We Must Cultivate Our Own Garden

Our garden has been barren for many months now. The kids, who tend to this garden, are living strange lives in their own homes; disconnected from each other and from us. This Teachers' Day we brought it alive again. It has been two years since we started the horticulture program.…

Why Schools Matter

What, then, is truth? A mobile army of metaphors, metonyms, and anthropomorphisms – in short, a sum of human relations, which have been enhanced, transposed, and embellished poetically and rhetorically, and which after long use seem firm, canonical, and obligatory to a people: truths are illusions about which one has forgotten…

Raga Svara's first MOOC

Raga Svara's first educational offering, a MOOC on "Indian Kitchen Herbs for Respiratory Disorders: Ayurvedic and Modern Perspective", was a great reminder that learning brings people together in ways that few other things can. It further strengthened my belief that learning is at the centre of Raga Svara Approach. We…

Announcing Noon: Northstar Online

The last few months have been hard professionally, as with many of us. Not being able to see the kids has been a major downer. Add to that the learning experience of live videos conferencing. Its been hard for teachers and students both. These are difficult times, particularly for small…

Porosity of Boundaries

One major objective for Raga Svara is to create, what I call, “Porosity of Boundaries”. I want to make the solid walls between apparently different ideas more porous, more accommodating. One such boundary is between western medicine and our traditional medicine. I have thought for quite sometime about Indian traditional…

Northstar Approach to Online Learning

Let me begin by mentioning that the last few months have been the most difficult of times for The Northstar School. I am not hesitant to accept it and share it. Are we alone in this? Certainly not. I prefer sharing about where we need to get better at than…

Note Taking

I have been obsessed with finding/developing a note taking method. I have put way more time than I can admit on reading about note taking approaches and finding the right tool for it. At one point I got so deep in to trying out different tools that I felt…

Aesthetic Well-being with Vincent

We often feel lost. Unable to express ourselves. We try many different ways. Some write, some paint, some dance and some photograph. Some find true expression in the work they do. But very often we find ourselves unable to express our true selves. We need “symbols”, that is works of…