For some reason , ever since I started browsing newspapers, I am spontaneously drawn to the obituary column , which reminds me of the imminent mortality of all life on this earth. It was a rude shock yesterday to learn about the sad demise of Prof . Madan Sharma , who for many years taught Mathematics in the R.P.C.S.D.B. College , Shimla , a privately managed institution, which later on was taken over by the Government and rechristened as Rajkiya Kanya Maha Vidyalaya or RKMV- meant exclusively for Girls. However it was still the RPCSDB College , co-ed , when I studied there in the early seventies . Prof. Madan Sharma or M.L.Sharma as he was known, was a Mathematics teacher, always immaculately dressed , smart and handsome. He could be seen moving from one classroom to the other carrying the attendance Register like a platter , on which were placed the duster and the box containing chalk . Friends , who studied maths from him were all enamoured of him for not only his style of teaching but also for his general demeanour- the way he carried himself .A bachelor, he was an accomplished ice skater and it was said that he had proxied for some film star in the skating scene on some occasion. Well versed in English, Hindi & Punjabi , he also dabbled in poetry in all the three languages and was a regular contributor to the college magazine – Padma . He was regularly seen on the Mall as he also lived nearby . Age did not wither him a bit and his zest for life was immense- his hair and moustaches always dyed jet-black till recently.
R.I.P Prof Sharma , it would not be easy to forget you for those who had the privilege of being taught by you or knowing you !