Ingenius

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Building Brainpower, Dilip Mukerjea, book reviewThe Indian parent spends more and more time racking his or her brain as to how the child’s grades can be improved.Unleashing Genius    A Book on Learning Miracles for Children of all Ages  Dilip Mukerjea With marks getting impossibly high in the school system and so much riding on them, it is of course imperative that children be given some sort of brain headstart in the exams race. Aside from brain enhancers like almonds, there are always exercises that help enhance the mind and the memory through various time tested tricks. That’s where Dilip Mukerjea’s set of books come in, published at an invaluable time as far as the Indian school system is concerned.

Singapore-based Dilip Mukerjea has many claims that may seem a little amazing to begin with He says he can teach anyone to become an artist in less than a week. The owner Managing Director of Braindancing International and the Buzan Centre Singapore, he has been acclaimed as one of the world leaders in mind mapping techniques by the mind mapping master Tony Buzan. And he is an authoritative seminar and workshop presenter of the highest calibre.

After that description, one would expect complicated books of the Kaizen strategy type designed for executives creating roadmaps for success. However, both these books, Building Brainpower and Unleashing Genius are aimed at adults and children of all ages. They have interactive puzzles and pieces of information, each designed to trigger a specific activity. They address, he says, ‘brain skills for the 21st century,’ For example, you can have tips for organizing a piece of writing, or working out how to memorise important cities and their population.

The books are not about learning to use and draw mind maps which work at making learning processes easier and more effective through the simplest methods possible. Text and diagrams are equally balanced to allow for easy processing. Behind the apparent simplicity lies a world of scientific thought and research backed by graphics that stand for ideas and concepts. Even the colours used have their significance in triggering impulses in the brain.

In essence Unleashing Genius and Building Brainpower complement each other. The first covers fundamentals of brain skills which can immediately be applied. The second offers strategies for developing the mind teaching the reader how to construct a mindmap and then moving from basic to advanced levels of mindmapping and teaching them to sort out the grain from the chaff in a morass of facts. Building Brainpower covers subjects like the senses, how to critique writing and history.

Tranquebar took the decision to reprint these books for the Indian public which is currently full of parents worrying about their children’s progress in schools. There are books of similar puzzles in the market which highlight interactive techniques for increasing reading and other skills, but these are comprehensive.

Of course for an expensive book like Unleashing Genius, it is a shame that the users are encouraged to use the book spaces workbook style. Once those are filled in, the exercises cannot be handed on to other youthful users except after careful erasing. The rest however will retain its value through many uses.

Yes, Mukerjea’s Singaporean background does emerge from time to time – for example, Unleashing Genius has a chapter on Singapore and ‘Anjali’ in one of the problems is spelt ‘Anjeli’; though to balance that, Building Brainpower has extracts on Tagore and Pabna in the English comprehension sections, just to ensure that Bengalis and Indians do not feel left out.

The books were written in 1996 and are part of a series that has become a renowned brand in the educational world. ‘Leading through learning depends upon a special kind of ignorance …that of never knowing what you can’t do!’ Mukerjea says in Unleashing Genius.

Having read a stanza of Thomas Nash backwards and followed the case of the three teachers, the bellboy and the missing dollar, this reviewer can be certain that the old neurons have been kickstarted!

Building Brainpower – Turning Grey Matter into Gold by Dilip Mukerjea
Unleashing Genius – A Book on Learning Miracles for Children of all Ages by Dilip Mukerjea


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by Dilip Mukerjea

One Comment on "Ingenius"

  1. Anyta
    12/08/2012 at 08:39 Permalink

    Spelling “Anjeli” instead of “Anjali” which you have suggested is due to Mukerjea’s singaporean background is incorrect and was given at birth to the person in question in India. Since when were the spellings of Indian (or other) names cast in stone ?

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Anjana Basu

Anjana Basu works as an advertising consultant in Calcutta. In 2003, Harper Collins India brought out her novel Curses In Ivory. In 2004, she was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland where she worked on her second novel, Black Tongue, published by Roli in 2007. In February 2010. her children's novel Chinku and the Wolfboy was brought out by Roli. She writes features for travel magazines and reviews for Indian newspapers.

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