It is usually a time when we make a few token gestures to old teachers whom we may have completely ignored at one time.
But a wise woman once said - Be brave enough to learn from anyone, even your enemies.
So this year, let's celebrate the spirit of teaching by seeing what we can learn from various people who're seen as path breakers in their fields.
These are not perfect role models, mind you, and many have serious flaws. But we can still learn from them.
They are not, in fact, teachers.
They just go around doing what they always do and it is up to us to learn whatever we can from them.
So Happy Teacher's Day everyone, and hopefully a few quick lessons are absorbed.
Text: Vinayak HegdeImage: Children offering floral tributes to the portrait of former president Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan on the eve of Teachers Day in Karad, Maharashtra, on Saturday, September 4, 2010.
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