The Art of Reading

What is reading? Reading is quintessentially a self-therapy. It is one of the highest forms of exercise one’s brain can get. It serves as a means for a person to be intelligent. It makes people open to new ideas and new cultural beliefs. It makes a person understand how little he/she knows after crossing 100+[…]

The identity, Idea and Ideology

The famous Matt Ridley, who is the author of the fascinating book The GENOME, Once said that his Brain is a space which is a conjugal bed for Ideas to have sex and from which new Ideas are born. A truly amazing statement it is. Human Being is a social animal. He cannot live in[…]

Aquiring Knowledge

There is one old story in Buddhism about knowledge. A man is supposed to cross a river which has no bridge. The man is so determined to cross the river as he has to embark an important journey. He saw a big piece of log lying on ground. He went in search of some sharp stones and materials and found those after some intense searching. He started to make a boat out of the log with the tools he had got after immense searching. He managed to manufacture a boat out of that log and happily crossed the river using that boat. After reaching the shore, the man gets off from the boat and starts his journey. A voice told the man to stop and asked him to remember all the hardships he had taken to make a log into boat. It questioned him, how can he after putting all those hard works can leave the boat there and go. Instead it said the man to carry the boat on his shoulders and go where he can use this boat in some other place, where he needs. The man smiled to himself and took off his way without carrying anything. […]

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. […]