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Aug 17, 2006 at 11:01pm IST

Guru-cool way of learning tradition

New Delhi: Imagine going to school to sharpen your skills carrying a sword. Strange as it may sound but for Gurukul students it's been a daily routine for almost a decade now.

Ruchi Arya, goes to the Arya Kanya Gurukul located near Delhi to get the unique learning in the form of Gurukul knowledge.

"We are taught computers, stitching and gardening with the basic idea of how to live a simple life," says Ruchi.

From cleaning the campus, to working in the farm, for the Gurukul student’s, it’s all in a day's work. Over 300 students follow similar routine on a daily basis.

One of the most remarkable parts of the Gurukuls learning is the ancient knowledge of Vedas imparted to the students as an integral part of their curriculum.

While, this rare knowledge (Vedic education) costs only Rs 500 a month, these Gurukul students also have to sacrifice some worldly pleasures to get this education.

But why does Gurukul education find so many takers even today?

"A woman who is free, and well-tutored, holds the key to a good future," says the Gurukul principal Renu Arya.

To make up for absence of movies, these young women make their own music. They are taught Indian instruments music along with classical vocal.

The Gurukul education has been placed in a duel between tradition and modernity.

If you'd like a smattering of Sanskrit in your vocabulary, and if you don't mind a slight twisting of your wrists, Gurukul is the place for you.