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2016- A review

“Every new day is a blank page of a 365 page book, write a good one”

-Brad Paisley.

2017 is here now!! As we all take up resolutions, and look forward to the upcoming year, we are getting older, each day and there is more for us to accomplish this year. Goals are set and it is in our hands to accomplish them as we move forward. As we move forward, let’s take a moment to look back and see what we have left behind of 2016, and see how we could’ve improved ourselves, because looking back into the past doesn’t make sense, but knowing what we should’ve done and shouldn’t have done is vital for us to be a better personality that we left of the previous year.

2016 started in a different way for each one of us. Whilst we Indians mourned the loss of a great leader, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, 2016 kick started for us. Half of us were ready for it while the others weren’t, but when it started, little did we know what we had to face, as we walked through this.

January 2016, was sticking to our goals and resolutions, and enjoying the newness of Christmas and New Year presents.  This time January had more for us, leaving the Harry Potter cast, crew and the fans in heartbreak, as Alan Rickman, the man who acted Snape in the Harry Potter series died on the 14th of January, aged 69.

 2016, being a leap year, gave us an extra 24 hours. We also know what a leap year means, Olympics; anticipation and expectations from the nation, to bring back something home.

February 2016, also meant Obama’s historic visit to Cuba, being the next President of USA to visit, since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

March 2016, was sprayed in colours as we embraced Holi. March also meant the last month of our academic year 2015-16. As all of us completed our exams and heaved back, our holidays begun!! As March peeped in, summer also decided to peep in as it slowly increases the sun’s wrath, making us whip our foreheads off sweat and tire.

April 2016,got into the peaks of summer and holidays. As the sun decided to make us all immobile and awe at the weather reports and temperature, we slowly get past the wrath to May! As we were ready to move on to May, destiny decided to play its game and on the 21st of April, we lost Prince, an American Singer and songwriter who died at the age of 57. As we mourned his death, Beyoncé, decided to cheer us up, as she dropped her sixth album, ‘Lemonade’.

May 2016, was tough as we geared past summer’s last month of wrath. May 2016, also meant my birthday! J

June 2016, was “Phewing off” the heat as the wrath was over! As students geared up for their next academic year, dusting off their laziness from the holidays, school rolled in getting us students on our toes, when the sad news of Muhammad Ali’s death loomed in. On June 3rd, Muhammad Ali, an American professional boxer, died at the age of 74, leaving behind his achievements for the pride of the people.

July 2016, was overall an exciting month as Harry Potter fans, including me, waited in anticipation for the eighth story of the Harry Potter series, (as J K Rowling had announced previously in the year) Harry Potter and the Cursed child to be released, since the last one, 19 years before. On July 31st, the long wait was over and the book was released, as people rushed to the bookstores to grab their copy! J K Rowling was back, after her long nineteen year break for her career, and the series.

August 2016, was quite a milestone for Indians, as we saw P V Sindhu win the Silver medal, being the fourth Indian to win the silver. Celebrating the triumph of Sakshi Malik too, we dived into celebrative moods.

September 2016, passes by with celebration as exams turn round the corner and everybody gets back to work at school and workplaces.

October 2016, was filled with festive spirit as Diwali, Dussehra and Halloween spring up for us!! We light up our houses with lamps to chase darkness and sorrow, and celebrate Dussehra at its best! Little did we know that the next month would be so significant for Americans and Indians alike.

November 2016. November 2016, majorly consisted of Indians thinking of India’s future as it got MODIfied, while Americans thought of America’s future as Trump made America great again. Yes, on November 8th, Indians got to know India was to be demonetized, and we bid goodbyes to Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes and Americans got to know Trump was elected President! Luckily, the month ended with a happy note as J K Rowling released her last work of the year, “Fantastic Beasts and where to find them”, a prequel of the Harry Potter series.

December 2016: People heaved sighs of 2016, as it drew to an end, waiting for what not to come, and how time had just flown by, when something most unexpected happened. On December 5th2016, India lost one of its most valued and respected woman-leaders, J Jayalalithaa, aged 68, who’d served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for 5 terms. Just as people mourned the loss, 2016 decided to finish off with a last disaster as the Vardah Cyclone hit Chennai, on December 12, leaving behind massive destruction and loss of Chennai’s green cover .As the New Year approached, people looked forward to a new beginning, a new year, and newer achievements.

Let’s just pray for a great, successful and productive year ahead!

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The time we literally got TIRED of beaches!!

“Andaman and Nicobar Islands.” The first thought occurring to anyone would be a vast spread of blue, rippling across back and forth, while you sprawl out on the sand, tanning yourself and just staring at the sky. Beaches, Exotic and Calming beaches! Shemurr!

Sure enough, when we returned we were so ‘beached up’! We literally vowed to ourselves to not visit the beach for at least a month.” Yo’ lookin’ for a break? Then this gotta be the righ’ place for yo’!”

A six – day trip to chilling out, it was pure ‘Awesomeness’! 

Day 1- 24th November 2016

Bags packed, breakfast in tummy, dresses on, shoe laces tied, and excitement clinging on, we boarded our flight to Port Blair. In the flight, the first few minutes, I was just staring out of the window, with no idea of what to do. I could go over to my friend’s seat and chat with her, whose family was accompanying us ,or music on, or just continue to stare outside the window and just become more air sick till I threw up. I decided to music. Headphones on, I played music on my phone. Then we got some coffee, and then I went selfie- mad,- I dunno, I was just doing blah for two hours, literally on the plane, till I got off.

After collecting both the families’ bags, we took a car to our rooms. After accommodating our rooms, we went for lunch. Our hotel’s name was Blue Sea Hotel. After lunching, we decided to rest. At first me and my friend, were gobbling up chocs and other snacks, then we also dozed off, with the adults.

At 2pm, we left for ‘Corbyn’s cove’. Then we decided to jet ski. They told me to take my glasses off, or it might fly away. I didn’t. I got on and it was bombdigitty! Lucky, I got my

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Corbyn’s cove beach

glasses off before the ride intensified. Water was literally all over my face, and it was so much fun! After I got off I was totally shaken. I came to the shore and just sat there for sometime thinking of the ride. After my brother returned, he was such a sight. We all burst into laughter, and my brother got all shy ’cause every  person was laughing at him. His hair was all spiked up and he was totally shaken.

After my friend returned, we decided to play a game. We ran at top speed and then suddenly jumped, PLOP! We all got super muddy! After changing, we went to the Rajiv Gandhi Sports Complex. There, there was this children traffic park, with traffic rules and signboards all over, where you could ride a Bi/Tricycle. Unfortunately, we didn’t have one for our age, so we decided to ride the one meant for 10 years. My friend went first, I wanted to race her and BLIMEY! I fell and bruised my knees! Shemurr! Awkward!!!!

After both of our siblings were done cycling, we went back to our rooms, refreshed and had dinner and fell back for the night!!

Day 2- 25th November 2016

I wake up to find I’m in Andaman! Oh YEAH! Recognition dawns upon me! I pull on my Jeans and my T-Shirt and step down for Breakfast. Then we take a car driven by Sanjeet, who actually drove us down for the whole trip.We again go to the water sports complex and we were waiting for like two hours till our vessel ‘M V Saroj’ arrived. Though all of us were frustrated, the wait was certainly worth it. We first landed on ‘North Bay Island’.

Fun Fact: The picture of this island can be found on our 20 rupee notes!

After a little talk, we decided to try out Scuba Diving training at North bay, and if it was good enough we could just go for it,  if not we could go for Sea Walk. Me, my mum, my dad, my friend and her mum were gonna try it out. The training started. We were told signs, to communicate for an emergency, underwater. For “OK”, you had to join your thumb and index to form an’O’ and keep the other three fingers raised. For going up, you had to show a “thumbs up”.For   going down, “thumbs down”and for something wrong , you had to put your hand out flat and wave it lightly.

All of us wore suits, a weight belt, goggles and had an oxygen cylinder at our backs for inhaling. Then, having regulators in our mouth, we trialled underwater. I was quite okay. I agreed, but I was teriffied, you know, scuba diving at twelve’s not easy.

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North bay island

I was ready, I went underwater with the guide. It wasn’t easy breathing through your mouth. After sometime, some water went into my nose and I started spluttering. In a hurry, I took my regulator off too and I started to choke. Luckily, the guide hurried me upwards and I got fine. After that, it was great,watching the underwater marine life of all colors and sizes, possible. You know sometimes things are so great that you just have to live that moment, and it ain’t so easy decribing it later. All I can say is, it was a spectacular and breathtaking sight of marine life, underwater!!

After diving, I changed and we got onto M V Saroj again, and headed to Ross Island. At Ross

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Ross Island

island, we didn’t get in the water. We were just sight- seeing. We saw a bunker built by the Japanese, and we saw a lots of deer. We were hanging about and we also got to see peacocks!

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Cellular Jail

All of us were tired and hungry, when we got off M V Saroj. We headed straight for lunch, and returned to our rooms. Later in the evening, we visited Cellular jail, for the light and sound show, about the history of the Andaman Islands and Cellular Jail, and how it attained its name ‘Kaala Pani’.

Day 3- 26th November 2016

After breakfast, we boarded our ship to the Havelock Islands, called ‘Green Ocean’. It was the first time for all of us on a ship, and the sight was spectacular. By the end of the cruise, we had a dancefloor! Guessed it! Shemurr! I didn’t Dance!

After reaching Havelock, we accommodated this beach resort, called ‘El Dorado’, where there was a small beach at the back. We decided to rest for the day. For dinner, we ate at a Restaurant, called Shakaahar, where food was great.

Day 4- 27th November 2016

Originally, we’d planned to go to Lighthouse beach, Elephant beach and RadhaNagar Beach, but due to bad weather conditions, we couldn’t make it to Elephant beach. At first, we were waiting on a beach, for our boat, to take us to Lighthouse beach.Apparently, our

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Snorkeling

boat was late. So we were just playing around in the water, trying our best not to get soaking wet. But, both of our siblings, mine and my friend’s sibling got soaked and had to change. All of us enjoyed in that beach too soaking our legs, and enjoying the sand. After something that felt like ages, our boat arrived! It was called ‘Bikash Rider’ and rode us to Lighthouse beach. Here, we went Snorkeling, while the siblings just splashed bout. I’d say Snorkeling is just the tyro of Scuba Diving , ’cause we couldn’t go too deep, nor too far.

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Radhanagar beach

We returned to our rooms to refresh, and then at 2pm we left to Radhanagar beach. This beach was breathtaking and the best of all. We all changed into swimming suits, just sat down, and waited for the waves to hit us and push us away. This was COOL! After this all we kids were very tired, and we just rested in our rooms for the day.

Day 5- 28th November 2016

We were just traveling back to Port Blair,in Green Ocean. After we reached we went to another beach and a sunset point, where we saw rocks of all colors, and we also sighted a crocodile!!! Later, we retired for the night at our rooms, back in Port Blair.

Day 6- 29th November 2016

Our last day at Andaman, and straight back home! We went Shopping and got quite a lot of stuff! we got a few shell- shaped keychains for our friends, some jewellery, a fridge

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a bloody handprint we found in one of the cells (pc: my dad)

magnet and a ship which played music when you turned its steering. Then we toured the Cellular jail.It was quite upsetting to see that so many people gave their lives up for the nation. In fact,I found this in one of the cells.

At 2:25 we boarded our flight back home! Woah! What a trip! Like literally, this has been the best trip of my life to date!

XOXO,

CLR

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50 Study Hacks to ace your next exam + Bonus printables for planning out your study!!!

When you know your exams are due in a week, you be like:

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So here are 50 Study Hacks to (hopefully) ace your test!!!!!

Hack #1

Grab those headphones of yours and just rock your study session!! 

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Hack #2

Not everything can be handled like your pizza! “All at once!” So break your study into chunks and take breaks.

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Hack #3

Also try blocking apps like SelfControl or ColdTurkey for blocking out your phone or PC for a scheduled time.

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Hack #4

Make notes like a BO$$!!!!

P.S : I love 5H

P.S.S : I Looooooove BO$$

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Hack #5

Read your notes!! Don’t just leave them in a corner nice and dusty, so you can just throw them away in the end of the semester.

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Hack #6

Now I know why we gotta make notes!!!! Now this is what I call ‘legit’!

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Hack #7

Being scented also gives you that ‘one another reason to study’.

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Hack #8

Be weird! Be cool! Be weirdly and coolly studying!

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Hack #9

Post it! Post this! Post that! “Post it” every goddamn thing!!

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Hack #10

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Gotta finish like ten chapters?? Then this is the best way to literally ‘skim’ through material.

Hack #11

Best not to try it in a library!

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Hack #12

I always* do this!! Drinking water will stimulate your body and thinking. I dunno why but it also inspires me to study.

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* Emotional sobs.“After all this time?” .”ALWAYS” said Snape.

Hack #13

I prefer teaching stuffed toys cause I’m no teacher!

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Hack #14

When you’re like totally scrunched for time and you gotta study in a public setting, this can prove useful.

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Hack #15

Now I know, #Monday blues

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Hack #16

Nappy nap!!

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Hack #17

‘Scholarly!’

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Hack #18

This reminds me of Chamber of Secrets!! “Enemies of the heir beware!!”

Hack #19

Punch ’em!

Hack #20

Try grape smoothies or grape ICE CREAM??!

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Hack #21

Or why not try making your own PowerPoint presentation???

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Hack #22

“I wanna stuff my face with Chocolate ” is directly linked to getting higher scores…. Wait what??? OH YEAH!! NOW YOU WANNA KISS ME!

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Hack #23

Be careful with music! If you’re on YouTube, you can get distracted and before you realise you’re into Superwoman’s latest video and three hours have gone by.048502ce5dcbc6344b63105ce2884c5a

Hack #24

Use mnemonic devices. Like the ‘VIBGYOR’ you learnt to remember the colors of the rainbow.

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Hack #25

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Maintain a planner to plan out your study. Don’t miss out my bonus templates for planning out your Study.

Hack #26

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After writing a paper copy and paste it on Google translate and it will read it out to you, as you find your mistakes easier.

Hack #27

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Try PhotoMath, it allows you to take pictures of problems and it will solve them step- by – step for you.

Hack #28

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Use Wordhippo.com to find words that you can’t think of but can describe.

Hack #29

Another method to remember things easily.

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Hack #30

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Revising is another hazzle, but we have to!!!

Hack #31

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Try studying with friends, though there are chances you can get even more distracted.

Hack #32

Flashcards are so DARN useful!!! I tell you, if you haven’t used any flashcards, it’s high time you do!!

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Hack #33

No one person will be found alive at that time…. seriously. (But I will! I woke up at 3am once for stuDYING!!!)

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Hack #34

Chew on!

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Hack #35

No more buying textbooks!

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Hack #36

All of us tend to drink coffee during studying. This is awesome for keeping your coffee hot.

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Hack #37

Draw your diagrams to get them nice and perfect rather than just stare at them for hours.

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Hack #38

A set of educational websites. These will be useful overall.

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Hack #39

Clean your room and table firstly, you will feel motivated.

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Hack #40

Try changing study spots. It’s proven to improve and boost memory power.

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Hack #41

Try highlighting and colour coding.

Hack #42

I’d mentioned this method of revising in my previous blog and it’s awesome!! I still use it.

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Hack #43

Get yourself inspired and watch a documentary.

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Hack #44

Use comfortable fonts.

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Hack #45

Treat yo’ self

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Hack #46

Record and listen to lectures with a soothing background.

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Hack #47

Listen to recordings 2× the speed.

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Hack #48

Stop procrastinating. I would not say this is a hack. I’d say this piece of advice is a life saver!

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Hack #49

Make sure you have this survival kit.

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Hack #50

Write down all formulae or important stuff in an index card and you’re ready to go handle it.

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Now, for the bonus planners to plan out your study…

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Testophobia: Fear of exams and how to overcome it. What Straight-A students are following and they aren’t telling you!

You wake up and find yourself surrounded with pens, pencils, highlighters, a clutter of papers and realise you were cramming down the night and fell asleep.

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You stare at your watch and you’re like “Goddamn! That’s fifteen minutes!!!😱” You rush and put on your dress and grab your exam pad, pencils, and pens. You reach school and realise you still have two chapters left.

That’s when all the exam fear turns up and you come in face to face with “Testophobia”!!

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So here are a few tips to overcome this so-called “testophobia.”

When does Testophobia turn up???
When you aren’t ready and confident enough for your exams. So it’s quite simple and straight forward: All you got to do is study in advance! I know…better said than done, but you know that there are a few kids who follow all these methods.( Like me!!😄😄)
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How do you study in advance??
That’s a common question. Maintain a revision planner and try to sort out the difficult ones and the easier ones. Eat that frog!!!Difficult ones FIRST!! Easiest ones LAST!! I know…but you can’t do anything but eat that frog!! Stick to your plan, I know this is the tiring part…just try your best…you will get results!

How to study to your best??!
Well, the usual old methods work best. Highlight, take notes, write out the things which you feel are difficult to grasp and just give your best out and just finish it off!!24abc4bc28727d2c327c2463b1189ef1

So after you’ve read all of this, if you tend to forget things, try revising all the subjects a few day before you exams start.

What is the most effective method of revising??
Grab a few highlighters, your textbook, a plain sheet and a pen.
Take your textbook and highlight ONLY THE IMPORTANT STUFF. When you highlight try using a variety of colours and code them. By highlighting, try removing all that fluff.
Next, grab your pen and weed out some more of the important stuff and cut out the unimportant stuff. This way you have summarized your whole textbook atleast twice, and remember you also read some of the unimportant stuff, so just in case this appears in the exam, you will vaguely remember something.
Next, write out all the filtered, important stuff in your notebook.
Next, (I know this is tiring!!😥) type it out and print it.
Now, grab your highlighters and highlight all the extra- extra-important stuff.
There you go written, printed and highlighted revision of your lesson. This way you cannot leave out even the smallest bit of important stuff and they’re revised for over five times!

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In the exam hall.

Now this is where your non- cramming helps you. You will naturally sleep early .(try not to grab a book or have a peep at the television the night before…these things will just make you stay with them till they end!)#Relatable
Wake up early in the morning and skim through your revised notes and get ready!! DO NOT skip your Breakfast!! Get to the exam hall early and take a comfortable position and settle down. Use the Washroom, drink some water and relax! ( I don’t do that!!😥) Once the question paper arrives, don’t freak out if you don’t remember a few answers. Just leave them for later and move on. Check your answers before you hand your paper over. (Just in case, you know, if you’ve made a blunder) and rejoice!!

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I solemnly swear I am up to no good… ’cause I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!!🎆 🎉

1ecf78c05c16b0f564ada738a8dcd903Albus Severus Potter, who is destined to be in Slytherin, finds his cup of tea is NOT Quidditch, and is unlike his famous father, the Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter, befriends Malfoy’s son, Scorpius who is rumoured to be Voldemort’s son himself. One day as Albus overhears a conversation between Harry and Amos Diggory he decides to get himself into some adventure with his BFF ,( that reminds me, Happy Friendship Day!) Scorpius. He wants to be like his dad, always into some fun and adventure, little realising that his dad was forced into adventure, not one who went looking for it.
‌They jump off the Hogwarts train and set out for an adventure with Delphi, Amos’ niece and steal a Time – Turner from the Minister of Magic, Hermione Granger’s office (guessed it right, she hid it in a bookshelf)
‌Anyone who messes with time, is certainly into trouble. They mix up things, make people disappear, change people’s character and worse of all ,bring Voldemort back to power because of humiliating  a wizard. They meet Snape, who is proud to find that Harry’s son wears his name.At last, the matters are put to rest, but the shocking revealing of Delphi’s parentage, puts the boys dumb founded. It’s up to the boys to save the wizarding world from falling into the powerful hands of Voldemort .
‌ I loved it. A must- read for the upcoming wizards of Hogwarts and the Muggles Yet, I felt it didn’t have Rowling’s touch of those juicy words. It showed a little obviously that the book wasn’t her work wholly.
‌#goodreads #harrypotterfan #cursedchild

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Books or Movies?!:?

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In today’s world there is so much to explore and unveil. The world awaits out there to let you walk into all these opportunities BUT which means would you prefer?

People are so influenced by the movies nowadays that, they’re like who wants these sluggish books?? I’m like: 😱😱!!

I can tell you experiences from both sides of the coin; come on you’ve gotta accept that how much ever you love books (which is most unlikely) you’ve seen AT LEAST a SINGLE movie?!

Movies are realistic.I accept this and I happen to remember quite a disgusting incident in which I bit a bloody popcorn. Yes, you heard me right, A BLOODY POPCORN. I was watching ‘The Jurassic World’ in 3D and I bit through a popcorn, just in time, for my eyes to meet that disgusting scene when the Dinosaur ‘scrunches’ up a human soldier. Eeks! I felt as though my mouth was filled with blood. FYI: I’m not a cannibal, so I obviously didn’t find it amusing. I guess this is the attraction factor for movies: Movies are realistic.

Are books realistic?!  YES THEY ARE!! Do you disagree?! Read on. You will agree. Some say books are no realistic in any manner. I believe words are stronger than anything. An author’s words utilised in the book are enough to bring the reader to his/her world. Let me share with you another incident. I was reading this book called ‘Murder most unlady like’. The detective finds the victim’s body and the detective unknowingly feels the victim’s coat collar noticing it is slightly red and once discovering it was blood, she hastily rubs it upon her skirt. At this time I was licking tomato sauce! I guess you would understand, I felt like puking.
Well, considering both these incidents, you would think I have a huge appetite as both involve me eating something or the other. It’s quite the opposite story here. You know, I just happen to adopt the gene of multi – tasking from my mum!😉

Pros and Cons!

Watching horror movies result in the adrenalin junkies getting real pleasure out of being scared, but in a variety of ways they are risking our physical and mental health. When we watch an intense scene in a film our heart rate and blood pressure increases. This can and does lead to heart attacks.

Horror books, in change do make you get excited, but since you don’t view it visually, it is just a picture of imagination in your mind, it isn’t much of a harm. Personally, I’m not into all this horror stuff! I just try to make a big joke of it!

Here’s something for movie – lovers. Comedies, help lower your blood pressure!!😇😇When you laugh for extended periods of time your blood vessels dilate. Intense laughter for 15 minutes during a film has the same effect as exercising.

Ummm….. No…. I don’t think reading a book for 15 minutes makes you feel as energetic as exercising, BUT reading a book does energise your mind rapidly!

Hey, That’s quite amusing! Children who watched short clips from the Harry Potter films, specifically ones that involved the use of magic, scored significantly higher on a creative thinking test than other children.

In this case, they quite have to share the credit. I guess it is the same effect as watching a movie or reading a book, they make you creative (I love the Harry Potter series, it’s quite obvious because my username includes ‘Rowling’) and they do quite benefit both sides of the coin.

Here’s something for boys who LOVE these action films!:mrgreen:
If exposed to violence through entertainment, it leads to ACTUAL REAL LIFE violence. Overall the answer to that is probably still up in the air, but a new study proves that watching aggression over the screen, you do experience REAL LIFE violence, even if it is just in the short term. Wait till my bro hears this!!🙌

Books, on the other hand do contain violence on certain areas, but I would say, just like I said previously, it is just a bubble if imagination in your mind, so I feel it’s not much harm.

Oh yeah! Just remembered, I found this over Google.

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I’d say the majority of the  good movies that are shoot, are book –  derived stories. For instance, J.K Rowling’s all famous Harry Potter series, John Boyne’s book about the concentration camp, The Boy in the striped Pyjamas, Markus Zusak’s Book Thief…. Here’s a tip for these type of books: See the movie, then read the book. I tried it out. You may feel that once you’ve seen the movie, what’s the use of reading the book, but here’s the catch, the movie won’t be able to nor won’t cover all the important details, so you may feel that a few things are unexplained. When you read the book, you can really ‘taste’ or ‘feel’ the book and appreciate it more. Though, if you don’t feel it very appraising, you can do it the way you like.

Never judge a book by its cover, never judge a movie by its poster and NEVER judge a book by its movie!!😎😎

That’s a mashed up and mixed up quote by me!😋😋

Do you totally disagree towards all my opinions?? Then you can tell me about your opinions in the comments.

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A musical sojourn.

“I was going to travel with my friends and perform in various places, which included St. Thyagaraja’s birthplace,Thiruvaiyaru.” This thought, made me bubble up with a cornucopia of excitement and a nanoscopic amount of anxiety as I was traveling in the absence of mom and dad.

It was 4:50am as we bid a goodbye and boarded. Drowsy to the brim, all of us slept our way through. We had breakfast in Vikravandi at 8. After a few hours of traveling, we reached Koothanur, the first place we were to perform, situated in theThiruvarur district of Tamilnadu, which is widely known for its abode of the goddess of knowledge, music and arts, Saraswathi. Draped in white, she holds a Veena, which represents mastery over art and music .King Rajaraja Chola donated this temple to Ottakoothar, a renowned Tamil poet, hence the town came to be called as Koothanur. We sang ‘Saraswasthi Namasthubyam’ and ‘Mamavathi Shree Saraswathi’

After halting for lunch, we headed to Govindapuram, a village in theThiruvidaimarudur taluk ofThanjavur district in Tamil Nadu. We were gonna visit 3 temples in this village. First we visited the Tomb (Adhishtanam) of Bodhendhiral, a pontiff of the seventeenth-century and the head of the Kanchi Mata in Kanchipuram, who spent his later life in Govindapuram. The place is known for its serenity and quiet.Next, we proceeded to the Sankaracharya temple. After singing songs in glory of the Guru, we progressed to the recently builtPanduranga Vital Temple which was consecrated on July 15, 2011. After rendering a few abhangs and bhajans we visited the cow’s stable (Ghoshala) where there are more than 500 cows and are provided with food, water, shelter and medical facilities. I was astound to see each Cow had a dedicated fan! After this, we were off to Tiruvaiyaru.

The next day was gonna be quite a momentous day. Firstly, we visited Panchanadheeswar temple and then, we visited St. Thyagaraja’s Residence, where we chorused on a few songs he’d composed. One of it was Thyagaraja’s first ever composition, ‘Namo Namo Raghavaya’ set to the Raga Desiyathodi and Tala Rupakam. After singing a few songs, we walked n sang a few other songs on our way to the tomb.

After fooding on, we went to St. Tyagaraja’s tomb (Samadhi) again for our main programme. We sang the ‘Pancharatna Kritis’ or the five gems of compositions by St.Thyagaraja and a few other songs.

Due to traffic reasons, there were a few delays and we couldn’t make it to two temples planned before:Thirumeeyachur Lalithambika temple and the Uthukadu Krishna temple. The discovery of the panchaloka idol of Kalinga Narthana Perumal from the temple tank led to the popularity of the Uthukadu temple . It is believed that sage Natasha witnessed the Kalinga Narthanam that Lord Krishna performed in front of the divine cows Nandini and Patti, children of Kamadhenu. The mythological story goes on say that Sage Naradha prayed to Krishna to remain in the village in the dance posture and bless the devotees. Hence it is believed that Lord Krishna remained in the dancing posture in Uthukkadu. I hope we make it there the next time.

Well, the trip had ended.We headed to Home Sweet Home. I surely had enjoyed the trip to the most, and my mum and dad would tell you how excited I was on telling them what happened throughout the trip. I didn’t let them sleep.😜

Last, but not the least, I’d like to thank everyone who helped me through and not to mention my teacher, Radha Aunty, who organised the trip so well.

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The Summer Crafts Mania!

BAAM! CRASH! BOOM! What was that noise?! Not again! That’s the third vase!! Is your kid breaking all the things outta there?! Maybe there is some engaging work to do there! Here are just cool crafts for engaging your child!

Craft 1: Pebble Painting

Does your kid love painting or drawing on walls and other odd objects?? Then, this is just the craft for your kid!!

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Collect some pebbles and give them a nice good wash. Since there are quite a few pebbles in and around our apartment, I decided to do this, one nice hot summer afternoon. Giving it a nice wash was THE most exciting part. It was good getting a good wash ourselves too:P

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Now give these pebbles a thick coat of gloopy glue/ fevicol. Make sure you don’t get too sticky.

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Paint to your wish! I used acrylic paints.We decided to make strawberries out of pebbles and painted a few polka-dotted ones too. Luckily, no one bit through the strawberries.;)

Your Pebbles are ready! You could even substitute these with your decorative marbles!
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Craft 2: Get organized with your kid’s school stuff.

Do you find pencils and erasers all strewn around your house?? Then get started! Just two steps to making your kid organized and yourself too!

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Find a nice big container for your kid’s pencils. I’ve gotten my hot chocolate’s

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Now just paint it to your favorite color! My bro’s is blue, but since the container’s is already blue, I insisted on painting it red! I used acrylic paints for this too.

Now, being organized is just two steps away! Why not try it out?? You could use a more- of – flat container to store erasers or sharpeners, or even paint a small cardboard box for this purpose!
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Craft 3: Spray your way to Glory!
Is your kid out there, fretting about the dirty old look of her room?! Maybe it’s time to freshen it up a little bit with some hand-made, spray-painted and stunning posters!

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Write out the words you’d be putting up in your poster. Put them in an attractive font. Since ours’ about Batman, I put up a serious font. You could even consider using masking tape.

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Snip them off! Don’t forget the triangles in the A’s and the semi circles in the B’s.(snip them off accordingly) If you’ve used masking tape, then just ignore this step.

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Place them accordingly on the paper the way you want it. If you’ve used masking tape, you could just stick it on the way you want it!

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Spray off and spray to your content! Spray with the help of a used tooth-brush and make sure you cover the whole of the paper. (Don’t use the same brush for cleaning your teeth the next day! You will end up with colorful teeth!) Make sure it has dried well and remove the paper/masking tape with clean hands.

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Now, give the letters an outline. If it’s a light color, then perhaps you needn’t consider the idea. Since I’ve used black paper, I gave it an outline to highlight it.

Your colorful spray-painted, hand-made and attractive poster is ready! Stick it up in your room and get ready to dazzle all visitors.

Craft 4: Peek-a-boo.

The grand entrance is up! Decorate your kid’s room door with a cute peek-a-boo monster. I loved this craft, which was on Mister Maker! I’ve already done a few versions of it!

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Get two colored papers; one of a lighter and another of a darker color. The darker color is meant for the frame and hence should be little bigger by the dimensions.

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Now stick these together and make sure the dimensions are equal for all 4 sides as shown above.

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Now, draw and cut out a mound shape which is going to be the head of the monster. Draw and cut out eyes, a nose and a wide grinning mouth. Draw huge fingers and fingernails too.

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Now paint a nice slant as shown above. The texture needn’t be even, it will give it a woody effect.

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Now paste the head parallel to the slant and the eyes, nose and mouth in place. At last paste the fingers below the head.

Your cute peek- a- boo monster is ready to jump up at anyone when entering your room!

Craft 5: An ornament for the one who helps you ornament yourself daily!

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You will need the glass paints to paint your mirror. These will be available at any craft store and even online.

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Now, with the help of a liner (the one circled red, above) draw circles from the top in the leftmost or right most corner. Leave this to dry for two whole hours.

After complete drying, color it in with these glass colors (the ones circled blue, above) and let these dry for 24 hours.

Ready, at last the one who helps dress up daily, gets dressed up!! When my friends saw this they were thrilled!
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TIPS

  • Do not urge yourself or your child to do this. All this is to be done on a leisure day or during leisure time. Urging would just make it more of a mess and of-course rework!
  • Spread newspapers on your work-table to avoid a big mess and would also save a lot of work for you. Also consider having a cloth to wipe your hands often, to avoid doing a smudgy work. Help your kid with this too.

Hope you have a good time doing all this and do share your results with me!

 

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What’s in the air? Summer!!

 

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What’s in the air? Summer!! Yay!Lying out in the sun, tanned tip to toe, licking ice lollies and sip up the last of your lemonade! I love the smell of summer! Sweat dripping, and enjoying is  most pleasurable. Those days when we used to bite through those juicy mangoes, and half the juice would slurp down our thirsty throat, and the other half would slip down our chin, ticklishly!

All you can imagine of summer is Holidays (especially in India) and holidays are exciting! No homework! No exams! No annoying prefects shrieking “Be Quiet!!”. I bet, after a few days of playing the same board games over and over with your sis or bro, and in the evening leaving out to play the same “running and catching” or football, you’re bored! Then you nag your mom “Mom, I want to attend a summer camp. I’m bored at home.” After an hour of continuous nagging , a frustrated Mom says “Fine! but you’ll have to take your bro along with you”.You get the shock of your life. “With bro! Impossible! I’d rather not go.” and mom’s like “Fine! Don’t”

“Are you ready yet?” shrieks  mom. You’re at last ready for your summer camp “Coming,Coming!”you shriek back. You get on  mom’s bike and zoom off. After a week of  art and craft and painting and a nagging sibling by your side to drain you off, you’re back! You start to compare your sibling’s and your painting and you obviously find yours better! You start to laugh your ass off and your sibling is making a big fuss of it! Then you have some problem solving  and nice music.

It’s April 1st.It’s April Fools and apparently,(the disheartening part) you have your parent teacher meeting too!! The awful row you’re going to get into! You’re  denying your best on acompanying your parents and sibling , but no luck !Off you go, you first meet your class teacher and you get your report card. “Hey not bad man!”says dad, but the thing is  mom’s not too happy. That’s because you missed a single A+.It’s okay ! She gets over it! Dad’s extremely pleased with you. You’re off for a feast. After a few burps and farts and specially the “excuse me’s”, you’re nice and  snug into bed!

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Hey! There you are ! You’re off to Darjeeling to beat the heat.”What’s brewing?” asks dad.”Chamomile tea it seems.They grow it here.”replies mum. I never seem to understand one thing, these mothers always know what’s on in the kitchen, whether day or night even if they’re not cooking! After trying out hundreds of tea both sweet and sour ,you return with a sour tongue. After a few days of tasting mom’s  homemade food, you’re feeling better.

“Hey! Did you know? He went to the USA for his vacation!! Lucky guy!”says your friend to you. At last the schools have reopened and you guys are out there gossiping about who went where for his holidays and who didn’t ! Holidays are exciting but schools are even more exciting! Hope you have a cool summer! Hey! Wait, that’s my lemonade! Bye! My bro stared sipping my glass of lemonade!!