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4th July 2006

Sometimes when I look at Manu, I feel sorry for him. I feel sorry for him because he never stops to amaze me. The way his mind works is just amazing and the creativity of that kid is beyond me and most other adults The things he does whatever gets in his hand is amazing. I dread the day he will go to school, the day when we will put him in a uniform like hundreds of other kids in the school where he will be taught and trained to be exactly like the other kids. Kids are unique and the way their minds work is unique too. I am no child psychologist but by observing Manu and his friends I have learned this.

Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.
—Norman Podhoretz

Manu likes to arrange things like these chairs. He understands shapes well and always place these two in a position where they are exactly alike or have som sort of other pattern. He would arrange everything that he gets, balancing medicine bottles upside down and placing coins on them, placing bottles over boxes, arranging glasses, lining up all his balls according to size and what not.

In educational institutes we are taking about creativity and but in reality we are actually curbing it. We are trying to mould all the kids the same way. We are forcing them to think and act alike and that starts even before the first class of the day. They are made to conform right from the morning assembly when we make them walk and stand in a queue.

On Friday we went to a birthday party and the guy who are kinda in charge of entertaining the kids handed out a plastic bag to every kid and then they burst a balloon. While all the other kids (most of them much older than Manu) were busy collecting candies and chocolates, Manu was busy collecting small Styrofoam balls. "Ballooo" he showed them to me with excitement and then shoved them in my shirt pocket. He picked up what he wanted and what he liked, a few years of training the he will be picking up what he is "supposed" to pick just like the other grown up kids

Manu showing me the styrofoam balls he has collected, soon we will corrupt his mind with the concept of money and he will naturally go after things that have more monetory value, not for things that have more value for him personally.

If the imagination of the kid is like a tree what we are doing is closely watching it with scissors in our hands and instead of allowing to grow it in its full glory, we are turning it into a bonsai. We do that for all the years they are in school and then wonder why we don't have innovators in our country.

I am feeling really guilty already that in a few months time Manu will go out to be "homogenized". I feel guilty and yet I can't do anything about it because I don't know any other way. I am sorry son.