My Personal Stories

A Former Student: “I would not have been here if not for you.”

Reading Time: 6 minutes Children want to impress and please adults they look up to, whether the adults are family members, teachers, or members of their local community. As a teacher, if you have high expectations of your students, by and large, they will do everything they can to meet those expectations, partly to impress and please you.

This is a very feel-good story of a former student of mine who, as a HL IB Chemistry student, rose up to meet my expectations, succeeded AND went on to do a PhD in Chemistry at Oxford in the UK. . . . → Read More: A Former Student: “I would not have been here if not for you.”

My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

The Moment of Truth VII: “Go back where you came from!”

Reading Time: 5 minutes Another way the universe appeared to have conspired to send me home was the racism it sent my way! 😉 I experienced a lot of harassment and abuse from locals in Baku as well as in Doha. I was also profiled by establishments in both the cities angering me greatly and compounding my depression, as well as adding to my weariness with moving and traveling. Nepal’s attractiveness had been increasing steadily. . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth VII: “Go back where you came from!”

My Personal Stories, Qatar, Qatar Academy

The Moment of Truth VI: A Universal Conspiracy?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Was the universe putting obstacles in my way to direct me homewards? While I enjoyed both teaching and traveling, issues at work and outside — especially ones based on my nationality and/or skin color — were making it harder and harder for me to continue to do so. With time, I also discovered my options for places I could seek work decreasing. I even lost a job! . . . → Read More: The Moment of Truth VI: A Universal Conspiracy?

Nepal Education

Fake Fake Fake Fake Fake

Reading Time: 6 minutes The intellectual bankruptcy of the two biggest universities in Kathmandu…. . . . → Read More: Fake Fake Fake Fake Fake

Nepal Education

Teaching…To Learn and To Change

Reading Time: 3 minutes Volunteering at Shanti Nikunj school to work with the 6th grade science teacher to teach, to learn and…to change. . . . → Read More: Teaching…To Learn and To Change

Leisure, Ultimate Frisbee

The Ultimate Game: Ultimate Frisbee in Baku Aug 2009

Reading Time: < 1 minute A video of the ultimate showdown in Baku one hot summer morning in August 2009…. . . . → Read More: The Ultimate Game: Ultimate Frisbee in Baku Aug 2009

Leisure, Ultimate Frisbee

The Ultimate Game: Ultimate Frisbee (in Doha)

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ultimate Frisbee in Doha, Qatar. . . . → Read More: The Ultimate Game: Ultimate Frisbee (in Doha)

Science

Explosives?! What Explosives?!

Gunpowder flare. A screenshot of a video of some of my students at TISA testing their gunpowder mixtures. Check out my Science blog for more.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Part of the fun with teaching and studying secondary Chemistry is in the experiments, especially the dramatic variety–the explosive variety! . . . → Read More: Explosives?! What Explosives?!

Qatar, Qatar Academy

Qatar…From Afar: Irony of Ironies

Reading Time: 7 minutes What I thought of, and expected from, Muslims and Arabs in general before I arrived in Qatar, and what I actually discovered about who, what and how they are as a people, based on how they treated me (and other Asians). . . . → Read More: Qatar…From Afar: Irony of Ironies

Travel, Visa/Passport Related

Travel: This May Sound All Greek To You But…

Reading Time: 6 minutes Stories of challenges with or at diplomatic missions around the world trying to get a visa as Nepali passport holder. . . . → Read More: Travel: This May Sound All Greek To You But…