Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tests of Life...Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation !

Some exams are written, some oral but then there are few exams which are known as "Continuous & Comprehensive Evaluation". For many working in education field CCE has a particular meaning and many have been lobbying for it since decades. And now when comes under RTE, it has to be implemented in schools.

Here I am not talking about CCE in classroom but I am talking about CCE in our daily life. The tests of life  are so hard and difficult to crack. They always come as a surprise and like the open book exam that happen in colleges, they always come with an OPEN BOOK ! You know the answers but it is hard to accept/follow them.

Self evaluation is such a difficult exercise. But if you pass this test, then for me all other tests are a waste. Life always brings you to a crossroad where all the roads seem to be correct and then you have to decide the best one. I also face this dilemma every now and then and sometimes it becomes a very hard choice. 

Life is not easy and it is harder is you have a non-negotiable value system ! You often end up with hurting/ annoying a few but then you can't please everyone and you are not here to do that. People understand, it takes time but they do. One thing that I have understood lately is that you can't compromise with your principles. You need to stick to them. There should be few non-negotiable things in life, like for me integrity, trust and taking responsibility are a few. I have been trying to be non-judgmental also but sometimes I fail to do so and knowing that I have failed to do so helps me in improving on it everyday.

Gandhi ji is the best person I can think of when it comes to a person with non-negotiable value system. He has been a constant source of inspiration for me and every time I fail in life's CCE I think of him and visualize him in my situation and then come up with the right answer. 

To end with I would say, all answers to complex questions of life are within us. 

Bura Jo Dekhan Main Chala, Bura Naa Milya Koi.
Jo Mann Khoja Apnaa, To Mujhse Bura Naa Koi ! - Kabir

Look within ! Sanka Mangal ho :)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Happy B'day Shashank :)

If I think about Shashank happiness is something that comes to my heart. He is one of the best human being I have come across. His thoughts at this young age give me hope of a better tomorrow. He is one of the most sorted out youngster around me.

I also feel blessed to have his company and in future work closely with him. I find him very similar to what I was in college but he is a few steps ahead and much more thoughtful than what I was.

Shashank you are a true gem, I enjoy your company and its my pleasure to know you. There is a lot for me to learn from you. Keep up your positive energy and we are going to ROCK !!

All the best for days ahead. Keep exploring and keep taking others along in your journey. Spread love :-)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Visit to GB Road (Kat-Katha) !

We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.

The auto driver smiled at me when I asked him to take me to GB Road in Delhi. It is a lane I have been hearing about since last few years but never thought I would go there one day. As I was walking down the lane, it felt as a usual busy lane. Three - four floor houses build on either sides looked like they would crumble anytime. It seemed like they are a century old construction and need immediate repair.

GB Road is more famously know as the red light area of Delhi. I was going there to visit my friend Gitanjali who runs an organization "Kat-Katha", engaging with the didis (sex workers) and their kids, developing tailoring skills among the didis (the ones interested and allowed to come) and also providing an environment for their kids that is conducive to fun and learning. She has planned an activity of art and fun with kids this Saturday and I went there to take part in the activity.

As I climbed the narrow staircase with so much of skepticism I saw few of my friends sitting there and decorating the place. I felt much better and got relaxed. It was a 12ft.*10ft. room and many other 6*4 rooms. The biggest room was being used by Gitanjali and her team as the classroom. It was all decorated and as I entered the room I was greeted by a smiling photo of Gandhi ji. 

Then I went up and saw a group of around 10 kids playing with some volunteers. What a moment it was ! Aha ! All doubts and skepticism about the place were gone. I joined the gang immediately and started playing "kabbadi", I lost every-time I tried to take a chance. It reminded me of my days in the classroom :) 

During the entire time I was constantly thinking about the brave girl Gitanjali and how amazing work she is doing. It really takes courage to go there and work. She has been getting warnings, threats but I feel the smile that I saw on kids face today is something that keeps her driving. The painting made my Ruksana Didi (which I got a chance to put on the wall) is her motivation.

This visit has again pushed me back to think that so much more has to be done. I sometime crib about small things and there are others who don't have basic amenities but are enjoying life with what they have. 

There are so many questions that are coming to my mind. Why are these women treated like slaves ? Why don't they get a chance to be what they want ?  Why are these kids exposed to things, they should not know? Why are we as a society forced to accept this ? And most importantly why am I unable to do anything about it ? There is a lot to reflect, to do and create that ripple effect of change. 

People like Gitanjali are my role model, they make me work hard, they give me hope that a better tomorrow is possible !

All the best to "Kat-Katha" and hats off Gitanjali !

P.S. : If you want to visit Kat-Katha ( drop me a mail. I would love to connect. You can volunteer there every Saturday and  take part in different way. It is our duty to support such youngsters who are doing some amazing work on ground.