Monday, 20 July 2020

E-learning: Can it ever replace classrooms?

                                   It is said that we humans have innate ability to learn. An efficient learning is said when learning inculcates all three factors namely accuracy, speed and retention.

Accuracy defines how accurately do learners remember speed defines how soon do learners remembers and retention defines how long do learners remember.


Effective learning should also involve all the domains of learning that is cognitive, psychomotor and affective. Cognitive includes thinking, reading ,reasoning ; psychomotor aspect includes performing a procedure and affective domain complexes of emotions.

Talking about E-learning whose demand and popularity, is on rise! Oxford Dictionary defines E- learning as " learning conducted via electronic media, typically on the internet."

There are several advantages of E-learning. Firstly, it is 'self-paced learning, the student can learn at fast pace or repeat videos, animation upon his own understanding with good internet connection, a student can access the information from any part of the world. This provides opportunity understand to learn with fun and better. Moreover, it provides s a variety of options to choose from like a platter full of different cuisines to dishes.

There are several advantages of E-learning but we cannot neglect its disadvantages such as lack of authenticity as internet is an 'encyclopedia of knowledge' from reliable and unreliable sources too. Some other disadvantages are that there is no feedback in learning, some students might feel lack of motivation, distractions pop-up every now and then on the internet. One point to be stressed upon is that E-learning is knowledge based and gives least importance to practicality.

  E-learning where are we now ?
► In the midst pandemic, almost everyone has switched from classroom learning to E-learning Teachers are conducting live classes or providing video lectures from home to the students. And Some of them are just relying Quality teaching is not at the par as schools and colleges were unprepared for the current scenario of lock-down... almost everybody was!

Many of them are not sure how to conduct tests or exams through the internet (which mostly of essay-type questions in the Indian education system) or how to maintain regularity and discipline. We know this situation of lock-down won't last long!

E-learning ever replace classrooms?
►  In my opinion , E learning is a best tool of learning it provides audio-visual interface through animations and one can learn from best teachers around the world by watching YouTube lectures from home. It widens our perspective and overall improves the quality of teaching and learning by setting up new standard But ' certain values like human group cohesion teamwork, building relationships outside home, socializing with new people are learned in a classroom not through our mobiles.

A classroom is a miniature replica of institution as well as of society The new society is shaped in a classroom.

Classroom teaching should always be a priority and technology must now be used to enhance the process of learning education. Government should provide teachers training of 'Computer assisted learning' or making courses or test-series through the use of the computers and internet so that learning may not be hampered in situations such as quarantine.

Sunday, 19 April 2020

First crush

I still remember the glimpses with my first crush. We were in same class and section and 'auto-rickshaw' mates too. Going back to class 8th, we weren't friends or even close to it. We were 'enemies' literally.

When we were near each other, most of the time he was teasing me and I used to comeback with insulting replies. And while I was insulting him in fit of anger and flames he always used to mumb afterwards but never stopped teasing in the first place. And I always used to say one dialogue to him: Tang mat adaya kar! (Mind your business)

I still remember when I was new in school in class 5th he challenged me to do a dance step in morning assembly I don't why I remembered this minute detail but I tried to do it at that moment.

His teasing was never ending saga be it in auto or in school. And in the class, when he would say a single word to tease I would burst upon him in anger and the whole class would have be looking at us as a silent spectator.

Once I remember he came into my house for a group project in 'pyjamas.' I was over enthusiastic leader and he was least interested in the project. I was nervous(from inside) while explaining things to him, in anger it was all fine, you just flow with the emotion but when feelings overpower you and you are afraid of revealing yourself, you are afraid of the reaction and rejection.


Some people are good at hiding their emotions while others are not so expressive. It is not always about expression although innocent things capture mind and soul forever.
The feelings which contradicted my behaviour just always remained inside me.



Tuesday, 10 September 2019

How to use 'defence mechanisms' in a healthy way? 1.1

We all want to live a happier, healthier and satisfied life. It all depends on our perception. No..no..I'm not talking about thousands of reasons which are outside of you (like circumstances, people, time, things) on which you blame why you behaved the way you do.

So what are defence mechanisms of our mind? Well, these are like psychological shields against our anxiety or discomfort. Basically, we use it protect ourselves from taking the blame for our wrong acts or the circumstances have gone wrong for us.

Some of the mature defense mechanisms that we may use to protect ourselves from guilt, anxiety or even blaming others and things which are unlikely to go the expected way, these are :

1. Humor
Having a sense of humor makes things light and life a little more breathable.Laugh at your own mistakes. :-)

2. Sublimation  (-) ---------->(+)
Consciously or unconsiously channeling instinctual drives into acceptable activities. For instance, agressiveness might be transformed into competitiveness in bussiness and sports.

3. Suppression
Voluntary rejection of unacceptable thoughts or feelings from concious awareness. Concious thoughts are pushed to unconcious mind.

4. Altruism
When we are in service of people, we actually feel fulfilled, gain pleasure and satisfaction.

Living is an art. Learn to live well. Peace.🥀

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Mental health awareness 1.0

It is difficult to fit for anyone to live in society standards and much difficult to people's expectations. We are very well aware of the fact that humans are puddle of imperfections on this planet.
It is a bare truth that no human on this planet can be called completely mentally fit.

There are people around us who struggle with depression, anxiety, OCD (Obessesive Compulsive disorder, phobias, stress. Yet they appear to be completely normal. Observe and be empathetic just like you do to your friend who has got fever.

 Here I was just talking about 'normal.' What is normal? I would say it is a myth and box created by us. Our goal is not reach perfect state but find balanced state of ourselves within us.

A satisfactory state for which we have to make a choice almost everyday. It is neither easy nor difficult but is neccesary to realise where our welfare lies.


Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Himachali Folk Song- Chamba kitni duur (keyboard notes)







Celebrating long distance love! 
Here are easy keyboard or piano notes (right hand) for beginners.


Mai ni meriye
C F F G A A

Shimale di raahe
G A G F E D 

chamba kitni 
G G F G A

duur                                                                  (×2)
F G F
O Shimale ni vasna,
C C B D C

Kausali in vasna                                             (×2)
C A A F G A A

Chambe jaana zarur
G G F G A F G F

Hayee
F E D

Chambe jaana zarur
G G C A G F D F


Mai ni meriye
C F F G A A

Shimle di raahe chamba kitni duur
G A G F E D G G F G A

O laiyaa mohabbata
 C C B D C

duur daraje                                                     (×2)
A A F G A A                                                 
Ankhiyan toh hoya kasoor
G G F G A F G F

Hayee
F E D

Aankhiyan toh hoya kasoor
G G A G F D F

Mai ni meriye
C F F G A A

Shimale di raahe chamba kitnik duur
G A G F E D G G F G A

O mein ta mahi de watna nu jaasan
 C C B D A A F G A A

O mein ta maahi de watna nu jaasan
C C B D A A F G A A
Ho meri ankhiyan darur
G G F G A F G F

Hayee
F E D

Ho meri ankhiyan darur
G G A G F D F

Mai ni meriye
C F F G A A

Shimale di raahe chamba kitnik duur
G A G F E D G G F G A

Hayee
F E D

Chamba kitnik duur
G G C A G F D F

Friday, 15 March 2019

The Egg Theory



Today's blog post is about a famous short story published orginally on galacanet website by Andy Weir in the year 2009. 

This story is a thought provoking read and I guess after reading it you will not be the same as you came. All my purpose of republishing this is that, you shall take the departure, pain and loss given by others a bit lightly cause somewhere I believe that we all are connected.

" You are a part of me and I'm a part of you or maybe we are a part of something bigger unit."


"The Egg" (by: Andy Weir)


  You were on your way home when you died.
It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.
And that’s when you met me.
“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”
“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point in mincing words.
“There was a… a truck and it was skidding…”
“Yup,” I said.
“I… I died?”
“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies,” I said.
You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”
“More or less,” I said.
“Are you god?” You asked.
“Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.”
“My kids… my wife,” you said.
“What about them?”
“Will they be all right?”
“That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died and your main concern is for your family. That’s good stuff right there.”
You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn’t look like God. I just looked like some man. Or possibly a woman. Some vague authority figure, maybe. More of a grammar school teacher than the almighty.
“Don’t worry,” I said. “They’ll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn’t have time to grow contempt for you. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly relieved. To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it’s any consolation, she’ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved.”
“Oh,” you said. “So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?”
“Neither,” I said. “You’ll be reincarnated.”
“Ah,” you said. “So the Hindus were right,”
“All religions are right in their own way,” I said. “Walk with me.”
You followed along as we strode through the void. “Where are we going?”
“Nowhere in particular,” I said. “It’s just nice to walk while we talk.”
“So what’s the point, then?” You asked. “When I get reborn, I’ll just be a blank slate, right? A baby. So all my experiences and everything I did in this life won’t matter.”
“Not so!” I said. “You have within you all the knowledge and experiences of all your past lives. You just don’t remember them right now.”
I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are. It’s like sticking your finger in a glass of water to see if it’s hot or cold. You put a tiny part of yourself into the vessel, and when you bring it back out, you’ve gained all the experiences it had.
“You’ve been in a human for the last 48 years, so you haven’t stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense consciousness. If we hung out here for long enough, you’d start remembering everything. But there’s no point to doing that between each life.”
“How many times have I been reincarnated, then?”
“Oh lots. Lots and lots. An in to lots of different lives.” I said. “This time around, you’ll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540 AD.”
“Wait, what?” You stammered. “You’re sending me back in time?”
“Well, I guess technically. Time, as you know it, only exists in your universe. Things are different where I come from.”
“Where you come from?” You said.
“Oh sure,” I explained “I come from somewhere. Somewhere else. And there are others like me. I know you’ll want to know what it’s like there, but honestly you wouldn’t understand.”
“Oh,” you said, a little let down. “But wait. If I get reincarnated to other places in time, I could have interacted with myself at some point.”
“Sure. Happens all the time. And with both lives only aware of their own lifespan you don’t even know it’s happening.”
“So what’s the point of it all?”
“Seriously?” I asked. “Seriously? You’re asking me for the meaning of life? Isn’t that a little stereotypical?”
“Well it’s a reasonable question,” you persisted.
I looked you in the eye. “The meaning of life, the reason I made this whole universe, is for you to mature.”
“You mean mankind? You want us to mature?”
“No, just you. I made this whole universe for you. With each new life you grow and mature and become a larger and greater intellect.”
“Just me? What about everyone else?”
“There is no one else,” I said. “In this universe, there’s just you and me.”
You stared blankly at me. “But all the people on earth…”
“All you. Different incarnations of you.”
“Wait. I’m everyone!?”
“Now you’re getting it,” I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back.
“I’m every human being who ever lived?”
“Or who will ever live, yes.”
“I’m Abraham Lincoln?”
“And you’re John Wilkes Booth, too,” I added.
“I’m Hitler?” You said, appalled.
“And you’re the millions he killed.”
“I’m Jesus?”
“And you’re everyone who followed him.”
You fell silent.
“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”
You thought for a long time.
“Why?” You asked me. “Why do all this?”
“Because someday, you will become like me. Because that’s what you are. You’re one of my kind. You’re my child.”
“Whoa,” you said, incredulous. “You mean I’m a god?”
“No. Not yet. You’re a fetus. You’re still growing. Once you’ve lived every human life throughout all time, you will have grown enough to be born.”
“So the whole universe,” you said, “it’s just…”
“An egg.” I answered. “Now it’s time for you to move on to your next life.”

And I sent you on your way.

Enjoy the little things!

"I have always been in a situation where I have questioned love but it had only brought me inside a dense maze whose treasure or exit is no where in sight."

Questioning on love that is where I have fell wrong at times although I still can't stop myself from it. Even if few days has passed in love even if you doubt the future or the lover or you have many unfamiliar doubts about consequences.

 Somebody told me once you can't have all the answers at once. Yeah, we all are curious and wandering souls but to the overthinkers I would pass on the same advice that time will definitely reveal your answers. Draining your energy, emotions and time (to which Einstein gave the importance of 4th dimension) is unimportant and even useless. 

Someone has once said to me,
"If somebody loved you more than infinity then do tell me the new value and tell him that you are lucky. You may like it or not but love will always find a way towards you. And no matter what love may have broken your heart it will heal again cause its the way of life"

E-learning: Can it ever replace classrooms?

                                   I t is said that we humans have innate ability to learn. An efficient learning is said when learning incu...