07 Years of Blogging with EklavyaParv

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It has been 07 years since the EklavyaParv blog came as the place I started writing for. It has been a full-heart employment with the full-time jobs I have been doing. The pleasure that I get, the power that I conceive and the response that I get – all make it an EklavyaParv in a true sense.

It was the year 2014 when I got this desire to start sharing the Communication Skills notes via a blog. The reason was an intriguing one. I wanted to write a book for the students of Amity, where I was teaching at that time, but the institutional permission clause became a strange hurdle. Anyways, the writing or curation of a book in print did not happen. This gave me the trigger, which we often term as ‘calling’ as well.

As the EduSoMedia Model of Innovative Learning was already the hallmark of my working with students, I went on to the idea of making a website. The technical help came from my brother and within a month the website plan got materialized. He planned to give me this key to express on my birthday (19 June). I can see that the website has the dates of 17 June 2014 on the articles published. One can see the contact page which was published on the above date. Taking that as the anniversary date for the blog, I am here to share that it has been 07 years since I am blogging on EklavyaParv.

The name - EklavyaParv – is quite interesting to me and readers as well. The amalgamation of two in one name speaks of complete life philosophy. Eklavya is known as an expert-dedicated and exceptional archer who would have been known over Arjuna. The hindrance for him was that he was not acknowledged in the elite structures of education and learning. This is happening even today that millions are working like him without being acknowledged or even known. But they are making a great deal of difference to where they are. The essence of Self-Learning, Self-Enhancement and Self-Discover is in the inspiration one spreads around. Eklavya rightly did so. Apart from the precision in hitting his target, Eklavya has been the best example of dedication and discipline as a disciple. His respect and loyalty towards the Guru remain the only anecdote for us.

Eklavya’s passion, persistence and perseverance make him a well-deserving candidate for any mission. I had the mission to be a life-long learner and also expand this vision to as many as I can. So, Eklavya came in the name of the blog. Now comes the ‘Parv’. Yes, these are the initials of my first name as well. Some of my friends use this or understand that it is from the name. There is another side to it, which is the actual motive behind the name. Parv is a commonly used Hindi word that stands for a celebration or a carnival. It is about an occasion when people throng to the open (be it their minds or landscapes) and have a joyous togetherness and energy. One can see is the least dissatisfaction on the faces and the amount of hope, happiness and harmony is immense. So, I got attached to PARV.

Eklavya+Parv= Celebration of being an Eklavya. The attributes of Eklavya (not the ones that divert us to the Mahabharata War or some other acts of diversion) are exactly the ones that sensible and dedicated learners crave in life. You know what I loved about his stories and the connotations – His pursuits and the subtle sense of belief in JOURNEY. Of course, Arjuna fought for righteousness and that’s an altogether different story and thing to look at. But Eklavya fought for himself. He fought for all of us who are deprived of the opportunities to learn everything we want to. The attempts that we do while we initiate learning by self are a celebration of Eklavya – to say exactly – that is the Celebration of becoming an Eklavya.

Whenever there is something about motivational talks or blogs, I wish to quote and share about those who have been the agents of self-enhancement. Keeping your ideals in those who represent ‘self-made’ categories of achievers is the most common thing for all of us. Hence, my case of Celebrating Eklavya like my own Muse seems valid to me. It gives me an equal amount of serenity and strength as it provides a treatise of focus and professionalism in life.

Read, my friends read as much as you can. This is the only thing that can save the world and take you to the quest. Participate in what Eklavya stands for: A self-driven quest.

 

About the Author
Author: Parveen Sharma
'You Create Yourself' is the belief that drives the EklavyaParv Life Long Learning Mission. The trilogy of Enhance-Empower-Encourage motivates us and we share learning contents on Communication Skills, EdTech, Life Skills, Blended & Innovative Learning and Insights about Education. These resources are Open Educational Resources (OERs) under CC-BY-NC-SA licence. Parveen is an EdTech Evangelist and has been working in the field of Innovation-driven Education for more than a decade. He writes and delivers training on EduSoMedia, E-Learning, OERs, MOOCs, EdTech, ICT, Blended and Flipped Learning, Academic Intervention, Classroom Makeover, Employability Enhancement, EdTech and Teacher-Student Learning. EklavyaParv is the celebration of his belief in the Learning Spirit of Mankind!

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