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Stories by Amitabh Sharma

Published:Sunday | December 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

"I met so many Jamaican people, and I felt their kindness during my stay in Jamaica," said Yukino Tsubokura, a 17-year-old student from Yonago High School in Tottori prefecture in Japan. She and her nine classmates had a chance to visit the island...

Published:Sunday | December 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

There are seldom occasions and there are rarely people to describe that put one at a loss for words - where similes and attributes seem to lose their sheen. Perhaps, in essence it would be akin to trying to match the intensity of sunlight with a...

Published:Sunday | November 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

"Farming can be very creative," said Aika Nakakomi, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) volunteer, as she scooped up a handful of compost and sifted it in a plastic barrel cut vertically in half.Creativity began just there, with innovative...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

"We should not forget the sacrifices made the by brave men in the World Wars," said Major (Retd.) Johanna Lewin. Somewhere in the vast expanse of serene blue skies, in an era before dependency on artificial intelligence, human instincts ruled the...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Being literate, for all of us who are reading these two words, it is basic, simple, and often not a difficult task, but for 750 million adults in this world, these words, or any letter in any language in the world, would be curved and abstract lines...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

"Sift the flour carefully, make a cavity, fold in icing sugar, whisk and add eggs, add simmering milk ... ," instructed Asa Kitawaki as she meticulously combined the dry and wet ingredients.The task at hand was to make Tart au Fruit Frais (fresh...

Published:Sunday | May 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

"This is fun, a lot of fun," said a group of 10 students in unison as they gathered around a table with artefacts.What is the fun element, one might ponder. These students from The Salvation Army School for the Blind and Visually Impaired were about...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Ability - it is a short and a sweet word, but it has a deeper meaning, and, when translated to application, this word becomes the marked difference between leading a 'normal' life and leading one that isn't so normal.In the grand scheme of life, the...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

"Corporates don't create jobs, start-ups do," said Devin Collins, associate director, Ventureprise business accelerator and incubator at UNC Charlotte.Redefining the way we perceive academia and how it can integrate seamlessly into the contemporary...

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

"Gender is not just about women. Men are under social pressure to be masculine," said Mio Akita, community liaison associate and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) volunteer at the Bureau of Gender Affairs.The audience was third-form...

Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

"I don't understand," said Conrad Harris, executive director of Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB), "Why do people have to keep low expectations from us?"This is a profound statement, which needs to get the notion and perception that, for people...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

When lights come on, cameras roll, and the action unfolds learning becomes fun. Michelle Serieux, the newly appointed Filmmaker in Residence at The Department of Literatures in English, at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, plans to...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

"Do you know what this is?" asked Evan Adams, Peace Corps volunteer, as he raised a plastic soda bottle to a group of grade three Wilmor Prep School students standing in a circle with him under a tree.Some curious stares, some plausible perceptions...

Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Coding, like movements in life, is a mix of sequences input of a language, which is compiled as readable data, translated into binary codes and a command created. This can roughly be translated into the signals emitted from the brain to other parts...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

The meandering path leading to Mount Providence, Clarendon, interchanges with asphalt and gravel. If one swears by Google Maps, its GPS tracking ends in the middle of nowhere. Time to switch apps - ask locals for directions."You are in the right...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Who is a poet, one might ask a dreamer, one may perceive; with their mind constantly traversing the path of the surreal, fantasy with myriad of thought processes on how they perceive the world and beyond, and percolating the complex thought...

Published:Sunday | December 31, 2017 | 12:53 AMAmitabh Sharma

  Education — it’s a life long journey, every day we live, we learn, we evolve — both in the realms of the classroom and critically al fresco — for knowledge is there for us to grasp.  Arts and Education, in 2017,...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

India grows into you, and the reasons could be varying - from the physical attributes to the metaphysical manifestations - then there is intrigue, the paradox of fast-paced chaotic lifestyle juxtaposed with the serenity...

Published:Wednesday | October 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Dreadlocks Story, the documentary which explores Indian influence on Rastafari culture, is being showcased in the United Kingdom (UK) as a part of Black History Month.The documentary, which is intertwined with a common thread of a belief systems...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 1:56 AMAmitabh Sharma

Most Jamaicans would remember, and perhaps swear by Lada, the no-frills, no-nonsense car from the erstwhile USSR. That was in the 80’s – a time and era that seems as far distant as that icon on four wheels. The world has changed in...

Published:Sunday | August 6, 2017 | 12:14 AMAmitabh Sharma

Freedom — this word is as powerful as the emotions and feelings it exudes, and for a nation, when the day dawns, a fresh breath of air, that of new hopes, dreams and the will to make those dreams come to reality. Jamaica in 1962 was a nation...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

It was an evening highlighting Indian finery. From the costumes to the rendition of dance and music, Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts came alive to the beats of the land of mysticism, holy Ganges and, of course, Bollywood.The Indian...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Life, for some of us, as we have come to experience it, has all the ingredients of a journey, which at every step unravels the unknown, intertwined with twists and turns and unexpectedness.The story of Amanda delves into some of those mysteries,...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Sean Hamilton is not your average artist. He is a farmer, taxi driver and a man of the soil. Hamilton is creating art in harmony with nature and its elements."Basically, they call me the artist," he said in an interview with The Gleaner's Multimedia...

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMAmitabh Sharma

Matsushima, Japan March 11, 2011 is clearly etched in Yuasa Tsunoda's mind: she was on a cruise boat on the seas off Matshushima Bay, eastern Japan, sharing with visitors the beauty of the islands in the bay area, when the crew were information that...

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