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Virtual Classrooms!

Happy to share that this poem is featured in prohzeonline publications.

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Normally at this time of the year, the schools here in India, would witness a fusillade of squeals and chatter, welcoming the students after a two month vacation. The glee and excitement they feel on the opening day, is absolutely contagious. Dressed in a new uniforms, with new books, new classrooms, meeting old friends and new, they are all geared up to take on another academic year in their stride.

But alas, this year things seem to have gravitated from the normal. With uncertainty looming large in all aspects of life, and no clarity on how long this pandemic will last, schools have resorted to virtual classrooms with online classes for most of the grades. It is a huge adjustment for the teachers and the students alike. Everybody is desperately waiting for things to fall back to normalcy.

The deserted school waits in vain

for its classrooms to be filled,

with boisterous brats and nerdy brains,

 innocent laughter that echoes to the corridors

tiny hands that crayon a masterpiece

the endless debates of the thinking minds

experiments, hobbies and art classes

assignments, projects and field trips

 endless squabbles and punishment

the favourite teacher, the secret crush,

surprise tests, boring classes,

cheering buddies and bruised knees

pandemonium on playground,

innumerable memories created

within the periphery of school.

Today,

the languid souls confined to their rooms,

desperately try to focus on the lessons online

missing out on all the fun and learning.

Restless, they wait in anticipation

to step back into their classrooms

to fill  the canvas of their school life

with bold strokes of joyful learning.

47 comments on “Virtual Classrooms!

  1. Kritika
    June 8, 2020

    True that is. School life they are missing.
    Beautifully writing. ‘Tiny hands that crayon the masterpiece’ so sweet . Love it.

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  2. Deeksha Pathak
    June 8, 2020

    You said everything Radhika. School life is so much fun. Online classes are so robotic.
    Lovely poem!! .

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  3. Nathi
    June 8, 2020

    I feel really sad for these kids. Online classes can never replace the simply joys of real life classroom experience. And you’ve penned it so well, Radhika✍️

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Era
    June 8, 2020

    Yup, classroom studies are always best one and school life memories can never be replaced
    Very well written mam 😊😊

    Liked by 1 person

  5. almeidadepaulo
    June 8, 2020

    Well written Radhika as always!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Narendra Nayak
    June 8, 2020

    So many wonderful aspects of that school classroom beautifully brought to life, R!
    The social media keeps on harping on a “new normal” – it may be new, but surely not normal!

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 8, 2020

      Yup…. definitely not normal. Thanks N. Kids are losing out on so much. I also dread to think of the psychological effect this will have on the children in the long run.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. kittysverses
    June 8, 2020

    Well written, Ma’am. A fantastic tribute to the joy called school. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. V.J. Knutson
    June 8, 2020

    Schools here have been closed for three months. The children miss their friends, the interaction and the learning. Home schooling has not gone so well. Loved your poem – you’ve captured the importance of it all.

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  9. Shweta Suresh
    June 8, 2020

    The school walls will be missing their inhabitants too. Beautifully written, dear ♥️

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Harsh
    June 8, 2020

    Virtual classrooms can’t replace the authentic classroom studies. Beautifully penned!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. paeansunplugged
    June 8, 2020

    You said it perfectly, Radhika. Though in the north schools are closed in June and this happens in April, but the feeling is aptly captured.
    Online classes are no fun for the kids as well as the teachers. Just yesterday the HRD minister had said there is no possibility of reopening schools before August! So…

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  12. Indira
    June 8, 2020

    How true!! Well penned, Radhika!
    Education system as a whole has gone for a toss…

    Liked by 1 person

  13. radhikasreflection
    June 8, 2020

    Sadly true Indira. But if the government wants, it is a good time to revamp the present education system .

    Like

  14. Shantanu Baruah
    June 8, 2020

    Very heartfelt. My son is moving to high school this fall and the school he spent all his schooling life, last year he couldn’t say a proper goodbye.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. vidur sahdev
    June 8, 2020

    Yes, very true, and hope things return to ‘some’ normal soon!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Here online classes started from April itself. No summer vacation also. Your poem made me to feel sad how much the children misses now. Especially children at 10th and 12th.

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  17. DeepikasRamblings
    June 9, 2020

    Well covered, Radhika. Online classes indeed taking away all the fun kids could have..

    Liked by 1 person

    • radhikasreflection
      June 9, 2020

      Thanks Deepika…just waiting so that things get back to normal and kids can resume school.

      Like

  18. Rupali
    June 9, 2020

    Loved this one. Hard reality. It’s not us but millions of kids are missing all the fun. TV or computers are no substitute for real life.

    Liked by 1 person

    • radhikasreflection
      June 9, 2020

      Absolutely Rupali. The children are desperately waiting to connect back to their actual classrooms.
      Thanks a lot!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. michnavs
    June 13, 2020

    Ahhh you said it so well..
    I hope things get back to how it used to be..nothing beats the actual student -teacher interaction.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Smithasbakelove
    June 17, 2020

    Today is the last day of schools in NJ. My kids are so happy for the end of online learning going on for 3 months now. They hated the online learning and anxious to go back to school come September. Here’s hoping for the old normal learning in Sep.

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    • radhikasreflection
      June 17, 2020

      I hope so too Smitha. In India government wanted to reopen schools in July. But parents did not agree. Praying for things to get back to normal soon.
      It’s really sad to see kids confined to their rooms staring at the screen.

      Like

  21. So true. At times it’s easy to say to cop up with time and situation.

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