Monthly Archives: August 2011

Net Gain

“I sold my site in Shanti Nagar when the real estate prices were at peak and bought a flat in Frazer Town when the prices were the lowest. I am lucky.” We congratulate the relative for his luck and appreciate … Continue reading

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Deliberate Leadership

Anna Hazare and hazar such people are natural leaders. They work for various causes for which they dedicate their lives.  With their dedication and commitment they become role models for many, which creates a following. Such leaders find causes beyond … Continue reading

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Deliberate Writing

“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea.”   The above are among the most famous lines in English literature, penned by Samuel Taylor … Continue reading

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Do Unto Others …

From the time I know Subramanyam 15 years ago, my car visits his garage like a married woman would visit her mother to share pains and pleasures of life. When Subramanyam ran the shop, he would evaluate cost/benefit of each … Continue reading

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Back Track

In the last blog, I argued how rote learning could complement active learning and ended the discussion with the need to regurgitate and absorb the essence of what we have learnt to by heart. Let us put our heart to … Continue reading

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In Praise of Rote Learning

For the past four decades I have been supporting the view that rote memorisation or rote learning is brain antagonistic. Active learning, creative teaching, inquiry and argumentation are themes which sound good and are ideal educational values. However, I also … Continue reading

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Generating Gap

On our way back from morning walks, my daughter I stop for a tender coconut at a regular roadside vendor. The owner with graying beard and balding head is graceful and full of life. Noticing us from far, he would select a … Continue reading

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