Teachers play an important role in sculpting a child's future. They guide and hold their hands when they stumble. Life without them is directionless. Today, to mark Teacher's Day, DT spoke to some young students about their favorite teachers and tried to know what they meant to them.
Thank You, Maim
Shruti Chandra (20), a resident of Vigyan Vihar, realized the importance of a teacher late in her life but it is good to be late than never. She says: "A stern teacher does not necessarily mean a bad teacher, as is often believed. I still remember our Geography teacher in Class IX who was really strict. Nobody used to like her. We named her 'Hitler'. She used to make us stand in the sun if we did not do our home-work. Now as I have opted for Geography (Hons), I have realized that had she not been strict with us, my basic concepts about the subject would not have been clear. When I see other students not having their basic concepts clear, I really thank her from my heart for being what she was with us."
My father is my best teacher
For Akriti Agarwal (19) of Lajpat Nagar, her father is the best teacher, friend and guide. She says: "It is not that I don't have any favorite teacher but nobody is better than my father. My father is an IIT and he never let me take tuition. He made it a point to teach me himself. And he helped not only in academics but also taught me life skills. The values I have acquired from him help me in coping with the pressures of life. I cannot thank him enough for all that he has taught me in life."
Beautiful inside and outside
It is common for children to have a crush on their teachers at a young age and Ashish Jain (18), of Shalimar Bagh, is one of them. He says: "I was in Standard VI and Shruti Maim used to teach us arts. I was an average student but was good in arts. She was really pretty and I still remember the way she used to caress my cheeks whenever I did good work. Once she also kissed me on my cheek. When other teachers used to complain about me being very talkative, she always had words of appreciation for me."
Made the difference in my life
Richa Sharma's school days were terrible but for one teacher, Sangeeta, who made all the difference in her life. Richa of Preet Vihar, says: "Most of my teachers and co-students used to avoid me because I have some pigmentation on my skin, for which I am undergoing treatment. I never used to like going to school. Sangeeta madam who knew that I was a good dancer often insisted on my participation in cultural competitions. I would resist thinking that others would laugh at me. Her words of appreciation were my strength and actually helped in instilling courage and confidence in me."