"My best teacher was my mother. As I have said I was an unparalleled naughty boy. I was a trouble for my mother... after a day's of mischief and other things, I used to receive a good deal of thrashing from her. And after that she used to come and fondle me with all love and care and ask me what I had done from the sunrise to sunset, which I had to tell in a chronological order," Mukherjee told students of class XI and XII at a school in the Rashtrapati Bhavan Estate.

The President, who donned the hat of a teacher on the eve of Teachers' Day, said that mothers are the best teachers. "I must tell you that your mother is best teacher," he said as the students of Dr Rajendra Prasad Sarvodaya Vidyalaya listened with rapt attention.

Mukherjee, who was born in Mirati village of Birbhum district of West Bengal to freedom fighters Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee and Rajlakshmi, stated his father's life revolved around jail to party office and his mother used to take care of him.

The President said he used to accompany the boys of his village, who went with cow herds, and used to play. "But, as the sun would appear to set, I used to rush back home as I was mortally afraid of darkness despite being a village boy," Mukherjee admitted.

"I was a naughty boy. I used to give trouble to my mother endlessly. I am sure none of you are or have been so naughty," he cited as the students burst into laughter.

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