The Search


“It’s true, I’m old,” spoke Govinda, “but I haven’t stopped searching. Never I’ll stop searching, this seems to be my destiny. You too, so it seems to me, have been searching. Would you like to tell me something, oh honorable one?”
Quoth Siddhartha: “What should I possibly have to tell you, oh venerable one? Perhaps that you’re searching far too much? That in all that searching, you don’t find the time for finding?”
“How come?” asked Govinda.
“When someone is searching,” said Siddhartha, “then it might easily happen that the only thing his eyes still see is that what he searches for, that he is unable to find anything, to let anything enter his mind, because he always thinks of nothing but the object of his search, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed by the goal. Searching means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal. You, oh venerable one, are perhaps indeed a searcher, because, striving for your goal, there are many things you don’t see, which are directly in front of your eyes.”
– Siddartha by Herman Hesse

We won Global Innovation Challenge on prioritizing inclusive Water, Sanitation and Hygiene


A week of incredible learning experiences and fun. Our team Veritas won the Global innovation challenge hosted at University at Buffalo. It is my first step towards my efforts to be actively involved in the basic problems of the world. I believe every child in this world deserves quality food, health and education to realize full potential. We will get $10000 to fund our ideas into fruition. Looking forward to be involved in United Nations millennium goals!

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Socratic Questioning for Teaching


Integrating Socratic questions in the following manner in the classroom helps develop active, independent learners:

  1. Getting students to clarify their thinking/ Explore the origin of their thinking
    e.g., ‘Why do you say that?’, ‘Could you explain further?’
  2. Challenging students about assumptions
    e.g., ‘Is this always the case?’, ‘Why do you think that this assumption holds here?’
  3. Evidence as a basis for argument
    e.g., ‘Why do you say that?’, ‘Is there reason to doubt this evidence?’
  4. Alternative viewpoints and perspectives/ conflict with other thoughts
    e.g., ‘What is the counter-argument?’, ‘Can/did anyone see this another way?’
  5. Implications and consequences
    e.g., ‘But if…happened, what else would result?’, ‘How does…affect…?’
  6. Question the question
    e.g., ‘Why do you think that I asked that question?’, ‘Why was that question important?’, ‘Which of your questions turned out to be the most useful?’

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socratic_questioning

Temet Nosce – Know Yourself!


 

“Life, it seems to me, is a series of choices. Constantly we have to make choices and decisions…and the quality of our lives and often the direction it takes is decided by the quality of the decisions we make. As Neo rightly guessed in the Matrix Reloaded, “ Choice. The problem is choice.”. I have been faced with choices, often life-changing ones, and had to make the decisions by myself. Most people would prefer to leave the decision in someone else’s hands or postpone it until the decision matters no more or their hands are tied and they are forced to choose one over the other.”

http://nissimnabar.blogspot.com/2006/06/tenet-nosceknow-thyself.html

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Contact – Science fiction movie for heart and intellect


Palmer Joss: By doing this, you’re willing to give your life, you’re willing to die for it. Why?

Ellie Arroway: For as long as I can remember, I’ve been searching for something, some reason why we’re here. What are we doing here? Who are we? If this is a chance to find out even just a little part of that answer… I don’t know, I think it’s worth a human life. Don’t you?”

Dr. Eleanor Arroway is a brave woman. She is my fictitious role model and has no way of disappointing like the real world ones. Contact is a sci-fi movie which touches heart and intellect. The key message of the movie is that human beings are an interesting species. An interesting mix. We are capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. We feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only We’re not. “See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other”

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Creative Innovation: Using Innovation to Tackle Social Issues


Workshop Sponsored by the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and the University at Buffalo School of Management, it has been a great experience! I’ve always believed food, shelter and education are the basic necessities for everyone and I think of contributing to all three in my lifetime. I still do! Any efforts and technologies related to improving any of these three, I’m all ears. The workshop provided a platform to brainstorm optimal solutions to different social issues (Ours was food security). The four intense hours and the kind of solutions we came up with, filled me with optimism. Looking forward for the five day workshop on water and sanitation for all in the month of May

https://www.buffalo.edu/globalhealthequity/news-events/upcoming-events/2016/global-innovation-challenge–2016.html

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