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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!

Of facts and …

Of late, we hear ‘distorted’ versions of ancient India’s scientific achivement. But, before we dismiss all such stories as baseless, we have to lend our ears to what our great grandpas had to say about certain unique aspects of Indian “discoveries”. It may appear to be baseless but as pointed out by our grandpas, “ There are things which are beyond explanations and beyond comprehension”. Take for example astrology and palmistry or the mention of the word “vimana” in Ramayana or “Dhoor Darshan” even in those ancient days.
When we criticize those who give us a distorted version of our achievements we have to point out attempts by certain modern hisortians to give a new colour to certain events just to safegaurd certain communities.

The art of settling down!

Back home after a gap of eight months is a strange experience. Off and on you are haunted by the happy-go-lucky experiences you had had, all these days, with your kith and kin. Simultaneously, you have to struggle a bit to regain the routine life.

Yeah, its calls for a lot of diplomacy and patience to get things done, one by one and to capture the ‘ at- home’ feeling. Just when we heaved a sigh of relief a couple of weeks after returning home, we felt as if somebody was asking us rather sarcastically, ” How do you feel now?. It was none other then winter which has already made its presence felt. But the smiling sun seemed to assure that it can tame the winter to some extent. And, at long last, I resumed my evening walk after some initial hesitation. The moment I reached my favorite path, I was given a warm welcome by the bushes and those tall trees. I could also hear the hushed voices of the birds. “Where was this chap all these days?” one of them seemed to ask.

I moved on and on, totally immersed in the enchanting surroundings till I was jerked by the thundering sound of the bursting crackers. ” Oh it’s Deepavali tomorrow”, I said to myself and returned home.

The Child-Grandma Management!

“A for?”
“Apple”
“good… B for?”
“Bonda”
“Bonda?… C for?”
“Chappathy”
“Chappathy?” The mom is upset and the grandma of the toddler buds in, “why are you upset? Chappathy or cat, don’t be so strict. Let the kids have freedom to utter any word. What matters is, to keep them in good humor”
“OK, OK” the mom surrenders and settles down for the rest of the alphabets with a “come on, … And D for?” But the child’s attention gets diverted by the grandma as she appears with some milk in a feed-bottle, thereby giving the child a temporary relief from ABCD. When umpteen toys are lying scattered all over the room, the milk and honey becomes less effective. The child wakes up the monkeys, donkeys, bow-wows and even the tough-looking elephants. The mom is happy and asks the child, “What’s this?” The smart kid knows what the mom is up to and drops all these animals and picks up the plastic parts meant for making toy-houses, saying “OUSE, OUSE [House]”
“OK, OK”, says the mom and grandma shouts, “Enough, enough… take your bath and your breakfast and get lost … it’s getting late”
The mom was, in fact, trying her best to put the child in a playing mood so that she could have her breakfast before leaving for her work spot, but grandma inadvertently draws the child’s attention to the mom who tries to escape from the scene when the child is in good mood.
If the modern moms are not experts in time management which also calls for efficient management of child and its grandma, it will be difficult for them to concentrate on their official duties!