Tweaking Traditional Teaching methods- Swaroop Rawal #WATWB

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

Teachers are the unsung heroes of our society and no sooner do we get our degree, than we forget about them. Even though Teacher’s Day is a long way yet, I’d like to talk about an extraordinary teacher, Swaroop Sampat Rawal who has seamlessly juggled roles from passionate and successful actor to teacher and social influencer.

Tweaking teaching

This video by Aditya Rawal highlights the importance of having the right teacher.

Swaroop Sampat Rawal, heroine of yesteryear’s TV Hit sit-com Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi and who was recently seen  as Kia’s mother in Balki’s in “Ki or Ka” has a side to her that very few people are aware of, leave alone her fans.

How many of you know that as late as 2006, she earned a PhD in Education from the University of Worcester ?  And did you know her doctoral thesis was for her research on education, drama and learning disabilities ? In fact earlier this month the University conferred an honorary degree in recognition of her work encouraging girls and young women to continue with education in Gujarat and her work with Save the Children to change the lives of disadvantaged children in India.

Apart from the fact that Swaroop has introduced a new concept into teaching, she continues to help the underprivileged conducting camps in tribal areas of Jawhar ( around Mumbai’s Wada District). She is also training primary school teachers in Gujarat. And trying to work with other Governments to make education more meaningful, especially to the underprivileged.

Why I salute Swaroop

Swaroop comes from  a privileged background and she could very well have spent her life as a lady of leisure. But already inspired by her oncologist mother, she had dreams of following her footsteps. Fate had other plans and she landed up following father’s vocation and pursued her passion for acting. In the course of her unusual life path, she married the man of her dreams, raised two amazing sons and got two doctorates in Education instead.

I salute this lady who continues to remain young at heart. She is as agile as a twenty year old, I may add. Not one to rest on her laurels, she continues to be motivated and motivating . But above all, she still has the ability to enjoy life and laugh!

You can read more about this amazing woman here and  here

Now isn’t that truly amazing? Image for BellyBytes


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I am participating in #WATWB and initiative where on the last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts. This month’s co-hosts are Peter Nena, Eric LahtiInderpreet Kaur Uppal Roshan Radhakrishnan , Emerald Barnes and Lynn Hallbrooks


Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

23 Comments on “Tweaking Traditional Teaching methods- Swaroop Rawal #WATWB

  1. Being privileged is a blessing .By doing good work for the underprivileged she has shown light where few dare .I feel if our population is controlled and quality education given as basic right India will fly .
    Very inspiring post .#WATWB

  2. Hi BB – that’s an amazing story … so wonderful to read of the helps she is able to give to disadvantaged children – opening so many doors for so many. But I see as she says – the reality is in the Indian countryside … so many to help – but I’m sure her pupils and her contacts are reaching further into the hinterland. Lovely read … cheers Hilary
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  3. Very inspirational. I hope she is able to continue her good works for a long time to come. Thanks for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB

  4. Yeh jo hai zindagi is an all time favorite. But I was completely unaware of this avatar of Swaroop Sampat. Thanks so much for spreading awareness of this wonderful human being – she is indeed inspiring. And yet it makes me sad – so many people do good things but nobody bothers to promote it, while negative reports are highlighted, over and over again. In medical science, it is the other way around, positive results get reported (i,e when a treatment works) but when a treatment fails, that is hidden, often deliberately…bias all around. Thanks for the space to air my views 🙂

    1. I do hope you get this reply as I’m using my Desk Top. Swaroop was my class mate and we were all amazed that she actually turned out to be so talented. You know the saying ghar ki nurgi daal barabar.

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