Be Truly Educated

Dear Students

As promised, after a long year of forced slavery at purely clerical and administrative work, I, Inkyfinga (alias Sanjukta Sivakumar) am back at the keyboard.

Here’s the Noam Chomsky video I promised you. I think you’ll hear him more clearly on your personal devices. Don’t rely on the captions on YouTube which are highly inaccurate for this video. So, I suggest you replay to understand what Chomsky says, rather than switching on the captions.

Enjoy the video and think about how you can end up “truly educated”.

With regards



Tagore for Children

Dear Students

Rabindranath Tagore is a name you associate with Nobel Laureate, great literature, the National Anthem and Rabindrasangeet. But did you know that this sage also wrote for children and was very fond of them? He understood the child mind very well.


Read this poem by him and you will see:

Paper Boats


Day by day I float my paper boats one by one down the running stream.

In big black letters I write my name on them and the name of the village where I live.

I hope that someone in some strange land will find them and know who I am.

I load my little boats with shiuli flower from our garden,

and hope that these blooms of the dawn will be carried safely to land in the night.

I launch my paper boats and look up into the sky

and see the little clouds setting their white bulging sails.

I know not what playmate of mine in the sky

sends them down the air to race with my boats!

When night comes I bury my face in my arms

and dream that my paper boats float on and on under the midnight stars.

The fairies of sleep are sailing in them, and the lading is their baskets full of dreams.

– Sir Rabindranath Tagore (1861- 1941)


  • Did you like the poem?
  • Who do you think is the speaker?
  • Where do you think the speaker lives?
  • State one characteristic of the speaker’s personality.



Please leave your Comments on your favourite line from this poem.

Sanjukta Sivakumar

Read for fun and wisdom

Dear Students 

Let us  celebrate World Literacy Day, today by being thankful that we are literate and can read and write.  Stories are what we think of, next. First, we listen to stories (at bedtime or any other time) recounted by parents, grandparents and sometimes, even teachers.

Next, after learning to read, we read stories for ourselves.

Then, we are hooked – or at least, I was. How about you? Do you love to read?

Do you like prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction, illustrated or plain text? A reader’s world is full of Nowadays, you have even more choices – printed books from the library or epub on Kindle and other iPad software?

Read on your iPad

Read on your iPad

Before I entered the iPad era, I used to have five-six books on my bedside table, as I would read them all together (at different times). But I faced great problems packing when I travelled. Clothes, I could cut down on, but I needed books to read. Now, I carry innumerable books on Kindle, Goodreader, iBooks and numerous other Apps on my iPad!

I really never understood the hot debate between print books and digital ones. I would be willing to read books even if they were written on floors, ceilings, buses, teacups, towels – you name it!

Love to read!

Love to read!

In fact, I’m so addicted to reading, I cannot go to sleep without reading. Sometimes, however – often, actually – reading also keeps me from sleeping, as I read until 2.00 am or 3.00 am in the morning!

Sleep or read?

Sleep or read?

Today, I would like to share some reading links with you. You can read yourself, or ask someone (mom/dad/sister/brother/grandparent) to read aloud to you.

Each link has a selection of many kinds of stories. So, this should keep you busy for a long, long, time.

Short Fables for Kids

Bedtime Reads

Choice Stories

More Stories for Kids

Katha Free Library (CBSE)

Plus Some Poems

Happy Bookworm

Happy Bookworm

So, children, read, read, read and become happy bookworms!

Sanjukta Sivakumar

The Creative Cartoon

Dear Students


Cartoonist Pran Kumar Sharma, the creator of Chacha Chowdhury died in 2014 on this date.

Alas! With him, an entire family passed away – Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo, Raman and Channi Chachi are no more. Pran Kumar Sharma and the Chowdhury family and friends! You lived a long and fruitful life, enriching the lives of all who came into your ambit.

Herge, the Belgian creator of The Adventures of Tintin died in 1983.


When I was a student at school, I read Chacha Chowdhury, Tintin and Asterix comics with great pleasure, and so do most of you, and so did many of your parents. That is a rare link of common pleasure spanning two generations.

I wish, some of my talented student artists would begin their own comic series!  Does the idea appeal to anyone?

It would be a true tribute to the famous cartoonists who have lived and died and it would help your own creative talents to flower. 

Sanjukta Sivakumar

Jared Diamond: “The Third Chimpanzee” | Talks at Google

Dear Students

Please be sure to watch / listen to this talk on the post Jared Diamond: “The Third Chimpanzee” | Talks at Google.

If you enjoy the video, then be sure to read the book!

To tell you the truth, I have a suspicion, from reading the just the first paragraph of Mr. Sivakumar’s post, that Chimps may have a niggling 2% of DNA unshared by humans, which make them smart enough to focus just on the basics of survival, without destroying the planet and its ecology with their smartness!

What do you think?

Sanjukta Sivakumar

I love poems

Dear Students 

Today, I’m in a ‘poetic’ mood, and I have a lovely poem to share with you. Do read this one:

My Sister My Friend

by Zhai Dueñas

My beautiful sister

My beautiful sister

To me you are an angel in disguise.
Full of intuition, intelligent and wise.
Always giving and helping through good times and bad times.
You are the best friend I’ve ever had.

If I had one wish it would surely be
to give you as much you’ve given me

Though I’ve put our relationship through some cloudy days,
you’ve been my sunshine in so many ways.
Though trials and tests, right by me you stood,
and gave me your hand whenever you could.

Thank you so much my sister, my friend
My gratitude for you has no end….

Source: Family Friend Poems

Did you like it? Did you understand the meaning? Would you like to write a poem about someone who is your true friend?

Do send me your poem after you’ve written it. I’ll post it in Comments. It need not be very long, even 4-5 lines will do. The end-words need not rhyme, either.

Sanjukta Sivakumar

Reader’s Corner

Dear Students

This post is for fellow Readers and book-worms. It’s always great to discover persons who share the same hobby.

Reading Companions

Reading Companions

Let me share some online Book Club Links with you, where you can find out the best books to buy online for children.

You can share these sites with parents, grandparents and others who buy you gifts!

  1. Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club
  2. Early Moments
  3. Red House Children’s Books
  4. Scholastic Book Club
  5. Mindworth

Have you ever tried to make your own book? It can be great fun to try and write your first book!

Here is someone quite small who reads aloud how to write your own picture book. The reading is very fluent, even if some letters like ‘r’ and ‘t’ are slurred. Watch and learn how to write your own picture book:

Now, here’s the challenge. Write an autobiography (story of your own life, up to now) with picture illustrations.

Don’t forget to email me your book. Looking forward to reading your life-story!

Sanjukta Sivakumar