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Taking Off towards a New Horizon!!

Today, I relived my childhood.

It is not only the kids who scored well in their exams, but even I passed the test!

Kids who dropped out of schools and hated attending classes,
Now put in 100% attendance at HMF centres!

Kids who were popular as mischievous & trouble makers,
Are now known as ‘responsible’ kids who play while they play and study when they have to!

Kids who used to extend their holidays, making thousands of excuses so as to not come back to classes,
Are now calling up and asking for the sessions to be resumed!

Kids who were least bothered about their results & other kids who used to fear results,
Are now going around proudly displaying their report cards across their villages!

It never is the case of competency, it is almost always a case of not generating sufficient interest for the kids and not guiding them properly to take up school seriously! This is where we fill the gaps!

It is never about the grades – It is about teaching them how to live! It is never about School, it is always about Life!

It is about empowering kids and giving every kid the confidence that someone is there to back them up. This was from what I missed in my childhood that prompted me to start HMF education.

 

I don’t know where they will fly and where they will reach, that time will only tell – but for now, I am happy to see this happy beginning, I am happy to see their small wings take off!

It is not only the students who passed their exams with great grades, it was also Alisha succeeding in her efforts and starting to realise the vision and dreams she had for HMF. Making a difference is all that counts!

Parents who earlier did not bother about their kids education and hardly remembered which class they were in are now enquiring when we are resuming our sessions post summer holidays! They are now checking marks across subjects and highlighting improvement areas for their kids! They now have started developing the belief that their kids will go way ahead of them when they grow up – enabling them to vicariously live their dreams.

Kya karega padhke, chalana tho rickshaw hi hai”!

These were the words from one of the parents who asked us today to resume HMF classes ASAP!

If this is not making a difference, what it is?

If this is not adding meaning to their lives, what it is?

If this is not enabling dreams to come true, what it is?

If this is not spreading happiness, what it is?

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Celebrate Festivals, Celebrate Life and Create Memories!

 

This evening, I saw placards in the hands of kids instead of crackers. The messages were ‘Save Earth’, ‘Say No to Crackers’ and the like.

Disappointing, very disappointing!

At this rate, the only childhood memory that kids will have is spending time on their screens, phones & tablets! When they reminisce about childhood after growing up, what will they talk about – Tablets, phones and apps?

Not fair – we, the grown-ups have ruined the Earth for them and we expect them to take the so called ‘corrective steps’.

 

  • Will all of us stop using our cars?
  • Will we stop using leather, plastics, CFCs?
  • Will be cease our ubiquitous constructions and create more playgrounds?
  • Will we spend more time with loved ones?
  • Will we reduce our air travel to create less of a carbon footprint?
  • Will be reduce tuitions and ‘special’ classes?
  • Will we allow every kid to pursue their real interests?
  • Will we stop consuming or working for these global brands that are polluting our ground waters 

NO, right?

 

 

Just one day in the year when we get to burst crackers, and it is a no-no citing ‘Saving the Earth’! What about the torture reaped on Mother Earth on the other 364 days?

Already ‘Mithai’ has been replaced by ‘Chocolates’, ‘Motherly Love’ by so called ‘Aaya’s Love’, ‘Lighting Lamps’ replaced by ‘Switching on bulbs and candles’, ‘Rituals’ replaced by ‘Lethargy’.

So, what is left to take away from them? What experiences are we leaving for our kids? We are literally snatching ‘The Essence of Childhood’ from them!

Like an array of lamps creating a beautiful image, let us create a string of wonderful memories for our kids that would make for a great life! 🙂

Celebrate Festivals, Celebrate Life & Create Memories!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s day is a day dedicated to love!
The best part is – this isn’t restricted just to the love in couples. This day denotes love which can be for anyone, mother, father, friend, beloved, even humanity wala love, love towards pets and nature …any kind of love!
Love makes the world go around and this day is there for us to pause and realise!
Life sometimes makes us so busy that we forget to smell the roses – inhale those beauties today! We put off letting people know how much we appreciate their roles in our life – today, take a minute to drop that note or make a quick call!
Let there be love in the interactions, the smiles, the gestures and in each relationship.

Life is a Roller Coaster!

Life is a Roller Coaster!
You will have your ups, you will have your downs, sometimes you will be flowing freely and other times you would be upside down!
Make sure not to close your eyes and miss out the beautiful views! So, enjoy the ride while it last! Live it to the Fullest!

Life has a Meaning… When you Live for Others!

Looking at the mighty oak tree, one would doubt that it was once just a small seed that decided to open up.
Beautiful lines that I came across recently…
मिटा दे अपनी हस्ती को गर कुछ मर्तबा  चाहिए
कि दाना खाक में मिलकर, गुले-गुलजार होता है! 
Each seed sacrifices its shell to become a plant that will spawn hundreds of seeds in the future, thus ensuring a larger than life presence. This is very true in case of humans as well, where a simple act of kindness done out of turn has the propensity to trigger an avalanche of kindness activities!
Like a home maker dedicating herself for the betterment of the family or a dedicated teacher motivating hundreds of students to make their futures bright, a hard working cook spending hours in the heat and grime of the kitchen to ensure people don’t go hungry, or the soldier at the border dedicating himself for the sake of the nation. All these individuals, in one way or the other, have sacrificed themselves for the greater good.
Though there is learning when you live for yourself, but life has a meaning when you live for others!

Change Happen When You Change!

To achieve great things, you must be ready to upgrade the current you to a new version, for Change happen when you Change! 
We always use the phrases – a new me, a new year, a new way of life and so on. Holding onto the old selves may not prove to be the ideal way for someone wishing to change. Just as the farmland has to be cleared to make way for the new crop to be sown, we will have to step out of our comfort zones and destroy the old self to become a new person. The old habits and the old behaviour will do little to enable a new way of life.
Change happens when you change! 
If you are not happy with your job, work on your resume and start looking for a different job. If you are not happy in your relationship, come out of it and start living for yourself! If you are not happy with your current house, decorate it, change it, give it a new shape!
If you are going through tough time, step out, meet people, travel, experience, no body can change it for you! You are the one who has to take the right step to make your life better!
You are the one to make change happen!
Change starts with us, when we start to change!
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What can a 50-day pup teach you?

What can a 50-day pup teach you?

 

Behave as if you own the place!

Laila went around the house sniffing her way through. Pausing every now and then to wag her tail and look back at us. If she had known the metric units, I am sure she could have given the dimensions of our house! Once she completed this complete survey, she then took the air of the mistress of the house and would strut proudly with her chest out! Every object in the house was now hers and we had to get her permission to take it back from her. And yes, anything that fell to the floor was her property first!

 

 

Love is unconditional:

 

We had no expectations except companionship. The poo-picking, the pee-wiping and regular feeding were actually chores that we did not have a problem with at all! With her tail wagging nineteen to the dozen, she would warmly welcome us at the doorstep, though we had left her alone for 3-4 hours. She would patiently follow us through the house, always at the heels without asking for anything. She would bite my saree just to grab my attention when I used to get busy with my work. She cuddled next to us for going to sleep and licked us until we rolled in laughter from the tickles we got!

 

 

 

 

Maintain time!

Though a pup, she was easy to potty train. Poo/peeing on the furniture was a strict no-no and the balcony was the spot for her biological waste. She developed this alarm system of wriggling her body followed by a short nose based search and a short shrill bark – that meant we had to let her down. If she was on the ground, she needed no prodding and used to go about her business (except when it was too cold!). The best part was the regularity established. She had to have her Cerelac Stage 1 by 7:00 AM, followed by meals at 10:30 AM, 2:00 PM, 5:30 PM, 9:00 PM. If we ran late, we were reminded neatly by her strutting to the kitchen and back and the quick nips on our ankles and toes! If she wanted to pee/poop in the middle of the night, she just used to wriggle against us and whine a bit so that we woke up and let us down. Once done, she used to stand on her hind legs and give us a bark to ensure we lifted her onto the bed.

 

When you are teething, the whole world is a teether!

Be it the wooden legs of a stool, or my new Levi’s, or the chew toys or even our fingers and toes, Laila used every option to better her tooth growth. Every opportunity was utilized to grow. The more the variety, the faster the experience and the growth.