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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Some experience, eh?

Olcott school:
One evening a group of kids came over to our restore shop and asked questions about the millets and other stuff out there, prices etc. They were apparently on a ‘project’ to study organic farming and the sale of organic products in urban market. So they had visited some other similar shops too.
What class did you ask? 8th standard! Amazing na? the clarity with which they spoke about farming, organic etc really impressed me. Then as I was talking to them I come to know they have visited Krishna’s solitude and many such organic farms. (almost competing with me!).
I just realized what one good teacher, immaterial of the school, can do. That was one hearty meet.
Hey, they even bought Thinai from our shop and went. These kids (bunch of 5 girls) invited us to their school and promised to give some snacks made out of millets. That day did come- last week!
It’s then I realized, this Olcott school is that sprawling campus that one passes by when ever u go to besant nagar from adyar side. That was a huge campus. These kids showed us around and gave us Thinai upma to eat. The kitchen was so tidy and well kept. They also showed us the small organic (vegetable)garden that these kids were setting up in their campus and also showed how they would make their own panchgavya!. I was also briefed that this Olcott school was founded some 100 years ago for poor slum kids and to this day its main beneficiaries are the same poor students. They are given all that they need in the school – books, dress, bag etc by the theosophical society. Hats off to them and their donors! What an experience! Way to go kids!!
It was in some sense a students day. Along with Sangeetha, I went to MOP Vaishnava college at Nungambakkam. They have a FM radio station run by the students which is beamed up to 7 kms radius of the college! They had many questions to be asked about organic farm n products, restore activities and most importantly Entrepreneurship possibilities in this area. That was a special experience too.. (confession: my struggle with apt tamizh words still continues, esp in this radio interview it was a real fight to pull out right words. One day you will see that happen- free flow of tamizh words on these topics. Wait till then, but)

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