“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.”
Ashish Jaiswal’s book Fluid comes in the latter part. This book is in a true sense enlightening.
Opening Lines: A mathematical mind? So, that’s what you think I am?
Page Count: 256 pages
Publisher: Wisdom Tree
Publication Date: October 15th, 2018
So when I recently stumbled upon the book ‘Fluid by Ashish Jaiswal’ I started thinking about our present ‘Indian Education System’ and it’s catastrophic impact on us.
The moment we are born, people around us start telling us what to do and what not to do, in short, they try to mold us. But the real defining point comes, we when start our education. Where we are trained to or rather forced to choose certain disciplines.
We are being shaped and trained to think that “Jack of all trades is master of none”, and unfortunately we are letting them and in the process, we are also, in Author’s word ‘boxing our creative side’. Be more than what you are taught to be and it clearly denotes this point in every chapter that it speaks with its audience.
Education is a must but not to box our thinking, but to make our foundation strong. We need Out-Of-The-Box approach in our Education system. I think we need to explore more of the different arenas. And as the tagline of the book so aptly says, we need to “Be more than what you are taught to be”
“The educational journey of these wanderers inspires the idea of being fluid.”
Author Ashish has given many examples of Geniuses like Leonardo Da Vinci, Johann Wolfgang, Dr. C. V. Raman e.t.c. in various fields who always explored beyond their field and became successful at that. The book has many such references which makes it more interesting to read.
The book is a fascinating eye-opener. Author has done thorough research before putting the book together and it is quite visible in his book. The Author has made the reading more interesting by giving us facts, original letters, diagrams and illustrations of many geniuses in the book.
And with regards to the language, I actually love the language in ‘Fluid’, leave alone finding it something to rail against. It has a kind of austere beauty to it, a kind of ‘fluid flow’ from one chapter to another. Every chapter enlightens you and gives you more insight.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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About the Author
Telling Stories | Breathing Education | Living Original | Being Fluid
Ph.D. (Education), University of Oxford
Associate Fellow, Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies, UK
Ashish Jaiswal thinks that most of our current practices of education are dangerously outdated and we need to bring a paradigm shift in the way we are preparing ourselves for the coming future. Ashish has spoken and taught all around the world on the shift needed. Fluid, his latest book, assimilates lessons from the approach applied by geniuses throughout history and offers a fresh model of learning and thinking. His last book, How to Reform a Business School, includes an on-campus multi-year case study of how Yale transformed its business school. Ashish’s debut book, True Dummy, is an internationally acclaimed inspirational fiction.
His written work has appeared in several publications, including The Guardian, India Today and The Hindu and has been covered by international media including BBC – Oxford, CKLN – Toronto, 33voices, USA, Gulf Today, UAE, NDTV, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and The Indian Express.
Ashish also advice schools, colleges, universities around the world on innovative curriculum and pedagogy.
Ashish holds a doctorate and a master’s in the field of education from the University of Oxford and is currently a research fellow at the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (OxCHEPS). OxCHEPS is an Oxford-based independent think tank that works on improving understanding of higher education.
Ashish is also the founder of iHER (India for Higher Education Reforms), a community platform with over 100,000 of students, educationists and policymakers with the aim to discuss transformative ideas on education.
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