My School Life
By Bindu K Varma
Reiki, Angelic Healer, Bangalore
Foreword by Venkat
While it is important to look forward to the future to make progress and be better, it would be an empty success without gratitude to parents, family members, friends, teachers and the schooling that made it possible. In the same spirit, Bindu Ji recalls the various wonderful things that made her schooling a complete experience not just in learning skills but in imbibing values and broadening the outlook to life. Being educated in a KV myself in two different cities, the experiences described are so relatable for me! Indeed, school days are full of opportunities to explore the world, find inspiration from others, develop self-expression, and the love for various subjects of interest.
Reflect on the beautiful experience of your own schooling through Ms. Bindu Varma’s pleasant expression of gratitude towards the same.
I, Bindu K Varma did my schooling in Kendriya Vidyalaya. I graduated in Botany and went on to do post-graduation in Hindi, for the love of the language. I did a course, one year diploma in Fashion Design and Management. I worked as a primary teacher in Ryan International School teaching English, Social Studies, Environmental Science and Moral Science. I completed a course in Feng Shui in Feng Shui Institute of India, Mumbai. I am an Usui Reiki, Karuna Reiki and an Angelic healer. I am part of a music group named Nightingales. I have a keen interest in palmistry. My motto, “Just one life. Live life to the fullest.”
My School Life
School life is one of the major milestones in life. I was very fortunate to been enrolled (from 1975 to 1984) in a premium school, Kendriya Vidyalaya, revered all over India, for instilling good academic and holistic education. Thanks to my dad, as he was an Army personnel, I got a chance to study here. He had served the Army for many years. I grew up listening to the wonderful stories of discipline and bravery. I did my schooling in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kadavanthra, Kochi. I really had a wonderful experience, being guided by good and loving teachers. We were encouraged to excel not only in studies, but also in sports and other co-curricular activities. As there were students from various states of India, we got the much needed exposure. So we could easily communicate in English and Hindi alike. We also had special classes to learn our mother tongue, though it was not part of our syllabus. I was an average student, who loved music, sports, drawing, crafts etc. I never went for tuitions. I managed my studies with the guidance of able teachers.
I loved to participate in singing and drawing competitions. Though I didn’t win prizes, it gave me the much needed confidence. I played volleyball and participated in inter-house competitions. I was part of the School Band, playing the bugle. Our School Band got an opportunity to participate in All Kerala Band Competitions. I still remember the uniform, red skirt, white shirt and red cap with canvas shoes, playing our respective instruments, making different formations. Though we didn’t win, we had a wonderful experience.
We also got the chance to be part of inaugural ceremony of a Prestigious Nehru Trophy Football tournament. We got to watch the match between Algeria and Romania, yet another amazing experience. Our Sports Day was also unique in its own way. I still remember the P.T. drill, in which we wore the white and white uniform, let our hair down, made beautiful formations with different colored saris. It was really a visual treat, which each student would have captured in the heart.
Being a co-ed school, gave an opportunity to interact with girls and boys alike, which helped to become an outspoken student.
I even had an oppurtunity to participate in handwriting competitions, both English and Hindi. I missed winning a prize, due to certain criteria, though I had a beautiful handwriting, thanks to my mom and dad. I got to learn fifty types of embroidery stitches, which was part of our craft. I tried my best not to miss any class, even if there was bandhs. I am extremely happy to have made so many good friends and of course good teachers to make school life, a beautiful experience. I thank all my friends and teachers for being in my life. Kendriya Vidyalaya is pure nostalgia, where we feel like going back and reliving it. I am happy to be connected to all my dear friends through social media, to relive the good old golden days. The Prayer Song, “Daya kar daan Vidya ka hame, Paramatma dena”, still ringing in my ears. I am really proud to be a KVian. Thanks!
By Bindu K Varma