The hotties, the Hitlers and the British Raj throwbacks… We’ve all had at least one of each at some point in our student lives, haven’t we?
School life was undoubtedly the best part of all our lives. And even though we sometimes hated it amidst all the strict teachers, exams and peer pressure – we miss those fun-filled days now. On this Teachers’ Day, let’s take a trip back to school and take a look at the 10 kinds of teachers we have all encountered at least once during our school days.
1. The one with questionable English
Be it the, ‘Wind is running. Open the window and let the good weather come in’ or ‘Don’t try to talk in front of my back!’ – these kinds have always been the source of endless giggles and the butt of all jokes during recess. My favorite shall always remain, “I want to meet your parents tomorrow. Both mother and father.”
2. The one straight out of Shakespeare’s books
They were the exact opposites of the one mentioned above – sort of like, the more privileged cousins. The British left India, but left these teachers behind. Their grasp on the English language was impeccable; and they could quote Keates, Dickens and Shakespeare in their sleep. And god help you if you mistakenly “karofied” or were “pakaoed” by studies. But I’m so grateful to this very kind of teachers – they’re the reason I’m a writer today and glare righteously at people who use its and it’s interchangeably.
3. The bombshell
The Miss Briganza (ahaan!) of the school! Her milkshake brought all the boys to the yard, and the classrooms, and the tuitions, and to the teacher’s room. I had a crush on my 7th standard English teacher, because she was tall, so pretty, well-spoken and damn, those curves!
4. The Hitler
When this teacher used to stroll in the corridors, all students used to suddenly go quiet and scamper back to their seats like shareef bachchas. They used to be strict disciplinarians with a no-nonsense attitude – and failing in their subject or forgetting to bring the necessary books or talking in their class meant serious trouble.
5. The wannabe Hitler
They wanted to be the Hitlers but failed miserably because of their soft voice and petite frame. My 11th standard class teacher Miss Agarwal for example – she used to look so cute each time she tried to be angry. Rather than getting scared, I used to feel like going all ‘awww’.
6. The first crush
You sat on the first bench during their class and scribbled their names on the back of your notebook. Even if you hated the subject they taught, you studied doubly hard to get into their good books. They made us realise what puppy love is and each time they entered the classroom, an imaginary violin would start playing in your head. Sigh.
7. The class clown
They were hilarious and their sarcastic and witty wisecracks had even the cool students in splits. Like, if Twitter existed back in those times, they would have been the ones with the maximum followers.
8. The nickname giver
So when I was in 3rd standard, my Science teacher nicknamed me ‘Penguin’ and even today, almost two decades later, all my school friends call me by that embarrassing nickname. It was given because I waddled when I walked (I still do) and I was supposedly tiny and cute (oh okay).
9. The nerds
They had a PhD in their subject – they were the super geeks and they used to be so good with what they taught, that learning somehow used to become fun. I hated Physics from the bottom of my heart, but my 9th standard teacher was so frightfully good at it that I finally started liking those complicated laws and equations.
10. The fitness/sports freak
They were the Kabir Khans from Chak De. Be it in the classroom asking you to sit straight without a slump or in the playground asking you to complete two full rounds of the ground – they made sure you’re always fit and fine!
(Note: This post of mine was originally published as a Teacher’s Day special feature story Yowoto on 5th September 2014)