Friday, 22 March 2013

Chennai Organic farm, Nalla Keerai, sprouting wings

As we reported sometime back about a new organic farm in the outskirts of Chennai, Nalla Keerai (good greens/spinach in Tamil) is now ready to spread the love of their efforts to Chennai residents.  They are calling for suggestions for a list of 10 parks within Chennai to which they will deliver early morning fresh organic keerai for customers to buy.  So to your keyboards and send your suggestions if you love organic greens.  You can vote for your park either through their email (NallaKeerai at or via their Facebook page.

Red Ladies-fingers/Okra/Bindi/Pottu look lovely

Love & consciousness are important ingredients, fertile soil is contained in small cultivable patches
Jagannathan, organic farmer with a passion
Some wonderful Keerai
Greens are not always green!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

A few good men

Under a metro bridge in the capital Delhi, a few unsung heroes are changing the lives of underprivileged children, one chalk mark at a time.  The story, as told by the teachers is touching and shows the potential for change that a few people with aspiration and determination can bring about.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Man on a Mission

Sugata Mitra with his Hole in the Wall village computers

Here is an amazing experiment that has been going on for the last 15 odd years.  PhD educational researcher, Sugata Mitra has some amazing results on the ability of children to learn by themselves, without the need for a teacher!!!  His conclusion from his TED talk is a beautiful one:
Education is a self-organising system where learning is an emergent phenomenon.
A self-organising system is one where  the system structure appears without explicit intervention from outside the system.
Emergence is the appearance of a property not previously observed as a functional characteristic of the system.

Two videos that struck me, the first is small intro to Sagata Mitra, the second is his TED talk which is a little longer but really worth the view.

If you wish to know more about the Hole in the wall experiment, visit their dedicated site.