"...Those years will forever remain some of the most enriching ones of mine ... I never saw a place that rejoiced simply in telling children about the joy of learning. Of knowlege for the sake of knowledge. About children being more than just a sum of their academic results and extracurricular certificates...
...It wasn't just the mental maths, the conversations, the movie screenings, the books (though for me, everything began and ended with the books), the vocabulary games, and quizzes, JAM ... I felt alive - because every day was another notch that I had pulled myself up by. Because it gave me a reference point in life about what kind of a person I wanted to project myself as, to the world. It became important for me to know about art, literature, theatre, sports, politics, music...
...I learnt that there was a power in knowledge, and I learnt that clichés are clichés for a reason. All through my life, and now, when I am in London, I have seen the world come alive around me - because I have those reference points. This frame of mind, this conditioning, this was the greatest gift I got from you. I guess I can never thank you enough for it"
a multilingual play on words that means 'May your brain cells flourish!'
- Floreant comes from the Latin verb florens meaning 'to bloom or to flower'. Floreant is the subjunctive form, meaning 'may they bloom'.
- Dendrite in modern English is a branched extension of a neuron (a nerve or brain cell) that receives impulses from other neurons. It derives from the Greek déndron meaning 'tree'.
The whole phrase can be taken either as a benediction for your brain cells, or as an exhortation to all members of The Genius family (the tree and all its branches) to grow and flourish!