This is the sketch by a Santiniketan artist who was working with me at the school I founded in my remote village in South India. This is the view of the original tiled roof along with the trees and the backdrop of western ghats. The school started in 1962 soon after I returned from Oxford. I was just 27 years old. The school ran for 15 years on very idealistic and progressive lines. Teachers were drawn from all over India, USA and Europe. I realized not long after that to run an education experiment with progressive features in a caste and tradition bound backward village society was not easy. As anticipated and warned by some of my friends, the institution faced innumerable obstacles even from the local government. I was left with no choice but to close it down after 15 years to pursue other avenues to realise my ideals and goals.

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