Friday, October 3, 2014

A good day to start learning (again)

Happy Vijayadashami!

Today is Vijayadashami, the day when Vidyarambham is observed. Vidyarambham is a Hindu tradition where children are formally introduced to any kind of education.

It is considered auspicious to start the day by writing the following mantra:

om hari sri ganapataye namah

ഓം ഹരി ശ്രീ ഗണപതയെ നമഃ

It means "Salutations to Hari (Lord Vishnu), Shree (Goddess of prosperity), and Lord Ganapathy".

If you can't find some sand or a tray of rice to write that to start your day as per tradition, use Scripton. :) Go ahead, follow the link below and type in "om hari sri ganapataye namah"

Type in Malayalam

You can also do the same in Hindi.

Type in Hindi

We're never too old to learn and it's a good day to start again. Coursera is a great place to take up courses from some of the best universities in the world for free. There are many others, including Edx, Udacity, Open Learning, Khan Academy and Udemy, but I have not used them yet. You can read more about "moocs" here.

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