Randomly Amusing

I’ve been away for so long that it almost feels like I’m blogging for the first time.

As usual, work’s been eating up most of my time and even if I want to blog during the weekends, I can’t seem to find the inspiration to do so. Although, there’s been no lack of ideas!

Work’s been going fine. Yes, it’s still tiring and leaves me with less time for myself and a sore throat. But there are certain moments of clarity that make me realize how much I love [the major aspects of] what I’m doing.

Anyway, this is going to be a random blah-blah post, about nothing in particular.

On Thursday, I had my first Parent-Teacher meeting. As a teacher. Right when I stepped into school, all tensed about meeting the parents, I saw one of my favourite teachers. It felt great seeing her after so long. She was surprised to know I was working as a teacher. ย So, the evening started off on a good note. The meeting went well. I was, literally, gushing about most of the students, trying not to blurt out anything stupid that would belie my serious demeanour. Well, I admit I did have some moments of silly comments. But, on the whole, it went far better than I expected (and feared).

Talking about students, there were a few interesting, amusing comments I heard in class, which I wanted to blog about.

* As part of the special programmes put up for the school’s 27th birthday, there was a skit by some senior students, focussing on the rape-issues happening in India. That day, while having a random conversation in Class 3, I asked them if they understood what the ‘moral’ behind the skit was. A lot of them raised hands, volunteering toย answer. Some responses I got were:

“Save the Earth!” (We had an Earth Day celebration two weeks prior to it; so maybe the kid connected both, hence the response)

“We should all be friends, not enemies” (Close enough, in a way)

“Save the girls!” (The kid had no response when I asked “From what should the girls be saved?”)

I just smiled at their reactions. How do you make a 8-year-old understand the concept of rape and the need to stop it from happening? Perhaps, it’s better to keep their innocent minds untainted by the malice of the world. Atleast for now.

Another interesting incident was –

In a particular activity, the students had to rearrange some jumbled letters to form words and then fill up sentences using these words. One sentence was: ‘This is the ________ where Krishna lived. (Hint – a p l c e) [Answer is, obvioulsy, place]

A kid came to me, saying he didn’t know the answer. I told him it’s easy, to try once more and read the sentence out loud. His reply: “Ma’am, I’m Christian (Krishna being a Hindu god).” I smiled at his innocent comment. I explained that religion was not the context and told him how to do it. But I couldn’t forget his reply. It still makes me smile. It will take some time for them to realize it’s wrong to consider religion as a basis of difference.

So, with memories of such seemingly-small incidents, I go on from one day to the next. Let’s hope it won’t take very long for me to come up with the next post.

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Today was…ummm…good. Nothing great, but nothing bad either. Plus, there’s still a few more hours left. You never know what could happen the next moment, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ I always remain hopeful! We had this session on training for interviews and stuff. It was far better than all the classes I have sat through till date. I was actually able to grasp something out of it, and best part is that I felt involved in it, for the first time. Usually, I sit through such sessions without bothering to listen or pay attention. Because ultimately, I do not find it to be of any use to me. Today was different, though. I loved it. And in many ways, it was thought-provoking.

Unfortunately, I’m at a loss to think of anything to blog about. So, I suppose this will be another one of my random ramblings. ๐Ÿ˜› Even though I mostly blurt out a lot of stupidities, I have an intellectual side to me (Surprise!!!). But, interestingly, I know nothing about current world affairs, not even some major happenings or facts. And I would definitely go blank if you start questioning me on the Who’s Who stuff. On the other hand, if you ask me something more random, some odd topic or fact, I might be able to tell something about it…a tiny bit, atleast! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes, I wonder how you could actually gauge a person’s intellectuality. I mean, even an IQ test might not always be able to indicate it accurately. There can always be exceptions, right?

I love asking questions (that might be obvious by now). And one question I always ask people I meet is: If you get to know that tomorrow is your last day, what would you do? My answer is: I would let my loved ones know how much they mean to me, spend time with my friends and loved ones, have fun, do crazy stuff, laugh a lot, be happy, do what I want…basically, live fully. ๐Ÿ™‚ Some people ask me why I think about tomorrow being the last day… I ask them why it could not be. Their reply would be, “Because tomorrow won’t be our last day.” How dumb is that! I mean, how could you possibly know if you will be alive tomorrow or the very next moment even? So, what I try to do with my questions is make the person aware that they might not have another day on earth, implying that they should seize the day and live life! ๐Ÿ™‚ Simple enough!

Most of us wait to live life. We keep the ‘living’ aside for later. We study, go through school, college and job…thinking we can always get to the next phase and have fun, live life. But somehow, we never seem to get there. Who complicated life so much, anyway? I’m looking forward to be part of a world where people live each day to the fullest, in whatever way they want, simply relishing each moment of each day. Sounds good, doesn’t it? When you live truly and in the moment, you find happiness. Because you know the next moment may not arrive, that worrying about it will be of no use.

Do I ramble too much? ๐Ÿ˜€