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Sita is more of a challenge than Panchali. In the Mahabharata, Panchali was already a complicated character. So when I was writing her, my project was to make her timeless and modern.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Jaipur Literature Festival was huge, with over 60,000 attendees. I felt very fortunate to meet many Indian women writers of different generations.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

My first model and influence, from when I was in graduate school, was Maxine Hong Kingston.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think. Most students never get to explore the full range of their abilities and interests.

Ken Robinson

It's interesting that people see creativity and critical thinking as being opposed. It's partly because people associate creativity with being totally free and unstructured. But what we really have to get hold of is the idea that you can't be creative if you don't do something.

Ken Robinson

Education is the system that's supposed to develop our natural abilities and enable us to make our way in the world. Instead, it is stifling the individual talents and abilities of too many students and killing their motivation to learn.

Ken Robinson

I do think we live under a tyranny of testing. I think there’s no question about that. It’s not totally benign.

Ken Robinson

One is that it's about special people—that only a few people are really creative. Everybody has tremendous creative capacities. A policy for creativity in education needs to be about everybody, not just a few.

Ken Robinson

An interesting parallel to me is the drug industry. Depression is now a worldwide epidemic. It’s anticipated that within about 20 years, according to the World Health Organisation, I’m told, that depression will be the single largest cause of mortality among human populations. Depression.

Ken Robinson

I’ve been involved in education all my professional life, since my early ’20s, and I’ve done a lot with systems reforms, with governments, school districts, different countries.

Ken Robinson

I’ve been concerned about education obviously for a long time now. A lot of people know me best, I should think, through the TED talks I started giving in 2006.

Ken Robinson

How many brain scientists have been able to study the brain from the inside out? I've gotten as much out of this experience of losing my left mind as I have in my entire academic career.

Jill Bolte Taylor

I was just an infant in a woman's body. I could not walk, talk, read, write. No recollection of my life. No recollection of anything. No identification with anything in the external world. It wasn't necessarily a bad experience either.

Jill Bolte Taylor

What a wonderful gift this stroke has been in permitting me to pick and choose who and how I want to be in the world. 

Jill Bolte Taylor

Since the hemorrhage, my eyes have been opened to how much choice I actually have about what goes on between my ears.

Jill Bolte Taylor

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