Thursday, October 1, 2009

Getting started

I have an idea. It's something for us to do together. But I need your help to make it happen. It's a scrapbook. A Gandhi scrapbook.

You know what a scrapbook is- a space where lots of its and bits and other items like paper cuttings or photographs go here and there, all adding up to make a fascinating story. In this case, it's the story of Gandhiji and his times, his contemporaries, the adventures...

Now, what I'd like you to do is:
* First, forget the textbooks.
* Next, find people who may be able to tell you stories. Ideally, they'd have to be at least as old as I am (which is quite quite old.) Catch hold of some willing older people and find out who the oldest person in their family is. Then, ask if you could please meet them because you want to know what life was like when they were growing up. Most likely, most likely, they would have something to say about the freedom struggle, and they might, just might, have some interesting Gandhiji-related things to share. Listen, write it down, and send it to me.
* Maybe, as a bonus, they may be able to share some pictures with you as some people did with me. You could send me a photograph.

Together, we can make a virtual scrapbook. How does that sound? And I know Gandhiji would be very happy because he used to hate waste. He used his pencil until there was nothing left but half a thumb length of stub. A virtual book would be just his thing. What do you think? Let's do this together. Let's make Our Own Gandhi Scrapbook.
- Sandhya


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  2. It's always a problem getting started. I know that feeling. Ideas dance around in your head, but when it comes down to putting it down on paper, well, that's a different story altogether!

    So, what do we do? Tell you what: just write in and tell me what you know about Gandhi. What you think about Gandhi? Do you think he was a good idea? Or not? Why? Why?