Villa Self-catering one bedroom
It has been some time since I wrote anything on my Blog; life was hectic, many things happened at the same time; one, my retirement and another, starting a business here in South Africa.
We converted our home here into a self-catering establishment, under the hospitality business; our initial plan was to sell it. But circumstances prevailed did not favour that. Not that I regret it, rather prefer the way it happened.
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This is my entry for the http://www.writeupcafe.com/east (IBL) semifinal in the short story category.
The Kalindi Bridge
The only house that was modern in our village was the gated one of Dr.Balamurali, who had migrated to America at a young age. For most of the time, the house remained closed. It stood beside the mud road we passed every day to reach the bus stand and from there to our college; that was when I joined my pre-degree.
The mud road was wide in front of the house, but emaciated as it reached the most difficult juncture of our daily expedition, a rivulet. We had to cross it to reach the bus stand; during normal time that was easy; but not during the Monsoon rains, when it swelled beyond its banks into the nearby land. On such days we turned back without proceeding further; not only us but also the entire villagers.
Continue reading ‘Our Kalindi Is No More’
National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa
from 2013 NAF programme website
[Grahamstown is an academic city in the Eastern Cape region, South Africa. National Arts Festival is an annual event happening here. This is an introduction to the event]
The city of Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa is not unfamiliar to festivals; The Science Festival, The School’s festival, The Freedom Festival the list goes on, but the biggest one that takes its name across the nations of the world is the National Arts Festival. An annual event, it features this year from 27 June to 7 July. Season wise, it is a winter festival; from June to August it is winter here.
For those who stay here, the festivity of the NAF is not confined within this 11-days duration; it starts much earlier; and almost the entire people in the city becomes part of it, including the spaces both public and private. There are more than 50 venues where the programmers are staged. The school halls and big rooms turn into theatres; open grounds become stages for fringe artists.
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This is a story I wrote for the story-2 IBL writeupcafe.com. contest for coup d’East. However, I could not finish this on time for inclusion in the contest. So I am publishing it here.
The topic for story-2 . You walk into a dimly lit room at a party where you’ve arrived with a friend. The walls of the room are lined with reptile cages. Across the room you see someone you recognize, and when you turn to your friend he or she is gone. What happens next?
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What is knowledge and how do you know? Rationalists and empiricists theorize on subject knowledge on the basis of their own philosophical arguments. On the rationalists argument, I wrote in my previous post. In this one I write about the empiricists’ views.
What is knowledge-arguments of the empiricists?
Empiricists reject the rationalists’ ‘induction/deduction’ and ‘innate knowledge’ (see previous post) theses. Knowing is ‘a posteriori’, for them, means, you know after having the sense experiences. You cannot intellectually ‘see’ knowledge or intuit it. Also sense experience is the only source of knowledge and hence the rationalists thesis of ‘innate concepts’ that the source of knowledge is the ideas that already exist in our mind is also rejected’
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That time of the year is once again around the corner- the wintertime in South Africa. Though South African winter is not that severe as that of Canada or parts of the US, it has its own havocs and calamities. About the winter in Canada, once a relative of my friend told me while at a dinner party. She always keeps a shovel with her as an important rescue tool once the winter starts while at home or traveling. In the early morning she needs it to dig out her precious means of transport to work-her car- from under a mount of ice gathered the previous night, as well on the highways when caught in a snowstorm. Unbearable are the tingles on fingers and toes, she told, once they get frostbitten. Also, the general mood turns tense and a kind of uncertainty creeps in while the only certainty is the uninterrupted weather forecast. I used to do a lot of nagging about the South African wintertime, but once I heard her, I stopped it.
Continue reading In South Africa it is Winter Now
This is my first entry to Indian Bloggers League (IBL) contest in the category ‘fiction’
Topic : After World War III, the female survivors decide that, as men caused the war and did most of the fighting, it is simply too dangerous to allow them to be in control of the governments any longer. Men are banned from government and military service and, after a few years, banned from voting, having an education or having a job outside the home. A young boy, depressed by his limited prospects at home, decides to pose as a girl so he can join the navy.
This is a short story
Continue reading A Future World Order
[How much do mathematics teachers know about the link between pedagogical problems they face in classrooms and epistemology a branch of philosophy that deals with knowledge construction, sources and justification. This post follows from my post What was wrong with the 60s ‘New Mathematics Syllabus’ in America? . This post is on the philosophers arguments on how do we know?]
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[This is my thought on the link between story telling and value creation in young minds. At a time when our society is decrying about the issues of value and moral degradation, it is good for us to look into our changing life style and what can we do about it.]
Continue reading The story told by my grandmother and the passing on of values
[I believe, there is a need for everybody associated with mathematics education to know what went wrong with the 60s New Mathematics Curriculum innovation, abbreviated as ‘new maths’ in America. The failure emanated from pedagogic faults rooted in the philosophy of mathematics. One good outcome of the failure was agreement among American mathematicians to look into those faults to come up with alternate methodologies. Yet the problem persists in one form or the other. As a matter of fact, the same problem exists in many parts of the world, without mathematicians not being even aware of that. Hence my point that it should be made known to all so that lessons can be learned form it]
There were a lot of reasons why the 60s ‘new maths’ curriculum failed in America. They ranged from being ‘unplanned’, irrelevant to the day today learner experiences, beyond the grasp of parents; ill prepared teachers to wrong textbooks. You can read more on that here; ‘what happened to new maths’.
Continue reading What was wrong with the 60s ‘New Mathematics Syllabus’ in America?