Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jakhadhar

 After a long gap, I was going back to Jakhadhar again. I could notice many new developments; Road was so well made, that I almost overshot the turn to SMTA! Our campus has a nice gate now. Buildings look clean and painted recently.

Children, as usual, were angelic. We had a group photograph with children under the same iconic tree- under which many Canadian students had got themselves photographed.

I also fondly remembered and missed Maggi, who was quite good at the miracle of 2 fishes and five loves and hungry hoards.. and Ruben too was missed in that little garden in the middle of nowhere..

We gave some sweets to the Children, and made them recite poems, sing songs, recite tables etc. etc. Lot of FUN. How time flies!

Sultan and I, plan to spend sometime here sorting things out and welcoming Chain Singh ji, our old teacher, who is joining us again after a small gap. Keep checking this space for more updates and pics from the field. Peace!

Why dogs?

In a study in the west, it was discovered that old people staying in well furnished and serviced homes were, never the less, suffering from depression. The psychologists gave half of them a small indoor plant to care for. Other half was given some other treatment. Six month later, the "plant group" was doing better- they were more cheery and social- and had less complaints about aches and pains. The conclusion was: caring for others, being responsible for others, somehow sets us free from our constant preoccupation with "my aches, pains, health, heart ache" etc.

But these two dogs are also a sensitive indicator of another dimension of our abilities as a team: Are we good at multi-tasking or not? Do we remember to pour water in their bowl? Move them around to shady part of the campus as the day advances? while doing all other things in SMTA? etc.

We hope to stand all these tests because we do love Moti and Leo!

12th May

Sameer Ghsosh,  Gourav Datta, Vaibhav and Gambhir Singh ji came for a little chat and counseling. While they went through their activities involving communication, presenting, discussing and summarizing- Sultan ji practiced his presentation skills: What is SMTA? What does it do? Why? etc.

Sachin offered a structure to the meeting and some insights and feedback. The group made a small voluntary contribution to SMTA in recognition of its social service background.