DAY 1: FLAWLESS FLAWS!

‘Flawless Flaws’ is one of a kind awareness and support campaign run by Tagore International school, Vasant Vihar students in order to sensitize society on Acid Attacks and create aid for Acid Attack Survivors. Our main aim is to eradicate the illegal sale of acid which still exists in many places including cities. We also conduct surveys on the same and report the matter to the concerned authorities. We spread awareness not just in schools but also in communities that need it the

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DISPLAY OF ANGER IS YAY, DISPLAY OF LOVE NAY?

In many Indian households, expression of anger and outbursts in front of the whole clan, neighbors, outsiders is a very common thing.  We all might have observed this.  Criticizing, ridiculing, passing sarcastic comments is alright.  Parents fighting like cats and dogs in front of their children, parents yelling and beating their kids in front of everyone in the name of discipline, daughter-in-law being humiliated in front of strangers, etc., is something which we Indians don’t mind at all. But…how many

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I plead NOT GUILTY

It was a Friday night and we were all seated at the dinner table. As I served the food my 9-year-old shrieked – “No spinach please!” I could immediately sense my husband’s piercing eyes on me as if asking – “Why doesn’t she have the greens?” Even before his looks could transpire into words I retorted back, “Don’t ask me why !!” My daughter has already fractured her hand twice and sadly both the instances were in my presence. I felt

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TOP PICKS OF THE WEEK

Lakshmi Mitter’s Top 5 Favourite Books Billionaire Boy by David Walliams Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus by Mo Willems. Gajapathi Kulapathi by Ashok Rajagopalan The Lion’s Feast by Lavanya Karthik The Sky At Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi Best Books For Children to Start Enjoying Reading Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek: An extremely sweet story with amazing illustrations, is a superb read for children of any age. The Elephant & Piggie Series by Mo Willems: These books are

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JASLEEN KHURANA

“Think like a trend setter, not a trend follower” says this spirited 29-year-old entrepreneur! Meet Jasleen Khurana, Founder of QwertyThoughts.com, a multilingual social reading, and self-publishing platform where users can connect, discuss and read a book together with other people. She says, “It is like reading a book offline in a group and discussing it with others, but with an added ability to multiply the audience and read it together with people across the world.” Jasleen, often refers to herself as the Chief Everything Officer of

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LET’S BRING OUR SPARROWS BACK

Imagine yourself sitting in the morning, relishing your coffee and just at that precise moment, a pigeon chooses to perch itself on your balcony. Its head bobs as it surveys its surroundings, emitting those throaty sounds while flapping its smelly dirty wings. The coffee just loses its taste as you flap your newspaper at it to scare it into leaving. But the obstinate creatures that they are, they refuse to budge…. you and your coffee be damned. The sound that

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VEDAPRANA PURKAYASTHA

She describes herself as a wanderer, dreamer and a thinker. And we’d like to add – an entrepreneur, blogger and a cheerleader of women. Meet the very versatile Vedaprana Purkayastha. Vedaprana grew up in Guwahati, Assam and completed her Masters in Statistics and a B.Ed. as well. Although she is currently resides in Bengaluru and loves her city, her heart belongs to her home town and takes every opportunity to promote Assam. Being an ardent saree lover, she started a venture

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READING RESOURCES

Digital Reading Resources vs Traditional Reading Resources -LAKSHMI MITTER The digital world has amazing reading resources. True, children spend a lot of time with gadgets these days and to present reading resources on the tablets is not welcome. Something to ponder about is why we would like to restrict the use of gadgets. Possible reasons are that children spend a lot of time on gadgets, which results in limited physical activity, possibility of the eyes getting strained etc. Reading a

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IN A YEAR’S TIME

I can still feel the sun rise the the creases of my palms Watch the trees swaying in the breezeDrown in the scintillating threads of moonlight and the serenade of starsThe roads, buildings and shops around all remain the sameNothing much has changed in a year’s time Or so it seems… For I have walked countless milesBeen bruised, battered and fragmented Yet rising each time to rejoin broken pieces In yet another different frameI have lived a countless lives, died

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READING: 9+ years

LAKSHMI MITTER 9+ age group If you are a reader who loves subtle humour, Midnight Gang by David Walliams is a must read. The story is about a group of children who become good friends in the last place one can imagine- the children’s ward of a hospital. The hospital building itself is badly maintained and most sign boards have lost letters suggesting funny names. Everything about this hospital is bad except for the children of course, who are adorable.

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