KARNA-The unsolved dilemma of conscience

KARNA –Ek Maun Kolahal.

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In Mahabharat, which is a saga of re-establishing dharma, a fierce battle settles the scores between two families and brothers astound the world with the utter fanaticism of their vows, there emerges a character who has no parallel in any mythology or history -Karna.
           The story of Karna is the story of lost identity, rejection, humiliation and resurgence. In a society so claustrophobically chained in the shackles of Varna, he finds himself bestowed with divinity but eclipsed by the identity of being a Sutputra. He writhes in pain when denied acceptance by Gurus, scoffed at by the woman he aspires to be the suitor of and rejected by Kshatriya clan. Karna braves all atrocities to remain true to his one friend indeed, Duryodhan and stands the test of all storms by clinging staunchly on to his principle of faithfulness. His valour is unmatchable and so is his generosity. His life is an odyssey of a man who strives to prove his worth at every turn of events without achieving desired results.

The irony of irony is, the truth of his noble birth is revealed to him at a point when he can least take it. He rises to heroic stature by rejecting the promise of life and security like a true tragic hero.
He still assures his mother with an unprecedented magnanimity that she will remain a mother of five sons, no matter what.
Destiny smiles cruelly but Karna chooses not to let her label him an unfaithful coward, an opportunist and undutiful son. He accepts his catharsis and knows that the arrow that sucks his own life, has been shot from his own blood.
This tale of a mother and her betrayal to her son makes Karna an unforgettable story of the unsolved dilemma which haunts the realms of conscience forever.


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How to run your department successfully- Chris Turner


by Sunita Rajiv

‘How to run your department successfully’ is the result of work carried out in the last ten years among the subject leaders working in secondary schools. This uniquely practical book deals specifically with current issues faced by subject heads of department (HODs).The author has drawn heavily from his research work, case studies, interviews with HODs of all subjects, their reflection journals, from an impressive and expansive bibliography and the result is a book that serves within its cover all the possible dimensions of an administrator’s job.

Various aspects of leadership, features of effective departments, managing the twin role of teaching-learning and leading a department which might not always be supportive, working with parents and pupils while keeping a good grip on the four stages of growth, namely forming, storming, norming and performing;a careful and detailed approach to all such vital fields gives the reader a complete picture of a leader’s role. All derivations are well supported by evidence either from people in the job or from writers who have already done a commendable research in the field. Sensitive issues like conflicts between subject leaders and the department or management are dealt with deftly.

To be a change agent Turner has a three-pronged approach-1. A sense of timing, 2.ability to motivate people 3.dealing with teacher resistance in a sensitive fashion [chapter 6] is worth etching on stone. The leader needs to understand that the different perspectives on learning from experience have to be a mixture of “reflection-on-action and reflection-in-action”.

Turner is acutely aware of the need for CPD for the role model-the HOD and recommends professional development to all leaders. Each chapter ends with discussion points and forces the reader to reflect upon his own learning. The suggested reading list is rich and complete and the language is lucid.

One can recommend this book to all departmental heads who have donned this responsibility recently while seniors can read it as a refresher as it has newness of approach and richness of strategies.


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Kanak Vrindavan Temple & Garden- Part 1/ Natwar ji Temple


Jaipur Thru My Lens !!

Kanak Vrindavan is a beautiful temple and garden complex situated close to Amer Palace in Jaipur. These temples are dedicated to Lord Krishna.

kanak vrindavan gardens jaipur amer road radha madhav temple old govind devjiKanak Vrindavan Jaipur, as seen from distance.

History of Kanak Vrindavan Temple, Jaipur

Temples at Kanak Vrindavan date back to 1713 AD when Maharajah Jai Singh II, founder of Jaipur ordered construction of a new temple for establishing deity of Lord Govind Dev ji which was moved from Govind Devji Temple in Vridavana in 1669 AD after Mughal emperor Aurangzeb issued orders to destroy Hindu temples across India. Vrindavana is the birth place of Lord Krishna, also famed for ISKON/ Hare Krishna movement.

(If you have never heard about Auranzeb & Mughals, you can scroll below for details & information)

This movement of deities from Vrindavana to Amer/ Jaipur was precautionary as the Kachhava rulers of Jaipur were devout followers of Lord Govind Dev ji. In part, it…

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Image result for oil painting of a hand holding  mirror
Silver’s signatured on my hair
And gold has filled my heart.
Wrinkles are here to stay forever, 
no creams can make them part.
The mirror tells new tales so pale 
that mornings make me shy!
The aging eyes shine bright n say
“Don’t ask the reason, Why?”
But sings my soul the songs so pure
the songs of love divine.
the sky seems eager to touch my dreams,
the earth reassures- you’re mine.
Such silky thoughts surround my being 
and softly whisper in ears,
“Just hold the tiny hand of a child
dispel her all fears!
Just take her angel face in your palm
 and peep into those little eyes,
You will see me holding the whole universe
And a life full of surprise!”
I know the reason of that hair 
so silvery why they shine?
the treasure trove of love they bring
to love all- all are mine!
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October evening

The sun melted silently

And darkness grows like pain

I listened to my woes

And eyes couldn’t hold the rain.

Just when I sank in despair

You whispered in my ears

“Hold on to hope one more day

Life won’t cheat you my dear!”

I rose like smoke so vaguely

As if I was meant to dissolve

I felt my fist go tighter

And was filled with a new resolve.

This day will pass and so will

Many more that come

Though lost are dreams of mine

I will cling on to some.

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Teaching Colours

The nature lures creatures to itself with the bait of attractive colours.The luscious mangoes,juicy apples, glistening cherries,ripened pears and brightness of oranges lures the birds in flight to take a break and perch upon the laden branches to taste the bounties of nature.The early schools sensed this phenomenon and created learning places which were rich with bright colours, pleasing infrastructure and had all the magnetism to draw the little newcomer to the school.
Presently all the schools take pride in their Preprimary section which wears the brightness of Venus and purity of Cupid in its decor.
Walls are painted, sometimes stories are depicted and very colour finds a place in the galleries of Preprimary.
The curriculum of preprimary secures a special place to teach the colours to little learners who find the world of colours most fascinating.
Traditional method:
It is a very common practice to show charts or books having different objects of the primary colours to children.Often the kids are given a colouring sheet to colour with same colour.Setting little hands at work we feel quite satisfied that we have taught the colour to our students.
It is a good idea to bring things into the classroom which are red in colour.
If the teacher brings a red ball, a red rose, tomato, red chilli, red bell pepper,an apple, cherries and a red powder(sindur) the children will find this more interesting than just coloring a sheet.This is called use of realia in classroom.
Using this method has been found to be more engaging and rewarding than just showing the color red in a book.
Years ago, while teaching yellow colour, one if my little angel chimed in an excited voice
“You are wearing yellow too.”
When I played Tippy Tippy Tap with my little team, many of them ran to me to touch ‘yellow’ to be in a safe zone.
Their laughter knew no bounds.They were thrilled that their teacher had worn that colour too.
Years later when I was fortunate enough to lead a team of dynamic and creative teachers in Preprimary, I floated the same idea to my team.
So we taught every colour with realia and the entire team coming dressed in the same colour on the day of introduction of that colour

Experiential learning is the best way of learning and the impact of the experience is quite long lasting.Taking the Ss out and asking them to identify where is red in the Display board or plants ,will engage the children  and bring an excitement in the classroom which will make them waiting for more.

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Bringing closure to a lesson

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Bringing closure to a lesson connects what has just been learnt with both previous and future learning experiences, encourages student reflection on their work and progress, and provides invaluable information for formative assessment. The amount of time spent on lesson lead-ins and the variety of activities and strategies used to this end has often little to do with the time devoted to wrapping up a lesson, missing a meaningful learning opportunity altogether – and one that is notably crucial.

At its very simplest, asking the students a variety of questions on different aspects of the lesson or project, having them predict what the following lesson might be about, or just eliciting one-word responses from them, are all quick effective ways of closing a lesson. When time allows, cooperative strategies such as Think-Pair-Share or Numbered Heads Together will result in far richer responses by having students compare and analyse their thoughts…

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