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What’s Your Secret to Learning?

love for learning

These words really ring true for me.

I earnestly believe – whatever I know today is not due to what I learned at school or in the text books or due to my Honours and Master’s degree; but because of my own love for certain things, skills, subjects.

I now see how all the learning took place – silently, humbly – in my diligent pursual of things that were close to my heart – literature, poetry, art, craft, music (ghazals), gardening, cooking….

And when I look at the tangible ‘remains’ from the past – that big terracotta pot that I painted when I was in school; that first big-sized cross-stich painting that I finished over summer vacation; a huge glass painting; an embossed ‘Krishna’ painting. Another – an engraved ‘Mahabharata’ painting, dozens of hand-made greeting cards, piles of letters written to family and friends, some Urdu poetry, journal pages – they remind me that the foundation of my learning was laid in my heart and not in some schoolish institution.

What are the ‘things’ from YOUR childhood that YOU created, collected, wrote, sowed, played – that remind you of your journey of self-driven learning?

Please do share. Oh, please, pretty please. I’m so eager to listen to your stories…. :-)

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  • Catherine September 2, 2012, 5:57 am

    I love that quote – thank you for sharing it.
    I look back at what I was reading or journalling about when I was younger and find that I am still interested in the same things, but on a different level or from a different approach. It shows well how learning tends to spiral around for you to deepen your understanding.

    • Rashmie September 11, 2012, 5:07 pm

      Catherine,
      Thank you so much for connecting and for sharing your learning story here. You’re right – it’s amazing to see how learning revolves around the things you’re passionate about, how it keeps growing – wider and deeper – even when you yourself may not notice till one day you realize what brought you there…

  • maryanne @ mama smiles September 5, 2012, 12:57 am

    What a great quote.

    I feel that all the most important things that I know, I learned in early childhood – spending time with my family and playing on my grandfather’s farm. Those are the moments that truly shaped my life, not the Dr. I can put in front of my name.

    • Rashmie September 11, 2012, 5:10 pm

      Maryanne – I could visualize you as a little girl playing on your grandfather’s farm and driving your self-learning in that play…
      Why, I would attribute my learning to such experiences if I had experienced something like this. There was no farm for me when I was little but my hubby has lived on a farm and he has dozens of stories and memories of free, hands-on learning that he gathered along the way…

  • Ann September 6, 2012, 6:23 am

    Really good post and amazing question! What I hold dear is the one on one instruction I received from a a few outstanding teachers!

    • Rashmie September 11, 2012, 5:13 pm

      Ann,
      I agree with you – the value of learning in the company of passionate teachers can be a life-changing experience….
      For me, I remember just ONE teacher who instilled in me the love for reading and writing, early on. He was instrumental in opening us up to the beauty of the English language…