Dictionary of Misinterpretations
No doubt, there are many evident faults in the Indian educational system. But that is not our topic. Our comic artist and chronic doodler Priya Kuriyan takes a tongue-in-cheek look at some flaws in the school system in India. By using fictional dictionary definitions to suit the context of the subject matter in a series of vignettes, she gives the reader a glimpse into the anxieties that plague the parents of Indian schoolchildren: the devaluation of the arts in education, the innate need for schoolchildren to please authority of any kind, the exasperations of the Indian teacher, and the sometimes tragicomic events that are so much a part of Indian school life.
Ambition, NounA strong desire for their kids to achieve something.
Celebration, NounA special social event, such as the Annual School Day, when you celebrate something and get a chance to confidently goof up on stage because behind that hideous make-up, no one could guess who you really are.
Tuition, NounExtra teaching or instruction take outside of school, mostly due to peer pressure that ist supposed to miraculously change the graph of your downward spiraling grades.
Assumption, NounA thing that is accepeted as true o ras certain to happen, without proof.
Desperation, NounA state of despair, typically one which results in rash or extrem behaviour especially during examinations.
Detention, NounThe punishment of being kept in school afterhours. Which is not so common as „Standing outside the classroom with your hands in the air!“
“Heyyy! Long Time.” – “Yeah!” – “What did you do this time?” – “Got caught reading a comic. You?” – “Just chatting.” – “Saw the match yesterday?” | Class X-c, Class XI-A | Illustration: © Priya Kurian