Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Commercialisation of Education in India

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When I was small, a school was considered a divine institution next only to temples, we almost worshiped our gurus and grasped all that they taught with all our hearts and mind. Those values have remained with us till the present day and scores of years later, if we come come across them somewhere even on social media today, our heads still bow down in gratitude to them. We have been under their guidance for years and they have an undeniable contribution to what we have shaped up into, in our lives. Our parents have taught us ’Guru Devoh Bhavah’ meaning place your teachers next to God. This was the reason back then,  teaching despite not very well paying, was considered the most noble profession and had the greatest satisfaction index.

But unfortunately in the past three decades, this has completely changed. It is heart-wrenching that today most schools maintain seller customer relationship with the parents of the kids enrolled in the school. That divine feeling is gradually vanishing. Even if there is a great vision and mission at the top, there is no means to ensure that it is adequately cascaded down to the root level with teachers attrition the highest among all. A profound leadership at top can in no way stop a teacher from leaving if her husband is transferred to another city. Plus the opening of innumerable schools at every nook and corner have increased opportunities for them to grow and prosper but does that justify frequent job shifts? Well all of us do it in our jobs right so why won’t they but all this leaves we parents in a soup who have entrusted the little piece of their hearts to the school with so much faith and trust.

As an educationist myself, I have visited innumerable schools in the past few years and while I was impressed by the global education model they sold to me in almost all of them, on the more practical level I still find them incapable of implementing them impeccably or even to a decent level at the root level. I believe there still are some fundamental misses in the way education is imparted in India despite the foray of many international schools as well global curriculums here.

Of course things are changing for good and kids are now taught what kids globally learn at least in some schools but it is being done by the same teachers swapping their jobs every three months. How does the school ensure their training part of the teachers when they themselves fail to find a replacement at the first place. Results are kids don’t have a particular subject teacher for months. This horrifies the parents and when the bridge of their patience collapses they change their kid’s school to another one which looks more promising. But is the tale going to be different there? Unfortunately no. We are all caught in the same vicious trap.

The commercialisation of Education in India has not only burnt a deep hole in the parents’ pocket but also has stolen the peace of their minds. Parents on the other hand are getting caught in the mad race of comparing their kids with the peers and changing schools because the herd is moving in a particular direction. Both these extremes are detrimental. Every kid is unique and has his set of strengths and weaknesses, accept them the way they are and give them what is suitable for them. 

With each passing day I am getting to meet more and more parents who are adopting home schooling for their kids and confidently and merrily so. While I still have my belief in the institution called school but don’t know for how long. Somehow, I believe it it vital to a kid’s social growth at every age.

You have been extremely lucky if you have found a reasonable school for your little ones, congratulations, you are one of the chosen few but sadly quite a big chunk still remains hit by the above epidemic.

While the school should ensure good education and extracurricular imparted to them by respectfully retained and trained teachers, the parents should also be patient with the teachers and school to let them enrich your little ones. That’s the least I can say at the moment and pray that the soup the Indian education system currently is in, get sorted soon. We can’t sabotage the future of our nation.

Truly Yours Roma

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Lina Ashar: The Most Optimistic Face of Evolving Indian Education Scenario

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Billabong High


I am a firm believer of the power of education but as a parent, it often baffles me that despite trying our best are we giving our children the right kind of education to make them strong worthy citizens of tomorrow? Similarly, if I think as an educator who runs an academy to impart the kids, the vital 21st Century Skills like Public Speaking after school, I feel there is something really significant lacking in today’s Indian Education system which calls for a paradigm shift. A child’s holistic personality development should happen at his school and he must enjoy the leisure and free play in the time remaining. 



The schools must aim at knowledge beyond books and should yearn to inculcate life skills and problem-solving methods to raise confident kids. A couple of days ago, as I attended the launch of the first company-owned company operated Billabong High International School in Pune, this topic remained the foundation of our meaningful discussions, throughout.




Of course, I loved the state of an art, extremely inspiring infrastructure they have built in a whopping 2.25 acres in Amanora Park Town in Hadapsar, but was has impressed me the most and has stayed with me is the school’s founder Lina Ashar’s vision and mission in life. Born in Australia and brought up in Britain, she first took up a teaching job in Australia. In India for a sabbatical, she was aghast to see the plight of education in here and started Kangaroo Kids Preschool 1993 to introduce international best practices in education to India. When her vision to impart holistic education to as many kids as possible culminated she started Billabong High International Schools in 2004 and so far opened 30 of them in India and Maldives.Thanks to her efforts KKEL has become India’s No. 1 Most Trusted Education Brand (TRA’s Brand Trust Report – India Study 2019, 9000 brands across 16 cities).She has been felicitated with numerous awards for her work in the field of education and envisions to touch the lives of more than a million kids in a positive way.



She has dedicated her life to change the face of education in India and has a dedicated R&D Team who works on the integrated curriculum for the kids absorbing the best of all worlds plus adding their own expert views to it. It was extremely heartening to have a one to one candid talk with her on the innovation she desires to bring in the Indian education scenario and her passion and zeal for the same are extremely impressive. She has done an impeccable job at securing the best education modules are imparted to Billabong High Kids irrespective of the teacher who is imparting them( as attrition is beyond her control and she can’t sabotage the learning of the students). She and her team have introduced a personalized learning app “Skippytech” for pre-school kids and digital learning platform “Billabox” for Grade1-8 kids which is revolutionary in terms of it aiding each kid to learn at his own pace. 




I loved the fact that Billabong High values life skills and practicality over bookish knowledge and doesn’t compare kid to kid and instead grooms each kid to become a North Star in the field of his choice. Their best practices are worth emulating and if you reside the Hadapsar side in Pune, I would recommend you to check out the school with very fine infrastructure and even finer well researched educational modules. You can contact them at 8291158390.




Education is the best investment we must make in our kids and it should never be short of the best. The children should be trained with the 21st Century Skill Set right in the school which is their second home without the need of any after-school sessions desired. 



Truly Yours Roma

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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

6 Reasons Why The Movie BHARAT will Appease The Patriot In You

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I am a patriot at heart and have had a suppressed patriotic vein in me from a tiny age when my mom narrated to me tales of bravery from our motherland’s past. The impact has been I leave no stone unturned to make my little contribution in my nation’s glorious future and I wish to groom my little one on similar lines like my mom, so I discover avenues to apprise him of our rich and varied history in many interesting ways and BHARAT seemed a perfect entertainer to do so. An Eid holiday further motivated me and I booked the two of us a special BHARAT date and I am glad I did so. 

The beautiful depiction of the life of a seventy year old man (whose dad named him BHARAT without a surname as a mark of respect for his country in post India Pakistan Partition days) from when he was a eight year old child and had to quit his home in Lahore with his mom and siblings leaving behind his dad and one younger sister, touched some deepest chords of my heart. The movie is about the sixty two years wait of this child for his dad at the store where he promised him to meet with his younger sister. Below I enumerate the six lessons the movie BHARAT teaches us:

  1. Take Pride in your history and culture: The movie touches upon how tattered and battered Britishers left us while we gained our independence. Partition further broke our backbone. It has taken our forefathers a fortune to aid us reach where we are today. We must value it and further contribute towards our motherland’s glorious present and future and not loose it under any circumstances.
  2. A Logical Communication can turn most difficult situations in our favour: Another aspect I loved about the movie is that BHARAT (portrayed by the macho man Salman Khan) tried to tackle the most difficult situations not by demonstrating his physical prowess but his logical intellect and wit stressing upon the fact that a logical communication has the invincible power to turn the tide of the time in our favour.
  3. When there is a will, we will discover a million ways: The protagonist of the movie supports his family from the mere age of eight... from doing all sorts of odd jobs to becoming a circus stuntman to fighting the sea pirates, he has exhibited great will power in finding avenues for fulfilling his family’s dreams.True when there's a will, you will surely find a way.
  4. The Power of Friendship, True Love and Family can make us move mountains: BHARAT’s mom and his lady love played subtly by the gorgeous Katrina Kaif and whom he choose not to marry to fulfil his family responsibilities better, are his two strong pillars of support who keep him going irrespective of all odds. Another most significant person in Bharat’s life is his childhood bestie played wonderfully by the talented Sunil Grover who never abandons him throughout his life.
  5. Don’t trade off your values for money until it is to build a strong nation: Loved the fact that BHARAT abandons his shop where his dad has promised to meet him in favour of the people who will get a mall made there and make a better living. The end of the movie has been kept realistic and I am glad it is this way, it makes it very relatable. 
  6. The power of media to unite the world is still the most under-utilised resource: I wish to specially mention the movie for bringing forward the role of such a strong female protagonist who apart from several other strong jobs, leads the mission to unite the families across the border. You must watch this movie to find out how media if used appropriately, is the most potent tool to unite the world. 

If all this appeals to you and this is the genre of your choice do watch the movie with your kids, your family. I personally liked it and choose to ignore the technical glitches and story-line flaws. The roles and beautifully fleshed out and all actors and actresses have done their job appropriately. The music scores are good and the movie has the power to keep you entertained for the entire duration with all ingredients of a commercial flick. Me and the little one loved it and I am glad he learnt something from it!

Our Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and a half stars!



Truly Yours Roma

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Tuesday, 4 June 2019

The Power of Karma

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Roma Gupta Sinha

Do good and forget it. For long I have lived on this principle. It makes life simple and rids me of unexpected pressure of expectations from others. People may get me wrong but that’s fine, I love bowing down in front of most, until of course I really discover some unworthy intentions. Not to show off, but this is how I am.

I try to be very warm, very loving and understanding for most of the people I come across online or offline. I find reasons to assist them to the best of my abilities or at least give them a reason to smile and find happiness in their smiles. No wonder I myself keep smiling most of the times, for nothing can make me negate the healing power of a earnest smile.

Yes, I am a firm believer of the power of Karma without expecting anything in return. It makes my mind happy, I have trained it to be that way. Happiness is a state of mind a complex human brain on an average refuses to stay in. It tries to get entangled in undeserving emotions like anger, grief, jealousy and eventual pain which sucks all our positive energy. Why torture yourself this much. 

Simplify your lives. Do what makes you genuinely happy. Do what makes your heart smile. Forget social stigma, forget what your family will say, if they love you, they will stay. Train your mind to be happy. Find positivity in everything negative that happens in your world. 

Inflate your joys, amplify them magnanimously, absorb their positive vibes and keep hearing their resonance for the longest times and ignore your sorrows. When they find they are getting no significance they will gradually fade away.

There is a different kind of high in being a people’s person. At least I absolutely love being one. The mighty universe is kind, it sends back in abundance what you offer to it. So pour out in abundance what you desire for yourself without remaining under tremendous pressure to get it. It will happen at the right time itself. Remember the cliched saying, when you smile the world smiles but when you cry you cry alone. It holds a great meaning for all of us hidden in it. So smile, be happy, treasure small joys of life, celebrate them, weave them in your heart as sweet memories and believe in the strength of your Karma.

Little joys do come unannounced like this divine abode of mine, my blog, made into Top 250 Indian Blogs 2019 Directory and I am so eternally grateful to the universe for recognising my earnest endeavour to contribute in being the face of positive change in our society, through the medium of my writings. How could I hold myself from sharing my ecstatic joy with you!


Truly Yours Roma

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Sometimes all you need to regain your mental peace is a good read

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Past couple of months have been really hectic for me and I have been working really hard, in fact trying to put my best foot forward on many demanding fronts. Of course to gain something you miss something and what I had missed the most is my reading regime. It is a habit which has stabilised me more often than not. No matter what I read, I have to read and luckily a couple of days ago, I landed on this handbook about our minds known as, 'Put Your Best Foot Forward' by Dr. Darshana Samrah and it turned out to be a perfect decision, for the moment, exactly something that I needed to be reminded of.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Our mind is a beautiful servant, but a dangerous master. The sooner we realize the fact, better becomes our life. No matter who you are, what you do, where you belong to, you lose everything to your mind, unless you take care of it. Training of the mind in the right way, at the right time, makes our life easier and productive.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Darshana Sarmah, a Ph.D. degree holder in Social Science, hails from Guwahati, Assam. Apart from having an interest in and experience in teaching, she chose to give a gap to her career as she steps into motherhood.

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MY TAKE ON THE BOOK 

If you are looking to resolve your current mental crisis and attain balance and happiness and in the simplest of ways, this book is undoubtedly for you. 


It subtly weaves where we go wrong and procrastinate and garner negativities in our life which steal our peace and force us down the dudgeon of depressive thoughts. The book offers practicable solutions based on the author’s own experience as well swell researched points. 


I was immediately riveted to the book right at the first chapter which talked about our attitude, my personal favourite topic, also I loved author’s recommendations to train our mind and use it as our best ally. Don’t let it master us but tame it appropriately to make it our best servant. 

The chapters are thoughtfully incorporated in the book without an ounce of unnecessary dramatic buildup. They have the precise information and genuine advice to follow in real life to practice mindfulness, compassion and self appreciation, extremely vital for a person’s mental health in today’s era. 

The book has also inspired me to get back to meditation practice and unleash the power of my willpower to sail towards my dreams uninterrupted by all the pessimism and insecurities of the world. 

I finished the book in two days letting each chapter sink in the values it wishes to embed in the readers. I recommend this handbook to one and all. 

LANGUAGE AND NARRATION

Author’s narration is relaxing, it makes you ponder at each point and make corrections in your behaviour if we see a need. It gives vital lessons on time management and visualisation in a simple, understandable and effective language. 

Overall this book indeed formed a worthy read and I will love revisiting it at regular intervals. You can download the limited edition free copy here

I wish the author many more wonderful literary meaningful outings like this one, in coming future 😊.

This review has been written as a part of Blogchatter Book Review Program.



Truly Yours Roma



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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Why My Academy RCA Is My Identity and My Mission In Life

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I associate a lot of meaning to my life. It isn’t every one’s cup of tea to leave a crazily paying corporate job to embrace a passion and dedicate a valuable chunk of her life to it. Well, you can call me weird but that’s how I am, I have built a unique world for myself my academy for six to sixty year olds and this is the place which gives me the maximum solace. I take online and offline communication skills and personality development sessions the whole day and the deep desire for my passion still keeps me going on super-excitedly almost like a child. 




If at all anyone thinks this is to make money, they are sadly mistaken for I have multiple other avenues to earn. This is purely a vision and mission of my life. It is just my heart’s desire to aid as many kids, women and adults bridge the gap between their intellect and expression and carve out their own niche in the fields they wish to excel. Of course I charge a nominal fee and that’s for people to practice dignity of labour. Anyone unable to pay the fee can approach me too and I will groom you with equal vigour.




Nothing appeases my heart like making the tiny tots future ready with the 21st Century Skill set. Also because they are innocent souls who come to me as wet clay. Contributing in moulding them into worthy future citizens of India gives me a different kind of high, all the words of the universe put together would fail me to express. Grooming them gives my heart pure joy and contentment.




Trust me when I say this we can make children move mountains by pure love. I invest love in them and they give me heart warming returns in terms aiming to perform better and better which gives my heart pure joy and contentment. A world full of children helps me drown in their innocence and gives me energy to groom adults especially women who are fighting bigger demons in life. 



Being a crusader of women empowerment, the journey gets tough and lonely at times because of people’s trait of doubting genuine intention but I will not give up no matter how tough gets the going for I have risen above all appreciation or undeserved criticism for my work. 




For me my work, my academy, my writings give me most solace and that is how it is going to be forever 😊.
Truly Yours Roma


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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

In Seventh Heaven as my Fourth Book ‘Empowered Women Empower Women’ Gets Published

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Roma Gupta Sinha


Every effort becomes worthwhile if you have a beautiful purpose associated with it. I was four when I started writing. It came naturally to me perhaps because my mum was a writer and orator. I found deep solace in writing. Writing felt like breathing to me. No matter how adverse the situations became I penned it in my diary and attained peace. As I grew up atrocities on women around me bothered me deeply and I wanted to do something for them even if it was really trifle. The easiest was to be their voice and bring out their pain to the world and awaken people’s conscience to end their ruthless oppression, to be a face of positive change and contribute to their upliftment. I thus commenced my blogging journey in 2003, fresh out of an engineering college. 

For over a decade I worked in  twenty two countries with quite a few MNCs amassing immense knowledge and experience but never gave up my first love of writing. Whatever I wrote struck a chord with many and I eventually embraced my love for writing and public speaking full time by starting my own academy for six to sixty year olds to aid them bridge the gap between their intellect and expression.

My first book which was  published in 2016 was the voice of 26 such women yearning to evoke an era of positive change, it was called ‘Dare to Defy The Destiny’. It was a poignant book which expressed the mental and physical agony the Indian women go through. The book got heart-touching reviews from one and all nationally and internationally and that inspired me further. I was elated that I was on the right path. Awards like Women of the Wear 2015 and Planet's Pride Award 2018 helped me broaden my envision and expand the arena of my work.

I consequently started a section in my academy, which supported these women to stand on their feet to the best of my abilities. This brought me in touch with so many inspirational women and it was exhilarating to be a part of their journey. I was thus convinced  to bring their stories forth to motivate many like them sailing on the same boat and make these empowered women empower other women by leading as example.

This is how my latest and the 4th book 'Empowered Women Empower Women' took shape and I am so proud that it is released yet again in the coveted Global BlogChatter Ebook Carnival. It is every ounce or pure truth and deep inspiration.

This is a book with a strong purpose as I am a crusader and firm believer of Women Empowerment for years and I wish each one of you read it and feel inspired and take the mandatory steps to be the ‘Face of Change’ in the right direction.

You should read it to discover how many beautiful souls around us lead by example for other women to overcome all the adversities of life and fulfil their dreams.

You should read it to fathom why we have to empower the women of today to enable them further empower the women of tomorrow.

Also, you should read it to stimulate yourself to make your contribution towards achieving gender equality in our society.

You can download it's limited edition promotional e-copy is available by clicking here.

I hope reading it will be as much an enriching experience to all of you, as it was for me,writing it. Your precious feedback shall always be awaited.

Click here to read the reviews of my 4th book, the fourth precious piece of my heart for you with a deep sense of purpose.


Truly Yours Roma


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