Hi everyone, A few days ago, I visited a hospital with my friend Dr Vijay Patel, Incharge Principal, V D Desai Wadiwala School. The chief doctor and the owner of that hospital is Dr Devangi Jogal.  She was my student when she was in class 10 or 11. She came to me to learn textual English. In her batch there were only two students. Early morning she would come with her friend, and in her sweet childlike voice made my mornings better. I enjoyed teaching them.  After a few years, she came to me to learn Spoken English. She was …

Confessions

Hi everyone, Here are a few confessions. 1) Writing: Let me confess that it is not possible to write a meaningful post every day. Writing takes time. Sometimes you have a thought but no time to put it into words. And sometimes your thought is too difficult to be clothed in words. 2) Punctuality: I am usually “in time” (i.e., early) or at least “on time” for most of my appointments and commitments. However, I find it hard to be on time all the time, especially in the morning. Sometimes it is the body who doesn’t listen to your mind or …

You live and learn…

Hi everyone, Here’s just a quick note. We live and learn. Of course, you will agree with me. Well, we usually don’t (actually can’t) learn everything of anything. For instance, I have been using MS Word for decades. But in the last two days, I have come to know about so many features and tricks of the trade that I hadn’t used earlier. The same is true of this platform Blogger. If you remember the appearance my blog yesterday, you can compare it with today’s. There’s a world of difference, you will say. And I agree with you. By the way, …

World Teachers’ Day (5 October, 2018)

World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5. It aims to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world” and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching. This is what Wikipedia says. Well, such days give us teachers a chance to look back at what we have been doing and to critically analyse our performance. I am doing so now. If there is anything significant, I’ll write a post about it–not necessarily immediately. By the way, have you read my blog on Seven Essentials of Effective …

Change

The world may not change in a minute, but you may… forever.  –Dharmendra Sheth Founder, Fluentlingua, Surat

15 August 2011

Dear all, 15 August, 2011. For some it’s a day for celebration or picnicking, for some a time to meet friends and relatives, for some others to get rid of part of a mounting backlog. But for many, just another holiday. To me, all of the above, honestly. But, above all, it’s a time for retrospection and reflection. Every such day makes me think about what I have got from my motherland and what I have done for it. Have I done (or been doing) enough? Should I have done something more or different? Am I on the right path? …

Peace in Surat

Dear all, Suratis must congratulate each other today on evading about 20 live bombs and being safe despite a huge chunk of explosive material, enough to make about 50 bombs, plying within the city boundaries. It’s great to be alive today, indeed. We cannot move out today–a sort of self-imposed curfew. Educational institutes and public places are officially declared closed. Of course, one can go out, but who would dare and why? What is more important than being alive? Well, when indoors, one becomes philosophical. Or sometimes cynical. Or both, as in my case, at different times of the day …

Happiness – Part I

Hi, Today I feel like writing about happiness. Why? Because I know I will be happy writing about it. Well, I know I can become happier day by day if I make at least one person happy by my deeds or words in a day. It’s so easy, isn’t it? But alas, most people do not understand such a simple fact of life. And, as you know, it’s so easy to find people around you who are unhappy: sometimes for a reason, but mostly for no reason–apparent or real. Perhaps they don’t know what happiness is. Let me share with …