Archive for December, 2016

My Diary – Leadership Styles

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Leadership Styles (4th December, 2016)


1. Grass – Grows horizontally on the ground occupying more space; allows people to walk on it.
2. Seasonal flowering plant – Grows beautiful flowers in a season and then destroys itself.
3. Creepers – It grows on support of others plants/species.
4. Fruit Trees – Continuously provides fruits to humans year-on-year.
5. Shade Trees – Grows tall and provides shade/shelter for all purposes.
6. Tall Trees – Grows tall and taller individually without any obstruction.

Please add your observations

Observations by Dr. Sundar:

Shrubs – Exist; do not contribute much anyway.
Cactus – Survives amidst adversity, are the only green spots in such a landscape; otherwise prickly and inaccessible. Bonsai – Has a potential to grow, but is not allowed to.
Banyan – Allows offspring to develop roots and grows in stature.
Coconut tree and the like – every part is useful, not only the fruit.
Carnivorous plants – need I say more?

My Diary – Collaborative and Sustainable Design of the Nature

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Today morning, I spent some time at Madras Club admiring the Nature. The cyclone had just passed by Chennai 2 days back and since then there were small drizzles intermittently. The Parrots, Egrets, Crow, and Myna were enjoying a beautiful day of the nature. Suddenly, my mind was connected to the power of ‘Panchabhoota‘.

I knew ‘Panchabhoota‘ as five basic elements on which nature is built but not interlinked to the relationship among them.
1. Five elements of ‘Panchabhoota‘ are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space.
2. Water flows through canals, rivers and seas & oceans; air and space are omnipresent; earth needs water and air to grow life.
3. Now the problem is to connect water with earth uniformly for growing any form of life.
4. Here, fire (heat) plays the role of water evaporation.
5. Air plays a role in distributing evaporation.
6. Space gives a storage of evaporated water in the form of clouds.
7. The actual process of connecting earth and water happens through rains.

What a Collaborative nature and designed unending cycles of sustainability!


Teaching with the World Peace Game

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4’x5′ plywood board — and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always surprising — go further than classroom lectures can.

A must watch video on spontaneous LEARNING through world peace game. Please take out 18 minutes of time.