As my friend and I entered the Kodanad Elephant Training Centre in Ernakulam, a middle aged man greeted us from afar with a huge smile on his face. He waved at us to follow him. Two unaccompanied girls that we were, with extremely limited vocabulary in Malayalam and fairly poor physical defense abilities, our guard… Continue reading Speechless!
From as far back as my memory goes I've had fairly large handsWide square palms, long skinny fingers, an artist's mark, I was told, at every given chance But to me they spoke of entirely different plans They were just a utility bonus you see? Like extra boot space or multi pocketed pants? Helping me… Continue reading In the palm of my hand
Do you remember how you were as a kid? The random excitement over seemingly trivial things? Do you remember how you did things just for the fun of it? A game, a drawing, a song, just about anything. The outcome didn’t have to be perfect. There didn’t even have to be an outcome for all… Continue reading Get off my cloud!
I recently came across a very interesting analogy in a discussion between esteemed educator Sir Kenneth Robinson and mystic Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev. (Check out the full discussion here) Sir Kenneth Robinson says that modern education is very much like the industrialization of agriculture. The main focus there was to increase crop output through artificial enhancers… Continue reading Humanizing education
ತೊಟ್ಟಿಲ ಕೂಸಾಗಿ ನೋಡುಗರ ಕಣ್ತಣಿಸಿ ಅಂಬೆಗಾಲಿಡುತ ನೀ ಸಂತಸವ ಸೂಸಿ ಪುಟ್ಟ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆಗಳ ಭರದಿ ಮುಗುಳ್ನಗೆಯ ಮೆರೆಸಿ ಉತ್ಸಾಹ ಉಲ್ಲಾಸವನು ಮೈದೆಳೆದು ನಿಂತು ಬೆಳೆದು ಬಂದೆ ನೀ ಬಾಲ್ಯವ ಅರೆಸಿ. ಒಮ್ಮೆ ತಾಯಿಯ ಮಡಿಲಿನ ಪ್ರೀತಿಗೆ ಸೋತು ಇನ್ನೊಮ್ಮೆ ತಂದೆಯ ಹೆಗಲನೇರಿ ಕೂತು ತುಂಟಾಟದ ಅಬ್ಬರದಿ ಊಟ ನಿದಿರೆಯ ಮರೆತು ಜಗದ ಜಂಜಾಟವ ಮರೆತರು ಮಂದಿ ನಿನ್ನ ಆ ಮುಗ್ಧ ಲೀಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆರೆತು. ಹುಟ್ಟಿನಿಂದಲೇ ಬಂದ ಹರ್ಷವ ಮರೆಯುವುದೇಕೆ ಕಲಿಯದೆ ನಕ್ಕ ನಗೆಯು ಬಾಡಿ ಹೋಗುವುದೇಕೆ? ಅಕೃತ್ರಿಮ… Continue reading ತೊಟ್ಟಿಲ ಕೂಸು