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”
My son wants to make faces and pose for me to take a pic.
What an awesome and intellectually satisfying time I had in Ankara, Turkey giving a course on OpenGL to 16 wonderful people at Havelsan.
It has now been almost a month since I finished my Vipassana course. I still feel the magic! So I thought that it is apt to write about my experience now – since it has not faded away.
There are a ton of blogs out on the Internet that give a fairly accurate day-by-day account of the Vipassana course. So I wont go into it. I __do__ however, want to give a quick overview of the course content.
Since my graduation – there has always been some sort of an interest in “figuring out life”. The vast abyss that life is – sometimes scares me, sometimes inspires me and sometimes makes me just plain lazy. I seek education in the hope that I might be able to make leaps in my journey of “figuring out life”.
Almost every school I have seen in my life so far follows a “simple” timetable structure for its activities.
- Each day is divided into 8 “classes”, so 40 classes a week.
- Each “class” focusses on one subject and lasts for some 40 minutes.
- Almost immediately after one class, the next would begin. Unless there is a snack / lunch break coming up.
Students are required to generate interest for the subject being taught in the current class within minutes of its starting. They should pay total attention to whatever the teacher is teaching. 40 minutes later, they should learn to switch off their mind from the current subject and generate interest about the new subject. If they don’t manage to do that, the child is labelled as someone having an “attention deficit disorder”. If not such a brutal tag, the child is atleast subjected to a interpretation – “this kiddo lacks focus or concentration”.
Examine and interrogate your motivations, reject the money if you dare, and startup something useful. A dent in the universe is plenty.
Curb your ambition.
Live happily ever after.