Places, People and Visual Stories

School chalein hum !! …. Let us go to school..

I always enjoyed capturing children, their environment and their activities. They make the world a wonderful and worthwhile place to live in.
 
 
 
I can describe them in various ways – amazing, altruistic, bombastic, brave, curious, calculating, conniving, creative, celebration, determined, energetic,enthusiastic, expressive, endearing, fashion conscious, fun-loving, futuristic, gesticulating, hardworking, happy, honest, harrowing, Innocent, innovative, inventive, inquisitive, jovial, charismatic, laughing, linguists, musical, nature lovers, naughty, nimble-footed, omnipresent, outgoing, quiet, quick, questioning, risk taking, social, spirited, spontaneous, tireless, tantrum, ubiquitous, vibrant, vulnerable, vivacious, wonderment, ……
 
 
 
Capturing children going to school has always been fascinating. It brings forth in them, varied emotions – eagerness to be there with their friends on one hand to fear of the unknown on the other.
 
 
 

TAME ONES,Jim Corbett wild life sanctuary, Uttarakhand, India
TAME ONES, Jim Corbett wild life sanctuary, Uttarakhand, India

 
 
 

  • The child is made of one hundred.
    The child has
    a hundred languages
    a hundred hands
    a hundred thoughts
    a hundred ways of thinking
    of playing, of speaking.A hundred.

 
 
 

mama, I am going... San Jose, CA, US
Mama, I am going… San Jose, CA, US

 
 
 

Come, squeeze in  - Darjeeling, W Bengal, India
Come, squeeze in – Darjeeling, W Bengal, India

 
 
 

WOW! Underwater world, Santosa, Singapura
WOW! Underwater world, Santosa, Singapura

 
 
 

  • Always a hundred
    ways of listening
    of marveling, of loving
    a hundred joys
    for singing and understanding
    a hundred worlds
    to discover
    a hundred worlds
    to invent
    a hundred worlds
    to dream.

 
 
 

Trusted - A young monk going to Gompa with his friend
Trusted – A young monk going to Gompa, Rumtek, Sikkim, India with his friend

 
 
 

Crossing the tracks, Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, india
Crossing the tracks, Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, india

 
 
 

Quizzical - Turkman gate, Delhi, India
Quizzical – Turkman gate, Delhi, India

 
 
 

  • The child has
    a hundred languages
    (and a hundred hundred hundred more)
    but they steal ninety-nine.
    The school and the culture
    separate the head from the body.
    They tell the child:
    to think without hands
    to do without head
    to listen and not to speak
    to understand without joy
    to love and to marvel
    only at Easter and at Christmas.

 
 
 

Raining, pouring... Noida, UP, India
Raining, pouring… Noida, UP, India

 
 
 

Open hearted - Nirmal, Andhra Pradesh, India
Open hearted – Nirmal, Andhra Pradesh, India

 
 
 

The Sole journey - Channggu, Sikkim, India
The Sole journey – Channggu, Sikkim, India

 
 
 

  • They tell the child:
    to discover the world already there
    and of the hundred
    they steal ninety-nine.

 
 
 

Sailing with Grandpa, Malpur, Srinagar, J&K, India
Sailing with Grandpa, Malpur, Srinagar, J&K, India

 
 
 

Me and my friend, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Me and my friend, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

 
 
 

Frolicking on the school-side, Phodong, North Sikkim, India
Frolicking on the school-side, Phodong, North Sikkim, India

 
 
 

  • They tell the child:
    that work and play
    reality and fantasy
    science and imagination
    sky and earth
    reason and dream
    are things
    that do not belong together.

 
 
 

Stepping out... Razia Sultan Tomb, Shajahanabad, India
Stepping out… Razia Sultan Tomb, Shajahanabad, India

 
 
 

Examination system - Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India
Examination system – Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India

 
 
 

waiting by the boulevard, Srinagar, J&K, India
waiting by the boulevard, Srinagar, J&K, India

 
 
 

hide and seek, Kanpur, UP, India
hide and seek, Kanpur, UP, India

 
 
 

  • And thus they tell the child
    that the hundred is not there.
    The child says:
    No way. The hundred is there.-Loris Malaguzzi
    Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach

 
 
 
Getting Initiated

Parents desire to get the child early into school not realizing what they are doing to the young mind. They want ‘good schools’, never satisfied with where they are. What can be more enabling than involved parents and joyful childhood.
 
 
 

Heading to my school with grandma, Leh, India
Heading to my school with grandma, Leh, J&K, India

 
 
 

With grandma, Kohima, Nagaland, India
With grandma, Kohima, Nagaland, India

 
 
 
Bridging the Divide?

The world has started calling India, ‘a knowledge super-power’, naturally for the impact she has had. A few of the often shared statistics include : There are 3.22 millions of Indians in USA (1.5% of population). YET,

  • 38% of doctors in USA are Indians.
  • 12% scientists in USA are Indians.
  • 36% of NASA scientists are Indians.
  • 34% of Microsoft employees are Indians.
  • 28% of IBM employees are Indians.
  • 17% of INTEL scientists are Indians.
  • 13% of XEROX employees are! Indians.

 
 
 
The list can go on and on, but irony is that less than 50% of Indian children have either access or can afford to go to school and only about 13% of Indian children go beyond grad 10. What would India do to the world if these numbers just double? Challenges are plenty… long way to go..
 
 
 

...life is my school, Champaran, Bihar, India
…life is my school, Champaran, Bihar, India

 
 
 

streets are my school, Okhla, New Delhi, India
streets are my school, Okhla, New Delhi, India

 
 
 

Maulana and his Disciples, Madarasa, Majhoulia, Bihar
Maulana and his Disciples, Madarasa, Majhoulia, Bihar

 
 
 

World through the hole, slum school, New Delhi, India
World through the hole, slum school, New Delhi, India

 
 
 

Delighted to have story books, SEE, IWSB, Greater Noida, UP, India
Delighted to have story books, SEE, IWSB, Greater Noida, UP, India

 
 
 

Getting ready, staying by the road, Dehradun, India
Getting ready, staying by the road, Dehradun, India

 
 
 

Mid-day meal satiates, old Delhi, India
Mid-day meal satiates, old Delhi, India

 
 
 
UNSCHOOLING ….Beyond books and exams!

Howard Gardner shared about the early childhood and the multiple intelligences that every human being naturally demonstrates – Linguistic, kinesthetic (body), natural, spatial, logical, musical, intra-personal and interpersonal. We as parents and facilitators will do a great deal of service to every child if we are able to help children explore and experience these in the first fourteen years of their life.
 
 
 

Natyavriksha, New Delhi, India
Natyavriksha, New Delhi, India

 
 
 

The body intelligence, naturally. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India
The body intelligence, naturally. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India

 
 
 

spatial intelligence, Bookaroo, Delhi, India
spatial intelligence, Bookaroo, Delhi, India

 
 
 

Dribble and kick, Delhi, India
Dribble and kick, Delhi, India

 
 
 

School unschool, science exploration, Agastya foundation, Bangalore
School unschool, science exploration, Agastya foundation, Bangalore

 
 
 

Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya, Dharward, Karnataka
Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya, Dharward, Karnataka

 
 
 

“Uff, real rabbit never eats carrot the way the bunny does on TV”, Ananda, NOIDA, India

 
 
 

Kanika and Pious, nature intelligent,Butterfly research institute @ Bhimtal, India
Kanika and Pious, nature intelligent,Butterfly research institute @ Bhimtal, India

 
 
 
Widening chasm or awakening…. unfulfilled basic needs, but creating wants?

Of late the often heard refrain is digital divide – children who have access to technology and internet and those who do not. Governments are making it a priority to get tablets to school children. When we are not able to create the basic learning environment that can stoke the joy of learning, where are we heading with these tablets?!
 
 
 

Better way?... children affected by terrorism, Shehjar,Srinagar, Kashmir
Better way?… children affected by terrorism, Shehjar,Srinagar, Kashmir

 
 
 

New Age schools - is this the right way? Noida, UP, India
New Age schools – is this the right way? Noida, UP, India

 
 
 
Gone High Tech

You may have noticed, teacher,
I am not in school today.
But the wireless mic on my desk,
Will record each word you say.
Switch on my laptop’s Webcam,
When you have something to show,
And if you pass out homework,
Find my fax number below.
I’ve a pager and cell phone,
So I won’t be hard to reach.
Since I don’t need to be in class,
I’ll do lessons at the beach.
(from school poems, Douglas Evans)

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

– Indus Art Gallery, Campus – Indus World School of Business, Greater Noida

Display / Collections

– At my Alma mater : Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

– Various schools of Indus World School chain

– Private collections

Recent Publications featuring my work and in Media [know more]

– The India Idea, Wisdom Tree publications for Ministry of External Affairs, Public diplomacy division, Aug 2011

– Penguin India, Top 5 “India through my Lens” 2011

– Femina Magazine, Anniversary issue, October 14, 2011

– Photographs featured with poetry in the book of Hindustani Poems ‘Shayad, Yaheen kaheen se ho’ by Satya, April 27, 2012

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    10 responses

    1. Y. Kashung

      It’s really a great collection. I really enjoyed the photos. It’s very inspiring and meaningful. Thanks for sharing……Cheers.

      November 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      • Thanks Yaruingam Kashung for your kind words of appreciation.

        November 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    2. Mala Iyer

      Beautiful pics… Indeed very nice to see the twinkle in their eyes every morning when they are off to school.

      November 16, 2011 at 5:49 am

      • Thanks Mala for visiting and sharing your thoughts

        December 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    3. What a compilation !!! ………. Incredible !!

      November 17, 2011 at 6:44 am

      • Thanks MAK for your admiration and encouragement.

        December 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    4. Hi Sreeni,
      Good collection, especially loved the child in the rain (Nirmal, Andhra pradesh- one)..
      A little too lengthy for my taste though 🙂

      Georgie

      November 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      • Thanks Georgie, for appreciation and invaluable input. I do feel when i compile about the lengthiness, but also think that the feeling about the issue need to be expressed! Will work on it.

        November 23, 2011 at 2:24 am

    5. Hello, I’ve come to you from A Leaf in Sp[ringtime with whom I shared Dorothy Nolte’s poem. I love this post and the philosophy behind it. Why is it that formal education tries to destroy the 99? Children have so much to offer. Love your photos too. 🙂

      May 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      • Thanks for visiting and leaving your imprints. Expectations, from the society puts a lot of pressure on parents who in turn demand too much from school. If school leadership is a visionary and can withstand the external pressures, keeps the children foremost, then wonderful learning environment emerges. Else everyone robs of the 99!!

        Keep visiting and sharing. Thanks. Love.

        May 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

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