When Dawn Breaks: An Invitation to Imagine Utopia

Utopia: An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. (Hindi: आदर्शलोक; Tamil: கற்பனையுலகு) Around the world, we sit in lockdown, quarantine or isolation, and there is no end in sight to this pandemic crisis. As difficult as this moment is, it is also a wonderful time to imagine what a perfect world … More When Dawn Breaks: An Invitation to Imagine Utopia

Citizenship, Protest and Democracy: A Teachable Moment

December and January in Chennai are not just months of relatively decent weather, but also a time of holidays and disruptions. In a good year, students break for the Christmas-New Year week and then very quickly, for Pongal. In other years, climate emergencies disrupt their routine and they spend the rest of the academic year … More Citizenship, Protest and Democracy: A Teachable Moment

Write to Heal

I wrote about the ‘Write to Reconcile’ project in Sri Lanka for the November 2019 edition of Teacher Plus. My objective was to explore and show how creative writing has been used as a tool to build bridges between people from communities with a history of conflict. Here is an excerpt from the article: The three-year project … More Write to Heal

A teacher who openly advocates for queer students makes a big difference.

I love meeting teachers who know that making their classroom a safe and affirming place for LGBTQIA+ (queer) students is part of their job. However, this awareness may not translate into a priority because most teachers in the world are overworked and underpaid. Priya Dali and Pooja Krishnakumar have created a fun and friendly zine … More A teacher who openly advocates for queer students makes a big difference.