Monthly Archives: September 2008

Teach India – Week 8

If anyone is by any chance actually following my posts you would notice I have skipped “Teach India -Week 7”. This is cause I missed the session as I was tied up with something else…however it was not a teaching session that I missed but a quiz session for the kids so I am not feeling too bad.
I had an interesting session this week and finally got time to talk to other volunteers and made some friends! The sad part is that we would have our next session after a month and a half!! 😦
Overall the program by Kotak Foundation to teach English individually to children is a very nice but I am not sure if it is very effective and the main reason for it is lack of continuity. The program would have been much more effective if we had maintained continuity of talking/teaching them each week.
I don’t know how effective it has been but I have sure had fun and so have the kids!
So what was the session like this week…??

I had three hours of teaching and each hour was different and a new challenges
Session 1

I decided I would make the kids do a play in English. This would be fun and they would learn to talk.
Mom got me some fairy tale books and I decided to use them and make my kids do a play on one of the stories.
We used “The Three Little Pigs” story and had some fun with it. We read the story for sometime, then did the play in Marathi and then did the English version of it. It worked well but not as well as I would have liked it to cause the English levels of the kids was way too below par and it was difficult for them to do it. Also my this batch has 4 girls who are by and large quite shy and reserved.
Overall an interesting session. To end the session we actually went to an empty classroom and enacted the play where no one was looking so the girls did not get to conscious and shy!
Session 2
This batch is always very enthusiastic. This time also I had a big group of about 10 kids who wanted to sit with me and the Kotak volunteers came and picked up all the kids who normally do not sit with and made them go and stand and then allocated them to other volunteers! I finally had my regular group of 5 kids in this session! One of the volunteers asks me… “what do you do!? The kids seem to love you!” 🙂 ( I was obviously quite flattered with her questions!)
Anyways I finally started the session again….with the idea of reading a story and doing a play. So I handed overall the books I had to the kids and told them to decide which story they wanted to read and enact and they choose a Noddybook called “ Bumpy Dog decides to help”
We started…..and the session was going well….we were reading and relating the words and sentences to things in day to day life and saying different versions of the same sentence. Overall the kids seem quite involved and interested.
Suddenly one of the girls says…”Teacher Maaja nahi aa raha…bore ho raha hai” . I was quite taken aback! I though the session was going well and I am normally good at reading the body language of the kids so I wondering how I was so off the mark this time!

I asked the other 4 kids…if they were getting bored and luckily they said no …but I still had a child here who said this was booring! So I had to do something about it…so I asked the kids if we could change the book and let to girl who was getting bored star reading the new story. They hesitantly agreed…

And suddenly this girl started crying!!! I was like oh my god! What is happening here! What did I do!!
All the other kids were looking at each other and looking at me….I kept asking her what happned…with no response. Then one of the kids told me she has lost her Mamaji recently and so she is very upset with that. Now I at least knew the reason…but did not have any clue on what was the best thing to do!
Then One of the kotak volunteers saw her crying and suggested I take her for a walk and talk to her alone and see if she wants to open up..we went out sat on the school steps…spoke for a few minutes, she wiped her tears and said lets go back and sit with the rest of the children.
We did a few more sentences and this girl started crying again. She so wanted to put on a brave font and act happy and not cry but the poor kid was feeling so sad
This is when I told the kids my funda of what I do when I am sad…I told them it is absolutely ok to cry…I do it…everyone does it …it makes you feel better but after you have finished crying you have to smile and act happy and you will automatically feel happy!
After this I decided to take them to and empty classroom and show them how this funda works and to put it in practice
I taught them the song “If you are happy and you know it clap your hands” we sang we danced, we clapped we jumped we hugged, snapped our fingers…and we laughed!
We basically had a nice time….we played “ringa-ringa roses” 🙂 Musical chairs..basically English was out of the window for this session…but we had a blast and the girl was smiling at the end of it and that is what matters!!
I was exhausted…but the kids were all full of energy and could go on jumping some more…luckily the time was up and they had to go home!

Session 3
I was exhausted and my voice was hoarse singing the songs on the top of my voice and dancing!

2/5 kids came in for this session.
I started with my story books and these girls also choose a book to read. We were 10 mins into the session and then the kotak volunteer came and said since we have less students and more volunteers we would all get into a common circle and play something together.
I was quite glad…I had half a mind to put my kids in the circle and let them handle the session and disappear! So I told them go sit in the circle…this didi will tell you what to do and I took a back seat..
Everyone was getting into a circle…there was confusion on what game we should play…what should we do…..Lots of idea’s were thrown around and then someone came up with an idea….let us play a story telling game…..
I though it was the most sensible idea among the others that were floating around…
And somehow from being in the fringes deciding to disappear….i was there in the center…trying to conduct the story telling game with evey person in the circle telling one sentence to take the story forward!
Well eventually we played the “story telling game” the “describe me game” and “the introduce yourself” game with about 30 students and volanteers who were present there!
I think it worked out well…Could it have been better?…yes…could have done better if we were planned…everything that we did was extempore…
I personally quite enjoyed it….I think I love my place in the center of an audience where I have to do something to involve the audience and ensure they have fun! I should really consider something on these lines as profession…I am sure I will excel at it! (Actually I hope other had as much fun as I did…I hope they did)
Pont to Ponder : “Fun & Games” and “People” are two important themes in my life. I need to find a vocation which helps me to merge the two…


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Lucky Me!

I really really wanted something….and I did not get it….:-(

I always like to believe that I am a very lucky person and I get everything I really want and if I don’t get something I think I want….I tell myself…“hey may be not getting was for the best…I just don’t see how yet!!”

This seems to be becoming a pattern with me lately and If I have to believe the statements above….I guess maybe I have just been wanting the wrong things!!

So am I loosing my lucky touch? Nah! I am only touching the wrong things!

I am a firm believer that if you act” happy you will automatically start “feeling” happy and start “believing” you are happy and then you don’t have to “act” any more!

Replace happy with any other feeling and it holds true….Try it!



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Reasons for Not Writing & Upcoming Posts!

Hey People…Sorry I have not written so long…there are many reasons to it…some of them being
1) Been Very Very Busy
2) Been slightly lazy about writing since I am considering moving to another blog
3) Not had the time/inclination/drive to actually start a new blog….so I am somewhere inbetween “na yaha ke na waha ke” types

Well I have lots to write about…
1) Teach India Week 8
2) Review of the Book “Earning the laundry stripes”
3) GSE Interviews

4) Breaking rules ( Was just chatting with someone about this…I think I will write about it some day to get clarity!)

So people keep looking at this spot (or another spot if I get over my laziness and make a new one) for these posts and other posts coming soon..

(I know this may be classified as one of my boring posts….but what the hell its 1.30 in the night and it is a working day tomorrow…I am allowed to be short and booring!)


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My Horoscope- Week of 22nd September

New ideas and horizons beckon to you on Monday, thanks to the entry of the illuminating Sun in your sector of philosophy and spirituality. Of course, anyone who knows you is aware that you love to be unpredictable. The only consistent quality you have is your inconsistency. You’ll have a lot of fun exploring your new pursuits, and you’ll learn a lot, too. On Saturday your emotions take you on a very wild ride as the Moon opposes your ruler, erratic Uranus, in moody Pisces. You’ll overreact to events, so count to ten before you emote.

Well I can already feel myself overreacting and getting overtly pissed! So friends…forgive me its the planets doing the trick!


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I have always felt I need to have the freedom to choose….But I have come to realize that choices stress me out….they spoil the fun of the moment…This weekend was a great example…

Had a hectic week with a lot of clashing interesting things to do and I had to choose! As usual I want to be everywhere and do everything….but it is not humanly possible

So I made the best selections and had a great weekend….But sitting here at the end of the day I can think of all the things I missed…would it have been a better option??

What Did I Miss??
· Teach India – Children’s Quiz Session
· Badminton
· Toastmasters Contest
· Sunday Dinner with friends

Well Well….looking at this list….looks like a whole lot of things I missed….but that was not the case…there is a lot I managed to do!

What Did I Do?
· Rotary Session
· Dinner and Dancing with friends
· Zadenki – Buddhist discussion meet
· B-Plan discussion session
· Pooja and Dinner and cousins place

Overall I did have a wonderful weekend.…but would it have been better if I did not have soo many choices? Maybe…I would have been more satisfied!

The week starting tomorrow…I am not going to have much of a choice…I will have to get up early morning and go to work…do I like that? Not really…I would love to have a choice!

Choices..cant live with them…cant live without them!


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Expectations Reduce Joy

“Expectations Reduce Joy” This wise piece of advice was quoted by my younger but smarter bother….
I think it is soo true….
If you don’t expect something from someone…there are good chances that you wont get disappointed and feel let down….!
So what should you do?
Don’t expect anything ?? Keep a safe distance? Don’t trust anyone?
But If you have no expectations from someone….I guess you cant call them a friend…they are then they are then only acquaintances…..

Theoretically the right approach would be to keep faith and have expectations… people….and if they don’t meet your expectations…..don’t bother…continue to keep the faith..

Only wish what you know theoretically and what you do practically was easy to integrate!


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Restless Princess..

Someone at work coined a name from me today… “Restless Princess

The princess part was just so it sounds nice and rhymes

Restless is the key word here….

To explore further I asked him…so tell me why do you say I am restless? And he said…overall your “Demeanor is very restless!”

Now I don’t think it was compliment ….chances are it was definitely not…but who cares! I take it as a compliment! Focus on the princess part! (Whenever in doubt always take it positively and say Thank you!)

Do I agree with the nick name….?
Yes I do…..
I am very restless….I constantly want to do something….something new…something different….any idea…any plan…I am always game…I always want activity…..It is quite crazy….There are times I get irritated with myself and want to calm down.

But do I wnt to change? No

Can I be calm and composed? Yes I can….
Do I want to be like that ? No I don’t…cause it makes me feel sad..
I like to be happy.…(act happy at least even if I am not feeling it!) I like to be enthu..…lively….energetic…
The negative scale of all of it would be hyperactive…restless…over enthu…and ya I guess I do get there sometime…maybe many a times…!

I think any ‘trait’ in excess would have a negative connotation and it is a balance that needs to be maintained in anything!

The good part is I think I realize it most of the times that I have tipped to the negative side of being energetic but the bad part is that even when I realize I have crossed over to the negative side of the scale I cannot come back to balance immediately!

Good night for now from the “Restless Princess” for now maybe that would be the new name for my blog…( I think it is quite cute!)
Better Ideas anyone for a new blog name??


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