Talks for Thought is a series of online talks, through which we aim to bring stories, ideas and opinions from around the country to our students and the people of the region. Education is a collaborative process and engaging people of all ages and backgrounds is essential to this process. We hope to achieve such engagement through these talks.
Episode 2: Between the pages of a Book by Dr Rathnasapapathi
Nov 13, 2021
Currently serving as a Domain Expert for Editing Text Books in English, SCERT, Govt of Tamilnadu, he also directs the Anglophonix Institute of English, Coimbatore. He previously served as Associate Professor & Head, Department of English, PSG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore. He has published 4 books on English Communication and has developed over 3000 pages of material for spoken & written English and for Entrance examinations such as IELTS & TOEFL for students around the globe. His insight into the subject and wisdom is sure to enlighten any listener.
Between the pages of a Book
“A book read by a thousand different people is a thousand different books”
– Andrei Tarkovsky
Books have and do serve a very vital role in the world at large and in the lives of individuals. Human beings dominate life on this planet not in small part due to our ability to record, transfer and even transform experiences through the power of the word. Today more than ever, our species finds itself incumbent to own up to its dominion over the planet, not just the fruitful reward but the dire consequences as well.
In such a time, through this episode, we hope to lay emphasis on the importance of reading books but also elucidate the rush of emotions and new horizons one experiences while in “between the pages of a book”, to our young students, their parents and teachers.
Episode 1: Why you go to School by Dr Vijayakarthikeyan IAS
Sep 18, 2021
“He who has a Why to live can bear almost any How”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
The crux of the quote can be interpreted to emphasize the very essential human need for purpose, to undertake any pursuit. So, before we teach anything to students, it may be essential that they know why they are taught anything at all in the first place. “Go to school” in the title can be meant broadly as learning or educating oneself, as today schools are expected to be and have largely even become the most important centres for the holistic development of children and young people. This wisdom can enlighten parents and adults in general too, as education and schooling has today, fortunately so, become an everyday affair in the lives of all people. By exploring this topic we hope to clarify the many misconceptions of education that plague many people, causing them to have false expectations and unwarranted discontent.