Shibumi is a study and learning centre for both adults and young people of school-going age.
For adults it offers a space where, through dialogue, one understands oneself and relationships in the light of Krishnamurti’s teachings.
For such interested adults only, Shibumi also offers an educational programme where resource persons and parents cooperate in creating a right learning environment for their children.
For more information, see http://shibumi.org.in
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Flight of an Aeroplane
Agni (8 years) has a keen interest in aeroplanes. He knows many high-flying facts about aeroplanes. There really wasn’t too much more to know about the aeroplanes and so together we pondered about the time before these metal birds filled the sky.
The illustrations are a collection of Agni’s delightful ponderings.
When news that the olive ridley turtles had started to nest
in the beaches of Chennai reached us, at the beginning of last week, we quickly
put together a plan for our visit. Tickets were booked and calls were made to
our friends at The School for a place to rest, Tholkappia Poonga for a visit
and to our friends at SSTCN (Chennai Students’ Sea Turtle Conservation Network)
for the overnight walk to watch the nesting. We set off on a Friday morning
reaching Chennai by noon. After a quick lunch, we visited the Tholkappia
Tholkappia Poonga is an ecological park in the Adyar estuary
area. It is an amazing example of restoration of freshwater eco-systems in the
heart of a city! We were introduced to the history, the restoration process and
the flora and fauna found in the park by Mrs.Gomati. Her energy, passion for
ecological restoration, and determination to carry forward the good work shone
through in her interactions with us. We recommend it as a must see place for
It always thrills me when I get a chance to work with poetry. As an avid fan of stories and prose, poetry came to me much later in life and since then I've been hooked. So, when Shibumi suggested I work with the children on poetry, I grabbed the chance.
My first task was to dispel all common notions that a poem has to rhyme. We attacked haiku with a vengeance in the Kiri and Thulir group. By giving them a simple formula, and some examples, they were soon spouting haikus about stones, puppies, mice, and even about people. Their young minds grabbed the chance to step out of the structures of a poem, and the imagery they captured in three simple lines was fantastic. As Sarayu said, "I love haiku because it's infinite. Anything is possible." Of course, we had to trim and tweak some of the 'poems' which irked our budding poets, but they eventually succumbed to some edits here and there in their masterpieces. We also sketched and doodled about existing poems and h…
About the illustrator:
Sidharth loves to draw. He usually likes to be on his own when he is drawing and enjoys the alone time with the paper. He captures the feelings of the creatures with his strong and confident lines.
He has put together this colouring book for his younger peers at Shibumi.
When enquiring into his love for this expression through drawing the illustrator shared ...
'Sometime ago I started to draw faces and animals. One day, I was drawing a dragon. Suddenly!! When I had finished drawing, it popped off the paper and started to attack. Quickly I drew a sword and started to attack it. Luckily I managed to defeat the dragon and went back to drawing. Fortunately nothing else popped out of paper. I REALLY LIKE DRAWING!'