Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Schools!

No, This is not a post about the kind of school I am looking for Sanah.
This is about the parallel schooling we intend to foist on her.And I dont think she will be complaining.

When I was growing up my parents pretty much let me spend time with their friends during vacations. Each one twisted my head around ever so nicely:
The socialist engineer who supplied me with a steady stream of Russian story books.
The NID weaving student who made me sit next to her loom for hours on end.
The IIM phd student who would take me to their four storey high library and find me story books i.e. unabridged Shakespeare! I kept asking him if these were written in english, I was less than nine.
The animal loving, landscaping genius, seamstress. She helped me draw each and every invitation card for one birthday party. She usually had a rescued baby squirrel peeping out of her shirt, a tortoise nibbling at her toes, and bagful of tatters to fashion into a flower, a dress or anything I fancied.

This was my parallel school.

And then my parents wondered why I did not want to become an engineer or a management consultant!No, not a banker, not a doctor, no, no...nothing that the cousins and normal people were doing.


And if there is one thing I am pleased about it is that we can provide a spectrum of mad people to turn our little girl's head around.
Filmmakers ( all kinds here), Anthropologists, Sound designers, Poets, Writers, Historians( and here you can take a pick -social historians, gender, labour, contemporary, medieval , even ancient),activist, graphic novelist who is also an architect and anthropologist, architects who are also film reviewers, theatre persons, artists, sociologists who are also carpenters, organic farmers who build their own houses, the list is long.... but today, and thats the reason for this long and winding post, I have a mail from a friend whom I had lost contact with, and she is, hold your breath, no, really you have to literally hold your breath here, a Deep Sea Archeologist!

Need to pencil in diving gear to be rented for atleast one vacation in the next ten years!

Oh, a special mention needs to made of the friend who began the pink chaddi campaign. There is major excitement in the house about making a packet of pink chaddis to be sent to those uncles who beat up the young girls in a pub. Thank you pink chaddi activist, you have coloured her idea of valentine's day perfectly!

11 comments:

Banno said...

Both you lucky girls! Blessed, indeed. Now what does it matter even if she does some boring day-time schooling at TPS???

SUR NOTES said...

well looking at dhanno - acting in her vacations - apart from doing various other exciting things- TPS seems fine. (Though, me, mild mannered me, had a huge row with them, first timeI went there to make enquiries. I dont think they will give her admission.)

Space Bar said...

what's TPS? And you know the Mark Twain quote...

dipali said...

Such a glorious childhood, Sur!
I can see Sanah having a great parallel education too:)

whereimcallingfrom said...

I'm jealous! Of you and Sanah :P

momstir said...

how lovely!

SUR NOTES said...

Dipali,Whereiamcallingfrom, Momstir: Did I tell you about the friend of mom who was deep into psychoanalysis at one time and would always ask " So what are you thinking about these days?"
Oh yes, I had a mother whose usual reaction to my cribbing about headaches/tummyaches etc would be "Must be psychosomatic, are you upset about anything?" :) I used to be good at spellings
( before my blogging days) because i could spell psychosomatic pretty early on.

SpaceBar: And what did Mark
twain say?

Space Bar said...

"Never let school interfere with you reducation."

choxbox said...

Lucky and lucky.

I like the term 'parallel schooling'.

Munchkin said...

Lucky Sana! We are one of those boring families where everyone is an engineer..my sister broke the tradition by going for hotel management and doing well for herself...hopefully the trend will continue with my children :)

Munchkin said...

Lucky Sana! We are one of those boring families where everyone is an engineer..my sister broke the tradition by going for hotel management and doing well for herself...hopefully the trend will continue with my children :)