Shankar Musafir

Sufi, philosopher, thinker, traveller and a person highly committed to peace for everyone, desi, educational revolutionary.

Sun Sign

Cancer

Three things people don’t know about you?

Film maker

What’s your greatest fear?

Meeting a ghost

What is your greatest achievement?

Met God

High point of your life?

When I met God

Low point of your life

When my boss made me feel worthless in 2015

Which living person do you most admire?

Arvind Kejriwal

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Sherlock Holmes

Who are your favorite authors?

Saadat Hasan Manto, William Darlymple

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Manto Dastavez – part 2 and 3, Why children fail?, School and Society and City of Djinns

Is there a book you love to reread?

Manto stories

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

Sholay, Baar Baar Dekho, Castaway, Page 3

One Superpower you wish you had?

To fly

Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

Have fun. Trust Yourself

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

Childhood – India, Delhi Adolescent – California, US; adult life – Lahore, Pakistan in winters and Afghanisthan in winters; silver years- Hamirpur, my hometown in Himachal Pradesh

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Learn Urdu script

Which book you wish you had written ?

Koran

When and where do you write ?

On my dining table on a holiday

Silence or music?

Music

One phrase that you use most often?

Prabhu ki kripa hai

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

There is a small diary I have with some yellow pages. Whatever I write on it… comes true

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Keep writing without thinking about the reader or whether it will ever get published.

Shankar Musafir graduated from H.P. University, Shimla, and then went on to do his Masters in History, and M.Phil (IR), from J.N.U, New Delhi. He presently works in the domain of school education with Indus World Schools. Shankar originated the Millennium Education for Sustainable Development Programme (MESDP), which creates unique learning projects for children with developmental issues. He also created the internationally acclaimed Kabadiwala project which saw a kabadiwala as chief guest in a school. He continues to be an innovative teachers' trainer, having trained more than 5000 teachers across India and internationally. He is a keen writer on educational and environmental issues, an avid blogger, as well as an amateur film maker, trekker and cook. This is Shankar's first book. He strongly believes that he does not remember even five percent of what he read in school, college and university and that, apart from linguistic communication, formal education has not helped him in delivering his professional and other commitments. Whatever he has learnt has been through personal interest and experience. This realization has been the foundation of his work in the area of creative and practical education methodologies and content, for modern children and teachers alike. Shankar Musafir can be reached at smusafir@gmail.com

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