Thursday, May 14, 2009

Education and a note of thanks

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education—Mark Twain.
Well said boss!!; I understood why you said these words after reading your Tom sawyer and Finn. You are one hell of a genius.
Education for us (for a typical student of India (and his parents included)) is a source to acquire a job. And we study because we need a job (obviously risk less) and we work for money (and security).
Where is the fun in life!!
Education must teach you to explore the world; it must make you an eternal student;
It must add passion for our lives.
But all I see is this. Present education is killing the spirits of people. Most of the guys ‘hate to work’ but still they work because they want their jobs!! And they can’t live without them. Worst thing is I can’t blame them. They are all very good people; I do like them. They are the products of present education.
We had an excellent lesson in out 10th standard. Author confesses with us; how he exploited and old man giving him meager wages who worked in his garden (some jasmine garden). Finally the old man dies by lack of proper treatment. And the author repents his bad deeds. When I read the story for the first time; It touched me so much that I couldn’t think of anything for sometime.
But I mugged the lengthy Q & A's for that lesson so many times; I wondered why the hell he wrote this story at all.
Come on man; we read stories to enjoy its beauty; our language naturally improves.
Give marks liberally and just encourage the kids to read more. We need this kind of people. Well of course if this happens the present schooling system will tell children not to read any languages as there are no grades allotted to them.
Already I see many kids who don’t play out door games; they just sit around TV or play video games. This condition is really awful to watch.
Even in technical education; they start teaching expecting perfect results from them. You are creating life long workers there won’t be any scientists and people who can think different and people who are ready to accept new challenges.
Adding to this The parent factor!!
I see no hope; but still I want some change; I want an education that really teaches you to live your life!! This is the only way for a better future.
And then I am not saying everyone to leave everything they are doing!! I am asking you to do that with passion and make the difference.

Note of Thanks:
I thank Priya; Swathi and vishlesh for helping me to edit the blogs.
Like everyone I wonder sometimes; the blogs I am writing; are they readable atleast??
(Anyways I will keep on writing even if they are not readable; but still i had this doubt)
But one my friend pinged me and said
“I don’t know how many read your blogs read; I check it definitely;
They are so touching and remind me that all around us is loveable; especially this article where u talked about your father being the inspiration behind u being a frequent traveler.
I remembered my days; me and my father both used to travel to places without any reservation in trains, and then it used to be very adventurous
We used to stay at crazy places, eat at weirdoes outlets
This June, I am planning to go to Himachal Pradesh “
I absolutely loved this comment; you surely motivated me to write more my friend.
Lets us be the same freaks all our lives...
For got telling you I got this plan; we can make a movie for 2 years and travel around the world for 2 more years. Anytime we can say; we are thinking about the script and we are traveling for inspiration (ha-ha; a very genuine reason)!!
Let’s rock.
Yours Srikanth.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Random Thoughts

My present room is Bliss. My friend says “It’s a resort”. What he means is ‘ it’s pretty relaxing’.
Yes; if you can sit in your verandah and watch the vast Sea before you; and if you can feel its soft cold breeze in a hot summer (especially in Chennai); you will definitely love it.
As a fact; every water source has this great charm I think. Trek around for some hours and reach a water fall; take bath in it!! Man do you really need anything more.
So here I am; sitting all alone in my verandah; looking at this vast Sea; simply fascinated by its light blue colour and tides.
I start thinking about the conversation with my friend.
My Gtalk status was “What can I say except that life is an Odyssey of beautiful anecdotes.”
vicky: sounds fuzzy to me!
vicky is online.
challa: haha..But that’s true..Aint it
vicky: I don’t quite understand mean is all about recording all your memorable experiences ?
challa: not recording suppose; I ask you what you did in your life till now what will you say ??
vicky: I will say what all I think I did so far
challa: wait; write the sentence again properly

vicky: I will say what all I did in my life Until now
challa: tell me now
r nt they anecdotes of your life.Anyways buddy; tell me what you did till now,atleast some maama, I am eager to listen
vicky: haha
i have a question?
challa: adugu maama( ask me)
vicky: so why is it beautiful ? asking this because...every one does so many things...but i always wonder why are we doing all these
challa: every one do lots of crap;when we are asked what we did, we say our best works aren’t they beautiful for individuals
vicky: 1 sec mama ;some one came
challa: okay
vicky: yeah…best works in the sense? Like professionally sound, ethical or ….. ?
challa: that u need to tell me; you said that you will say what ever you did. Tell me some
vicky: that’s okay but before that I want to know .what is best in your opinion?
challa: oh; i am asking you n ur asking me okay maama. Moments I enjoyed most are the best for me
vicky: you enjoyed means. You had fun. You laughed etc etc
challa: no
vicky: then?.......can you give 3 incidents
challa: I was never at my best when I am laughing
I loved feeling the morning sun on me
I loved to think and understand
I loved talking to myself alone..
And I loved rains; and trekking through forests
Many things man….ippudu nuvvu cheppu neekemi ishtamo (tell me your favorite incidents)…..what he told me ; I cant share with you.
So coming back to our blog. I started questioning what were the best moments of my life till now.
Himalayas; Uttarkhand ; one of the best tourist places in India.
Me and my father almost trekked 14 KMs to reach Kedarnath ; and we were standing before the shrine; (obviously with out chappals). And then this Happened; Ice rain! And it’s raining Ice. No place to run any where!! And the temple is really small; we need to stand there!!
All we did was to dig some place to keep single leg and standing on that leg we dig we dig out another hole before ice fills the previous hole.
Man that’s the best experience I ever. When I am coming back; all the mountains with trees looking as if they were covered with a green blanket were filled with ice every where;
Oh my god that was the most beautiful thing I have seen till then!! For the first time I felt what ecstasy is.

Well then my next best experience also in Himalayas; again my father was there.

I think I got this spirit to travel from my father; where ever we go either its Nepal; uttarkhand or kerala; everyone asks us “only couples come here sir; this is strange to see father and son coming here”

One hell of a person my father.

We reached Gangothri ‘the place where Ganga originates’ at night. We were so tired; we took a room and slept immediately; such a sound sleep!! Finally I woke up; my father was still sleeping so I choose to lie down on the bed instead of getting up. Suddenly I heard this pleasant sound; Initially I thought we forgot to turn off a tap; but then I felt ( I heard) the current was much stronger) so I got up and opened and the door to check what’s happening outside.

Believe me; there is a waterfall right in front of the room we took; and Ganga is flowing in its full swing.

I was dumb struck for sometime; and my father was standing next to me enjoying the beauty.

Well I am back; the sea is right before and my moments still with me. Odyssey of beautiful anecdotes