Publications – 61 to 70: For The Joy of Sharing

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#70 Parenting in 21st Century


Nidhi Jha
Ryan International School,
Bangalore, India

#69 Sustainability becomes BIG Business


By Dorothee Koppermann
Sustainable Business Service Designer
Munich, Germany


Foreword by Venkat
Fashions may come and go but the need to wear a smile will never go out of fashion. Likewise, trends may emerge and go but the quest for sustainability will remain so forever. Ancient Vedic scriptures underline our deep connection and our responsibility to nature and natural resources. In this overview, Doro brings the strong role of businesses towards value creation through sustainability with the responsible measures it deserves and demands. As she put succinctly, sustainability is possible when it becomes a part of the core strategy keeping the future generations in mind. Sustainability is not something beyond the label and buzzword that demands a “new age” attention. It is in fact so fundamental that it cannot be missed in our agenda in life and business in any age.

To find clarity on the concept of sustainability in her “to-the-point” style, hear it straight from the horse’s mouth — none other than the down-to-earth Doro!


#68 Brazilian Cuisines


Aline dos Santos da Cruz
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

#67 Three Sons


By Meera Venkatesan
Learning Consultant
Performance Storyteller
Trainer, Creative writer
Bangalore, India


Foreword by Venkat
Inequality is at times seen in unfavorable terms because it seemingly divides people into groups of twos – of rich and poor, labor and management, educated and uneducated, cultured and uncultured and so on. Unfortunately, many times, inequalities bring inequity (injustice) which cuts the inequalities deeper and vice versa. On the flip side, it is the inequalities that drive business, innovation, education, skill development, material growth, material distribution, better fitness, better protection, and so on. The imbalances between resources and needs, work and skill, people and material, need and ability, opportunity and idea or any other combination among these give meaning, value, purpose and growth in life and society.

Meera, presents a beautiful story that brings out the nature of skill development and its transformative power over one’s measure of others. The more I think on this story, the more ideas I seem to find. This is a treasury of ideas indeed to put in a few words! When we do not realize the value of the human values and employable skills in others, material things seem of greater value but with the realization, losing people is a greater threat to cope with. A truly wonderful contribution from Meera as the first post in the education section!

Enjoy this lovely story of the three sons, a folk tale, embellished and shaped in Meera’s simple words for some great ideas to transpire. There is something in this for everyone of any age or occupation!


#66 Bystander Intervention


Pihu Shroff
Grade 9

Foreword by Venkat
Reading Pihu’s powerful article made me wonder if watching too much of spectator sports has made people spectators everywhere in life. Her message on bystander intervention is well articulated and it unveils several other issues as well in this conundrum. There is much more to it than morality, negligence or insensitivity. In general, in our lives, action comes quicker, when the risk (to oneself) of not taking it, is clear in understanding. The risks from Corona virus infection set a clear reminder on the hand-washing ritual which is an age-old practice in well educated families. Taking the example cited by Pihu, of a murder in a public place, highlights the need for some “social drills” to better understand an armed and violent mind, the related threat perception and social skills to manage the situation. Beyond that comes the much needed ‘safety perception’ from the local systems of governance. Very few or none would want to involve when the perception is of losing safety, in being included into the legal purview by virtue of the involvement and uncertainty in the redressal process.

It is refreshing to read these from a young student expressed so coherently both in meaning and in purpose! May this article be the spark for Pihu to make a difference in the world.

#65. Face Your Fear


By Deborah Templeton
Learning Architect
Ontario, Canada


Foreword by Venkat
While role models serve to inspire, the courage to persevere comes from conquering our own fears. Just one experience can transform the entire life and Deb’s amazing attempt at the Grand Canyon did just that! Her wonderful narrative is thrilling to read, laced by the expressive emotions she went through and the transformative value she reaped from the same.

Find inspiration to face your fears and in Deb’s words “Discover yourself and achieve beyond what you ever did!”


#64 Who’s A Real Friend?


Yatin Nandula
Grade 8 Student

#63. Being A Parent


By Kajal Kataria
Bangalore, India


Foreword by Venkat
Independence, Inter-dependence and dependence are three levers on which our lives run. All need to work in tandem for good balance in experience and harmony. In the quest for one, the other two may get neglected and that is when the needs of others or the self begin to get neglected as well. The effort and intention towards a balance of the three remains a continuous duty as well as a struggle at every age in every person. And this applies to every relationship with humans as well as nature. Kajal’s article stands out on the same for the parent-child relationship on how much to care and how much to control. In fact at the core lies the fundamental principle of “when to let go and when to never give up”. In her simple yet beautiful persuasive style, Kajal urges us to think on deeper questions of dependence, inter-dependence and independence in a parent-child relationship. How much to control to allow independence and yet help realize the inter-dependence (empathy) and dependence (for e.g. on education and skills).

This is a wonderfully thought provoking article and evokes the appropriate emotion to reflect and see if we care or care so much to lose time for other precious moments of life .

#62. Five Tips To Improve Your Math Skills


By Aarti Panchal
A freelance researcher in Indology,
Associate at GHARS,
an NGO in Australia
Surat, India



Foreword by Venkat
To consider, treat or learn a subject as if it were separate or independent from others would be as tasty as eating salt, oil, pepper, spice, veggies, meat, grain, and cereal in separate exclusive portions. It is the beautiful blend of those ingredients that makes the taste linger long on the tongue and the mind. It takes many years after schooling to realize that those seemingly disparate subjects are inseparable from each other in their function in real life. Like form and soul (Shakti and Siva), one does not exist without the other. The treatment of math as something separate probably makes it tasteless to many. It is time to bring in word problems in math like speed of RBC cells in the blood, proportion of carbs and protein in a meal, percentage problems of F# keys in a song, perimeter problems with paramecium, acceleration problems with Dinosaurs etc. to bring the spirit back to math in the learner’s mind.

While it may be hard to find an institution or someone who brings such an integrated approach to learning math, these tips from Aarti provide excellent ideas to make math more interesting than it may seem to the unguided eye. Among these 5 tips, keeping math as a ‘lens’ in day-to-day activities to view life through math is the key in my humble opinion.

Explore these wonderful ideas to enjoy learning math cast in the lovely and simple words of Aarti.


#5 New Beginnings


Harshitha Balasubramanian
New Delhi, India