I loved it!! :))))  

Posted by Divya A L

Unlike the usual saturdays, today I had to wake up pretty early around 7am. Generally, I laze on bed to wake up snoozing the alarm atleast ten times on sat and sundays. Today I was to goto the government school in R R Nagar, for aiding the students there to learn better with whatever best I could afford. Me, with 2 other colleagues and a childhood friend of mine reached the venue, bang on 8.

Well, my first impression of the school wasn't as worse as I had imagined it to be... In fact it turned out that, to my surprise, the school comprised of 10 classrooms one for every standard 1st to 10th, each decently spacious with a big black board, chalks, duster and a teacher too :)

Me and my friend chose the 8th class while my 2 colleagues chose the 7th. And there began all the fun!

We introduced ourselves and when it was their turn, they did it so enthusiastically! The classroom was so full of life!! Most of them quoted "drawing" , "singing" and "Designing their names" as their hobbies. I asked them to come to the board and draw something there. Later on they said, they all liked drawing on the "computer" with MS Paint! :))) So, the school was equipped with a computer lab too and they all knew how to power on a computer and paint, draw, design their names using paint brush. :)

To pick the subject and topic to teach them, we asked if they liked to learn English or Computers. Majority wanted to learn English and Computers were the 2nd choice because, they were pretty confident about it being "very easy" compared to English! :)

So, the subject was ready and we chose to read out a story - "Sindbad, the sailor" that was part of their non-detailed English lessons.
The story narrated was v simple -

A sailor by name Sindbad lived in Baghdad, who was a merchant and traveled to distant places and made lots of money. On one such voyage, he was abandoned by his companions on a dangerous island. He waited there the whole night and finally noticed a gigantic bird, whose feet was as big as the stem of a banyan tree. He was smart and found a way to escape from the island. He tied his turban around his waist and the other end to the bird's feet and waited till it flew him out of the island.

I must say the kids were tooooo smart and the kind of Qs they asked made us dumbstruck!
Here are some of them -

Student (S) - "ಭಾಗ್ದಾದ್ ಎಲ್ಲಿದೆ ಅಕ್ಕ?" (Where is Bhagdad, Akka?)
Me - "ಇರಾಕ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇದೆ ಪುಟ್ಟ" (Its in Iraq)

S - "ಅವನು ಶ್ರೀಮಂತ ಅಲ್ವಾ, ಏರೋಪ್ಲೇನ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾಕೆ ಹೋಗಿಲ್ಲ?" (Why didn't he use an aeroplane, when he was rich??)
Me - "ಆಗಿನ ಕಾಲ್ಡಲ್ಲಿ ಏರೋಪ್ಲೇನ್ ಇದ್ದಿಲ್ಲ ಪುಟ್ಟಿ.." (There were no aeroplanes then)

S - "ಅವನ ಫ್ರೆಂಡ್ಸ್ ಬಿಟ್ಟೋಗ್ತಿದ್ದಾಗ ಶಬ್ದ ಆಗಿದ್ದು ಅವನಿಗೆ ಕೆಳ್ಸಿಲ್ವ? ಹಡಗಿನ ಶಬ್ದ ನು ಕೆಳ್ಸಿಲ್ವ?" (Didn't he hear the footsteps of his companions when they left him? Or the sound of the ship?
Me - "ಅವರು ಚಾಪ್ಳಿ ಹಾಕೊಂಡಿರ್ಲಿಲ್ಲ... ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಶಬ್ದ ಕೆಳ್ಸಿಲ್ಲ... ಹಡಗಿಗೆ ಗೆ ಸೈಲೆನ್‌ಸರ್ ಇತ್ತು, ಗನ್ನಿಗೆ ಇರುತ್ತಲ್ವಾ ಹಾಗೆ..." (They walked barefoot, hence no sound. and their ship had a silencer like a gun has!) - I didn't know what else to tell them.

S - "ಈಗಲೂ ಅಷ್ಟು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಪಕ್ಷಿ ಇಧಿಯ? ಮೈಸೂರ್ ಜ಼ೂ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುತ್ತ?" (Can we get to see that huge bird even now?, If yes, can we see it in mysore zoo?)
Me - "ಮುಂಚೆ ಇತ್ತು ಈಗ ಇಲ್ಲ... ಎಲ್ಲ ಸತ್ತೊಯ್ಥು, ಯಾವ್ ಜ಼ೂ ನಲ್ಲೂ ಕಾನ್ಸೊಲ್ಲ" (Its no more there.. All are dead and you cannot find them in zoos)

S - "ಟರ್ಬನ್ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಏನು ಅಕ್ಕ?" (What do you mean by turban?)
Me - "ಪೇಟ, ತಲೆ ಗೆ ಸೂತ್ಕೊಳ್ತಾರಲ್ಲ .. ಅಧೆ, Harbhajan ಹಾಕೊಳ್ತಾನಲ್ಲ ಅದು.." (Its a cloth used to tie around the head, like how harbhajan does..")
S - "Sixer Siddu ನು ಹಾಕೊಳ್ತಾನೆ.. ಅಕ್ಕ ಅವನು ಸೂಪರ್ ಆಗಿ ಸಿಕ್ಸ್ ಹೊಡಿತಾನೆ ಅಲ್ವಾ ಅಕ್ಕ?" (Even 'sixer' siddu wears that. Akka, he hits super sixes isn't it?"
M - "ಹೊವ್ದಪ್ಪಾ ಅದನ್ನೇ ಟರ್ಬನ್ ಅನ್ನೋದು....." (Yeah that is what is called turban!)

S - "ಅಕ್ಕ, ಸಿಂಡ್‌ಬಡ್, ಆ ಪಕ್ಷಿ ಕಾಲಿಗೆ ಪೇಟ ಕಟ್ಬೆಕಾದ್ರೆ, ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತಲ್ವಾ... ಅದು ಇವನನ್ಣ ಸುಮ್ನೇ ಬಿಡ್ತಾ?" (When sidbad ties his turban to the bird's leg, it would have come to know right? Did it keep quiet?)
Me - "ಪಕ್ಷಿ ತುಂಬಾ ದೊಡ್ಡದು ಇತ್ತು... ಈಗ ನಿನ್ ಮೇಲೆ ಇರುವೆ ಕೂತ್ರೆ ನಿಂಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತಾ?? ಇಲ್ಲ ತಾನೆ, ಹಾಗೆನೆ..." (No the bird was too big.... Will you come to know if an ant sits on your leg?)
S - "ಹೂನ್, ಮಿಸ್, ಇರುವೆ ಕಚ್ಚಿದರೆ ಗೊತ್ತಾಗುತ್ತೆ"( If the ant bites, we will come to know)
Me - "ಸಿಂಡ್‌ಬಡ್ ಪಕ್ಷಿ ನ ಕಚ್ಚಿಲ್ಲ" (Sindbad did not bite the bird!)

S -" ಅವನನ್ನ ಎತ್ಕೊಂಡ್ ಹಾರ್ಕೊಂಡ್ ಹೋದ್ರೆ, ಕೆಳಗೆ ಅದರ ನೆರಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಣ್ಸುತ್ತೆ ಅಲ್ವಾ?" (The bird can make out that it is carrying Sindbad by looking at its shadow below right?)
Me - "ದೊಡ್ಡ ಹಕ್ಕಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಕೆಳಗೆ ನೋಡೋಕ್ಕೆ ಆಗ್ತಿರ್ಲಿಲ್ಲ" (That bird was too huge to notice its shadow below!

That concluded my today's lesson.

To know if they have really understood, I planned to ask them few questions -
"Who was sindbad?"
"Sailor and merchant" - - I felt good

"Where was he from?"
"IRAQ" - I felt GREAT!! :)))

It felt so wonderful being in their company.... WOW!! Amazing.... They enjoyed learning as much as we enjoyed teaching.
"These kids under proper guidance can work miracles" - I humbly request to all those who are interested in teaching and can spare a couple of hours for the sake of these kids, please volunteer. It'll be the greatest gift you'd give them!

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nice job D,
I proud of you ...
You could have asked me to come too...

June 11, 2011 at 10:59 PM

@Guru: Hmmm... since you are put up quite far, I thought you wouldn't be able to make it at 8am. May be you can try the one in K R Puram!

June 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

A very interesting post..divya..I love to read ur blog..u r so sweet...god bless u..

June 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Vaheeda ji,

Thank you... :)

June 12, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Kelsa illada software engineersu gala golu ide ....

June 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM

@Anonymous: Kelsa ilde sambla kodo software company inna yaavdu illa.

June 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM
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June 13, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Hi Divya,

Must be a good experience.. I too had a similar one in one of the schools.. Thats when I realized how terrible a teacher I am.. :D.. Good one...

June 13, 2011 at 5:03 PM

@Tej: :) Yes it was a nice one... Good to know that you are attempting at teaching :) Keep it up! BTW, never bother how good or bad a teacher you are... "Only practice can make you better" :)

June 13, 2011 at 9:36 PM

U ppl wasted students time for your relaxation :-P

June 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM

@Naveen: I'm gonna kick you!!! They were privileged to be part of my class ;) They wanted me to go daily you know.... ;) They also offered to teach me play lagori in turn :)

June 13, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Cool.Keep going!! Let me know if there is something like that in Chennai!

June 14, 2011 at 10:06 AM

@Sara: :) I guess it should be there in Chennai too.. .I mean, you can walk into any school / NGO and offer to do voluntary service... I don't think they'd deny that....

June 14, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Best part was one student asked me Where do you work.. When I said accenture, he replied, ade golf bat madtaralla aa company na... :D I can never forget this incident. :) :)

June 14, 2011 at 1:56 PM


hahaha... Thats awesome!! :D

June 14, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Awesome! Great job..
So after this experience you still feel "How i wish..I hadn't existed at all....." (Reference to your previous post..) ;-)

June 20, 2011 at 11:44 AM


:) Thanks....
Hmmm.... I wish for many things but not that they all come true... So, for a change, had wished something bad :D

June 20, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Great Writing ..

August 25, 2011 at 4:24 PM

@Madhu: Thank you! :)

August 28, 2011 at 8:36 AM

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