18 Mar 2023


None of the pencils I used in school went down half their size. By the time they reached 50% my mom would throw them or give them away, saying “pencil ಚಿಕ್ಕದಾಯಿತು

Little did I know that the size of the pencil was also what showed economic status. I thought small pencil would spoil the handwriting until one day my mom declared “ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಗತಿ ಇಲ್ಲ ಅಂದ್ಕೊತಾರೆ”. I was too young to counter this, nor did I understand the nuances of ‘economics’ :)

Cut to today, my kids were sharpening their pencils & I found couple of pencils that where 10% of its original size. I appreciated the fact that they used the pencil till the end, without losing them and that showed how responsible they are with their belongings. They were happy :) 

You are as an individual how you were in your childhood; most of the times. But you can choose to unlearn/learn based on your current eco-system & exposure to the world. The choice is always YOURS!