A creative writing memoir by a South Indian-Australian woman recalling her experiences growing up in Kerala and Andhra Pradesh – before her marriage to an Australian saw her adapt her cultural identity – was launched in Sydney today.
Road to Rishi Konda
This is a book of insight and charm. A series of tales simply told, it’s a gift for parents and teachers in understanding all children. The book is published by Sydney School of Arts & Humanities and is now available in both Ebook and PDF formats.
At once fascinating and delightful, Geetha Waters’ stories centre on a girl growing up during the ’60s and ’70s.
These are youthful tales, yet they are underpinned by Geetha’s deep understanding of childhood education, based both on her academic studies and in practice in her daily life as a mother and childcare professional.
A book for adults written from a child’s perspective, the tales of awakening to life offer the reader an opportunity to appreciate how all children learn, as they draw on a deep well of curiosity that needs to be respected.
Geetha is concerned to throw light on the work of the philosopher J Krishnamurti as a revolutionary 20th century educator. He would warn his students about the impact of language & conditioning, urging the small girl Geetha and her friends to observe its impact on their minds and lives.
Geetha Waters will leave this weekend for South India to assist in training teachers in a module based on Krishnamurti’s interactive style of relating with children. The stories in ‘Road to Rishi Konda’ will be incorporated into the STEP teacher training scheme.
The book launch was held at ampersand café, Surry Hills, the venue for the weekly memoir group which Geetha takes part in.
REVIEWS IN BRIEF
‘I really enjoyed reading Geetha’s stories about her childhood. They present a charming picture of what it must have been like growing up in rural India in the ’60s and ’70s.’
Professor Alison Elliott, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education and Social Work, and Editor, ‘Every Child Magazine’.
Geetha’s writing is quite personal and the narrative clear. It reads like a journal of her self-discovery and beyond.
Her passion for humanizing education – eliminating the forces that condition – is evident and heartfelt. For the right person, at the right time, I’m sure her personal sharing will ring a bell that awakens.
Michael Mendizza, documentary filmmaker, educator and author of ‘Magical Parent-Magical Child’ and ‘The Art of Joyful Parenting’.