Monthly Archives: September 2011

You ask how I spend my time

You ask how I spend my time
I nestle against a treetrunk
and listen to autumn winds
in the pines all night and day.
 
Shantung wine can’t get me drunk.
The local poets bore me.
My thoughts remain with you,
like the Wen River, endlessly flowing.
 
— Li Po (translated by Hamil). Continue reading

Sainath vs Arundhati

Both are bestselling leftist writers, winners of numerous awards, fierce advocates for India’s marginalized poor and passionate critics of western corporations and policies. Being a leftist myself, why do I love one and hate the other? Read my latest article on the NRI.

Bring on the learning revolution!

Formal education is designed to kill creativity. It is amazing to note how ‘industrial’ the educational systems across the world are. We come out of schools in batches like industrial products. A bell governs our actions in school. Otherwise random and capable individuals are systematically taught to obey and conform. Peer pressure becomes much more powerful than the forces of nature. Here is a Ted talk by Sir Ken Robinson where he speaks of shifting from the Industrial to Organic mode of education. He says- “We don’t need evolution in our education system. We need revolution.” Continue reading