KSLF IS DEDICATED TO EDUCATION OF THE GIRL CHILD

Our mission at the Joy Of Learning for youth is to encourage and draw out ideas, and not just knowledge, that will help create a generation that will care for our fragile planet and also look after the girl child.

This continues the ethos of Khushwant Singh who was a mentor to generations of the young.

Khushwant Singh believed that knowledge stemmed from curiosity. But the most valuable learnings were from life. Living in India taught him that the girl child in the country was neglected and needed nurturing.

Some of this spirit of nurturing the young has been infused into KSLF. Annual scholarships are given to poor daughters of landless laborers around Kasauli.

The Khushwant Singh Foundation supports the Higher Secondary School in Ghanol village outside Kasauli. From providing shoes to kids who walk 2 hours each way to school and back home, to creating a library of English books. Scholarships are given across the board for art, sport, music, personality development, as well as studies.

Reflecting our ideology behind the Joy Of Learning

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.
-Albert Einstein
Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn
-Benjamin Franklin
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel
-Socrates
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reson for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
-Albert Einstein
I set great store in certain qualities, which i believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his or her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty.
-Don Bradman
Book readers are special people, and they will always turn to books as the ultimate pleasure.Those who do not read are the unfortunate ones. THere's nothing wrong with them, but they are missing out on one of life's compensations and rewards.
-Ruskin Bond

We are grateful to our volunteers who have organised
the Joy of Learning over the years.

The Khushwant Singh Literary Festival in Kasauli every October seeks to impart the joy of learning through stories, through books, through real life experiences that impact the lives of people. And broaden our horizons while motivating us to help those less fortunate.

The Khushwant Singh Literary Festival is possibly the only literary festival dedicated to a cause: the girl child and the ecology of Kasauli. It is also dedicated to the Indian soldier.

KSLF has supported the protagonist of Chander Suta Dogra’s book on Honor Killings. A poor man, burdened with court cases amidst tight security.

In the centenary year of Field Marshal Manekshaw and WWI, we encouraged the War Widows and Wounded Soldier Foundation.
The KSLF is dedicated to the Indian soldier. So that they may also have opportunities to learn and grow, as Khushwant Singh has had.

KSLF has been inspired by outstanding stories of Indian involvement in WWI. For example, in a tale narrated by Captain Amarinder Singh – himself a passionate ex-army man – 500 Indian gorkhas had lost their toes to frostbite. But not one man complained.

In a different vein, Zenobia Masters and Behram Panthaky regaled the audience at Kasauli Club with innumerable stories on FM Sam Manekshaw. Including his habit of getting up early on Sunday and demanding Parsee omlette.

So what does Khushwant Singh have to do with all of this? In a story related by Fakir Aijazuddin of Pakistan, Khushwant Singh had heard of a wounded Pakistani soldier in Bangladesh. He went out of his way to locate and visit the solider. Later, without his knowledge, Khushwant wrote to his family in Pakistan, informing them the soldier was alive and doing well in a hospital. The family had given him up for dead, till they got KS’s letter. That rekindled their hope.

The Joy of Learning

Scholarships were handed out to students of Ghanol Higher Secondary School after KSLF 2019 by the persons who conducted the “Joy of Learning” program on behalf of the Khushwant Singh Foundation, Lila Kutty, Rachna Sharma, Tilak Mukherjee, Supriya Mukherjee, Rahul Singh, Niloufer Bilimoria.

Vikram Seth Acrostic