Thursday, September 19, 2013

Truly Alive

"Amma", the little girl came running towards her mother, her two piggy tails dancing by her side.

"Amma, a new madam came today. She is very good. We played games and she spoke to each one of us. She even promised she will not leave us", the girl beamed.

Her mother could see the joy in her daughter's eyes. After ages they were truly alive.

She kissed her and silently blessed this new teacher.

" Now you tell Abbu, I'm not going to sit with him in the vegetable market. I'm going to study and become a teacher like Pooja madam".

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This is a piece of fiction, written in 100 words for 

But you can make this fiction a reality. You can, with just a click of your mouse, change the life of a bright, eager to learn child and make her come Truly Alive. Just look at the girls in the picture below, isn't their smile infectious? Wouldn't you want to be able to help these cute, innocent, lovable girls to achieve their dreams!!

Pooja Chopra with her Grade III class
Pooja Chopra, a dear friend, an Educationalist, an Economics graduate from the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College for Women and currently a fellow at Teach for India has a vision, a dream that all her students are able to "read good books, draw, play games, solve puzzles, think about their surroundings and be aware". A simple wish you and I may think. But it is not. Not that simple for this MCD school, Pratibha Nigam Vidyalaya, at Mandawli extension, near Akshardham, Delhi, which is seriously under resourced. In an effort to cultivate a reading habit in these children, she gives them story books for home everyday. She also wants to create a small resource center in the class for the same.

When I read her FB status and came across the Wishlist for her kids, I just knew I had to share it with you guys. We've all known the pleasure of a good story book. Dr. Seuss's wonderful adventures, the tales of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, classics such as Heidi, Peter Pan, Moby Dick etc played an integral part in our growing up years. They widened our horizons, led us to an imaginative and creative world and has helped us become who we are today. Don't you think? I think it is our privilege that today we are in a position to contribute to the development of these young minds. So take out a little time and go through this wishlist and make someone's dream come Truly Alive.

http://www.flipkart.com/wishlist/PoojaChopra

If you are interested, please contact Pooja at pooja.chopra2013@teachforindia.org to know the shipment details. You may also inbox her if you wish to visit the school and/or take a day's workshop for these beautiful kids.

Let's do good. Do contribute and spread the word. Let's give these children wings!!

" Any book that helps a child to form a habit of  reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuous needs, is good for him"
- Maya Angelou

" To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life"
- W. Somerset Maugham




33 comments:

  1. A very interesting short story. This story tells us how girls are made to work by circumstances when they should be studying. Pooja Chopra is doing a great job.

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    1. Thanks Kalpana...True but we should not let circumstance come in between their education, Right?? You and me, all of us can help!! Hope you do contribute to Pooja's wishlist!!
      *Love*

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  2. Nice to read yet another intersesting blog from you after a long gap! Love your interpretation of 'truly alive'!

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    1. Thank you :) Seems I need a prompt to set my mind to work...for days it goes Zzzzz and suddenly the Muse is back again! Hope I get consistent! :)

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  3. The message was starkly clear and the case became better because you have provided us with tools as well. Another ngo I like for a similar objective is Pratham books...

    Richa

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    1. Yes, When Indi had the TEDxGateway my heart went out to Pratahm boooks too, although I eventually decided to write on the great Mr. Arunachalam.

      Hope you do use the tool dear :) and maybe you can go visit the school and read them out a story!

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  4. Thanks for sharing the info..I will try my best to contribute..:)

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  5. lovely story... :) will surely check out the link. will share it too :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Preethi :) that is so generous of you!
      *Love*

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  6. This was such a beautiful post and such a wonderfully creative use of the Truly Alive writing prompt.

    Not too many people take time out to publicize a cause other than their own and the fact that you have done this on your blog speaks volumes about how much you care for others as much as you care for yourself.

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    1. Thank you Jairam for such kind words!I am humbled....Hope you do take out some time and check the wishlist :) It would be great if we all can contribute and make a difference in their lives!

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  7. oh, so very sweet. bless them and their teachers...

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  8. You have really brought out the true meaning of Truly Alive. All the best to the students and teachers. I will check the links too. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Jyoti :) It would really mean a lot to the girls!

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  9. Hey Aditi,
    I nominated you for blog award and please follow the link, http://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/one-lovely-blog-award/

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    1. Thanks Vishal. Will check the link.

      And do take out some time to contribute to the Wishlist!

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  10. This is so wonderful, Aditi! Thank you for writing this. What a wonderful, wonderful idea. Sharing.

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    1. Thank you Corinne!! That would be great :) *Love*

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  11. How wonderful...lotsa wishes to Pooja. I have always been a fan of 'Teach for India' movement...I think its just wonderful!

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    1. Thanks a lot Kajal...Counting on you to help the cause!

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  12. Aditi, I am touched by your wonderful story. What an initiative. I will have a look and would try to do my bit.

    Once upon a time I applied and appeared for TFI but I couldn't get through. Please pass on my best wishes to your friend Pooja.

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    1. Thanks a lot Preeti :) How have you been? Job good?

      I'll sure pass on your good wishes!

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  13. It is one of the most beautiful and sensitive entry I have read on Truly Alive. No matter how much we say, academics is not as much important as real education, but for such kids coming from a difficult background,academic or non academic education means a lot where they can improve their situation. Eyes and happy faces filled with hope and dreams. These lines, Now you tell Abbu, I'm not going to sit with him in the vegetable market. I'm going to study and become a teacher like Pooja madam" are so touching for millions of poor children in India and across the world. Pass my best wishes to Pooja Chopra and her friends who are doing a fab work. I would like to contribute next year, Aditi and let's keep in touch.
    Thumbs up:)

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    1. Thank you so much Vishal! That is truly kind of you :) I will pass on my best wishes to Pooja!

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  14. What an enterprising teacher and how motivating for her students. Awesome post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks a lot Suzy :) do contribute and spread the word :)

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  15. Aditi, I loved your Truly Alive post and the link you have provided, sharing it.

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  16. A very touching and informative post...
    Nice one!

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  17. Great to know Teach for India fellows.. Would love to contact Pooja because I am too following the same passion to spread the joys of reading... :)

    Would love to connect with you too Aditi on FB..
    manjulikapramod@gmail.com

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