An Adorable and fun filled English Teacher – “Pathsala Funwala” by Nihar

Memories always have ability to transform us to another world – Whenever I visit my native place, I  meet some one who helps me to relive my happy childhood days..

Recently I met Saraswathi, my childhood friend and play mate, after  around twenty years.. She came along with her cute little daughter Asha.. Saraswathi is daughter of Kala aunty, who worked in our house for many years and I loved her a lot..

We started talking and I was sad when I learnt that Kala aunty had died before 3 years due to some health problems..

We spoke about our childhood days and those memories made us very happy…We belonged to same age group – She studied in tamil medium school in our village and I studied in matriculation school in near by city…During weekends, she will always be at our home and we played a lot..

Saraswathi  told that after marriage, she shifted to another small village and her husband had a little shop there..Her daughter is studying third standard in nearby school..Saraswathi was worried that her village doesn’t have any good english medium schools and she told me that asha’s access to english is very much limited..She further added that She is also not fluent with the language and couldn’t teach her daughter..

She felt bad that she didn’t complete her undergraduation earlier due to her lack of knowledge in english..As she studied in tamil medium, She was very much afraid and couldn’t cope up with the change of language to english in college..After 2 semesters, she failed in many subjects and she stopped going to College due to further fear for failure and she doesn’t want her mother’s hard-earned money to get wasted..

She told me that she is afraid her daughter Asha would also face the same problem in future..She had asked her husband to shift to nearby town so that Asha could study in a good school..But he had denied saying that he would not shift from their village..She added that Asha is very good in her studies and she is afraid that her future may get spoiled due to lack of knowledge in english..I understood her fear and her determination as a mother to do something to make her daughter well-educated and self-sufficient despite of all problems she faced..

I told her about “Pathsala Funwala” , an initiative by “Nihar Naturals Shanti Amla”, a leading hair oil in the country…I explained her that this brand endeavors to make education accessible, anywhere anytime..I added that Pathsala Funwala will be helpful to children like Asha, who wants to, but doesn’t have access to learn English..

Pathshala Funwala

Saraswathi was surprised when I said about the brand’s corporate social responsiblity and she asked me to explain more regarding  Pathsala Funwala initative and how it would help children like Asha to learn english..

I replied her that ” It is an innovative mobile phone-based learning system that helps children learn spoken English in an engaging and fun-filled manner anytime anywhere free of cost”

It is very simple – Children like Asha have  to give just a missed call  to the toll-free number 8055667788 ..She will receive a call back and learning session then starts. There are two characters – Abbu and Dabbu – who learn the use of English words in a jovial fun-filled conversation from Shanthi didi...The words are taught in a very simple manner using music, jingles and short stories, making learning interesting and enjoyable”

I guided Asha in using this service by Nihar Naturals Shanti Amla  and she felt it was very easy to learn english:

  • Asha gave missed call to toll-free number 8055667788..
  • Immediately she received call from another number and learning session started..
  • Shanti didi taught english to Abbu and Dabbu – Asha loved both Abbu and dabbu characters and liked simple manner in which the language was taught..
  • Asha learned how to greet one another while meeting like Hai and what to say in english while leaving like Bye..
  • Further now she knows how to reply if anyone asks her name...
  • She also knows that she has to press 1 to repeat any session  again and she has to press 2 for going to next session..
  • She told that she would go through all modules as it would be very helpful to her..

Overall Asha was happy and enjoyed learning english in a simple way..I could see that her mother Saraswathi was also very happy and she added that she would recommend this to other children who don’t have access to english, but want to learn the same..

I am sure that this initiative will be helpful to many children to learn english easily!!!

“I am blogging about Pathshala Funwala by Nihar Shanti Amla Oil in association with BlogAdda








Thedi Soru Nitham Thindru…

I love the below poem by Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar !!!

Whenever I feel down, I read this and I feel that I have strength to fight against my problems..I  like this lyrics to the core!!!

தேடிச் சோறுநிதந் தின்று – பல
சின்னஞ் சிறுகதைகள் பேசி – மனம்
வாடித் துன்பமிக உழன்று – பிறர்
வாடப் பலசெயல்கள் செய்து – நரை
கூடிக் கிழப்பருவ மெய்தி – கொடுங்
கூற்றுக் கிரையெனப்பின் மாயும் – பல
வேடிக்கை மனிதரைப் போலே – நான்
வீழ்வே னென்று நினைத் தாயோ?

நின்னைச் சிலவரங்கள் கேட்பேன் – அவை
நேரே இன்றெனக்குத் தருவாய் – என்றன்
முன்னைத் தீயவினைப் பயன்கள் – இன்னும்
மூளா தழிந்திடுதல் வேண்டும் – இனி
என்னைப் புதியவுயி ராக்கி – எனக்
கேதுங் கவலையறச் செய்து – மதி
தன்னை மிகத்தெளிவு செய்து – என்றும்
சந்தோஷங் கொண்டிருக்கச் செய்வாய்…

My Experience at Passport Seva Kendra, Tambaram, Chennai…

This post is about my experience at PSK Tambaram..I have already blogged about process for applying passport online here..

This PSK office is at ground floor and first floor..In second floor, A/c waiting room for hourly charges, toilets, and a small canteen is available (I think it is owned by some private parties)..They charge Rs.5 for toilets and Rs.30 or Rs.40 as one hour charge for A/c waiting room..

I reached at PSK half an hour before my scheduled time..I was allowed inside at my particular time slot and I was asked to provide my online appointment receipt and original and xerox copies of documents for my name and address proof and matriculation mark sheet..After checking, original copies were returned back to me and I was sent to another counter for getting a token number..I got a token there and was asked to go to first floor for further process..

In first floor, there are A, B and C counters..Counter A is manned by TCS ( outsourced by government for passport issuance) employees and Counters B & C are manned by government officials..There are display screens in which token numbers and counter numbers are displayed..

Counter A:

I showed my original documents and xerox copies of the same to lady in the counter..She scanned all those documents and photograph and finger prints are also taken at the same counter..After that, She showed me the screen and asked me to check my details again…I paid Rs.45 in the same counter for knowing the status  of passport application  through SMS..

Then I was told that I have to go to  counter B for further verification.

Counter B:

Token number was the same and after some time, I was called at counter B..

Here my experience was different with many twists..Let me explain the same with bullet points for better understanding..

  • All my documents were cross checked with originals  by the Officer X (I don’t know the name and so let me call as “Officer X”)
  • I was asked for an additional self declaration for a minor name change..I asked the need for the same as I had already provided necessary documents for change of name and told that it is not mentioned in website..I got a reply that everything is not mentioned in the website..
  • Anyway as it is self declaration, I got the format  at ground floor, filled the same and went to the same counter.The Officer X checked the same and I was told to visit Counter A  again for scanning..
  • At Counter A, I was informed by the staff that self declaration is not needed now (It seems that earlier it was necessary and now process had changed)..Finally they scanned the same as that Officer X had asked for the same.
  • I went back to counter B and now that Officer X told me some corrections in that declaration and asked me to re scan the same ( I really can’t understand why the same wasn’t mentioned when it was earlier checked by the same officer)
  • I visited counter A again and re scanned the same document again.
  • I came to same Officer X in counter B and now I was told that it was lunch time and I have to wait for my token number after lunch..
  • I waited and finally I was called at another counter by another Officer..Again documents were checked and I was informed that there is no need of that extra declaration anyway..I told that I was asked for the same by Officer X previously..
  • I was then asked to go to “C” counter where final decision is taken regarding the issuance of passport..

I feel that Officer X didn’t like the question I asked about self declaration not mentioned in their website..I am sure I didn’t ask anything wrong – Making me run from pillar to post for an extra unnecessary document is not fair..Anyway, I was patient as my work had to be completed..

Counter C:

After some time, I was called at “C” counter and my original documents were checked again and finally passport was granted..I was given acknowledgement letter and was told that I would get my passport after police verification..Initially I thought that it would take more time, but was surprised that everything got completed within three hours..

Police verification is over and finally I received my passport !!!

Overall I feel that I had a good experience at PSK Tambaram despite of minor issues..I know, things like this happen and everything else was good and organised well at PSK Tambaram.