I have had several memorable events in my life; some good, some bad, but none give me an euphoric sense of nostalgia as the Teachers’ Day. For me, this day celebrated on 5th September every year has been and still is the most awaited day in the calendar. And like every year, it leaves me with a surreal sense of bliss and peace, which cannot be fathomed by words.
Just a few minutes back, I had a heart-to-heart conversation with one of my school teachers and the moment I ended the conversation, my mind revisited old memories of the all the Teachers’ Day celebrations in my alma-mater Delhi Public School, Duliajan. I got a lump in my throat as DPS Duliajan is second home for me and all the teachers in it are like family. Although I am a college student now and celebrate this day with the professors, yet I terribly miss the Teachers’ Day celebrations at school. Following are the reasons why:
1. The Teachers’ Day cards: Back in school days, it was a customary tradition to gift cards to the teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. Don’t consider it bragging or demeaning anyone if I say that almost 98% of the students in school used to gift purchased cards (mostly Archies) while I used to make them with my own hands. Initially I gifted hand-made cards to only my subject teachers and other favourite ones. But, with every passing year, I turned an expert in this trade and not once, not twice but three years in a row, I actually made 50+ Teachers’ Day Cards! (Don’t gasp if I confess I did it in just two days) It was always a cherished moment to see the wonderful expressions on the teachers’ faces, to hear their words of appreciation and blessings. Even now, whenever I meet some of those teachers in my hometown, they say they miss my cards a lot…….,,……wish I could get that crazy card-making self and those glorious days back!
2. The instant portrait of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan: Teachers’ Day is celebrated every year in India to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishan, the first Vice-president and Second President of India, and a great educationist and teacher. I don’t remember whether it was the 7th or 8th standard, when Parikshit Baruah sir, the art teacher in the school, approached me and offered me a chance to draw the portrait of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan in front of a live audience in the school assembly. For 3 consecutive years, I did the seemingly challenging task of drawing the portrait while a group of teachers performed a group song at the same time. The awesome part is that I used to start and complete the portrait as soon as the song started and ended respectively. Ask any of my school friends, seniors or juniors, or teachers who witnessed it and they would second that!
3. The acting teacher for a day: It was another tradition in our school for every student of the senior-most batch to choose a particular teacher (mostly favourite ones) and act like him/her for the day, during the school hours, taking 1 or 2 classes, adhering to the time -table of that particular teacher. Boys used to dress up in formal wear with neck-ties and girls dressed up in sarees or salwar-kameez. When I was in lower classes, the senior students used to come to our classrooms and it was a hilarious sight to see them make a pain-staking effort in acting like the teacher concerned. I remember impersonating Parikshit sir, the art teacher, as I was fond of painting and drawing. However, the only regret I have is not being able to take a class in the 1st period of a particular lower class, as the students there were too busy decorating the class room for the celebrations. (One of them actually came out and shooed me away, saying they don’t like the Art class.)….Please dont’ laugh!!
These are the 3 major reasons why I terribly miss Teachers’ Day celebrations at school. If God appears before me ever and asks me for a boon, I would want to be the school-going kid again. Almost all of my happiness is stored in that period of my life!