It has been an honor to be able to add a little value to the “Personality Development Summer Camp” organized by the Madras University.
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.
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.
After a lot of cajoling and motivation…….
The shy kids also performed….
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.
This program at Madras University has thought me how to be ready for any type of audiences.
With little persuasion these little stars showed us their spark, soaked us with their warmth.
The Little Artist….. Who sang a beautiful Bhajan….
With Dr S Thenmozhi, Associate Professor
Dept. of Counselling Psychology UniversityofMadras
Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Certificate of appreciation……
I want to thank Dr Eric and Dr Thenmozhi, who gave me this wonderful opportunity…..
Live to lead visited an NGO this summer and showered the place with happiness and loads of hope. The kids learn’t how aggression is not the solution to all the problems we face in life, listening to a simple folklore, ‘Hiss, Don’t Bite’ from Bengal.
Always face your fears with a smile.
A simple word of encouragement can add loads of confidence in a little child’s heart!
We all like to get attention, don’t we?
Tap them young, encourage them to explore their own inner strengths…..
To me each child has an unique talent, that just needs to be discovered….
Lost in the world of words, characters and twists and turns…..
High-five…! Job well done….!
Have you ever seen so much happiness in one place?
Don’t want to miss out on any hidden talent here 🙂
A Panoramic view….
An impromptu translation of the story, originally in English but delivered in Tamil, the local language. A glimpse of it….
I did struggle a bit with the translation, but was very thankful to the coordinators who helped me.
To be able to catch the attention of 64 kids, aged 3 to 5 years seemed like a herculean task when I started the session, but towards the end I felt like an Olympic gold medalist because I received a thunderous applause from these little angels. They recalled the whole story , vividly describing the events from the story. I felt my mission was accomplished, I was lucky to be able to share what I have gathered in my journey so far.
A folklore from Japan, this story revolves around a junk collector who helps a Tanuki and what happens afterwards….
There are many versions of this story, here is one of the versions.,
Bunbuku Chagama roughly translated means ,”happiness bubbling over like a tea pot”
A Junk collector finds a girls wearing a red dress, being troubled in the market by other naughty boys. He decides to help her, the girl is actually a Tanuki with magical powers. She can transform in to anything in the blink of a second. Tanuki decides to return the favor of the junk collector and transforms in to a teapot. The juck seller finds the teapot and sells it to a monk in a monestary……. what happened next…?
When the monk put the teapot over a fire, the Tanuki could not tolerate the heat and was injured. He jumped out of the fire, shocking the monk. The angry monk returned the teapot to the junk collector who once again treated the injured Tanuki with kindness. Soon…..
Tanuki recovered soon and helped the junk collector by giving wonderful acrobat performances. the junk collector was soon very rich and lived luxuriously.
What followed the story was the craft we created…. Origami, the beautiful paper craft from Japan. Here is the gist of the session.
What can a little boy do when their own cook, who is a witch, wants to kill his little sister?
This beautiful story unfolds the adventure of a little boy and his even more little sister, on how they save themselves from the witch. How in the process they learn together they can create magic and together they can win any battle. The audience for this session were inspired to not give up in difficult times but to look up for their near and dear ones for help, and together they would overcome any difficulty.
We traveled to an ancient kingdom in Germany. The king of that kingdom had 3 daughters. One day he called them all and asked them how much each one of them loved him and thought about him.
Eldest daughter said,’You are the sweetest person in the whole world.’
Second daughter said,’ You are as smooth as a silk.’
The third daughter, who was very beautiful said,’You are like salt in my food. With you it is tasteless.’
The king was very angry, offended with the third daughters reply. He banished her from his kingdom. The third princess cried to her dad, the king for forgiveness, but the king did not listen. She left a trail of pearls behind because when ever she cried she would have pearls dropping out of her eyes.
She was rescued an old lady in the forest who gave her a mask for her protection. The mask was of an ugly old lady’s face. The princess would wear the mask in the day time and remove it at night.
Three years later there came a Duke’s son in the same forest that the old lady and princess lived. The duke’s son helped the old lady to carry two heavy basket filled with fruits and wood. The old lady in return gave him a green box as gift.
The Duke’s son gives this green box to the queen of the kingdom he is visiting. The queen faints the moment she opens the box, for inside the box is a pearl. A pearl like the one her 3rd daughter used to shed. The Duke’s son was imprisoned but later called by the Queen herself. She asks the Young man where he found the box and finally the King and the queen reunite with their daughter who was helped by the old woman, who turned out to be a Fairy.
Today we traveled to Bengal. A cobra shared his story with us. Of how he learnt that anger isn’t a solution to problems, neither is ignoring the problems. He shared the magical mantra his Guru taught him, ‘Hiss, Don’t bite!’