Money Oh! Money

September 29th, 2008 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

There was a schoolboy named Robin. He had a good voice, so he used to take part in singing competitions in school. As he grew to adolescence, he asked his teacher one day,
“I don’t like singing, I want to become a Rock Star”.
“Good, you can” answered the teacher.
“Rock stars have a lot of money. I want only money in my life”, said Robin to the teacher.
The teacher was only carefully listening and observing him. After a few days again he came near her and said, “Miss you know, the rock star has a lot of money. I have seen an interview on TV. They showed his bungalow, his car, everything. I am really fascinated by seeing his lifestyle. The ordinary singer only earns limited money”.
The teacher replied, “Don’t be attracted so much. All that glitters is not gold”.
Then he said, ” I know, everyone thinks like that, but I know, money can Talk, money is everything in life”. The teacher did not tell him anything.
Several years passed. The teacher still remembered Robin. One day she met Robin’s mother in the market. The mother asked the teacher, “Actually, I was eager to meet you for some reason. See God is so great that I met you unknowingly”.
“What’s the matter”, said the teacher.
“Can you come to my place, if you have time, I stay nearby”? The teacher was really a helpful natured lady. So she agreed to visit her place immediately. When they reached there, she saw there all the instruments, what is required for a musician. She was happy in her mind.
As soon as they reached and sat down for conservation, Robin’s mother started weeping. Seeing her condition, the teacher felt awkward to ask anything. Many questions came to her mind. She consoled his mother and asked, “What’s the matter?”
“Robin is out of my hand now, he is really a spoiled child, takes money, if I refuse to give, he abuses me, he even started robbing valuables from home,” the mother said. Meanwhile, the doorbell rang. The mother opened the door. A long-haired, with an earring, shirt button opened, a vagabond boy entered the room. When the teacher saw the boy he said, “Oh! Teacher, when did you come?” What a pathetic condition of the boy, who was a brilliant boy in his childhood. The teacher thought for a moment. Meanwhile, the mother told of his father’s ill health also. He was still repeating the same thing. “Teacher you know, money is the most important thing in one’s life, you have to earn this money in any way. That brings happiness”.

She left their house immediately. After reaching home, the teacher thought of the condition of his parents. His mother told that he got a chance to study medicine, but he was not interested. His mother requested the teacher to help her to get her son back.
Two days later, she got a phone call from Robin’s mother that her husband was admitted to the hospital. The teacher thought this was the right time to talk to Robin. So she proceeded towards the hospital. When she arrived at the hospital, Robin was not there. She was really astonished. But she decided, ‘now I have to help his parents’. She called Robin and told him to meet her at her residence and gave the residence’s address. Duly he came to meet her. She asked him, “Are you happy?” He did not say anything. She said, “Money is what all need, but ‘money is everything’ is wrong. For every desire, you have to draw a line. Every desire should have a limit. Otherwise, you will be dissatisfied always. You should know where to draw the line. You should train yourself for that. That is why a child should be trained from childhood to analyze everything. Then it is easier for him to draw a line of his limitation. If you don’t know where to draw a line, for every act, then you will be unsuccessful and unhappy and you will not achieve your goal”.
Robin listened attentively and told, “Now my father is in hospital, if I would have enough money, I could have put him in a better hospital. Rock-stars have Rolls-Royce car, all the comfort, isn’t it?” asked Robin.
The teacher replied, “Yes my child! They have Rolls-Royce, if money would be everything, Rock-stars would not die, moneyed people would have lived forever. Your parents are more important for your life. Your mother knows her limitation, she has enough money to spend for your father’s treatment. I will not discourage you to become a Rock-star, but they have their ups and downs. Whatever you see is not always true. Everyone on this earth is born for some of the other reasons. Yes, disappointment comes, but you have to analyze and find out the work which is actually for you”.
“First of all, at this moment, your concern should be for your father’s health and not money. Money comes and goes and it is important for everyone, but it is not necessary to become a Rock star and earn money. Robin, you are so talented. Why don’t you open your own band and start performing in a small way?”

Water rolled down Robin’s cheek, for few minutes he did not utter a word, then he said, “That is why I respect you a lot teacher. You showed me the right way. I will form a group band and earn according to my capacity.

Money may be everything, one should know where to draw a line.

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Causes of Fatigue

September 13th, 2008 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

  • Sensation of tiredness: If anyone works continuously, he is unable to concentrate on work and feels tired. Rabindranath Tagore says “This weariness forgive me oh! My Lord”.
  • Less glycogen level: The decreased glycogen levels and the pressure of toxic substances in the blood cause fatigue.
  • Lack of oxygen: During any muscular activity, oxygen from the blood cells is used and cause fatigue.
  • Lack of Motivation: If the person is not motivated, his work efficiency becomes less and he experiences fatigue very easily.
  • Lack of adequate sleep: Sound sleep is needed for good health. Lack of sound sleep affects work production and hence causes fatigue.
  • Lack of Ventilation: Lack of proper ventilation affect the health, work efficiency and causes fatigue.
  • Proper interest: If there is no interest in the work, it turns to be boring and causes fatigue.
  • Illness: Long illness or sedative dose of medicine and has just recovered, gets fatigued easily.

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September 11th, 2008 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Dysgraphia is a learning disability resulting to difficulty in expressing thoughts in writing.The student may not form words correctly and there is difficulty in writing within a certain space. It takes time to write neatly.

Writing involves several brain functions:

1) Vocabulary

2) Grammar


Sign or the characteristics of Dysgraphia

1) Illegible handwriting- very bad handwriting.

2) Inconsistency– mixture of cursive and print letters.

3) Talk to self— murmurs.

4) Unfinished words & letters, omitted words.

5) Inconsistent in spacing words & letters.

6)  Cramped grip i.e unusual grip of pencil or pen.

7)  Give slope while writing.

8) Very slow at writing.

9) Random or not existent punctuation, spelling mistakes, errors in common suffixes.

Dealing with Dysgraphic children

a) Considering the rate of producing written work.

b)  Considering the volume of the work to be produced.

c) Considering the complexity of the writing task.

d) Considering tool used to produced the work.

e) Considering the format of the product.

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Remedial Teaching for Dyslexia

September 11th, 2008 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

1) Regular reading.

2)Make a habit of reading loudly.

3) Follow finger while reading.

4) Attention & listening

5) Paired reading exercises

6) Play word game

7) Encourage singing songs, verses etc.

8) Making the reading a fun.

9) Praise the child immediately if he  tries little.

10) If the child is always in hurry, give him to draw something and encourage him to do so.

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Selfless Tree

September 4th, 2008 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

There were rows of trees in a lane. One day a tree asked another tree. “You are really lucky! So many people come, stand and take rest under your shade”.The tree replied, “Yes, I am proud of myself as my shade spreads everywhere, but sometimes I feel angry with people because they give me nothing except trouble”. An old mango tree was eagerly listening to their conversation. He called those two trees and said, “I heard your conversation that is why I want to tell you something”.

Many many years ago, when the Earth was just born, a tree wanted to come to earth, but without God’s permission, nobody could come here. So it went to God to seek permission.

It asked, “God, why don’t you send me to the earth? I want to see the earth”. God replied, “I can send you to earth on one condition”. “One condition!” exclaimed the tree. God said, “I will send you if you serve mankind and animals throughout your lifetime”.The tree was very happy.

It answered, “I agree to it, this will give happiness if I can serve them and the most important thing is that I will see the earth”. God granted permission and gave seed to the man and asked him to dig the land deep and put the seed in it.

As the seed was carried by the man , it thought “I am very lucky as I will make the life and I will decorate the land and help the soil with my hard work”. The man did what God directed him. After some time, two leaves with small stem came out from the seed. When the baby plant came out, God appeared before it. The plant was very happy to see God in front of it. It bowed down and asked, “God! There must be something, so you are here”. God said, “Now you will grow. Your branches will spread everywhere, you will have lots of flowers.  When flowers will blossom, you will be thrilled. Then the bees, hornet (the bumblebee) will be humming or buzzing near you and sit on your flower. You will enjoy them doing such an act. After some time you will be full of fruit all over”.

“God! Please guide me, what do I do as I grow”. “My dear tree! You are fortunate in this universe, that I am giving you a boon that I have not given to any of my creations. You can make your own food with the help of sunlight and water. Your green leaves will be your kitchen where you will cook your food”.

That way the tree was growing, branches spreading everywhere. Animal, birds started taking shelter. Birds started making their nest and needed more trees.  The animal started eating the leaves of the trees. Leaves started giving shade to the unknown travelers.

After some days, the tree was very happy. As the spring arrived, the tree was full of flowers. The entire hornet, bees started humming and started sitting on the flower collecting pollen from flower to flower.

One day, the tree was so happy, when it saw a tiny fruit in its branch. Within no time, the whole tree was full of fruits. When fruits started ripening, the man collected them below, then climbed on it and tasted them. The tree was smiling and happily sharing the fruits with mankind.

God was watching this from Heaven and felt very happy. One night, He came and stood near it and told “what you are exhaling will be beneficial for mankind. Whatever they are exhaling, you have to take it for your life and benefit from them. I haven’t given any boon to them. They always have to depend on you. They would not be making or cooking anything without your help. So they will be using your branches for burning and cooking.

Lastly, God came to mankind and said, “I sent the tree for your benefit, so you have to be dependent on trees. All your wishes will be fulfilled if you help the trees to grow. Like trees, if you help others, by serving mankind and fulfill its necessities, you will be my favorite. If you protect the trees, which will be beneficial to you indirectly, you will be indirectly pleasing Me”.

God said, “Serving mankind is the biggest worship of the Lord”.

Let us Save trees for our Benefit

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September 1st, 2008 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

Dyslexia is a condition where a child experiences severe difficulties in reading,he is unable to read. It is a language based disability in which the person has trouble in understanding words, sentences and paragraphs. The students have the problem to understand

i) letters

ii) group of letters

iii)  sentences or paragraph  e.g dog—bog

There are two major dysfunctions—

i) development specific disability—- biological condition comes from heredity.

ii) Acquired specific dyslexia—due to trauma, mental shock or injury


a) Surface— can read the word, but can not recognise the word.

b) Spelling— reads correctly, writes wrong.

c) Direct— jumps from one part to another. Skips words or sentences

All dyslexic do not have same symptoms, it could be:

i) Visual spatial

ii) Speech sound

iii) Correlating difficulty–problem with similar words e.g pear, pair

iv) Auditory dyslexia

v) Visual auditary—use visual and audio simultaneously.


1) Problem with left, right direction of the print. Gets confused.

2) Speech irregularities

3) Eating words while reading

4) Confusion with similar sounding words e.g–accept and except

5) Attention problem–short attention span

6) Poor ability to name objects

7) Poor ability to categorize objects

8) Difficulty in carrying out more than one instruction at a time.

9) Confusion with letters that look alike e.g p&q, b&d.

10) Difficult in understanding preposition related to alphabet e.g in & out.

11) Inability to recognize & recall written symbols.

12) Reverse letter e.g b&d.

13) Lack of automation in reading.

14) Forgets to cross letters e.g little as lillte.

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