Meet Nishtha Bhatnagar, she helped her old teacher who suffered from mental illness.


There are some teachers who leave us some our formative years stays with us throughout. Apart from textbook lessons, they helped in creating their own identity at the time when you’re struggling at one time.

It was Ms. Asha Verghese which made Nishtha Bhatnagar, a 35-year old woman in love with the subject and encouraged her to take part in an elocution competition, way back in 1995. And now, when her beloved teacher in severe mental illness and with no support from family; then, Nishtha Bhatnagar took it upon herself to stand beside her and make sure that her aging mentor receives at most care.

Asha Verghese was an English teacher at Holy Child Auxilium School in South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar. She moved to Delhi in 1989 after separating from her husband. It was in the year 1995 when he has to quit school because of paralyzing mood swings. Three years later, she was diagnosed with a severe bipolar disorder.

In her own words:

She further added:

Their relationship is not only limited to occasional meetings and exchange of gifts. Nishtha has been concerned about her mentor’s health and also took her to the psychiatrists to some renowned hospitals like Ram Manohar Lohia (RML).  As per the condition of Asha, all total they have generated over Rs 4 lakh. However, many of the former students have also come forward to work for their teacher.

Words fell short behind this heart-warming gesture!



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