Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Fold In Some Magic

Suddenly, 15-year-old Raj Khamkar finds his school science and history projects a breeze. The teenager could never have predicted that his casual attempt at a summer vacation origami workshop would transform his classroom skills. For his teacher, Ratnakar Mahajan, the Japanese paper folding art has made retired life fruitful.
Origami is today universally accepted as the language of signs and symbols; a language that is constantly inspiring the young and adding value to senior years.“All you need is your fingers and paper. No scissors. No glue.You just have to visualize the folds. It has fostered my imagination in a big way,”smiles Khamkar, a Class X student of Tridha( Rudolf Steiner) School at Andheri East.
Centre of Extra Mural Studies at Mumbai University ( Kalina)  conducts origami classes regularly since a decade “ Origami enables children to learn geometry and become more dexterous,” says Mugdha Karnik, Director of the Extra Mural Studies Department.
Pirann Sukhia with his eerie models of origami
Pirann Sukhia (10) a class V student of Arya Vidya Mandir at Bandra Kurla Complex who practices origami in his leisure hours says, “ It helps me focus and increases my concentration. I love making eerie things like spiders, moat monster and ghosts,” says the enthusiastic child who is in the process of mastering complex models. While for another young girl, Kriti Shah, a Class X student of Queen Mary School at Grant Road,  origami has been a tool to master patience. “One wrong fold can prevent a model from taking shape correctly,” says the young lady, speaking of how a little patience while folding spares her the excruciation of beginning again from the start.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Slumdoctor Acupuncturist

Dr. Walter Fischer, a Belgian business management professional, gave it all up to find his calling as an acupuncturist treating India’s economically disadvantaged

Scene I
A small galli near Cardinal High School, Bandra(East)leads you to a hutment in the Vijay Nagar slum. Open the door walk into a doctor’s clinic overflowing with patients. Dr. Walter Fischer is no ordinary middle-ageddoctor. He is Belgian. He is an acupuncturist well-known in the area for his “magical fingers”, reputed to cure many ailments. And, he has morphed from a European corporate high-flier to a doctor whose needles are used to relieve the pain of the poor.