The beauty of a young lady

Posted on October 23, 2016 by Damayanti Young No Comments

The West Bengal government has created a program called kanyasri (meaning ‘beauty of a young lady’) for the betterment of girls’ education. My intention in writing this article is to inform you exactly in what way the parents of underprivileged families are affected by this program and how subsequently the education system has been destroyed. […]

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A Rant on Education

Posted on July 18, 2016 by Damayanti Young No Comments

My frustration as a teacher We need only peek into history to see that it has long been the tactic of the ruling class to dominate a population by undermining their independent search for knowledge and way of being, through carefully prescribed values and ideals. Accepting these ideals, the population self-moderates and is thus easily […]

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Treasurer’s Report for quarter ending 30 June 2016

Posted on July 18, 2016 by Damayanti Young No Comments

Please find below a breakdown of expenditures over the last three months, showing where the school is focusing its energies and resources: Total expenditure for the period is 20% lower comparative to the previous quarter, given the absence of one-off activities such as the school’s Open Day. The major change as compared to the last […]

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Treasurer’s Report for quarter ending 31 Mar 2016

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Damayanti Young No Comments

Excluding the annual event expenses and the new student subsidy expenses, total expenditure for the period is 9% lower compared to the previous quarter. The Annual Event Expenses are for three big events which took place over the past quarter — the school’s Annual Picnic in January, Srila Gurudev’s Appearance Day celebrations in February and […]

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Open Day 15 March 2016

Posted on April 14, 2016 by Damayanti Young No Comments

It was a bright sunny day in Dol-Gobindapur, the future location for the school building which will host the Golden Avatar school. A temporary construction of bamboo and canvas had been erected, to shelter the patrons of the event from the hot tropical sun. Pictures which had been drawn and painted by the students festively […]

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An Indian Woman

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Chandra No Comments

The following is an example of creative writing by Dipon Pal, a senior student at Golden Avatar, where he addresses very grave yet very real issues faced by his female peers. My name is Moumita, but everyone calls me Dita. On the day that the upper secondary exam results were made public, I became pretty […]

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The Yoga of Martial Arts

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Chandra 1 Comment

The Universal Principles of Jiu-jitsu In one of the ancient texts of India, known as the Bhagavad-Gita (Chapter 1, Text 1), it has been told; dharma-kṣetre kuru-kṣetre samavetā yuyutsavaḥ māmakāḥ pāṇḍavāś caiva kim akurvata sañjaya O Sanjaya, after my sons and the sons of Pandu assembled in the place of pilgrimage at Kuruknshetra, desiring to […]

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A Visitor’s Notebook – The flood aftermath

Posted on October 15, 2015 by Chandra 1 Comment

As many who follow Golden Avatar’s posts and newsletters will know, this year’s monsoon brought with it the worst flood in fifteen years. Although facing many challenges themselves, even the kids rallied together with the rest of the Golden Avatar team and, along with the help of donors worldwide, managed not to make a meal […]

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A Visitor’s Notebook

Posted on September 10, 2015 by Chandra No Comments

“A Visitor’s Notebook” by Deborah Fleming-Prins Nabadwipa Town Nadia District West Bengal, India Weather: Hot and steamy, with more rain than expected. The school is in session six days a week, with Monday off. We are now in the “wet” season, and it is very aptly named “wet.” The low-lying fields are under water, and […]

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A Flood of Tears

Posted on September 10, 2015 by Chandra 2 Comments

We got the call around 9:30 pm. One of our assistant teachers wanted to know if classes would still be held in our school. It had been raining for days. Weeks. It was still raining. “The Ganga has come!” my wife Dalia exclaimed. “If anyone does manage to come,” she told the teacher, “we will send […]

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