Lack of Harmony & Upsurge Anxiety | The Millennial Youth

Lack of the right attitude (Indiscipline, if I may say so) and Restlessness are homing in the Generation X these days; triggering and forcing us to contemplate on WHY?

We often witness problematic behaviours in our Children, and around. But have we ever tried bringing to light the reasons behind? As I give you the core, I know for sure it won’t come across as the most palatable or an anticipated marking, atleast for most of us.

We (The Adults) are more to be questioned, fairly blamed for such ado patterns in our Children.

Children have been and’ll always be Children: raw and callow, ready to experiment with and explore the world with their age-hemmed vision of life.

Their angled habit of years, make them obey their Parents, WHILST we as Parents start to obey our Children, either out of excessive love and/or benighted indifference. That’s when we open up a whole new can of worms.

The problems start to seep in, with the unruly teenage stimulating them to not just lose their control over themselves, but also make way towards uncontrolled exercise of freedom and improper behaviour.

It’s then, the word ‘NO’ sets them off, making them Defiant Children.

The Parents who do not put their foot down at the right time usually have Children, crushing the dreams of Parents and never having one, of their own. Therefore, it becomes imperative for every Parent to remember that

“Discipline Is Not a Punishment But It Is The First Act of Love, which stops a child from getting astrayed and wasting this precious gift, Life.”

As Parents, Teachers & Mentors, it is our duty to bring them up giving the right values-The Samskāras, and as the word says “that which has been put together’ and ‘that which puts together’. Absence of values will only lead to disposition of volition, turning life full of regrets and repentance.

Children are soils with the most fruitive tendencies. Don’t force, Inspire them. Not just Teach, Make them Live these values.

-Values are more important in life than fortunes

-Being together is more important than getting ahead of others

-Accepting responsibility is more important than asking for rights

-Obeying is more important than commanding

-Admitting mistakes is more important than accusing others

-Being gentle is more important than acting tough because gentleness is a sign of strength and culture while violence and cruelty are inhuman, animal traits

Give the younger generation these few simple values and it will surely help to carve a better, more responsible human being out of them and ultimately a Better Nation.

Misha Gurjar | Educator | Samsara School

Edited by: Namrata Gupta

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Values in the Trivialities of Life

Micro and Macro Economics are two major branches of Economics. I remember how my Teacher used to make us understand the difference between the two, “Macro economics is what is applicable at the National or society level while Micro economics is the application of same concept at a smaller level of an individual or family etc.”

With the wisdom of these growing and passing years, I now, know the veiled relevance behind it.

If to run and develop a Nation, contribution of all on a whole is required like in Japan & Korea, similarly, to run a household contribution of each member is a must. If we just keep using the resources of a country and furthermore in homes, it will only won’t put us in the position of a GUEST, temporary to the nation & to the house.

To be treated like one of the family and to boot the luxuries of having one, we need to start contributing and air the attitude of service. Put aside the egos we home in us, for taking up small tasks and aerial spire Humility. Absence of it will only lead to regret & resent the benefits of others.

My contribution to the household today was:

  1. Dusting the house as it is for everyone
  2. Setting clothes
  3. Filling water bottles
  4. Filling water in cooler
  5. Watering plants
  6. Soaking clothes
  7. Removing and later fixing curtains after wash

My contribution to myself was…

  1. Eating healthy breakfast
  2. Doing little yoga
  3. My blood check up at a camp in society
  4. Talking and chatting to my friends
  5. Later reading a book/writing my book
  6. Fixing and sewing my dress

Even to the smallest of acts like cleaning cheese cage & opening main door to the bell also serve as mindful hand-outs.

So, Get up….Gear up & Show up for all the small & big jobs of the house, do the daily chores, be responsible for yourself, your family-friends-neighbors, to your society/nation and topmost towards this human form.

Respect it! Play your role of a humanitarian.

Capt. Praveen Roy | Principal | Samsara School

Edited by: Namrata Gupta

The Sweet Muffin Way | Tricks & Treats

It was a Day of ‘Marvelous Muffins’ and its Magical Impact.

“Everything we bake, we bake with love” impulsed our Cookery Club as they baked muffins to surprise Parents on the day of (PTM) Parent Teacher Meeting.

With FA1 results (first term) to be announced, an ambivalence of emotions rounded up the atmosphere exuberating excitement, happiness and a ting of nervousness. And our ‘Healthy Bites’ got the perfect platform to play their trick of serving the muffins, melting away their nervousness.

With Parents lost in the taste of Chocolaty..Nutty..Gemmy.. Muffins, the children over-joyously baked & served. The SEC club members felt great spreading this excitement through their SWEET MUFFIN WAY !

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(Gem)ming The Bakes

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All Spruced Up ! As They Pave the Sweet Muffin Way

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The Happy Satisfied Customer !!

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Namrata Gupta | Blogger | Samsara School

Destined To Be A Teacher

Born in a Bengali Business family, my father always dreamt of me being a business woman and running an independent set up. All through my growing years, I heard my Dad & his brothers talking about clients, business pitching ideas, sales and profits & losses. These were the words that kept echoing in our house forming a part of my childhood.
Keeping up to the family tradition, I joined MBA, went to London to learn the art of management and completed all the semesters with flying colours. On my return, I started working on a project report, my maiden business venture that I wished to start. It didn’t take me long to realise that I was missing on the interest and enthusiasm required to envision it as my future calling. Although, I didn’t quit right away and continued, thinking it must be just a momentary phase. However, I soon comprehended that I need to speak with my parents about it.

I was one of the lucky people, who always received relentless support from my family. So, they suggested me to take time off and then decide on the future course of action. It so happened that one of my friends suggested me to contemplate a career in teaching. Being a teacher herself, she gave me a clear understanding of this field of Education.

Because of my capable communication & writing skills, I didn’t find it difficult to get through to one of the schools. Of course, I had to go through the mandatory rounds of interviews. It was an interesting and an overwhelming change.

And there I was, in the midst of a place where there were many children chitchatting, laughing, cracking jokes and enjoying themselves. This is how I became a teacher! 

Sometimes we don’t plan rather the plan makes us move in a course that is well paved and destined for us, each one of us.

It was my destiny which got me here. It was my natural exuberance to be the part of this Education world. It’s been almost nine years now, that I’ve been fitting well in this mould of a Teacher; teaching the children of all age groups.

Every day dawns a radical change, a new challenge, a new chapter, a broader perspective & evergreen learnings. Even the students make you learn so much. And why not, after all they are the avant-grade of the unorthodox future. It’s not only the academics that we are talking about but the way of living which you learn. This is a way of life for me, my innate forte and, it defines me perfectly. 

I Learn everyday, I Grow with each experience, I TEACH !!

Shivangi B. Kapur | Educator | Samsara School

Edited by: Namrata Gupta

Know It All…Do we? Or It’s Time to Introspect…

Amidst the hustle-bustle of this life, when we don’t get time to breathe, with the lineup of work plunging onto even that fraction of free second, our Moments of Realizations are lost and escaped.

We might create the cover of hump-sized egos but the reality will never fade its way through. Our work places are not relaxed zones giving room for realizations & revelations….we need to pull back, take time off and sit back, be still whilst the world is on a fast track mode.

So, I took off! And thankfully got some time to reflect. Introspection is very important to keep reminding oneself to be in the righteous path. It dawned on me “O’Lord, You have given me so much responsibility. Responsibility to produce assets for the society. Please, Almighty always guide me so I do not do wrong to anyone even by mistake.

This thought stemmed from yesterday’s experience when a parent came to seek advice about their non performing teenage child. The child remains alone at home as both the parents are working. This child spends most of her/his time watching TV. As soon as s/he hears the sound of approaching parents s/he switches off the television out of fear of being scolded, which is a very usual case in most of the families.
I wondered how can the child study, how can s/he study or focus. When the child returns home from school, there’s no one to welcome him/her. There’s no one to give that warm smile. Clearly the feeling of boredom and loneliness will breed in and thus, watching T.V. is an easy gluey option.

I again dig into the reasons and realize that our material wants and desires have become too big to be gratified with one income.
So, what’s the option? Are we trapped in a vicious circle? If there’s a problem, there has to be a solution. In such changed family responsibility scenario, it becomes very important to teach the children to be real and realistic.
It came to me why not begin with taking their help in small family chores, be there to help them with their student life, be their companion in wrapping their books, be with them on weekends, listen to the stories from their text, may be try to read out a lesson to them or ask them out of curiosity the information pertaining to their subject. Take interest in their TV serials, appreciate their ideas, seek their opinion and talk to them as we would talk to another adult.

How we normally react to their mistake is that we scream at them or insult them and make them realize that we adults KNOW IT ALL and we try to impose our ideas on them. Instead the mistake can be handled differently. I shall explain with this personal example. Last week my child lost her ATM card. She reported the matter to me and said sorry. My reply to her was, “this is not the way we react when we lose an ATM card. Rather we call up the bank and get it blocked and apply for a new card.” Now the child realized to be more careful next time at the same time has learnt how to handle the difficult situation. Also, the child has got this bond as the trust was strengthened with my controlled temper and understanding.

The other reaction would have been that I would have shouted at my child for losing the card and she would have felt offended. It would give both of us stress and there would have been no recovery of the card. Next time my child would hide things from me because of the fear of being scolded.

So, the Choice is Yours. You have to be responsible to expect responsibility from others, you have to invest time and trust in relationship to expect it from your children, and you have to learn to give respect before expecting it from the children.

Find the missing brick to complete your Lego!

Capt. Praveen Roy | Principal | Samsara School

Edited by: Namrata Gupta

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School Enterprise Challenge | Meet the Challengers

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                                     Healthy Bites | Team

I still remember, like it was yesterday when our School Principal called me and handed me over the ‘School Enterprise Challenge’ project. My association has always been with small children being a kindergarten teacher but since the day I have started working for SEC my routine has been RE-Routined!. SEC work is so interestingly besetting that it has given a new meaning to my otherwise everyday work life. Now, I am able to plan, interact, work and enjoy the company of senior students too. Our students are so enthusiastically involved in this project of ‘Healthy Bites’ making it contagious for each one of us involved. And on working Saturdays they are like bouncing balls, eager to take on the challenge of serving something new and interesting. The spark in their eyes always motivates me to do more and come up with a yummier slurppier menu for next time 🙂

This Sep 12th, our cookery club ‘Healthy Bites’ served UPMA to our school students and coincidently this time we had the company of the parents also to add onto the joy and energy of our young challengers. The efforts of our culinary experts were Tested, Tasted and appreciated by all.

Sharmishtha BhattacharyaSEC Representative | Samsara School

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I am in the cooking club. I have taken this because I want to become a Chef. We are doing group work and every Saturday we are making something special and sell it to our school children and teachers. There are two teachers who instruct us to make our special dishes. Now recently we made Upma. I really enjoy it and I have started helping my mother in cooking now. I think I am really good in cooking now with my experience at SEC as I remember I didn’t know how to make anything but now I can make-cook-bake a lot of things.

Dhruv Sharma | Class VII

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My experience has been great with School Enterprise Challenge till now. On Saturday 12th September we cooked Upma. I was very excited on this day. I learned how to make Upma and other things also. Upma was very good and delicious. I eat two bowls of Upma and I loved it. My friends also said “the food you and your club made was superb and very tasty”.

Ishita Rawat | Class VIII

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This challenge is very exciting. We have prepared many things like Upma, Idli, Poha and a lot more. I have participated in all mostly for serving and I enjoy being a part of it. It has taught me to be a team player.

Ansh Goyal | Class VI

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Upma that we ‘Made & Ate’ !

It was very tasty. Whatever we cook for SEC is very healthy. The ingredients we added to it were very healthy. During the SEC our skills have improved a lot. We have learnt many things like how to promote our business, maintain the label and popularity of our snacks. Also, due to this many teachers and students are inspired to eat healthy & hygienic food. Many children who were addicted to junk food have started eating healthy food. I feel proud!. I tried to cook Upma at home although it wasn’t that good but it was fine for eating. I guess I missed my school team, my buddies. Since we made Upma along with our friends’ hard work so, it tasted better.

Mohit Kumar & Aryan Nagar | Class X

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Edited by: Namrata Gupta

YES! To School Enterprise Challenge- Take errrr… Took the challenge !!

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And like all good things happen with this, our very experience also started with a YES! Yes to School Enterprise Challenge. The School Enterprise Challenge is an international competition for schools to establish profitable students-led businesses. It aims to develop young people’s business and soft skills to better prepare them for the world of work and to develop their capacities as socially responsible entrepreneurs.

Like its said- If It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Doesn’t Change You. We gave chance to this challenge and trust us, only to change for better, wiser and more organised entities; eventually and gradually gorging our ways to those enterprising minds.

Change is what makes us, what we plan Today will give us a Tomorrow and there footed the foresight of Samsara and its keepers.

How many times do we hear the success of two-way streets to one-way ones..? We haven’t heard the latter one winning ever ….may be based on our limited experience but haven’t proved other way round even once yet.

The Learned and Educators will always need Learners and Students, and vice-versa. They don’t make a team unless both strive for one common goal. That’s where Samsara’s educators and enterprising minds aka students laid the footing for ‘Healthy Bites‘, our Cooking Club for students and teachers.

We fixed our eyes on this goal a couple of months ago and since then we have been walking hand-in-hand. Teachers have a vision and experiential years to lend while the students are the go-getters, fresh and bright minds with inquisitive ideas and million new ways of doing a thing. We together tapped on both, beautifully syncing into what came into picture as Healthy Bites.

A plan is nothing without execution no matter how brilliant it might be. Also, we believe an idea is as BIG or as SMALL depending on a whole lot of aspects: the socio-economic, cultural and geographical factors, the country and its people, their mindsets and awareness, availability and unavailability of resources.

At Samsara when we ask our students to dream BIG we tell them to think of ways to make it real as well. We don’t create fantasy worlds but give them the realistic pictures, facts and figures so, they have a plan of action and they are not left dreary through this walk of life.

Hence, our YES for SEC, giving students a great platform and foundation to base their dreams and skills for a better realistic future.

Coming up soon will be the raw, uncut & unaltered experiences of the Challengers of ‘Healthy Bites‘ Club, retaining the sanctity in their words and as the essence of SamsaraShots goes, its all about experiences, unheard tales and bundles of learnings.

Namrata Gupta | Blogger | Samsara School