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Blue Umbrella

It was blue all over! East or West, north or South; not merely dominating but snatching their share equally and fully! “Yeah, it is for you guys who curse us for being cloudy or sunny to the core. So, enjoy it without cursing us for being what we are or what we are not. You may ignore us but not yours kids! So, wait for their reactions… Here they are. “Daddy, it is a blue tent”. “Mom, here is a huge Umbrella”. “A blue one, so big!” “Uncle, what happened to those white and red colours?”

Anyway, when nature is free from rain or summer showers, the sky is invariably darkish white or playing hide and seek. Right now, it looks like a huge blue umbrella!

Worshipping the books!

It is festivals, festivals all the way as far as India is concerned, though politics makes its presence felt every now and then. But, the people, by large, look forward to such festivals which are, invariably, celebrated in temples.
Of all such festivals, the one which enlightens the people, especially the children, is the 9 day festival called Navaratri (9 Nights) which worships goddess Saraswathy who is the embodiment of knowledge and inspiration to children and adults alike. The songs connected to such festivals are given top priority. One is reminded of the proverbs, “Knowledge is power” and “reading maketh a perfect man”

A thing of beauty is a joy forever!

The other day while I was going through the “introduction” to Rudyard Kipling’s “The Phantom Rickshaw”, I recalled several personal experiences but, the one that ‘knocks’ me off an on is our visit to a beautiful village surrounded by a river which was called ‘Bharatha Puzha’ in those days. It was our first visit when our father was transferred to that village (he was a revenue inspector).
After alighting from a local train, we had to cross the river in a boat, violently shaken off and on by the waves which sprang from the Arabian Sea.
The man who was in charge of the boat would say, “don’t worry… nothing to fear” and our father would smile and say, “the are quite new to such a trip”.
Very soon, we got used to such trips while crossing the river frequently during summer holidays… “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever!”

University Highlands Elementary

Overnight, my impression about a local elementary school underwent a sea change. Of course the building and the surroundings of the school are impressive but one soon realized that the quality of the school went beyond ABCD or the usual studies.
Just one function after lunch on a particular day was so thrilling that the parents of the kids jumped for joy even as kids were singing and dancing. Such programs serve as a booster to kids, teachers and parents. Hats off to the school and the teachers!

Heaps of children’s books!

The standard of education at higher levels may vary, depending upon preferences of universities and colleges. As far as Indian universities or the preferences of senior students are concerned, job-oriented course have an upper hand (Doctors, Engineers or Business). It may be a cakewalk for the smart ones!
But, when it comes to LKG or UKG, the kids all over the world get in touch with umpteen varieties of animals, birds and multicolored flies (wild and mild!). On top of it, they get heaps of children’s stories which appear in several story books. Parents don’t have to recall old stories because there are hundreds of such books.
Some children are less interested in subjects taught to them but these stories and poems tempt them to study serious subjects as well.
Anyway, only few students show some interest in serious subjects taught to them but circumstances force them to choose some job-oriented books.
One wonders how most of the students ignore their childhood days!

If there is a will, there is a way

As far as Indian students in certain states are concerned, they are facing some problems, no necessarily financial. When they have to compete with extremely brilliant students, it is not the financial status that push them down but the capacity of the extremely brilliant ones to face any challenge that can arise from the subject chosen by them. The one good quality they develop right from their school days is “reading habit”. Which make them intellectually ready for any subject; be it medical, engineering, literature or even history and politics!
As far as the ones who are unable to perform will are concerned, they seek the support of the politicians or student union instead of seeking the support of the brilliant students referred to above who are capable of making them enlightened.

Once upon

Gone are the days when kids used to enjoy those “once upon a time” or “long, long ago” stories narrated by grandpas. They would, at times respond to such stories in their own style, like, “That vadivelu was hammered yet again” or, “Veerat Koily was clean bowled!”… or when you are watching a TV Serial,they would push you out of your chair and tell you, “I want to see Peppa Pig.”
How lucky we are! The grandpas and grandmas can fully concentrate on their favorable food during breakfast and lunch or read newspaper or some books.
Hats off to our scientist and serial makers!

Poles apart

“When to the session of sweet silent thought, I summon up the remembrance of things past”. These lines flashed across my mind while I was all alone at my favorite spot, enjoying the evening sky, the hills and valleys… the presence of several new houses, not withstanding.

Thinking that I was all alone, I repeated those lines a bit loudly. But, to my surprise, there stood a young man who too was in a mood to repeat those lines loudly.

Immediately, we made friends with each other and began to quote several well known poems which included ” Ten thousand saw I at a glance tossing their heads in sprightly dance”.

Then I asked him whether he was an English literature student. “Yes”, he said. Then, after a while, he began to weep. “Why, what happened”, I asked and he replied, “But my dad is totally against it… you know why?”

“Yeah, I know your dad. He has told me their story several times but I used to support you…” “OK sir, I am leaving… my dad is waiting for me near that…” Before completing the sentence, he left saying a loud “Bye!”

His father is known to me… not a friend as such but some one who I used to meet now and then… He is a building contractor.

Some Lessons for the Elders!

Elders have to learn a lot from children through the children though the children are advised to learn from their elders. Just watch the school kids when they return home after the day’s work. They may have different tastes and some of them may quarrel now and then but you can’t divide them on the basis of their religion, caste or social status of their parents.

One evening I was returning home after my evening walk, children studying in the near by school were also returning home. They were unusually happy and they were hugging one of their class mates. The mother of one of the kids who seemed to be very happy asked him, “why are you guys so happy?” and his reply did not make his mother happy because the reason for their happiness was, “Mummy Revi got the first rank in the exam”.

I came to know that usually the first rank goes to that woman’s son!

Let not our kids succumb to self-pity

Though wonder-kids are few and far between we have talented kids in every nook and corner, mostly unsung or unnoticed. Among them, some are capable of creating opportunities for themselves without succumbing to self-pity.

There are several caste-based organisations which underestimate the talent hidden in those children and simply highlight their exaggerated backwardness and prompt them to ‘fight’ for their rights, thereby making them victims of self-pity.

The school children, irrespective of their caste or religion are friendly with one another but certain politicians sow the seeds of hatred among them and draw them away from the path of unity and urge them to achieve ‘greater things’.

There is only one way to save the children from the clutches of certain self centered politicians and the initiative has to come from broad minded and educated leaders who can instill courage and self confidence in our children to achieve their goals.