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Question: "I hate my parents – A Statement"

Asked by Sanjeev Himachali

“Dear Sanjeev, Why should you and I fall into this trap? The statements 'like the one's quoted above' can only be an outcome of a delinquent mind looking for reasons and excuses to put the blame on others. Nowadays, it is a fad, a fashion, an in-thing to blame one's parents and for parents who have failed in bringing up their children properly, to blame their children. It is a defence mechanism and an outcry of a guilty conscience.

My father was a hard taskmaster. He used the stick often to teach me a few lessons-both academic and lessons of life. But, every night he would hold me to his chest and put me to sleep - on his arm as my pillow- with a thousand kisses and a few parables. My mother was an epitome of innocence and simplicity. She symbolised love and sacrifice and not only brought up me and my siblings, but also our cousins, distant relatives, my kids and everyone who needed her. They were our Role Models. My kids are proud of us and we adore them. Life without them would not have been worth living. They are everything we aspired for. Their love is precious and overwhelms us. We have always discussed our ideas, problems and issues and always found solutions. People did not like this or that but we liked it and we did not care. We were United and one, even though we all had not agreed on certain issues.

I am blessed with six sweet grandchildren and the family has received lessons in parenting from books, from life and from our elders. We are a generation apart. But does it matter. We all have our expertise. Our limits are defined. We prefer to adapt and survive. The young adapt quickly, the elder take a little longer. But togetherness and respect for the individuality of both-the child and the parent is essential.
Hate is an emotion. Only sick minds breed hate. Hating parents is denying ones existence. Differences of opinion do exist. We have a right to have our view points and so do our children. Remember children will always be children and Old is Gold. Parents have to bear in mind that the 'Child is the Father of Man.' Children have to bear in mind that Parents represent God. We should not generalise on the basis of a few bad examples of both parents and children”

Question: What’s your National Proud?

Asked by Nils Oudejans

“I am an Indian. I am proud of the rich cultural inheritance and spiritual heritage of my motherland. Our unity in diversity, our secularism, our quest for knowledge, our mysticism, our folklore, our Great Gurus and Masters, our Gurukuls, our Nalanda and Taxila, our Ramayana and Mahabharata, our Gandhi and Mother Teresa and now our youth who are destined to make India a great country. An Indian is truly a Citizen of the World. My pride teaches me humility and respect for others. Recently UNESCOE has declared our National Anthem as the Best National Anthem.”

Question: How rigid are you?

Asked by Anuja Rathi

“Dear Anuja, I am flexible in almost all situations but not extremely.
In work related issues, while planning, deliberating and Mentoring; I am flexible. But, in matters related to me and implementation of my projects, I am not so flexible and am rigid at times.
Unfortunately, I have been regimented too long into a culture of routine and I am stuck up in routines. But I am not rigid with my likes, opinions or preferences and would rather love to work in association with others and try being very flexible. In executing my programmes and in their implementation, I am pretty rigid, since I learnt that flexibility is considered as a weakness and one can not vacillate during implementation of programmes. I can not afford to be indecisive. I love to experiment as long as it is ethically right and the experiment is not going to harm anyone. I love adventure and being adventurous, but then I need company and can not be alone. That brings in my flexibility and I adapt to others.”

Question: What would you teach about?

Asked by Michael Magolnick

“I would teach three things: -
First: How to teach-rather facilitate?
Second: How to learn and be an independent learner for Life?
And Third: About the Power of Divine Love, both in theory and practice.
I would draw my content and resources from a comparative study of all Religions and from the Life stories of Mystics and the Great Masters. I don't charge for this. I do it free of charges, because this is my Passion.”

Question: How can we develop an active sports and arts and crafts curriculum in our school? Is their a specialized company in India which provides this service or a company abroad who may be interested in getting into this space in India.

Asked by Nidhi Jain

“Dear Nidhi, "Curriculum Development and Planning is a Professional task and we do have Experts in India who can be requested to take up this task. You have to decide upon the Objectives of a Curriculum in Sports and similarly for Arts and Crafts.

The term 'active' also needs to be given an operational definition. We have, as you have rightly said some rudiments of a traditional curriculum from the NCERT in Physical Education and in Art. Since you are initially interested in Primary School Curriculum, it needs to be designed in conformity with your Objectives, Mission Statement, facilities available and the overall scenario.
Our organisation, IECS would be glad to take up this task but we need the basic questions to be answered. We provide customised solutions and can give you a Curriculum in Sports, Arts and Crafts. We can engage Experts from various fields to undertake the task of developing the Curriculum, the Strategy for Transaction and the Assessment Techniques.”

Question: What is the mindset of an educator/principal/School to realise that OUTDOOR EDUCATION is a must?

Asked by Pranav Jyoti

“Dear Pranav Jyoti, The mindset of an educator/principal/school towards outdoor education is conditioned by several factors. Some of these are: Resources available, Management Policy to 'Education as a Business or being in the Business of Education', the environment in which the Principal has been brought up and educated, the ability of the Principal to carry the parents along and finally the Understanding that Education in fact is not covering the Syllabus but experiencing knowledge.

Outdoor Education is a way to make the process enjoyable, stress-free and Comprehensive. In the outdoor, one can cater to the development of Affective and Psychomotor Domains of Behaviour besides the Cognitive. Even an interdisciplinary and co relational approach is possible to teach several concepts-concrete and abstract- along with an education for Personality Grooming, Sharing & Caring, Conservation of Nature, Aesthetic sensibilities and Oneness of Man and Nature.”

Question: What qualities make any form of written communication effective? Which qualities do you already include in your writing? How can you incorporate additional effective elements into your written communication?

Asked by Nikki Evans

“Dear Nikki, Any form of written communication has to be objective-based. It has to have a purpose and the writer needs to keep the purpose in mind. Coherence, logic, accuracy, brevity and preciseness are essential traits of any good written communication. Choice of words and expressions is integral to good communication. It can be persuasive or dramatic; it can be prosaic or poetic, it can be a factual narrative, descriptive or it can be fiction or a historical account.
Grammatical correctness, absence of ambiguity and an approach that deals directly with the subject is more appropriate.”