Just one of those Sunday moments

You ever been in  a crack …;like a your whole life is a wall and  suddenly there is this crack in which you get stuck in , but strangely  you are moving and doing a lot of things but going no where , ….Hmmmm, its just about time to hit bed but  where did I get stuck moving forward ?? Let me rewind the day from the start

#1 Morning started out great , spend sometime in prayers . had  a good breakfast ( normally its anything that I can get done in a minute or two ) ….but took time to dice up the tomatoes in smaller portions before adding to my egg :) .

#2 Skipped  watched a cliche  movie (  aww soo predictable!! ) ..why did I even bother to watch !

#3 The Art fest is around the corner .. and need to get some things done

#4 Ohhh ,,almost for got , I have a interview to cover on Monday morning . Had to go to school to set up the back ground and lights for the shoot , in comes  my assistance , we both work together get the set up done in about 2 hours time

#5  While at school Art fest , the date things to plan , do .. many ideas , less time as always , any start to scout to see if I could use the junks at school to make an installation art …

#6 it almost lunch time and still figuring things out

#7 call up my cousin ( lives near by ) .. lunch at her place ?

#8 after prayers … head to her place , but looks like lunch will be late

#9 Late lunch but a real wonderful lunch , vegetable pulao and Geera Chicken curry !!  and waiting for the desert ( faluda! ) to set in …. I got to have the  recipe of the lunch  !

#10 Cousin showed some family pictures … felt a slight  silent pain from all the memories of having a family of my own – especially missing my kids

# 11 After noon prayers  , getting ready to head back home

#12 Opps.. for got to take down the recipe !! .. oh  also didn’t have the desert ! :(

# 13 Try out a experiment involving white cement and broken pieces of glass .

#14 Experiment status : Failed ~! .. back to the old drawing board !

# 15 was online with my lil cousin .. dozed off in bed …..zzzzzzz

#16 WOKE up to dad’s call on cell .. talking about dinner plans and that everyone is ready to go and waiting  , jump out of bed .. its only 7  feeling crap of missing evening routine of talking with God .. and quickly getting ready .. rush over to my folks ..

#17 only to find out ….. no one expect dad is ready !!!

# 18 still sleepy .. waited around for every one to get ready for dinner . Cousins family came .. all jumped in the car .. .and vrooomm!

#19 Dinner place was packed !! ( sunday night family crowds ) .. waiting … waiting .. waiting ..

#20 Ah finally ..dinner table all set ..The waiter came to take our order

# 21 had a good dinner ..  talks , jokes , laughs and hidden yawns …( still sleepy not showing it )

# 22 Got back .. and thought about the whole day ,….

Did a lot of things today .. but ..what !! .. back to thoughts, art fest .. family …kids , my Sunday  ..thoughts revolving ..

.and what  have I done…. anything ?? .. time to get to bed !!  :P

 

Been a busy bee …an update

The last few days and weeks have been just  running from one thing to another , it almost seemed liked I was caught in a race where , things just evolved around getting tasks done regardless of what time of  day  or night it is , but I shouldn’t complain , things were getting bottled neck and certain things did require immediate attending to .Apart being art integrated learning facilitator at school I also handle photography and now video shoots too . So  with launch of our own Media Unit at the school where I presently work, had me pretty much tied up .


The making of the Media Unit …

Over the years we have emphasized reuse and recycle , when the idea for  media unit ( which would mainly focus short video clips )  was  on , it was  bit of challenge and at the same time interesting to make the light set up out of scrap . I had a great deal of help from the staff at the school but the initial work kicked off with the help of the Resident Assamese staff mainly Tarun and Naresh.

We got books carton boxes from the stores ( thank you Satyan Sir :) ) . then old net poles from the swimming and PE dept which gave shape to the light stands ,

we needed the poles to stand straight and not wobble  , so we had some concrete hollow bricks from last years renovation lying about that came in pretty handy for our base .Tarun checks if the pole will slip in to the hollow bricks hole . Then it had to be tied down or cemented , we went with cement

 

One thing about the media unit was that it had to be portable , we should be able to shoot at various places . so it had to be ‘make shift’ , so with the carton boxes covered with diffuse paper our very own soft boxes were done. Next was to find a suitable place for our test shoots . We decided the library for the reason it was one building away from the main school building that kept the noise down .

And finally on Nov’14th  it was set up and we did our 1st shoot , with Mr Abdul Latheef Naha – reporter from the daily newspaper  -HINDU  (who also inaugurated the media unit ) was interviewed by one of our students Aashi of Gr 8 .

 


 

The Science Project :

This was a last minute entry , the science project for the pair of Gr 5 girls Aysha and Ziya . When I heard about it , it seemed very interesting . Again it was recycle and reuse !! – This time it was to show the effects of a land slide and its causes.For this we need a mountain structure , yeah for sure mountain would be easy with plain mud , but it would turn too heavy to be moved or transported . So in came boxes , Styrofoam, and plastic bottles, one over the other fasten down with rubber adhesive fevicol SR . it took use sometime to build up the structure and initially our idea to cover it with a flex sheet and then cover the same with mud or clay – but it didn’t work out as planned the then we tried to cover the whole with a sheet of cloth – then shape the  structure  to finer bit  using clay

 

Getting the clay ready :

For these two young ones it was a fun time with their hands in the mud !!,  -as they kneaded hard mud to soften up – they were one pair which stayed on till the the very end

Now, to cover the cloth sheet with mud . As as we did it started to take shape of the mountain . Soon we were a team of 2 gr 5  students and 3 facilitators, shaping our mountain , While the girls and Mr Hameed worked as scouts to get appropriate materials to build the vegetation Suhail and myself , we worked on layout and shaping it and adding in the vegetation .

Finally it was a task in it self to transport it ..not coz of the weight but the size ..At the exhibition , they presented it well and did their best  . Though they didn’t get any position for it , but the little duo and their  science project made news in the Daily News Paper the very next day , there was a write up about their whole concept and the place where this had happened , and how this incident ( the land slide) was not to be forgotten and all . I guess the hard work paid off for all of us with that .  Hey the kids were happy that they got to be famous :) …I was glad the whole thing stayed all in one piece till the exhibition was over . :)

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The two showed their appreciation by giving me and Suhail a “special treat !!! ” the next working day at school  ;)

THANK YOU AYSHA and ZIYA !!  :)

 

 

 

A ride and Breakfast

Last week , still in the series of “Do something Different” , Called up my colleague for breakfast again !! :)  and this time it was a Ride out to eat at a totally new place :)

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Among the morning rays across the mountains and the fields we finally find a small joint, with hot steaming “poratas”

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Simple food , Simple place – Eating different to doing something different !!

Do something different ..

Do we all get bound by routine ..or is it just me ? I am sure its not just me . I don’t mind having a routine but it feels good when you break that and do something different for a change . Yesterday  morning , I had some time on my hands, the unsaid feeling or an urge to have a different routine in the morning was knocking on  me I guess .

The thought came to me while making breakfast, I thought about packing breakfast and having at school !! also  I have this  friend and colleague who stays occasionally at school as he lives far off . So packed in some sandwiches , sweetened rice flakes , and flask of black tea and headed out to school early . I had not informed my friend about this but it was good that he had not made any breakfast plans.

So by 8:00 we were munching away on sandwiches and sipping hot tea on the steps to the football field  in the  open air with  sun shinning just right  ( we been having heavy  rains lately), talking away on subjects , school and just having a nice time .

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Left a bit of rice flakes for them ants too :) !!!!

Left a bit of rice flakes for them ants too :) !!!!

I noticed how different I felt yesterday through out the day.There was sense of constant energy , things that usually bothered me at the back of the mind didn’t . A fresh and very energetic feeling.  Breaking the routine at times really pushes your energy level . So my friends start your day ,have a different meal,  meet someone you usually won’t, take a different route to work..  …….. do something different !! and have a great time !!