Ripples of Writing

This rarely happens. All conditions never really meet. When I ask a question that seems important to me, all conditions must meet before I share somewhere:

  1. . I get an answer

  2. . The answer clicks with me

  3. It sounds interesting and I remember the details

  4. . I know of an audience to share with

  5. I really feel like sharing it

Background: Today, I asked Ashish (my ‘equally good’ half) a question about something ‘obviously simple’ to which he gave a vague incoherent reply. I began probing but quickly changed the subject to “you never brought me to this frozen yogurt place”. I realised it was not going to go anywhere. I learnt to do the hard way, after banging my head several times. A while later:

Ash: How did your Dad handle all of the zillion questions you asked? You know that you do ask a LOT of questions, don’t you? Very probing questions (with a perplexed expression his face)!

Me: Simple strategy- he never answered for the most part…ignored them, played something, walked away, ridiculed me for not knowing already, directed me to the news channels or some boring unrelated source…lots of ways to kill someone’s curiosity. He knew the answers but won’t give them to me. I just stopped asking him anything; was on my own (in retrospect this was the best part, I’d say). My mom faced a lot of questions too…about how she does her everyday cooking or her beliefs about stuff. No answers there either! Sometimes, she used to get frustrated and ask me to get out or just give a slap. The lack of experimentation or exploration in her most familiar world was so shocking for me that it made me wonder a lot about how we function without questioning the fundamentals. In varying degrees but all of us do that all the time!

Anyway. Moving on, The good part: I never stopped questioning. The bad part: Ashish is stuck with me. He does not have the liberty to ignore or forget. But that does not mean I get my answer; I normally do not get past the second stage itself, and sometimes get stuck at the first too. (Ya, Ya, go ahead and feel sorry for Ashish now). It means a lot when I do get an answer the easy way…an answer that I ‘like’. So, that’s Ashish and Me on one Sunday Morning:

Me: What would be your first reaction if I asked you to write a 500 word blog entry?

Ash: On what subject?

Me: Anything: interesting, insightful, funny, intriguing for you…broad scope.

Ash: OK. Writing does not come naturally to me. So, I won’t jump at it! It’s a challenge. I have tried writing a blog before but have failed to do so because I could not express that well. That said, writing is very important as that is a powerful way to reflect and learn what you know.

Me: Yes, I agree. Normally our thoughts are all muddled up. We talk a lot and make sense there but writing does something different. It forces us to be more coherent, more organised and see the gaps in our thoughts more clearly. Makes room for new better learning.

Ash: Ya. That’s right. You write well. It’s inspiring.

Me: Really? I don’t think so. Who does it inspire? (haha!). Truth be told, I have evolved in writing only through practice and reflections. For me, it is a very handy tool which connects me with people and allows me to express my thoughts in general. I am nowhere close to perfect but I manage to get things done. But I can’t just write unless I am ready for it. I may have a block for a long time but I won’t give up thinking at the back of my mind, taking some notes and all. And then suddenly I will be charged for writing one day and I’d have to write that very moment.

Ash: Yes, that’s normal. Even the professional writers do it this way. Everyone should write. Everyone is already a writer because they write something.

Me: I did a short writing composition course once and that is what the teacher also said …”everyone is already a writer“. She was right! ‘Waiting’ to get good or perfect at writing won’t help. What is a ‘perfect writer’ anyway? It’s an art; practice only makes better.

——————–End of Dialogue—————-

Finally: Writing automatically organises and assimilates information, clarifies, helps us reflect and learn. Writing is not about perfection or about sharing. Expressing frees up brain space to make new, improved connections. In a way, it also teaches learning from failures 🙂 … we know how important that lesson is! There is a reason why kids are encouraged to write/express from early on. I will be sharing funny writings of a 7-year-old that never fail to crack me up. He is very smart and very expressive! It’s never ever too late to start. Shoddy, horrible, shameful…who decides and how does it matter?

In essence: “Don’t make perfect the enemy of good“. Someone said it.

Read, reflect and do what’s right. (Write!!! Obviously)

The Old View & the Perspective New

Author: Sithara

The current scenario in the Indian Educational System stresses on academic excellence over all other pursuits. Imagine, if Arjuna or Ekalavya had their heads buried in books, who would we look up to as inspirations for archery. Or if Hercules had stayed home and sat in front of a laptop of his age, who would have hunted down the Nemean lion in times of need or taken the golden apples of Hesperides.

Forget the old ages, what about the Gods/Heroes of the new era? Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Jobs, Abraham Lincon, Dhirubhai Ambani, A R Rahman, Quentin Tarantino, are few of the names that pop up at a moments notice. Each one of these legends has made an impression in history not by their academic excellence, but their phenomenal passion in pursuit of their interest/ talents.

source: http://imgur.com/B5TgS
source: http://imgur.com/B5TgS

Academic performance is still being given more importance than extra curricular activities like sports, arts, etc. The need and pressure to excel in academics shadows the interest / talent in fields that are not traditionally accepted yet in the Indian Education scenario. It is important to identify and hone such talents during school life itself.

We, at Report Bee, see this facet of educational process as a fundamental need in the current fast new generation. Keeping this in mind, we have come out with an easy to understand, easy to use, effective tool to identify talents and interest in children. We call it the RBLearnX. To know more follow the link https://www.reportbee.com/learning_index