In Aug this year, I dropped by at the Bangalore 2016 WhatHiFi event. Every piece of equipment that go into making a good home theater was featured in the event. On display were projectors, screens, speaker systems, amplifiers, seating furniture… Everything you would need to build a great home theater. Both desi and international brands were on display, totaling to ~120 brands!! Continue reading “Acoustic Panels, Flooring, Full HD Projector, 320cm Screen, Kodi Home Theatre …”
Good Earth is a fantastically “green”. Every home here deeply cares about having lush vegetation around.
I dont know the names of most plants, veggies, fruits and flowers that grow around our house. But then, I have come to see how knowing their names is not necessary to enjoy their presence. Continue reading “Fruits, Veggies & Flowers around our home”
My wife (Nandini) and son (Advay) had a unique conversation today.
Advay: Amma, is wood made of cloth?
Advay: Is floor made of cloth?
Advay: Are plants made of cloth?
Nandini: No Continue reading “What is man made and what is naturally available?”
My friend, Kowshik Narayanaswamy is a rock climber. A passionate one at that. He came to Aarohi Life Education and conducted a session on Rock Climbing for all of us (including the kids). We learned something about it and also did some rock climbing ourselves.
The video below is a documentary on what we learned and the rock climbing we actually did on that day.
My wife (Nandini) keeps coming up with ideas for creating learning environments for Advay. She sources her material from direct observation of Advay, coupled with study of books and blogs about child education. She recently was playing this game with Advay and it was very interesting to watch. Continue reading “Number and alphabet games”
In the month of June this year, we embarked on a new journey of schooling for our son (Advay) & ourselves. We got him into Aarohi Life Education, an open-schooling campus near Hosur.
This April, a friend of ours (Srilakshmi) hosted a workshop at her home in Channapatna. We learned about what goes on behind the scenes when the famous wooden toys are made there. Mr. Ravindra, an artist and teacher who has been making toys in Channapatna for the last 30 years, offered to coach us on the art. This video is a short documentary of what we learned and accomplished on that day.
Since 2003, I have been conducting corporate training programs on various subjects like Qt, OpenGL, VTK, GCF. At one point I was even teaching Linux Kernel and Device Driver Programming, thanks to my employment at Linux Learning Centre.
Over the past 13 years, I have been able to observe certain meta-data about the training that I personally offer and also the training that I have attended as a participant.
Since completing my Vipassana course in Jan this year, I have been trying to scrape time to practise atleast once a day, if not two (like they suggest). The idea is to find a place at home and practise Vipassana for a period of 1 hour, twice a day (morning & evening). I have been mostly regular with the formal practise. In addition to that, I meditate during my bus journeys, long drives, traffic signal pauses (which can be 5 min + in Bangalore). Something inspired me to go on runs, three times a week, and practise meditation during the run also. Continue reading “Progress with Vipassana”
I happened to look at this brilliant condo of Red Ants. They have painfully glued together three leaves and live in commnunity.
The above pic was taken from the rear end of their abode. Below is a pic taken from their front door. Continue reading “Community living of Ants”