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Kathalaya – the house of stories

Once upon a time not so long ago in June 1998... it rained heavily.

Three teachers hurried to a shelter under a grand old banyan tree. The rain didn't seem to stop.

At first it was a casual chat about the weather and childhood memories of the rain. They noticed a caterpillar and recalled the story of how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. Then the conversation drifted towards life of a butterfly and how stories could be integrated into training and education. 

Why is teaching a monotonous exercise? What really makes the child interested in a subject? Do we have a role to play? There was a pause. Bingo! Why not story telling? Can we as teachers make a difference to evolve a more exciting curriculum, through stories? Can we extend it to the underprivileged children, in the same manner? They did not notice that the rain had stopped. The caterpillar had moved and so had Kathalaya....

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