Cheetah shows off
In a forest lived the cheetah ‘Rama’
Who knew only how to do drama.
He loved showing off,
Thought he was a dude
And was always in a happy mood.
Running and climbing he said, “I’m the best”
Rama did not care about the rest.
Swimming and hunting, he cried aloud,
“I am a hero!”
Actually all the animals thought
He was a zero.
Rishabh Suri, III A
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Mummy Sandy and Baby Mo
Once upon as time there lived a butterfly named Sandy.
Sandy was a very beautiful butterfly. She was about to lay eggs. Soon four tiny caterpillars hatched out of the eggs. Mummy Sandy lovingly called them Mo, Sue, Molly and Liya.
One day, Mummy Sandy scolded Mo for fighting with Molly. Mo got very angry. He decided to leave home. He silently crept out at night, to live alone in the woods, where nobody could find him, especially not Mummy Sandy. Soon, he reached a huge tree. He was very frightened, hungry and cold.
In the morning when Mummy Sandy saw that her baby Mo was missing, she felt very worried. She started crying. She and her other babies searched for Mo in the woods.
Suddenly, she spotted a tiny thing crawling on to the branch of a huge tree.
It was her baby, Mo. Mo was very happy to see his mother and sisters. “I will never leave you again,” he said. Mummy Sandy kissed him again and again.
Mo had learnt his lesson that Mummies scold whenever any baby does a mistake. No baby should get angry with their mothers. Every Mummy loves her babies a lot. From that day onwards all the baby caterpillars lived happily ever after with their Mummy Sandy.
Sarina Mittal, IV B
Windows Peep Through…
Windows are to a room
Little eyes to a face
They open your life to the world
Full of sunlight and air
Hidden behind the curtain
They beckon you to stare.
Ananya Jain 6A
Ben was very excited. It was his birthday. Today was special because he was turning eighteen. He got out of bed and went to meet his parents. They were nowhere to be seen so he went outside. He couldn’t believe his eyes ! There, standing before him was a sparkling new bike. He jumped up with joy and thanked his parents. They hugged him and gave him the keys and told him “Please be careful and never break any traffic rules.”
He couldn’t wait to show off his new bike to his friends. Quickly he got dressed and zipped off. On the way he stopped at the bakery to pick up some cake for his friends. Soon he was on his way again happy to be on his new bike. All of a sudden he heard a siren and as he checked in his rear view mirror he saw a police car chasing him. He was horrified. What had he done ? Had he skipped a red light or maybe he had been speeding? He slowed down at once and looked back once more, hoping that maybe the police was chasing someone else. But he saw the officer waving and shouting something.
He stopped and got off the bike. His heart was beating fast and he was very frightened. The Police car stopped behind him and the officer got down. Ben couldn’t even look at him, he almost had tears in his eyes. He would never be allowed to ride the bike again, he thought. “You seem to be in a hurry, young man", said the officer. Ben looked up “Why didn’t you stop ? We just wanted to give you your helmet which you forgot at the bakery.”
By Ananya Sagar, IV C
The Gift Of Life
I believe in the gift of life
Even though it is full of strife
I believe that animals have the right to live
And as humans, we must learn to give
But how did I react to the pain of my dog
Who for thirteen years had given me joy
Whimpering movements had me in a fog
Was I sure this wasn’t a mere ploy?
Paralyzed movement, gesture without motion
(with apology to T.S Eliot)
Did he need an operation?
The doctor’s table, shivering mass
I think I could feel the pain in me pass
“There’s nothing I can do” he said
Words that filled me with dread
I didn’t want my dog, my friend to go
But I could not bear his suffering so
And when the final needle pierced his vein
I could not help but bear the blame
I miss you my friend, I hope you well
Wherever in that heavenly abode you dwell
I believe in the gift of life
I wish it wasn’t an impossible strife.
Tushar Mehta, XII A
1) Should there be a crash, Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same airplane as a precaution!
2) Over 2500 left handed people a year are killed from using products made for right handed people!
3) Cat urine glows under a black-light!
4) Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows!
5) You’ll eat about 35,000 cookies in a lifetime!
Magic! Oh magic! Come to me!
Come like a gentle blow of the breeze
And into my ear whisper to me,
Give me the power and the ability
To soar through the sky like
A bird that has been set free,
To put a smile on my face in a tragedy.
Magic! Oh Magic! Come to me!
Pallavi Rawla, VI
Every four years the hopes, dreams and aspirations of 16 countries from Europe collide to form a spectacle that will leave its mark in the history of football. This time around, it was Austria and Switzerland who played hosts to a tournament in which a team of perennial underachievers finally attained the glory they felt they have always deserved. Spain’s victory may not have been as big an upset as Greece’s last time, but it was every bit as entertaining.
Whenever Spain was touted to be potential winners, eyebrows were raised. Failure in all international competitions over the past forty four years was hardly encouraging. However, this team was different. Boasting of arguably some of the best midfielders in the world, a top class goalkeeper in Iker Casillas and two very dangerous strikers, the country’s team was definitely incredibly promising. But with a manager who looked like he was ready to take a nap at any given moment, doubts were cast on whether he could drive the team on to victory (though dropping Raul wasn’t a very popular decision, it proved to be a good one). He managed to get the best out of all his players and made sure his team and played to their strength, their midfield. This was in no small part to the Brazilian born Marcos Senna. The defensive midfielder made no mistakes and played a massive part in his team’s success. At the back Casillas and the defense (full of star names as well, of course) were solid throughout. The strikers weren’t bad either.
Not to say of course, that Spain were the only performers in the tournament. There were the usual surprise packages and this year they presented themselves in the form of ‘Comeback Kings’ Turkey and ‘Sleeping Giants’ Russia. Netherlands too looked to have finally stepped out of the shadow of their past and played attacking football at its finest, but a shock defeat against Russia sent them crashing out of the tournament. Germany got close enough to taste the cup. Bitterness would undoubtedly have been the taste in their fans mouths when they were defeated, but their tag as a favorite was not misplaced. Surprisingly, the two footballing giants Italy and France (who looked as though a light wind could have knocked them down) and defending champions Greece never even seemed anywhere close to victory.
This tournament saw some players rise to the occasion and some collapse under the pressure. Apart from Xavi (who was named the best player of the tournament); Marcos Senna and the rest of the Spanish national side, Andrei Arshavin, Wesley Sneijder and Bastian Schweinsteiger were some among many who left their mark on this year’s competition and firmly announced themselves on the world stage.
This will be a tournament that will be remembered for the re-emergence of a team that last achieved victory decades ago. But a fact which is often overlooked and must be mentioned is that the Austrian team which had its own fans turn against them and file a petition to withdraw from the tournament, managed to not only avoid embarrassment but make a fight of it as well. Now that’s what football is all about.
1) The Host – Stephenie Meyer
There is always someone to blame for not letting you have your way, for being the obstacle in your path. But imagine being trapped inside your own head. Unable to scratch that itch on your head. Unable to cry those tears that long to be shed. Unable to grasp the hand of someone you love. Watching from a back seat in your own head while a repulsive alien controls your limbs and your senses and your words, the false words spewing out of your mouth. And slowly your own identity fades away and the only thing residing in your mind isn’t even you. Then imagine the entire human world controlled by those same aliens.
A sci-fi brilliant book from the Twilight author, this one is an insight into the end of the world as we know it, the consequences of our violent ways. It’s about doing the right thing. It’s about love- for your siblings, your soul mate, the last of your kind… and for yourself. It’s about the struggles we face in our own mind, two opposing forces within ourselves. It’s about Armageddon, except without the explosion. And it’s about free will, and the loss of it. Action pact and bursting with plot twists and characters you grow to love, to hate to love and to love to hate, this one is a must read for every single person with an ounce of pride in humanity.
2) The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
A hard hitting revolution in the shape of a book, this is one of the few non-fiction books that I find worth reading. This one believes that there is no God. Theist, Atheist, Pantheist, Deist- whatever you are (even if you don’t know what they mean… yet) this book is for all those not set in their ways. This is only for the open minded, those willing to listen to reason and judge for themselves whether there is or isn’t a God. Wrapped in a heavy dosage of sarcasm, satire and just plain good writing, The God Delusion’s simple yet succinct reasoning will leave you reeling. And you will begin to question the fundamental reasoning behind what you thought was Gospel Truth (no pun intended).
3) Everyone Worth Knowing – Lauren Weinberger
Another chicklit from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ author, this one is set in the glitzy, glamorous world of the event management industry and, well, unemployment. Bette is suddenly thrust into the back-stabbing, champagne pouring, fake diamond wearing world of The Entertainment Industry. With no experience whatsoever (and frankly, not much interest either), she finds herself organizing parties for the crème de la crème of Beverly Hills. When the media “learns” of her “affair” with a top notch British celebrity, they make a huge deal out of something that doesn’t exist. This one’s a light hearted novel that doesn’t require any thinking at all, this is great if you want to let off some steam from the stress of school. Just don’t expect any intellectual stimulation.
Martand Singh : “Japan IS a bully country. Look at what they did to Hiroshima!”
Study History much?
Shivam Raheja : “Look at the field! It is as green and luscious as my lips.”
Taking a green thumb to a new extreme…
Mona Nooreyezdan : “My ears are blind.”
Your loss is our gain.
Shamim Nooreyezdan : “How old were you when you were thirteen?”
Clearly this delightful little quirk runs in the family.
Utkarsh Pahwa : “Have you seen Just Chuck Luck? Oh no, wait, I mean Good Chuck Luck? Or was it Chuck’s Good Luck? Wait, I got it! Just Luck Chuck!”
Did you ever wind up watching the movie?
Mallika Pal, Ramya Ahuja, Suvira Chadha,
Tejasvita Singh, Vani Shriya, Vedika Berry,
Ayesha Malik, Devika Agrawal, Nikhil Pandhi,
Sanjana Malhotra, Akbar Iqbal,
Avanti Gupta, Jahan Nargolwala, Mahi Titus,
Soumya Dasgupta, Tarunima Prabhakar
Editor: Diva Gujral