Carpe Diem , Teenagers and Summer School

" I always thought the idea of education was to learn to think  for yourself." Asked John Keating.  Headmaster Nolan replied,"At these boys'age? Not on your life!" How many of you remember this contrasting ideology exchange between the high school English teacher John Keating, Robin Williams character on use of unconventional methods of teaching for teenagers and headmaster Nolan rooting for rote learning in the 1989 American movie “Dead Poets Society”?   Have you come across teachers like John Keating, during your academic years or of your children, who can think beyond the curriculum in the classroom for holistic growth of students, even at the more evolved schools in the city? When my teenagers declared she wanted to quit CBSE and pursue Cambridge board to prepare for higher studies overseas, we agreed to the transition to help her acclimatize to the socio-cultural environment and education pattern.  While the school organised international studies seminars and interactions with International experts, these events were essentially few hours long and were aimed for the complete class, thus leaving much to desire. The new curriculum turned out to be an academic race again. The curriculum was in sync with the international way of learning and a more evolved education system, yet, there was still an abyss to be filled, a platform away from the academic periphery for the holistic development for my child. My quest to find a suitable summer program to utilise the crucial summer vacation time effectively lead me to Jindal Global Summer School in Delhi NCR. This seems like an ideal platform for the high school students of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th class who aspire to pursue higher educated at renowned International Universities.  As an anxious parent desirous to find an apt place for my high school child, I   could see  JGSS offering critical orientation with a global perspective, prepare the high school children to... Continue Reading →

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Bombay Duck

Few months back, at a Madh Island hotel, walking around the periphery of the back lawns opening to the vast sea, I could not  help but witness fishes flying over the barbed boundary wall on to the green pathways, some withering on muddy path without water, others already dead, discarded by the volatile sea waves.... Continue Reading →

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Co dependence

Meet people but don't fall in love. Fall in love but don't drift apart. Drift apart but don't burn bridges. burn bridges but don't stay too apart. Grow roots. Become root bridges. Interwoven. Intricate. Co-dependent. Fell in. Fell out. Fell out. Fell in. Now, entangled.    

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Books that made me a better parent in the year 2017

Last week of the year. I was reminiscing about the books read in the year 2017. In a year-end wrap-up, today, I will reflect upon the books that entered the hidden crevices of parenting styles, helped me turn inward, to introspect and reflect upon the finer nuances of conscious and compassionate parenting, that all parents... Continue Reading →

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#MeToo

#MeToo. Pushed, touched, slurred at, cajoled, bribed,  leered at, groped, abused, felt up, down, pinched, threatened, stalked, pounced upon. At 7, at 37. As a child, as a woman. In a crowd, in Isolation. By strange hands, by familiar eyes. Speak up. Vent out. It was always " Them", not ever, never us. Being a woman... Continue Reading →

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Watch an evening go by Kovalam Beach!

On #WorldTourism day, sharing how an evening spent at the lighthouse and the Kovalam Beach in Trivandrum (Tiruvanthpuram) can leave an indelible mark on your heart.  Lighthouses are love. Showing us a life less ordinary. A life above the mundane. The one above the rising tide,  the beaten stones,  the one away from turmoils. Lighthouses... Continue Reading →

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The Photographers’ Poem

50 mm lens, a compact nifty fifty, aperture shifting, @ f/1.2,f/2.4,f/4, Zoom in, out slant of the eyebrows, The face, myopic, microscopic now. (-0.50 lens, are appearances everything)?   The scuffle between agility and survival, Amma's saree pleats on her forehead, mish and mashed, like parallel plateau, in an ebb & flow, embedded in her... Continue Reading →

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Positive parenting skills for modern age parents

Summing up the positive parenting skills in a parenting skills checklist : 1. Effective communication between parents and with children. 2. Make ground rules for children and yourself. Adhere to them. 3. Set routines for children to form new habits. 4. Be involved and evolve together. 5. Teach them empathy, compassion and self-respect. 6. Participate in parenting skills workshops at school and in the community. 7. Get involved in parenting skills activities with other parents and teachers. 8. Give them a stable and non-conflicted environment at home to have good self-esteem. 9. Be unconventional sometimes and teach children to live outside their comfort zones. 10. Remember, moderation is the key to effective parenting skills.

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DIAL-CSR @10 ,GMRVLF@25 – A CSR Journey

Company Act 2013 made CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) a mandate for the corporates to set up a CSR board committee and ensure at least 2 percent of the average net profits of the company from three preceding financial years is spent on CSR. This meant close to Rs. 150 billion rupees were available to be spent annually on the altruistic purposes. How does one ascertain if the mandate has been followed with the intent it was established with? Here was an opportunity to explore.

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The Malady of Wanderlust

Fear jazzed with angst on the tip of my tongue. churning stomach, knots wrung. Stranded entangled, in a maze of roads, my heart rose, ticked as a clock with battery low.   The curvaceous roads to NathuLa pass, surrounded by them mystical mountains echoed and forewarned at each turn; curvy Tsmago lake, can be lethal, a meandering snake.... Continue Reading →

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Lipstick Under My Burqa

Lipstick under my burqa effectively portrays the baby steps taken by four women towards liberation from the dogma of society. Their lives intertwine at some point during the journey, handholding each other without judging or being intrusive. The movie offers you no solution in the end, neither does it preach in any manner. It shows you how brazenly these four women embrace the grey shades of their lives.

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Shameful – Day 14 – #OctPoWriMo 2016 #31days31poems

In India, female foeticide has been an evil practice for centuries, for the want of a male child. There are religious, social, financial and emotional reasons too. Times are changing and people are embracing the girl child. Unfortunately, there is still a segment of the society that practices female foeticide.The poem addresses the malpractice which... Continue Reading →

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Strong -Day 12 – #OctPoWriMo 2016 #31days31poems

Free Verse : The refreshing brew, A precocious mind, Two steady hands, The rising tide, Magical lantern of twinkling stars, Floating clouds, A flowing swag. Embraced in a pair of strong arms, engrossed in conversation with a strong willed mind, sipping a cup of Strong brew, under the well lit sky, looking over the strong... Continue Reading →

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Conversations – Day 2- Void #OctPoWriMo 2016

Always the full stop, never a pause ; You, in our conversations. "I like to be the medium," you said, "never the end. "   Counting the milestones, I collected  stamps of memories from each stop over, and you left thumb impressions, inking your presence and marking your absence on the spiral highways of life.... Continue Reading →

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This is for all those men who raised questions regarding celebrating International women's day : BECAUSE SHE IS She wears invisible hurt on her quaint heart, A reminiscence of a not-so-glorious past. Can there be an unscathed mind? Seething pain keeps residual angst alive. She laughs, cries, she purports and roars, Yes, she is a... Continue Reading →

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Raising The Millennials

Last week, a thought provoking discussion on "Raising The Millennials " organised  by Jindal University and Young Ficci Ladies Organisation{YFLO}, Delhi at The Lalit, New Delhi on 27th October 2017 opened the forum on insights and possible solutions on raising the Millennials by parents, educators and the socio-economic-political environment.

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