Teaching is just another form of learning. And most of the time, you meet teachers in the unlikeliest of places. Once while teaching a class of post graduate students of media studies, I was told by a young girl, “You know ma’am..if you have something to offer, you will never go hungry. There will always be enough.” And I remember that auto driver with an Osho picture who told me what he had learnt from the master, “What comes..let it come. What goes..let it go. Don’t resist what is.” Or another old auto driver who said, “Life is a gift..one must never forget that. God gave us a mind to know right from wrong but if we choose to jump in a ditch rather than avoiding it, we cannot blame life.” Or the old woman who is a street vendor and goes to a gourmet store on MG Road everyday to buy two biscuit packets to feed the birds who flock around her at a certain hour in the evening.
In the previous Unboxed writing workshop, I met Ashwin who was struck by cerebral palsy but had the most powerful presence in the room. Ashwin who told me about a time when he was ready to end his life but then dreamt of his father who told him, “This is not why your were born. You were born to show what is possible.” He woke up determined to defeat the odds and did. In this workshop, because the numbers had swelled, there was more conversation than regimented module based learning and each person who gave me four hours of their hard won Sunday on May 22 taught me a little about how rich, unique and deeply moving every human story is.
Leaning Tree Art Cafe was a perfect place and the food was awesome. The duration, the content, the number of participants was perfect.
Thank you for helping me overcome some inhibitions that I had in writing. Looking forward to more sessions from you on editing and the commercial aspects of book publishing etc.