Bridges across the City of Joy

Devika Nadig
Coaching teachers on 21st century skills as outlined by the World Economic Forum in a city that is known for its unique culture and combining a professional assignment with short trips to places of retreats, one can only sigh Oh! Calcutta! This edulogue takes readers on a visit to the City of Joy.

A spinner of tales

Devika Nadig
After a long and arduous year of training young graduates in the nuances of action research and mentoring them to become good teachers, the author travels from Dehradun to Rishikesh and Haridwar for a wonderfully sublime experiencebefore turning the trip into quite a memorable one by planning and meeting her favourite author, Ruskin Bond.

The Toshali Sands of time

Devika Nadig
Amidst the natural, religious and historic marvels of Puri, the author experienced both professional joy as she presented her framework for building high performing schools at a school excellence conference and personal bliss as she visited lord Jaganatha and explored the arts and crafts of Orissa.

Essence is One

Devika Nadig
In the city of the Nizams, amidst the pearls and the perfumes, the author discovers both Shiva and Allah and learns the essence of life. An account of a trip to Hyderabad.

A tale of two Maitreyas

Devika Nadig
After an exhausting week of training teachers from two schools on thinking skills, debating and discussing Krishnamurti and walking in the steps of the Buddha, Devika and Vijay decide to soak in the sights, sounds and handicrafts that Uttar Pradesh has to offer.

Jewel in the Crown

Devika Nadig
In this month’s column, the author shares her tryst with the ancient city of Varanasi, and the visual treat of a resplendent Ganga Aarti. She also talks about the how Shikshangan’s Change Management module caught the attention of all the school heads from around Varanasi.

The Marshmallow experiment

Devika Nadig
What is the Marshmallow Experiment all about? It is all about managing your impulses and staying focused on your goals. Can teachers try this out in their classrooms to change student behavior?

Flight or fight?

Devika Nadig
Another journey, another visit to a holy shrine, another adventure. This time the author is in the state of Gujarat, visiting a school in a Reliance township to train teachers in the best strategies for teaching mathematics. What does she encounter on this trip?

Celebrating feminine energy

Devika Nadig
It is the third stop for the author as she continues to travel and learn. Here she comes face to face with leaders of the Army Public Schools across the country. In the course of training these teachers, Devika and Vijay develop a training programme which will go on to become the flagship of their organization. Devika also visits the mysterious shrine of Godess Kamakhya and imbibes the feminine energy that it exudes.

Infinity in solitude

Devika Nadig
In the second part of the series on education and travel, what did the author encounter? A glimpse into the life in a township where a small community chose to share its joys and seemed oblivious of the world outside. At the same time, a visit to the Somnath temple where time stood still.