Friday, April 23, 2004

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms;

Then the whining school-boy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad, Made to his mistress' eyebrow.

Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth.

And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lin'd, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part.

The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side, His youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble,pipes And whistles in his sound.

Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion; Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans every thing.

What a beautiful Poem! And I remember my Best friend Annapurna's son 'Makrand Shukla' , young film Star 'Ronnie', who played son of Jackie shroff and Dimple Kapadia in 'Kash' movie - He dramatised this Poem so well that we always had a 'Once More' at every function. Later, It so happened he almost became a Shakespeare Poem 'Hero' and all kids wanted to immitate him.

Well, this April 23 we recall Shakespeare Literature as we observe World Book Day. Shakespeare occupies a position unique in world literature. His works include 37 plays, including comedy, Tragedy and Historical alongwith Poems, sonnets. Shakespeare is astonishingly clever with words and images, so that his mental energy, when applied to intelligible human situations, finds full and memorable expression, convincing and imaginatively stimulating and to read his stuff is a rich experience for a life time. It has ever been great to read 'Romeo & Juliet', Hamlet, Midsummer Night's dream, Tempest, As you Like It, Merchant of Venice, King Lear and all the stuff that we taught in Literature Lessons at School. Gone are the days and no such Literature now is ever known to kids in India - Leave English, not even then rich Gujarati Literature exist in their routine or Exclusive Reads! Will the British Library in Ahmedabad, in addition to showing a week long videos of Shakespeare, also adopt a week long exposure of Gujarati Literature?

- Blossomsmile ilaxi
Editor, Kidsfreesouls

Monday, April 12, 2004

Music is the speech of the Angels...Isn't this oh so true! Any kind of Music, its immense pleasure and sure I can say this because when I saw Enrique Iglesias Live, I was thrilled to watch the Enrique's MTV Live show! Yeah, he's in Bombay and Banglore in India with his amazing performance on 11th & 13th April. George Michael is being featured as Artist of the Month on Channel V I guess, with his new release 'Patience' and his best single from the album 'amazing' shooting the charts. GM's got the voice and style and is a cool real singer but Enrique, one can say is the entertainer, the heart throb of girls and yep, he's got a tempting voice that you can't resist listening. His latest Album 'Seven' has Delightful compositions with 'influential originality' - it's Enrique Iglesias with another beautiful collection 'Seven'. Sure to get 'Addicted'. I say 'Influential Originality' becoz though some numbers reminds influential touch, Enrique is his cool Original and a great seductive voice.

'Patience' - George Michael


- Editor, Kidsfreesouls
Blossomsmile ilaxi

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Each person is born in an environment that influences upbringing as from childhood and from the culture, society or family, the person ‘you’ makes waves to confront the darker shadows and its then being assertive that makes a difference. The world’s disaster, natural or man made may never stop but it’s the more unity of ‘We’ rather than ‘I’ to keep one community worldwide alike and that’s to observe a religion of ‘Humanity’. If differences defuse, black seeds of anger, ego, hurt, hatred ness or the like melts and remains is a universal dream of ‘spellbound happiness’ It is nick of time to infuse moral values in kids and check their EQ, IQ & adopt to SQ. Researchers puzzle that some of the IQ scores do fairly poor and waste their potential by thinking, behaving and communicating in a way that hinder their progress. It is more evident that present times demand more IQ, EQ and the coming third wave generation would definitely have to sort for the third ‘Q’ – SQ (Spiritual Quotient) Blend the three together and a ‘Genius’ is Born!

So, check those ‘Qs’ Live up to potentials, Keep breathing Alive, Quite Naturally!

Nurture the Genius in your Child

- Editor, Kidsfreesouls
Blossomsmile ilaxi

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Value Education has been the buzz of the system with the New Gen' kids. In a busy world, today's Parents face a tough time upbringing the kids with value education. Adults play a major role in promoting physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual well being of a child. With the ever rising cases of divorce, drug abuse, sexual harrassments, etc. It about time to focus on how to Teach, empathize, Negotiate, Do's n Don'ts, Encourage and Report. Kids sort for various practices and throw tantrums at times, lying, adopting manipulative behavioural patterns, hooking to wrong activities n distracting from the innocence of childhood life. Situations arise when parents fail to understand the kids and unable to cope up providing answers to their curiousity driven question. For a quickie reference, Paul's book is handy at these times and provides a very useful resource and parental feedback. Parents and teachers need such 'Expert' advice and counselling to upbring kids as sound being.

Speech is silvern....Enjoy the Reads!

-Editor, Kidsfreesouls
Blossomsmile ilaxi