Monday, March 25, 2013


Super hero showing about the importance of knowledge

The various articles of the Indian Constitution provide for education as a fundamental right and so most universities in India are controlled by the Union or the State Government. The importance of education in building a moral society is undeniable yet it seems that our educational system torpid the reasoning capacity of the young ones. Learn and reproduce it is the motto of our educational system, not understand and apply it. The sparks of reasoning and logic are allowed to evolve in an average Indian youth only after he hurdles the senior secondary barrier. The governments emphasis on quantity while paying least care for quality is one of the greater worries, it is not only the infrastructure that I am talking about its the lack of teachers, quality of most even if present, the general method of teaching and the out dated materials used for it.

The selective process of private schools and the care free attitude of the public schools towards majority of young ones who might need a different approach (especially at the primary level) than our current educational format are producing a large percentage of under educated citizens in the majority section (that is the lower and lower middle class section) drawn in superstitions and orthodox mentalities.  Adolescence is the most sensitive and speculative phase in a human life hence most dangerous, how an adult individual think, behave and interact with his/her fellow beings and other living things depend on his/her experiences in this phase, so at most care and time should be given to children at this time especially to those bellow ten years old.

It is the majority section of our nations population that suffer from this, no one cares about them in their childhood but are ready to pound on each and every mistakes they make in their later life. Instead of blaming the society we should concentrate our energy and resources in providing quality education with basic necessities like roofed classrooms, bathrooms and play grounds such that no child grow without moral values and lack of basic knowledge. In case of the minority sector children (upper and upper middle class), high tech schools with well fashioned teachers seems mandatory and this may in turn develop an individual with high standards of living just like their parents but not necessarily one with good values and vision. A centralized system is what we require, irrespective of language and culture providing more importance on building an idealistic society with mental hygiene rather than selfish vying individuals.

'The current system is fine, don’t change it and make it fun for children, they need to study and work beyond their limits, write exams and should score good grades, this is a competitive world so nothing else matters, you are going to be a doctor or an engineer or something else' these are the limited visions that most parents carry. They don't care what their children are becoming inside, whether they are going to be a sociopath or a sadist, all that matters to them is the grades and the jobs they gonna get not the young innocent mind and the adult he is going to become. In most criminal cases the bud for antisocial tendencies in an individual is directly influenced by his childhood life so the best way to control inhuman crimes is to provide good quality systematic and compulsory education rather than passing new laws each month, hoping to resolve the problems caused by mental scar with fear of punishment.

Some great initiatives and reforms can be seen all over the country by NGOs, were an entirely new system of quality learning for under privileged children is adopted by many. Even if the systems developed by such NGOs show results, a sudden full scale change in the school educational system as a reform to build a bright thinking future generation is a good dream but not a practical one. The problem is not the children but the parents; any sudden change in the routine is unacceptable to most so the appropriate way to implement the system is by small gradual changes. We do have a prime example for this in front of us and that too in the educational history; the way the British approached and changed the whole educational system of India to their beneficiary style. So here is my thought to prevent evil, reform our education system, take proper care of children, give them proper knowledge and let them think and reason, the rest will become history and a more beautiful nation will emerge which can finally take pride on its citizens as much as its soil. 

Education for children

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Light at the end o' the Tunnel

Light at the end of the tunnel, man standing in dark
Anytime it feels like 
can’t move on anymore
all hope is lost, or
there is no light at
the end of the tunnel.

Try helping someone, 
someone random.
For it’s not what you get 
but what you become that 
matters in the end.

For if your thoughts define you, 
then it’s your deeds that 
build you slowly but surely.

And soon u will realise, 
the light at the end o' the tunnel 
was, all along within.

by Algo

Friday, March 15, 2013

Two Little Nieces

Rahul with Mayu and Megu, group photo

This is not a fairy tale about two little girls who saves a handsome prince (who happens to be their uncle) from a furious dragon and helps him rescue his princess from an evil witch. But this is definitely about two beautiful girls who are my own nieces (elder one 6 years old and younger 4), though they didn't save me from a dragon or helped me in rescuing any princess, they did remind me of my childhood and made me walk those steps once again, with them. Boundless bliss, heedless sorrow and infinite energy, I really missed my childhood and now am enjoying it all again in a far better yet a girlish way.

Lots of fury toys, miniature kitchen set, drawing books and colour pencils, the house seems like a battle field when they are at work, they gust from room to room with the elder one bossing as the younger keen and obedient with some occasional exceptions. Joining them and taking part in their games do make me a child myself, all the complications of being an adult disappears and the one feeling that remain and crave from inside is that for fun. Being a child is fun, dirt, bugs, grass, fire, smoke, pebbles, birds, even slimy snails and crawling snakes seem fun to them, and above all they prefer curiosity over fear.

One of my nieces favorite game is role playing, acting and talking like adults in their own cute funny ways and it often amazes me how they imitates every minute details of the respective adults. Though I couldn’t recall any such incidents from my childhood, I do join them often, mostly playing the role of their kinder garden teacher. Their eagerness and desire to become adult individuals much made me ask to myself “Why do they want that (as most adults will give anything to become an innocent child once again)?” It may be because they think it will be even more fun that they can sing, dance, roam around and play, always wear beautiful dresses and shiny shoes and will have long braided hair to admire like that in the Barbie movies they see. They stand in front of the dressing mirror, dabbing and combing their tiny jet black hair with admiration as well as longing in those cute eyes for them to become long and beautiful.

With day by day widening forehead as the mark of my adulthood, I could only hope for my nieces to have all they want when they grow up and wish that their life be filled with fun and excitement as it is now, but every now and then reality popes up and remind me that only children love to live in fairytales, not adults when they become. Childhood is like a fairytale, ‘And They Lived Happily Ever After’ is always followed by ‘The End’

“Love you both, my little angels” 

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Little Sunflower

Mayu dressed as sunflower, fancy dress sunflower
Mayu as Little Sunflower
Mega in little kitty dress, cat fancy dress
Mega as Little Kitty

This is a nursery rhyme written for my niece Mayu for her kinder garden fancy dress competition.  She did a wonderful job and won the first prize, congrats to her and also to Megu (my younger niece) for dressing up as a cute kitty. I am posting this in hope that it will come in use for some of the mummies and daddies.

I am little sunflower,
Yellow and bright.
Standing tall,
When sun rise.
Swaying in wind,
Side to side.
I am little sunflower,
Yellow and bright.  

by Rahul and Ranjith

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