The group called themselves ‘Human Terminators’. The members were from various parts of the planet Earth. The communication technology had enabled them to come into contact with each other. They were passionate about the same idea. To be successful, they felt every other human needs to be killed specially the kids, the old and those who were not willing to try their idea. And, they achieved their mission. But, the bigger mission still awaited to be done. They built a huge building which housed the only surviving 2,00,000 humans. It was firmly believed by them that a computer simulation was responsible for running of human lives. Things happened randomly in the lives of humans. Humans had no control. Humans will never achieve happiness, equality for all. So, better to destroy this simulator. And, they felt to defeat randomness they needed to do everything at the same time for 24 hours – wake up at same time, brush at same time and for same length etc. And, the simulator will die and so will the human species. So, on 24th September, 2316, they started practicing synchronization. They woke up at 5 a.m. Then, started brushing for 5 minutes at 5.01 a.m. and finished at 5.06 a.m. They were able to synchronize many activities.

But, they failed to synchronize the timing and length of finishing their toilet routine. The failure continued for 3 months. Some got very frustrated and committed suicide. In the end, ‘Human Terminators’ gave up.

End of fiction

Teaching English

Me and Rahul are working as volunteers. We help students in speaking English. We go to Kotak Unnati Center, at Goregaon every Saturday. This saturday we decided to give students words, using which they had to form sentences.

I, We, She, He, They is, were, was, here play, go, brush, read garden, movie, book, teeth

We told students to form sentences using words from at-least 3 columns. For example – ” He is playing in the garden”. Then we divided them into two groups; the winner will be the team with maximum correct sentences. We gave them about 10 minutes to come up with sentences.

Some observations -

1) The students enjoyed the exercise. Each student wrote and spoke at-least one sentence. A team could raise objection if they felt the sentence spoken by the other team was wrong.

2) We helped them to understand about Articles – a, an , the. The common mistake some students were making was, missing “a” or “the”, using “a” like “we were watching a cricket”.

3) The students were told about sentence structure, tenses.

4) We had a discussion with the center head regarding the need for a curriculum.

5) We need to come prepared with some lesson plan.

6) English is a strange language. Some of the confusion we tried to clarify was – when to use see\ watch, shall\will. I did some research on google, and found that shall is rarely used in American English.

Use shall in the first person and will in the second and third persons for the simple future tense:
I shall sing this afternoon.
You will succeed.
He will stay at home.

7) Teaching is a 2-way street. I am both, a teacher and a learner in this situation. I have knowledge which I am sharing. But, I have to learn more, and learn ways to share the knowledge.

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”

“To learn and never be filled, is wisdom; to teach and never be weary, is love.”