Neerav’s grandmother brought home a book on Hindu religion and philosophy. As she took a nap after lunch, Neerav sat with the book and was reading page 10 when the grandmother woke up. She asked with wonder “what do you understand from this book?” Neerav is six years old and is expected to see not more than pictures in beginner’s cartoon books. But he said, “Oh! I have identified so many words in the book!” and started pointing at all the words he knew in the book.
Today, Nobel Laureate Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi spoke at Bangalore Science Forum on Magical Power of Transition Metals. The hall was full and applauded him repeatedly during his talk. Like six year old Neerav picked up a few words from the book on religion and philosophy, I could recognise a few words from the talk – nothing more. But, I am glad that I listened to the talk. Exposure of my own ignorance is part of my learning process.