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Chintan: India and Me (A Series for the Indian Youth)

उत्तिष्ठ भारत Rise O India

उत्तिष्ठ भारत Rise O India

CHINTAN.

That’s what I am calling this new series on the blog, starting today. It will be a series of posts primarily written with younger audience in mind.

I had first mentioned my intent to do something like this in a guest post written for Blog-A-Rhythm on April 29, 2015. There I wrote:

…I want to offer the possibility of blogging with a specific audience in mind. I am speaking of the youth, the future of our societies, nations and the world. Most of the younger population today, particularly from the reasonably educated and socially-aware sections of our society, is highly tech-savvy and globally connected via technology. Given the younger generation’s proclivity to get most of their information from the online world, why can’t we bloggers target some of our writings particularly to educate and inspire these young minds and hearts?

My initial thought was to do this series on my other blog. Given the specific focus of that blog, as it is many of my posts there already have a bit of an educative or learning focus, particularly the sections titled “Current Events” and “Satyam Shivam Sundaram.” Also, many of the posts tagged under “Indian Culture” also serve some of that purpose, though not particularly written with the younger generation in mind.

But after some more thought I decided to begin this series on this blog, which overtly emphasises a research focus, particularly based on selected works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. As a student of Sri Aurobindo, personally it makes more sense for me to delve deep into some of their writings and pick out selected passages which I feel can help open minds develop a better appreciation of the specific theme chosen for this series.

As part of this new series, Chintan I wish to write at least one post every month, directed primarily at the Indian youth. This will include some positive, inspirational material with a specific theme of “India and Me”.

An unfortunate and sad truth of modern India is that thanks to our modern mainstream education most of our urban and well-schooled Indian youth are hardly aware of anything deeper about their motherland or about their own Indian-ness. This series will serve as a small corrective measure in this regard by presenting some selected material for reflection.

I will write for a target audience of readers between 15-30 years of age (yes, 30 is still youth!). Additionally, some of the parents who are more in touch with the blogging scene might also find some of these posts relevant and would then share some of the ideas with their children. My main focus is on creating some meaningful content that can hopefully give our youngsters an opportunity to be in touch with a somewhat deeper view of India.

Why the name Chintan? It is a Hindi word (चिन्तन) which means a deep thought or a process of deep thinking, meditating on something specific. For India’s glorious future, for the future of any nation and the world, it is important that our youth begin to think deeply, rationally and holistically. This series will, hopefully, provide some opportunities for the young minds to engage in some serious thinking.

Individual and societal evolution is a slow business, very slow. If some of the material presented in this series could help to make even a handful of youngsters (starting with those in my own extended family) think a bit more deeply about their connection with India and their Indian-ness, I would be thrilled.

I launch this series today in the loving memory of my first teacher, my mother who would have been 75 years old yesterday. She was a primary school teacher for almost four decades, taught tens of thousands of children. She taught my siblings and me the value of learning, but through her life and choices she emphasised more the value of un-learning and re-learning. There could have been no better occasion than her birthday to launch this series Chintan, which I hope would also help my young readers to learn, un-learn and possibly re-learn a few things.

I offer this work to That One Guide who leads us all through everything, generally hiding behind the many veils of our ignorance, but without fail helping us to walk toward greater and greater light.

Chintan begins…come, join me!

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Linking this with ABCWednesday, Y: Y is for Youth

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About Beloo Mehra

Beloo is the author of two books, one on Indian Education, titled "ABC’s of Indian National Education" and an ebook featuring a selection of her essays, titled "The Thinking Indian." She holds several degrees in Education and Economics, has extensive teaching experience at school and university level in India and the US, and has a keen interest in the educational, social and cultural thought of Sri Aurobindo. She currently lives in Pondicherry, spends her time doing some reading, some writing, some teaching, some gardening and a whole lot of reflecting on life, living, society, politics, religion, art, literature, India, the World, and everything else under the Sun and the Moon.

27 comments on “Chintan: India and Me (A Series for the Indian Youth)

  1. Roger Green
    July 6, 2015

    You have a lot of wisdom to share.

    ROG, ABCW

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      July 6, 2015

      Thank you for these kind words. But if I can only become a medium to share the wisdom of some of the great thinkers, I will be happy 🙂

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  2. Ashish kumar
    July 6, 2015

    praise worthy step to make youth to think… i must appreciate this… will look forward to your posts on this series… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      July 6, 2015

      Thank you, Ashish! To tell you the truth I too am looking forward to how the series evolves 🙂

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  3. Vinay Leo R.
    July 6, 2015

    Sounds interesting, Beloo 🙂 Will come and check the series when I can.

    Leo @ I Rhyme Without Reason

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      July 6, 2015

      Thank you, Vinay! I look forward to seeing you here 🙂 Welcome to matriwords!

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  4. Lata Sunil
    July 6, 2015

    I love the idea. I am also learning from your posts Beloo..

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      July 6, 2015

      Thanks Lata! I think in a way we are always learning from one another. We also learn when we write, isn’t that so? 🙂

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  5. Dagny
    July 6, 2015

    Only you could have thought of doing this. And I can’t think of anyone better suited to do this. You have so much to share, there is so much to learn from you. Perhaps your biggest strength is that you make people want to learn… to go deeper into things. You’ve surely done that for me!

    Looking forward to the series. I’m sure it would be very rewarding for the not so young as well.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      July 7, 2015

      And now that I have thought of doing this, I have actually to do it 🙂 Thanks for your kind words of encouragement and motivation.

      Every time I hear such loving and generous praise from you, a word that comes to mind is one that many youngsters love to use these days – AWESOME! You make me feel so awesome, Dagny 😀 And of course, I am counting on you to help me make this series AWESOME too!

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  6. parulthakur24
    July 6, 2015

    That’s a great initiative Beloo and no one other than you can take this up. I am gonna come back here again to check every post on Chintan..
    Sshh..I am now on the other side of young but so what? 😉

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    • Beloo Mehra
      July 7, 2015

      Thank you Parul for your appreciation and for giving me more confidence! I appreciate it very much. I will look forward to your visits when I start with the posts in this series 🙂

      As for being on the other side of young – well, we are always young as long as we aspire to keep learning and growing 🙂

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  7. Beat About The Book
    July 6, 2015

    A wonderful thought Beloo. Here’s hoping the youth get inspired towards bringing about a positive change.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      July 7, 2015

      Thanks Tulika! Yes youth is our future, and that includes young-at-hearts like you and me too 🙂

      Welcome to Matriwords!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Rachna
    July 7, 2015

    Great that the initiative begins. Look forward to your posts.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      July 7, 2015

      Thanks Rachna! I hope to begin with the posts in about a week or so.

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  9. nabanita
    July 7, 2015

    Looking forward to the posts..Wonderful initiative…Much needed actually

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      July 7, 2015

      Thanks Nabanita for your good wishes! And welcome to Matriwords!

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  10. Sunila Vig
    July 7, 2015

    Fabulous thought and love the name Beloo. Much needed and I hope it is read, absorbed and applied by large numbers. All the best and I will definitely look fwd to reading the posts.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      July 9, 2015

      Thanks Sunila! Always good to have such supportive and encouraging friends like you 🙂

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  11. This is a wonderful initiative, Beloo and I firmly believe that you will do more than justice to the topic. Will look forward to the posts…. 🙂

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  12. C'est la vie
    July 8, 2015

    Good you mentioned 30 is still youth. I was wondering if i should be here, kya karein, i have kids and hence, other kids call me aunty;-) kills me!

    Id be looking forward to your posts. You must believe me, i may not always comment cuz your posts require deeper, sensible comments and i hardly have a keyboard handy, but i read when i can and you are amazing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Beloo Mehra
      July 9, 2015

      Well, I am much older than 30, much! And I am definitely in the Aunty-category. But to tell you the truth, I don’t feel ‘old’. I guess as long as we are interested in learning and progressing, we are young, aren’t we? 🙂 So I too am really looking forward to learning from this experience of writing this series! Hope to see you back here when I actually start this series 🙂

      Thanks so much for your kind words of appreciation and encouragement. Means a lot.

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  13. Sri Kri
    July 9, 2015

    Great initiative.All the best.Waiting for your post.

    Liked by 1 person

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