One conversation with Kompella Madhavi Latha and you will feel inspired and motivated to do better in life. As the Chairperson of Virinchi Hospitals, although she already has an enormous responsibility, she has taken it upon herself to home school her three kids.
Her eldest daughter, 19-year-old Lopamudra, is pursuing BTech at IIT Madras and her son, 16-year-old Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, is also an IITian in his first year BTech at the same university. Meanwhile, her youngest daughter Modini is following in the footsteps of her siblings and is currently in her 11th grade.
Madhavi Latha is also a professional Bharatanatyam dancer with 100+ performances and has been an NCC cadet. “I was into Construction and Facilities Management at Virinchi, and the hospital you see now took me 11-and-a-half months to complete,” shares Madhavi, who has an MA in Political Science from Koti Women’s College.
About why she thought of homeschooling her children, she shares with ‘Telangana Today’, “My husband Vishwanath (The Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Virinchi) and I love children to the core and we have donated to orphanages. When my eldest kid was almost 3 years old, we tried putting her into a school but she never liked the idea. She loved being around me. As a former teacher, I tried understanding where she was coming from and why she was crying when sent to school.”
Madhavi Latha feels that schools back then weren’t efficient enough to attract kids. For her, giving birth to a child is giving birth to a “new career as a mother”. “Until my kids were nine or 10 years old, they never touched a book. I tried teaching them basic math and alphabet. I never hit my kids or even spoke to them in a higher decibel. I taught them the ‘Ramayana’, the ‘Mahabharata’, the ‘Gita’, told them ‘Panchatantra’ stories, and we sang rhymes and practised tables. I always gave them the right to question and correct me. I made sure they took up physical activities,” explains Madhavi Latha about the process of homeschooling.
Although friends and relatives initially taunted the family as Lopamudra couldn’t talk in English for a long time, everyone is now proud of her achievements. Lopamudra can now play Western classical piano, she has written and composed 20 songs and has written over 750 English poems.
“Let kids enjoy without competition and constant comparisons. Now, Lopamudra plans on becoming a teacher and educating underprivileged kids,” shares Madhavi Latha, who is approached by many parents to counsel their kids.
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