Atanu Dey writes:
To know is to know the story. To be able to convey meaning, you have to be able to tell a story. To teach is to be able to tell a story which makes sense to the listener, the student. To learn is to be able to listen to a story and extract meaning from it. Once upon a time is the beginning of the process of teaching and learning. Thus have I heard is how the communication of wisdom begins.
For ever since I can remember, I have associated learning with stories. Since childhood, my best teachers have been those who have had the gift of telling a good story. My grandfather was one such. In high school, our English teacher was another master of tales.
When I was struggling with the formulation of my PhD thesis, my advisor told me, Tell me a story. If you can tell a story which is interesting, you have a PhD thesis. It was indeed that simple.