Sunday, September 29, 2019
Friday, September 27, 2019
Madhura Dhara Talluri is the singer of the song, "Unakkaga" from Bigil. One of the voice that charms you to know more about the personality.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Friday, September 20, 2019
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Fifteen days into teaching, I am pumped up to do a lot with the class 8th. Without proper observation and assessment, we started with the 'tenses'. Eighth class students were put up with us and our tenses.
I assumed they were learning. But, they were merely finding the pattern. A few days into another judgment on education, Board. Syllabus. Should not delay. Let's start with the textbook lessons, we began teaching lessons. We tried teaching one lesson in different methods.
A few more days,
Aravind walked into the class, "Why are you late today?" I asked. Hoping he'd understand my question and answer me in Hindi. Indeed, he answered. "Bhaiyya, ye today kya hotha hai?"
All my tenses and the lesson tension got evaporated. "Today maane aaj." And I began sharing the words, Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow. Idealistic, aspirational, I was. However, I felt into the bondage of syllabus, learning outcomes, textbooks, and couldn't dare to go beyond normal. Time, I get out of this trap of rote based learning.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019
Comes the first term exams, students were preparing for the English test. On the exam eve, kids have to copy the whole lesson from the textbook to the notebook. All the activities need to be copied in order without even missing the crossword puzzle. Despite filling the notebooks by copying, kids were unable to read the text. When a few could read, none could comprehend the text.
Despite no hope on any learning, I was sure of their performance in exams. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, exams matter. Children memorize the letter(application) and displayed their efforts commendable memory skills by attempting the letter and writing at their best.
Got a chance to take oral tests of the children. We ask basic questions. The spelling of 'school.' Out of 20 kids, 2 kids got it right. "Spelling doesn't let you leave out the chance to judge kids." A few say. But Hey, this shows the need of the hour. We need to focus on the basics. By the way, I am talking about 6th class children.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Dyu & I was having our late lunch at a hotel. Over lunch, our conversations went on cinema, sound, and alot of other banter. After lunch, we were just hanging out talking a lot. The person who sat next to us requested us to stop talking, " Baat mat karo." May be disturbing.
Public place and etiquette. For a moment, we thought we were loud and almost obliged his request. Before we even decide, he added, "You can speak in Hindi whatever you want but don't speak in English."
"Why?" we asked.
Because I'm against English. Can't tolerate English. Angrezi ko mei goli lagana chahta
ki basha kya hai?" "Telugu" I said.
"Talk in Telugu. Even we stay in Madras. I know that language. You can speak in it but not in English."
We laughed being dumbfounded by his sheer policing. His demands and absolute lack of knowledge on what language is spoken in what state and this guy demands us to stop talking in English.
It's not about language. I assume. It's about the identity they chose. I'm sure he'd be sending out his kids to English medium schools. He'd be wishing for his kids for a great job with more money and work in places where English is spoken. Why this hypocrisy then?
Leaving all this aside, if he was disturbed by our loud conversations. Reasonable. But, have a problem with us speaking English? We'd be spared if spoken Indian language because it's Indian.
Common, grow up, big kid. I speak Telugu, he speaks Odiya. I'm not fluent in Hindi. Both are fluent in English and we converse in a language we're comfortable in at our own place.
If public places are also policed by these ignorant people, can't understand what kind of individuals are we having around us?
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
My boss never ordered. He always requested for the work. I wondered why he had to be polite and always requesting when he can simply give an order to work. After all, I'm responsible for the work.
On reflection, I wondered how the choice of words really matters.
"Can you please come to office by 10am tomorrow?"
" Come to office by 10 am tomorrow."
There's a difference. There's no harm if you order but, if you request, you leave out the associate to work in a manner he wants to do.
There's a difference between compulsion and by own's wish.
I've learned from my boss about making things happen by requests but not orders.
Do not take the stature granted. Do not make things hierarchical when you can make the work done by being kind and simple.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
After all the teachers day celebration, a student walked in saying, "I couldn't come to school yesterday. Couldn't wish you and give you this card." She gave out this card and wished me, "Happy teachers day."
|Hand made greeting Card|
11-year-old kid finds fun in my name.
She appreciates with question marks. *Sarcasm at it's best.* Leaving out all the teaching, she declares how I'm good at "Kuch Bhi" but teaching.
11-year-old kid understands the nuances of language and uses it against me only. Proud and surprised by the creativity.
On being asked about, why written in Hindi, she said, "Abhi Nahi is good in Hindi but not in English" God bless me.
School stories remind me of all the fun.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
His joy was as beyond the limits of his range. Like any other day, he lost whatever he wished for. The red balloon was slipped from his hands and floated in the air.
|Vineel & Meher|
|Off Court Talks|
|Got many stories and scenes to share from this league|
Friday, September 6, 2019
|Dyu & Nanu|
Thursday, September 5, 2019
|8th class kids with their Kavitha and creativity|
|Krishna, the happy chap walks in wishing me through the card. Thanks, Krishna|
|Greeting Card from 1st Class|
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
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