Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
The background is painted in dull, faded colors similar to what is seen in Ajanta caves.
It is a blend of past and future.....Buddha's smile reminds you to remain happy in the present moment!
Inspiration - Diskit monastery
It was my first attempt at painting on canvas. Therefore, there isn't much in it.
I wanted something simple to paint because i had just opened my oil paints.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
I cannot forget those hundred tribal children lined up in rows directed by a single music teacher singing patriotic songs that mesmerized people during the annual convention Marathi Vidnyan Parishad at Bordi (19-21 December, 2010). I was deeply moved by the song which was perfect in tune and rhythm. It was hard to believe that many of their parents were illiterate and they were from extremely poor families. I always had a desire that my i-Pod generation students should meet these children and learn from them. More importantly, as an IB teacher I wanted to experience CAS beyond the conventional setting in school. I was excited to go back to Dahanu for the second time in a year and this time with TISB students.
Next morning, went for a long walk to Asvali Dam. It was like a field trip of Botany and Ayurvedic pharmacy. At the end of the walk we reached a beautiful manmade lake. After resting there for a bit we walked to the Ashram Shala (residential school) where our Youth Rise students had painted a badminton court. The head teacher of the school said that they used the court very much. The net is torn and we will have to send one with the next batch. I spoke to grade 10 students who were mostly from neighboring villages. They were very shy in the beginning as they were not fluent in English. However, with some praise and general talk in Marathi and Hindi they came forward and explained their daily routine to Rosie and Claire in English. We played games like fugadi (holding hands and swirling), running catching each other. This gave those girls some confidence. In the end, with little coaxing a group of girls sang a melodious song in praise of God. Eshani liked the song and started humming it as we were returning. I wanted our students to learn something from there and it happened!
That night, we had the opportunity to meet a group of Warli folks who did the Tarpa dance. We were amazed to see the stamina of the Tarpa player. All of us danced with them until our clothes were soaked in sweat.
On two nights, we were lucky to get clear skies. We took out Mr. Surya’s telescope and showed the craters on the Moon to the students. I also managed to explain constellations and basic Astrophysics to a few curious ones.
Mr. Surya’s obstacle race and commando activities were a hit among students. The best timing for obstacle race was comparable among boys and girls. It had full participation from everyone. They all got to do rifle shooting, archery, sling shot etc.
All the meals were delicious as they had the local organic flavors. Every meal had both veg and non-veg dishes. Students loved the local Maharashtrian and Gujrati dishes. One evening they even did the barbeque chicken and corn. All of us loved the bread, rusk and other baked “eggless” goodies from Mr. Ragaby’s Agnee Bakery.
On the fourth day, we visited a few more Anganvadis(play schools) in the area. We distributed rubber balls and toiletries for personal hygiene to tribal children. Dahanu-Bordi-Kosbad is well known for the pioneering work done Padmashree Ms. Anutai Wagh and her Padmabhushan Tarabai Modak (known as
’s Montessori) in setting up schools for tribal children. In spite of that, we saw that the schools are rather primitive without the basic amenities like clean toilets, electricity. The need for good schools is never ending. “Education for all” will take time to come into reality. I am glad that our students saw this in their growing age- even if a few of them can help out in some way in future; our mission will be fulfilled. India
To summarize, all five days were filled with adventure, proximity with nature, creativity, learning about a new culture and survival. I am confident that the requirements of the IAYP Gold award were fulfilled. I really appreciate careful planning and implementation of the camp by Mr. and Mrs. Ragaby. They both were constantly on their toes along with Mr. Surya. I am grateful to Mr. Ragaby who involved me in the IAYP trip without really knowing about my desire to take TISB students to see the tribal children. Last but not the least, i am thankful to my dear husband-Vinay and son-Kabir who managed to survive without me! Kabir learnt to make his eggs and toast :-)