Evening is still in a day…….

“Children, take these sheets”,

“Take out your paints, quick”,

“Draw a scene from a day”

“The best one, I shall pick”

.

Paints appeared, so did brushes

Papers smeared, chatter abound

Cars, carts, hills and slopes

Ideas of ‘a day’ went around

.

He sat quiet, drawing slowly

Yellows and oranges and reds

Magic emerged on paper

As he weaved golden threads

.

Bell rang and the teacher came

Gathering sheets from all

She looked at him, and frowned

Uttered a sharp, “Is that all?”

.

“Just a setting sun and a bird?”

“What happened to ‘the day’?”

“But this IS a day”, he said

But soon, in his hands his sheet lay

.

He called after her, “Ma’am, please”

“This bird is a part of things”

“There is STILL sun out there”

“Days can run into evenings”

.

“Look child”, she said, irritated

“A day meant, a ‘normal’ day”

“With cars and phones and offices”

“Kids and parks in which they play”

.

He opened his mouth, but too late

She was gone by then

His painting lay on the table

His mind in a tumble again

.

He made a note in his mind

To remember what a day is

A day is full of routine things

Overwriting the idea of his

.

An evening is an evening

No matter there’s still sun

When the sun sets, it’s night

When it rises, a day’s begun

………

This post arises from a discussion started by Ananth and so ably argued with by Sujit, about mass-producing education. We often see that anything that doesn’t “conform” about a student in this system, gets labeled abnormal and the child’s creativity is hardly ever given room to develop. I hope this changes soon and the teachers become open enough to understand and accept that birds (and not only offices, phones and cars) are a part of things and “Evening is STILL in a day”……….

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6 Comments

  1. anju said,

    July 25, 2010 at 6:54 am

    hey pritesh…nice poem…very right about the education system in india…

  2. Pushpa said,

    July 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Very Poignant.

  3. Ananthakrishnan said,

    July 25, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Beautiful point. Very poetically put across, making much more impact than book about education. (even one by J. Krishnamurthy :-))

  4. DDey said,

    July 27, 2010 at 2:24 am

    Lovely writing! Reminds me of ‘Taare Zameen Par’ 🙂

  5. Sathya said,

    July 27, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Hard to say, a great part of education involves conditioning the mind, not just provide information. The same situation could’ve occurred outside the classroom with a group a friends and the child would still adopt the way of the masses.

    I wouldn’t lash out at the education system, the system provides a standardised means, you can’t have teachers with open mindset to appreciate each child fully. They go to a certain extent and are largely limited by their own upbringing. It is up to the parents to take it further and give that individual attention.

    I liked the way RK Narayan put this point across in his ‘Swami and Friends’ where Swami is punished in religion class and his father takes it up with the principal.

  6. karthik said,

    July 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Nice poem Pritesh !! Yes , I too hope creativity is encouraged a lot more ! Infact , its a subject in school in some sounth american countries ! Wonder when it’ll happen in India !


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