Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Letters to My Friends 3

Dear Friends,
                       How are you all ? I am enjoying here and learning a new lesson each day. Each day brings a new message, full of life, it gives a new way to see through opaque sides of life. Day by day I am getting younger , more patient, more creative, more responsible, more hard working, more ….. . Its great to be with 51 odd kids who don’t know what the life is outside their slums, they have heard about pizza’s, burger etc. , but don’t know its shape. Some times my heart cries when they come to class with a mark of wound on their face, when they tell about their family (one kid told me that his father is living with other women and has left his mother and him behind to live in rags, other says, my father comes home drunk and beat my mother and me), such instances can shake anyone that a kid of 9- 10 years has to face all these things at his house, girls have to prepare food for all the family member.
                     I would request all my readers to come forward and look around may be a child needs your helping hand to stand on his feet to see the different colors of life. Its never late in life, like popular hindi saying, “Jab jagoo tabhi savera.”  It never costs you something rather in return you will get a thing which you can never buy-- INNER SATISFACTION.
                     Life is a long race and we have the capacity to win it. I would like to quote a conversation of one of my fellows and a kid:
Fellow- Why did you come late for school?
Kid- Bahiya, the auto had a puncture and we had to stop to get the puncture repaired.
Fellow- You should have been put in another auto. Tomorrow I am going to scold your autowala.
Kid- Bhaiya, the autowala is my father.

Think about our roles in society, what difference can we make……                     
I have attached a letter that is one of the best gift for me....!!!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Letters to My Friends 2 "A Leader is one who can convert Private dreams, into Public reality"

Dear All,
             Hi, once again I am here with one more letter. I hope you all liked the previous one and think the same for this also.
I would like to share few effects of TFI at my school. At my school other teachers have started teaching kids as they were seeing me highly invested in my class. I move inside my class at 7:30 and come out at 12:15 only not before that and this thing has moved the teachers there a lot.
          The tactics that I use, my investment in my class, posters, the praises of parents and my Principle and other stuff had brought change in them also and finally they have started teaching in their class. Today I saw a few posters in other class also which had the same quote as in my class, I was happy with the change. As I was coming out of the office I heard a teacher saying 1,2,3...  which I  use in my class to grab the attention, I was so pleased by these effects. My class was changed this week so, I have to decorate my class again with all that stuff, for this reason I went to my old class to take out my posters and all. As i went in the class I saw the teacher sitting quietly and kids having fun among selves, as I was taking out my charts the teacher stood up and  asked the kids to open certain page of a book, a smile was on my face and I was so pleased at that moment. I hope you all can imagine and share my happiness. These are the small things but they give you great confidence.
    Going through different Leadership forums I met a speaker and one of his quotes made space in my heart, "A Leader is one who can convert Private dreams, into Public reality" and I think it is true.
Its great to see the changes in just two weeks, and hope can bring great changes in coming yr.

This Sunday I m having a party with 4 of my kids who did well in last two weeks, we will see a movie and have a lunch, its a reward for their hardwork . I will talk in detail about my class in one of the coming letter, its different from a conventional class.

Please give me some responses if you like these letters and can get something out of them.

Prakhar Bhartiya

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Letters to My friend 1

Dear friends,
How are you. I m fine here and hope the same for u. I just wanted to share a few things with you which I have have learnt in my last few days with Teach For India.
The days here were really hectic during training we have to work for 15- 16 hrs. a day and then I have to come back to Ghaziabad to give my exam for my final semester( I have cleared my exams with 72%). So, it was really hectic but yes thats life, its not only me.
I met here with many personalities of diverse field, they were a great source for inspiration for all of us there.I would talk about Fellows first, we are 87 in no. but they are all uncountable in thoughts, each of them has something special to share. Apart from them we were introduced to leaders from different fields like Education, Corporate, NGO, Bollywood etc. They all came had sumthing good to give us.
To start with I would like to share a few thoughts with all of you, Aditya Natraj of Ghandhi Fellowship, he selects 12- 20 fellows each year from best college of our country mainly IIT and IIM and they are given proper training who further give training to Principals of Primary School. The fellows here have to live in villages and during the last month of their fellowship they have to live without mobile phones, laptop or any electronic gadget and live life like the other people in that village and I think it would be challenging and life changing experience.
One of them gave the idea of being a lightening conductor in other word take the sorrow of other and convert it into pleasure and return them, its very rare but we can try to do it.He told us to have a positive ego and just be strong enough to change the life of as many people as you can around you.Mostly all had the same thing in different word but the stories they shared had a great impact and I would share those with all of you because you all have great potential and you have the calibre to change tihs world. I am in a net cafe and have bad speed at keys so will continue next time.....

Sry frinds I would continue my series of letter with you but just now its time to go.


Prakhar Mishra
Class Teacher Grade 3 (Superstars)
82G, Sant Gadge Maharaj School,