S. Lalitha, Dept. of Mathematics,
Rajdhani College, Univ. of Delhi
thank almighty with my heart for being able to experience the warmth and love
of the great soul Prof. M.C.Puri in my lifetime. I had always seen the true
form of God in him. I always felt that all the blessings of Puri sir on me were
in fact the blessings showered by God himself. Even now I feel his presence the
way I feel the presence of God.
It is impossible for me to express in words
what I have gained from him during the numerous interactions with him. I have
learnt many things from his words and much more than that from his actions and
behavior. His sincerity, devotedness, punctuality, dedication, cheerfulness,
lovingness, wittiness, humbleness, politeness, modesty, determination and
intelligence always inspired and motivated me. He was the greatest teacher in
my life even though he never formally taught me in a class. He would say,
“Lalitha you have never been my student but we still share such a perfect
understanding, indeed God is great”. How very true sir. I dearly treasure the
autograph by him “You have been a great source of strength to me. May God bless
you”. He has been my inspiration.
I knew Prof. Puri since 1989 when I started
attending the weekly seminar held at Delhi University, Mathematics Faculty
building on Wednesdays where a group of active researchers meet from 3-4 pm.
Prof. Puri was one of the founder member of this group called “Mathematical
Programming Group (MPG)”, started by Prof. R.N.Kaul, Department of Mathematics
in 1972. Every Wednesday we eagerly looked forward to meet Prof. Puri who would
arrive at 3 p.m. sharp and greet us with folded hands. He would say “I love to
attend the seminars and would keep on doing till my health permitted”. He organized
a talk by Prof. K.G.Murthy a day before he left for Bangalore and planned to
organize a series of lectures on his arrival back on the same topic. Alas God
willed otherwise but fulfilled his desire to attend the seminar till the end.
He would be so happy when a young researcher
published a paper and would put his hand on his/her head and would say “May God
Bless You”. He encouraged every one of us to good research work and always
dreamed of MPG coming up in a big way.
He had a fatherly attachment to every young
researcher and to each of his students and would say, “they are like babies and
they need to be nurtured with care”. Whenever he was given a small token while
delivering a lecture or chairing a session at any conference he would pass the
token to some of the young researcher motivating them to do good research work.
After his retirement he donated a valuable
collection of his books, which he collected over the years, to MPG and is
presently kept at IIT Delhi in the charge of Dr. Aparna Mehra. The students and
MPG were so very dear to him.
May God give us strength to follow the path
and rise up to expectations of our dearest Puri sir.
I salute the greatest soul of Prof. Puri.
Puri sir’s forever…
Ms. C.S. Lalitha
Department of Mathematics
University of Delhi