Sunday, July 31, 2011

Simple and small

All of us have a responsibility to make our lives interesting. If not, who else will?
My personal observation has been that a lot of interesting things happen in our daily lives through conversations.

I remember a few anecdotes of the recent past and thought I will pen them down.

I was having a tele conversation with my son and told him that I visited the Brahma (The Creator) temple at Pushkar. His immediate reaction was “ Dad, did you thank him for creating a wonderful son like me?” Both of us had a hearty laugh.

My wife is very particular about the timings of the arrival and departure of the flights that I take, and many a time she has even informed me about the delayed timings of the flight that I am supposed to take. The moment I land at any destination – she would be on call with me because she would have found out the exact time that the flight had landed. Last week when she called me the moment I landed at Mumbai, I told her “ Knowing you, I am sure you must be aware of the name of the pilot and the crew too.” Both of us had a hearty laugh.

My daughter usually gets up late in the morning by which time both my son and I would have left the house for our daily chores. One such day I asked her a naughty question to pull her legs “ Do you know when both of us left this morning?” She was too smart for me and answered “ What a stupid question? I don’t dream about both of you.” Both of us had a hearty laugh.

One day morning I left my house in a huff for office, slightly angry with my wife. It is she who ensures on a daily basis that my pen, wallet, handkerchief and belt are all in place for me. After I reached office, she called me and told me ‘Ensure that your pants don’t come down.” I realized I had forgotten to wear my belt. Both of us had a hearty laugh.

Simple and small, but they say it all. Such conversations cheer us and life continues.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.
One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued,
"What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?"

To stress his point he said to another guest;
"You're a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?"

Teacher Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied,
"You want to know what I make?
(She paused for a second, then began...)

"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.

I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor winner.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't
make them sit for 5 min. without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental.

You want to know what I make?
(She paused again and looked at each and every person at the table)

I make kids wonder.

I make them question.

I make them apologize and mean it.

I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.

I teach them how to write and then I make them write.
Keyboarding isn't everything.

I make them read, read, read.

I make them show all their work in math.
They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.

I make my students from other countries learn everything they need
to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.

I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.

Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they
were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life

( Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)

Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant. You want to know what I make?