I’ll handle it…!!

Greetings Fountaineers,

Welcome to this wonderful new academic year 2016 – 2017 (I sincerely hope…??) No really, I think this year we are all going to kick some serious butt….as in, totally dominate in all aspects of education, in the ambit sense of the word…! Mr. “K” and Co have laid out the objectives and we are expected to deliver regardless of the situation ( I love this sort of competitiveness..!!)

There are so many changes and developments in and around the facility, it’s mind boggling. I can’t wait till the lads get back to school!

Anyways, myself and the rest of the third year veterans including a few older ones find ourselves in “INTEGRITY” class…with the “ZSM” and Chinki Ma”am. ..!! We are a mixed batch of about 28 participants (23 females and 5 males..!!!) Personally,  the class has started off a bit lukewarm and I feel a bit apprehensive of its content and of course it’s desired effect, as compared to the other two classes before this one..!!

Don’t get me wrong, I am honored to be part of this beautiful group, but I still feel it’s objective is not clear. I also went one step ahead and interrogated a few of the last year’s participants and they seem a bit jaded too…??

Regardless, I’m in it for the long run and gained a confidence booster in the last minutes of the second session yesterday. I am not at liberty to discuss it’s content at this moment, as we have taken an oath to keep it “in house” if you like..!

Come what may this year…” I’LL HANDLE IT…!!! “

Sincerely with integrity… ( couldn’t resist..!)

Kalpesh “Sir” ( I hate this way of being addressed, it’s so colonial un-British..!!)


Critical Thinking

Questions galore, answers zilch. This is the situation I always face when I have queries about religion. Either my questions are brushed off as immature or trivial or in extreme cases blasphemous. What is it that propels one towards religion? Is it genuine faith, a sense of spirituality and divinity or plain fear? What I have observed in recent times and my personal experience is that it is FEAR plain and simple that pushes one towards religion. What else could explain the mass hysteria that religion garners? Ideally shouldn’t religion be a private matter to be practised within the four walls of our home rather than bringing it out on the roads? Why have we made our Gods so cheap?


I believe religion should evolve over time. When a religion is introduced or born it is according to the requirements of that time and era. As time passes and changes occur, shouldn’t religion also make those changes? Is what was relevant centuries ago, relevant today? Wouldn’t religion find more takers if it was rooted in contemporary reality rather than antiquated beliefs and rituals? Evolved religion may be able to achieve what stagnated religious beliefs have failed to do so; religion may actually be able to unite people of the world instead of creating discord and disharmony. Food for thought?

Ayman Shaikhmahmud

Does Liberty Follow Integrity? 25th Feb 2016.

……My journey as a facilitator of Integrity workshop was like witnessing a liberalization movement which had commenced within myself. My ego was holding it’s front strong  and on the other hand my inner being— let me call it– my true self, was taking the blows like a true freedom fighter.
With each sessions of life class my ego  fueled my problems. My pains, made me feel vulnerable, pacified my mistakes…captivated my mind.
Eventually taking responsibility of my being  and sharing my pains and problems with my group mates, snapped the strings which held me back, didn’t allow me to move and grow.
With each sharing, there was something which was setting me free, a deep sense of relief was soaking me, I was moving out of my guilt.
The theories of various life class workshops started falling in place, a clear picture emerged….one which convinced me that…the liberalization movement will continue till I continue to breathe, but, now I will decide –(what emotions, feelings I need to hold  on to and what I need to let go; release)…… and not my ego.                                   Suparna.Khadepaw


Wow! Where do I start..? I would like to begin with a hearty “THANK YOU” to my beloved FS for probably saving marriage from gradual destruction..!! I can honestly say that I experienced 90% of what we had discussed throughout the duration of this “LOVE CLASS”….!

My personality and attitude towards marriage, fatherhood and being a good husband has evolved…i hope i am a better man to say the least..!! In fact, I am feeling guilt of not writing the whole truth here, but will still con tribute a fewbits and pices of this life changing experience….!
First off, the 2015 – 2016 academic year started well with my PE / PS TEAM-MATES….We got off to a flying start with school games and PE sctivities…! And then all of a sudden….. “LOVE CLASS” happened…We thought “love”, “sex” and “making love” and “woman explained” will be the topics of the day…But boy, were we dissapointed…? Instead we were handed a first class experience of what mutual love and understanding is all about, forgiveness and learning to be true to your partner and most of all, we got to experience it, rather then learn it, we’ll I did anyway….!!

I see my darling wife differently now, in a more positive light( She always was this way, but it just took me a few years to figure it out, but better later then never) In fact, she has also admitted that I have changed and become a better lover, husband and father, not in this order, but you know what I mean…! Hearing these sweet words from her has boosted my confidence as a man. I am more efficient in my work, even though others will say otherwise, I am learning fatherhood always, I am more in touch with my wife’s feelings and moods then before and it has given us a new lease of life, if you like…i don’t think anything was wrong, but I feel it was not right, until LOVE CLASS came into our lives…so much has been the impact of this class in my life….also I would like to take this opportunity to highlight my participation in these sort of rehabilitative classes. Ask the others and they will vouch for me as I was an avid contributor to most of the topics discussed, the setting provided me an opportunity to express my inner feelings towards life in general and this is where the greatest impact was for me….we all realized that our situations are very different and we all have stages of life that we go through at various periods in our existence on God’s grear creation…!!! I am enquiring always….and want to be a better husband, father and coach to the best of my abilities. This class has benefitted my family greatly…THANK YOU MY dearest FS…!

Kalpesh Patel

P.S I still have a few things to share, but do not have the courage or confidence to pen them at this moment, as they are intimate and mesmerizing, but I do know I am stronger for it and still learning daily of what the great force of LOVE is. …!





The Critical Thinking Blog as a journal

Hello budding Critical Thinkers,

As discussed in the workshop yesterday, we want to use this blog as an ongoing journal of critical thinking. Each one of you are required to do the following till we meet next in September:

  • watch your thoughts, and blog about those where you find yourself showing a bias or where you can or actually apply Critical Thinking (CT)
  • for those of you left to share the homework from Saturday (about any one cognitive bias and it’s application to your life), please so share that at the earliest.
  • you can also post about issues that you want the class to look deeper into.
  • you need to Post at least once in 2 weeks
  • make sure that you follow with your buddy to post

We need to continue working together, and therefore invest time and effort in putting up these posts, if we want to become better critical thinkers. So hoping for your prompt contributions,

Vardan Kabra