2nd May 2005

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1st April- Jazz writer Mr. Al Young spoke to the children of class 12.
Yellow house won the class 8 Inter House Indian Music
2nd April- The Doon school orchestra played at the school.
4th April- The Inter House Math Quizzes for classes 6, 7, 8 were won by Yellow, Green and Yellow house respectively.
5th April- Class 10 saw a Hindi Play at NSD and attended a talk on Consumer Awareness.
6th April- Class 6 visited TARA.
The Junior Inter House Soccer Tournament was won by the Red house girls team and the Yellow house boys team.
7th April- It was World Health Day and a Citizens’ Science Forum was held. Lectures were given by Dr. Nagpal,
Dr. Vohra and Dr. Verma.
The Just a Minute Competition for class 9 was won by Ridhika Aggarwal.
9th April- Class 7 visited the Yamuna.
The under 16 Vasant Valley School Soccer Team beat The British School Team 3-1. Nikhil Ledlie and Arjun Bajaj scored the goals.
The VVS Senior Basketball Team beat Bhuvan Sawan Public School 48-40.
12th April- VVS hosted the Special Olympics.
16th April- Nitya Vaishnavi Singh, Akanksha Srivastava and Udit
Aggarwal participated in the Welham Girls School Debate.
20th April- A Math Workshop was conducted by Mrs. Arti
Srivastava, Mr Dharma Sears and Mrs. Krishna Shastri
for teachers from 20 schools.
21st April- The Junior Inter House Hockey Tournament was won by Blue house in both girls and boys categories.
23rd April- 30 students from class 11 participated in a Yamuna Yatra.
26th April- Mr. Marco Balderi and Mrs. Peggy Mohan conducted
an Opera Workshop for selected students.


1. Adhiraj Katoch: Proudly stepping on to the red carpet for his Third Filmfare award. We feel honoured to be the little people who helped him reach his platform.
2. Ketan Sharma: The rising music star, the next Indian Idol.
3. Nakul Dev: Recently hired by Vasant Valley School as an English professor. Following in his mother’s footsteps, eh?
4. Farhad Colabavala: The hot and happening ‘debutante’ in the latest James Bond flick.
5. Gautam Surya: Training an air force of birds and ready to take on the world.
6. Aabhas Sharma: An out of work scientist who just discovered 476 uses for toilet paper. (use no. 212: save the world by pulverizing Gautam’s birds).
7. Roshni Gupta: The promising soccer star of the newly formed ManU Girls team.
8. Ria Rath and Kevin Vaide: The hippest fashion designers on the block who are currently in the league of Gucci, Armani, Dior, the list is endless….
9. Alisha Berry : Sashaying down the ramp in great style flaunting Kevin’s latest Collection.
10. Avanti Birla: The CEO of a multinational business corporation…

Throughout the history of Vasant Valley School, students have taken the utmost care of their appearance. Fashion has evolved over the years, and so has the mindset of the students. What was considered ultra-chic, is now ultra-dweeby. Finally, we bring you a complete analysis of the trends of VVS.
From the Grunge look to the new 'I-wash everyday' look, we bring you the ultimate guide to what’s cool in Vasant Valley School!
The batch of 1999: High belts were considered the height of chic, and huge glasses were haute couture.
The batch of 2001: Belts slipped low, and tensions ran high. It was the age of rebellion, a time to express 'yourself' freely. It was the sixties of school life. Students felt liberated, and dressed accordingly.
Straight hair is beginning to catch on among both sexes. Though most girls manage to carry it off, it tends to look not as good on boys: a certain Sonu Nigam like affect is achieved.
Another popular trend is vanishing socks. For girls, showing socks is the worst crime. Ankle socks are the flavour of the school. Wearing school socks, of course, is taboo. The socks need to be any colour other that that of the school uniform, preferably black or blue. If this dress code isn’t met, one is ostracized and subject to cruel criticism.
Bracelets, fancy wristwatches, move over. Livestrong bands are extremely popular. Pretty little bands of all the colours of the rainbows, that signify everything from peace to pop culture, are the new teen must-haves.
Another interesting phenomenon is the bathroom habits of students. The girls must go to the loo in bunches, or atleast pairs. Going to the washroom alone? Is like breaking the laws of VVS. Boys are equally peculiar. On entering school, their first destination is (you guessed it) the bathroom. Guys have to spend atleast 15 minutes during break in the loo styling their hair with copious amounts of water.
Now come to the subject of matches in school. The clever classes always manage to persuade the sweetest of the teachers to allow them to skip classes to watch the various matches. This, however, does not mean they actually WATCH them. During a match, most students watch anything BUT the action on the field.
Six words to describe the wearing of belts is “As low as they can go.” Wearing belts on the waist is a thing of the past. It is rumoured that in a secret corner of the school, girls carry out tests to see how low the belt can go without falling off. It is the same story for guys. Trousers and shorts are so far off the waist, they are practically on another planet!
Overall the fashion structure of Vasant Valley School has remained unpredictable, and is constantly fluctuating. The chicks and the dudes of VVS certainly make a fashion statement.
Saranya Misra and Jaagriti Seth (11)

Fabulous Five - Things To Do This Summer
1. Complete your homework and all your projects. (Yeah right?!)
2. Shop till you drop!!!
3. Go catch up on all the movies! – They’re loads releasing this summer!
4. Go Swimming!! (The best way to beat the heat!)
5. Do absolutely NOTHING – because that’s what summer vacations are meant for!

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Books come to Life

I was sitting at home getting bored one day,
My parents were out; my sister had gone to play.
Everything was quiet not a single soul in sight.
I decided to go and read in the library,
I reached out and picked up a book that was scary,
Suddenly, there was a blinding flash,
I thought I saw Harry Potter making a dash.
Then suddenly Lord Voldemort pulled out a knife,
It was then that I realized that he books had come to life!
Cinderella and Prince Charming,
Snow white and the seven dwarfs,
Goldilocks and the three bears,
Nancy Drew with George and Bess.
Voldemort was now chasing me,
While Snow white and the dwarfs were dancing with glee.
Goldilocks and the bears were singing with pride,
And Prince Charming was asking Cinderella to be his bride.
The Lord Voldemort’s glance stopped on Nancy,
Thank my stars to her he took fancy.
Suddenly I woke up and saw,
That I had been asleep, lying on the floor.
What a lovely dream it had been,
What wonderful sights I had seen!
When my parents came back in,
They asked me why on my face was a grin,
They thought I had something up my sleeve.
But when I told them my story,
I knew they wouldn’t believe!
By Ishita Sethi 6 -A

Our River – Yamuna
The river Yamuna flows through the capital of our country, Delhi. If your mind has started imagining a sight similar to that of the river Thames flowing through London then you are grossly mistaken. We can still see its wide banks and imagine its past glory. But now this river is no more than a narrow channel and now more than water the dirt and scum are visible. The sight is pitiful. There was a time when the Yamuna was a boon to the people of Delhi. Delhi sprang up where it did because of the Yamuna, but today it is no more than shame for the less concerned citizens of the city and a cause of great distress to the more concerned. It is clear to us all that a solution must be found to this problem as it is unhygienic and the odor and sight is unbearable.
Almost everyday a new NGO springs up in the city, claiming to have the single goal of cleaning up the Yamuna River. But what are these negligible numbers to the tons of dirt produced by the metropolis everyday? Not to forget the faithful Hindus who don’t cease to dump all their idols, flowers, ashes etc. into the river every day. They all claim that we can “all” do something to clean the river, but what are we supposed to do? Should we stop using our lavatories to keep the river clean? Or should we all join this regiment of air headed, irrational environmentalists and pick up mops and clean the Yamuna?
With the medias highlighting the issue furthermore the government is forced to waste precious and manual resources in attempting to clean the Yamuna, which could easily be put to a better use.
I have come up with a simple solution, one which would not require us to clean the Yamuna. Very simply- the government should declare the Yamuna to be a drain, instead of a river. A sewage canal, which would carry all of Delhi’s garbage away. This is the most logical answer to this very grave problem. It by all means is very advantageous. Most importantly it is very easy to implement as truly the Yamuna isn’t any more than a drain even as we speak.
There are numerous advantages of this proposal. Firstly, it will stop all NGO workers from attempting to clean the Yamuna, and they would seek better employment. This would in turn put them in a better and more profitable solution where they will, at least earn a salary. Even devout Hindus will stop polluting t since they are only supposed to immerse their idols in running water and not in running drains.
The government itself won’t have to waste precious resources in cleaning the Yamuna. And can divert these resources to much more important issues like poverty and underdevelopment. Converting the Yamuna into a drain will solve another

one of the cities major problems – improper sanitation. Many areas like Senik Farms have poor drainage systems. But with the coming of a new main drain the MCD will have to do no more than connect these areas to the main drain.
This drain will cause reduction in diseases spread by pest like mosquitos because very simply they won’t be near us. They will just live and breed in the Yamuna as some intelligent mosquito households already do. The mosquito’s hovering around garbage dumps in Delhi will surely follow the superior of their race to the Yamuna.
Factories in the vicinity add all their chemical and industrial waste in the river, illegally. But the making the act legal would be catalyst in the industrial growth of the state. And this exponential growth of industries is always welcome in a developing nation.
Thus, I consider the legal conversion of the Yamuna into a drain of utmost importance and sincerely hope that the government of India will look upon the matter seriously and take instantaneous action. But, if there id any delay or hesitation on their part I urge my friends and fellow citizens to join hands and work with me for his noble cause. The process has begun, but it is our responsibility now, to go to the very end and ensure that Yamuna becomes a drain.
- Ridhika Agarwal, IX- B

“Rose Bowl Concert”

On Saturday 2nd of April, the students of our school got a chance to watch the Doon School Orchestra and choir in a concert held with the aim of raising money for the Rose Bowl , the Doon’s school amphitheatre . It was heartening to see the Doon School Old boys Society team up with the present students and give us a memorable performance.
The guitarists and drummers rocked together in a medley of sorts leaving us all hoping for more.. The sitars , flutes and tables played together complementing each other to give a treat for the ears. The presenter informed us that 11% of the schools students were on stage and all of the compositions were their own leaving us agape.. These performers really set a new standard for all of us and we wish them all the luck for their stint in Dubai !


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This week, we spoke to a Aneesha Bhandari, Sharanya Thakur, Kabir Chatwal and Arnav Nath from class 4 and heard their views on Senior School.
NL: So what do you think Senior School is all about?
AB: I think it’s mostly about fun and freedom and doing what you like.
ST: I feel that it is more about serious studying but fun at the same time. Its kind of like a party .
KC: I like the things that the students do in Senior School that we can’t do in Junior school. But I don’t think I will ever bunk classes.
AN: I think it’s about kids bullying other kids, and especially bunking!
NL: What do you feel are the pros and cons of Junior School?
AB: There is no partiality in Junior School, all students are equal. I like my teachers a lot as well.
ST: I find the studies easy and the teachers teach in great detail as well. I really like my teachers.
KC: The teachers are sweet. The studies are easy!!
AN: The teachers are really sweet. They are the best part!
AB: I get pressured a lot by my teachers because everyone feels that we should do exceptionally well in Junior School.
ST: I also feel pressured in Junior School. But otherwise I like it.
KC: I hate punishments that the teachers give in Junior School..
AN: You can’t bunk any classes and the studies are difficult.
Well, after having that enlightening conversation with these kids and having a few laughs on the way as well, I think it’s a pretty close contest between Junior School and Senior School.

The Dark World

Wishing I could see the light
Never changed a thing
Wanting the world colorful and bright
I remained in darkness a King.
People told me of the blue sea
I imagined it calm from the sound
But if this was true, was never clear to me
Because my sight could not be found.
My vision of the world is mine alone
No-one shares my views
They will never see life through my eyes
These eyes that have never seen views.
Shaurya Dhir, V-C

Spring was in the air
I could smell it, feel it,
but couldn’t see it;
Darkness had captured my eyes.
The crackle of dry leaves under my feet made me want to sing and dance
The sounds of nature in the park-
Birds, bees and the scent of
flowers brought a smile to my lips
I thanked the Lord for keeping
my senses alive.
Ishani Singh, V-C

Ron Wedderman , the organizer of World Special Olympics, started out as a volunteer in 1972, and since then has been steadily working towards the cause for the last 33 years.
We got a chance to interact with him in a brief interview.

NL : Why did you decide to devote yourself to this cause ?
RW : I have always wanted to do something related to education for the benefit of young people . My grandmother and aunt, were very strongly compassionate towards special persons and spread acceptance for them . This greatly influenced my decision to opt for this cause.

NL : How did you find our response , here at VVS towards the special kids?
RW : Fantastic! I feel that the integration of the special section with the students is brilliant yet it is worth mentioning, quite unusual. Though in the US, most schools are integrated

NL : How is the attitude here different from the one in the US ?
RW : I feel that children in the US are more exposed and educated about children with special needs. Research even showed that children in the US are much more sensitive in understanding these kids as compared to those in Japan and India.

NL : Tell us something about the 2007 Shanghai Games ?
RW : Well its going to be on a massive scale , with 10000 athletes , 150 countries participating , 18 different sports and more than 30,000 volunteers. Just as other Special Olympics the Shanghai Games aims at changing attitudes all over the world.
by Arushi Chak and Amba Kak

Interview with S.K. Appachu

S.K. Appachu had recently come to school and considering he was the school’s first editor the editorial board was dying to get his views on school and the newsletter. Here’s what he had to say.
NL: Now that you’re back in school what do you find different?
SK: From what I have seen so far, it looks to me like everything is far more relaxed. Students seem to be hanging around doing nothing. I was quite impressed to see the upcoming tennis and squash courts as well as the floodlights and swimming pool.
NL: You were our school’s first editor, what changes can you see in the newsletter?
SK: The first change I noticed when I saw the new newsletter was the logo. The logo that my editorial team had devised included the large VVS pillars. I was also happy to see some new additions like the BUSTED and INTERVIEW sections.
NL. What was your newsletter like?
SK: As I mentioned before we were very proud of our logo, and it featured prominently on the front page. Our school watch was much more detailed. We had a special section dedicated to all writing pieces called ‘EXPRESSIONS’. Expressions included essays, reports, jokes etc.
NL: How did the newsletter operate when you were in charge?
SK: I used to consult with Mrs. Katyal constantly. All articles and pieces written by the editorial board or a student had to go through my editing process before they were included in the newsletter.
NL: What would you suggest we change in our newsletter?
SK: I know I’ve gone on and on about our logo, but I really think you should get it back. I also feel you should introduce the system of a weekly newsletter.

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“I can’t find it”
MEANS: It didn’t fall into my outstretched hands, so I am completely clueless.
”That’s women’s work”
MEANS: It’s difficult, dirty, and thankless.
”Will you marry me?”
MEANS: Both of my roommates have moved out, I can’t find the washer, and there’s no peanut butter left.
”It would take too long to explain”
MEANS: I have no idea how it works.
”I’m getting more exercise lately”
MEANS: The batteries in the remote are dead.
“Take a break, honey, you’re working too hard.”
MEANS: I can’t hear the game over the vacuum cleaner.
“Honey, we don’t need material things to prove our love.”
MEANS: I forgot our anniversary again.
”It’s really a good movie.”
MEANS: It’s got guns, knives and fast cars.
”Oh, don’t fuss, I just cut myself, it’s no big deal.”
MEANS: I have actually severed a limb, but will bleed to death before I admit I’m hurt.
”I missed you.”
MEANS: I can’t find my sock drawer, the kids are hungry, and we’re out of toilet paper.
”This relationship is getting too serious.”
MEANS: I like you almost as much as I like my truck.


You may not have met him, but you’ve definitely heard him; Won Jun Chang has worked his way to being one of Vasant Valley’s brightest students. Hard working, and not one to give up, this particular student caught our eye (actually ears!) and so we decided to get to know him a little better.
NL: You’ve been in Vasant Valley since class III. How has it been?
WJ: I have enjoyed my time in this school till now. Some of the people are nice to me. I really like the teachers (Awww…).
NL: A lot of people know you by your loud voice. Are you offended by this?
WJ: No not really. I’m not offended in any way.
NL: Everyone one says you will be some sort of Mathematician when you grow up. What do you want to be?
WJ: I haven’t really decided yet. Maybe a mathematician, physicist, or a robotic engineer.
NL: What are your hobbies?
WJ: I like playing computer games, badminton and chess. (giggles)
NL: You’ve chosen Sanskrit instead of Korean as your second language. How come?
WJ: I want to learn Sanskrit because it is a foreign language, ancient and has a lot of culture behind it.
NL: Was it tough to adapt to the language?
WJ: I found it tough in the beginning, but gradually I adapted to the language.
NL: You’re a very talented pianist. How long have you been playing?
WJ: I have been playing for 6 years. I was learning even when I was in Korea but I stopped in between though.
NL: Tell us about your interest in Origami.
WJ: I don’t like it that much. But, since I am naturally good and I like the objects I make.
NL: What has been your Indian experience all about so far?
WJ: I like the culture of India, definitely the food e.g. Tandoori Chicken, and I like visiting its monuments. I have even been to the Taj Mahal and the Ajanta Caves.
as told to Mahi Titus,
Soumya Dasgupta, Jahan Nargolwala


“Can you talk without saying anything?”
Ragini Alhuwalia says it all
“For how long are we supposed to talk in ‘Just a minute’?”
Ragini Alhuwalia once again!
“I am 10 kgs taller that you.”
Kartikeya Khanna’s heavy problems
“What is the pope’s name?”
“Pope the second.”
Siddhanth Aggarwal is all for religion
My pulse is normal, its 120/80…
Ishan Raghuvanshi, an expert in Biology.
“Does he have two heads like me ?”
-Kalyani Krishnan,
“Ah! Im going to die one day !!”
-Shivangi Sahni

Under The Scanner
Review on the Charmed

Starring: Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano,
Rose McGowan and Brian Krause
Charmed is back!!! This time, all the more exciting and well into its new season. It’s about 3 sisters, Piper (Holly Marie Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) and Paige (Rose McGowan), who are bonded by a gift of having magical powers. The sisters have been brought up in the city of San Francisco, where they juggle jobs and their ordinary (or rather extraordinary) lives: full of magical incidents like demon attacks, magical spills and the works. This shows the bond between the 3 sisters is unbreakable and even though it sounds like a fantasy, it really is fun to watch. This season had a special guest star (Nick Lachey) and also Drew Fuller (of the last season’s fame) made a special cameo. This show showcases the fact that magic is an integral part of the 3 sisters’ lives and whether they hate it or love it, it will always be a part of them…a part of what they are made of. If you haven’t followed Charmed from the 1st season then it really doesn’t make much sense…But Charmed is a fantastic show, which keeps you glued to your seats with the remote in your hand, because its one show anyone would hate to miss…Infact I recommend this show, because every season when you least expect it a new turn in the story, a large bend appears, keeping you watching!!
Ria Sen

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, Jaagriti Seth, Saranya Mishra, Svati Goyal, Rhea Maini, Simrat Dugal, Udit Vira, Nitya Vaishanavi Singh

Mallika Sadh