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Shakespeare abridged
37 plays and 14 sonnets of Shakespeare in an hour and a half? That's what Ezra Bix, Berynn Schwerdt and Tim Schwerdt presented in "The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)" recently in the city. ELIZABETH ROY reviews the outrageously funny yet cl assy performance.
Face Facts
Nuances of hair care
THANK YOU for all your responses for the article on Hair Care. I was happy to get a lot of e-mails from many men. Nearly all queries were related to hair loss. I have tried to cover all aspects of hair loss and do hope you will find answers to ...
Voice Your Views
Only merit list matters
THIS topic has been chosen at the right time as students all over the country are preparing for their school or college finals. Today, the reputation of an educational institution is judged by the number of its students figuring in the merit ...

Killing intelligence
AS a maths teacher for the last 15 years, I have realised that many intelligent students suffer due to the examination system. The system not only fails to test intelligence, but kills it by limiting students' knowledge to an outdated syllabus. ...
New slogan
IT is disheartening that `read-understand-score' is now only `mug-reproduce-score' with the students of today. If marks were the hallmark of education, then the toppers of the State and the Central Board should be able to walk into IIT. This ...
Frog in the well
TODAY the education system is nothing but mere spoon feeding. Students are trained from the examination point of view to maintain the cent per cent passing record of the institution. In this situation, the students remain a proverbial frog in the ...
Books become burden
WHEN half a mark can make a world of difference to a student's admission into a professional course or his/her subsequent career options, it is no wonder that education has become totally exam-oriented. Parents and teachers goad the youngsters to ...
Exams, mere farce
EXAMS are a farce and passing them is just a mere formality. An intelligent pupil, not so adept at expressing himself, is likely to fare badly whereas a mediocre student can burn the midnight oil and excel. Rehearsed answers to predictable ...
Time and cost
IN the American college system, the overall intellectual capability of a child is emphasised rather than test scores and the rapid progress made by the country is ample testimony to the success of the system. But in India with over-population and ...
Parrots in the making
OUR education system can only produce parrots, not academicians. Mugging and reproducing in exams alone is not the test of ones intelligence. In many professions, successful achievers were under-achievers in their student days. Bill Gates, ...
What determines intelligence?
WHAT is intelligence all about? Would you describe a Harshad Mehta or Charles Shobhraj as intelligent? There has to be a verification method for judging the results of the very education imparted. There has to be a certain yardstick, a barometer ...
Do we have anything better?
EXAMINATION has nothing to do with knowledge much less intelligence though one cannot but concede that there is no better mode of gauging ones knowledge. Interestingly enough, Shakespeare had no formal education. Yet the Bard of Avon with his ...
Why fear exams?
EXAM-ORIENTED education is not bad. In life, killer instinct is necessary to reach greater heights. For many students there will not be any inclination to learn in the absence of examination. Real intelligence does not mean bookish knowledge and ...
Exams are not evil
LET us first clear our misinterpretation on this topic; education systems followed the world over are exam-oriented. Exams are the best and time-tested method for evaluating knowledge. The problem with the Indian education system is that ...
Better evaluation
IF gold is assessed by its carat value, it is knowledge that determines students. While exams have to remain a part of the education system, it is a structured continuous system that should evaluate students and not a final fatal test once in a ...
Only book-oriented
FRAMING of CBSE question papers (X and XII) is ridiculous and unjust. Questions are patterned into three different sets and the students are expected to attempt one, according to their registration number. With the question papers too not being ...
Holistic approach
AS a student, I feel examinations are filling us with loads of fear, anxiety, depression, and dejection at failure and egoistic-pride with success, but never with the required intelligence. We are surely in need of some system that could exhibit ...
Outdated system
THE education system should be meaningful and relevant. But our education system fails to fulfil this goal. Far from being value-oriented, it is more book and subject oriented. Hence, most students try to excel by mugging portions marked in the ...
Cliched questions
THE exam-oriented education system has just helped students pile up degrees without gaining in-depth knowledge. The question paper pattern is fixed, the examiner has little freedom to digress from it, the time is short and the objective is to ...
Impressive range
Vimonisha Gallery's pre-summer exhibition-cum-sale will present a wide variety of clothes, accessories and home linen for the fashion-conscious to choose from.
Arts & Crafts
Vibrant strokes
Two artists from the Cholamandal Artists Village are showcasing their skills at an exhibition on at Vinyasa Art Gallery till February 20. A review.
Grit takes them to the top
Victorious justice, tearful tragedy, uproarious anger and delectable humour... several women have made headlines in the past few weeks, be it Kalpana Chawla or Sunita Rani.
Chip off the old block
The great granddaughter of film personalities, N.S Krishnan and T.A.Mathuram, Natasha is doing her family proud in her own little way.
Can the chaos be checked?
With growing population, lack of infrastructure and encroachments on roads, Chennai-ites are finding it difficult to steer their way out of the frequent traffic jam. Some suggestions...
Good Food Line
Lighter side of life...
YOU WOULD have thought that with such interesting people on the dais and with such an accomplished compere/comedienne/and anchorperson, the interaction would have been full of `sparks'! But sometimes what you take for granted are the very things ...
The old town walls
Like much else in the city, both the People's Park and Town Wall were allowed to sink into a state of neglect... and by the 1990s, both were decrepit. However, an attempt was made to restore them. The result was truly filmi, with new gates, no refle ction of those massive wooden ones that existed not so long ago...

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