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Sunday 9 June 2024

Reflection of the week - Sunday 9th June 2024


-From Jataka Tales-    

1. Why do we read about the Jataka Tales?   

2. Did the story connect with you today, and why?    

3. What learnings can we take from the story "The Haughty Slave"? 

4. Why is the chapter's name "Haughty Slave"? 

5. Have you ever called anyone "haughty " and why? 

6. No one is superior or inferior 

7. What does "insolence" mean? 

 - From The Hidden Life Of Trees-    

1. What did you learn from the chapter today?    

2. What impact does this book have on you?    

3. Importance of Fungi and their significance 

4. The role birds play in Nature 

5. Why is a woodpecker called a "subletter"?  

6. Experiments with Nature 

7. The language of trees 

8. Interdependence in Nature 

9. What does the poem "Laburnum Top" express? 

10. What role do beetles play in Nature?  

11. Why is the chapter named "Community Housing Projects"? 

The Laburnum Top 

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These are some suggestions you can choose from. Looking forward to seeing your wonderful and thoughtful reflections!    

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Thursday 15 June 2023

Meet and Greet with Deepti Mehrotra

Learning Forward Podcast Season 10 Episode 16, produced by the students at My Good School, where passion meets education. The My Good School Program is brought to you by the students and interns who spread the joy of learning, focusing on reading, writing and speaking.

Meet and Greet is our event to celebrate the work and writing of authors and guests who join us at our Sunday School, hosted online weekly. In this edition, we speak with Deepti Mehrotra, whose books are published by Rupa Publications Pvt Ltd and are available worldwide.

History narrates tales of courageous, brave, patriotic men who sacrificed their necessities to fight for a more significant cause. Still, while highlighting the men down the ages, we often undermine the women of the past who had performed more dangerous deeds and fought for causes which ameliorated the lives of later women. Her Stories: Indian women down the Ages is not just a novel but a keepsake where the tales and stories of Indian women are preserved. It is a way to hear those unheard of and appreciate their efforts for women at large. Consider this beautiful conversation where Dr Deepti Priya Mehrotra deciphers her book. This podcast is an ode to all these Indian women down the ages.

Anvesha Rana - Host from Gyanshree School
Dr Deepti Priya Mehrotra - Author of Her Stories: Indian Women Down The Ages
Jugjiv Singh, Rishona Chopra - Guests

Saturday 6 May 2023

Meet and Greet with Nirmal Ghosh

Learning Forward Podcast Season 10 Episode 15

Nature has its way of calling upon us, but we often ignore those rare signs. We build homes in seclusion away from the abode of wildlife and nature; when we can live peacefully together, why are we so adamant about living apart? Consider this beautiful conversation where Nirmal Ghosh deciphers his book, ‘Blue Sky, White Cloud: Three Novellas’. Our anthropocentric behaviour has indeed broken the typical bond of friendship between nature and us. Learn and reinforce to reconnect with our roots.

Nirmal Ghosh  - Author of ‘Blue Sky, White Cloud: Three Novellas.’
Anvesha Rana - Host from Gyanshree School
Rishona Chopra and Sandeep Dutt join in as guests.

There was a lot to learn, and there is now a lot to reinforce, but the lifeline remains that beauty lies in simplicity; we might try to complex situations, but deep down, we are all the same man who used to live with nature to now the man who has built homes in seclusion away from the abode of wildlife and nature.

We are the only species with the power to share our feelings with the world, and we should use this power wisely.

Nirmal addresses some interesting questions:

It is vital to write about what we know simply for authenticity, so what was your process of writing these three novellas, what set off that spark, and how did you go about it?

What do you believe is the key to establishing a relationship with our environment, and how did you do it?

Blue Sky White Cloud is a heart-touching tale that echoes a powerful message of empathy and compassion. Amidst all you do, sir, how do you continue fostering your passion for writing?

Talking about ‘Blue Sky, White Cloud’ is a compilation of three novellas. A novella is a short novel, and this tale revolves around the lives of three distinct animals who live in varying geographies and current independent views. Still, somehow deep down, they are all interconnected.

There is more; this is a heart-warming podcast filled with empathy for nature, real life-changing moments and how humans must learn to respect nature.

Listen to the podcast on, Spotify or your favourite Podcast App.

Tuesday 25 April 2023

Meet and Greet with Bhairavi Jani

Learning Forward Podcast Season 10 Episode 14, we try to understand India's strategy for unleashing its innate greatness: Ms Bhairavi Jani, the author of Highway to Swades. Join Anvesha and Rishona on this marvellous trip to rediscover India's superpowers. In a country overflowing with its culture, a nation intertwined along with its love for heritage and a place blossoming in its beautiful diversity. We belong to India, the land of differences, but these differences act as a binding force for each of us. India is indeed a great country, full of stories to tell and experiences to share. Indeed, all the powers mentioned in the book have their unique meaning.

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Monday 10 April 2023

Meet and Greet with Karan Madhok

‘ A Beautiful Decay’ by Mr Karan Madhok is a remarkable novel that looks at the barbarity beneath the surface in countries like India and America and the toll it takes on the lives of innocents. Visceral and intense, this book dives into the dimensions of oppression we face daily. It resonates with our strength and resilience to get up whenever we fall. Tune into this podcast where the author of ‘ A Beautiful Decay’, Mr Karan Madhok, spills the beans on his novel.

Anvesha Rana - Host from Gyanshree School
Mr Karan Madhok - Author of ‘ A Beautiful Decay’ 
The album is covered by Rishona Chopra!

Sunday 1 January 2023

Meet & Greet with Ambalika B

 - Jan 1, 2023, • 09:58 minutes
This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere. Listen on your favoured podcast app.

Meet and Greet at My Good School.
We invite authors, artists, mentors, creators and individuals who love to work with young people, inspire them and help them find their calling in life. This is how we spread the joy of learning at our school - Reading, writing and speaking, picking up values and virtues for life.

In the International Short Fiction Day podcast, we speak with Ambalika B, Author & Folklorist. She is Celebrating India's 75th year of Independence, one Indian folklore a week on 'Author Ambalika' @YouTube. Talks about #author #lifecoaching #personalbrand #communicationskills #emotionalintelligence

The Great Tribal Warriors of Bharat
Rupa Publications India
Authors: Tuhin A. Sinha  & Ambalika B

'In our 75th year of Independence… we needed quality literature about our great tribal freedom fighters. This book is a genuinely commendable start in that direction. —Arjun Munda, Minister of Tribal Affairs

The meticulous lines drawn out from the intricately woven Indian history narrate a tale of courage and patriotism, courteous and courageous fighters astounded the invaders with defiance for crumbling in pain their fragile and ancient machinery might lay down on the battlefield. Still, the spirit of freedom ignited further after losing. Indians unified is a resilient symbol of Pure Indian Strength; our most significant asset lies in our people.      

Our impregnable freedom is a culmination of the endeavours of numerous freedom fighters; the depths of oppression create such heights of character.

Our Independence was not a birthright. It was fought for with life and death by these tribal communities.  

Our first war of Independence was not in 1857.

Tribal mutinies against the British began at least 75 years before the 1857 revolution.

These battles were fought with traditional bows and arrows and spears and predated the reported political movement that came to the fore in the latter part of the nineteenth century. As we complete 75 years of Independence, it is only fair to acknowledge that a parallel freedom movement existed in our far-flung villages and jungles, away from the mainstream freedom movement recognised in the books of history. The Great Tribal Warriors of Bharat is a humble attempt to honour these largely unsung heroes of an epochal movement whose contribution remains largely unacknowledged.

The book begins with Tilka Manjhi, who unleashed guerilla warfare to combat the British and includes Jaipal Singh Munda, one of the most nuanced speakers of our Constituent Assembly, tracking the trajectory of this movement. These brave warriors came from all parts of India, including the Northeast and the South, and all tribes in the country. The book is a rare collection and a journey into self-discovery for our civilisation-turned nation. If you want to be a part of similar podcasts, join us.  

Our question and chat:

Anvesha : Life is complicated like a tangled ball of yarn but stories are those colourful, bright strings which need to be intricately intertwined along to narrate a tale full of splash, and that is the Beauty Of Life!

Rishona : Yes indeed and as we are here on National Short Story Day, we welcome you to My Good School Show Season 9 where passion meets education. Today I, Rishona 

Anvesha : and I, Anvesha will be your hosts for the event. We have a very special person here with us today, we have the co-author of the Great Tribal Warriors of Bharat Ms. Ambalika Bhat with us. We welcome you ma’am, would you like to speak a few words ma’am ? 

Rishona :  Thank you ma’am, it is great to be here alongside you on this day. Authors are simply like storytellers and stories are the way life works. 

Anvesha :  Yes we hear and tell stories everyday, when we need to narrate an incident to someone we tell a story or the time when a quick excuse is needed, our mouth blurts out the best story. 

Rishona : Yes, in order to learn something effectively, we often learn it as a story. Moreover, whenever we have to learn about values or lifeskills, then they are best learned as stories. 

Anvesha : Indeed, Ambalika ma’am what do you think about the role of stories in human life ? 

Rishona : Stories are indeed very important ma’am. They have a meaning which surely puts an impact in some way or the other.The Great Tribal Warriors of Bharat is definitely a book of one of a kind. I am sure ma'am that your book influenced you and motivated you in one way or the other. 

Anvesha:I absolutely agree with you. Each story influences us, it has a unique message that is portrayed throughout the tale. I personally love to read stories, of all kinds. Sometimes they are a means to elude from our everyday life and at other times, stories are advisors. Each story, each character, each message is a tie that connects us all. It is not the extravagance but the simplicity of stories that lies embedded in the minds of the readers leaving indelible impressions.  

Rishona: Stories can be used in a negative way but those which lend out a positive message, definitely inspire us,help us and some stories just touch our hearts. It is rightly said by Rudyard Kipling - “If history was taught in stories, it would never be forgotten.” To conclude, I would like to quote a line by A.C Benson " All the best stories in the world are one story in reality - The story of escape.It is the only thing that interests us all and at all times how to escape". 

Anvesha : With that, we come to the end of our podcast. Comment below and let us know if you liked our podcast. If you want to be a part of similar podcasts, join us. We hope to meet you soon again! That’s all for us today.

About the podcast

Stories surely have an impact on our lives.  In order to learn something effectively, we often learn it as a story. Moreover, whenever we have to learn about values or lifeskills, then they are best learned as stories. Afterall, our lives are our stories! On the occasion of National Short Story Day, we have come with a podcast with the co-author of The Great Tribal Warriors of Bharat. Join Rishona and Anvesha as they explore the vast world of stories.

Rishona Chopra and Anvesha Rana -  Hosts from Gyanshree School 

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