While grahasthashram and ‘teaching’ catch up with me, the NammaShaale blog will relentlessly march towards the completion of an eventless first year(0r final year as the case may be).

So far, I have sent out 6  invitations (and wordpress requests, and 4 repeat requests) for other parents to join, participate and contribute – but alas (0r hurrah!, as the case may be) not a single one has responded. This, in spite of the fact that some parents actually evinced (winced?) some keen interest and asked for blog permissions / accounts!

To make sure that wordpress and gmail are indeed NOT blocking the invitations, I sent  a couple to myself and duh, I got them pronto. So, as Curzio Malaparte had titled his novel, it is Kaputt.

Another interesting thing is that, the blog is actually read by more people from outside the intended audience (the parent community of NammaShaale) – possibly because of the random issues dealt with in this blog.  So it does not matter if the others do not get to read the posts – better blug next time!

On Dec 17th, 2009 – I would plan to stop the blogging in one way or the other – not because I am tired or something, but because if I want to rant, I can always do that elsewhere.

In the meantime, if at all anyone is interested in taking over the blog, he/she/it can contact me – off blog.

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  • Mathew  On November 2, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I am a new parent in Namma Shaale and i must say i really enjoy reading your blogs (except for a short while when wordpress was not allowing me to read).
    Let me know how i can help though i have no prior experience in writing.

  • Ramjee Swaminathan  On November 21, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks for the offer, Mathew. You can help & contribute in many ways.

    You can report on something that happened or should happen at NammaShaale – or just about anything that created an impression in you. May be a good film that you watched or a good piece of music that you listened to or a book that you read or a painting that you saw… that you would recommend to your fellow parents and others at large.

    You can share your views on this ‘education’ beast or your takes on other allied but necessary beasts called parents – who happen to be my fav whipping boys and girls.

    Am sincerely looking forward to having your participation, in whatever which way possible.


  • Sharan  On September 6, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Dear Ramjee, happened to come across this today. What you write about is not really surprising. We Indians do not really have a sense of community. For most of us, everything is about ourselves and our precious little families. Our sense of “us vs. them” is quite well established. We go anywhere to get what we can for ourselves; others around us are purely incidental.

    I’ve seen this attitude even at children’s music competitions, for example. At the start of the competition, the auditorium would be full of doting appas, ammas, mamas, mamis, friends, etc.. But then, as each child contestant finished his/her turn, a whole flock of people — all the friends and relatives of that contestant — would exit the hall en masse, without even a backward glance at the next contestant. They had come only to provide support for their own precious little darling, and not out of any love for music or any such idealistic nonsense. Who cared how the rest of the performers did? Who cared about the music they performed? In fact, some of these friends and relatives would enter the hall only when their precious darlings went on stage, and would exit immediately afterwards. Towards the end of the competition, the hall would be almost empty. The friends and relatives would of course be hanging around outside the hall, talking and laughing in their own groups while waiting expectantly for the announcement of their own darling’s name as the “winner”, and making all kinds of unfounded accusations of favouritism, ignorance, etc. when that did not happen.

    This is the attitude that we perpetuate and pass on to our younger generations. There is therefore nothing surprising that you haven’t been getting responses from any of these people. They are here only to take, not to give or share. That is our “glorious ancient culture”.

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