We have 2 boys Jairus & Amaziah aged 7 and 3 and a half years old and as parents it is our heart's desire to see them grow in a loving and healthy environment; environment where they learn to value family and progress towards leading good healthy lifestyles. In achieving this as parents we are also aware of how important it is for us to model that lifestyle through our words, behavior and Love for God.
Though I lived in Mumbai all my life it’s just few months back that I regularly started travelling in Mumbai Local trains because of a new job. To give you a little background about my train travel. I live in Malad and travel daily to Lower Parel which is towards town side since local train is the only best, cost effective and the fastest mode of transport. I heard a fellow passenger once say that in a city like Mumbai distance is not measured in Kilometers but in Time because there are instances when you can travel a longer distance in the shortest time and a shorter distance in the longest time as it all depends on the mode of transport and the traffic conditions.
Jane and I were talking this morning and remembering some of our old friends with whom we have lost connection. We spoke about getting in touch and keeping that connection and friendship alive. At the end of our conversation we pondered on how important are the people who walk into our lives, some who stayed together through tough times, some who genuinely cared for us, some who encouraged us to take bigger leaps in our personal and professional lives, and of course the ones who gave us a cold shoulder and tried to pull us down.
"Losing my virginity" is a book I recently read, an autobiography of Richard Branson , an English businessman and investor who is best known as the founder of Virgin Group. And to everyone who asked me what I thought about the book, here's my short review and hope it whets your appetite to pick one for yourselves and go through the life of this incredible business tycoon and a world leader.
I was always under the impression that if I have to win then I need to play within the rules; which is what our schools teach us, our organization enforces and the government expects from us. Now that I think differently, I believe there are some rules that need to be broken no matter from whom or where it comes from.
This morning as I left home for work, a sudden thought occurred to me. I was walking towards the bus stand and remembered talking to a friend the other day and telling him that I never run after a train or bus even if I'm late to work. I like taking that sweet little walk towards the bus stand and wait there till the bus arrives, look outside the window as I travel towards the station, enjoy the breeze, smile when I see street kids enjoying their silly toys, feel the sorrow of some struggling through life yet fighting it through, empathize with other fellow travelers waking up early in the morning and progressing towards their daily chores.
"Throughout the world, companies and organisations are trying to compete in a world of economic and technological change that is moving faster than ever. As the axis shifts towards intellectual labor and services, they urgently need people who are creative, innovative and flexible. Too often they can't find them." - Excerpt from the book "Out of our Minds: Learning to be Creative" by Ken Robinson In a 2010 study of about 300,000 creativity tests going back to the 1970s, Kyung Hee Kim, a creativity researcher at the College of William and Mary, found creativity has decreased among American children in recent years.
In my previous articles on homeschooling “Homeschooling in India – The Starting point”and “Homeschooling in India Reason #1 - To Bridge learning styles” I shared the starting point and the primary reason for homeschooling our boys. One of the other reason is also to avoid unhealthy competition that we see so often in regular schools.
In my previous post (Homeschooling in India - The Starting Point) I shared with you the starting point of our home school journey. Here I want to share the No. 1 reason why we opted for home schooling instead of regular school. Like I said, homeschooling was a deliberate choice we made to educate our children. As soon as we got started, we had a lot of people especially our family asking us questions. As you know in India education is taken quite seriously and parents plan their children’s future much before they start walking or talking.
This is the most common question people ask when we tell them that we homeschool our children so thought of writing about it on this blog. We decided to homeschool our elder son Jairus immediately after he completed his one year in nursery and our younger son Amaze never went to one. A dear friend Dr. Mathew & his wife Vinita introduced us to homeschool as they were already homeschooling their 3 children, the elder daughter is now appearing for her 10th exams. Dr. Mathew shared some audio tapes by Jonathan Lindwell on homeschooling and that’s what encouraged both me and Jane to take up homeschooling.