Reflection-Who Moved My Cheese.!

Who moved my cheese” is a self help book written by Dr. Spencer Johnson.

This book is all about “CHANGE“. Life is quite uncertain and the only wise thing is to accept the way it changes. All these is explained through a story of 2 mice (Sniff and Scurry) and 2 little people (Hem and Haw) who reacts differently when their cheese is taken away form them. Life gives fair and equal chance to all, it is upto us to either grab the opportunity and upgrade ourselves or to resist it and cry/complaint about it.

Sniff represents those set of people who are very keen observers. They keep their eyes, nose, ears wide open and anticipate the change which may come in near future. They trust their instincts and are ready with plan B for their life. Fear is something they are least known to.

Scurry represents those set of people who comes into action as soon as they anticipate  the change, they do not like to waste their time in overanalyzing the problem as well as the solution. These are simple people and to them change comes naturally.

Hem represents those set of people who do not anticipate change as well as do not accept the change. They do not like to move out from their comfort zone. For them, the situation in which they are needs to last forever. They are full of fear and insecurities; fear of loosing things, fear of not finding it again. Insecure about their belongings. They are resistant to any new idea or thought.

Haw represents those set of people who are slow. They accept the change a bit late and then start their journey for the new quest. These people need some push, some motivation to move ahead. But it is amazing to see that once they decide to move on, they never fall back. They have courage to accept their mistakes and laugh about it.


The above story indicates that human mind can react to same situation in different ways as well as different situation in same way. It is a complex web of thoughts and patterns. The more we experience the better decision makers we are. Let not your past experience hold you from discovering your “Station N”. 



Aayushi Jariwala Tandon

Take away from critical thinking classes!

Critical thinking is the ability to think critically and rationally about what to do and what to believe. These workshops  helped me to think objectively. “The Debate  and Murder your darling! was something that intrigued me!” Thinking about our cognitive bias, critical thinking, and values of our traditions. It was an enriching experience. It is not only expanding our reach, but also developing our learning skills. I look forward to more informative sessions.

Thank you Aman sir and Shraddha maam

अत्याधिक सोच या गहन सोच ? 

‘अत्याधिक सोच हानिकारक है लेकिन गहन सोच इलाज है’ – अमोल 

‘Critical thinking’ सभी कौशल में सब से demanding कौशल है। पहले मेरी सोच थी कि गहन सोच हमेशा ‘आलोचनात्मक’ होती है। लेकिन जब मैंने यह वर्कशॉप अटेंड किया मैंने सीखा  कि यह हमें कोई भी चीजों के दोनों पहलुओं को गौर से जांचने का अवसर प्रदान करती है और हमें सिखाती है कि कोई भी निर्णय लेने से पहले उसे कैसे जाँचा या परखा जा सकता है। इससे हमारी सोच बहुत गहन और अर्थपूर्ण होती है।  हम इस कौशल का प्रयोग करके अपनी निजी जीवन में काफ़ी बदलाव ला सकते है और तो और हमारा नजरिया भी बदल सकता है। ‘murder my darling’  गतिविधि थी जहाँ पर मैंने अपने विचारों के सामने अपने अन्य विचारों की सेना युद्ध के लिए तैयार की और फिर महसूस किया कि जो हम देखते है या जानते है चीजे इतनी ही नहीं होती। कभी कभी अपनी सोच से ऊपर उठना बहुत आवश्यक होता है। मुझे यह अवसर प्रदान करने के लिए शुक्रिया अमन जी और श्रद्धा जी।  आपने डिजिटल सेट अप में भी इस वर्कशॉप को उतना ही रसप्रद बनाए रखा जितना भौतिक सेट आप में होता है। समूह के सभी लोगोने अपने अनुभव सक्रियरूप से साझा किए जिससे सोच और गहन होती गई और वास्तविक जीवन के अनुभवों से बहुत कुछ सीखने मिला। इस प्रक्रिया के लिए अपने मन को पूर्वाग्रह मुक्त बनाकर सोचने की आवश्यकता होती है और जिसके लिए हम अपने मन को खुला रककर अपने आपसे क्यों, कैसे और क्या(inquiry questions) के जवाब दे सके और अपने तर्क को और मजबूती प्रदान कर सके। हमने अलग-अलग bias के बारेमे जानकारी हांसिल की जिससे हमने अपनी निजी जीवन में लिए निर्णय और अनुवभावों से सीखा कि कहाँ हमने कैसे bias का अनुशरण किया था। मेरे लिए यह अनुभव कोई रोमांच से काम नहीं रहा।  आप सभीका धन्यवाद !

Critical Thinking

It was newer understanding about the definition of critical thinking. The tuning in activities were interesting. The exercise where we have to do research about our favorite brand – ‘To murder our darling’ gave insight to research in and out of any product before using it by keeping in mind key words. It is also fine that you may or may not continue using same product – brand after research work. Even the exercise where to identify types of biases with our real life situation to get better clarity and to be conscious about it. Listening to others examples were also fruitful to make connection with confirmation and cognitive bias.

Critical thinking in my Opinion

If I have to share my opinion about Critical thinking, It is all about understanding, analyzing, and creating perspective about any certain issue/thing from 360 degrees. This gives us better clarity about the situation, which may also lead us to take an effective decision. One of the interesting things from the last session was ‘kill your darlings’ where it is to select a product which I like and then killing it by researching its negative aspect. In the current era, there are still a lot of ancient mythologies which is being practiced and have no rationale They exist only due to misconception among people. So as per me, it is always important to use rationale in everything which comes our way before creating in any perception or learning instead of vise versa.

Critical Thinking :2020

Critical Thinking:2020 – specifically mentioned 2020 as they virtual classes.

This year I had no option but had to opt for “Critical Thinking” as its compulsory. I was wondering what is it , whole day we spend for planning , teaching and thinking at school.

To my suprise I attended the first sessions and wanted to know more, and I do agree CT is a need in our day to day life. Critical thinking helped me know what is confirmation Bias and Cognitive Bias and many additional learnings , where in I was able to make personal connections with my personal life and the vast sharing done by the team members was really mind boggling.

As is said, bring life to the workshop and take workshop to life, I have started thinking critically in all the decisions I make or for the products we use.

Lastly, I like to thank Shradda ma’am and Aman Sir for making these sessions interesting.







Sharpening our Critical Thinking Skills

Well, this year has started with a lot of chaos and in between this pandemic, we started our new academic year with full grit! This year Critical thinking has been one of the elements that I have chosen to work upon in professional and personal life. So far the journey has been interesting. The first thing that I have understood is that we all think and we all think critically too. But the catch is that we need to rewire our beliefs and value and paradigms to make our critical thinking skills more useful.

In our journey of critical thinking class so far we have got to know about the types of cognitive biases we all use in our day-to-day life. It is just that all of us think differently about different things. From the sharings, I can infer that all of us go through a lot of different experiences and that molds our ability to think critically in certain situations.

What I’m interested now in is to learn is how we can sharpen this saw of critical thinking skills by applying different strategies. Like ‘Murder your darling’ was a really interesting activity that makes you forcefully keep your emotions, likings, and beliefs aside and look at things in a more 360-degree manner view to better make decisions. Look forward to more interesting learnings!

Critical thinking ??

Critical Thinking Definition

क्रिटिकल थिंकिंग याने गहन सोच | वास्तविक जीवन में बहुत बार हम कहते है या किसी को सलाह देते समय भी बोलते है ,” सोच – समझकर निर्णय लो | ” यह बोलना जितना आसान उतना ही उस पर अमल करना बेहद कठिन | हाँ , कठिन इसलिए कि कौनसे निर्णय के लिए गहन सोच की आवश्यकता है और कौनसे निर्णय के लिए इतना भी गहन सोचना जरुरी नहीं , यह सीखना अत्यावश्यक है | जब मैं Life class मैं इसके बारे में गहन जानकारी हासिल कर रही हूँ , तब मुझे महसूस हो रहा हैं मैंने कुछ निर्णय Critical याने गहन सोच कर लिए हैं पर कुछ आसान थे और मैंने उन्हें critial तरिके के से सोचा | इसमें संतुलन करना बहुत ही जरुरी है |

Thinking critically is a mark of an educated mind!!

One of the biggest hallmarks of critical thinking is the capacity for independent thought. It’s easy to believe or agree without consideration. Nevertheless, when we choose to think independently, as per our previous experiences.
Thinking critically opens up your mind for visualizing a particular situation from different perspectives. One develops acceptance and understanding about other people’s perspectives. When we did the ‘See, think and wonder’ activity, we came to know how each one of us saw the same thing with a different lens. It was an enriching experience. It’s not only broadening our horizon but also developing our research skills. The ‘Murder your darling’ activity definitely made us do so!! Looking forward for more of these enlightening sessions ..

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