IMPORTANCE OF FESTIVITY AND CELEBRATION
Life is all about happiness and as human beings, social interaction with our fellow beings not only brings happiness but helps us grow our capacity to learn, familiarise ourselves with cultures, inquire, think, play and work.
In the chaotic and stressful planet we inhabit, happiness is overshadowed by negativity and insecurity and so the need for something that could bring positivity has been felt time and again. Thus, festivity and celebration gives the opportunity to forget all the worries and celebrate the positive side of life.
Celebration is an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. It is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.
The various festivals and celebrations form an integral part of the Indian culture. Celebrations just do not offer people a temporary reprieve from the daily grind, but also play a vital role in binding the people together and create a strong relationship of humanity through bonds of love, mutual respect and regard. It plays an important role to add structure to our social lives. Festivity brings convergence; it helps to instil happiness amongst the people and contributes immensely to feelings of social cohesion.
Celebrations can also manifest themselves in the form of expression of art, culture, heritage and traditions and is also a very strong medium to display the above, therefore, finds vital spot in the life of people.
Therefore I again implore all to rejoice in this feeling of festivity and celebration, not only on special days but make each day a special one and add colours to this beautiful spectrum of life.
Mrs. Vishakha Gupta
My Teacher Thinks I’m Special
Written by: Mary C. Howard
My teacher thinks I’m special.
It comes as no surprise.
She doesn’t have to say so.
I see it in her eyes.
She tells me all about herself,
Her family, friends and dreams.
That makes me feel important
She trusts me with those things.
She says I have potential.
She sees things others don’t.
She sees those things that I WILL DO,
And not the things I WON’T!
She puts her hand on top of mine,
And tells me, “Way to go!”
“You can do it! “Try again!”
“I’m proud of you, you know!”
It’s not my fault, it’s really not,
There’s three ways to spell “TO”.
With choices always facing me,
I don’t know what to do.
Sometimes I can’t spell anything,
My fives are upside down.
Two plus two makes three. I think!
I turn ‘b’ and ‘d’ around.
The rules all have exceptions.
You can’t depend on those.
The letters can say anything.
What is that word – WHO KNOWS?
I guess that when you’ve learned to read
It’s easy to forget.
It really is quite difficult
When you haven’t learned how yet.
My teacher tells me stories,
Sets the words and pictures free.
And while I’m learning how to read,
She reads such tales to me.
My teacher takes my hand in hers
And guides me on the way.
She knows I’ll read in my own time …
Though maybe not today!
My teacher thinks I’m special,
Unique and very bright;
A shining star in my own way.
I KNOW SHE’S RIGHT!
Shared by Mrs. Vishakha Gupta
Vice Principal- SNBPIS Chikhali
You are the best
Someone whispered in my ears.
I looked around
And can only see my shadow.
I am tensed, I am petrified
I peeped within me
I can see a wick of examination lit at remote
Is that bothers me?
You are the best, you are unique
That’s just one of the milestones of your path
Wide spread path
The journey of life begins
And that wick is your lantern
Hold it tight, shield it from breeze
I looked around
And I can see my shadow
Let me kindle my confidence and saunter the path which I wish to
Ms. Ajitha. P. Nair
The changing rhythm of the seasons reminds us of the changes in life and in our bodies. Body weight (loss or gain weight) and hormones can be impacted by season changes. During this time of year, you may be at a higher risk of getting sick.
Going to the hospital can greatly impact your school performance. Therefore, why not try some tips to help your body adjust better to the changes so that you can stay vibrant and healthy during this time.
Drink plenty of water
There is less moisture in the air during winter so keep your water bottle close by. Hydrating your body can prevent cracks on the skin and get rid of toxins in your system. At least 8 to 10 glasses of water daily is generally recommended.
Boost your immune system
During cold and flu season, you can boost your immune system by eating raw fruits and vegetables that contain various vitamins and minerals. For example, vitamin C is an important vitamin and antioxidant that the body uses to keep you strong and healthy.
Always Eat Seasonal Food
Seasonal foods are in accordance with the nature. They naturally offer higher nutritional content than out of season unripe fruits and vegetables. It is beneficial to eat holistically for your health.
In Winter, turn toward warming foods like carrot, sweet potato, onions and garlic and some spices and seasonings such as ginger, pepper corns and mustard seeds. Eggs, corn and nuts also fall into this warming category.
Commit to exercise
Don’t let the cold weather stop you from moving! Exercise can help control your waistline since holiday feasts are almost there. Some indoor exercises such as yoga and other moderately activities after meals are also good choices of keeping your body active.
Hope everyone stays away from sickness and enjoys the beauty of the seasonal change!
Various distractions pose a serious threat to learning productivity. While a couple of minutes here and there spent on social media or other activities seem innocuous at first, the amount of time actually spent on things that are not essential add up to precious hours that could have otherwise been spent productively on learning tasks.
To help tune out the noise and focus on studies, I’ve put together this helpful list of tricks and tools.
Without a set schedule, life can become chaotic. To prevent chaos from overrunning priorities, adopt rituals in daily and weekly routines. By closely following the rituals that have been set, focus and better work can be maintained. Rituals that make up the daily routine can be evolved using different techniques and practices.
Quick Tip: Don’t forget to set self-study time into the schedule.
Picking the right place to study is crucial because it has a major influence on the efficiency of the learning process. While studying in the room, distraction by TV, video games, or a magazine lying next to the bed may occur. Be sure to find a quiet and well lit place. It is a good idea to make sure that the chair and desk are ergonomically designed for greater productivity if planning on spending long hours working or studying. A bad physical setup can mess up both the posture and work efficiency.
While everyone loves tablets and smart phones, these gadgets expose a world of distractions. Ironically, many of these devices were meant to save time but they end up wasting valuable time instead. For many people, cell phones have become the “new best friend” that enables them to see what everyone is up to. Even if the smart phone is not actively accessed; notifications, texts, and incoming calls would be a major distraction.
The bottom line is that the mobile device is the enemy of productivity therefore make the study space and time a gadget-free zone.
Strategize & prioritize what’s important and plan the day. Keep not one, but two to-do lists. One is a master list of all high level priorities, and the other, a daily to-do list. A “Not To-Do” list, can track time-wasting activities that should be avoided. Remember, multitasking is counter-productive. Don’t do it!
In many contemporary classrooms, tablets and computers are beginning to replace pen and paper for note-taking. However, ditching the keyboard and writing out the notes by hand is always an advisable option. It is more engaging and provides a means for visualizing ideas, and questions.
While engaged in course material, studying, or practicing lesson concepts, it is of paramount importance to be diligent in blocking out the potential distractions. For those who lack the self control needed to ward off digital distractions.
While learning something new and exciting, it’s easy to take on a lot but doing so sometimes abruptly leads to situations wherein one finds oneself intensely busy yet facing the dilemma whether to fit other related activities in the already tight schedule.
When taking on new work, make sure that these activities serve the higher purpose. Start saying NO to activities that complicate the schedule, suck up time, and create stress. On the other hand say YES to activities that simplify life, reduce stress, and create more time.
In any endeavour, it becomes very easy to forget stuff as one gets busier. It often happens that people become so engrossed on what they are doing that they lose track of time therefore it is important to set reminders and work as per plan.
As the famous saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” The fact is, working without breaks will do far worse. It can get real tiring and burning out while studying the subject, abruptly preventing further progress in the learning track. To avoid burnout, set regular breaks into the schedule and think of them as rewards for hard work, to keep fresh and alert. Make sure to also schedule “me” time or time with loved ones in the evenings and on weekends.
Closely monitor the schedule on a daily and weekly basis and make adjustments. Also, regularly ask the following questions:
I hope these tips help you to improve study and work efficiency.
India and Pakistan are two important countries in the South Asian region and share a long and complicated history with each other. The tension between them is deeply rooted in their common history. Their failure to reconcile their differences ultimately resulted in the partition of the sub-continent which too was the result of a legal and constitutional process.
Since then, they have not been unable to resolve their differences and develop a normal good neighborly relationship, which could have benefited either side. There have been several attempts to initiate a sustainable peace process, but most were either stillborn or abandoned in their infancy. Does it mean that the two countries are condemned to live in perpetual hostility? Can they overcome their historic rivalry?
Both the nations need to understand that there is no military solution to this, or we would have had one by now. Yet, the disharmony between the two major players has adversely affected the ability of South Asia. The continued insurgency, conflict and tension, along with a nuclear dimension, will not result in anyone’s benefit. The biggest beneficiaries of this prolonged conflict have been the extremist elements and certain world powers having geo-political interests.
The explicit possession of nuclear weapons by both India and Pakistan brings about the realisation that any conflict between them would have catastrophic consequences resulting in strategic instability.
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. This is probably what the need of the hour is…….for both India and Pakistan.
Peace and stability are pre-requisites for economic development, trade and politico-socio-cultural relations. Avoidance of crises, prevention of conflicts, developing the confidence building exercise to alleviate the “trust deficit” and the building of mutual trust to strengthen bilateral relations; should therefore be common objectives for the two countries.
There is a huge potential for the expansion of bilateral trade between India and Pakistan resulting in economic prosperity. But other issues, such as non-tariff barriers to trade, removal of items on the Negative List, continued conflict over Kashmir etc, will have to be addressed before any positive move can be initiated towards increasing trade. This official transaction will also discourage illegal trade that at present costs the two countries substantial revenue loss.
The serious energy shortage faced by both countries is hampering their economic development and industrial output. It would be in the interests of the two countries to harness co-operation in the field of energy and possibly collaborate in the field of nuclear energy, in the distant future.
The efforts at building confidence and trust in order to seek resolution of disputes can bear fruit, only if it is sustained, and continues uninterrupted. The two countries will have to resist the disruptive forces by evolving concrete means to deal with them.
The international community can encourage and facilitate a peaceful dialogue between the two nations. Greater people-to-people contact and building a positive public opinion can help change perceptions, as people would get to see the other country as a living reality and not the monster of the news headlines. Impetus to music, art and cultural exchange programs can play an instrumental role in strengthening the ties and nurturing a deep sense of understanding and harmony. Friendly cricket and hockey matches along with other sporting events would positively boost cordial relations.
There are many other costs: some measurable in currency—like the money spent on maintaining defence forces, setting up boarders and its upkeep, destruction of property, loss of foreign investment—and other costs not measurable in hard currency, the brunt of which is borne by the masses. Even in Kashmir, the degradation of the environment, loss of life, and the misery and poverty of refugees denies the basic human dignity and rights to people.
Therefore, the world’s most dangerous conflict must and can only be resolved with third-party mediation and an intellectual and open minded intelligentsia, with the intervention of the world forum with an open minded approach, political grit and acceptance by the general masses of both the countries; forgetting the past incidences and initiating a fresh start.
To conclude we can only say that– It is not about perfection, It is about effort, and when you bring about that effort every single day, that’s when transformation happens, that’s how changes occur….
By- Mrs. Vishakha Gupta
SNBP International School, Pune
(PUBLISHED ON THE INDIA FOLKSWEBSITE)
KEEP UP WITH WHAT ONE LOVES
Look around and you can see many perturbed faces!!!
Being part of education system I am familiar with all sorts of expressions which appear and wane in a jiff. It varies from an innocent smile of a kindergartener to a canny look of a senior most student. At present, I am thoughtful about the discontent that I can sense around me.
Exams are over, papers are shown….all have made promises (these promises are in affinity to the theory of survival of the fittest) …some are really happy to keep up their promises and some are disheartened as they can’t keep up their word.
My thoughts lingered around those children who failed to keep their words. Do we need to consider it as a fatal mistake? To me… it is NOT. Education is not only about Marks and percentage but it is about identifying one’s potential and channelizing it appropriately. Children are gifted with many talents and pursuing one’s passion gives one delight. We need to educate our parent and students about this aesthetic pleasure. My thought should not in any context belittle the value of education. Education enables us to dream, it paves a clear path to fulfil that dream. Moreover, the light procured through education will never be extinguished.
We have to mold our children in such a way that they should feel proud for establishing an incredible rapport with their teachers and parents. Always encourage them to chase their dream because we need to teach them to KEEP UP WITH WHAT THEY LOVE.