# #IntroduceYourself

I'm a 15 year old Indian residing in the United Arab Emirates. I enjoy probing into new topics and enjoy learning, but at the same time dislike the rigidity of education. I feel disappointed to see that individuals only engage in any learning because of marks and parental pressure. It's time educators begin classes on any subject with the question 'Why learn?'. They must be the ones who can bring in change by placing marks in a secondary aisle and show the students the true fun of questioning everything. We exist within an age wherein logic and reasoning have carved out a solid position.Yet, In my immediate environment, knowledge is looked at as a foreign body of ideas that is interacted with only when the need arises. Until then, they choose to don rose tinted spectacles and hide within their cocoon of false security. I dislike this.

Among the activities I enjoy devoting time to include public speaking, debating, reading, cycling, table tennis, cricket and the most interesting - spending time discussing the world with friends with similar tastes. Although sometimes I can be an awkward conversationalist, I use that to my advantage to get a few laughs.

Note by Sachin Bhatia
6 years, 6 months ago

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its completely true that.. learning not only includes the books and their lessons but it includes practical knowledge too....

- 6 years, 6 months ago

It is nice to meet you Sachin!

I hope you find many kindred spirits on Brilliant.

What are you reading these days?

Staff - 6 years, 6 months ago

Hi Peter,

I'm that kind of a reader who usually has his foot in almost everything. Just finished reading ' We are Anonymous' and in the mean time I'm also halfway through the biography of Cleopatra. I got a couple of books a few days back, and that has inadvertently filled in all my time slots.

Just curious, how is life there on the other side of the planet? What are you reading as well?

- 6 years, 6 months ago

Sorry to get back to you so late. Life on the other side of the world is pretty great. The Brilliant.org office is now in San Francisco. In my opinion San Francisco is the most staggeringly beautiful city in the United States. A jagged skyline juxtaposes against quaint victorian townhomes, all precariously draped over hills that are caught in an eternal war between the sun and thick fog. To me San Francisco seems more like a city that a teenager would design on a computer game, something just doesn't seem quite real about it. It is a hard place to live because it is so absurdly expensive even by opulent American standards, but it is kind of worth it.

I have been on a binge of John LeCarre Cold War espionage novels. I read The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy recently. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has since been made into a critically acclaimed movie. Though I dig Gary Oldman, the book is naturally a lot better. Contrary to the James Bond novels, LeCarre portrays spies as normal, vulnerable, insecure old men who tell lies, solve puzzles and drink a lot.

Staff - 6 years, 6 months ago

actually i am new to brilliant.. can you please tell me that from where we can read these biographies and the other books like we are anonymous??

- 6 years, 6 months ago

Hi Unnati,

I didn't obtain these books from Brilliant. I think Peter was asking a general question as such. The books I talked about have nothing to do with Brilliant, they are from my own personal collection.

- 6 years, 6 months ago

ooops.. anyway happy new year.. n i must say your personal collection seems to be interesting... :) and can you tell me what is "MAINTAIN THE STREAK" according to this site?

- 6 years, 6 months ago

I feel so too Sachin! :) don't give up and continue learning! :) because learning is fun and beautiful!!

- 6 years, 6 months ago

Sachin, You have plotted my views very efficiently in the issue of today's education but looking at a practical aspect, it would be almost impossible for a teacher to attend to each and every child's doubt, without actually having a boundary to learn. The case you are talking about is only applicable at a degree level where one's concepts are clear and ability to express is also well developed.

- 4 years, 5 months ago