I was visiting an old friend and her thirteen-year-old daughter had just returned from school. The atmosphere in the house was kind of thick. Well, you could cut the air with a knife, it was so palpable. My friend settled down next to me with a cup of coffee and obviously, she looked a bit … Continue reading What makes Children Feel Entitled to be Entitled?
Ever since the Pulwama attack, there were quite a few conjectures. Will India, Won't India? Should India, Shouldn't India? Brigade social media was already out with all guns blazing 'at each other.' From quoting collateral damages to The Bhagwad Gita, from invoking the Veer Ras to the Religion of Humanity- we said it all. But … Continue reading Just Care to Pray
I saw a video some time back, that interestingly, traced the evolution of how failure has been viewed in history, over years and over continents. The video helped to shape this article, in which I clearly question the desperate need for success. That Incy Wincy spider may have found the need to climb the wall … Continue reading Failure: The ‘Bitter-Half’ of Success
While she failed to settle down with the idea, there was another heart-rending experience added to my kitty. My cuckoo bird suddenly became "papa's doll"
Before you make a wish, bow your head in gratitude. There is always something to be thankful for! I was merely ten years old when this new teacher joined my school. She was Mrs Elizabeth John. Besides being my class teacher, she also happened to be my neighbour. She lived in a huge green coloured … Continue reading The Wishlist
Seven-year-old Shreya was having a casual conversation with her mother. As she expressed her views, she was met with a very laid-back remark by her father, “Oh! Are you that dumb Shreya?” He did not expect to hear what he did! “Yes Dad, I am. Specially at Mathematics.” Shreya’s parents were taken by surprise by … Continue reading Positive and Negative Reinforcement: A Reflection of how Children View Themselves
Just days after I set foot into this world, began elaborate sessions of oil massages- mustard and apricot, the right proportions of olive and almond; not to forget granny's practice of using 'ghee' from a lone cow's milk. It was all done, coupled with the right movements of fingers and hands for not less than three long years. But it was too early to predict and efforts could not stop at this.