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Teacher’s Pet

February 2, 2015 1 comment

Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?

Ms Vilma Vaz was one of my favourite English teachers at school.  She was a great source of motivation and inspiration for me.  She kindled in me the love of poetry.  I remember that she would always select me to participate in poetry and story telling competition at school and she always had a word of encouragement.

She taught English to us with a lot of passion and analysed poetry like “The Road not Taken by Robert Frost, “Death be not Proud by  John Donne” etc and kindled in us an interest in the subject.

Besides her, there were other teachers like Anand Prabhu, Mathany Saldanha and Agnel Crasto who could arouse wonder and curiosity in us.

I would attribute my love for public speaking and writing to teachers like Ms. Vilma Vaz and Agnel Crasto who  created an atmosphere of vibrancy conducive for learning

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5 Lessons that we can Learn from our Children

January 26, 2013 3 comments


(This post appeared first on ModernLifeBlogs.)

As parents we are always concerned about inculcating the right values in our children but have you wondered what we can learn from our children?


Children do not bring any preconceived notions or prejudices to the classroom.  So they are always full of wonder and curiosity.   As adults we have to learn to unlearn.  Our false notions and egoistic beliefs stand in the way of our quest for truth.


A child is a bundle of energy jumping from task to task with effortless ease.  Even after hours of play they do not want to stop.  The reason is they are lost in the present moment and fully enjoy whatever they do.   Children play like there is no tomorrow.


Who  does not love an innocent child?  They have no qualms about the future.  They are always honest and say what is on their mind.  They also do not build walls of discrimination based on colour, caste or creed.  Their love is unconditional.

Sunny Smiles

Have you seen a child cry one moment and burst into laughter the very next moment?  They do not brood over trivial quarrels or misunderstandings.  They are able to forgive and forget.  This is one important lesson that we can learn from children.


Children are known to laugh a great deal more than adults.  Cartoons, comic books, jokes and mimicking are the best part of childhood. This keeps them intrinsically motivated and it also inspires and changes the mood of all around them.

What are the lessons that you have learnt from your child?

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”  – Aldous Huxley

A game of chess

June 2, 2011 4 comments

Today, enjoyed a game of chess with my daughter.   She has improved and is now understanding the moves better.  Chess is a great way of unwinding and relaxing.   The object of the game is to capture the other player’s king.  When the king is checkmated,  the game is over.  The opening game, the line of defence, the middle game and the end game are important in a game of chess. Chess also has important life lessons:

  1. It is important to have a goal in mind:  The objective of the game is to capture the other players king.  It is important to focus on this goal while planning your moves
  2.  Analyse before making a decision: It is important to analyse your moves with respect to the position of the opponents pieces before executing a move.  Every possibility has to be weighed and the outcome has to be analysed. This teaches us to be patient and not to be too hasty when making important choices.
  3. Live according to your core values:  In chess it helps to develop and centralize your pieces to give you an advantage.  This is akin to our core values in life by which we live.
  4. Independence: Chess teaches children to become independent in making decisions.  They have to plan and think on every move.
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