“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire”

Mere Desh ki Mitti

What is the purpose of education? Does it mean to learn the letters? Does it mean to learn a language? Does it mean going to school and college to get a degree? Is it just that or more?

The real purpose of education lies in enlightenment. Education is nothing if it is not an awakening. If one learns by rote, without understanding the essence, then that learning remains limited to a certain time. With time, memory fades and so does this kind of learning. But a critical reception of knowledge imparted ensures its longevity and fulfills its real objective. Wasn’t Tagore right when he said

The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.”

If we are unable to interrogate with the knowledge that we gain, then we have not understood our lesson well. It is…

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Santosh Namby

A lover of Nature who loves photography and works as a Civil Servant, Santosh Namby Chandran has been a photographer for several years. Starting with a point and shoot 35mm film camera from canon to progressing to a film SLR and then a DSLR, his photographic journey has been a long one, filled with immense learning. Trained as an Ecologist and a Civil Servant, he merges his worlds and moves seamlessly though the corridors of power as well as overgrown jungles. An avid trekker and hiker, he has a penchant for shooting butterflies and birds...

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