THINK ABOUT IT...
The difference between
genius and stupidity is that
genius has its limits.
Class five kids at bay! The site was out of this world. We had so much fun. River Rafting was the first activity I did and was it cool! Infinity, Double Trouble and then Hilton-You guessed right; these were the names of the rapids we crossed. The excitement and the thrill were too much to handle. Once the sun set we would play volleyball, cricket or badminton. If not this then we’d just sit by the riverside and chat. Come night time and we would have the campfire going with weird plays being performed on - The Filmfare Awards or the Cricket Crash! There were competitions like the Sand castle making competition, the best tent award and the best play award too- Enough to keep us busy. We played games in our tents too. The food was good and we ate some sweets too, as we celebrated three birthdays. The sand would enter our sleeping bags and the more you tried to take it out the more it would slide into the corners. We soon got used to it.
We envy the class fours who will visit it next year.
Manya Tandon, 5C
"All for one & one for all"
My “Freak Theory”- God
Atheism, as a philosophical view, is the position that either affirms the nonexistence of gods or rejects theism.I firmly believe in this view, and my belief is only strengthened by the fact that we live in a society that is everyday relying more on spirituality to explain things that science can quite easily prove.
I believe strongly in atheism simply because there is no proof that God exists or ever did. Taking our very own Ramayana into account, it is an accepted fact that giant talking monkeys cannot defeat evil demons with supernatural powers in hand-to-hand combat. To believe such a thing would be mere foolishness, yet everyday, millions of people in India offer prayers to the human being ram (with uncommon godlike powers, I might add), for leading a band of monkeys across an ocean, on a bridge of rocks, to fight a war with demons with powers far superior to theirs. What is the reason for such madness you might ask, well, as far as we know, there is no reason. Taking the example of the Holy Bible, it is believed that the man known as Jesus Christ did exist, but to believe the myths surrounding him would be nothing short of a modern miracle. Not only is the God theory incredulous, but it also tends to cause absolute mayhem. The crusades, The Gujarat Riots and the 9/11 bombing of the World Trade Center buildings: these were all incidents influenced by religious views, and led to disasters on both the international and national political scene. Simply following the philosophy of atheism would have prevented such calamities from occurring. Religion and spirituality have an extremely strong grasp on the modern man, and this is not an article requesting you to stop believing in what you believe in, but if we all need something to believe in - why not science? At least it makes sense.
Raghav Raizada, 10
“No publicity is bad publicity” is the common belief amongst most actors, models, singers and the like. These days, filmstars are actually taking the literal meaning out of this phrase. In today’s industries, celebrities have become like sharks, ready to bite off any amount of limelight they can get - good or bad. For years, PR practitioners have argued that one of the best ways to garner publicity is to “go where the media is gathered.” Finding the press is the easy part, but turning its attention towards yourself or your company in a beneficial way takes strategy, chutzpah, and good fortune. When Janet Jackson performed at the Super Bowl in 2004, her suspicious “wardrobe malfunction” turned the eyes of the nation upon her, and the furor following the event put her prominently in the news. Whether or not Jackson planned the incident, it did get her all the media attention she could ever desire, and to the rest of the world, was a good example of a “publicity stunt”.
Recently, we all heard about the whole Manoj Kumar VS Om Shanti Om saga. The actor, who gave a new definition to patriotism on celluloid, says that the scene in Om Shanti Om where his young double is shown being beaten up by the police outside a theatre was done in bad taste. Manoj Kumar was ready to sue the makers because apparently it “hurt his sentiments”. It was not done in bad taste; it was healthy humor, like a tribute. He should’ve been happy that after almost decades of being out of the limelight, he was being mentioned somewhere. However, that much publicity wasn’t enough for him- so he went on to make a huge deal over it and attempted to make the whole nation feel sorry for him. But that didn’t happen, and his martyr act was just labeled yet another “publicity stunt”.
Remember the ‘little fix’ Akon got into? The rapper penned “Sorry, Blame It on Me” when sponsors pulled out of his tour after his raunchy on-stage dance with a 14-year-old girl, in a club that was supposed to cater to over-21s only. The lyrics include “I’m sorry for the hand that she was dealt / and for the embarrassment that she felt / She’s just a little young girl trying to have fun / But daddy should have never let her out that young.” Does he actually think that an illegal act like that can be forgiven just by a song? And when says “Daddy should have never let her out that young? What is he trying to say, that if she was older it would’ve been okay to misbehave with her? And why is he putting the blame on her poor unsuspecting father? “Even though the blames on you, I’ll take the blame from you”…Well buddy, you’re wrong! The blame is ALREADY on you! And by writing this song he just proved that he wasn’t “sorry”, the song was just a publicity stunt to show everyone he wasn’t the one at fault and was “taking the blame” because he’s such a gentleman. Publicity stunts get attention mostly because they are visual. People see for themselves the wacky or unusual feats being performed and by seeing them, they receive the message. Houdini could have hung upside down in the straitjacket from the entrance door of a building, but it would not have had the visual drama. Publicity stunts are meant to have the public as a witness. It doesn’t matter if by the end of it the persons involved are the laughing stock of the entire world, as long as it gets them on the tabloids.
Class 10 Camp: Chamba
It all started off with the arrival of the Class Ten students in school, full of excitement and energy, ready for camp at Chamba. We left for the train station and were hardly able to contain our joy throughout the admittedly excruciating and long journey. When we reached the hills, the scenic views came into sight and thrilled us to the bone. We had finally reached Chamba. Upon reaching, to our dismay, we were divided into three groups (with seemingly original *cough* names- the Cats, the Ducks and the Tigers), separating us from our friends. Little did we realize then, that these groups would help us get to know people we hardly spoke to before and would make us appreciate them so much more. During the days, within these groups we went for several mountain activities such as Flying Fox, Burma Bridge, River Crossing, blindfold tent pitching and many more. Through these activities, we learnt to trust each other, and especially- trust ourselves. Every activity seemed to strengthen the bond we had created with friends old and friends new. The nights were reserved for ghost stories by the bonfire and roasting marshmallows, like every other year.
The activity will forever command a special affection in our hearts is the Land Expedition. It was a 6 hour-long trek to an area devoid of resources, where we had to pitch our own tents and cook our own food. The boys of our class also brought a heavy tree trunk for the bonfire. It really was a true test of survival in the wilderness. Though it was tough for almost all and we did face several hurdles, our friends, teachers and camp instructors made sure that we were able to overcome all the difficulties and have a great, memorable time. If help from one another didn’t manage to lighten some of us up- the fact that we were to receive certificates of merit for completing this trek sure did the trick!
We had such an exhilarating time, we didn’t notice how fast time had gone by and soon, we had to depart back to Delhi. With our belongings packed and ready to go, we said goodbye to the instructors and other helpers at the camp with the help of a little ‘presentation’ that each group (including the teachers) made. On the way back, we stopped at Rishikesh and attended the evening ‘Arti Ceremony’, but left soon after for the train station at Haridwar. The fun was not yet over as we had a long journey ahead of us and we were determined to make the best of it. We spent the night with our friends talking and eating our last crumbs of the bucket loads of tuck that accompanied us. When we reached school early in the morning, as delighted as we were to be home, we didn’t want to say goodbye to our friends and our second last camp. We will always look back at our cherished pictures, certificates and memories- to remember Camp Chamba as the camp that really did exceed our expectations; the camp where all the fun, laughter and stories will stay, forever embedded in our minds.
Tanvi Tandan, 10 C
The Book Trolley
1. Protector of the Small Quartet - Tamora Pierce
Set in an alternate universe called Tortall, this quartet is about the gritty struggle of a young yet stubbornly determined girl (Keladry of Mindelan) to become the first female Knight in the kingdom. Unaccepted by the Conservatives in social and political circles, this book is everything – a social, political fantasy drama with strong undertones of female empowerment. The characters are lovable, the laughs infectious and the story – unforgettable. A must read for every girl who wants to change the world.
2. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
A literary classic without the burden of complicated Victorian English yet with all the delicate intricacies of this particular brand of literature, Pride and Prejudice is perhaps the most well-known of all of Jane Austen’s novels. Elizabeth Bennet, the protagonist is a strong and opinionated young woman who goes head to head with the seemingly arrogant and entirely vexing Mr. Darcy. A heartrending love story, it has a plethora of interesting characters, be it the match-making horror that is Mrs. Bennet, the air-headed younger sister, Lydia or the cunningly disguised fox, Wickham. To read this book is to understand the complexity of human relationships veiled beneath a beautiful and witty romance. I advise you DO.
3. The Black Book of Secrets – F. E. Higgins
A thriller of epic proportions, this book is a terrifyingly absorbing look into the world of a magician whose only aim is to help others. Moving into a small village, he starts a pawn shop and charges no interest. This, as expected, interferes with the local ‘evil’ landlord’s evil businesses. Thus begins a magically dark saga of how the magician incurs the wrath of the landlord. Or does the landlord incur the wrath of the magician…?
“You’re dyslexic, that’s why you’re thin!” Rishika Dhawan And
Anorexia is when you can’t read properly, right Rishika?
“Your brain… is brainless” Juhi Bahl
Genius, simply genius!
“How do you spell HDFC?” Shubh Mehra
' Trying for national spelling bee, are we?'
“It’s our school national dance” Ayesha Malik
Performed by the 'citizens of VVS'...
“What did I did?” Alaap Gandhi
A ‘Busted’, genius!
Taking the World by Storm
It’s a British Invasion once again. England seems to be making big waves in the music industry. It started off with Lilly Allen, with her alternative genre of music. With her famous single ‘Smile’, reaching first place on the U.K charts, and then her nomination at the Grammy’s, Allen has certainly made her mark among rising artists. But after her miscarriage in earlier this year, which led her split with Chemical Brother Ed Simmons, she sort of disappeared from the music scene.
Then came along a beehive headed, jazz singing surprise. You guessed it- Amy Winehouse. From battling drug addiction to her win of five Grammys, not to mention being the muse of several designers, the sultry Brit has had more than her share of media buzz. After these two controversial lasses, we’ve had a huge horde of talented artists, mostly females; Leona Lewis- dubbed to be the ‘Next Mariah’, out with the her hit single Bleeding Love, Estelle- with her stunning pipes and rhymes from West London, and many Indie Goddesses alike. Though it’s nothing new for the British Music Industry- dating back from the 60’s, there’ve been rock icons like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin- and they’re still keeping it Old School. Ringo Starr’s got his new album, Liverpool 8 out, and Page, Plant, and Jones recently reunited onstage in London. Princess Diana’s favourite- Duran Duran, Fleetwood Mac, led by the legendary Stevie Nicks, The Clash and The Police. Not to mention some current artists, like The Verve with the perfect Bittersweet Symphony, James Blunt and his chilling echo-like voice and Radiohead, out with their critically acclaimed album, In Rainbows.
All in all, British artists have taken the world by storm, and will surely continue to do so. After all, the Brits can do what the Americans can do so much better (even though that last line was just ripped off from Paris Hilton!)
- Vedika Berry
India, we love to tell ourselves, is a developing country, a country where development will one fine day eradicate all ills – social and political.
Yes, India is developing, our economy is booming and infrastructure is improving, but we haven’t really thought whether all this “development” has had any impact on society.
It may have improved the life of every middle-class family, but unfortunately the life of a Dalit or Harijan hasn’t changed one bit. They are still looked down upon by the so called “upper castes”, who consider themselves superior. Today, Indian women hold positions of immense power, but sadly female infanticide still prevails!
We need to stop and think whether development is really benefiting us as a society. Lushin Dubey’s play “Salaam India”, based on the book “Being Indian” by Pavan Verma, looks at how development has affected people from different classes of society and their views on modern India. Enacted by just four actors, the play uses an array of situations to effectively portray the theme. The play tells a story of what India really is. The story of a thirty- something woman getting married to a boy of her choice and being made to pay dowry, even in today’s “modern and developed” India, is a real eye opener.
After watching the play I continued to think about this particular incident, I realized that on being faced by such a situation we have two choices - We can either sit up and take action or promptly ignore the matter, dismissing it as the ‘Real India’ where such incidents, like child marriages and honour killings, are just another way of showcasing India’s strong traditional and cultural roots. Unfortunately, the truth is much starker and not so easily dismissed. What really stuns me is the fact that we let all this happen around us, even when we claim to be “modern”. The need of the hour is to not just see the impact development has on us and the economy, but to see the bigger picture – the impact it has on the mindset of the people and society as a whole. With the change in our economy and the development of our country, our thoughts need to progress too.
Visit to the Maruti Factory
The Business Studies students of class 12 visited the Maruti Udyog Factory in Gurgaon. We saw the way the cars were assembled from scratch and were shocked at the effort taken to provide safety and consumer satisfaction. We learnt about the contribution Maruti has made to development and economic growth in India and as well as fulfilling dreams of the people.
Maruti has successfully passed milestone after milestone and has sold over six and a half million cars over the past 23 years while observing environment laws throughout. Their plant was well maintained with state-of-the-art technology. Despite stiff competition from both domestic and foreign manufacturers, they hold 55% of the market share.
Maruti has also exported over more than four and a half lakh cars to over 100 countries, of which 65% of total exports are to the highly sophisticated and demanding markets of Europe.
It was truly an informative experience and the fact that they manage to roll out nearly 3 cars a minute (one every 21 seconds) is astounding and really makes one appreciate modern technology and the hard work put in by everyone working there.
- Akbar Iqbal
Mallika Pal, Ramya Ahuja, Suvira Chadha,
Tejasvita Singh, Vani Shriya, Vedika Berry,
Ayesha Malik, Devika Agrawal, Nikhil Pandhi,
Sanjana Malhotra, Tara Sen, Akbar Iqbal,
Avanti Gupta, Jahan Adil Nargolwala, Mahi Titus,
Soumya Dasgupta, Tarunima Prabhakar
Editor: Diva Gujral