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Stories by Amitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

St Petersburg is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque cities in the world – from its European-inspired architecture, its signature colourful, eclectic-style to its neoclassical and Baroque style to its water corridors, and the art, the city is a...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

We continue our journey highlighting the journey of Peace Corps volunteers (PCV). In this third and final instalment, the underlying and broad message is that volunteerism is a combination of one’s personal choices, external influences, and a keen...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

We continue the positive reinforcement of humane spirit and action when humanity, as a collective, is grappling with an unprecedented calamity. “We shall overcome” is the mantra, and going by the ­indomitable strength we possess, we ­definitely...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

Walls – they create barriers, could be seen as divisive, may draw a line between two extremes. For some, they are a blank canvas waiting to be splashed with vivid imagination and colours. These expressions are oft wild, rebellious, and a work of a...

Published:Sunday | February 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

There are a couple of things that strike a chord with a visitor to the Land of the Rising Sun such as cleanliness, politeness, patience, meticulousness, precision and, there is creativity in every nook and corner of the country – from food...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

“Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially,” said Jawaharlal Nehru, first prime minister of India, in his Tryst with Destiny speech on...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

December – it is called the ‘best month of the year’ – for it is at the cusp of ushering in a new year, a time for retrospection and to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The events of December 25, leading up to Nativity, may be over 2000 years...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

“Make two teams, throw this ball, topple the peg, and run and collect the ball,” instructed Akira Kanehama, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) volunteer and Physical Education (PE) Assistant at the Core Curriculum Unit in the Ministry of...

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

Beyond the realms of popular culture, myths, fables, and perceived notions, customs, practices, and traditions that have their genesis in ancient civilisations, have deep rooted meanings, which personify and are key identifiers of a country or...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

Erin McKoy wears her home on her ring. The distinct map of Texas is more than an adornment. It is being grounded in her roots and is a constant reminder that coming from Sherman, a city of 40,000 ‘somewhere there’ in the United States’ second-...

Published:Sunday | October 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

“The saying goes,” said Manuel López, second secretary at the Embassy of Mexico to Jamaica “if a bridge was built by the silver that has been mined in Guanajuato, it will stretch till Spain.” This is a saying. Whether such a feat could be...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

He is unequivocally the most famous Indian to walk on this planet - his signature toothless smile, gleaming eyes peeping from the circular, metal-rimmed round glasses, white loincloth and a shawl draped over his lean frame, made from hand-spun...

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

“You are going to Japan at a very historic time,” said Hiromasa Yamazaki, ambassador of Japan to Jamaica, to the 23 JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme cohort members on July 11 at his residence in Kingston. “It is the dawn of the new...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma - Arts and Education Coordinator

The complexities of the human brain are best known only to the creator – the metaphysical being that’s omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. As humans we tend to, with our limited knowledge base, perceive things at their face value, and most...

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