Before the covid-19 pandemic hit the world, this part of kerala was a thriving tourism business industry. Kumarakom known for its water bodies, belonged to the district, Kottayam and all the big resort players in the industry had a spot here. People invested heavily in houseboats ranging from 1 BHK to 4 or even more luxurious ones and now they all lie stranded like orphans in the inland waterways. Even though the state government have taken measures to keep them afloat, like renewing licences without any fees, these boatmen/ owners still have to pay up the interest of the loans they took for building these luxurious house boats. Now with covid-19 positive cases on the rise, the rest of the quarters for this year seems dull for the tourism industry in Kumarakom.
In this materialistic world, where Edutech is the next big thing with various online/offline based educational systems selling the ‘your kid can become the genius’ dream, which is unfortunately highly subscribed by the new age parents. I often wonder, if my kid is getting enough play time in the mud, know how to throw stones in the water, learn to put bait using an earthworm, feed a cow, spend time with goats, fly a kite, cycle to the nearby lake, and as parents we make a conscious effort not to get bogged down by the pressures this educational system puts on us, make him a coder, my daughter paints like Picasso, he is already into Mozart symphony. My mum wanted me to be an average kid and I am one. I did all of the above mentioned stuff that we strive for our kid to have, but it’s really a challenge not to give in. And I am happy that I served for my country in the armed forces and I got to do all those adventurous stuff I wanted to and it has educated me and made me a confident average guy.
As parents don’t give into the pressure, hold on, imagine your childhood, let these children have a normal happy childhood, and let them get educated through trial and adventure.