Ms Sara this time has brought us an exciting range of reading — from butterflies, which I just love, to Gandhi, an amazing man! I must say her collection seems to get better and better each day. Thank you Ms Sara for giving our wonderful readers the time of their lives with your witty, interesting oeuvres. Now, over to Ms Sara —
Hello hello, Sara here! Thank you — glad to hear you like my choices. Let us start with poetry.
Today, I present to you a wonderful poem by Aashritha Surya Prakash on the charming butterflies. I hope you like it as much as me.
Aashritha is a grade 4 student. She loves reading writing, crafts and classical dancing.
Butterfly , oh butterfly!
Oh Nature’s enticing mysteries,
Butterfly , oh butterfly !
Are you from another world ?
Where flowers grow ,
In all their glow,
Without withering at all ?
You fly so light
In the sky ,
Without a single flaw ,
You drink nectar
Without any food at all?
Butterfly , oh butterfly!
Where do you get those patterns ?
Do fairies paint you
In the night,
Or in the deep dark wood ?
No, not at all
But you thought so, of course you would.
The truth is
The great god painted us
Each of us differs
In our own way!
Many of us are relishing the rains. Eight-year-old Meghashree Nambiar from Mumbai wonderfully articulates the excitement of watching the rains.
Monsoon is like a bath to mother nature
Bringing greenery to breathe fresh air in future.
Peacocks dancing amidst the wilderness
Spreading happiness all around,
Children making paper boats and cycling in the playground
Wet birds flapping their wings to glory
Cuddling up on a branch humming a beautiful story.
Frogs jumping out of big black wild mushrooms
Gulping in bees with joyful moves,
Silver raindrops singing as they fly
With a colourful rainbow smiling up on the sky.
Here is a girl who shares her name with me! Sara Gupta is a curious child with a vivid imagination. She loves to write, bake and paint. She loves the water and is a good swimmer.
Bees make their home
On the trees,
And they can
Fly over the seas.
They suck on flower piles
And have huge hives.
Their skin colour is yellow and black
And have wings that quickly flap.
Bees make honey
And people buy it with money,
Never ever let a bee sting
Or you will jump like a spring!
Seven-year-old Aaryan Vittal from Bangalore has a wonderful fantasy tale of a wizard who discovered helping people also helped him.
The Wizard who Collected Blessings
Once upon a time there lived a wizard in a fancy house, in a lovely town.
One day while walking in the town, he saw a man who looked very sad.
The wizard wanted to cheer him up with some magic tricks. The man became happy after the wizard showed the magic tricks. It was the first time he saw someone feel so happy seeing his tricks.
Next day while the wizard was eating breakfast, suddenly an idea struck him.
He came home and made a lot of yummy food using his magic tricks and took it back to the town and started distributing food to people in need!
This made him so happy.
After some time he went to his bookshelf and took out his spell book. He started reading it and soon fell asleep. He dreamt of creating a magical house which could fly and land wherever he wished.
When he woke up, he wished his dream would come true someday.
He went ahead with his days, doing something good for people and making them happy. Sometimes he helped people with food, sometimes he cheered people with tricks, sometimes he rescued people in trouble, sometimes he wiped tears of people and made them smile.
And every time he did a good deed, he was blessed, “May all your wishes come true!”
He used to feel happy with such blessings, while thinking that his only wish was to build a magical house which could fly.
He kept doing good things everyday and sought blessings from many people in town and one fine day his wish came true.
He woke up in his magical house.
He realised he lived in a magical town where people’s blessings came true when he helped them the needy. Inspired by the wizard, all people tried to help each other and lived happily in the magical town!
Now, I share this imaginative piece by eleven-year-old R. S. Ananya from Chennai.
River, my friend
If rivers would talk to me, I would be the happiest child in the world. Rivers are most silent.
The sound of the river makes me happy. Whenever I am sad, I play the river sound on the phone. If it could talk to me, I would be there, listening, day and night.
Suddenly I feel like I have a friend who I can share my feelings with.
One day, I woke up in the morning and went for a walk at 5 am. It was a pleasant morning. I was walking by a river. Suddenly someone called my name. I looked around. Nobody was there! I was confused. I wondered for a second, “Would the river call my name?”
Yes! It was the river.
I was amazed.
I felt like screaming with joy.
Suddenly it grabbed me into the water. Oh my goodness. I could breathe underwater. It told me so many funny things.
I wondered if the river listened to the poem that I wrote yesterday and God gave it life. Fishes were running around my body tickling me.
It gave me a purple shell and said that if I had it, we could be friends forever. I kept that shell in my hands. My new nature friend and I swam all day.
It even bowed to me and I bowed back.
We did a lot of crazy things. We played, we danced, we sang with the fish. I was having a lot of fun. Suddenly I woke up. Was it all a dream?
Then I felt something was in my hand. There was a purple shell! I was so happy then. I have stored the shell in a beautiful sea box.
Many days later, when I was playing cricket with my friends, the ball went into the river. Since I did not catch the ball in the first place, I was asked to bring it back. I agreed and walked to the river. When I looked into the river, I was amazed and I jumped in. I swam for one hour and promised the river that I would come see it every day.
Twelve-year-old R.S.Anandita from Chennai writes this thorough essay on what peace feels like, how can it be achieved and why it is important.
All About Peace
What do we know about peace?
Well, peace is a state of mind where you are calm and there is absence of violence.
It feels so good when you are peaceful. A lot of us enjoy peace and quietness. As for me, I hate it when there is so much noise and violence. Nowadays the world has become so noisy. People have almost forgotten the word peace. They are just like busy bees. If our world is like this, where can we find peace?
There is only one place I can think of, which is peaceful — nature! I feel so peaceful while I am walking around my garden. How?
Because, there are lots of plants. The quiet rustling of the trees, the wind in my face, the pleasant fragrance of the flowers, the colourful butterflies flying around.
Ah! How peaceful! When I feel sad or overwhelmed I just go out and take a walk. Within minutes I cheer up! That is the power of nature and the peace it gives me. Nature is the best medicine.
Peace is the most essential thing that every human needs to thrive. We need inner peace as well. Inner Peace? What does that mean?
That is a beautiful feeling where your mind and soul remain calm and there is no stress. Inner peace is really important. Why is inner peace important? It is really beneficial to every mind and soul because it keeps a human very calm.
Peace is the ultimate solution to any type of conflict in this world.
What does God say about peace?
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives, I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Therefore it has been also inferred that God wants us to be peaceful.
How can we achieve peace?
Focus your attention on those things you love, spend time around nature and stay in ‘non-doing’ anything for at least few minutes which will keep you free and you will discover peace. In our school we are told to practice ‘non-doing’ for 11 minutes which will help us to stay calm.
Peace and meditation – meditation is the best ever practice I can think of to stay peaceful. Meditation can create a state of relaxation. You forget all of your thoughts, be it good or bad and find peace within yourself. Now coming to the place where you can meditate. The best places are beside a quiet lake, in your garden, under a tree and so on. Avoid places that are too noisy which may distract you. Meditation even improves your concentration. Peace is a very important part of every beating heart, working body, the mind and the soul.
Peace is the solution for every problem. Together we can create a peaceful world!
October is Gandhi’s birth month. I am happy to share fourteen- year-old Anushka Pandit’s essay on the most powerful weapon that Gandhiji used and why it is relevant today. Anushka is from New Delhi, India.
Gandhiji’s Weapon: Non-violence
“Nonviolence is not to be used ever as the shield of the coward. It is the weapon of the brave.”- Mahatma Gandhi.
Mahatma Gandhi, recognized as the Father of our Nation or Bapu played a crucial role in Indian history. He is recognized for his major contribution in the freedom struggle.
He fought against the British with his most powerful weapon. It was not a conventional military weapon at all. It was the weapon of non-violence. This weapon was considered so powerful that it spread like forest fire and countries like South Africa and people like Martin Luther King Jr. of USA were deeply influenced by it. This was the only weapon that was not injurious to people’s health but to Britisher’s wealth and compelled them to set Indians free from the chain of restrictions.
Gandhiji was the only man who adopted a peaceful method amidst the raging of fire of himsa (violence) all around him.
We bow with reverence to such a man. In today’s world we are free, due to the struggle by Mahatma Gandhi and many other unsung heroes who sacrificed their lives. I think that their sacrifice and bloodshed is immeasurable.
But Gandhiji who aimed so high for peace and non-violence may now think that his efforts went waste because today’s world is so inclined to violence.
Bapu took to the path of non-violence to make a productive and developed India. He always followed the thought, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
In the current scenario, I really wish to see that change in our country. I hope that if we all wish to see the same change as Bapu, we will be able to follow Gandhiji’s path of making a well-developed India.
Mahatma Gandhi faced many circumstances but still he fought with his most productive weapon which he knew is the weapon of strongest and bravest. He translated Ahimsa or non-violence as love. His patience and long walk to freedom on the path of non- violence, influenced many and forced the Britishers to leave the golden bird — India.
He gave us a message that love and compassion can also cut across, but without wounding. Violence never brings permanent peace, it never solves social problems.
Gandhiji emphasized the fact that non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. So, we should unite and fight with the weapon of non- violence and let’s make Bapu’s mission of India being a great nation, a successful one.
“Believe in yourself,” Gandhiji had said. It is not an easy task and a child often turns to his/her parents to look for that belief. Nine-year-old Siddharth Mundra from Kolkata shares a beautiful write up on this theme.
Believe in yourself
Today, I share the story of a very close relative in my family.
He was a young baby boy, when he was born into a rich business family. He had all he needed. As he was growing up, his father suffered huge losses in his business. The family landed into a lot of hardships.
This young boy saw all this, and it was very difficult for him. He was a good student but he didn’t have the many pleasures which children of his age would, like the so-called cool video games, vacations during holidays or going out with his friends. His parents tried to deal with this situation in a very calm and positive way. They made all the necessities available to him. At the same time, they explained to him that he was a smart and intelligent boy and should not get discouraged by the situation and let it affect his performance at school.
A tough thing to do when everybody had started to look down upon him. His parents always taught him never to lose hope, work hard and be truthful. The mental strength and confidence which they instilled in him helped him achieve excellent results in his academics.
Over time, he succeeded and today he is the CEO of a prestigious financial institution, doing very well for himself and his family. All this happened only because he believed in his hard work and teachings of his parents and teachers.
My parents explained to me that life is full of ups and downs and if ever I am faced with any challenge, I must remember the story of this boy.
I am still young. I have a few goals at present.
First of all is I wish to be a black belt in taekwondo and the second one is to be an author. I am working hard for these. I am training hard as well as reading a lot. And I believe that one day I can get my act together and achieve those.
As I grow up I shall have different ambitions. But the mantra behind reaching one’s goals is to believe in oneself. That would provide us with the confidence, perseverance and support we need to work hard towards our goals.
And that is a farewell from Sara and her young friends till the next edition.
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