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18/04/15 Arts & Culture

Handling admission anxieties and other lessons from ‘Ramadhanu’

Handling admission anxieties and other lessons from ‘Ramadhanu’

By Meeta Chatterjee Padmanabhan

As a teacher who has spent more than three and a half decades in schools and universities, I get really excited when popular films take on an aspect of education as its central theme. When Indian films do this, despite their various shortcomings (and the song and dance) I begin to gain faith in films as tools of mass instruction. For example, Aamir Khan’s treatment of dyslexia in Tare Zameen Par was a heart rending exploration of the topic that brought this misunderstood learning disorder to public attention in the most affirming way. Continue reading

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18/04/15 Society & Politics

Teachers Day

Teachers Day

By Mridula Chakraborty

In September 2014, my niece sent me some photographs of herself dressed in a sari, taking up her role as ‘teacher-for-the-day’ at a prestigious school in New Delhi. Apart from the pride I took in my niece’s moment of honour, I was transported back to that pleasurable time decades ago, when I too had donned such a mantle and experienced, for a few hours, what it is that teachers commit themselves to, day in and day out. Continue reading

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