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Carpe Diem

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I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately .

I wanted to live deep and suck all the marrow out of life.

To put to rout all that was not life,

And not when I had come to die,

Discover that I had not lived.

-Henry David Thoreau

Recently, I was rummaging through some of my stuff when I found a large envelope, yellow on its serrated edges, in the nostalgic gubbins.  Intrigued, I tore the envelope open and found an album of my class photographs. Perfunctorily, I began contemplating those photos, studying my classmates realizing how tiny we all were once, how innocent and stupid we all were once. In the photos of the initial years, all of us had that gargantuan (‘CHEEEEEEEEEESE’ induced) smiles on our diminutive faces. I wondered what used to make us laugh so heartily at trivial things. But as the years went by, the smiles in the photographs also began to fade. What stole those smiles ? Were they the passing years with an increased academic burden ?Or the indication of appalling pre- mature generation or did we forget to simply live in the moment?

As I recovered from the much needed nostalgia, I began to ponder over my life. My mother used to tell me and still reminds me at intervals that school life is the best phase of life , and that once gone, it’ll never return. Now, when that phase is on the verge of termination, I realize that the previous years have slipped through my fingers like grains of sand and I cannot  retrieve them. Now in eleventh, I am in a class with fifteen completely novel students , our choice of subjects had brought us together. Till the previous year , I was amidst students with whom I had developed a special rapport over the last ten years and then one fine day we all were strewn in different classes. It was only then that I realized what ‘pain of separation’ actually meant.  Suddenly , all the moments that we had spent together, making fun of one another, playing games in the class, eating between the lessons, fighting over puny things and then making up , came rushing to my mind. Little had we realized at that time that these moments would be gone forever.

Many a time and oft, we are so caught up in our chores that we forget to live in the moment. Some of us spend most of our time studying while some devote the majority of our time sulking over things we don’t have. The world has become so competitive that we need to strive hard for survival but ceasing to live is not the  ideal way out. Life is short therefore we ought to seize every day. We ought to listen to our heart’s desire instead of procrastinating it till the ‘right ‘ moment because the ‘right’ moment might never come, and bring torrents of regrets instead.

Taking risks, having fun, lighting your burden by easing things out, won’t make you an underdog if in the process you discover yourself or your talent or simply find happiness. That is what life is all about, it’s about making the most of the present without mulling much over that future which might never come. In a nutshell, listen to your heart, do what you love, if its reading that you love then feast on literature, if you love cooking, put you heart and soul into cooking and enjoy every bit of it. Do anything and everything that you desire by seizing the day so that even if you weren’t to wake up the next day, you wouldn’t have any regrets.


Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
-Robert Herrick

 

 

Written by:
-Harleen Narang
XI-E
Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur

 

Summer Bummer

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Summer Bummer

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and temperate.”

The Bard of Avon

Last afternoon, the temperature rose to as high as 40 Degree Celsius. It was high, even for a bird searching for an early worm. Leaves fell down like lashes, as the grass on the other side turned ochre, rather than retaining its “greener” hue.

The reason is the same, from Mumbai to Mizoram. The unforgiving summer has arrived, with all its fury. There are only a few things which the human mind can comprehend, that can allay Phoebus’ fire. One can stay indoors, make fans out of old newspapers, and end up with just a small case of the infamous Tennis Elbow. Or one can carry water at all times, preferably with sugar dissolved in it, to escape the ignominious possibility of a heatstroke. In a crisis like this, we often seek out solace from CFCs, or Air conditioners. We must therefore keep in mind, that even Electricity needs a rest, and that if it isn’t required, it is better to switch it off. Moreover, it is imperative that we realize that plants also require water, and we must try to conserve it, by closing leaky taps and getting them fixed. Beating the heat seems difficult nowadays, but the least we can do is put up a brave fight.

Moreover, we must join our forces against this dry Tempest, and understand that it isn’t too late to save Earth, before it actually is.

Hopefully it’ll rain today, and I can return to my nest, unbaked.
In anticipation (of a cloudy sky),
Birdie.

Written by:
Adwiti Singh
Class XI B
Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur

Scratch the Surface

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Scratch the Surface

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The act of reading involves understanding the meaning of written words. It involves the imagination and the emotions as well as the brain’s capacity for logic, memory and of course language use and acquisition. Through reading, you expose yourself to new things, new information, new ways to solve a problem, and new ways to achieve one thing. Reading is fundamental to functioning in today’s society. Reading exposes you to a world of imagination, showing you nothing is impossible in this world. By reading, you are exploring a different angle to see a thing you’ve known, on how different action leads to different results.

Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while. — Malorie Blackman

Reading transports us into the minds of others and helps us to develop our empathy. Studies have shown that people who read a lot tend to be more empathetic than people who are not keen readers. Reading helps us to see the world through other people’s eyes.

Reading keeps us connected, keeps us informed, and keeps us happy. When we read, we value knowledge for its own sake, not its monetary worth. It is our gateway to knowledge, and a way of making the historical past come back to life. Both an everyday skill and a philosophical pursuit, reading pervades all aspects of our lives.

Mohd Maaz
XII-C

Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur


The New Journey

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The New Journey

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Starting of a fresh new session, marked by a new class, new beginnings and a new teacher, is quite exciting for students as well as their parents. With the package of fresh hopes and refreshments, there are extracts of new syllabi and curriculum too. Obviously not every new thing is very difficult to approach. A new session is a journey, and it is rightly stated, “Every great journey, begins with the first step.’’ Well I don’t say that, Johnnie Walker does, but nevermind. People say that the ultimate result (which obviously has no end) matters and not the course of the journey, but I say, that first step is the most important. You daringly take the first step only when you draw the picture on the road map of your journey is your mind, whether clear or vague. If vague then improvisation is the key and clear then determination is the asset. There is no success in the journey, but only opportunities, that too some are transparent, some translucent and most others opaque. It is only our thought- process which initiates our ability to conquer an opportunity. There is abundance of failure in the world and a slice is yours and mine too, but learn with each step and take each step with your learning. Always remember, amidst your aspirations and ambitions, there is only one person and that is ‘you yourself’. In life, always love your own self, your actions and your thoughts and always have time for things that you love. With this changing weather and of course, the class, let ‘something’ inside you change. So this IPL season, buck up, and let a tournament go inside you also, bat hard and bowl fast and let free the fielders to do their work. Rest assured in stakes of time, you’ll be victorious.

All the best for the new session!

Shourya Singh
12-E

Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur


The Journey For tomorrow begins Today

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The Journey For tomorrow begins Today

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself”- G. B. Shaw

As one walks lost in thoughts afraid for a moment, of the years ahead, uncertain of the path one chooses, and the next bubbling with enthusiasm, with least cares in the world ready to face the challenges ahead.

It can be a life changing moment yet it comes without any balloons and whistles, it quietly walks in and one just grabs it as if one’s life depends on it. They say
“If you can dream it, you can become it.
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it”.

There is no pinnacle in the journey, for one can continue to grow as long as one lives to discover the power and magic that exists in every one of us. People often ask about life changing moment in one’s life yet I believe that the moments are small, their memories are big.

As often said life is not a destination but a journey and we don’t jump or leap but we have to take small steps but each step brings a feeling of exhilaration and urges us forward. We get back what we give and often with dividend and profit and as an educator and facilitator we should work hard toward making positive changes in our lives and the lives of those whom we nurture. Even if we don’t make a global change, we make ourselves happy. Fear should not stop us from moving forward, for someone aptly remarked “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore”. We should let go of our fears braving the hurdles courageously and pursuing them with confidence and believe in ourselves.

Dr Nandita Shukla
English Faculty

Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur

Visit to the regional Science City, Lucknow

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Visit to the regional Science City, Lucknow

Schools organize excursions for children with a purpose. Excursions provide an opportunity to children to learn and comprehend things in a wider perspective, consequently helping in the comprehensive and expansive development of the children.

On 6th February, our school made arrangements for us to visit the Regional Science City, Lucknow. A spirit of excitement and exuberance prevailed throughout the journey.

The Science City boasts for a huge range of attractions. On reaching our destination, we headed towards a large under water exploration, which had an enthralling gallery displaying oceanic exhibits, coral phenomena which left us in awe. Next was an array of models depicting human biological organs, functioning of the brain and psychological activities. These exhibits were not only informative but also very interesting as they provided us the opportunity to survey our own physical and mental framework. We also witnessed some extra ordinary scientific experiments, which used simple concepts of science such as sound, gravity and energy but left us gaping.

One of the most mesmerizing aspects of the place was the Sci-max show. We watched various experiments of life blended beautifully with the spontaneous beauties of nature in rapt attention. We also witnessed an interesting and informative show highlighting the archaic history of Greece, encompassing historical monuments, ancient philosophy and the lifestyle of ancient people. Something, which we enjoyed the most, was a passageway exhibiting awe-inspiring facades of the early civilizations in India.

A 3-D show, highlighting the extinct pre-historic species of dinosaurs such as tyrannosaurus, brachiosaurus, etc was another major attraction. To add more colour to our already wonderful visit we went into a beautifully landscaped park, a large lush green to area to relax ourselves away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The swings in the park were also a distinguished combination of simple machines and physical concepts.

The educational trip offered us general awareness and exposed us to advanced concepts of science. An enriching and enjoyable experience, which will remain etched in our memory forever.

UJJWAL RASTOGI – VI
YUVIKA GUPTA – VI
VAMIKA KHEMKA – VI

Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur


ELIXIR OF LIFE

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ELIXIR OF LIFE

Bags of gold can never buy

Happiness you are hunting for….

Happiness is the core of human existence. Who doesn’t want to be happy? Happiness is a bliss we all crave for and in an attempt to be happy, we do everything possible. But, it is such an irony that what we keep looking for all our lives, even if we manage to experience it at times, doesn’t last with us for long. In fact this feeling

Happiness is the core of human existence. Who doesn’t want to be happy? Happiness is a bliss we all crave for and in an attempt to be happy, we do everything possible. But, it is such an irony that what we keep looking for all our lives, even if we manage to experience it at times, doesn’t last with us for long. In fact this feeling and experience is as evanescent as lightening. Even before we are bathed and drenched in its glory, it eludes us and we are back to square one. Once again our search for this elusive feeling, which is no less than an elixir of life begins; new ways, new paths, new efforts and new strategies.

But, have you ever wondered why does it happen, that happiness doesn’t stay with us for long? Why is it so fleeting? Well, I strongly feel that since we as humans associate our happiness with material things which in themselves are temporary, that is why, even our happiness is also not long lasting. Happiness based on material and worldly things is bound to be transient, because it is not true happiness. With each of our materialistic demands getting fulfilled, our desires get multiplied manifold and as a result we as humans are never at peace. All our lives we keep running from pillar to post to get our desires fulfilled thinking that it would make us happy forever but nothing of such sort happens. It only makes us wish for more and more greener pastures. In the process we may become more and more successful with the passage of time and we may experience more and more of material Joy but the fountain of happiness which could quench our thirst forever still remains a far cry.

There’s a difference between being rich and happy. Affluence may buy you resources and worldly comforts but true happiness is a state of mind. Real happiness transcends worldly joys and it is a feeling which gives you a thrust from within to spread that aura wherever you go. Only a happy person can spread happiness around because you can give out to the world only what you have. A heartfelt happiness which emerges from your soul has a power to keep you rejuvenated and revitalized for the rest of your life, because it is not based on any external reason which is bound to get affected with time. Carl Jung once said, “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside awakens.”

Rinku Pandey

Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur


“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” – H. Jackson Brown

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“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” <strong>– H. Jackson Brown</strong>

Your Eye sees a disturbingly undernourished woman, scantily clad in a ragged, frayed cloth worn to shreds, in the name of a sari- the roots of her dishevelled, greasy hair gradually but steadily silvering with age, despondency and premature exhaustion; her eyes pitch black like a bottomless void- glazed, hollow and soulless. You see her sitting with the calloused palms of her fragile, frail hands open wide towards the skies above; with want, need, plea, and desperation. Her bowed spine rests against a dilapidated wall with flaking green paint and the holy mark of a crescent and a star- her lone support is her Creator, her saviour, her Allah. Your eyes see- with a certain judgement to them- a woman ill and dismal not with desperation or fever or an ailment, but with sloth; relying on alms and beggary and capitalising Faith as an excuse to satiate her gnawing hunger- and greed.

But your Heart, it pries further, it sees the empty soul of a creature that was perhaps once a mother- it sees a deceased offspring lost to an unforeseen tragedy, and the remnants of a mother’s will to live buried deep beneath and beyond mortal reach, with the unmoving carcass of a life she once housed in herself. A solitary tear escapes her iris, travels down her rugged, wrinkled cheek and evaporates in thin air, only to meet its fate in the lap of her God. She has no motive to survive. She seeks not human pity and empathy; alms or food. She seeks the sweet release of death- her redemption, her final and everlasting unification with the child she lost to the unpredictable dispositions of Fate.

Everything is not what it seems. Although the eyes do the seeing, it is the heart which contracts and expands to pump life through your arteries and veins each second that provides vision. It provides not only vision, but also meaning. Sense. It reads unwritten stories, hears unsung songs.

It is a hot morning; the sun is blazing white and blinding. You pedal your way to school and curse life in a metropolitan city when you’re stuck in what appears to be an endless traffic jam- the fact that you are running late restricts your vision, and you turn a blind eye to the marvel that all that envelops you is- unheedful of the intricacy of this masterfully crafted globe. You pedal your way along the mortar, you see a little girl from the slums- the slums, which you, a privileged citizen of the nation, despise to death. The little girl is not more than five. She is dressed in her favourite pink skirt with glittering blue sequins. Her skirt flows and cascades like bubbling water down her dainty legs to her tiny feet, the small nails of which are painted with wistful dreams and a lumpy, shiny orange nail polish she stole from her mother’s box of pre-marital memories. A smile that carries the potential to light up a town is plastered across her brown, tanned face; her cherry brown hair is heavily oiled, parted neatly in the middle and tightly braided into two bouncy loops of childlike innocence, tied at the top of her bobbing head with two pink ribbons her father bought during better times. She twirls round and round, over and over again and breaks into a laughter that makes little sense as she recovers from disorientation, vertigo, wooziness and light-headedness. To your eyes, it is a case of ill-luck on your part, you grumble under your breath a word or two about how fortunate she is to not have to go to school, face traffic and the troubles that daily life brings in its wake; how lucky it is of her to not have to burden her petite shoulders with the weight of the world.

However, when you see her, stop for a moment, take a breath and instead of seeing her, look at her. Open your heart to her reality and close your eyes to your illusion- See in her eyes an unfulfilled wish to maybe burden her shoulders with the weight of a school bag for once, to be stuck in traffic jams while pedalling to school so that she can look at those fancy looking cars with tinted windows and what they call an A/C from close quarters. See in her smile a passion for dancing that snowballs in her gut when her aged grandmother fondly asks her to perform to a tribal hit from her youth, and watch this seething passion translate to although untrained, yet artfully graceful movements of the hands and feet when she does her bird-like dance. Look at her amazement when she looks down her spiralling skirts as she spins at what feels like a superhuman speed to her, or when on weekends, her half-starved family of eight watches those dance competitions on the second hand, barely-working community television set the people of her slum bought when things were better.

While the eyes surely are windows to the world, the heart is the door to realisation and insight. While the eyes may be veiled by biases, judgement, preconceptions, partisanship or superficiality, the human heart has an uncanny tendency to remain wholesome and uncontaminated; untainted and unadulterated at all moments, preserved deep beneath the said layers of prejudice. The human heart is the home to conscience; it is the humble abode of ethics for it is an epitome of standing upright morally. Wayne Dyer once said, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

Listen to the heart. It is always right. It has a lot to say, but more to show.

Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur

Go Green In Twenty – Eighteen

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Go Green In Twenty – Eighteen

Save me, save me, while you still have time,
Otherwise in paroxysms of grief will ye plunge,
And no plea that thy will make, after I’m gone,
Will have the power to wake me up from my everlasting slumber.
-Mother Nature

Well, a few years ago, the game was afoot and now we are very near to triumph. Our brazen attempts and unparalleled determination (which, mind you surpassed that of Scarlett O’Hara’s), have finally started to bear buds on boughs. Readers, you must be wondering which unanimous victory is being talked about in such flowery terms. Well, it is our victory over Mother Nature.She’s finally given up. We’ve proved how unabashed we humans can be. Yes, you read it right.We’ve defeated Mother Nature and our wait is bound only to a few more years after which all her beautiful elements , who for us were nothing more than unobtrusive visitors, will finally bid us adieu and will never return. Phew! What a relief awaits us!!!

save_planetA few years down the line, all the trees( the unobtrusive visitors) will have been replaced by cemented edifices , and the air which we so perfunctorily inhale , will kill us with every sniff, with mere realization of its travelling down our parched, artificial(in some cases) pipes to make its way to our lungs, from sacs filled with oxygen. Water, our worthy unacknowledged persistent comrade will also leave us and then, when people, instead of dying of cholera or dengue would die of misplacements of oxygen masks or a shock when their water bottles would get robbed, will we realize what havoc we’ve created, what catastrophe has plummeted on us. Then too, we’ll have money(lots of it), we’ll have our kin, (lots of them too) , we’ll have eyes, we’ll have ears, we’ll have daily commodities, we’ll have jewels ,but we will not have tress, or roses , or mangoes or glaciers or oxygen . All we’ll have is carbon. But does realization strike us now, while we still have time? We humans tend to think that such concerns regarding nature are futile for had we possessed the wit to comprehend her call, we wouldn’t have been so casual in our approach. To half of the world it is still not a problem for they are still getting everything effortlessly. Apparently it is only when Mother Nature will make up her mind to avenge her insult, will we realize what we’ve unthinkably shunned. It is surprising that after going through all the disparity, Mother Nature presents a perfect picture of generosity, for had she been cruel, humans would have been wiped off the face of Earth years ago. She’s kind, really kind for she’s leaving and what’s better (or worse) that she is going to leave all the presents that we munificently presented her with, on Earth only, for us to have a taste of our own medicine.

Well, I know that what I’ve written above is nothing new and I’m perfectly acquainted with the fact that readers, you too have perused the précis of it, a million times but sadly, nothing has changed. We, are still the same, the world is the still the same, we are deteriorating nature, despite knowing the repercussions that await us.

So, why can’t we take baby steps towards amelioration? Small steps…Not long strides, just small harmless which will at least cut down the speed at which the harm is growing. Would planting on tree each year, cost us a fortune? Would cycling to school or carpooling really harm our ego? Would it really be a hindrance? Readers, I implore you to think again, a little effort from your side will eventually save you. So if not for anybody, save nature for yourself. Be greedy for green.

Harleen Narang (X-A)

Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur


USA clears the road for India’s progress

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USA clears the road for India’s progress

“Buy American, Hire American!” an initiative by US President Donald Trump has just churned out another disastrous policy. His government is now planning to forbid extensions on the H1-B Visa. For the uninitiated, the H1-B visa, typically issued for a period of three to six years, allows US companies to employ workers in speciality occupations. Currently, a H1-B visa holder is allowed a practically infinite extension if his/her Green Card is pending. The ‘Green Card’ is a permanent resident status granted to an immigrant in the United States. The new policy sets to forbid the aforementioned extension i.e. on completion of the maximum tenure of six years, one is supposed to return to one’s homeland. Considering that the ‘Green Card’ has a twelve year long waiting period and the Trump administration has already implemented stringent regulations for issue of the same, it becomes virtually impossible for a non-resident to work in the United States.

The decision is touted to have major repercussions on the global economic scenario. First and foremost, in a bid to create jobs for Americans, President Trump may end up sabotaging the American economy. Industry stalwarts have repeatedly emphasized that Americans do not possess the necessary skills for the jobs in question and this ‘self deportation’ of foreign workers will only lead to the creation of a vacuum in the market. This may force American companies to either outsource operations to countries like China and India or open up units here to employ Asians. However, it still remains a question for the future as to which country will benefit the most from this- China or India? My inner patriot perhaps causes a confirmation bias. More than half of H1-B visas are granted to Indians and people like Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai, the CEOs of Microsoft and Google respectively, used the H1-B route to work in the USA. The decision therefore, can put an end to brain drain and also force migration of Indian talent settled in USA back to India, which can exponentially benefit our economy. China is also said to accrue immense benefit because it is the most preferred destination for companies to invest in, with Apple and Tesla both opening units there.

While currently Americans are rejoicing and Indians have been plunged into a state of melancholy, the future is sure to harbinger joy for us by reversing the situation.

Suryansh Agarwal
IX – C

Article Credited By: Seth Anandram Jaipuria School Kanpur

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