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University Of Madras

It has been an honor to be able to add a little value to the “Personality Development Summer Camp” organized by the Madras University.

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With around 40 kids between the age of 8 Years to 17 Years, it was a challenge to organize activities that everyone would enjoy, at the same time they have a take away also.

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While some of them were really confident some had their own inhibitions, all that I had to do is persuade them to believe in themselves, convince them its how it is okay to falter, how it is okay to make mistakes.

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After a lot of cajoling and motivation…….

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The shy kids also performed….

University Of Madras These young adults are very raw, they need to be molded. They sometimes have to be dealt with love, compassion but at times a little discipline needs to be inculcated for their own good.

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This program at Madras University has thought me how to be ready for any type of audiences.

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With little persuasion these little stars showed us their spark, soaked us with their warmth.

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The Little Artist….. Who sang a beautiful Bhajan….

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With Dr S Thenmozhi, Associate Professor
Head i/c
Dept. of Counselling Psychology
University of Madras
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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Certificate of appreciation……

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I want to thank Dr Eric and Dr Thenmozhi, who gave me this wonderful opportunity…..

Time well spent…..

Sighing off

Manisha Hitesh Shah


Recording @ All India Radio


Recording with AIR, had been a wonderful experience. I want to thank Harish for extending this opportunity. The topic I had to speak about was, ‘Things you could do this Summer’. It was a talk that was specifically targeted for Children who get thoroughly bored in summer each year .Here is the gist of few suggestions I had for them…

  • There are trillions of summer camp activities you yourself can create within the blissful boundaries of your home. You don’t have to go outside in this hot hot hot SUN!
  • The first activity that I would suggest to you is this summer vacation is become the cool historian! You could start with first selecting the topic on which you want to freeze your memories. Next start taking pictures of your subject. For example, I select my topic as ‘My Family Tree’, I could start with shooting pictures of my dad, mom, sisters, brothers, cousins, uncles, aunts etc. I would start collecting picture of my grandfather, my grandmother, my great grandfather, my great grandmother. I will then like to file the pictures with each person’s traits, likes, dislikes, date of birth, date of death, if applicable. You will understand how data is collected and later organized by historians. You will also start to realize the efforts historians put in.
  • If you don’t want to be the historian, become the scientist. There are many simple experiments you could easily do on your own. All of these are easily available on the internet. Pick up one simple experiment, read about it in detail. Note down things that would need to conduct the experiment you have chosen, document the whole experiment. Meaning write down what you are planning to achieve through this experiment, how you plan to execute it, problems you faced as you executed the experiment and finally the result. I remember, I created a volcano when I was in my 6th I made a 2 feet high volcanic mountain using white cement; I colored it giving it a realistic look, used glue to stick red colored crystal sparkling sand and then used some very basic chemicals to create the volcanic effect. Now I will not tell you what those chemicals were, why don’t you find out for yourself?
  • Don’t be the lazy lamb this summer vacation! Beat the heat, beat the sun and Wake up early and set out of your home become the ORNITHOLOGIST.  Confusing jargon word isn’t it? A person who studies birds is called an ORNITHOLOGIST. Be the bird watcher this summer. A variety of birds migrate to NAAMB CHENNAI, our southern state to spend their summer vacation. Ha ha ha, why don’t you spend some time with them too this summer? If you live in Chennai, explore the lungs of Chennai!!! Confused again? The Guindy National Park, situated in the heart of Chennai is often called the Lungs of Chennai. Spread over 2.7 square KM, this is the place you must visit if you want to shoot the red winged crested cuckoo, lesser flame back woodpecker, spotted owlet the list of birds is endless. Don’t take your air gun to shoot them but take your camera to capture these unique beautiful species. Note down the information about these different varieties of birds and tabulate all your recordings. Find out more about these birds on the internet. Another thing that you could do is go to the marina beach or visit any park near your house and observe the birds around you. Study their behavior, trust me friends you will really enjoy spending quality time with the nature around you..
  •  If you do not enjoy the birds so much, how about the board games? Snakes and Ladder, Monopoly, Palagulli, Guess Who? Well I know many of you are already playing these games, now this summer why don’t you do something different. Why don’t you become the CREATOR! Create your own board game! Dust away the dust settled on your brain and ignite the creative you. Activate the grey area in your brain! Take a chart paper, an old card board box, colors, scale, pencil….whatever creativity strikes you, assemble all of these things together and create your own board game with your own rules. Who knows you may get a patent for the new game you develop this summer vacation. And you will be a rich celebrity. Did you know the game MONOPOLY was designed by Elizabeth and Charles Darrow in 1903 and the current version was first published by Parker Brothers in 1935! So what are you waiting for make your own board game!!!
  • Why don’t you become the journalist this summer? Covering events around your locality, capturing them on the camera and sending a report to your local newspaper and also the state newspaper. All that you need to do is pack your bag with a note book, a pen, a camera and plenty of water to keep you hydrated. Go outside the comforts of your home and be the adventurer. Experience the hardship the journalists go through when they run after a story. Your prospective of the news you read next time in the newspaper would change completely. To start, first pick a situation or a subject that you find interesting or you think people would want to read about, make your plan and research more about the topic, once you are ready with your research find out how it is on the scene, in reality. For example, I find that the roads in my locality are in a very bad state. I pick it as my topic, next I research all the nuances about the road laying, who does it and whom to approach. I then go to the people living in the neighborhood, take their interviews, speak to them about the problems they face because of bad roads, ask them what they think is the reason of bad roads, what they think is the ideal solution. Then I go to the people responsible for road laying and speak to them about cause of the problem, solution etc. Finally I summarize the whole situation and make my report about the whole situation through the prospective of the local people and the local governing authorities. Isn’t it fun? And a LOT OF HARD WORK!!

Rich vs Poor

A very rich man took his son to a village to show what poverty is all about.

After the trip, he asked his son about poverty…

The son replied : We have 1 dog, they had 4 …

We have a small pool, they have a long river …

We’ve lamps, they’ve stars …

We’ve small piece of land, They’ve large fields …

We buy food, they grow theirs & eat fresh …

They have friends to play, we don’t have friends, we have to play with Computers & PS …

They have happiness, we have only money …

Their fathers have time for their childrens, & Our father don’t have …

The boy’s dad was speechless.

Then boy said ”thanks dad for showing me how poor we are. Life is all about how we see, interpret & accept things..!

Character is not about honesty and integrity alone…
Its more about doing the right thing when tempted to do the wrong…

Develop Your Kids Into Leaders: What to Do and When

Psychologists Susan Murphy and Stefanie Johnson in their recently-published review of the “early seeds of leadership,” suggest leadership tasks and skills that can be developed as early as 2 years of age.

Here is what they suggest parents should work on developing at particular ages.

Preschool years (ages 2-5)

Delay of Gratification. This is the early root of emotional intelligence – learning to control desires and learning to wait for rewards.

Communication Skills. At this early age, work on the basics of emotional and nonverbal communication (e.g., reading emotional faces), and on social skills, including using words to influence others and to communicate liking and affection for others.

Elementary school (ages 6-11)

Working in Teams. Coordinating efforts and cooperating with others.

Public Speaking. Ability to express ideas to others (which also develops basic social skills)

Etiquette and Understanding Social Situations.Learning how to act appropriately; basic manners that will pay off both now and later in life.

Early Leadership Tasks. Volunteering as class monitor or teacher’s helper; leading student projects.

Middle school – early adolescence (ages 12-14)

Self-Mangement Skills. Learning to better understand oneself and to critically evaluate oneself; goal-setting.

Leadership Tasks. Coordinating student teams and public speaking in a leadership role.

High school – late adolescence (ages 15-19)

Organizational Skills. Coordinating and leading complex projects. After school and summer jobs help.

Motivational Skills. Learning how to motivate others; delegating and monitoring the work of other team members.

College – young adulthood (ages 19-22)

Establishing Organizations. Starting or leading a school club; founding a grassroots organization

Supervisory Skills. These can often be learned during summer internships or part-time jobs.

Leadership Skills. Focusing on leading multiple constituents and diverse team members.

This comes from an article in a recent special issue of The Leadership Quarterly. In those studies, the early roots of adult leadership are traced back to adolescent and childhood years. The results are fascinating and represent some of the first longitudinal studies of leader development.

Lunch with God

A little boy wanted to meet God! He packed his suitcase with two sets of his dress and some packets of cakes! He started his journey, he walked a long distance and found a park! He was feeling tired, so, he decided to sit in the park and take some refreshment! He opened a packet of cake to eat!

He noticed an old woman sitting nearby, sad with hunger, so he offered her a piece of cake!

She gratefully accepted it with a wide look and smiled at him! Her smile was so pretty that the boy longed to see it again! After sometime he offered her another piece of cake! Again, she accepted it and smiled at him! The boy was delighted!

They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but never said a word! While it grew dark, the boy was frightened and he got up to leave but before he had gone more than a few steps, he ran back and gave the woman a hug and she kissed him with her prettiest smile!

Back home, when the boy knocked the door, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face!

She asked him, “What did you do today that makes you look so happy?”

He replied, “I had lunch with God!”

Before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? She’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen in my life!”

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home! Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and asked, “Mom, what did you do today that made you so happy?”

She replied, “I ate cakes in the park with God!”

Before her son responded, she added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected!”

Too often we underestimate the power of;
a touch,
a smile,
a kind word,
a listening ear,
an honest compliment,
the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around!

Remember, nobody knows what God looks like! People come into our lives for a reason, for a season or for a lifetime!

Accept all of them equally.. .. ..