this was sent to me by Kiran karnik and given the campaign everywhere on teaching and teachers, is worth a read. A Teacher Answers... The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life. One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with ?education. He argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone [...]
Category: Point of View
We are the stories we tell ourselves. My talk at TED.com
I am a very shy man. I went in and came out of my TED talk a little uncomfortable. I am not a speaker, but if I do, I use the platform to hear words from myself that I have not heard before. I like to surprise myself and see if I can get in [...]
Happy Republic Day for India the Idea.
Sitting at Narita Airport in Tokyo. Thinking about my country and my people. The people of India. It's Republic Day today in India. The people of India ? Is there another country on this planet with people as diverse as ours ? And while we constantly speak and complain about differences and conflicts, today must [...]
Lindsay Lohan’s poverty tourism – a therapy ?
This has been sparked by a statement I read by m/s Lohan's mother, that her trip to India where she saw the plight of the poor Indian children changed her and she is a different person now. Like it was the best therapy ? Ok, enough of this. Enough of press and media attention gotten [...]
Delhi descends into savagery : another personal experience
It may be wrong of me to keep posting these stories, but it is important to know that the carnage against Sikhs in Delhi is not something that can be consigned to History. It is something that happened recently and the both victims and criminals are still alive. It also shows (as in Gujarat and [...]
Do we have to slow poison our kids ?
No, for once I am not talking about the effects of global warming and the retreating glaciers. I am talking about something that is far far easier to control if we had the will to it. With diabetes becoming an epidemic in urban India ( India is the diabetic capital of the world) and more [...]
Is India the ultimte under achiever ?
With the newspapers full of people celebrating or mourning the election results in Maharashtra, and ridiculous pictures of politicians wives dancing and senior politicians lighting fire crackers, have we forgotten that after the terrorist attacks the people of Mumbai came out to condemn the politics and politicians of the nation ? Have forgotten that there [...]
Cynicism, the line behind which the elite escape their guilt
Being a judge in India's Got Talent was a real emotional experience for me not only because I discovered my roots that I had left behind, but the sheer odds that many of the participants overcame with just passion was incredibly moving. What caught me by surprise often though was the often derogatory reportage and [...]
Independence day for whom ?
Happy Independence day everyone ! And while we celebrate, lets give a thought to the idea of 'equality of Independence'. Independence was the both the end and the beginning. The end of the rule of the foreign Colonial Masters, and the dawn of the responsibilities brought with Freedom. Each Independence day should we not evaluate [...]
Money cannot be eaten
"Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten". Prophecy of the Cree Native American Tribe Thank you, ratna