The book, ‘Zenobia Mistri, Teacher Par Excellence’, was the focus of a gracious event organised in Mumbai on 12th February 2019. Shireen Isal, the author, read extracts from the biography, followed by a Q&A with a small but enthusiastic audience. The event, arranged by Mehli and Saker Mistri and moderated by Firdaus Gandavia, Ph.D English Litt., was attended by, amongst others, students of Zenobia Mistri, one of the most iconic teachers of French language and literature in the Mumbai of the last century.
There were moments of nostalgia, when many of those present recalled their teacher with affection. Moments of humour too at her lovable eccentricities. But, above all, an all-round acknowledgement of her immense teaching talents, from which scores of students over five decades greatly benefited.
Teachers devote their lives to the cause of their students’ education and well-being, moulding and framing who they are without their even realising it. Zenobia Mistri was one such teacher and this was unanimously acknowledged at this reunion.
The get-together around Shireen Isal’s book, ‘Zenobia Mistri, Teacher Par Excellence’, was at the residence of Mehli and Saker Mistri, ‘Belmont’, Dubash Marg, off Napean Sea Road, Mumbai 400 006. Mehli is grandson of Zenobia Mistri and has related how Zenobia as a teacher literally transformed his life.