Poor Man, Rich Man?
The alarm rang. It was six o’ clock in the morning. I jumped out of bed and ran to the bathroom. In 20 minutes I was ready to leave for the station. Ma called out. I rushed down to the car. Soon enough we reached the station to catch the Shatabdi for Chandigarh.
I could hear noise all around. There were small telephone booths, corn stalls, coffee shops, etc.
The train arrived in ten minutes. We hurried to seat ourselves. It was a three hour journey. I took out my dairy and started writing.
It wasn’t long before I realized that we had reached. At the station I saw an old man. It seemed to me that he was poor. He wore a frayed black hat on his head, with clothes that had wear and tear written all over them. Thinking of him being poor, I asked my mother if she could lend me a hundred rupees. After a long argument, she finally agreed.
Somehow I thought giving someone money just like that isn’t good manners. Just then, the old man sneezed and his hat fell off. Grabbing my only chance, I rushed and dropped the note in his hat.
We were outside waiting for our cab when I saw the old man whom I thought was poor, waving back to me while getting into his stretch limousine! I was still laughing at what I had thought and done. Never go by appearances is what I learnt!!
-Pranav Hari Singhania, V-C
The ‘Aussie’ Way!
Perhaps every one has either heard of or been forced to listen to the strange Australian way of speaking. The accent, I mean, a lot different from the American or the British, is often considered highly amusing, ain’t it, eh, mate? (heeheh “mah-eat”) Right. I’d say it isn’t just the accent; the words tend to mean a lot different than what they literally seem. More often than not you’d make no sense out of them (if you speak English the American or British way, anyway). I decided to cook up an Australian vocab list. Here goes:
Chinwagging - Gossiping
Dishy - Attractive
Drippy - Boring
Fairdinkum - Honest
Fungus-faced - Bearded
In the s*** - Troubled
Sticky Beak- Nosy person
Yobbo- Illiterate person
Now you’re all set to avoid all forms of miscommunication with that mate of yours! G’day! (G’dah-ee)
Avanti Gupta, XI
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT!
The Ganga is the holiest river in India. Due to globing warming the Himalayan Glacier Gangotri is drying up by 40 yards a year which is nearly twice as fast as two decades ago. Pollution as well as globing warming threatens the Ganga which provides more than 50 crore people with drinking water and water for families. The Ganga is listed among the world’s 10 most endangered rivers.
Taarika Peres, V
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Betty)
If you took a moment to get to know the talented Betty Suarez, (Played by America Ferrera) you’d see how intelligent and charming she really is. But, in the superficial world of high fashion, where Vogue is the bible and image is everything, Betty is merely the oversized plain-Jane from Queens, New York. The story unfolds when publishing superstar Bradford Meade hands over the reigns of Mode, a high fashion magazine to his son Daniel, and then hires, well, Ugly Betty to be his son’s assistant. Daniel is reluctant at first but then inevitably accepts Betty whose bright ideas and indomitable spirit eventually win him over. Neither of them really knows the world of glamour and fashion, but together they face all those who would do anything to see them fall. So, who wins- The seventeen-year-old stick figures or the congenial brainiac? Find out Wednesday night at 9 on Star World. Let’s hope this one doesn’t end up in flames like its Indian rendition, Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin.
-Rhea Sadh, 10
Autobiography of a Knife
I am Rampuri and I have a great cutting edge. I am really sharp; that is how I get my name. I was made in a factory; I was cut off a thin metal strip. Then a grinder was run along my edges. It was painful. I screeched till sparks flew out of my body. A carved wooden handle was fixed to me. I was put up in a shop for sale. Many liked me but couldn’t afford me. One day a fat lady came and took me home. She used me for cutting chillies and onions that day. My body started burning and I decided that I had had enough! I jumped up and bit her finger. She shrieked and threw me into the bin. I was lucky, I had a sweet landing as I had landed on a half cut apple. We were then thrown into the community dustbin where a boy found me and took me home. Just then the boy’s father bought an ice cream brick. The terrible memories with my previous owner were all over. I felt cool and sweet! After meeting the ice cream I’m enjoying my stay with these people and you can still find me in there kitchen closet!
-Sanah Dewan, V
Webs, Rings, Spells and Ships
As critics slam, and place meek 2 or 3 stars on the year’s greatest hits, I have decided to come to the defense of a genre that has captured audience’s hearts. Whether or not they are good isn’t the discussion. I mean, the profits raked in by these movies are sufficient proof of their world wide success. I am here to defend an art form that faces jeopardy in the hands of critics. When it came in the form of books in the early 1900s, fantasy swarmed our minds with a host of new possibilities and its freshness and childish innocence captured minds. Time progressed and the ever so inquisitive human mind, fragile as it is, started to note philosophical genius within these works. Lord of the Rings was no longer about Mr. Frodo, but instead it revealed the nuances of human nature, through its wonderful narrative. Similarly others followed suit, but then the 60s came and ushered in with it a new breed of authors, film makers and musicians.
The realists, who diverted attention to Vietnams and Koreas, peace was in, fantasy was conveniently shut off. It was easier to make a war film, instead of the fake looking monsters from a foolish fantasy! People didn’t want to read or watch things that didn’t exist, they wanted real things. Fantasy fiction dilapidation crept on, till the late 1990s. Suddenly on a sullen day in the June of ‘97, when the Cold War had ended, peace had been achieved; propaganda promoting peace seemed a thing of the sixties and seventies, a book hit the stores. And how exactly was the poverty ridden single mother who wrote this book going to imagine that her book would engulf humanity into raving madness? The answer is she didn’t. It’s quite funny actually: the uncanny resemblance between the release of a new Harry Potter book and perhaps an anti war protest of the 60’s, people walking in vast numbers, peacefully to assemble outside a shop (or senate building). A pattern distinct in nature has emerged. Fantasy, be it Spider Man, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek or any other, seems to have grown into the most widely loved genre of today. What saddens me though is the manner in which we have failed to recognize it as the definition of our generation. If our parents can be defined as the generation of ‘flower power’ and ‘peace’ then we should be seen as the generation that created worlds beyond ours. Webs, Rings, Spells and Ships may not be concepts of the late 90’s, but the execution and representation definitely are. Never before have any of these ideas been sensations, but we should be proud of such an accomplishment. No doubt stuff of the sixties and seventies find their rightful thrones in the hall of classics, but their era seems to have come to a close. Film noir mysteries and flowery rock bands only find life in neo hippies, those trying to still grasp the past. Fantasy opens its doorways to us. It relieves us of our daily lives being bludgeoned from all corners by propaganda. I know many of you will rubbish this article as an attempt to glorify fantasy, especially some adults who gawk at fantasy as the human minds most foolish attempt at fiction. I will staunchly differ, Jurassic Park’s and Transformers are what make a 21st century teenager. Ben-Hur no longer dictates history, but 300 does. This July as you extend your hand to pick up the last of the Potter books, just ponder for a moment on what I’ve tried to convey. The very fact that you are buying that book means you contributing to Fantasy’s success. What could be more amazing than the ever so dynamic world of fantasy, which loses its charm on even an ounce of repetition?
-Shaman Marya, 12
“Which house is red house singing?”
Aliza Khan, all is forgiven in the loyalty!
Shreya Singhal: “Do you know where Mitaali lives?”
Avanti Gupta:”No I don’t, though I think she lives in Penna’s bus!”
Uh, no comment.
“What the hell is AIDS?!”
Devanshi Dalmia…ahem! Which world have you been living in?!
“Oh no! I’m gonna get kicked by a soccer ball!!”
Karishma Khanna, what’s next? Getting squashed by a squash ball?
“The sun is inside my head!”
Anonymous…the heat must have REALLY gotten to you!
“You know what a sieve is, right? The thing with perforated holes!”
Anonymous, and what might perforated holes be?!
“My one eye is closed; I’m half asleep.”
Amit Khandeparkar, we definitely did not expect this from you.
“I went with my mom’s kids to play table-tennis.”
Shivam Raheja, do you remember falling off the family tree?
“I want an aeroplane that flies.”
Once again, Shivam dazzles us with his supreme intelligence.
A Dozen Reasons
Why Guys Try to Act Cool but Fail Miserably
1) They go on with stuff like “Wassup dude” and wave their fingers in very creepy ways.
2) Every one is everyone else’s ‘Homie’.
3) They use swear words as though it’s a medical necessity.
4) On the subject of pants, the word ‘Waist’ has been lost to the sands of time.
5) They sit for hours memorizing rap lyrics to impress their ‘Guy-friends’.
6) They crack the lamest jokes during class, hoping for a round of laughter and a glance from the ladies. (We don’t mean the teachers!)
7) They go around teasing those who aren’t ‘cool enough’ and when no one listens to them they pretend it never happened.
8) One must be a part of a ‘gang’ or is destined to a lifetime of desolation.
9) The ‘Cool Kid’ acts all macho in front of his ‘dawgs’ but spends every free second watching ‘Soaps’ and ‘Chick Flicks’.
10) They swear to never to have read a book while secretly treasuring the works of Charles Dickens and J. K. Rowling.
11) The ‘Cool Kid’ pretends to sleep in class, but on the inside he is struggling not to answer the teacher’s question.
12) They pretend to be on first terms with every popular kid in the school when actually they avoid him like the plague.
Jahan Adil Nargolwala XI-B
Harry Potter and the Order
of the Phoenix
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch and Imelda Staunton
3 ½ stars
The fifth installment in the motion picture rendering of the popular Harry Potter books, was a long awaited phenomenon in the Potterverse, and I can safely say it did not disappoint us… much! Though it has a dreary beginning, the movie quickly gathers pace. It explodes in your face and races by, until it reaches the Ministry of Magic scene, probably one of the best in any Potter movie. Though not entirely in keeping with the book, it is very well executed and sets your pulse racing. The new screenwriters have done as much justice to the book as possible, even keeping some of the dialogues in. The characters of Luna Lovegood and Dolores Jane Umbridge, Undersecretary to the Minister, played respectively by Evanna Lynch and Imelda Staunton, have been played to perfection, and are probably two of the biggest assets of the movie. You're bound to loathe Umbridge with a passion, and Luna’s whimsicality leaves you completely bemused.
A few key points of the book have been left out, including the entire explanation of the prophecy, which makes it slightly difficult to follow the movie if you are not an avid Potter fan. Also, ‘Snape’s Worst Memory’ is barely a minute long. However, you fall in love once again with Sirius Black (Gary Oldman); and Ron (Rupert Grint) is even dumber, which makes him all the more adorable. Tonks (Natalia Tena), though different from what I imagined her to be, is not a disappointment either.
A must watch, even if you aren’t a Potter freak, is my final verdict… though you’ll enjoy it more if you don’t constantly compare it to the book!
Ayesha Malik, IX
Ayesha Malik, Devika Agrawal, Nikhil Pandhi,
Sanjana Malhotra, Arushi Kumar, Meghna Mann,
Sara Chatterjee, Rhea Sadh, Bhavik Singh,
Kunal Datta, Vanshika Wadhwa, Akbar Iqbal,
Avanti Gupta, Soumya Dasgupta, Jahan Adil Nargolwala, Diva Gujral, Tarunima Prabhakar, Mahi Titus, Amba Kak, Arjun Bajaj, Dhritiman Murti, Praavita Kashyap,
Ujwalla Bhandari, Shaman Marya, Ria Sen
Editor: Akanksha Chawla
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