Life at School
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Schools ruining the foundational roots of learning

We spent almost 15 years being brainwashed on learning things that have nothing to do majorly with our present mind space. And we keep paying the price.

It is proven that the most dangerous habits of all come from high school.

Because if you are not willing to explore and experience, you are not willing to learn.

Traditional schooling rewards multitasking and widespread mediocrity, with a focus on ‘good enough’. means you’ve done enough, quick, get on to the next average thing. Repeat the cycle.

I was reading somewhere that almost every public speaker has experienced the back-row syndrome. Where did we learn to seek out the anonymous middle or the other zone of the back row? Who taught us to worry about getting called on?

If you’re going to bother showing up, why not show up in the front row? It’s that  tension and focus that will help see you beyond and soon yourself in a different light.

Wondering is a lot more effective than wandering.

School pushes hard for wide, bot not deep. It puts maximum pain on us when we’re doing below the standard things we don’t love, instead of pushing us to do better in the things we can carry for lives.

Nuance is wasted on high school students. Trust me there is a better way to do. There’s better things to do than to immerse yourself in the maybes, the mights and the possibles. Things like getting out of the building and back to life.

Please don’t hesitate. Find something that matters to you and learn it. We at school here try to push the standards up. Not the usual ones but that one, which carry roots.

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Hi, I am Narayan Kaudinya. And i welcome you on this journey, the Road to Nara ! I am an Ethnographer and a practicing Indologist. I did my masters in History and further learnt Sanskrit, Yoga and Nerve-therapy. At 24, pushing most academic sounding, office sitting works away, i felt compelled to know and understand the world and my country, Bharat/India. I travelled, and as it happened i took up teaching in Kashmir and further up in the remote villages of Baltistan in the foothills of Karakoram Ranges. For around three years and many states later there came a time when i felt that it was only while teaching i learnt how to laugh, to see, feel, breathe, love and cry -with children, and mostly resource-less parents in the harshest-freezing border conditions. I write, and work as a documentary photographer and Filmmaker, with numerous published, exhibited and some awarded stories. In my travels and life i have let nature lead me, the divine mother, and as a Yogin, my resolve here is to share my experiences and thoughts as honestly, and through them to blossom in everyone the power and possibility in pursuing your breath, that you seek your true nature with courage and curiosity. Here, on this road i will share my spirit, my love for nature, the elements of life that are us. And in doing so, i'll be happy to see you along.


  1. After reading all the essays above, I will read them at least once more because it is like having a conversation with you. I will comment further later, but for now, I will say this: I don’t need to ask myself what the world needs to get closer to achieving peace, because when you write you come alive, through your conviction and passion. The world needs people to come alive, and be inspired, and that, Narayan, you have achieved.


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    • I will confess Joanna, that i am far from feeling and understanding my own inspiration/motivation many a times.

      As i must tell you, i am still digging, still scratching and trying till i find water and sweet that brings and not just brings but satiates my thirst for stillness, and carry along all those ones who’ll need that water of love and peace, whomsoever touches.

      Love Joanna.


  2. Melanie says

    Narayan, Your post reminds me of something I wrote awhile back. I always appreciate it when people express skepticism about traditional education. I love to learn and curiosity keeps me constantly learning more but I think it was my special needs children that really helped me think about education differently. The best education works for even the weakest members of the community.


    • Thanks Melaine. I will soon read it. This post was hidden and its lovely to have your words on it. This is also one of the areas that needs lot of work. I hope here we will be able create an all inclusive space that need less physical weakness but abundant receiving from nature. Thank you

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  3. Anonymous says

    You are right. A good heart would never willingly give up a child. I don’t know the history of India very well but I’m sure through colonialism and other forces Indian mothers have had children torn from them by no choice of their own. I am going through this with my own children and I can only pray and trust that God will return them back to me. I still take them up and carry them in prayer and will never stop doing this.


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