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Full Meals.

The space outside school had suddenly transformed- an otherwise quiet road was suddenly noisy. Music blaring from the loudspeaker, little kids dancing around, families walking in and out of the temple- little shops had sprung up from nowhere- selling little clips, plastic toys, and bangles to vessels. The whole space bore a festive look and […]
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Dichotomies

“I can never learn to stitch. It’s not meant for me.”‘Do you want to try starting with hand stitching? Are you scared of machines?’“No no. I’m not. Give me time till end of margazhi (a Tamil month) when we’ll start sowing for mallaata (groundnuts) and then I’ll come”‘But you’ll have to take care of the […]
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Dream. Act. Grow. Share.

“What’s our dream?” asks the teacher,“We won’t waste any food!” shouted the students in chorus!Students lined up with their bags – student leaders finished lunch quickly and walked around to monitor other students’ lunch box food spillage. The teacher sat with a few students who were more likely to spill food and helped them eat […]
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The Reality behind Quality

One of our very early days at Sura – a quality checking circle. A yellow bag was stitched with red thread, a blue one with a white thread, a few other bags were not precise in measurement- I segregated all of these. When the women were asked to identify what they thought was wrong with […]
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Kontemporary Kannagi

தலை முதல் கால் வரை கோவம்.அவள் துண்டு துண்டாக வெட்டி வீசினாள், ஏரித்தாள், புகைததாள், தீயில் இட்டாள்,கோவம் தணிந்தது,காலை தாமதமாக எழுந்த கோவம் வேகமாக மாறி, வேலைக்கு பஸ் புடிக்க அலறிப்பிடித்து கிளம்பும் நம்ப ஊரு கண்ணகி.Transliteration: Thalai mudhal kal varai kovam; aval thundu thundaga vetti veesinal, erithal, pugaithal, theeyil ittal, kovam thanindhadhu, kalai dhamadhamaga ezhundha kovam vegamaga mari, velaikku bus pidikka alaripidithu kilambum namba […]
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What is an Opportunity?

A typical mid-morning in a village; women have sent kids to school, finished cooking and are taking on house chores at a slower pace, while letting Tamil serial dialogues add drama to the otherwise quiet home. Jayanthi walks in to the streets and invites these women “vaanga, school lendu meeting poda vandhirkanga.. Unga nalladhuku dhan..”We’ve […]
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Learning and Teaching

Her eyes sparkled with curiosity; she shot a cascade of questionsWhat is the meaning of ‘following’? Ma’am, what does ‘agrarian’ mean?Does ‘choose the following’ mean, we choose only 1 answer?Where can I find word meanings for science-related words?She checked if she got the meanings of all difficult words she had underlined, as she walked to […]
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