MUSICIANS OF VASANT VALLEY SCHOOL
Vasant Valley School is a hub of activity. Talented artists, singers, musicians, poets, writers, and sportspeople roam the halls of this building. However, it is the sportsperson that is revered above all. “Jocks” are known to be the popular breed in every class, and a basketball player or a soccer player definitely has the edge over us mere mortals in the case of looks and popularity. It is now time for the musician to speak out. After literally years of oppressed ingenuity, the musicians will come back into the limelight, and make themselves heard. Presenting, the Musicians of Vasant Valley School:
The Lead Guitarist
This is your typical tall, goofy-looking, messy-haired person. He lumbers around school with his gaggle of followers, namely those who believe him to be a rock-god in many respects.
(eg: Rohan Panjiar)
The Rhythm Guitarist
This guy is usually slightly on the short side, and is either best friends with the Lead Guitarist, or his sworn enemy, trying to relieve him of his position all the time. To avoid bodily harm, I shall also have to mention that this guitarist is almost always as good as the Lead Guitarist.
(eg: R.N.Jaidev, Karshen Sharma)
The Bass Guitarist
This is the neutral character. He is the aloof “groupie” that hangs out with the band on many occasions. More often than not, he is the source of entertainment for the band’s singers on away gigs.
(eg: Abhishek Sarkar)
He is usually the underling, who gets picked on at every given occasion. He gets “high” by sniffing his friend’s guitar case, and is subject to constant criticism and stuff. He is also subject to continuous ridicule, but takes it all like a (snort, giggle) man. He is, however, excellent at his art, and loves his drum set “and stuff”.
(eg: Karan Vir Singh)
The Indian Music Instrumentalists
The sitar, tabla and violin players of the school can usually be seen lurking around the physics lab. They are lovers of science and Star Trek-type Sci-Fi movies. They almost always love Maths, and are rumoured to practice Sudoku puzzles during recess. They do, however, keep our Indian traditions alive, and are excellent in their field of musical specialization.
(eg: Madhav Kaushish, Meghesh Nandy, Divij Gupta etc.)
By Saranya Misra
Sports People of Vasant Valley School: The Shocking Truth
We’ve all seen the jocks hanging around in the field with the rest of there clique. Their lifestyle is a paradise that every underling hopes to one day achieve. It is known for a fact that these teenagers, at the pinnacle of their youth and good looks, are favored above all from teachers to street vendors. An incident of this favoritism was given to us by an anonymous student:
The soccer team had gone to play against a school situated outside Delhi. It just so happened that their visit fell just before the start of the mid- term Examinations. The team fretted about the upcoming tests throughout their journey. On their return, however, it was found that they did not have to take the exams. The reason given was that they played hard to make Vasant Valley win, but the smartest students figured out that this exception had been made because they were jocks. The very word represents a position of power, a position that is more often than not abused.
That same month, the school band had left for a hill-station to perform at a music festival being held in another school. They too had been told that they would have to take the test. After much discussion, a handful of musicians decided to go for the festival and study for their tests on the return journey. The difference was that these students actually had to take the test, despite the fact that they were not prepared. The reason given to them was that they were “smart”, “intelligent” and could definitely pull it off. Of course, when their grades said otherwise, nobody batted an eyelid.
This is just one example of the unfair “justice” achieved in this school in favour of students involved in sports. Jocks are, of course a great source of good food and great music at parties. So despite their evil aura, they are still a vital part of our school’s social hierarchy, for without them, their cronies would have nowhere to go, parties would have to be held at small, quiet locations, P.E. teachers would have no one to chat with in the P.E. lessons, and our school’s sports equipment would be rusting away in a dilapidated gymnasium.
Saranya Misra 11-A
Review on One Tree Hill
Cast: Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Hillarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz.
Category: Drama, Soap
One tree hill, unlike other teenage American shows is not about relationships between the two sexes but more about masculinity, male egos, pride and sport. This is one show which is widely popular among the young female audience. This may have something to do with the fact that the lead (Lucas Scott) is played by Chad Michael Murray, who seems to have a certain effect on women, which makes their legs weak. This doesn’t mean that boys won’t watch this program; they just won’t talk about it.
The show is about two half brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott (James Lafferty), who happen to be nothing like each other. Nathan is a conformist, most popular guy in school, captain of the basketball team and so on. Lucas on the other hand is a rugged individual, sensitive yet resilient, a superb athlete who happens to read Steinbeck and Shakespeare. His character is perfect to an almost disgusting level.
The only thing common between the two is that they share the same father, Dan Scott (Paul Johansson) who abandoned Karen (Moira Kelly), Lucas’s mother after impregnating her in high school to attend college on a basketball scholarship. Their differences are exentuated by the fact that Lucas is attracted to Nathan’s girlfriend Peyton (Hillarie Burton), who Nathan treats with utter disrespect. Peyton is also intrigued by Lucas’s rebellious spirit and this obviously upsets Nathan and thoroughly damages his over inflated ego. The story also involves other characters such as Keith (Craig Sheffer.), Dans’s brother and Lucas’s surrogate father for most of his life and Whitey (Barry Corbin), the grumpy basketball coach with a sad past. Though One Tree Hill is a little depressing sometimes and leaves you wanting to go to bed immediately after, it is still rather captivating. The girls will watch it for Murray or Lafferty; the boys will watch it for the basketball and the fistfights. And everyone will watch it to see who gets Peyton.
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