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R HEART U O Y S E H C T H AT T O U Y L I A D G IN AN INSPIR Vol. 1 No. 50 Pages 16 PUNE, WEDNESDAY JUNE 13, 2012 Rs.4 WEATHER Sunrise .....................05:58 Sunset ......................19:12 Moonrise .................01:21 Moonset ..................14:05 Temperature Min ...........................24 0c Max ...........................35 0c Rain ........................... Little rain

A RESTORATION TRAIL

DRAWINGS FROM LIFE

LUSH GREEN EVERYWHERE!

A citizen’s crusade to resurrect the old glory of forts >> P4

Bobby Baker ‘painted’ away a decade of illness >> P8

Exploring the splendors of Dalhousie >>P15

When home’s school, school

school’s cool! Home Schooling

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here are ways of providing your child an education beyond the conventional schooling system. A concept like home-schooling proved highly beneficial for children who were educated in their homes, as a way of life than as a compulsion of sorts. Those who were unschooled picked up knowledge by way of their curiosity and were guide by their instincts and inner guiding. Wellknown Odissi exponent Yogini Gandhi was home-schooled after class five, while teacherturned-homemaker Urmila Samson unschooled her three children by allowing them to understand different subjects their way, through experiences.

Yogini Gandhi, Odissi exponent

The concept of homeschooling involves learning beyond the confines of schools, with parents and guardians, and in manners unique enough to bring out a child’s individuality at a very young age

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Early exposure

Dampeners in conventional schooling z z z z

Learning by rote Ill-trained, insensitive teachers Restricted academic curriculum Constant pressure to perform better

Exams for home-schooled kids Back in the 1970s, the concept of home-schooling was considered to be a revolutionary approach. But Yogini Gandhi’s father, a former Governing Council member of a Mumbai-based school, recognised the loopholes in the educational system and decided to tutor his daughter at home. “I attended school from kindergarten to std five. But

Children who are home-schooled and un-schooled can take exams conducted by Noida-based National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Board, Cambridge. NIOS has regional centres across India. The IGCSE provides a prescribed curriculum which allows home-tutoring.

when I got down to being home-schooled, which was a very new concept back then, my schedule became packed. I was loaded with sessions on various subjects, and I was also able to explore

extra-curricular activities too, through sessions on horseriding, swimming, dance and other sports,” says Gandhi, who by then had already made up her mind to become a dancer.

“My parents exposed me to classical dance. That’s when I knew I wanted to become a professional dancer. My pre-teens offered me rich experiences of reading books with my parents, interacting with them on any topic under the sun, going for nature walks. Spending quality time with my parents was an enriching experience,” she says. “Home-schooling instilled in me a deep sense of selfworth, which strengthened my confidence. My folks believed in me, they pushed my limits without wielding parental authority. Such an approach shaped my worldview at an early age. I was able to exercise freedom of expression to its fullest,” she reveals. Gandhi

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became a professional dancer at the age of 19. “All thanks to performing arts that inculcate in you a strong sense of selfdiscipline, team spirit and confidence,” she adds.

Pro-active parenting needed Home-schooling, however, demands a lot of hands-on parenting. “Parents must be clear about what they are getting into when they decide on home-schooling their child. It’s a huge responsibility,” Gandhi says. “I believe children should be encouraged to explore. But the biggest problem I see among most parents is the increasing tendency to compare their children to those of others,” she says. >>Continued on Page 5

Modern vanity, thy name is men! With more and more grow willing to splurge on looking good, men now have cosmetics specially formulated for them.

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3 minutes a day— that is what an average man spends on personal grooming today, says recent research. According to a Nielsen survey on male grooming, conducted among 1,000 men in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad, every second man has a monthly date with a salon. Male grooming is big business now—the fact wellsupported by the enormous Rs-695-crore male cosmetic market.

A pale history “Back in 1988 when I set up Papillon for men, there were many naysayers. There were

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Heralding a ‘beauty’ shift? z A recent Neilsen report states that “Rising aspirations of the Indian to appear bettergroomed has given birth to this fresh segment of ‘male grooming’, which has grown at 34% in 2011. There is an increasing number of unisex salons and launch of products in the market” z According to Nielsen, the male segment in skin creams grew at 41%, while the overall category growth was 27%

Life 365 is more than just a daily that packages `life’ in its 16 pages. It is a platform to understand your city better in terms of the good work silently being done by hundreds of good samaritans. Their stories of

z In hair colour, the male segment grew at nearly three times the overall category growth of 23% z The male toilet soap segment grew at 43% all-India in 2011, whereas the overall soap category grew at just 7% demonstrating an almost six-fold difference z According to a study, more than 80% of the men surveyed said they would pay up to 10–15% more for cosmetic products oriented specifically to men

how they lend an extending hand could propel you to contribute your bit to the society. In this progressive city of Pune, the desire to the serve the society is very strong, as we learnt from interaction with citizens.

Do you know of a person, a group of persons, an institute, an initiative or an activity that would inspire people or promote the larger social good? Are you one of them? Life 365 offers itself as your

always takers for the services but most were limited to just haircuts and colouring. Even as late as 2005, almost 80 per cent of our clients approached us just for cuts and colouring. Today, the men folk want much more, and facials, manicures and pedicures are a part and parcel of their routines,” says the pioneer of the men’s beauty business, Dr Vinay Koparkar of Papillon salons. Half a decade ago, when Lux opted for Shah Rukh Khan to take a dip in a bathtub to endorse their soap, they did much more than just promote that particular soap—they set a precedent for the male grooming market, back then an almost non-existent trend. >>Continued on Page 5

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