The great Indian epic, the Mahabharata is full of wonderful characters. There are warriors, teachers, kings, students and many others in this wonderful saga.

In our journey to define how HumanWorks would be as a school, what kind of teachers we would want to be, what kind of learners we seek, serendipitously we drew our inspiration from the greatest teacher - Dronacharya and the greatest students in the Mahabharata - Arjuna and Ekalavya.

We see ourselves as practitioners of Human Centered Thinking who teach our learning to others. This is not just bookish learning, it has the wisdom from our decades of experience and what we continue to learn from our consulting practice everyday.

In the Mahabharata, Dronacharya was the guru, the teacher to the greatest princes of the time. Many of the greatest warriors in this epic were his students.
And Dronacharya was a warrior too who taught his wisdom. He was both a teacher and a warrior till the end. So naturally, we were inspired by him.

Arjuna, the Pandava prince was Dronacharya’s greatest student and generally acknowledged as the greatest archer in the epic.

Under Dronacharya’s constant guidance, Arjuna with his diligence and abilities, grew to soon become unparalleled in archery.

So we named our Instructor-led cohort class program, the Arjuna classes. Hoping to create human-centered Arjunas.

Ekalavya, due to his lower stature compared to a Pandava prince like Arjuna did not have the privilege of being under Dronacharya’s constant tutelage. Undeterred by Dronacharya’s inability to accept his as a student in his school, according to the epic, Ekalavya sought Drona’s blessing and walked into the forest, built a clay statue of Dronacharya, worshipped it as his guru, and practised archery diligently.

Later on when chance would allow Ekalavya and Arjuna to meet, even by Arjuna’s own admittance, he felt that Ekalavya was superior to him in archery.

In our Ekalavya course, we haven't left it to just divine inspiration as it were in the epic. Our Ekalavya courses have the same course, content, reading and practice material as in our Arjuna cohort classes. Ekalavyas also have access to online discussion forums where they can pose questions to our Dronacharyas and other Ekalavyas like themselves. But these courses do demand that like the hero Ekalavya, these learners take self responsibility for their own learning.  

If you haven’t read the Mahabharata yet, you really should. It will change your life. There are many great versions of it, but our personal and continuing favorite to start is the Amar Chitra Katha series by Anant Pai.