Lay Na Ban Tekkatho

I had formal schooling, but many of the materials I posted came from the “Lay Na Ban” (Lan Na Bay) Tekkatho or “the University of Life“.

Barbers, Cab drivers and Say sayas can turn out to be good story tellers.


Ko Thet was a neighbor of Mintha Yoyogyi Zeya (who won “Mr. Sagaing” before he became an actor). Ko Thet was a good barber. He had cameo appearances in some movies.

There were several barbers at the “Pinky San Tha (hair salon)”. They had to serve customers in turn. My uncle would wait for his favorite barber, and would also give him a nice tip. It was probably an early lesson in Customer Relationship Management.

Cab driver

The bad traffic in Yangon is often hard to tolerate. An exception can be made if the Cab driver is a good conversationalist. One young driver lamented about the decline of moral values, and wished the reintroduction of Ethics in the present curriculum.

Say saya

I visited an old dhamma friend. She has a clinic that was manned by a former monk, who is a Dhammacariya, Say saya (indigneous medicine practitioner) and a good speaker.

One Thabawa Dhamma Say Saya (and a good story teller) was a member of the Burma Communist Party (BCP). He went underground with his spouse. He returned to the legal fold. Sad to say, his spouse remained underground with his former boss.

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