Aarohi open learning experience

As we discussed earlier,how I reached campus with family. We went into flow of this fan less and tap less campus.

It was difficult to rise at 6am ,because sukun ,my elder daughter is late riser .she gets up at 12pm somedays.

She got up at 6am with excitement of new friends she got in aarohi.

I was worried how to take bath or to get fresh in just 2-3 washroom but it really went like a family.

Exercise was hard for me as I am more like an easy yoga person. They are providing variety in daily exercises like days for strength,stemina and flexibility.

Breakfast was quite rich.I expected it to be simple and boring but it wasn’t.

There are cleanup teams after breakfast,lunch and dinner. I thought it to be just a formality but it was like real work. I was really responsible there till I finishing my job.

It gave me a sense of accomplishment.

I tried to do something on my own.so I picked up 2 waste footballs and tried to make something of it.but nothing clicked in my mind.

I gave it up and then tried to see what others are doing. I saw mitti cool fridge making.then i went to art zone.then i saw magnets.It was like facing the failure so clearly after a long time.

We might be trapped in a pattern to please the authority around ,so I kept guessing what others are expecting of me.

Games started by the evening.It was “save your castle”by pulling the tails of attackers.

This game took me to a very different zone.As a stock market trader,it was a very bad day. I didn’t trade last 2 days but old positions were showing huge loss.

Work from anywhere kind professionals are always in dilema whether they should check their phone or not?

But evening sports got me a total escape.

I could enjoy dinner.

A thought session is there after dinner.We

Checked 9 boxes there to evaluate ourselves. There techniques to mix all of 30 as a single community was a big learning for me.

We had our usual chit chat after the session and went to bed.

Next day we started with yoga – variations of Surya namaskar.

Ratnesh & Aditi mentor the design, discuss and doing of a day.Teams announce and collaborate to do their chosen projects and activities.

I decided to do what I like actually.so i decided to make a short film.Then I collaborated with a 12 year old open learner Charvik and we discussed.Came up with a theme ,then script somehow.

Started to find the cast then.All were busy with some other activities.It was seeming difficult to execute.

But we got a few actors for us and we shot a short film in single take.

Going for campus care with different teams after tea time.we were working with showel and buckets with team of 25-30 fellows.

Played kho kho and confusion ground game in evening. Confusion ( Tom & Jerry) was awesome.It needed lot of awareness.

We were given a project to make an advertisement combining dreams of all 5 members of each team.

Such team work filled with fun and brainstorming creates a new level of bonding.

Performed those ad in evening meeting.

Thursday is the day visit for new parents in Aarohi.We met some more new people .

We were given 3 boxes of wooden pieces without speaking a word.

It was surprising that we made a train and castle in 5 minutes only. It wasn’t seeming possible at all without sharing any idea.

But it was easier instead.

So we are learning biggest lessons here without any big lectures.


My first day in aarohi open learning campus

I was planning to come to Aarohi since I heard about this.

But places which are really fantastic are not that attractive from outside.So I need to push my family.

We had lot of efforts to reach here by combination of train journeys.

It seemed quite demotivating when we were on auto rickshaw passing whole city left behind.

We reached to the gate which was seeming like some lonely place.

Then Ratnesh came to welcome us and everything started changing.when I entered sleeping area ,it was a cosy and fairy tale like set up for me.

Then we entered into dining room and all of them let us mix up within 15 minutes.

After 2 hours ,we were mixed up with the community so fast that I had never done in my whole life.

They shared safety instructions in form of a game .My wife and daughters got a big extended family by the bed time.

They were telling me that 4 days are not enough at all.

I am smiling on the morning scene when I was pushing the whole family to experience such place once.

It wasn’t a amusement park or foreign trip to get them excited since beginning.but this is the place where trip ends with a long lasting excitement to come here again.

Believe us we have done a 10000 km India tour all along but this is still so new that I couldn’t stop sharing it with all of you.