To all my English Teachers who were influential in shaping lives of many !

Dedicated to every single English Teacher beginning from Kindergarten, stretching upto College and University who always left a deep impression with their flawless English, impeccable dressing sense. Young girls like us always looked upto them as our role models for their elegance. And young boys were always found waiting for these lovely ladies ready with an excuse to just strike a dialogue with them !!

In last one year, I have been fortunate enough to meet my old teachers whom I had no contact with after finishing my education. But deep down in my heart they were always missed and their picture perfect image frequently crossed my mind.

Their conduct, their love for language, the permanent marks etched in our memories always encouraged us to take up teaching as profession. The power to influence young minds for a better tomorrow is beyond words…and I feel that I (for that matter, we the teachers) have a larger responsibility of shaping up the upcoming generation.
All my dear English teachers made classroom learning fun, narrated stories making them sound real and lively, nurturing us with their warm touches when needed the most.!
Their charisma of being the perfect teacher who encouraged every child to do better is rare to find; so strong that it not only influenced our minds but also touched our souls deeply. Their ability to connect with each one of us with the perfect usage of words was not something usual.
I, do owe them gratitude for largely shaping my life and giving me a direction of where I am today.
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Importance of Sex Education

Gender equality, child abuse, personal hygiene, violence against women…. We discuss it all..But….

 The sensitive yet most important issue of procreation, which keeps the world going, has been swept under the carpet for long. The reason why parents, teachers or educationists shy away from talking about it openly and creating awareness is unreasonable! 

 The alarming rise in incidents of sexual abuse is largely attributed to the easy access to digital world. High risk behaviour among the youth has made them more vulnerable.

 But are we behaving like responsible adults? In fact, sex education should be on the school curriculum as it is an integral part of one’s life.

 I still believe that instead of youngsters, it is the adults who are more reluctant to discuss and take the queries of the growing adolescents when their bodies undergo the biggest overhaul and upheaval. Not to miss out, the impact of such things lasts the whole of one’s lifetime. Lack of awareness about one’s body fails to develop a comprehensive understanding of oneself. Both incomplete and little knowledge is dangerous as it is bound to create misconceptions. 

 We all in our little capacity must spread awareness among our young minds that are our future. 

 It is the call of the times to the parents, teachers and teenagers out there. Discuss the relevant issues with the teenagers at the right time demolishing the wall of hesitation and bridge the gap not only between two genders but also two different generations. Consequently, it will make one comfortable in one’s own skin and a responsible human being! 

Kadak Indian Chai ‒ A must-have for winters!

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This “Chai pe Charcha” is dedicated to all the people out there in the teaching profession for who better than them will understand the magical effects of Indian Tea..!

It sounds more stimulating than its taste..! The love for KadakIndian milky tea is prevalent since ages..! The amount of refreshment it brings to the Indian population is unparalleled.
Whether it’s about beginning the day, taking a much needed break from study or work, or pampering oneself with steamy chai with some added spices during this rainy and winter season, love and magic of tea doesn’t match with any other beverage..!

This reminds me of the train journeys undertaken in childhood where we will wake up to the “chaigaram chai” slogans in the morning and would be forced to get up and quickly enjoy that dose to get into the mood for rest of the day !

Come winters and count the number of cups we have it during the day…does it really give you the warmth or much sought after kick to fight this lazy weather..!

Assam, Darjeeling or any other; the effect of tea is universal..! Yet to see a nation where tea is the reason (or Bahana, to be more precise) for gossip sessions, socialising (not to forget– Chai pe Charcha). That’s the reason the brewing joints- Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, United Coffee House, or T-Point, to name a feware burgeoning in number. And how can we miss the tea stalls found at every nook and cranny of the Indian streets spreading the fresh aroma of this celestialdrink..!

Tea is undoubtedly the favourite drink among teachers (my colleagues) across the nation. This quintessential beverage makes us feel geared up, rejuvenated, back in action and much more after the “mid-day cuppa chai”. Easily available tea and coffee dispensers may provide us with immediate shot but the wonder of “adrak flavoured chai” boiled till its rustic aroma fills every corner is exceptional. Tea is an integral part of “our community”; has any meeting, discussion, party, et al been complete without this elixir? We, the teachers, are more excited than students to hear the melodious bell for tea break; not because of some free time, but because of the magical drink placed in hot vessels/flasks, waiting to be poured in cups!

I am sure my readers will be ready for some adrak chai by now ..!

Happy Tea Drinking!

To all the Cheerful Canines…..!

Reading the heart-touching story of a dog named Malu, who followed a pilgrim for 600 km journey, I couldn’t refrain myself from writing and dedicating this blog about my ever growing love for canines. My love for dogs know no boundaries, as it’s simply not restricted to the Dachsunds, Beagles, Poms or Germans…. rather it is an extra mile for my mongrels and stray dogs who fill the vacuum with their aura of friendliness.

The eagerness with which they greet you is unparallel to any species in the world. The contentment of purely feeding them with small morsels of food can’t be put across in any words. Their wet nose, the marks left by their paws, their furry tails give me sheer joy and I am convinced that these four legged species need us more than our fellow species (humans) need us.
I am quite sure that dogs are better role models for us rather than we, the humans setting examples for each other. Don’t they love us unconditional and selfless, which is unlike of human beings. Canines don’t expect anything in return. They forgive and forget their masters even if they have been left alone for long time, unattended. We, humans take pride in holding grudges against each other and eventually become retaliating in nature. Canines spread love, warmth, loyalty everywhere. Dog lovers will agree with me. (Non-dog lovers must check out those puppy eyes oozing with love).
Animals have a more and strong sense of belongingness in their eyes. Observing them takes away your exhaustion at the end of the day. My dear dogs cannot speak, yet they have the most powerful expressive eyes. Any idea of what they wish to convey ??? Well…I have been able to make out that all they ask us to do is to spread love and be kind and humane……
We may be educated but truly lack the values of being a good human being. Observe these beautiful creatures around us for few moments and you will understand that there is somebody who needs you.
Don’t wait to get a pet home by paying thousands of rupees….Instead, have the courage to adopt the one who is out there on the street, to give homeless a shelter, who looks in you as his owner.

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Irony of the beautiful gift called Life …!!!

I dedicate this blog to ‘young soul’ who taught me how to live, taught me how to appreciate this roller-coaster ride of life and above all fight against the odds with a smile.

‘One of the goals of education should be to teach that life is precious”  – Abraham Maslow

Ironic, unpredictable, weird, unexpected, more dramatic than any piece of fiction ever written. The words may not sum up the life we are endowed with, but I’m sure my experience of few years will surely motivate my young readers.

Make each day count. Feel blessed and grateful for being alive in this world. Why we appreciate and thank God only during our visits to orphanages, NGO’s and social service camps. Instead thank almighty for the shelter you have, for the education you receive, for every morsel of grain you eat.

This world around us is full of jealousy, hatred, anger, negative. My dear readers, spread love, happiness around in abundance for it may change someone’s life, brighten up someone’s day, lit a smile on someone’s face who is waiting to be smiled back at. Believe me, the world needs more of that !

Don’t get disappointed if you didn’t score well in exams. Give it a one more try and see you will come out shinning. Learn to wake up and fught with the situation. Never give up as Ernest Hemingway rightly said, “Man can be destroyed but not defeated.” Because defeated is the one who stops trying.

Try, try and keep trying. The world will be yours one day ! Fight it as long as you have the spark to ignite the fire.

My last piece of advice for the future sitting in the classrooms. We owe every single to our parents. We can’t pay back in any form but the least what we can do for them is to do whatever gives them happiness, what brings a smile on their faces. Do something for your parents who not only bore you but do everything for you unconditional and unasked.

Salute to all the parents for giving us this wonderful gift of human life !

Students at their Vibrant Best !

Every year we host the Annual  Knowledge Conclave in the fond memory of our founder Headmaster Padam Shree J K Kate. We add an event assuming that we have set the ever highest benchmarks. We proved ourselves wrong this time too when we added “Spell Bee” and managed to scale new heights and add knowledge and enthusiasm to the conclave.
I was captivated, thrilled and enchanted to see the youth of our country brimming with knowledge, wits and spontaneity. Be it quiz, where the 6 participating teams left the audience in splits with all their witty guesses aiming to get some answers right (Some managed to get it right….although not Baba Ramdev as first yogi).
Creativity of students truly gave judges a tough time when they had to check the book reviews and poems crafted by the participants. They were spellbound to read how the teens had put across their thoughts in writing and drafted the final versions.
Cambridge form of the debate from JAM to Turncoat to finals revealed how spontaneous, well aware, confident our youth is. They were truly applauded for voicing their opinion. Open house discussions and rebuttal garnished the debate giving it a much lively touch.
The young bees sitting for Inaugural Spell Bee have left a deep mark on all of us proving that they are actually “Mobile Dictionaries”.
Another initiative was crispy and original newsletter covering the daily events which came straight from Eagle’s Eyrie; yes it managed to catch people off-guard, heard them unaware……! On a lighter note, it made one and all a part of the conclave capturing behind the scenes action..!
Buh we truly appreciate your healthy feedback and suggestions from all the visiting teams and guests ! We hope to work on them when we meet in 2017.
My heartfelt congratulations to all the winners and participants for putting their best foot forward ! Special thanks to the Heads and Teacher escorts who made it possible !

Cheers to the teams and Nabhaites !

Picky eaters: Who’s responsible for angels and kaalias ???

“The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents, the second half by our children.”

Food is the quintessential element in our life. We as humans tend to take both eating and food as granted until faced with a situation where either we are unable to eat or we don’t have a morsel to chew.
Well, this blog is for ever-smiling, young girl who as claimed by her friends always leaves her meal unfinished. Recently she was asked by her teacher at the table to finish the ‘heavily stuffed north india paneer parantha’.

No she didn’t turn up her nose at the huge portion of left over Parantha in her plate, she smilingly relished it with a dollop of white butter.
I don’t blame the young kaalias and angels for being fussy eaters. Observing the students either leaving their meals unfinished or simply refusing to eat is not only heartening but is no possible solution to the problem of children being picky about what they eat.
If not children who is to be held accountable for developing healthy eating habits.
“My son doesn’t like veggies and daal, so I make Maggi or Pasta for him”, says a doting mother pampering one of the young kaalias. Parents give options to their children and eventually children become choosy about food. By the time parents realise this, it’s too late.
Not to miss out if parents give no option to their younger ones, they will finish whatever they are served with.
Angels, extremely conscious about their bodies eat like birds when served Indian meals, but will gobble if taken to KFC’s and Pizza Huts.
My Young Dearies, don’t hip to adding some kgs to your bony structures….Size Zero is out of fashion…!!!
One final word to the parents, specifically for Mothers- Don’t coax your children to eat a bit and give the remaining portion to either mama or papa. Stop stigmatising the girls as being thin as acceptable and beautiful all the time because the food you choose to eat or not eat doesn’t make you good or bad.
My love for all the foodies …!!!!