Timeless Wisdoms from Ancient India
This course offers an entry-level introduction to bright young minds on the luminous lessons on equality, success, happiness, competition, mindfulness and more contained in Ancient Indian texts, through interactive discussions.
Among India’s oldest and most venerated texts are the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita, repositories of timeless and secular wisdoms that continue to hugely impact and influence the world view of Indians today, even those that have no familiarity with the texts themselves.
How come? How have these texts, which weren’t even written down for over a thousand years after they were composed, stood the test of time? What makes them so popular not just with Indians or Hindus but with people of other cultures, religions and geographies? Why – and more importantly, how – are the ideas and lessons they contain still so relevant to our 21st century world? And, last but not the least, why is it important that children be introduced to them?
These and many other such questions will be explored in this course, which aims to also offer to bright young minds an entry-level introduction to the luminous lessons on equality, success, happiness, competition, mindfulness and more contained in these texts, while providing a background and context to the time and social situation in which they were first conceived.
The tone of the course will be anything but pedantic – in fact, the focus will be on keeping it fresh, engaging and fun. The aim is not so much to provide answers as to encourage questioning, seeking, and self-reflection, and equip children with some of the tools and thoughts they need to kickstart their personal and individual journeys to richer, more content, and more rewarding lives.
Learn more about our expert course facilitator, Roopa Pai, here.
Roopa Pai is one of India’s best-known writers for children. This Bangalore-based author is a computer engineer by qualification, but chose several years ago to pursue a writing career instead. She has written more than 25 books for children, ranging from picture books to chapter books, and fiction to non-fiction, on themes as varied as sci-fi fantasy, popular science, maths, history, economics, Indian philosophy, life skills, and most recently, medicine. Many of her books are bestsellers and are enjoyed as much by adults as by children.
Her best-known books include the 8-part 'Taranauts', India’s first fantasy-adventure series for children in English, 'Ready! 99 Must-Have Skills For The World-Conquering Teenager (And Almost-Teenager)', the award-winning national bestseller ‘The Gita For Children’, listed by Amazon India as one of ‘100 Indian Books To Read In A Lifetime’, and its prequel ‘The Vedas And Upanishads For Children’. Her TEDx talk ‘Decoding The Gita, India’s Book Of Answers’ has received over 1.5 million views to date.
When she is not writing, Roopa can be found leading groups of children and young people on history and heritage walks across her beloved Karnataka, as part of her job as director of a company she co-founded, BangaloreWalks.
She has most recently co-authored fitness evangelist and supermodel Milind Soman’s memoir – 'Made In India', and is currently working on a book of poetry translation, in which she is translating 100 poems of famous Kannada poet, Padma Shri K S Nisar Ahmed, into English.