29th October 2006

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Inter School Social Science quiz held on 29.08.06:
Participation of 26 schools made the competition keen Preliminary round was on the computer where teams comprising two members had to answer multiple choice questions on varied social science topics. Incorrect answers were given negative marks The entire quiz was timed for 15 mins and thereaafter results were tabulated online.
4 Finalists were, Mothers International, DPS, R. K. Puram, New Era School and Springdales School Final Quiz had 13 rounds -quiz host was Partha Mudgil.
Questions for this were all visual and had many intersting aspects and all the schools were in a keen and close contest. Winner was Mothers International, who had won last year as well, Runner’s Up was New Era School

Jai Arora of class 9 represented Delhi State in the Nationals of Special Olympic Soccer Championship.
The games were held at Bhopal from August 19 to August 23, 2006. Jai scored 3 goals for the team and helped the Delhi team to emerge as runners up in finals. Goa won the championships. Well done Jai!!!

Special Olympics Basketball State Level Competition
Dhruv Kohli  SILVER He has been selected to play in the National Level Basketball competition in October, 2006. Dhruv is currently participating in a week long coaching camp.

World Robotics Olympiad
Aabhas Sharma, Charvi Singh and Madhav Kaushish won the Indian Robotics Olympiad in the open category. They made a Robot which composes music and plays that music on a piano. They will now go to China for the World Robotics Olympiad. Congratulations!

International Exhibition for Young Innovators
Aabhas Sharma and Gautam Surya have been selected to represent India in Delhi in December at the ‘International Exhibition for Young Innovators’ organized by Intel. Their research on antibacterial properties of guava leaves was one of the 27 selected out of 1240 project synopsis submitted, Congratulations!

Chess Nationals
Chaitanya Hari Singhania has received a Board Prize in the CBSE National Level Chess tournament held in Varanasi, Congratulations!

Inter house Science Quiz (class 11 & 12)
1st: Red House: Vikramjeet Dalal, Aman Chabra, Gautam Surya and Akanasha Chawla

Inter House Track and Field Meet 29th September, 2006
Green House Won!!!

Shalala lala lalala GREEN GREEN!!

‘The winner of the 17th inter house track and field meet is green house’.

The moment these words echoed through the grounds of our school, no matter how cheesy it sounds, I honestly felt that a part of me rocketed off to the yonder heavens. As evident as it may have been my million watt smile, all braces and all, remained pretty much static. Well you have to be no genius to figure out that it was obviously amazing being the captain of the winning house, and having those hundreds of faces looking back at you with profound happiness. But for me, it was living my dream in every sense of the word. For the past ten years of my existence in Vasant valley, its been fascinating for me to see the house captains hold the flag for the march past, say the oath, and later on the winning house captain holding the trophy, all triumphant and all . I promised myself that one day I too would hold the cup up high and have my house cheering me on saying “lets go green house let’s go” or in Eesh Kakkars words “Shalala lala lalala green green”.

On September 29th my dream was realized, I was escalated to that universe of mine where I have always wanted to live. For this, all I can say is thank you green house! Every single kid, every single senior let go of their inhibitions and were joint in that indescribable state of elation. Even the kids because of whom I suffered multiple nervous breakdowns (thanks for helping Bhaji and Mahajan!), trying to get them to keep quiet during the march past, were jumping and shouting ‘ GO GREEN’ giving me hi-fives and hugs. That day I swear I could have entered myself for ‘most hugs given in under 5 minutes’ in the Guinness book of world records.

The truth is that only I know how I felt at that moment…. and on top of the world is an understatement. All the credit goes to my awesome house, GREEN HOUSE. Thank you so much you guys and congratulations to you all!
By Suchita Salwan (12)


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It is a rainy day.
I don’t want to do home work today.
The rain drops seem to say
Leave everything! Come! Come! Come to play!
-Mustafa Mirza (2A)

The Rain

The rain is falling on the ground.
It is green all around.
The children are in the streets like colourful balloons.
Ah! This lovely season —The monsoon!
-Manya Seth (2A)

Kite Flying

Every Independence Day after the ‘Prabhat Pheri’ we have a little kite flying session. Most of us who go for kite flying don’t actually know how to fly kites. One will usually catch the kids struggling just to put the ‘Maanjha’ through the kite, and once that’s done jumping like frogs to hoist the kite as high as she/he can. Once they are tired of their unsuccessful endeavours, they sit back on the stairs to watch the actual kite fliers battle it out to stay in the league of kite fliers.

This time too there were struggling kids and torn kites, but something else besides the conventional kite fight took the centre stage. The traditional art of kite flying was taken to a new level. They have taken kite flying as a profession (something they have been involved in since childhood).

They first flew the kite to a height so we could only recognize it as a bird-a feat in itself. They eventually hoisted a whopping hundred and fifty kites on the same ‘maanjha.’ it was a rare sight.
By Tarunima Prabhakar (10)





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An Interview with Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia

“When you leave nothing behind, you cry at the point of death, but I still dream I dare to dream that through my students my flute will be left behind as the memory of Krishna.”

On 5th of September, Vasant Valley had the honour of witnessing the flute maestro, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. He shared his inspiration, life experiences and views with the Newsletter.
NL: What is your source of inspiration and why?
PHC: You – the children. Children are like to flowers to my eyes. It’s a heavenly experience interacting with them.
NL: At what age did you start playing the flute?
PHC: I started playing at age 9, when on an impulse I bought a flute from a mela. I started training formally at the age of 11.
NL: Why did you change your focus from classical vocal to the Bansuri?
PHC: My voice range was limited to one octave. That’s why my friend advised me to “take a bamboo and sing through it.” The Bansuri is closest to the vocal chords and I learned to sing through it.
NL: What are your views on fusion music?
PHC: I am traditional as well as modern. I have, through my extensive travels, been exposed to numerous styles of music and I believe that a skilled musician should be able to adapt comfortably to different forms of music. Fusion to me is a musical chat; a beautiful mixture.
NL: Being a dedicated teacher with several committed students worldwide, how does it feel to see them make their mark on the concert stage?
PHC: I always try to promote my students and think of them as my family. I feel elated when I see them evolving different styles of music that appeal to listeners.
NL: How has the response for Vrindaban Gurukul been so far?
PHC: The response has been overwhelming! As the students who come there have limited monetary assistance, at Gurukul, we charge them no fee; they are my family. We eat together, live together and help each other grow. With increasing popularity of the Gurukul, we are considering establishing a Gurukul in New Mexico as well.
NL: According to you, what is the status of Hindustani Classical Music and the Bansuri today?
PHC: Wonderful! They are both gaining popularity both in India and the world. I have students from all over the world who come to India and spend years learning the art of playing the Bansuri.
NL: Coming from a non musical family, were you supported in your decision to take up music as a career?
PHC: My father wanted me to get a government job but my real passion has always been music. I used to hide and practice because I did not want to upset my family. However, over the years, I made my family musical. Nothing is difficult!
NL: How has your experience at Vasant Valley been?
PHC: your school is a beautiful place with beautiful people. It was heart warming to see the young children excited, enthusiastic and aware. The passion for music amongst the students was very evident.
NL: What advice would you give to budding musicians?
PHC: I feel, today educational system has lost its focus. Emphasis should be laid on cultural pursuits and nurturing individual talents rather than on monetary gains.
Jaagriti Seth, Smiti Malik & Zoya Brar (XII)

Stereotyping a Nation

Usually my sole job in the newsletter is to write a seemingly critical (and relatively lame) account of life as an Indian but I must abandon this cause for a moment a comment on something a little more on the serious side.About half a month ago an attempt to bomb almost ten international flights from Gatwick airport was foiled. Luckily almost ten thousand lives were saved. Being in England at that time is saw this story in every newspaper headline and on every news channel possible and the thing that struck me most was not the advancement of the bombs found. Not the security that came after but the immediate assumption that Muslims were behind it. Without delving into the truth or seeing what had actually happened the press publicly announced that it was a Muslim plot. The day after the bombing any man with a beard and dhoti was scared to step outside their house. I was there for a week and immediately after the attack even I was discriminated against. Seeing a local with his head out of the car screaming obscenities and telling us to get out of their country was not that uncommon. In a survey conducted in the US and the UK people when asked said that most people in charge of mass killings or bombings are in fact Muslim or Arabs and say that “Middle Eastern” looking people should go through extra security at airports.. However what about the koo-klux clan, the weatherman group, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, James Charles Kopp, Timothy MC Veigh, etc. All these people have committed mass killings but none seems to know their names. On the other hand a Muslim women living in Oklahoma during the time of MC Veighs attack was immediately questioned and immediately the media coverage began.   This brings me to my next point. In a country where the Muslim community is outcast they try whatever they can to be accepted. For example at the Heathrow airport I witnessed one of the most hilarious sights ever. A group of friends walked into the terminal wearing jerseys, which reached their knees. One of them had a boom box in their hands and as they were saying bye to their departing friend they were rapping a familiar Eminem tune. All the people in the vicinity looked at them oddly and even to me it was kind of out of place, but this just goes to show how badly they want to be accepted in a society that shuns them out so carelessly.
By Bhavik Singh (9)

Contest Rip-offs

Has anyone ever won a holiday to Singapore? Or found gold in their biscuit packet? Or won a ticket to a concert a hundred thousand miles away from home (that too, which they have had to pay for)? No, they haven’t. Sure they flash the winners name after the contest is over. But do those people actually exist? And why is it that every time only some auntyji wins the beauty hamper or only a retired old man wins the holiday for two to Malaysia? Is it so that all the mobile networks get tons of money and leave us dreaming about how we were so close to winning but in the end they probably decided to give the “camping in the alps” holiday to the crippled lady from Bihar because they felt bad for her? An anonymous person said that once she was compelled to collect all the ice cream sticks of her Kwality Walls ice creams because the prize was made to seem so extravagant and exaggerated, but in the end, all this person got was a toffee. And what about the time when you filled in all those forms on the net to win an iPod nano but instead your credit card got stolen? I was once watching a show inviting one to sms a unique bid below Rs. 1 for a product being promoted over the show. So I sms-ed my ever so unique bid(0.12345) and waited for the “thank you for participating” reply I was supposed to receive on my mobile but instead the reply sms told me I’d “given the wrong format” and that I “should try again.” Before I did so, I checked my balance only to find that Rs 3 has been deducted from it. I didn’t even get to participate and then I got ripped off! So now after several contests I have learnt but one valuable lesson —“do not think you will win because you won’t and if you do win a trip to watch Himesh Reshamiya perform live in Dubai, you should know he’s only paying for your return ticket (plus the only movies playing on the plane will be make-up sessions on how Himesh Reshamiya covers his bald spot.)”
- By Anandini Kumari Rathore (9C)

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Track Events

The joys of being stuck in an airplane (Part 2)

Gods' Love Die Young

It has been a custom in my family that at least once a month I am to go to the Gurudwara to offer prayers, to stay in touch with my true self.
My father who is currently stationed in Africa used to make it a point that I go to the Gurudwara and do some “seva”. He never forced it upon me, but just to keep his heart I would. Earlier I would make excuses and find the best possible way out of it. I wouldn’t say I hated it because hatred is a very under-estimated emotion, interested in nothing but revolt. The reason why I avoided going was as much as I hate to admit the fact, I was selfish and preferred not to believe in god.
It been burned into my brain that whoever it is I am is because of the Great One. Its funny how in the worst of situations we look upon him for help. We perform all sorts of rituals and ceremonies and how in ones happiest moments, be it little or big we forget to thank him.
My own grandparents have a regular routine of going to the club, socializing, playing cards, taking part in all sorts of talk shows but never have I ever seen them not fearing god. They seem to forget all sorts of other issues when they go visit the Gurudwara, they devote themselves truly to him and forget all materialistic things.
No one can force you to keep faith in god. As I had said earlier I never had faith in god but it was a few months ago when my family met with a terrible accident which ripped open an abyss of despair and fury, left me contemplating my feelings. It was that when all hope had died that I turned to him for help, which I got. Now I know if there is anything that you truly want and your hands are empty he will help you out no matter how many mistakes you’ve made, no matter how many sins you’ve committed, he will forgive you, he will show you a path, offer new doors to you that once were shut, give you answers and resolve differences. All these things that I have been taught are by my family and I thank them. But most importantly I thank god for what I have; be it the ten fingers or just the thought of me being here. But, there is another thing that has left me confused and thinking and it is the experience of life is the omnipresence of impending death, so yet again revelation turns to delusion with the four words I forgot to mention before…gods’ love die young.
By Angeeta Baweja (12)

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Mirrors Lighted with Science

Since we have visited the National Science Museum, lately on the 4th of September 2006, we’ve all been feeling very dizzy! With the infinity well, mirror mazes, ghost walks and extremely (horrendously) enormous kaleidoscopes, our heads will never be full of rubbish ever again. At our first glance inside the infinity well no one could ever guess when and where it ended. To our surprise the infinity well was just two feet deep! There was a mirror at the bottom and the top glass was just half a mirror. SURPRISED??? It allowed us to see through, with its lower surface acting as a mirror for the side wall. The two parallel mirrors created infinity depth! Isn’t it amazing?
If (by any chance) that didn’t fascinate you, the National Science museum has much more in store. This one seriously scared us out of our wits. THE GHOST WALK!
It made us realize mirrors are magical. We walked straight across narrow strips of mirror that were placed at right angles to each other. These right angles inverted the motion of our image and we found our image walking in the opposite directions as if we were separated from our souls!
Patterns, Patterns and more Patterns! As we poked our head inside this fabulously big object we found it filled with lots of colourful patterns. The mirrors were placed at 60 degree angles. This made multiple images and formed in patterns.
Do you even have the slightest idea of what we are talking about?
Yes you are nearly there……….YES You guessed absolutely right!!!
A kaleidoscope!!!
And wait, don’t go. There is lot more to explore in the National Science Museum.
The Mirror Maze, fearful for the weak hearted and fun for the children! The mirror maze was one of the best things in the whole museum. The teachers were scared to let the children go in by themselves!! With the mirror maze, there were many other experiments such as the Head in the Platter, which was awfully scary, the Holographic Skull and of course the Coloured Shadows and amazing optical illusions, this visit to the museum was one we’d never forget.
By Vasudha Dixit, Sharanya Thakur and Namrata Narula Class 5

In the village of Sambhala will Lord Kalki appear in the home of the great soul, the Brahmin Vishnuyas’â [‘the glory of Vishnu’]. Mounting His swift-riding horse Devadatta, will the Lord of the Universe with His sword, transcendental qualities and endowed with the eight mystic opulences subdue the unholy.
-Srimad Bhagavatam 12:2

Das Avatar – The ten avatars of Lord Vishnu- The preserver. This is a phrase that many have often heard. Matsya the fish, Kurma the turtle, Varaha the boar, Narasimha the man lion, Vamana the dwarf, Parasuram the angry Brahmin, Ram, Krishna, Buddha, and Kalki. These are the names of the avatars in chronological order of their appearance. Out of them all, there is one of them who is yet to come- This is Kalki, also known as Kalkin. Said to appear (either have been born of have realized himself) on the 17th of August 1999, he is said to remove evil from the earth. It has for many years been a mystery for all bhakts as to where he will appear, where he will be born. In the Srimad Bhagvatam, it is stated that he will be born in the Brahmin Village of Sambhala, in the house of the Brahmin Vishnuya’sâ. The odd thing was that the village Sambhala did not adhere to the astronomical specifications as given in the Srimad Bhagavatam. Also, according to the Kalchakra literature, the location of Sambhal is to the north of the Sita river (today’s Tarim River in Eastern Turkestan), on a latitude north of Tibet Khotan and China. Comparing the two, it was found that the Sambhal where Kalki is to be born lies to the North of the Tien Shan mountains.
While surfing the internet, I found that the village Sambhal also appeared in Tibetan literature. This Sambhal is a Buddhist kingdom ruled by bodhisattva kings who had the title of kalkin. In the Kalchakra literature, it is stated that Sambhal is a mighty kingdom with 96 great lands and more than a billion villages. Could this be the same Sambhal spoken about in Tibetan Literature? According to the Tibetan Literature, the last of the Buddhist kalkins, Raudra Cakrin Kalkin will, at the end of the age of evil obliterate the evil forces of Islam. Kalki in Hindu mythology is also known as Kalkin. Could this be the same messiah? If it is, could these prophecies be true?
The evil mentioned in Hindu mythology is not specified. It is a vague evil force that is supposed to be removing good from this world. In Tibetan mythology however, this evil is specified. As I have stated above, they say that Raudra Cakrin Kalkin will obliterate the evil forces of Islam. This literature was written over 5000 years ago, but still, whoever wrote it clearly knew what he was talking about. Terrorism in the form of Jihad has taken over the world. Is this the evil ancient literature was talking about? If their prophecies of evil are correct, will the prophecies of a messiah also be correct? In the Bible, Jesus states that he will return on Judgement Day. Are the returning of Jesus, the arrival of Kalkin and the war against evil by Raudra Cakrin the same thing? In lands so far apart that it was impossible to meet in those days, how could everyone have had the same ideas? Were their prophecies true?
The answers to these questions are something for which we will have to wait and watch. The messiah is from our generation. He could well be one of us. He is to teach us belief. It is only true faith that sets him apart from us.
kilk: kalao: kala malaat p‘patu.
Qamaa-vanaayaaoru kta-vatar:..
“May Kalki-deva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who appeared as an incarnation to protect religious principles, protect me from the dirt of the age of Kali.”
By Kunal Datta (9)

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The Purpose Of The Newsletter

(contd. From Previous Issue)
They are the senior most class in the school. They are the most ‘respected’ and ‘looked up to’ batch ever! And now we’ve decided to pay tribute to those members of this batch, who contribute to the newsletter every week.

Arjun Srihari, a.k.a. Sherry Sr.: loved by some, hated by others (Svati), his stellar articles have been profound and life changing (ahem, ahem).
Arjun is the editorial board’s man of mystery, as he very rarely turns up. And when he does… he doesn’t do a lot

Nakul Dev: Best known for his article on hair growth, Nakul is quite the womanizer (not). The terms ‘suave’, ‘multi talented’ and ‘dashing good looks’ are often used when Nakul is talking about himself. However, we beg to differ. We do agree, however, that Nakul adds his ‘unique’ touch to everything he writes.

Minhaaj Adil: The peacemaker with the perpetual grin- yes, that’s Minhaaj Adil for you. Minhaaj is never seen at headquarters, yet he comes up with a number of brilliant articles each month. He can’t have a lot to do with his time, poor chap.

Samad Ali, a.k.a Mr. Random: Sometimes, actually all the time, one wonders about Samad’s purpose in life. He does turn up at headquarters each week, but very rarely is he seen writing an article useful to the newsletter. His ‘random’ articles include ‘Delhi is so cool’, ‘Skimpy girls’ (which wasn’t published due to obvious reasons), and ‘Celebrity’.

Jaagriti Seth: With her extra elasticity, it’s a miracle how Jaagriti has managed to stay in one piece all these years. She, however, manages to keep her joints together long enough to write some articles each week. Jaagriti’s the one person Svati can depend on when she has one of her fainting fits.

Saranya Misra: Our quirky newsletter cartoonist, Saranya comes up with a number of ‘vela’ cartoon strips, based on the average Vasant Valley School student. We think that once Saranya leaves, the newsletter will never be as entertaining and, um… vela.

Nivedita Venkateish: Due to her ‘extensive’ vocabulary, Nivedita is able to come up with a number of adjectives to describe any given situation. The list includes ‘Poopy poop’, ‘Oompa Loompa’, ‘squeakity squeak’... Need we say more? But jokes apart (not) Nivedita is pretty much perfect, with superior intellect, charm and unrivalled beauty (we’re still kidding).
By Diva, Mahi, Akbar and Soumya, class 10

The Neo Hippies

The 60’s spelt flower power. The Beatles, drugs, sex, flared jeans and bandanas. These are pretty much all the symbols (clichéd as they may be) of the peace loving hippies. They were about love and peace and most importantly politics. They represented a revolution breaking away from the system, awakening to the power of their voices in society and their role in the larger picture. Whether it was condemning the Vietnam War or the Berlin Wall… in their own peaceful, admittedly spaced out methods they made sure the world took notice. Groovy, right?
So where have they all gone? Somewhere along the line the peace-loving hippies withered away. They were over taken and overpowered by the brigade of corporate youth marching to the sounds of the cash register… but in all society there has to be the “alternative”. For every group of clones there will be those that are different, in the way that your mom and aunties will call them the “bad” crowd and scowl upon them.
Today’s hippies are tattooed. They have many different names of Punks and Goths symbolized by an overall aggressive appearance. They fit the part physically. Perfectly, in fact. But what are their politics about? What is the neo hippie way of life?
And thus we come to the tragedy (in my opinion of course) of the situation , the hippies of the 60’s had so much to say and that’s what set them apart. The neo-hippies have nothing to say, they live in oblivion of the world around them and that is what sets them apart. Its about not caring who lives or dies or how people survive around you, self involvement, self gratification and inner peace are the new buzz words for the hippie way of life.
The love is there. So is the peace. The drugs are definitely there. But what’s missing is the politics. The hippies of the 60’s shouted out but the system didn’t listen, Neo hippies renounce the system alright but don’t bother to make themselves heard.
Amba Kak (11A)

ICCR Drama Festival

Day 1
All those weeks of long practice had come down to this. After practising long hours to prepare for this competition in which people from all over the world would participate (strangely enough we saw or met none of these international participants), we had just found out that it was a day earlier than what we had been told. After sorting out the dance bit for the ‘dance drama’ we left school with an air of optimism. After reaching the Shri Ram Auditorium where the competition took place we were told to perform almost straight away. However, when the introductory speech was being given we learnt that a rule of dance dramas was that ‘no dialogues can be spoken’. Nothing about this could be done as we were on the verge of having to go on stage and because Mr. Feroz Khan was all the way in the control room. The moment our first lines were spoken we heard expected statements such as ‘ma’am they aren’t using recorded dialogues’. Still we performed with enthusiasm and some actors were given individual applause. Even today we do no know if we were disqualified or not but we do know that we surely did not win. However, it was a good experience for everyone and we may have even got a few people smiling (for reasons more than one).
By Akbar Iqbal 10 B


Anandini Rathore, Ashrika Kohli, Bhavik Singh, Kunal Datta, Sara Chatterjee, Vanshika Wadhwa, Akbar Iqbal, Avanti Gupta, Diva Gujral, Jahan Nargolwala, Mahi Titus, Soumya Dasgupta, Tarunima Prabhakar, Akanksha Chawla, Amba Kak, Arushi Chak, Ria Sen, Saira Dayal, Minhaj Adil, Jaagriti Seth, Nakul Dev, Nivedita Venkateish, Samad Ali, Saranya Misra

Sports Desk : Arjun Srihari

Editor: Svati Goyal

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The Fleeting Months

This article, for those of you who actually bother to read the newsletter is for all my juniors. Yes, all of you who aren’t in my batch, this article is directed towards you guys and girls, and you should read carefully so that you can get the most out of your school life. School is a very varied experience for most of us, the friends we make, the groups we hang out with, the kind of things we take seriously and that which we avoid, the talents we nurture within ourselves and the potential we realize within us, it all takes place in school. I write looking back at my school life, and the school life of others and what could have been, and what has been. My advice to those of you reading this article is, that the most important thing you can do in school is realize you potential and inner faculties. I started to learn the guitar when I was in class 6, but my inherent laziness and lack of effort prevented me from learning it the way it should have been, which caused me later to quit and pursue drama. Not that I entirely regret that decision, I’ve worked in a lot of theatre and had fun, but there is that part of me that wishes I had learnt the instrument. For those of you who think that you have sporting talent, DON’T HESITATE to train yourself to hone your skills to join your school teams! Attend the school camps and train under your coaches, so that someday you can be good enough to join the school teams. Never spend your school life thinking of what could have been if only you had done something about it, try different things out, its only then that you will truly know what your all about. It’s a horrible feeling thinking of how things could have been if only you had found the time to make that little extra effort (trust me I know). School essentially boils down to the academic effort you put into your work, and trust me there isn’t anything better you can do than do well in your academics. As much as most people I know hate to work on their academics, feeling that there is always that next monthly test or exam to do well in, there is nothing more satisfying to look back on a sound academic track record. When you are as old as me (cough, cough), you will realize how bad it feels to have been inconsistent in your work. Nothing beats doing well in your studies, so go out there and do your best! These fleeting months, I can’t believe that everyday I am growing closer to the final end of my school life. It has all gone by so fast, it’s almost unbelievable that school is really, and finally coming to an end. To have been literally living my mornings and afternoons for the past 6 years in Vasant Valley, only to realize that it is all soon going to end is something else. All of you juniors reading this follow my advice, when you’re around this time in your 12th you’ll realize how good you feel about yourself. I know I would.
By Samad Ali (12)

Reality’s Fantasy

Cruising through the Caribbean life with Captain Jack Sparrow (you really would be out at sea)…or playing professional football alongside Lukas Podolski…or backpacking across Europe(anyone who says Paris was no big deal, is just being pretentious)…or finding your one true love (this may be the same as meeting Captain Sparrow or Lukas Podolski). When it comes to the world of fantasy, our imaginations are boosted beyond the boundaries of space, time and of course…reality.
When the placid sea of life, so apt to ruffles from slight winds, is hit by something resembling a wind raiser (not unlike the time my parents saw my last report card), one is faced with the ordeal of hearing the harshest of all words, “No more television”. In such times of trauma, we look to our imagination to throw us a lifeline, and our fantasies to act as our lifejackets, to save us from drowning in that dreadful sea called ‘boredom’. In this hectic world, sometimes it’s hard to catch anything besides “feed me” or “watch out for that car!”
You may want to dive into the pool of imagination, but you may not really get to see dead people (and to be honest, who besides that little kid in the movies really does?). And so, we seek other ways to escape from ourselves when what we really need is to accept ourselves. If you really look at the world today, you realize that maybe, just maybe, mankind isn’t beyond all hope. With that pleasant thought in mind, the optimists discover the discovered once more, while the pessimists smile gladly at the assumption of right, for they assume that the amusing assumption is wrong and by assuming so, they know that the world will come crashing down, for what goes up…must come down, and that makes them happy because it makes them sad. Getting to the point (yes there is one here…somewhere), the world actually has had a lot of good in it (except for Adolph Hitler; the atomic bomb; and my too frequent remarks I like to call ‘jokes’).
You see, fantasy may paint a pretty picture (that speaks a lot more than a thousand words), but it is reality that takes our breath away more than any fantasy conjured by a passage in a book. When I recounted to one of my friends, my unusual habit of becoming exactly like the main character of the last book I read, she exclaimed with glee at the thought of the possible transfigurations all thanks to the wonderful gift of an imagination. When she proceeded to ask me which book I had read last, I replied with a toothy smile, “Hannibal Lector”. For someone who complains about walking to the fridge, she could have run for the Olympic gold, the way she ran from me. Immersed in the world of fantasy, we don’t seem to realize that reality is fantasy. Reality is an illusion of life. An illusion we like to dub as ‘fantasy’ in fits of eagerness at using the new vocabulary word of the day. Whether you are the black queen, or whether you are the white king’s right pawn, everyone walks across the chessboard of reality versus fantasy. But be it checkmate or be it stalemate, the battle of wits is all about ‘how’ you play that game. That game called ‘Life’.
By Samvida Nanda (12)

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(Un)Expressed Expressions

I celebrate, but mutely; I suffer, but silently. I fear displaying my heart’s condition, I lack expression. In our hectic lives in this chaotic world, we are distancing ourselves more and more from what we truly feel and believe in. Unfortunately, the yawning gap is growing larger; the silence is getting louder. We are inevitably becoming stoic, indifferent clones of one another. The art of self-expression is lost. Individuality and a substantial display of emotions, unheard of in today’s day and age. Yes, there are people who write songs, poems and books, people who give lectures and speeches and people who stand for causes they believe in, but even that has lost it’s authenticity in become a ‘profession’. How about simple expression, like acknowledgement of people who we appreciate, and sincerely so. Half the time we thank someone we are hardly ‘eternally grateful’ to them. Apologies are defined by a mere, curt “sorry”. Applause, a given after a performance, whether watched devotedly or not. Because we fear expression, and hide our fear, all in the garb of lack of time and looking ridiculous. In this immensely populated world, I’m sure there are people who in some corner of their hearts love their parents, value their friends, treasure their pets, honour their ideas, believe in their causes…but sadly, so few declare so. It’s all about being expressive and about understanding expressions. But so many of us fail in doing simply this. As Japanese proverb goes-“One kind word can warm three winter months”. Then why leave a kind word unsaid, a warm thought unspoken, when expression can make such an immense difference. An awkward question. A complicated answer. An embarrassing confession. An honest denial. A direct yes. A blunt no. An affectionate hello. A brusque goodbye. A genuine sorry. A Sincere thanks. Make the most of every moment. Leave nothing unsaid. Express Yourself.
By Avanti Gupta (10)

Innovation in Nursery Rhymes

Mary had a little lamb; its fleece was quite untainted,
But when Old McDonald had a farm, the poor old doctor fainted.

Wee Willy Winky rushed through the town,
Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown.
Out came a policeman and put him under arrest,
So never come out at night unless you’re fully dressed.

Pat a cake Pat a cake Baker’s man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Take all the ingredients off the shelf,
“Go away”, said the Baker, “And make it yourself”.

Jackwa aur Jillwa gaye upar hilwa, pania bharne ke vasde, Jackwa gir gaya, unka khopadi phat gaya, aur Jillwa awat ludkan pura raste.

By Kunal Datta (9)


“I got married and had a sibling.”
Sameer Gujral in one of his creative writings
“I had ammonia”
Karishma Khanna…aanemia maybe?
“How do you draw an arthropoda?”
“Kiska poda?”
Arjun Bhalla’s exceptional command over biology.
“Anuva’s really fair. She must have excess white blood cells.”
Ashwat Sehgal’s even more exceptional command over biology.
“I can smell it because of my heightened sense of hearing.”
Akbar Iqbal…just when we thought, it couldn’t get any worse.
“I think I dream about Sara Chatterjee in my brains.”
What brains, Megha Rawla?


You know how sometimes, you sit down to write something…but the pen doesn’t move, your mind doesn’t work, the ideas don’t come? This seems to be quite a routine problem with the members of the Editorial Board. And, having nothing else in mind, I chose to write about it. Because I have discovered the cause of this lack of mot vation. It’s YOU, my beloved readers. Magine being expected to write two to three articles for a single issue (with, of course the constant encouragement of our equally beloved editor) knowing that the only part of the newsletter that the students of Vasant Valley read is the Busted column And they have no excuse. The articles we spend days on end writing are, more often than not, interesting, funny, witty, original, insightful and profound. And those that aren’t are quite suitable for the dimmer sections of VVS. Quite frankly, I believe that there is something for everyone in our newsletter - for those who enjoy a light, fun-filled piece of work, those who are interested in current affairs, books, movies, music, sports - you name it, and it’s there. So what on earth could the problem be? Writing is the passion of most of the students on the Editorial Board. Why waste their talent, ruin their dreams, not make use of the gift that they possess? If you made a little effort, I’m sure you’d find something that could be of interest to you in the newsletter. And if not, you could always encircle all the grammatical errors that we’ve overlooked. Really, it’s fun. I do it all the time.
By Sara Chatterjee IX.B 

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