Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
It was a commendable leadership by Meghana for pulling off such a huge event. Meghana was focussed, she knew her timeline and planned with the team accordingly. The team worked up on what they wanted to do in this edition. Acting on all the learnings, the team researched the ideas, speakers, themes. This edition, the theme was, “Paradigm Shift.”
As we unshelled ourselves for learning and had a great learning experience, we geared up the new journey and called it, ‘Paradigm Shift.’
The license was applied and given week's time, we were granted a license on 12.November.2016
Excerpt from the journal.
Humble beginnings :)
In the course of the day, I called up a few friends. Received few calls.
Decided to give break from reading, I watched a movie, Yes Man. I liked the movie. Positive and happy movie. I can't afford to delve in negativity during times of distress. I watched couple of TED Talks, I enjoyed discovering African artist, Vusi Mahlasela.
I worked out in the evening and continued my meditation. I started the book, Leonardo Davinci by Walter Isaacson. I always wanted to read another biography through Walter's writing. Davinci always enticed me. Looking forward to enjoying the book.
I started to meditate for a few minutes. I managed to work on the draft for minutes.
Disappointed by the book, River Sutra, I wrote down the review and worked on a few other poems.
I called it a day browsing phone mindlessly.
Later, we cleaned the whole house. In recent times, I’m discovering the cleaning and normal chores to be meditative. After the cleaning, I sat down with the book, River Sutra. Interesting book. Today, we were told that Jannat hotel, which is a stone throw away, would sell us chicken.
I went out to collect it and cops didn’t spare anyone. They interrogated on my presence and knowing that I came here for chicken, the cop raised the lathi. My umbrella got the blow and, I escaped. I went in the mentioned given time, but the cops didn't spare. Lesson learned, Do Not Step Out at any Cost. But when do we have to get the essentials?
Perplexed of the experience, I returned home to relax. Spoke to Nikita for hours sharing various stories.
Jannat delivered the chicken to home and Dyu cooked Chicken for both of us.
Over lunch, I watched the movie, Killa. A Marathi movie. Realistic and pleasing visuals. I liked the sound design of the film as well. I spent the rest of the evening, painting and reading the book, River Sutra.
Spent the night with the phone browsing news, social media. Phone usage drained me and I slept early.
I texted a few friends. Today was Pragjna’s and Santosh’s birthday. Wished them. And carried on with journaling.
I got introduced to Vusi Mahlasela through a TED Performance of his song, 'Woza'.
Attracted to the voice, melody, I listened to his collection and I'm enjoying it.
‘Children's use of language is closely related to the things they do with their hands and bodies and the objects they come in contact with.’
During the early stages, words and language do not have a meaning if children cannot associate it with their life.
Focusing on the exposure of a child, Kumar discusses, how a child uses a language to express himself.
A language is also a form of expression of themselves. The words the child uses creates the environment he is in. The words he hears create the environment he imagines. It’s all in how we perceive and produce the language in a given context.
Language is about a lot of emotions.
Describing the process
Directing other’s attention
Directing one’s own activities
Language and Its interpretations.
How do we interpret a language? Is it a tool for communication or does it have any other purposes?
Krishna Kumar interprets the language and its use through a child’s life view. How does a child use a language not only to communicate but, to express himself?
The child expresses himself in language through different modes.
- Directing other’s attention
- Directing own’s activities
- Representing Life
Various examples and explanations are given on each and everything they do with the language.
In what way, does a teacher's attitude on language learning impacts a student’s learning?
How do we use language?
There’s a huge impact on the psyche of students because of teachers’ attitudes towards language. Emphasizing the attitude, Krishna Kumar does not write this book confining to any particular language or first language, second language. This book is written to portray a child’s point of view on language. This handbook suggests various formations in pedagogic techniques.
“As we listen to a story our mind runs to the events and characters portrayed in it. Many stories are
about events that we have never witnessed in our own lives, yet we can imagine them. Similarly,
we are able to form an image of the characters even though we may never have faced people who are like these characters.” Stories.
Good stories deserve many tellings.
Don’ts in the storytelling
Talking about the moral value of the story post storytelling.
Equally, demand the children to memorize the story.
The freedom to re-create a story and its characters in a way that is meaningful to oneself is a right every child must-have.
Stories prepare the children for Drama. In storytelling as listeners, Children relate to the characters and reimagine in their own way.
In Drama, it happens in an explicit way.
establishing in the classroom an ethos in which play looks possible and right.
Communication is important and thoughtful communication with children helps you to improve your talking skills and also language learning.
While the activities are important for learning. It’s also important on teaching children how to think. Helping them out to observe and express seemed organic.
His lucid writing encourages the reader to read further.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Powerful Talk. Aisha shared her idea about happiness through her personal journey. She talked about happiness without a space for misconceptions.
I like the quotes she mentioned as well.
Can't afford to watch dark, dull and slow movies now.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
I started my day and wrote morning pages. Three pages long hand, writing whatever comes to my mind. Dyu went out to get the vegetables.
Later, I continued reading Ruskin Bond’s Gallery of Rascals. Together, we ate Cheese Scrambled eggs and Roti. During the lock down days, I’m getting the best food.
Post breakfast, we were into our rooms, engaged in a conference call with colleagues. And also spent time in painting. I’m enjoying the process. I’m observing, reviewing and improving. Today, I painted with only blue and black colors. I enjoyed it.
Finished Ruskin’s memoir as well as documentary. Spent time writing my reviews on both and watched ‘find me guilty’ movie.
Worked out a bit, enjoyed the evening walk at terrace. Worked on the memoir I’m writing. Wrote a poem instinctively and shared with Shivani. End of the day, Catching up with a book again.
Spoke to few friends, Biju and Vikas. I Called up Vikas and spoke for good time. Heartened to hear his voice after a long time. Glad I spoke to him after long time.
Phone seemed to be the distractor. Till yesterday, I was anxious watching news every ten minutes. I was waiting to read the breaking news but, I realized I’m conditioning myself to negativity. I reduced my phone usage today. Picked up two new books today, 'Meghadhutam’ by Kalidasa and ‘River Sutra’ by Gita Mehta.
Written and directed by Satyajit Bhatkal. I picked up a book on Lagaan making at Harry’s place. I finished it and enjoyed reading about the process of making the movie. It was two years back and I chanced upon the documentary on making of Lagaan on Netflix. Now, I understood, from where the Lagaan music-making clips came from. It's in this movie. This was released in the 2000s. Documentary on the making of Lagaan was a great idea, whoever thought of it.
I enjoyed watching the process and there’s a lot of drama in the documentary as well. This movie documented the hardships, and challenges that were present during the movie. I could connect it a few with the chapters I read in the book. The background score for this documentary got picked up from Lagaan’s background score. Lead actress Gracy Singh didn’t have much to talk. I expected more of A.R’s and Gracy’s interviews in the documentary. This documentary helped me to acknowledge the hardships people go through to make a vision reality. I love the Assistant Directors of this movie. Enjoyed their anecdotes.
I was having a hard time choosing from the collection of Ruskin Bond. ‘Check this out, it’s the latest book,’ said the owner of Cambridge Book depot, the place at which, Ruskin Bond visits every Saturday.
Attractive cover and tongue twisters in titles, I picked it up. A gallery of Rascals: My favorite Tales of Rogues, Rapscallions, and Ne’er-Do-Wells.
This book is a collection of 30 odd stories and it’s not an easy read because, Ruskin Bond’s reflective writing tempts you to put the book aside and reflect on your life. Ruskin Bond can talk about anything. Be it about the birds that perch on his windows, bottles that were laid on the table during winters and about the elders he hung out with during his childhood.
I’m a big fan of Ruskin’s uncle Ken. Tales of Ken are funny and nevertheless introspective. I discovered two tales of Ken, ‘ZigZag Walk’ ‘At Sea with Uncle Ken.’ Uncle Ken is a star and he brings out the joy in his life by doing nothing, literally ‘nothing’ all the time.
Then are the tales that included his Grandparents. ‘Grandfather’s private Zoo,’ had as many as stories as one could find. Ruskin’s observations have got him to write about the hornbill’s, the chameleon Henry, the crow Ceasar, and many more creatures. I enjoyed reading about these creatures through Ruskin’s observation.
Ruskin’s observations seemed to be unprejudiced. He’s curious about everything and his observation with reflections brings out the enjoyable prose.
Above mentioned do not deserve the title of Rascals. The stories, ‘Strychnine in Cognac, Susanna’s seven husband’s, Job Well done, Masterji,’ are some of the stories that are full of rascals and rogues. The crimes, cruelty, violence written in a jolly manner. I sighed after every story for, the story ended and also the way it left me with a mix of various experiences. Ruskin's writings are honest and witty.
Thoroughly enjoyed it.
On reading this book, I reflected on my own life experiences by writing around ten pages. Ruskin Bond’s books are the route to walk back into the memory lanes of the childhood and relive the memories. Thanks, Bond for sharing the stories.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
This provoked imagery with metaphors that are sending out the meaning.
Ordinary tales of ordinary people narrated in an extra ordinary way.
This is @penguinclassics comprising Premchand's ever green stories on grief, fear, oppression.
The stories are full of dialogue and imaginative metaphors. "Shroud" is my favourite. It's been months, since I was trying to read a Premchand's stories in Hindi but solaces myself in translations itself. Ruth Vanitha did a good translation. Enjoyable. Would love to try this in Hindi.
Reading steve’s book on writing made me retrospect, if I want to be fine in the craft, I gotta spend my time and give my best. It’s the same question, how badly do I want it?
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