaching. The impressive thing about his teaching method was that he had a great sense of humour and was using many markers with different colours to let the students understand the intricacies of Botany properly. Nevertheless, his inspiration sticks with me to this day. He was not only a teacher but an incredible role model for his students. He used to teach with dignity and integrity and his reasoning was always sound. Wearing a smile always on his face with clean shave, he used to enter the class in half sleeve t-shirt and would tell us us jokes before starting the lecture. 

To retain the attention of students back in the class, he would tell another joke in the middle of his otherwise serious lecture. He would look at a student in their eyes to retain their attention. From last couple of years I used to see him driving a white car mostly along with his two cute kids at Bus Stand Tral and this would remind me of his great teaching skills, which he had used while teaching us. 
A nobel soul and down to earth man, Bait sir was the alumni of prestigious Aligarh Muslim University. His death has spread shock waves not only in his hometown Tral but in nook and corner of Kashmir valley as he has taught thousands of students in Srinagar, besides his hometown in Tral. He was currently working as staffer in Iqbal Memorial Institute at Bemina, Srinagar, and his sudden loss has saddened all who knew him. After his sudden death, social media was also flooded with posts about this great treacher and netizens  particularly his students prayed for his soul and shared their condolences with bereaved family. 

Bait Sir you were a great teacher and you would always be remembered. May Allah rest your soul in eternal peace and give patience to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

Basharat Rashid

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