Great Mentors Change Lives!
The Lion Hearted Mentor!
It gives me immense pride and a privilege for me to write about a personality; who for me over a very short period has left an indelible mark on my heart and mind! I am too small a person to write about such a personality who today stands out Tall, and strong amongst others as what I strongly call "Lion Hearted Mentors". I speak for none other than the ever smiling, ever helpful and ever supportive, soft-spoken and truly humble Mentor, Director and the very soul of Waltz Music Academy - Mr. Manish Rubdi.
The dictionary rightly defines in possibly every detail word what I have perceived and see what a True Lion Heart stand for -"Constantly challenging one self. Taking every single opportunity without regrets. Learning, developing and seeing beauty in all kinds of moments in life no matter how big/small they may be. Knowing what you're worth, treating yourself like you deserve to be treated. Simply, just being you and being brave. Like a lion you know, fight for what you stand for. A Lionheart would never give up on its dreams."
A lion hearted person can be classified with adjectives like brave, daring, bold, heroic, courageous, stalwart, resolute, intrepid, valiant, dauntless, valorous, and one who stand up not only for his own values and principles but protects those of all that he stand for and supports! all this and more is experienced when you meet Mr. Manish Rubdi Sir. I am sure that every "Waltzian" or those blessed students and members of the Waltz Music Academy - will vouch for what I say here, and it can be seen in the vibrancy, love, trust and firm resolve that each student has for their loved Mentor, and he has today rightfully gained that same trust, love and blessings from me as well.
I write this not as an advertisement or a simple article in my blog but out of true respect, awe and love for this wonderful person. What made me write about in brief about this wonderful personality is the impact he has created on my mind over a very short period of time, (maybe just over 3 months) of my coming to meet him, though I had heard a lot about him earlier. Words would not suffice to describe him and one needs to be be with him to experience the aura that he spreads amongst his students or rather family members that he calls them. Loving, caring, demanding yet protective, he is truly what one would look forward from a True mentor and Guardian, especially when he heads such a great and well-known Musical Academy like none other than the Waltz Music Academy! I can only imagine what a blessing it would be for the students of his academy to be and learn in his presence! In this small effort by me to highlight the wonderful qualities in Mr. Manish Rubdi Sir, I have added a few images which specifically mention those qualities.
Ever protective, and supportive of all his students, what is most noticeable and praiseworthy is the individual attention that is paid to each student. Special mention in the extra care that is taken for Girl students, ensuring that they go home in time, are escorted by either of their parents, and that they keep him informed after they even reach home from the class everyday. Rarely do we see this sort of closeness and personal care given to student who he rightly treats and call them "My Family - My Children". Salute this quality of this wonderful person.
Every student has to do his own hard work, which is always infused at the Academy, but the amount of personal inputs that Mr. Manish Sir puts in each student is worth a lifetime of experience. One touching word of re-assurance, a small pat on the back, a stern look that can run a chill down your spine, and those tear-filled eyes when his loved students perform to the best is what makes him the most loved and respected Mentor and Guru!
As rightly put by Winston Churchill in this image below and I quote " We make a living by what we get, we make a life out of what we give"- these strong words are all that we see in this Mentor- always giving, and expecting nothing in return but love, and the growth and betterment of his loved students!
He is one mentor who believes that if you have it in you and if there is a will, nothing is impossible and he will stand by you every moment of that journey!
Many adjectives and words can be used to visualize what you expect from a true mentor and Guru, but few Mentors stand up and deliver more than if not as much as you expect from them than Manish Sir!
I could keep writing so much about this wonderful personality, but will limit my post for now with what I feel every student of child in this Academy who he treats like his own child must or should be feeling about this great mentor who I dedicate this last image in what I see of this wonderful Mentor my self! In fact I am the happiest when my Daughter Mansi Kate who has the highest level of respect and love for Mr. Manish Rubdi Sir holds him in great awe and respects him equally like a father only too simply can be summed up in this image below!
Sir - You are a true HERO for all of the "Waltzians"
This only adds to my own respect and love for this wonderful person, when he met me during a tough phase in my life and at a time I was quite worried and concerned about my daughter in and he said - "You don't need to worry Mr. Kate - from today she is my daughter" - Those worlds not only relieved a huge load off my shoulder, but with tears in my eyes I knew that not only she but I had met a person rarely that we meet in life!
Needless to mention our heartfelt love and respects for love, and support always being extended by your son Kevin Rubdi,Mrs. Rachel Rubdi, and Renu Wadkar Ma'am, Major Uncle as he fondly called by all, and others who are truly and in every bit an integral part of this wonderful blessed family that we so lovingly call "Waltz Music Academy"!
Thank you Manish Sir, for being the person that you are! All I and all your wonderful students, (I am sure I can take the liberty on behalf of all your loved Waltzians) to say that we love you, respect you and pray to God that he blesses you with a long, Happy, prosperous, Healthy life and may you be always omnipresent with your "Children" to stay by them, be with them and Bless them on this great musical journey which you rightly presented in your last BTI Concert saying "Hum Bhi Chale Aapke Rah Par"!