I end my training session for the day. "That's it for today" I say to my students, as I proceed to pack up my laptop.
No one moves.
"We're done for the day - see you tomorrow!" Still, they sit quietly, looking at me.
This has happened at previous training sessions, so I finally ask: "Why does everyone just sit there when I say class is over? I know I'm a fabulous trainer and all, :o) but I'm pretty sure it's not 'cause you all want to stay here any longer than you have to..."
"Matha, pitha, guru, daivam, they chant in unison. Mother, father, teacher, god, someone translates from Sanskrit.
It's a doctrine that's drilled into every Indian child from birth. In the status and respect hierarchy, a teacher is one notch above god. So no one leaves the room until teacher has left the room.
I'm OK with being one notch above god - but I'm a little disappointed to find that it's not my enthralling training that's keeping them glued to their seats...
Really, ya'll can go home now! Go!