Back from the awesome Gulmarg ski trip. Learnt a lot of new things about the place and its people. The last day in Srinagar has been very moving and given us hints to why this place is a paradise. Over the next few days, I’ll try and write a more detailed account of the trip, and document the logistics for folks who want to get there…
I got a ping about my kid’s school and its “green wisdom” approach to education. The teachers at the school are refreshingly laid back and have the Kid in mind, not his/her earning potential. A parent asked the following questions and my responses are inline:
-Is it for real?
Yes, my daughter, wife and I like this place. It appeals to my sense of values that teach kids from simple things. Like any good school, I don’t think it will make every kid a genius, but will let them develop as wholesome adults. It will equip them with a very balanced ability to make the right choices in life.
– Can the framework help them cope with competitive exams etc. required over the long term (not questioning the value of their model in the s/t)
Yes it will. A lot of the mindset depends on what you as a parent want. I don’t think this is the school for people who want to create a memory automaton device out of kids. Any kid who can get the proper vales will figure out the importance of a competition and get going when the need arises. My personal view is, if my kid wants to appear for any exam, I’ll be encouraging her go for it. But, I do not measure her as a person on the basis of an exam. I will encourage her if she prefers going for any avenue that doesn’t need exams too, with equal enthusiasm. If she wants to go be a painter, that’s her choice, how do I know what gets her happy and going ?
– Are they able to sustain their teachers/teaching quality over the years … as they have set very high expectations for themselves?
Of the two years my daughter has been there, we had people who we could see were loving and caring. She’s learnt a ton and is bright, charming and reasonable. What more can I ask? The joy of getting a lecture on recycling form a 5 year old is as good as any “ROI” I wanted.
Our princess turned 5 and had a big bash at home. Her friends from the school, neighbourhood and our near and dear ones were out having fun. Asmita selected “Rosella” the island princess as the theme for this year. Check out the pics from the picasa link below.
Check out the new photosession Asmita and I had a few days ago.
Asmita had loads of fun with her friends from Eastwood, her school and other friends. Check out the pictures…
It was a disney princess theme party so she was cinderella.
Youtube video of me and Asmita at Solang near Manali
We all had a rollicking time in Manali, Himachal pradesh. The idea was to have Asmita experience her first snowfall , get her excited about the hills and skiing. The first two days were a let down as the snowfall till then was dismal. Luckily, the rest of the week saw fresh snow and we could go out and ski.
And ski we did !
Stopped in Delhi on the way to check out the Taj Mahal at Agra. It was a day trip steeped in history. The place was fascinating and haunting given that I had just finished the book “the Last Mughals”. Check my pics in flickr.
I have to mention my dismay (I have gone past being shocked at stuff like this) at the state of the Yamuna behind the Taj. The river was a just a sewage drain ! Black and with plastic and other disgusting flotsam. Agra will have to treat this water ASAP, but I suppose the UP government has other fish to fry given the gruesome stuff getting uncovered in Noida.
Gave a test run of the new G7 in preperation for the upcoming ski vacation.