Sudarshana’s escape and Veera’s return: two stories of Partition’s abducted women

This essay was also published in Feminism in India here. Thousands of women were caught on the ‘wrong’ side of the border separating Pakistani West Punjab and Indian East Punjab. Women such as Piara, Parmeshwari, and Peshawari were listed in long tables counting abducted persons. Others, such as Sudarshana, Ismat, and Zainab were found in… Continue reading Sudarshana’s escape and Veera’s return: two stories of Partition’s abducted women

exploring literature instruction in my classroom, part 3

This is the third post in a blog series attempting to explore the key premises that guided my choices while teaching literature and the resulting consequences for my classroom. Three: Students need to practice being literary critics themselves. Ultimately, students sitting for the Cambridge A Levels will need to take a stance on a text… Continue reading exploring literature instruction in my classroom, part 3

exploring literature instruction in my classroom, part 2

This is the second post in a blog series attempting to explore the key premises that guided my choices while teaching literature and the resulting consequences for my classroom. Two: There is no value in having an unsubstantiated opinion. When I first taught literature, my emphasis in instruction was teaching students to argue first, justify… Continue reading exploring literature instruction in my classroom, part 2

exploring literature instruction in my classroom, part 1

In my first two years at Avasara, I taught English literature to our first graduating class. I am still learning and understanding the demands of the curriculum and the needs of our students and how to successfully bridge the two. However, the most important choices I made to build critical reading and analytical writing skills… Continue reading exploring literature instruction in my classroom, part 1

coaching is empowering: two teachers on being coached

I co-wrote this piece with my colleague and friend Aishwarya. We discuss our experiences and learnings about coaching from our perspectives as teachers. Find Aishwarya at https://teachingtenets.wordpress.com/. Sruti: It is unambiguously true that we have grown as teachers since we started teaching five and seven years ago, respectively. I believe the growth has been because… Continue reading coaching is empowering: two teachers on being coached