An assistant engineer with the Indore Municipal Corporation, Sharma is never tired of flaunting his theories. For almost a decade now, he has been on a self-styled crusade of sorts—persuading people to spend that extra little effort to improve their handwriting. And if Mamta Tiwari, who’s busy penning a thesis for her Ph.D in Economics from Indore University, is to be believed, a good handwriting has many other advantages too. Says she: "It is only because of Sharma sir that I am doing my doctorate today. I had worked myself to the bones for my MA (previous) but the result was much below my expectations." A friend thought her handwriting was the reason for her poor showing and suggested she meet the expert. "Sharma sir’s classes made all the difference—there was a dramatic jump in my marks in the MA finals," says she. Thanks to Sharma, Apurv Rajput, a fifth standard student, is today a "confident" young boy. "Before I learned the tricks of fine writing in Sharma sir’s classes, I used to be very scared of getting my homework checked by my teachers because it was very untidy. Now I don’t need to worry anymore. I even enjoy doing my homework," says he of his new-found achievement.
No one, Sharma says, is too old to improve their hand. In the last ten years since he taught his illiterate mother to read and write, the master-stylist claims to have helped more than five lakh people. Says he: "Most of them are students, but quite a few were also from the wrong side of fifty and even sixty."