The PT Sirs of Our Childhood: Pot Bellies and “Lep Right Lep”

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The PT Sirs of Our Childhood: Pot Bellies and “Lep Right Lep”

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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hat were you most traumatised by during your school years? Was it the incessant bullying for a speech defect or for being overweight? The fact that you just couldn’t make it to the cool gang, no matter how many beyblades or Hot Wheels cars you owned? Or were you, like me, indelibly marked by the travesty that is the “PT period”?

Our PT sessions were carefully orchestrated by Kumar sir, a 40-something, pot-bellied pioneer of physical training. Like most PT teachers his age, the only cardio he was used to was running his mouth and going out of breath after blowing into his whistle thrice. His skill-set included getting hundreds of students to begrudgingly stretch, clench, march, and shimmy at his beck and call. All this in the lean months between the annual march-past drill on Republic Day and lezim practice for Independence Day.

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