Table of Contents
This chapter gives an account of different people with various interests and abilities. It explains how one’s identity is decided by what one likes to do or what one is good at doing.
Part I: Many Voices
This part of the chapter presents accounts of six children in their own voices. While Radha is fond of climbing trees, Nasir likes to collect seeds. Similarly, Rohit wishes to travel around the world and Serbjit expresses his anger for not being believed when he tells the truth. While Dolma aims to become the Prime Minister of India when she grows up, Peter shares how he spends the second Sunday of every month with his family.
Part II: Multiple Intelligences
This part of the chapter explains that intelligence is not only of a single kind. Rather, there are multiple intelligences which are useful and unique in different ways. It shows how a person with specific interests can choose a suitable profession accordingly.
The first table explains which kind of hobbies help in which professions. A person’s ability to create mental pictures is called visual intelligence and it can be useful in fields like architecture, navigation etc. Likewise, someone who is efficient with words can choose to become a poet, writer, journalist etc. Someone with a fondness for numbers and logic can use their calibre in the fields of science, computers programming or accounting.
Another table proves that academic intelligence is not the only kind of intelligence. Even a person with a good control over his or her bodily movements can use this physical coordination and balance in dancing, acting etc.
Similarly, someone fond of music can use the understanding of sounds and rhythms to become a singer, composer, disc jockey etc. Even one’s interpersonal intelligence can yield useful results in their careers as their ability to understand various points of view and their leadership qualities can help them to become counsellors, politicians etc.
This chapter enriches our understanding of the identities of people. It also shows that no one is superior or inferior. It concludes that every person is unique in one’s own way. One’s interest and ability make one special and determine who they are.