IB ECONOMICS: Supply and Demand -Oil Prices

For those studying IB ECONOMICS
Fluctuating oil and commodity prices are a common feature in paper 2 exam questions. This article helps reinforce how understanding fundamental concepts such as supply and demand can help demystify current economic issues.

 

http://www.economist.com/news/finance/21678198-once-prices-are-responding-supply-and-demand-not-opec-why-market

IB ENGLISH: MAYA ANGELOU- BBC World Club Book 2002 (Podcast)

Listening to this very personal interview today, I was inspired in many ways and at first wondered whether we have to have had a significant past in order to write well.

What struck and pained me the most, was Maya Angelou reading her very powerful and hard hitting poem “BORN THAT WAY”. Raped at the age of 7 by her mother’s boyfriend, she recounted a story of observing a father’s inappropriate behaviour towards his 8 year old daughter; the mother wearing blinkers and ignoring what she could see…

 

Maya Angelou explained that she simply writes about what she can see and it is her courage to speak up that makes her the great writer that she is.

I think that we all do have stories that we need to tell.. speaking out is maybe the only way we can really influence change.

Do listen to this podcast …

https://itunes.apple.com/sg/podcast/maya-angelou/id263658343?i=353657039&mt=2

Fear brings us down before we have even started

life-of-pi-300x225Something I read this morning .. an excerpt from LIFE OF PI, by Yann Martell.
I thought that the way he puts fear into words, might help us deal with it better
“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always … So you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
― Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Why do I do what I do..

We all have a story to tell.. but we never choose to tell it? We all have a book to write ..but how many of us will ever write one?

My being alive, is my personal inspiration; the awareness that I am mortal and that I have much to share and much to leave behind for those who follow, is what drives me to want to write.

I see myself as a link between the past and the future, a part of the chain that connects what was and what will be. My belief is that we all have a part to play as the drama unfolds; the role is only a walk on part but the impact is eternal.

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Asian Festival for Children’s Content 2011

Sunita Sharma facilitating workshops at AFCC 2011

Asian Festival of Childrens’ Content 2011

Sunita sharma facilitating a workshop with Dianne Wolfer from Australia “Turning Life Experiences into Fiction.” Dianne is author of 15 books for teenagers and younger readers. I am excited to read and review her Lighthouse Girl which won the children’s choice West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award and shortlisted for the Crichton Award and voted a CBCA Notable Book.

Trikon – The War Within – a play written by me considering the Mahabharata from the women’s perspective- for a change

 

 

trikon-singapore

I recently wrote  a play called “Trikon- the War Within”, based on the Mahabharata, which was very successfully staged in Singapore at the famous Raffles Hotel, Jubilee Hall , for 2 nights in January 2011. Following its immense success, the play is now playing in Bangalore at the Chowdiah Memorial Hall on 8th July and as a Bangalorean myself, I am extremely proud of this achievement.The play includes very talented Bharatnatyam dancers from the Mudrika Foundation in Bangalore and actors from Singapore.

trikon-flyer-bangalore

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Graphic Novels- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

GRAPHIC NOVELS continued…
for those who have not ventured into the world of comics since childhood, a very interesting article on Persepolis- An autobiographical, graphic novel, by Marjane Satrapi, set against the backdrop of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. An interesting genre of writing as well as an alternative cultural and political perspective…a recommended read

PERSEPOLIS- by Marjane Satrapi

A Streetcar Named Desire- Tennessee Williams

 

For students, watching a theatrical version of a play may often be more valuable than watching a film.
Plays can be a closer representation of the text and allow a student to clearly see how stage directions have been actioned.
Do watch this version of A Streetcar Named Desire. How does the adaptation compare to the film linked in an earlier post?

Graphic Novels- The Watchmen

THE WATCHMEN:
Graphic texts are often underrated and labelled as bumper sized comics.
Grade 12′ ers may be overwhelmed current pressure, but there is consolation in the fact that IB English language and literature courses cover an inspiring range of literature which opens valuable avenues of thought and appreciation.

Through the use of effective visual, stylistic features, Graphic novels are able to subtly convey serious messages relating to personal trauma and global struggle without the use of narrative.

Maus by Art Spiegelman addresses the long term effect of the Holocaust and Watchmen deals with similar tragedy in considering the fear and effects of the atomic bomb.If you are studying this text, do take the time to read this very informative paper.

http://www.english.ufl.edu/imagetext/archives/v5_1/blake/

Life of Pi and Fear

“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always … so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
― Yann Martel, Life of Pi