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…. :-)
I need help sustaining this blog…
Dear blog readers – It’s been exactly eight years now that I’ve been writing on this blog! Yes, eight long years and hundreds of articles. From art, creativity and learning; to food, health, gardening, travel, sustainable and mindful living, natural birth. In our un-schooling life, as we go on introspecting, questioning and evolving, I’ve strived to share our stories and experiences with as much honesty, care and sincerity as possible.
I spend hours writing an article – and often write and rewrite many times before it rings true to me and sounds worthy of your time to read.
The most important thing for me is to keep this blogging endeavour authentic and true to my values. This blog has been my sacred space to express, share, feel empowered and contribute. Hence, I do not like to support businesses that don’t align with my values. So far, I’ve rarely taken sponsorship from brands and companies. I haven’t placed any ads on my blog, though there have been multiple offers.
Infact, I’d like to keep this blog ad free unless something truly meaningful comes across.
Yet, there’s a cost to running this blog. The basic cost of keeping the domain alive, and hosting all this content on. I spend roughly INR 10,000 (USD 173) just to keep this blog up and running. So, I need to cover this cost. Plus, it’d be nice to bring in some income for our family of four. And, this is where I request your support.
If you find my articles and stories useful or inspiring at some level, please help me sustain. Starting from 1 dollar or 100 rupees to whatever you can, do consider donating for the content I share; for my intention and the time and effort I put. Your support will go a long way in keeping this blog (of 8+ years) sparkling with stories for many more years to come. Thank you, dear ones. I’ll value what you’ll gift with love and kindness. :-)
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