Category Archives: Education

Pooja

Spent some time with one of my relatives family in Kuchipudi (near Vijayawada), during last weekend. The unforgettable moments are when I knew about the whiz kid, Pooja (the girl wearing green blouse, in the pic) and her mother.
Pooja is born with a disability that affects movement and body position. Her hands and legs are semi-paralyzed. Don’t know if it is called cerebral palsy or some thing. However, got to know that the movements, body positions, and related problems can be improved or made worse depending on how we treat the child and how damaged her brain happens to be.

Hmm. She is 16 years right now. Studying 10th standard. Chatted with her for some time. She is quite talented and amazing. She is trying her hand in learning Hindi too.

But, what i discovered is – about her parents, especially her mother being so courageous, balanced and never expects any sympathy from anybody.

All i can say that is – Pooja’s parents’ greatest gift to her is their love — “It was so hard for them but right from the start they are doing their best to make Pooja independent.”

Bless their family…20151024_201445

Intelligence or Wisdom

Sarathi: Hey Ganga. do you know the difference between Intelligence and Wisdom?
Ganga: Umm..Not so sure..Guess both are one and the same? or Intelligence could be how inteligent you could react to a problem spontaneously and wisdom could be like how you…..Oh, c’mon..i give up.. you tell me…your take?
Sarathi: Haha. Ganga, let me narrate a small incident before i tell the difference. There was a conversation between one father and his 10 year old son.
Father: Deepu. what do you wanna become when you grow up?
Deepu: i wanna become a great scientist…Wanna invent more and more useful things to the public. Wanna earn more money.. And you know, wanna build my own big and big house with a big lawn…so many rooms inside..separate study rooms for my kids, guests, different rooms depending on my mood, office rooms for me and my wife…a wide variety of cars for all of my family members……….(his imagination goes on like that..)
Father: Deepu..wait..wait.. But where are we, me and Mama in your story?
Deepu: How come you will be living with my family? It will be just me and my family, right? That’s what you are also doing….my grand pa and ma are not living with us…..
Sarathi: See Ganga. That Deepu has applied his intelligence to determine that his father and mother will not be living with him in his future story, because of his Dad’s experience. Deepu utilized whatever knowledge he has and applied practically. But here is the wisdom. He may or may not know why his Dad parents are not living with his Dad. Point here is – he doesnt have the maturity to determine or understand why his grand parents are away from them. That maturity itself is wisdom. We need to impart our kids to go to that maturity level..
Ganga: Hmm..Sarathi, i think, i could understand the difference now. For example, let’s say, one person is earning two hundred thousand a month and another person is earning just one hundred thousand a month. If the second person saves 20 K per month and if the first person saves just 10 K per month….I can say that first person is more intelligent than the second person…..but the second person is more wiser than the first person?
Sarathi: Fantastic, Ganga… That’s the thing…
The above conversation happened between me and my colony friend, during this weekend while going to a farm house…. food for thought?

Cent per cent

I thank God for giving great health to my son, Aarush who secured cent per cent attendance for the academic year 2013-14!

attend_cert_aarush

No worry

He needed to pass a message to his son’s class teacher. She urged him to do that while they were going to school in the morning.

Reached the school, parked the vehicle nearer to the school gate and he was walking into the school premises along with his son. But heard from his back, “Hello, please remove the vehicle in front of the gate..” He tried to park the vehicle somewhere else, but no room near by. Meanwhile, a couple of horns were blowing out from the other vehicles. Then he looked at his son and signaled to stay for a while so that he could park his vehicle at a greater distance and come back.

But his son said with a helping tone, “No worry, Dad. You can go office. I will manage my teacher. Will pass on the message. Sure..”

Doing

Some people use to be in charge of talking always. Their lives can be successful up to a short period of time only.

Because people can’t be easily forced to listen.

Better option is — be in charge of doing. What I mean — the product, the service, the interaction and the effluent left behind when you’re done.

Whatever the field you are in and if you’re not in charge of the doing, I doubt, you’re not going to be able to do your job.

Leader

“Hey, he is my partner..”

“Nope, he is my partner..”

“Na mine…”

“Told you know, he is mine. Go away..”

I was in the school premises a few days back and I saw two kids yelling at each other by grabbing another kid’s hands, one for each. The other kid was weeping as his hands were dragged out.

I got that they were going to a picnic to zoo park and the class teacher asked each of the students to pick up a partner for themselves.

I didn’t understand how to convince them. So, I was looking at them helpless.

Then, one of the two kids stopped yelling out and suggested the other guy, “Let’s ask Nandu itself. Hey Nandu! Whom do you want? Me or Hemanth?”

“Neither of you, Aarush”, Nandu screamed.

With that, the two boys released Nandu.

“Let’s leave Nandu. How about we both, Hemanth? You partner with me?”

“Oh yes, Aarush. I do.”

A leader?

WWW

Why What hoW!!!

There are some common assumptions, I observed, that people make during the process of learning and exploring, for example, whenever they try to analyze and run a tool developed by somebody else.

If the tool is working for some people, it must be the right; If the tool is working for some people, it must work for me; If the tool is working for some people, all I need to do is – to follow their footsteps to make it work for me.

But what people generally forget is -to observe how that tool is working for those so called some people.

We teach our kids to learn Math, Science, Computers etc. But how many  of you teach your kids to be curious? A student who has no good math ability, or no good handwriting or not able to sit properly for just a few minutes gets immediate attention. The student with no curiosity, on the other hand, is no problem at all. They can be easily managed?

In order to make anything better, we need “Why”, “What”, “How” kind of questions. Aint I right?

Boxing and Life

You can give up, if it’s boxing like you can drop your arms and you lay down and it’s all over. And yeah, you’ve lost the fight but at least you’re not getting beaten up anymore.

On the other hand, life. You drop your arms and you lay down and it just keeps pummeling you.

Note: A post taken from my old blog

Jyoti

“Who is the Chief Minister of West Bengal? Tagore Convent team, it’s your question..”

“Jyoti Basu”

Claps around the Rotary Club hall. And that answer made the Tagore Convent team won that quiz competition.

I still remember. Our 9th standard team comprised of TSM Jagannath, J Subbaiah, James Sudheer and me, won the first prize in that Inter School Quiz Competition!!

Now his demise may be the end of communist era in our nation. But ‘Jyoti Basu’ was the end of the quiz competition which got first prize to our school.

My sincere tributes to the veteran and tallest communist leader of India.

Twitters

One professor mentions, “The definition of a machine is simple. It is anything that reduces human effort. Anything. So, see the world around you and it is full of machines.” A student, Ryan asks: “Sir, what about a gym machine, like a bench press or something? That doesn’t reduce human effort. In fact, it increases it.”

I am reading Chetan Bhagat‘s Five Point Someone, now a days. This book brings out the sheer brilliance of IIT students in a very subtle way. The professor does not know how to respond for Ryan’s question. Some students can pose fairly challenging questions based on their common sense and without any prior knowledge and unsettle teachers in the class.

Another twitter…

“Dad! Why are you calling him ( system admin) for everything? Don’t you know how to handle a computer? But, you always work on the computer itself!!!”, kid daughter of a software giant asks.

Does he has any answer?