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© Saroj Swain
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UploadedJuly 14, 2011
TakenJuly 23, 2010
Exposure1/200 sec at f/4
FlashRed Eye, Compulsory Flash, Return light not detected
Focal Length22.7 mm
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A gurukul (Sanskrit guru "teacher" or "master"; kul domain, from kula, "extended family") is a type of school in India, residential in nature, with shishyas living in proximity to the guru, often within the same house. In a gurukul, shishyas reside together as equals, irrespective of their social standing, learn from the guru and help the guru in his day-to-day life, including the carrying out of mundane chores such as washing clothes, cooking, etc. The guru-shishya tradition (parampara) is a hallowed tradition in Hinduism and appears in other religious groups in India, such as Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism.

Typically, a guru does not receive fees from a shishyas studying with him. At the end of his studies, a shishya offers the guru dakshina before leaving the ashram. The gurudakshina is a traditional gesture of acknowledgment, respect and thanks, which may be monetary, but may also be a special task the teacher wants the student to accomplish.

This picture was taken in a Bali village, a traditional school, West Bengal, india

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  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (14 Jul 2011):

    This is a wonderful shot and exceptional noble life concept! Seeing that teaching with several children reminds me of myself a few years ago, going to the outdoors with children in tow for a musical chase game.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (14 Jul 2011):

    A lovely capture of a beautiful village! Great shot of the children enjoying their day at school and a excellent narrative, very informative Saroj!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (15 Jul 2011):

    I agree with Don and Chris. Nice narrative, too.

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (27 Jul 2011):

    väga hea foto-meeleolukas

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (6 Sep 2011):

    wonderful story and photo Saroj! this made a great entry!

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