The Vidwans Family

The Vidwans Family

From Anjarle
to Ahmedabad
                             to America

The Vidwans Family
From Anjarle
To Ahmedabad
To America
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Bhaskarrao Vidwans

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Bhaskarrao Vidwans

Bhaskarrao - the person,
the teacher, the geographer:

Bhaskarrao was a man of very deep sense of principles and values. He probably never told a lie throughout his adult life. He was a very sensible and thoughtful person by nature. His values were so well ingrained in him that he rarely required to deliberate while choosing from his options in various situations. Making the right decision and following it through, came so naturally to him. This brought a unique non-duality in his thinking and behavior. As a result he lived life effortlessly. He was always his complete self. Bhagavad-Gita, the Hindu book of philosophy vividly describes an equi-poised person. Bhaskarrao, more than most people could, achieved this state of mind. His presence blessed the surroundings, be it his family, friends, or his work place.

He was a teacher by profession, and was extremely good at it. He believed, almost instinctively, that a teacher is not just responsible to teach a subject but, for the wholesome growth of his students. He believed that a student comes to the teacher to learn how to live a purposeful life, and perhaps even does not know how to go about learning. In the process the student can get frustrated and become mischievous. It is the duty of the teacher to understand the student, understand his shortcomings and limitations, and bring himself to the level where the student will be comfortable to work with him. Such deep sense of consideration made him a great teacher. He taught geography, a rather dull subject from students' point of view, but made it so interesting that the students loved to go to his class. During a long career of more than forty years, he taught at two institutions, the Dakshinamurty in Bhavnagar, and C. N. High School in Ahmedabad, both located in Gujarat. Students remembered him with deep sense of reverence many years after they ceased to be in his class.

From his experience of many years of teaching, he understood the essence of a good textbook. He then wrote such textbooks for geography for all of middle school and high school grades. The books made him famous overnight, and continued to be textbooks for many years. He was a very good mapmaker and prepared atlas. The royalty from these books made him rich, but could not prevail upon him. In fact, he used most of his money for others, and very little for himself. His simple lifestyle remained same before and after he became rich. He truly thought high and lived simple. Very few individuals would live the type of life he lived for 80 years.