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Thursday, Sep 23, 2021
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Bonfire Of Vanities

Doon gave us an exemplarily non-exclusive education. We carry it still.

Bonfire Of Vanities
Illustration by Sorit
Bonfire Of Vanities
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As my alma mater, the Doon School, turned 75 this month, I found myself thinking about the school and what it had done for us, or rather, what it had done to us, to change us into unique individuals.

The Doon School is a very Indian school, unlike most of the older public schools, which were founded to keep the Indian ethos away from their students. At Doon, everything was done to help us subliminally imbibe the real ethos of India—the passages from Tagore read out at morning assembly, the Rabindra Sangeet, the statues dotting the landscape, the murals on the walls, the singing of Indian classical music in house choirs, the individual music excellence competitions, also based on classical ragas, the examples of Indian art on the walls of the art school....

When I visited Santiniketan for the first time, I realised that the Doon School was a microcosm of the great university founded by Tagore. The credit for recreating the atmosphere of Santiniketan at Doon goes to the school’s very first Indian teachers,...

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