Today is September 5th – a day to reflect on some of the most wonderful memories of my favourite teachers, as I look back on the years that have gone by!
What could be a better day than today to owe my gratitude to some of the most inspiring figures who came into my life and shaped my mind, intellect and sensibilities, beyond what one can ever fathom— individuals who taught me to be a good human first, from whom I imbibed a core set of values; whose teachings I still carry around with me no matter where I go.
My gratitude to each one of you today, because without you I would not be where I am!
To my very first teachers, my parents—Thank you for teaching me how to read and write, for guiding me to distinguish between right and wrong and for inspiring me to dream and soar as a kite, thank you for being my friend, mentor, and light. Ma— who had the patience to teach the alphabets to an eager 4-year-old who loved to day dream more than study! Over the years, she has been and continues to teach me not just life lessons but also the fine art of living with grace, uprightness, and positivity – things that have always held me in good stead through the roller-coaster rides of life!
To Miss Dora…Sister Ivy…Sister Dorothy…Miss Emorin…Raghavan aunty…Kalpana aunty…Zibbu aunty—Thank you for planting the seed of curiosity and igniting my imagination for me to be able to flourish and succeed through very different cultural environments over the course of years!
To Bandana Ma’am and Mandar Ma’am and especially Anuradha Ma’am — most notably, with whom I shared an invaluable and most inspiring rapport—“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge,” said the great Albert Einstein. Thank you for being that teacher to me, for your unflinching support and for believing in me and having faith in my abilities!
To Prof Derek Eldridge, Prof Patricia Voaden, and Dr. Peter Whiteley—Thank you for teaching me to go against my grain, to beat the odds and excel at whatever I strived to do, in life and beyond—To you, I remain ever so grateful!
Last but not the least, my bubbly teenager, whose enthusiasm and infectious smile never fails to brighten my day every morning, to things he teaches me every day and his endless questions on life. on the universe, on the most mundane things of life that keep me on my toes— something that becomes more and more relevant for me to keep a curious and agile mind!
To all you wonderful people – a very very special and wonderful Teachers’ Day!
How Sept 5th came to be declared as Teacher’s Day in India.
September 5th is the birth anniversary of the Second President of India, Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan — a celebrated academic who taught at Chennai’s Presidency College and Calcutta University and also served as Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University from 1931 to 1936. Apparently, when Dr. Radhakrishnan’s students were keen to celebrate his birthday, he had suggested instead that it would be his “proud privilege” if the day was observed as Teacher’s Day. So, in 1962, when Dr. Radhakrishnan became the President of India, his birthday came to be observed as Teachers’ Day.