There are these certain lines, sentences or information in textbooks which you do not understand easily. They are either boring, or so complicated that it is hard to decipher. Even though the words and their meanings may make sense, when they are combined and written in a “Text” book, one may find things hard to understand at first glance. For some people it is either History, Physics or Chemistry. For me it has been and always will be Geography.
Now a student of Psychology, I have learnt this method of “remembering” things. It is called the Keyword Method, whereby one thing is associated with a word or meaning very similar to it, is made into a sentence so that the lesser known word can be efficiently remembered. For example, Pato is a Spanish word for duck; since it has the same sound as the word pot, you can remember it as a “duck in a pot”. And as soon as you say this, your brain will flash the word “pato”, which is the word to be remembered.So, I tried this with Geography. But then, along with understanding geography, I also learnt a lesson in life. There was a sentence: Large and fruitful; deposits of petroleum are found in porous layers, making it open for all type of exploitation, for the correct purposes. Yet, some intervening non-porous layers prevent it from sinking, hence wastage is prevented. Non-porous layers help in conserving it from any over-exploitation.
Between the lines
I read it as this in my mind: A fruitful heart, consists of porous layers, making it open to all; open to everyone for impinging emotions into it. Yet there should be some intervening non-porous layers, that will prevent your heart from sinking, and its wastage will be prevented, conserving it for the correct purposes and people.
Like they say, there is always a way to understand something.
PRERNA SUBRAMANIAN, XI, Chettinad Vidyashram
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