3rd December 2004

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Prefect appointments: Senior School
Head boy: Farhad Colabavala
Head girl: Medha Basu
Games Captain: Harshyla Singh
Games Vice Captain: Ahsan M. Shervani
Red House Captain: Rishab Sareen
Red House Prefect: Jaivir Hans
Blue House Captain: Manavi Bhardwaj
Blue House Vice Captain: Vritima Wadhwa
Green House Captain: Nitya Vaishnavi Singh
Green House Vice Captain: Simrat Dugal
Yellow House Captain: Krittivas Dalmia
Yellow House Vice Captain: Tara Bedi
Prefect appointments: Junior School
Head boy: Ishaan Sardesai
Head girl: Aditi Banerjee
Games Captain: Navia Dayal
Games Vice Captain: Dhruv Goel
Red House Captain: Ojal Khandpur
Blue House Captain: Vandita Khanna
Green House Captain: Pia Chatterjee
Yellow House Captain: Viraj Nanda
Council Heads:
Outreach and Environment Council: Arnav Sharma
Arts Council: Pooja Bakshi
Academic Council: Avanti Birla
10th Jan:Class 6 went to Anandgram to visit author Vandana Singh.
10th-14th Jan: Students taken to watch documentaries about the history of Jazz
12th Jan: A few Students participated in an essay writing competition at Army Public School. Akanksha Chawla came second.
A few students of class 12 sang for youth day at the Bahai temple.
14th Jan: Re-launch of KBBM
Class 3 cooked khichri for "Makar Sankranti".
15th Jan: The results of the Modern School Quiz are still awaited, in which 2 teams of three students participated.
16th Jan: Music Concert held to raise funds for Tsunami victims
17th Jan:Ustad Sabri khan started the 2 week workshop on "Old compositions".
18th Jan: Class 6 visited Sultangarhi.
Farhad Colabavala, Simran Sadana and Shaman Marya participated in the MSVV debate.
20th Jan: 19 schools participated in a seminar on Nanotechnology and Biotechnology.


“Will we ever know what the answer, to life really is? Can you really tell me what life is? Maybe all the things that you know, that are precious to you, Could be swept away by fate’s own hand.”
An excerpt from Blood Brothers by Iron Maiden, the opening song at the Tsunami Relief Concert held at our school on 16th January. The lyrics of this song are rightly put as they explain how fate just one day decided to take from us, what we hold near and dear. But on the lighter side of the wave, the concert was attended not only by school students but by parents, teachers, friends, relatives etc. The concert was started off with Farhad Colabavala giving a short speech on the Tsunami. After that, the Blood Brothers instrumental was performed by the School Band- Karshan Sharma Karanvir Singh, Ansh Karha,and Mihir Mukhopadhya. It was followed up by Hero sung by Tara Brara and Aditya Mukherjee. Then came a blast from the past as our Alumni band featuring Umaid, Sheenum, Aditya Roy and Arjun Singh, first played Pardon Me by Incubus and then Chop Suey by System of a Down. Then Artists' Unlimited, a116 member choir, sang pieces that could really get one thinking about how the people affected by the tsunami would be feeling at that moment. The Gurgaon School of Music Ensemble performed after that until a drizzle forced a 10 minute break . The GSM Ensemble played again after the break, followed up by our last act and main event. The grand finale was a performance by Silk Route, one of India’s leading rock bands. The concert was an all round success as it helped raise a total of 3.81 lacs for those suffering from the tsunami. Not only did it raise funds for tsunami relief but also was a great experience for all!
-Soumya Dasgupta

Tara Brara and Aditya Mukherjee performing ‘Hero’.

Artistes’ Unlimited performing a ‘Qawwali’

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It was a cold wave that swept across the shore,
People had lost their loved ones and a lot more.
Watching their sorrow brought tears in my eyes,
Wailing people saying their final goodbyes.
No more happy homes or laughter in the air,
Let’s all wake up for this is the time to share.
Let’s join hands to wipe their tears,
Heal broken hearts and remove their fears.
Come try your best to bring a smile on their face,
And may God bless them with all his grace.

Lavanya Chopra V-C


On Sunday, 26th of December an earthquake unraveled.
A ray of waves tormented the sea carrying fierce undercurrents
and some creatures from the deep.
The waves gained height as they
tormented on towards the shore, but sadly it became gigantic at the
shore which killed many people and destroyed many. But the saddest
part is the fisherman families – the fishermen go to catch fish in the sea,
brings the fish to his wife and then
she sells the fish. But sadly the
children play on the beach, when
this wave came they were stunned
and had no chance of escaping.
Now people have to rebuild their lives.
But how?

By –Ishan Sardesai, 5-C



The tsunami is a giant wave,
It comes in with a lot of speed,
The only thing that it leaves behind is,
disaster and misery,
People die and diseases spread,
The ones who survive are hurt and homeless,
And the kids who survive are orphaned.

Raghav Anand V-C


Beaches to me were always dear,
Today however there is a fear,
Thousands have lost their lives,
There is still an echo of their cries,
The gigantic waves swept away,
Complete families that were once gay,
The earth beneath the sea collapsed,
Seeing the wave we all gasped,
Inspite of the warning there was no time,
To ignore the signal was such a crime,
Now all we can do is pray,
For some help and aid to save the day,
A home for the homeless, food to eat,
To be able to do this would be such a feat.

Shaurya Dhir V-C


We can’t get their smiles back,
But we can help them wipe their tears,
Everyone’s lost someone …
Parents teachers and peers.

So lets join hands,
And give whatever we can,
Be it money, clothes or medicines,
And even pots and pans.

Shriya Gupta V-C

Letter to the Editor

December 26th 2004, started out as a normal day. There was a rumble, and the Earth shook, but no one thought it was anything serious. People went about their daily lives, fishing, holidaying, working and getting back to their jobs.
Somewhere near Sumatra, the displaced sea plate created a pressure difference in the water, and set off a chain of great waves. Initially, they look no more than three feet high…but they can stretch upto a hundred miles and they move with deadly speed reaching upto 500km/hr. As they reach shallower shores, these waves gain the astounding height of 30 feet and more.
They rise and rise until they hit the shore leaving destruction and death in their wake. It took 3 hours for the first waves to first hit the coastlines around south and South East Asia, but within the 15-20 minutes that they played havoc they left 2,80,000 people dead and thousands more missing.
Disaster has never looked worse than the day the tsunami struck. People have died, but there are thousands more living helplessly. They wait for food, medicine, clothes, money or any sort of aid that they can receive. Some look at the tsunami as an end-an end to life, but many must also look at it as a beginning. We must work towards rebuilding the lives of all those who were struck by this great tragedy, as the citizens of one of the worst hit countries and as the citizens of the world.

Simrat Dugal, XII-A

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Forever in a Minute
The Trip of A Life Time

On the 1st of December, ten assorted children and two teachers were standing in the various queues at the Indira Gandhi International airport, not knowing what to expect of the next three weeks- Summer School at the University of Melbourne, in Australia.
Yet, from the time we were waiting in the security lounge, the ice melted and we were laughing together, creating quite a racket - glibly ignored the “looks” people were giving us.
After a long twelve hour flight, we arrived in Sydney tired and exhausted. However, even on that first night, we were up till two playing games, getting to know each other.
On the first day we toured Sydney- we went to the Koala Park, to the exhilarating Bondi beach, the Sydney opera house, and Paddy’s Market.
But, it was that evening that we reached Melbourne.
At the two Summer Schools we learnt a host of new and interesting things:
The Science students attended a number of lectures with an extremely entertaining Dr. Roger Rassool, and various other teachers from the university of Melbourne. The topics of our lectures included chemistry of color and light, electromagnetism, genetics and zoology, and even HPS (History and Philosophy of science). Some lectures were extremely interesting, even though some people decided to catch up on their sleep. The practical sessions were incredible. We dissected a cow’s eye to see the retina, the optic nerve and reflective tissue. Though initially it was a bit unpleasant, the cow’s eye was unimaginably beautiful. We also went fossil hunting, and to a sanctuary, where it started pouring and we were drenched to the bone.
The Creative Thinking students had a completely different program from the science students, as far as the academics were concerned. While the science students had lectures in the University of Melbourne everyday, the creative thinkers had actual classes in Trinity College.

Classes that were compulsory for everybody were: Dramatic Narratives (or Drama), Cultural Narratives (which included studying Aboriginal stories, movies and paintings), International Relations (and actual negotiations) and Global Issues (or all about the Environment). Other than that, everyone was required to take one optional module from Consumer Psychology, Creative Writing, Math, Endangered Species or Economics. The creative thinkers were taken out on many excursions, ranging from the national gallery, to the Ceres ecological farm. Also, creative thinkers had a faculty lecture in the University, everyday.
At the end students of both Summer Schools had a seminar on Sustainability
Apart from the actual studies, we had wonderful experiences at Ace Hi Ranch, where we rode horses, attempted archery, sang around the bonfire, and swung on a giant 25m high swing. The activities organized by the mentors were extraordinary- bush dancing, trivia night, mystery night (where we ran around the campus playing detective), the city tour and laser wars…
It is impossible to summarize those three weeks in an article, but undoubtedly the best part of the trip was making friends with so many other children from India as well as Singapore, Malaysia, and Australia. Every night, we stayed up late just talking. We’ll always remeber getting drenched in the sprinklers at 3 in the morning, having Dodgy juice (an unbelievably sweet mixture of candy), singing to random people in the Turkish restaurant, traveling in trams, eating at hungry jacks, yearning for Indian food, getting squeaky voices from helium balloons, watching the sunset, disco night, using swipe cards (SWIPEYS!) to get around, chatting till late with Mrs. Jairath and being shooed of the Bulpadock (main garden)….
In those three short weeks, all of us formed a very special bond that would last the rest of our lives- even as we all walked different paths that, perhaps, would never cross again.
Graduation Dinner came too soon; we felt like we had just arrived the day before, and yet it felt like we had been there forever.
Nitya Vaishnavi Singh.
Simrat Dugal.

Smooth as Silk

They brought the sound of the mountains into the Indipop scene. Their fresh music catapulted Silk Route to instant fame. The song Dooba dooba raced up the charts, and its unique underwater video was noticed immediately. The group also swept the Channel [V] awards, bagging the Best Debut, Best Song, Best Music Video and Best Indian Group. And then…
They came to Vasant Valley School, to play for the Tsunami Relief Fund Raising concert, on Sunday the 16th. We got an exclusive interview with them backstage (the teachers quiet room for all the uninitiated)- Mohit Chauhan, lead singer and a whiz with the harmonica, Atul on the guitar, and Kem Trivedi the talent behind the piano.
Kenny Puri, the percussionist of the band was however unable to come.
So, first the rhetorical question- how did they think the concert went?
“That all really depends on the audience.”
Well, we thought they “rocked the show” as one little kid standing behind us stated very aptly, with finality in his tone that could not be argued with!
“Was it difficult to play to an audience ranging from 4 to 40 and not just teens or people in their twenties?” , asked an eager newspaper reporter.
“Not really. For us it’s just the music and we thought the crowd was really good.”
And what about the cause- tsunami relief: “Do you think enough has been done for the tsunami victims? Is there different feeling after the show, because for the first time you were playing with a cause involved?”
“It is our first time for a charity event, and it does ease our conscience to know that we have in some way done our bit. In fact we just flew straight from Lucknow; it’s extremely difficult to play without our drummer, though our friend did really well; I haven’t slept in 48 hours; yet in the end it was all worthwhile.”
Well that’s all folks, we decided to let them catch up on their sleep; they deserved it after the awesome performance and patience with which they answered all our questions, and signed autographs for all the excited kids!!

Nitya Vaishnavi Singh

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Koffee with Kumar

It’s time to bid our seniors goodbye, even though we’ll always have bittersweet memories of them. We had the chance to sneak up on our ex-editor (Ashutosh Kumar) for a little chat. Here’s what he had to say:
Q: In all of the years you’ve spent at Vasant Valley, what do you think has changed most about the school?
A: My hairstyle! (laughs) Nothing’s changed much, except for external facets of institution that have changed.
Q: What are you going to miss most about the school?
A: Definitely not the uniform! Probably the people that I knew here, and the whole experience of coming to school.
Q: Do you see Mallika Sadh fitting into your shoes as editor?
A: What, is this like an editor vs. editor thing? (laughs) I really don’t know her well enough to be able to judge her abilities, but I know she’ll do well as she has a bunch of talented fools with her.
Q: Where do you see yourself five years down the line?
A: With longer hair. (chuckles) Probably as a corporate lawyer, but I don’t know where life will take me. You never know, I might end up as a waiter at McDonald’s!
Q: When anyone thinks of you, the first image that comes to mind is ‘NERD.’ How do you react to that?
A: No way, I’m not a nerd!!! Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, so anyone can see me the way they want to. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I am what I am.

Jayant Mishra: An Inspiration for All

Some play for money, some play for glory, but Jayant Mishra plays for nothing but the love for the sport. Hailing from Loughborough which is 2 hours north of London, Jayant still keeps alive the love for his country of origin: India, and he returned here to show kids at Vasant Valley some pointers, not about conventional tennis but “wheelchair tennis”. Playing since 1987, he has participated in many Paralympics including Barcelona ’91, Atlanta ’96, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. Though he hasn’t won a gold medal yet, he is aiming for one in Beijing ’08. He trains 4 to 5 times a week, sometimes in Loughborough and sometimes with his coach in London. His determination taught us that we all have it in us to overcome all odds to achieve our dreams and this was truly an inspirational experience for all.



“Your wife won’t marry you.”
Rishi Sikand mixing up his relationships.

“I kill this mosquito everyday”
Avani Sharma showing her killer instinct.

“I am blind but I can see colours”
Rishi Sikand’s colourful life.

“The tears welled up in my ears”
Krittivas Dalmia, tearfully descriptive

“I am saying sorry from the heart of my bottom.”
Kavya Bagga, truly sorry.

“How much money can you buy?”
Ashwat Sehgal, the school’s financial expert.

“I’ll call you up and ask you for your phone number”
The number 1 phone operator, Kunal Datta.

Under The Scanner
A review of The Apprentice

Have you ever heard of a fourteen week job interview? Well, that’s what The Apprentice is all about…Eighteen rich and
influential people, are flown in form all corners of America to compete against each other for the dream job in New York City under Donald Trump, to earn a six figure salary!!!! Each week
the candidates take part in fun tasks, like whipping up a new
ice cream flavour, designing toys, creating catchy ad campaigns and even managing the legendary Planet Hollywood for a night! The group which wins, gets a step closer to being the new
apprentice. Having followed the last season closely, I feel this show is very interesting and great fun to watch! Though the
show tends to get dramatic at times, that does not deter me
from watching it… The new season promises to be more
interesting than the last and I am eagerly anticipating the
result of The Apprentice…

By-Ria Sen, 10-B

Editorial Board

Soumya Dasgupta, Mahi Titus, Jahan Adil
Nargolwala, Tarunima Prabhakar, Diva Gujral,
Akanksha Chawla, Ria Sen, Amba Kak, Arushi
Chak, Saira Dayal, Arjun Srihari, Nakul Dev,
Varini Sharma, Jagriti Seth, Saranya Mishra,
Svati Goyal, Rhea Maini, Simrat
Dugal, Udit Vira, Nitya Vaishanavi Singh.

Mallika Sadh.