“I am Krishnamurthy Surysekar, I teach in Florida International University and I am here to teach you accounting”, with this small introduction began our journey into the concepts of financial accounting. Accounting was an intimidating prospect to the majority of the class with an engineering background. But with Mr. Surysekar ‘s presence in the campus, through the duration of the course, all those initial apprehensions in hindsight seem unfounded. If teaching is about simplifying complex concepts and encouraging students to explore and question, then Prof Surysekar classes would be ample testimony to the definition.
From fear to love – that would sum up the students’ response to the course. One could hear debits and credits creeping into lunchtime conversations. The questions and discussions with the Professor went beyond the confines of the classroom and stretched to post dinner walks. As he himself remarked later, he had always wanted to stay close to the students and his wish, to our immense fortune, came true this time around. When the last class was around the corner, we had an informal session, where the topics ranged from life in b-schools to his hobbies. As he recounted his life in Kolkata, his hobbies, role models and the broad spectrum of his experiences, we got a glimpse of his personal life. In the end, he concluded with the same words he began with, “I am Krishnamurthy Surysekar, I teach in Florida International University and I am here to teach you accounting”. Life is strange, we meet new people, we interact and we part ways, but the impact of only a few persons remains with us and he is among those “few” for all his students.