Ethnography – Approach towards books and learning

Before few years, while I was new to Chennai that was the first coffee shop I have ever visited. I fell in love with that place instantly and then I made it a habit of meeting my friends at that place. When I turned into a self employed person, whenever I was given a chance to finalize the place of meeting by my vendors, clients, co-workers; I always choose this coffee shop. Thanks to social media websites, I got a chance to meet some youngsters who are very energetic and enthusiasm and they dream big. Once as we were working through a business plan for these people, the topic of reading books came up. The conversation eventually circled about the self help books and the effect of self help books on our lives. I have an opinion that these books cannot bring you any positive results whoever may the author, however may be the concept.  As I was from a small town in Deep South Tamil nadu, I always had the complex of inferior self due to the lack of English language practice.  I have tried from Koffmayor to Robin Sharma. Nobody could possibly help me navigate my problem. Then I came across a famous English Phrase HELP YOURSLF. That one liner changed my view of help and helplessness. […]

The path of Endurance

Education – an overview

As I travel across the state to all colleges, to imbibe the employability skills training to the students, one of my friends who is working in a print media asked me a favor. He wanted to have one candidate who has reasonable idea on International politics and economics and a reasonable command over the English language. At the outset I thought that of an easy job as, I am in touch with three universities in the southern part of the state and there would be at least 150 students who would be either in their M.As, M.phils, or PhDs in the economics department. One out of one hundred and fifty seemed relatively an easy task. But on trial; it wasn’t to be.

The problem:

One major problem I encountered with is the students are not that brilliant. Please don’t get me wrong. Pupils are bright, bright enough to achieve distinction and much more achievements academically. But I hardly see that academic brightness assimilating in the real life. This of course cannot be taught, and the core of the issue lies here that our students cannot do or perform anything that is not taught to them. This prompted me to have an insight of a student’s brain, how it functions while performing academic rituals. Students in this part of the world are informed at a very young age that they should work hard in school and study vigorously. The ultimate gift or the result of studying hard and being a school topper is they can have a secured life with a good job and a decent salary. This is fundamentally wrong. The basic reason to study is to know new things and then learning happens by exploring those new things deeply. Has it always been like this in this part of the world, let’s take a short virtual time travel. […]