23rd August 2004

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On the 2nd of August, Medha Prem and Akanksha Srivastav of classes X and XI respectively participated in a Hindi Debate held at Birla Vidya Niketan.

Akanksha Srivastava and Sangini Punia participated in the English Book discussion held at the Springdales School on the 3rd of August.

Mahi Titus and Soumya Srijan Dasgupta of class VIII participated in the Shri Ram School Debate on the 3rd of August.

The Interhouse Social Science Quiz for classes XI & XII was held on Wednesday the 4th of August. The Red house won.

A talk on Disaster Management was given to the students of class IX, by Col. Tewari.

Daksh Bhardwaj and Ishan Lamba took part in a painting competition and Vanshika Wadhwa and Kanika Vohra took part in a calligraphy competition on Hiroshima Day i.e. Friday the 6th of August. The competitions were held at India Habitat Centre and were organized by INTACH.

An Economics-Business Studies Exposition, "Laissez Faire" was held on the 10th of August.

The Cyber Olympiad was held on the 12th of August.

Hiroshima Day Poster making and Slogan writing Competition-
1st Prize-Ria Sen, Talisa Oberoi, Arushi Chak and Deeksha Batra
2nd Prize-Ria Rath, Viveka Bhandari, Radhika Saini and Krutika Menon.

Winners of the Hindi Poetry Recitation for class 7 are-
First - Eesh Kakkar
Second - Natasha Jha and Kalyani Krishnan
Third - Vishal Jeet, Siddharth Bannerjee and Tarunima Prabhakar

Winners of the Hindi Poetry Recitation Competition in Class 9 are:
First-Ritwija Darbari
Second-Radhika Saini
Third- Paritosh Tomar and Siddhant Aggarwal.

In the Zonal Hindi Recitation, Medha Prem of Class 10A, came first in the Senior Group


Laissez Faire, an Inter-School Economics and Business Studies exposition was held in school on 10th August 2004. Teams from 13 schools, each consisting of 6 students, participated. There were three events, Eco-Bazaar, Bulls Eye and Promotion/Deception. These were followed by a talk by Dr. Sanjaya Baru. Eco-Bazaar was a series of 12 stalls, each asking 6 Economics and Business related questions and involving a game. Teams were awarded Rs.1000 for each point they earned for answering a correct answer or successfully completing a game. At the end of the Eco-Bazaar round the teams had all amassed around Rs.100,000, with Vasant Valley School leading with Rs.1,33,000, followed by British School with Rs.1,10,000.

The next round of competition was Bulls Eye. Here two students from each team competed to earn maximum profit on a mock stock exchange by buying and selling shares of fictitious companies. Again Vasant Valley stood first , followed by Sanskriti School.

The third round of competition was the Promotion/Deception. The other four members of the teams were given a product which they were to advertise. 13 very entertaining and convincing advertisements followed, and the event was won by Springdales followed by Sri Ram School.

After lunch, there was a talk by Mr. Baru, Media Adviser to the Prime Minister. Mr Baru spoke about the evolution of the concept of National Income, as well as growth rates.
All in all the event was a roaring success, and was an exciting and enriching experience for all of us.

Glimpses of Laissez Faire

Welcome to the Cashier's!

Eco Bazaar-Play! Win!

Bulls Eye-Who dares Wins!

Ad act - A fresh Act!
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Mango Fruity, Fresh and Juicy

My name is Fruity. I am an Alphonso. I grow in the state of Maharashtra. I look like an oval with a triangular cut in the right side at the bottom. I love it when my fruit is enjoyed by people! I dislike it when my fruits are taken and made into pickle and mashed to make chutney! I taste very sweet when I am ripe and sour when I am raw. I am made into icecream, milkshake, panna and chutney. My favourite memory was when I made a new friend in 2003. Even if I am no more I would like to give the world this message,STOP CUTTING TREES!

-Ashrant Kohli 3C

I am a juicy mango. I give shade to every body. People always sit under me when they get married. I am very juicy and tasty. People love me. I am used to make many things. I grow in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. I like it when I am plucked ripe.and put in a basket. I like to be made into sweet things. I don’t like it when children throw stones at me. I do not like it when I am plucked raw and put into a bag. I don’t like to be made into sour things.

I do not liked to be squashed or destroyed. I like it when people say that I am nice. I like to remember nice things like when people pluck me ripe. I do not know what will happen if people keep cutting trees and keep polluting the place. I want to tell people not to cut trees.

Sanjna Surya 3C

My dream car is a beautiful red car. It can open up from the top. It has a kitten and a big t v with lots of movies and also three big sofas. It has a powerful engine and it is battery operated. It drives very , very fast. It is a Scorpio with black seats and a powerful ac. I can make delicious food in the car. It stops in a minute and it has beautiful patterns.

Sanaah Dewan, 2-C

My dream car is magical. It is lavender, pink, purple and violet. It can fly without wings! The chairs are so soft. My dream car has girl power and angel power too! In my dream car there are shells and bells hanging. My
dream car is wonderful.

Rhea Khanna, 2-C

All Creatures Bright and Beautiful, All Creatures Great and Small.

Do you know the value of trees to man? The trees provide air to breathe, food to eat, fuel to burn so you can keep warm, fertilizer to grow your food, wood to build a house. And yet, trees are ruthlessly chopped down for no reason, and never replanted!
Man thinks he owns the Earth. Does he not remember he shares it with some beautiful creatures like the whale, the rabbit, and tiger? Yet he uses the whale for cosmetics which he tests on the rabbit, and ruthlessly kills the tiger for its skin. He uses the monkey, his own ancestor, to understand science.
Do you, as a responsible human being, agree with this heart-breaking idea that man rules the world and can do what he likes with it? Or are you one who believes that every living thing, from the smallest beetle to the largest baobab tree, has the right to live freely?
I, the student who is writing this now, am one who believes that all beings have life, and a right to live. The tree, architect of air, food and shelter, the bird, a winged wonder, the beetle, small but strong, they all have life, glorious life! Yet man treats nature as a trash dump.
Some people are good, kind people. They believe in these beliefs. They are the ones dedicated to preserving this world. One day, this world, will be a desert, empty of life. Man will then repent for his deeds. A lovely, lively forest of bloom, birdsong, little creatures like the squirrel, gone because of the stupidity of man. Will you help prevent this? Will you aid me on my quest? This is for the good of our world, not for only yourself.

Pranav Pant Class 8

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I love my INDIA, Yeh mera India!!

If someone was to ask me why I love my mama and to give him or her reasons, I would not have a specific answer. I would just say because I belong to her. I also love my country because I hail from India and belong to India. Like there is no reason I love my mother, there is no reason why I like India. India is rich in various resources. It’s all about the people and the way of life. It is rich in its history because there is a reason why each and every monument was built. If you go to any state in India you feel like you are in a totally different world. India has a rich heritage and there is a lot to learn about the people, festivals, places and cuisine. India to me is as important as my mother is to me.

Priyanka Aggarwal, 5-C

The First Aid Workshop

The First Aid workshop was held on the 10th and 11th of August, 2004 for several selected students of classes 9 and 11. A bunch of Israeli students of Medical Sciences were to be our instructors. We were taught the basics of First Aid; an essential bit of knowledge that I feel everyone should be given access to; as it is of vital importance in case of an emergency. Some of these programmes included Cardio

Pulmonary Resuscitation, Heart Massaging, Mouth-to-mouth respiration as well as bandaging cuts or amputated organs.
This was not only an educational experience but also a splendid way of interacting with the instructors.

Akanksha Chawla, 9-C


All that glitters is not gold,
Often have you heard that told.
But where did this saying originate,
Did you ever contemplate?
A long time ago in the South of Spain,
There lived an unsatisfied bloke who’d always complain.
The reason was, he was just too greedy
But according to him, he was needy.
He felt God had no pity,
Did what he pleased, faced no adversity.
He cursed and abused god like it was going out of fashion,
But towards others feelings he had no compassion.
One day, sick of being criticized, God came down to our friend here,
And said “To you my job looks easy, or so it would appear
So take over for a week and see how you fare,

Respond to every person’s request and prayer.”
Our Spanish friend was as happy as could be,
“It’s a piece of cake”, he thought laughing with glee.
But through the week he toiled and quailed,
He couldn’t answer all the prayers-he had failed,
Most prayers went unanswered, and to the ones he replied,
He soon realize that they had a good side,
If he granted one persons happiness it made someone else weep,
All he knew was, he was in for it deep,
At the end of the week, when the real god arrived,
The man fell down on his knees and cried,
“I’m sorry I misjudged you, it was a huge mistake-
Please take back your job for the whole world’s sake,
God smiled forgivingly and sent him back to Spain,
He knew that he would never doubt Him again,
The man went to church the next day,
And there, on the church wall he read,
“All that glitters is not gold,
Often you have heard that told…”

Diva Gujral, 8-A

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So what’s the deal with soap operas? I mean, western ones are all the same. They have no story. It is now possible to have missed a few hundred episodes of ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’, and still be stuck on the same story. And if it gets too boring, the producers kill a few people and bring them back from the dead. And the story (if you want to call it that) is inexplicably bizarre. So, the main guy’s girlfriend’s husband’s mother’s uncle is a dog. So what? I mean, is that really supposed to draw people to the idiot box? And what’s with everyone being blonde? Tall, blonde and beautiful is alright to a certain extent; but if you get too much of it, you tend to gag. So much for daytime drama.
What about Indian serials? I mean, MUST everyone live in an impossibly humongous hotel-like mansion? Here too, the story is the same at ANY GIVEN TIME. We have two main characters: Good Bahu and Bad Bahu. In this corner, Good Bahu, always the perfect little housewife, is trying to save her impossibly large joint family from Bad Bahu (who is always wearing excessive amounts of dark eye-makeup, of course). Somehow or the other people in the serial always manage to end up killing someone. After that, the only thing to remind them of the horrible crime that they have committed is their conscience. Hello, does the word “Police” sound familiar?
Also, every episode ends with Bad Bahu making a solemn oath to get her revenge, before the scene freezes, and the ever familiar ending music pipes up (DAAAANNGGG). We know that a majority of the nation’s housewives (maybe even some strange men) watch these soap operas, so we shall refrain from taking any further action against these mind-numbingly foolish wastes of TV time. So, until next time…. DAAAAAANNNNNGG!

Saranya Misra 10 A

The Da Vinci Code By Dan Brown

"O Draconian Devil! O Lame Saint!," an anagram for Leonardo Da Vinci's most famous masterpiece found brutally written on the dead body of the curator of the Louvre museum. Robert Langdon, a well known symbologist has been summoned to solve the cryptic clues on the curator’s body which threaten the very foundations of the Church. But instead of helping the investigation, he becomes a victim of it and has to flee from the authorities aided by a French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu.
Fast paced and engrossing, The Da Vinci Code is a page turner in the truest sense. It is a great follow up to its prequel Angels and Demons, which also features Robert Langdon as the protagonist.
Rating: 5/5

By Svati Goyal,10-B

Editorial Board

Rishab Sareen,, Svati Goyal, Saranya Misra, Arnav Sharma, Varini Sharma,
Ashish Aggarwal, Anna Ahmed, Yaman Verma Rati Seth, Alysha, Siddhartha, Saira Dayal, Abhik Ghosh, Akansha Chawla

Sports Desk

Rohan Arora

Ashotosh Kumar


“Therefore, hence proved”
–Sahiba Sidhu decisively concluding a difficult Maths problem.
”The three of us should sing a duet”
–Nivedita Venkateish getting a little mixed up.
“How dare you Instul me!”
–Vaishnavi Tannir a little slip of tongue.
“Can you do me a fever?”- Jaagriti Seth asking for help.
"She has a stone of heart"
-Natasha Uppal appalled at someone's lack of emotion.
"But maam, how do we know that the speed of the faster train is more than that of the slower train?"
-Sakshi Chopra stuck on a little math problem.
"Stop paining me!"
-Smiti Malik protesting about being "hurt".


The Senior Boys Football Team played a friendly against Ryan International School on Saturday the 7th of August which we won with a score of 5-1. Sheekher Saran and Karan Naraian scoring twice and Ishan Kacker scoring once.

The Basketball Team played two matches on Saturday against AirForce Golden Jubillee and Ryan International School winning both.


There is no doubt that rain remains the ultimate source of all fresh water. Nature has designed her own rainwater harvesting structures in the form of vegetation. Trees and plants act as check dams, breaking the flow of water, holding the soil together and increasing water retention. This increases the percolation of rainwater into the ground, thereby recharging the groundwater level. This was nature doing her bit, but given the present grim scenario especially in Delhi, we too need to contribute.
Rainwater harvesting is basically the process of deliberate collection of rainwater through manmade structures. The rainwater that is collected can be stored in tanks or containers or can be channeled into the groundwater. The water collected in the terraces, pavements, lawns, driveways etc. can be carried through pipelines or drains to the containers or tanks and can be stored and used directly after boiling or chemically treating the water with chlorine tablets.

Pranav Pant, 8-B