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During class, a young girl was uncomfortable in her dupatta (stole) trying to adjust as she continued her practice. There is a saying that modesty is a girl’s treasure – so I asked the girls- where are treasures kept – in the safe was the unanimous response; I made the girls repeat – where do we place modesty – they repeated in the safe (sharam kahan rakhna hai? Tijori mein!). After that exercise, the girl simply took off her dupatta and went about the training routine. This gave me a sense that children are understanding what we are trying to explain; they are able to apply it in their lives without needing my intervention. If the girl was forced to take off her dupatta, perhaps she would have questioned my actions – is she trying to harm my religious beliefs?

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