Deepa’s Holiday

Govindraj is our milkman and neighbour. His daughter Deepa lives and studies at a school near Valapady. This summer, he was very upset because she had failed in English. He wanted us to give her “tuition” (That’s a Tamil word now) in English.

Our usual “solution” to this request is to convert the tuition into a drama, a story-telling, a story-reading or a drawing class.

In Deepa’s case, in addition to story-reading, we got her to make a page of a book, every day that she came to us. On the day we stapled the pages together and bound it into a book, she was really thrilled. It was her book in more ways than one, and she has taken it to school to show her teachers and friends.

Luckily I scanned it before I gave it to her, for these things have a way of returning to us very well-thumbed and dog-eared. So, you can flip through it here.



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12 Responses to “Deepa’s Holiday”

  1. Milind Kandlikar Says:

    :). Fabulous.

  2. Raminder Bajwa Says:

    Very nice!

  3. Huzefa Mehta Says:

    Cool. Very nice

  4. arayans Says:

    wonderful how you describe it as a “usual” solution 🙂

  5. Suseela Kumaravel Says:

    It’s so refreshing to see such lovely drawings.

  6. ambarish Says:


  7. Indrapramit Roy Says:

    A very appropriate method to teach a language! Deepa has done a fabulous book, congratulations!

  8. Sri Says:

    That is brilliant!! I especially love that she made dolls with lantana sticks.

  9. Vibhu Says:

    If a snake circled around my legs, I’d leap up and shout “Appa” too. Neat.

  10. Ravi Says:

    Great work! Keep it up 🙂

  11. K V Says:


  12. Deng Xian Sung Says:

    WOW ! ! ! Great Job ! Roll Onnnn…………..!!!

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