My time I was shocked the most was when my grandfather died. It astonished me because my grandmother said that when he lied down on her lap, he left us alone. This was bewildering too, because before he passed away, he did a surgery. And if you get a surgery, you're supposed to live longer. On the next day, we went to India, and I was flabbergasted that he wasn't there and I couldn't go anywhere, because my grandpa would take me to other places and play with me. I was despondent, though I went to lots of places without him, and it felt very lonely because my grandfather would talk to me. I'd wish he would've lived longer because I only spent time with him for only about a year in total or maybe even a little. He was my favorite person and he cared as much as I wanted. He remembered me, I'll remember him till the day I die. That was the time I was overwhelmed and melancholy in my life.
Ronak Patel (10 years)
Every night, when I try to sleep,
All I can do is weep
For every day, I have to think
As further into the darkness I sink.
They carried me away in the middle of the night
When no other being was in sight
I could hear my siblings howl
And mother oh! the intensity of her growl
All this so I could be a pet, for people who never really cared
for people whose temper often flared
They would hit me with a stick
Or break my bones with a hard kick
No one knew when I cried
Or when my spirit died.
one day, I ran away,
People mistook me for a dog who was stray
Now I am like a leaf that has fallen off a tree and dried
An old withered leaf with a wounded pride.
Every day I have to bear
The cruelty of humans whose land I try to share
How I wish I was at my mother’s side
Into her fur I could have cried
How much I miss her warming hug
Which was even better than a sleeping drug
But I shall never see my mother
Or my sister and brother
For I am nothing more than a leaf that has dried
An old withered leaf with a broken pride…
Tvisha Raj (10 years)
In order to learn a new language well one should get to know the culture and the lifestyle of the country where it is spoken. To what extent do you agree with this idea?
Language is intrinsic to humanity as it is one of the key factors that sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. In today’s extensively globalized society, it is becoming exceedingly necessary to know more than one language. Many people believe that it is necessary to understand the traditions and customs of a place in order to truly learn its language, however, I beg to differ.
To begin with, learning a foreign language primarily requires understanding the nuances of its basic grammatical concepts, lexical sets and enunciation. None of these really require one to have a profound cultural knowledge. These can be easily learnt through books, and in the modern day, technologically driven world, via various avant-garde applications.
Furthermore, learning a language and gaining finesse in articulation is augmented by using it and listening to native users, not by cultural understanding. This too can be easily achieved via audio visual aids. Also, one can join one of the numerous groups on the world-wide web to interact with fluent speakers of a given language and improve personal skills.
Although, understanding the culture, traditions and history, may provide clarity on certain behavioral aspects of a society, but may not help gain fluency in their language. This is clearly validated by the fact that many immigrants who move to English speaking countries often spend their entire life with just a handful of words loosely strung together, as this enables them to convey their ideas and manage day to day activities. Though they have excellent understanding of local customs and traditions and often adapt them too, they do not feel the need to gain mastery over the language and a deep cultural understanding does not enable this either.
Considering the above arguments, it is indubi
When a country develops its technology, the traditional skills and ways of life die out. It is pointless to try and keep them alive. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Rapid industrialisation and modernisation rendered many traditional skills and lifestyles redundant. People's way of life and culture too underwent several transformations with the ever evolving technology. Many people accept this as part of development, however, I believe that we must preserve traditional skills and culture, for several reasons
First of all, these skills developed over many agonizing centuries, therefore encompass a country's rich heritage. The skills and culture need to be preserved to show the future generations the richness of their inheritance. Children cherish rich heritage and culture and it also builds confidence among the students. Study of these ancient arts can also be propitious to improving the present as well as future styles in art, architecture, handicrafts, etc. This is more pertinent than ever today, because of the absolute need to switch to greener forms of creation and manufacturing.
Further, cultural identity of a country is of paramount importance to carve its niche in the globalized world. For example, spread of the USA's way life across the world has spread its business globally. Similarly, spread of a country's culture increases its acceptance everywhere.
Finally, though many people have migrated to cities in search of new life and profession, people in villages are still employing traditional skills to support their families. Supporting these skills is required to facilitate many people's livelihood. For example, a considerable population is living on traditional weaving of 'Banaras Saris' in northern part of India.
To conclude, there is a need to preserve traditional skills and culture now than ever before for obvious present and future needs of a country.
Some people believe in the traditional idea that the woman's place is in the home, while others say that idea is outdated and that women should play an increasingly important role in the workplace of the future. What is your opinion?
Women have always been and continue to be vital to any household. In fact, in the contemporary society, women's presence has extended way beyond the confines of their homes as they contribute significantly in the work place and will also be game changers in future. I strongly support that the idea that women are an integral part of the modern day's work place and it is about time we vanquish various gender based prejudices from our society.
First of all, an independent woman is the hall mark of any progressive society and equal opportunities for women in workplace will be a great social equalizer.
Further, in a recent research on brain, it has been discovered that connections between the two cerebral hemispheres in women are better established as compared to men, which is the primary reason why women are better at multitasking. Therefore, women complement men in any organisation and hence make it more profitable.
Finally, a girl child has seen as a burden in developing and developed countries as generally, only men are employable. More job opportunities for women will change this orthodox view and help in arresting the decline of gender ratio. Anticipated job opportunities also motivate girls to study hard achieve their dreams.
To conclude, women’s role has become increasingly critical in modern workplace to address various issues plaguing the present-day society. Given an opportunity, women will replicate their successful role at home in workplace also.
Some people claim that not enough of the waste from homes is recycled. They say that the only way to increase recycling is for governments to make it a legal requirement.
To what extent do you think laws are needed to make people recycle more of their waste?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Consumerism not only expanded economies but also lead to environmental pollution and global warming. One of the ways to address environmental pollution is recycling waste generated at homes. The pertinent question is whether government laws are required to make recycling a legal requirement or not. I support the idea that a legislation will help in increasing recycling.
First of all, a law comes with consequences, if not followed it. A fear of fines or punishments makes people aware of their duties such as recycling of their waste. Further, jurisdiction spreads the importance of recycling among people. A determined government always comes up with an appropriate rule to change the behaviour of its citizens.
Secondly, a law on reprocessing will definitely make people conscious about their consumption. as a law on recycling not will only increase reuse of products but also reduce consumption. Therefore, an ordinance on recycling will help acountry increase recycling of run off materials.
However, enforcement of a rule requires administration and people. An administration is a burden on tax paying people. Additionally, vanguard technologies, like live cameras, are required to monitor whether people are recycling or not. Monitoring each and every household is a daunting and impractical task. Nevertheless, government can think of introducing rewards for recycling. For example, if people return their empty coke tin, then they will get about 5 % discount on new purchase of the tin. This will help the government to recycle the used tins in large scale.
To conclude, a strong legislation complemented with rewards
I got mad at the temple and hit the priest because I did not get another serving of seedo and it looked appealing, then I stormed out of the temple and got an appetizing big kid meal. Then I went to wacky wings and maxed out my parents credit card on tickets for 10,000$ and got enough tokens to get that stuffed animal that I always wanted. I ended up going to bed at 8:30, and it was a school night! so I immediately went to bed, I woke up at 7:45 and ate my yummy breakfast then headed to school. At school I ate my friend’s delectable chips in class, then ate my teacher’s scrumptious apple that was on her desk. It was soon lunch-time and I had a mouth-watering potato curry. Followed by an unappetizing potato salad. Then it was snack time and I had a nutritious big mac with large fries and a large coke, then I went home to brush my teeth for hygiene but I didn't take a shower and I forgot to put deodorant which was also very unhygienic. For dinner I went to multiple cuisines and had nutritionally rich burgers and fries. Accompanied with exotic dishes like pepperoni pizza, the cuisine was so good that I wolfed down my food and gulped down my coke. I was still hungry so I went to a lavish buffet where I saw my arch nemesis.... the PRIEST! Holding two plates of seedo, he was playing and toying with his food at his table which was nutritionally bankrupt, I went over and picked on him and his food and defeated him!. Now whenever I go to the temple I always get TWO servings of seedo.
Nilesh Popat (12 years)
Globalization is when different societies, countries, and cultures unite through communication and trade. Globalization has impacted multiple nations in diverse forms like economically and culturally. While there may be numerous advantages to globalization, we can't ignore the disadvantages.
Out of the multifarious benefits of Globalization, one crucial benefit is the economic advantage. Globalization has proven to increase production around the world. Globalization allows goods to be produced in different parts of the world with lower prices and have further boosted the already developed countries. This also makes it more affordable for consumers with low pay. Globalization has increased investments throughout the globe. Long term or short term investments by multinational corporations had played a huge role in improving the economics in developing countries. For example, more and more countries are trading with Africa through globalization and providing them with electricity. In 2014, 18.6% of electricity was imported to South Africa compared to 2013.
However, the economic push has also proven to be a double-edged sword. Globalization is also a giant threat to local markets. When transnational companies get created, consumers tend to buy from them. As they operate on massive economies of scale, the items that they sell are more low-cost. The local market can not compare with the extremely cheap price-range. Furthermore, their vast outreach enables them to make innovative and alluring designs and advertisements that local manufacturers fail to supply. Hence, they are not able to compete and eventually shut down. Barack Obama, presented a speech in Athens on Nov. 2016. He said, "Globalization is proceeding without caring for those who have become poorer, those in the middle class who have lost the prospect of a better life, and those who are struggling with new technologies and fear the loss of jobs."
Additionally, Globalization persuades countries t
Dhruvi Patel (14 years)
Monsoon is round the corner, and I am elated. Experiencing the scorching sun, and seeing the dry land is making me long for the rains all the more. The rains force the vivid umbrella’s and rain coat’s to come out of the closets and start functioning.
Besides, the best part of rains is to get drenched with my friends and feel the moist wind. I relish the fragrance of earth as rain drops hit the ground.
I find it amazing as monsoon weaves itself into our daily life and expression of which we see in customs and festivals. We celebrate this soaring monsoon spirit with Raksha Bandhan and Janmashtmi. It is a sight to watch the families bonding over bhajji’s and tea on a monsoon evening. Monsoon brings life to earth and light to our faces. Can’t wait for Monsoon to come by again!
Advaita Puri (11 years)
COURTEOUS - Tim is very courteous so everybody adores him business. Tom is harsh so everyone detest him.
INCLEMENT - Due to inclement weather all the shops were closed.
HOT UNDER THE COLLAR - I get hot under the collar when people make fun of my name
Natansh Nayak (12 years)
After that day, she never saw him again. It all initiated on a muggy, humid afternoon in July. The sun was shining bright and was beaming down on Boo Radley's sinisterly, dilated, haunted house as the villagers called it. Scout, Dill, and Jem were playing in the shade of a Magnolia tree, in the Radley’s front yard, where all of a sudden, the door creaked. A screeching voice came and the door suddenly flew open. It wasn't because of the wind since it was mid-July, where not even a single leaf moved on the trees. And all 3 of them were irrevocable that no one was in the house. The house had been vacant for the past decade. It was said by the villagers that a cannabis ghost lived in there. A four-headed monster, with 1 rainbow eye, long 5-6 in nails, on all 20 of his fingers and 5 of his legs. His hair was a bird's nest. It had spider webs, robin eggs, and uncountable insects such as lice and mosquitoes. Dill, the most valiant out of all, who enjoyed to dice with danger made the biggest faux pas of his life. An impulsive decision which led to adversity and agony. He went inside the house. Taking tiny steps one, by one, he got closer to the door. As soon as his feet touched the shabby floor, the door swung shut with a loud thud! Dill was perturbed. There were butterflies in his stomach and sweat started to trickle down his acne covered face. Dill felt ambivalent whether he should keep going inside or walk out. His instinct told him to keep going inside, but his brain told him to go back out. Finally, after brooding over his choices, he decided to go back out. But as soon as he tried to open the door, he realized it was locked. Dill was in a jam. He banged and cried for help, yelling on the top of his lungs but Scout and Jem, terrorized to death ran away to their house and left their friend one and only best friend, Dill in there all alone to misery. Ever since Dill has never been spotted again. Some say, he was gobbled up, but some say he was slaughtered. Only he know
Prachi Patel (14 years)
THUNDEROUS - I think Zeus is really angry today since it is thunderous day.
CONTENT - My elder brother is a content person, so he doesn’t get angry.
Anurag Saha (12 years)
DIRTY AS A PIG – After cycling in mud my brother was as dirty as a pig.
SPARKLING CLEAN - When the mirror of a bathroom is cleaned with soap it became sparkling clean.
SQUEAKY CLEAN - When the marble floor is polished it looks squeaky clean.
ON CLOUD NINE - After hearing the clapping of the audience at the end of my stage drama I was on cloud nine.
SPIC AND SPAN - If everyone follows the guideline of Swach Bharat Ahiyan our roads will be spic and span.
TERRIFIED - When my swimming coach asked me to jump from the diving board, I was terrified.
FURIOUS – I was furious when Sam pushed me and didn’t say sorry to me.
ANNOYED - When people were throwing stones on a little dog, I was annoyed.
TO LOSE YOUR COOL - When some children entered the temple with their shoes the pujari lost his cool.
OFF MASSIVE PROPORTIONS - The Nahargarh Cannon is of massive proportion.
Shuditta Uniyal (9 years)
DELICIOUS - Yesterday, I went to a hotel and tasted a delicious paneer dish.
DELECTABLE - Mango is a delectable fruit.
ON CLOUD NINE - My sister is on cloud nine because I have gifted her a loom band.
TO BE OVER THE MOON - I am the over the moon because I am going to buy a T-shirt of Manchester United .
SQUEAKY CLEAN - My father's RoyalEnfield is squeaky clean.
A LAVISH SPREAD - Pirates of the Grill has a lavish spread of dishes.
TO HAVE A RUMBLE IN THE TUMMY - Sam has a rumble in the tummy because he eats junk food every day.
INDIGNANT - My sister is indignant because I make fun of her name .
TO GET HOT UNDER THE COLLAR - I am hot under the collar because I am not going anywhere in summer holidays.
LIVID- I am livid with my father because he threw my fidget spinner .
ADORABLE - On my birthday,I got an adorable puppy.
HILARIOUS - My friend Aarush is a hilarious boy because he makes funny faces all the time.
NOT EVERYONE’S CUP OF TEA - It is not everyone's cup of tea to write good sentences.
Aryan Kumra (8 years)
My room was shabby, but when I got more people to help, too many cooks spoiled the broth, and made it more slovenly than ever. Finally, after I cleaned it all up, it was spic and span, and the lesson was if you want to do something right do it yourself.
Yash Patel (8 years)