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A Story for your Query

A Story for your Query

By Dr. Pramila Kudva
I am Dr. Pramila Kudva, a teacher, a teacher educator with nearly 40 years of experience currently working as a principal of a reputed school in North Mumbai. I shall be talking to you about your concerns, areas of interest, studying patterns and anything else that you need to know but didn’t know whom to ask.
Let us look at the Indian Ethos which I shall unfold before you through a story. Stories I believe are a powerful medium to drive a point home.
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season 3 - Episode 19 - True Connectors of India
There are selfless philanthropists who have made India what it is today. But, unfortunately, these people are not given the exposure that they ought to get. Social learning happens only through observation, retention and reproduction of the good values. In order to get good students who go beyond the growth mindset these good role models need to be made available for students. Share with the kids. 
07:17
June 18, 2022
Season 3 #Episode 18 My Grandmother Bayyu
Grand mothers are those who are always available for you. Loving, doting and protecting from the parents at times. I am sharing here in my love for my grandmother. Hope it stirs up a few moments of nostalgia. 
07:32
May 31, 2022
Season 3 - Episode 17 - Hakuna Matata - circle of life and GITA
The circle of life binds us together and it gives us an important message of interdependence. Each one of us has a role to play in this circle of life which prompts us to look at a school as an ecosystem.   Finally, Yuval Noah Harari has linked all this with the movie Lion King. Lion king and Simba from this movie  and Arjuna of Mahabharat both have a similar dilemma, which gets resolved in the nick of time. 
10:47
May 17, 2022
Season 3 Episode 16 The pursuit of meaning in Life
The pursuit of happiness and meaning are two of our most central motivations in life. Happiness and meaning are strongly co-related to one another. The more meaning we find in life, the more happy we typically feel, and the more happy we feel, the more we feel encouraged to pursue even greater meaning and purpose. Happiness is a byproduct of knowing one’s purpose and applying it in a tangible way providing meaning to one’s life. Happiness is related to one’s needs. Listen to the podcast to find the relationship between these factors. Send a mail to youquerymystory@gmail.com. Send a voice message but don't forget to subscribe.  
08:42
May 04, 2022
Season 3 - Episode 15 Grit and Determination
Grit is passion and perseverance for long term and meaningful goals. Dr. Pramila Kudva thats ME, have been a teacher, teacher educator and a principal of a reputed School in North Mumbai. Listen to the charactersitics of Grit and the analogy of the same from Mahabharata in a dialogue between Karna and Krishna.  I can be contacted at 'yourquerymystory@gmail.com' I would also appreciate a voice message. I have published several articles and authored a book, 'From Chalk to talk The art of teaching'. Subscribe to the podcast if you like it.
11:18
April 19, 2022
Season 3 - Episode 14 - Responsible Citizenry
Grab the power of a story to create awareness of social issues. Use the dialogues of Bollywood to drive home a point. Use the medium of colours to beautify your locality. Reduce the carbon footprint by using and recycling bicycles. These are some of the issues dealt with by the Soch sayani group. The responsibilities of an Indian are realised only with involvement. Let's catch the people in action from the Soch Sayani Group.  Subscribe to the podcast if you like it.  Send your queries to 'yourquerymystory@gmail.com'
32:25
April 05, 2022
Season 3 Episode 13 - I, Me and My City
Soch Sayani is a social group from Kandivali East, Mumbai that works on environmental, social and civic concerns. This group has volunteers from all walks of life and across ages. Let's hear the second episode featuring their work on civic initiatives.  Subscribe to the podcast. Send in your queries to 'yourquerymystory@gmail.com'. Voice messages are more than welcome.
32:03
March 22, 2022
Season 3 Episode 12 Save the Earth
Soch Sayani is a social group from Kandivali East, Mumbai that works on environmental, social and civic concerns. This group has volunteers from all walks of life and across ages. Let's hear the first episode featuring their work.  Subscribe if you like the podcast. Send in your queries to 'yourquerymystory@gmail.com'. Voice messages are more than welcome. 
32:39
March 08, 2022
Season 3 Episode 11 - Upcycling of plastic waste
Environmental degradation has been a cause of concern the world over. This young enthusiastic environmentalist has been collecting plastic waste and upcycling it. The American returned enthusiast is contributing don't only to environmental sustainability but also to providing employment to the tribal villagers. The Recharaka Ecosocial sells. the produce cultivated by them.  If you like the episode, do subscribe to it.  #collaboration $recharkaecosocial #amitadeshpande #environmentalist #upcycling #recycling #schools #students
19:49
February 22, 2022
Season 3 Episode 10 Entrepreneurial youngsters
Two young girls from grade 8 dream big and want to be entrepreneurial environmentalists. They competed in the contest conducted by Up-Tix. The contest started with 196 teams pan India and reached the final stage with 7 teams. Yana Bhandary and Nishka Garg entered the contest with a revenue model and won first place.   If you like the episode subscribe. Send in your queries to: yourquerymystory@gmail.com
16:16
February 08, 2022
Season 3 Episode 9 Let's walk together
Learning Disability is a neurological handicap that interferes with a person’s ability to receive, process, store and retrieve information. Repetition and drilling do not alter this processing but presenting materials in a different way helps. Lisen-in to this episode is developing an App to make an IEP an individualised learning programme. It helps special educators to use to complete this. 
17:08
January 25, 2022
Season 3 Episode 8 Not a writing on the wall
Young enthusiasts to draw inspiration from a young political journalist who shifted gears and moved on to the advertising world. Having won the coveted award he is confident to take on many more challenges. with all. these pressures he finds time for his music. Balancing work and pleasure is a take from this young man. I take pride in the fact that I was his teacher and principal also for a while. Listen in and subscribe. Send in your messages to yourquerymystory@gmail.com
21:30
January 11, 2022
Lofty ideas of a young mind - A feedback
Dishay Mehta is a student of IIT Kanpur. He is not only brilliant at his studies but has used his abilities to reach out to the community, a rare trait exhibited by students of his age. We are proud of him and wish him well. Listen in and find out what makes him do all this with the only 24 hours that everybody has!
02:32
January 09, 2022
Season 3 Episode 7 Hampi the UNESCO heritage site
Hampi is situated in Karnataka state is the glory of the Vijaynagarr empire of 15th century. I have focussed on the structures of the site. As per the ICSE , the grade 7 has this in their syllabus.  You can watch the you tube video of the same at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km6yzqdBKjY&t=79s.  Enjoy the same. connect with me on yourquerymystory@gmail.com A voice message would be appreciated too. Listen in and subscribe to the podcast
15:21
January 04, 2022
Season 3 Episode 6 Lofty ideas of a young mind.
Dishay Mehta is a student of IIT Kanpur. He is not only brilliant at his studies but has used his abilities to reach out to the community, a rare trait exhibited by students of his age. We are proud of him and wish him well. Listen in and find out what makes him do all this with the only 24 hours that everybody has!
19:16
December 28, 2021
season 3 Episode 5 An overview of questioning as a skill
Questioning is an important skill that needs to be learnt. Its necessary to ask the right question as also important questions. view the youtube for the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7upHLlL9cc&t=289s I am a teacher educator who has trained over 4000 teachers. I can be contacted at yourquerymystory@gmail.com I have published several articles and have also authored a book 'From Chalk to talk The art of teaching'. An audio message would be welcomed. 
08:54
December 21, 2021
Season 3 - Episode 4 - By popular demand - Nostalgia
Childhood memories are always full of nostalgia. Of love, fun, laughter, sibling rivalry and many more moments that never return. Here is one such incident relating to childhood. An experience that has placed my dad on a pedestal in my perspective. Listen in and send your feedback. email to yourquerymystory @gmail.com. 
04:48
December 14, 2021
Season 3 - episode 3 - By popular demand - Laugh your way through Life
Medical experts say that laughter chases the toxins out of our system and makes us feel greatly refreshed , physically and mentally. This is probably the reason behind the adage – some bring happiness wherever they go, and some bring happiness whenever they go. 
08:06
December 07, 2021
Season 3 - Episode 2 - By Popular demand - Be wise not otherwise
Which is better to have wisdom or knowledge? Can you have one without the other? And which comes first? Knowledge comes first. what is the difference between the two? : “Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing when to say it.”
09:49
November 30, 2021
By public demand - Humour in the classroom
Humour is an important facet of life. It helps in the physical, emotional and social life of an individual. No wownder then the idiom says you laugh and the world laughs with you. 
16:58
November 22, 2021
Season 2 Episode 20 Mindset that shapes us
One of the most basic beliefs we carry about ourselves, is A “fixed mindset” which assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static. A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of lack of intelligence but as a springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. Listen in and find out for yourself which mindset you possess.  Send a mail to yourquerymystory@gmail.com Dont forget to subscribe. Thia is the last episode of season 2. Await  the season 3. 
08:49
November 09, 2021
your opinion of my podcast
Nearing the end of season 2. Pick up your devices and tell us what you need. dont forget to subscribe.
02:26
November 03, 2021
Season 2 Episode 19 Patience Pays
Patience is a virtue. It is not easy to practice. This is a topic suggested by the listeners. Listen in and find out for yourself the importance of Patience. We come up with new topics every wednesday. Send a mail to yourquerymystory@gmail.com Dont forget to subscribe.
08:48
November 02, 2021
Season 2 Epsiode 18 Resonance of sound
The power of sound and chanting is becoming widely documented, Soft music calms you down, loud music gets you energised but does not produce calming effects. Research studies show that chanting can make you alert, increase the memory. Listen in and find out for yourself.  We come up with new topics every wednesday. Send a mail to yourquerymystory@gmail.com Dont forget to subscribe.
11:24
October 26, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 17 Celebration of good over Evil
Dussehra marks the victory of Rama over Ravana in the famous Hindu epic Ramayana. While the festival is celebrated in different forms in different parts of India, the celebration of Dussehra in the city of Mysore in Karnataka is rather royal and majestic. Listen in to the royal festivities that have been a part of the culture for centuries.  We come up with new topics every wednesday. Send a mail to yourquerymystory@gmail.com Dont forget to subscribe.
12:57
October 19, 2021
Season 2 Episode 16. What makes you tick?
On Nov. 26, 2008, terrorists simultaneously attacked about a dozen locations in Mumbai, India, including one of the most iconic buildings in the city, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. The behaviour of the staff was so extraodinary that Harvard did a case study.  FInd out what makes them tick. Any questions that you may have could be addressed to yourquerymystory@gmail.com. I shall try to answer it as quickly as I can. If the query is good, I might pick it up to feature in the podcast. Anchor and Spotify permit voice messages. Perhaps you would want to check that option.Subscribe to the episode. 
14:19
October 12, 2021
Season 2 Episode 15 Flying High
Airforce day is observed on 8th October. To commemorate this day, we are publishing an interview with Retd. Wing Commander Pradeep Deshpande. We have heard of the contributions of the Army on the Kargil war. Let’s listen in to that of the IAF through this interview. If you have any queries do get in touch with us through aqueryforyourstory@gmail.com. Subscribe to the episode.
27:28
October 05, 2021
Season 2 - Episode -14 - Socio-emotional Learning
Vygotsky emphasized the role of language and culture in social - cognitive development. He said that both language and culture play an important role in how humans perceive the world. Therefore, to be effective, a teacher must help the student in discovering his or her own meaning. Socio-Emotional Leaning plays an important aspect of development in a child's life. In the times of lockdownw a child may feel stifled being alone at home. Lets listen in and learn about SEL which seems simple but not so easy to implement.  Any questions that you may have could be addressed to yourquerymystory@gmail.com. I shall try to answer it as quickly as I can. If the query is good, I might pick it up to feature in the podcast. Anchor and Spotify permit voice messages. Perhaps you would want to check that option.Subscribe to the episode.
14:40
September 28, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Grandmothers Remedies
Dr. Sadhana Sathye is a pharmacologist who takes keen interest in researching home remedies. She has patented herbal medicine for Epilepsy and has made inroads into the 'Kada' as a possible cure for COVID - 19.  What are you waiting for? Grab the opportunity. Write to us if you have a recipe for the grand mothers remedies.    Our contact: Yourquerymystory@gmail.com You may send in voice messages too. Subscribe to the episode.
28:18
September 25, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Hold my Hand....
The special children are given concessions and provisions to deal with their difficulties and provide a modicum of comfort. these provisions also give the special students a way to overcome the shortcomings and provide a certain degree of ease in answering the examinations.   But not all schools deal with the concept of inclusion or mainstreaming in the same way. if you have any questions, they may be addressed to yourquerymystory@gmail.com. You could send voice messages too.  Subscribe to the episode.
27:19
September 14, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Teach me the way I learn
Learning disability is a neurological handicap that interferes with a person’s ability to receive, process, store and retrieve information. Repetition and drilling do not alter this processing but presenting materials in a different way helps. They are also called protesting disorders. Parents and the school havee to work in tandem to get the best out of them.  Address your queries to yourquerymystory@gmail.com. 
26:05
September 07, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 10 - The Mantra of success
Believing in oneself and doing what is right is success.Latest episode of A Story for your Query  Perseverance need not lead to success but success is not possible without perseverance. But more than anything else it requires an inner drive. The law of life says, In life you will not get what you desire…. Why not? Can you complete the sentence? The completed sentence reads - In life you will not get what you desire But what you deserve. What is this depended upon? Any idea? It is dependent upon Ability, hard work and perseverance. Send in your query to 'yourquerymystory@gmail.com'. You may send in voice messages too. 
10:17
August 31, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Discover yourself - Ace the exams
Examinations have always been  a trying time for the student as well as the parents. Here are a few study tips recommended by top universities. Getting good grades in the examinations is not the only example of success. Failure in exams is not the end of life. The mantra of success is clearly defined for the young mind appearing for thee exams.  Any questions that you may have could be addressed to yourquerymystory@gmail.com.
08:18
August 24, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Sitting on Pins and Needles
Anxiety is a problem that goes unnoticed. All of us at some point or other undergo anxiety but, anxiety disorrder needs to be attended to. It cannot be ignored. Exam anxiety, fear of heights etc.. the list is endless. Get your ward attended to if the child shows any indications that warrant attention. Do drop in a mail at yourquerymystory@gmail.com. 
21:15
August 17, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Keep the black dog at Bay
Depression does not spare the poor or the rich, the successful or the non-successful, the educated or the uneducated. In some areas it is a social leveller. Depression has  mostly been considered taboo in Indian society be it the glamour industry, sports or aam junta. It is estimated that Approximately, 56 million Indians suffer from depression. This podcast give a general overview and listeners must consult a professional if they suspect they have depression.  Do you need help? contact us at yourquerymyStory@gmail.com. we might help you to get the right people. 
15:37
August 10, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 6 - A Sound Mind
Hey we have changed our uploading back to Wednesday.  Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, how we feel, and how we act as we go through life. Our mental health also influences how we handle stress, how we relate to others, and how we make choices. The healthier we are mentally, the better we can deal with our daily life.  Ms. Monika Agarwal a school counsellor discusses the aspects of Mental Health with Dr. Pramila Kudva.  Your queries may be addressed to  Yourquerymystory@gmail.com. 
16:15
August 03, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 5 - A Heuristic Approach with Dr. Sachdev
This interview with Dr. Sachdev delves at length with a child-centric approach that goes to making the child enjoy learning. It is critical for the teacher to think of the child and bring in a change in the mindset of the staff including that of the principal. Your queries may be addressed to yourstorymyquery@gmail.com
26:29
July 30, 2021
Season 2 Episode 1 Deal with the Fear of Maths
We have with us an academician of repute Dr Ram Chandra G Kothari who was the Dean, Faculty of education and psychology at the Maharaja Sayajirao University Baroda and the Vice Chancellor of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University Surat.He talks candidly to Dr. Pramila Kudva about the fear of Maths among the students.
23:38
July 27, 2021
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Humour in the classrroom
Its been over 16 months of lockdown and there seems to be no respite. Students miss their games, miss the contact with their friends. Humour I believe is one antidote for the alienation, for the depressed feelings. According to Edward de Bono, Humour is by far the most significant behaviour. Lets see how to infuse humour into the classroom. Write in to yourquerymystory@gmail.com. You may send voice messages. 
16:58
July 23, 2021
Season 2 Episode 3 - No Boundaries
Manjushree runs a specialized instruction inclusive school for children with diverse learning needs. She believes in treating an individual chiild as unique and provide equal opportunities to every one of them. Listen in and get an awareness through this iinformal chat. 
19:50
July 17, 2021
Season 2 Episode 2 - Candid interview wiith Dr. Kothari
Dr. Kothari goes on to explain the reasons for teacher lapses and ineffectiveness and suggests  remedies. a. word of advise from him for the teacher fraternity.  
20:47
July 10, 2021
Seeason 1 - Episode 20 - Creeping normality - Gordian Knot
This is the last of the episode of season 1. Look out for Season 2 fresh episodes. Till then listen in to these all over again.  Creeping normality - Gordian knot deals with the inabiality to jump and start afresh. This could be applicable to human relationshps, organisations etc. A case in point discussed is Kodak.   Creeping normality is also called landscape amnesia. 
09:52
June 01, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 19 - We see what we want to see
This Dunning and Kruger effect can have a profound impact on what people believe, the decisions they make, and the actions they take. Heuristics can be a major factor influencing this behaviour. It can also lead to cognitive biases.  Watch this penultimate episode of season 1. 
09:52
May 25, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Be Wise not Otherwise
Which is better to have wisdom or knowledge? Can you have one without the other? And which comes first? Knowledge comes first. what is the difference between the two? : “Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing when to say it.” Wisdom is built upon knowledge. That means you can be both wise and knowledgeable, but you can’t be wise without being knowledgeable. And just because you’re knowledgeable doesn’t mean you’re wise. Any questions that you may have could be addressed to yourquerymystory@gmail.com
09:49
May 18, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Forgiveness Divide
Forgiveness means different. things to different people. Particularly children perceive it differently during their developmental years. why do we need to forgive? how do we forgive? how and why do we need to learn it? These are some of the questions that we need an answer to. Lets examine forgiveness in this episode. 
11:40
May 11, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Carry your heaven with you
Life is full of ups and downs. Those who think they can overcome it will be successful. In the title carry your heaven with you refers to the heaven as the positivity that one carries  around. The enlightened ones carry their positivity with them. 
07:02
May 04, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Cockroach theory and Sunder Pichai
Reactions are always instinctive whereas responses are always well thought of. Sunder Pichhai narrated the story of the American Cockroach and human behaviour which is now known as cockroach theory of self development. 
10:29
April 27, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Laugh your way through Life
Medical experts say that laughter chases the toxins out of our system and makes us feel greatly refreshed , physically and mentally. This is probably the reason behind the adage – some bring happiness wherever they go, and some bring happiness whenever they go. 
08:06
April 20, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 13 - A frame of Reference
Quite often, We Try and Impose our Perspectives on Others and Then wonder what went Wrong. What comes first? Perspective or perception? Are they one and the same? Do not let perspectives be based on other peoples experiences. Build them on your own.
07:08
April 13, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 12 - A Penny for Your thoughts
Empathy is learned behaviour even though the capacity for it is inborn.  An attuned mother who is receptive to her child’s needs and cues is the one who permits her baby to thrive and develop emotionally. Empathy involves identifying with what someone is feeling and, additionally, actually feeling those feelings yourself.
08:27
April 06, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 11 - The Leap of Faith
Trust in Life, Trust in employees, Trust in human beings pre se is a very essential factor in a civilised society. The episode begins with a story from the Mahabharata involving Duryodhana and Bheeshma pitamaha which could have changed the outcome of the Kurukshetra war. how to build this trust among the children? Listen in and find out for yourself!
07:26
March 30, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Troll Strike
Trolling is a topic suggested by the listeners.  Trolling is the act of leaving an insulting message on the internet in order to annoy someone. Trolling also happens on sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Trolling is generally about provoking a reaction. Trolls enjoy seeing people hurt. It is a form of cyber-bullying.
07:51
March 23, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Unravel the Chemistry of connections
It’s easy to have a contact but to feel connected does not come easy. Connecting with people is now proven by research to be good for our moods, and even our physical health. Maslow’s famed ‘hierarchy of needs‘ places our need to belong as secondary only to our survival needs. And attachment theory suggests that a child needs a trusting connection with a caregiver to do well as an adult.
08:27
March 16, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Woman the Secondclass citizen yet...
“It is impossible to think about the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is impossible for a bird to fly on only one wing.” — Swami Vivekananda The quote clearly implies the equal status that a woman should hold. But in reality it is far from it. Although many an Indian woman has made strides into the male dominated world, the empowerment has not penetrated into every strata of society. 
06:52
March 09, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Sunitha has a green thumb
Book day is not complete without a story. So here goes  -  a story about  me, my mom and my childhood. Visualise the imagery, the setting and the characters. Send me the feedback on yourquerymystory@gmail.com
04:59
March 05, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 6 - From cramming to learning
SQ4R is a technique that would help you in self-study. This should move students away from tuitions and make them independent learners. Particularly, since exams are fast approaching, this technique would help you to study on your own. 
08:03
March 02, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Exam - Hustle bustle and MOM
Empathy, understanding and acceptance can go a long way in building a bond between the parent and the child. 
08:19
February 22, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 4. Musical Connections
 Music is the language of universal mankind. You don’t need to know the language to understand it. The episode examines the effect music has on Alzeihmer's disease and gives tips on how to use music in improving memory or brain loss. 
09:05
February 16, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 3. Social responsibility
Social responsibility is an ethical theory in which individuals are accountable for fulfilling their civic duty, and the actions of an individual must benefit the whole of society. Often, the ethical implications of a decision/action are overlooked for personal gain. the episode deals with two stories - Greta Thunberg and Malala yousufzai.  It also deals with tips on how to develop social responsibility. 
07:42
February 09, 2021
Season 1 - - Episode 1. Sensitivity
We need to focus on values and character formation as an important aspect of development. words are like arrows. once it leaves the quiver it cannot be taken back. Sensitivity is to be honed into our kids at a young age. The concept is woven through a true story written by a father about his daughter. 
07:07
February 09, 2021
Season 1 - Episode 2. Humility
Humility is a virtue that leaders need to posses. It is not however. looked upon as a quality by most individuals. The humility is explained with the help of a story from Rmayana and linked to the present context. 
06:59
February 09, 2021
A story for your query - A Trailer
Dr. Pramila Kudva presents a Story fo your query that addressses the concerns of students, teachers and parents thorugh stories. These concens could be sosmething that one felt but didnt know whom to ask. Stories are a strong medium of expression and using these the queries are answered explaining the indian ethos in perspective. 
01:20
February 09, 2021