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Remembering Teachers

If you have had a traditional schooling and spent some time in college it is more than likely that there would be at least one teacher, who has challenged you, motivated you, inspired you and deepened your appreciation of the subject matter. Such teachers will always remain in your mind and memory. Such teachers do not impact for a year but for the entire lifetime. Such a teacher is like a candle which consumes itself before lighting the way for others. Such teachers are worth their weight in gold or if you so prefer, jewels in human form. There is a Japanese proverb which says: “Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher”. No less a personality than Alexander the Great is reputed to have said: “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well”.

It stands to reason therefore that we, as eternal students, have an obligation towards such teachers and remember them with gratitude. In India we celebrate 5th September as Teacher’s day as this is the birthday of our second President Dr.Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, a great scholar, educationist and above all an inspiring teacher. UNESCO has declared 5th October as World Teacher’s Day.

Surely we can devote one day in a year in celebrating our teachers! It is a day we set aside to express our most sincere gratitude to our teachers and remembering them should they have left the world after finishing their tour of duty.

If these teachers are still around then wouldn’t it be a good idea to show your appreciation by sending them a heartfelt card expressing gratitude. It would be wonderful also if you could invite them to a lunch and dinner and express your gratitude by giving them an appropriate present later on. May be you can give them a gift certificate which will remind them of you as one of their students.

Remember: What you are today is a direct result of the efforts put in by your teachers and if you are successful then these teachers should also share some of the pride and credit.

Finally it is worthwhile to quote John F. Kennedy who said: The fact remains that we can never thank a teacher enough. The recognition and appreciation the teachers deserve is beyond meagre words. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

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