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The book’s protagonist is a Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, Robert
Langdon. It all starts when his former student Edmond Kirch discovers something that will
change the face of science forever. The unveiling happening at the Guggenheim Museum,
Bilbao is interrupted when Edmond Kirch gets shot. Langdon sets on a dangerous quest with
the museum director Ambra Vidal to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirch’s secret.

The book starts off really well, the suspense already building. But as in most books where
the suspense builds at the beginning of the book, it gets really boring by page 126. Dan
Brown has not improved since Inferno and the book seems like an elastic pulled to its
maximum. The book is therefore repetitive and one scene lasts for what seems like forever.
The murder of Edmond Kirch is dragged out too. It seems like Brown is trying to make the
book seem big while the story is just half of what he has written. Written in a concise
manner, the storyline would have been a lot more alluring.

Brown seems to be running out of ideas. The hunt for the prize in The Da Vinci Code
seemed a lot longer than what I read in Origin. The Da Vinci Code was the most pleasing
read among most books because of the great writing, the extensive research, the unravelling
of the most mind-boggling historical facts and the crazy hunt for the Holy Grail all across the
world. Origin lacks in most of the highlights of The Da Vinci Code except for the research
and a few facts that a huge percentage of today’s population do not know.

The big discovery that is supposed to change the lives of everyone is actually interesting.
One of the biggest plus points of Brown is that he comes up with something new and
interesting for every book. That really makes it unique and worth reading. This, particularly,
is the reason I still read Dan Brown.

The truth is hard and to tell the truth is to be brutal. Origin has a good storyline but to me, it
doesn’t deserve to be a bestseller and is one only due to Dan Brown’s reputation. Origin
could have been written better with a lot more substance in it.

I did enjoy reading it. It was well written but it is not Dan Brown at his best. He has frankly written
better books and will go down in history for them, but Origin is unlikely to be remembered. I
rate the book 2 out of 5 stars.

-Nidhi Bhavsar, Grade IX, Ekya School JP Nagar


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subeditorjpn / April 03, 2024

The Power of Learning with Intent: A Guide to Purposeful Education

In a world brimming with information, the art of learning has evolved beyond the mere acquisition of facts. Learning with intent, a deliberate approach to education emphasises quality over quantity, depth over breadth, and purpose over passive absorption. It’s about cultivating a mindset that transforms knowledge into meaningful action and empowers individuals to navigate the complexities of the modern age effectively.

At its core, learning with intent involves setting clear objectives and actively engaging with the subject matter. Whether exploring a new language, delving into scientific principles, or honing a creative skill, intentionality infuses each learning endeavour with purpose and direction. As Albert Einstein aptly said, "The only source of knowledge is experience." This quote amplifies the importance of active participation and hands-on learning, highlighting that true understanding arises from deliberate engagement with the material.

Furthermore, engaging actively with the material is paramount. Embrace challenges and embrace mistakes as opportunities for growth. This proactive approach not only deepens your understanding but also cultivates critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for success in any field.

Moreover, learning with intent emphasises relevance and applicability. Seek out opportunities to apply newfound knowledge in real-world scenarios, bridging the gap between theory and practice. By contextualising learning within your personal or professional sphere, you enhance its significance and utility, making it more likely to stick.

In conclusion, learning with intent is a transformative approach that transcends traditional notions of education. By setting clear objectives, engaging actively, prioritising relevance, and fostering a growth mindset, individuals can harness the full potential of learning to achieve their goals and thrive in an ever-changing world. So, embark on your learning journey with purpose, and let each lesson propel you towards a brighter, more fulfilling future.

By Sweta Pradeep Rao

Senior English Educator

Ekya School JP Nagar

subeditorjpn / April 02, 2024

Gadget-free Summer Break

With summer vacation around, I urge parents to explore various ways to facilitate children to make healthy choices during their vacation time.

Last week, when we asked our Early Years to visualise their characters and create a story, most of them came up with stories about ghosts and monsters attacking others.  When we had conversations about what gave them this idea, we understood that these story ideas emanated from their online games. While gaming per se develops specific skills and requires focus, it also stifles the imagination of young children. Since it is visually appealing, children tend to remember those images in their heads all the time.

I often see parents providing very young children (1 year to 3 year olds)  with gadgets as the means to keep children engaged and entertained. I see children watching phones in the waiting areas of clinics, hospitals, school lobbies and banks.

This brings us to a fundamental question “ Should children be engaged by parents all the time?” Not necessarily. What is likely to happen if children were not handed over gadgets at the waiting lounges? What would they do? Some of them may cry, some may throw a loud tantrum, and some may crib. If parents show resilience and allow children to settle down themselves, they will soon find ways to keep themselves engaged. Likewise, during summer vacation. What if this is a “no gadget” vacation and parents do not take up the responsibility to engage their children? What would children do? How can parents show resilience here and facilitate children to make healthy choices? I leave the readers with this thought for this summer vacation.

Mathangi R,

Head of School,

Ekya NICE Road.

subeditorjpn / April 02, 2024

The Eye of the Storm

In the hushed embrace of an Indian evening, our journey began, a symphony of anticipation orchestrated by the hum of jet engines and the flutter of boarding passes. The promise of adventure beckoned from distant shores as we boarded our flight bound for the United Kingdom, our hearts aflutter with dreams of far-off lands and newfound horizons. But as we soared through the velvet sky, a foreboding shadow loomed on the horizon, a harbinger of the chaos that was soon to unfold. In the blink of an eye, the tranquil serenity of our airborne sanctuary was shattered by a deafening crack, a burst of purple lightning that danced across the heavens with an otherworldly fervour. The air crackled with electricity as the plane shuddered beneath the force of the storm, its metal frame quivering in defiance against the tempestuous onslaught. And then, in a heart-stopping moment of sheer terror, the heavens unleashed their fury upon us, casting our fragile vessel into a maelstrom of chaos and uncertainty. The sky darkened to a shade of ominous charcoal as the winds howled with a primal ferocity, tearing at the wings of our faltering craft with savage intent. The cabin was awash with panicked cries and frantic prayers as we clung to our seats with white-knuckled desperation, each passing moment stretching into eternity.

And then, as if mocking our feeble attempts at control, the plane tilted almost 180 degrees, its nose plummeting towards the earth with a sickening lurch. Time seemed to stand still as we hurtled towards the ground, our fate hanging in the balance as the world spun wildly out of control. But just when all hope seemed lost, a glimmer of salvation emerged from the chaos, a beacon of light amidst the encroaching darkness. With a mighty roar, the engines surged to life once more, their thunderous symphony drowning out the cacophony of the storm as we clawed our way back from the brink of oblivion. As the storm clouds parted and the sun cast its golden rays upon the horizon, we emerged battered but unbroken, our spirits buoyed by the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. And though our journey had been fraught with peril and uncertainty, we emerged from the crucible of the skies stronger and more resilient than ever before. For in the crucible of adversity, we discovered the true measure of our strength, our courage, and our unwavering determination to defy the odds and chart our course through the tempestuous seas of life. As we touched down on solid ground once more, I couldn't help but marvel at the beauty of the world around us, a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human soul.

Arjun Narasimhan Kuppuswamy

Grade 8C

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Ekya School ITPL at Indian Institute Of Science – INCOSURF 2018

Ms. Veera P. Menon and Ms. Srisanthi C, along with thirty students from Grade XI and XII students of Ekya School ITPL spent three days at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore on account of the International Conference on Surface Engineering, INCOSURF-2018. Ms. Veera and a few students wrote to our ITPL editorial team, sharing their personal experiences at the conference.
"We woke up to a chilly windy Thursday on 9th August 2018. The planning had been meticulous and so the execution was impeccable. IISC or the Indian Institute of Science for the uninitiated is the premier institute for scientific research and is ranked first in our country and tenth in the world. It has been a second home to me having presented research papers there and being a member of the illustrious ECSI ( Electrochemical Society of India). This year my innovation employing carbon paste biosensor whose surface was modified with Ni (II) phthalocyanine for the facile detection of Morin in Psidium Guajava leaf extract was selected to be presented in front of an august scientific audience. Reaching IISC was gargantuan in efforts but the experience the students were going to have at renowned institute paled everything. Mrs. Srisanthi C. from the Department of Biology, Ekya ITPL, was my companion for these three memorable days and we had with us, 30 impressionable, witty, curious XI and XII Graders! After the ceremonial inauguration, plenary and invited talks from eminent scientists, it was time for oral and poster presentations. My oral presentation was well received and had a house full attendance. The rebuttal saw some very pertinent, valid and stimulating questions which I managed to respond to, with much enthusiasm. Since the organizing committee was apprised in advance, and the discussions which are generally highly technical, saw most of the eminent scientists tweaking their presentation to suit our students! And it was much appreciated by them! In between these lectures, the students rented cycles and at a languid pace explored the campus. Early morning visits to the IISC canteen for a quick economical bite became a routine soon. Sojourn to the famous library where the curator personally took us around and explained the chronicled facts about the place to the picture taken at the iconic TATA Memorial will be etched in our minds. The students soaked in the beautiful ennui picked up valuable academic energies and have gained much. Their mere presence for three days in a scientific community made them realize what they can also strive for. I invite you to read up some thoughts put on by our students here. Harsh Dudhe from Grade XII also got the opportunity to interview Dr. Dwarakadasa, Chairman, and Director of IISC. A big shout out to Ms. Tristha Ramamurthy, Ms. Jyothi Menon, Ms. Rajini, Ms. Mahua and Ms. Renuka for having faith in me and allowing this scientist to be a part of this organization. Thanks a ton! Thanks to Ms. Srisanthi and all my students who made every moment memorable."

Click here to read Harsh's interview with Dr. Dwarakadasa, Chairman, and Director of IISC

Hard Work Does Pay Off – Poem by Ms. Sribaghya S, Ekya School BTM Layout

Hard Work Does Pay Off Poem by Ms. Sribaghya S, Teacher at Ekya School BTM Layout
A moment of truth and a word of advice from Ms. Sribaghya from Ekya School BTM Layout. It pays to persevere and keep the faith - there is always a silver lining. Hard work does pay off, ask me how! I shall tell you now that hard work does pay off! Hard work is a gluttonous monster, for some people look at it as though it’s a gangster. Ask me how! I shall tell you now that hard work does pay off. It might deprive your sleep, and give you some memories you could keep. Ask me how! I shall tell you now that hard work does pay off. Your favourite movie is on, but your desk has a pile upon. Greed tries to make an entrance, and yet conscience tells you not to be in trance. Ask me how! I shall tell you now that hard work does pay off. A day arrives when your work is revised, you are in for a day where you’ll be surprised! As your name lingers in the corridor, you are uncertain as to why you’re called for! Ask me how! I shall tell you now that hard work does pay off. You enter your senior’s cubicle in fear, And receive the words of appreciation that you’d longed to hear. The rush of warm blood inside your body, Personifies a million cheerleaders cheering you with an Audi. Ask me how! I shall tell you now that hard work does pay off. The moment you step out of the room, you notice the disappearance of some gloom. Don’t trust me when I say this? test it yourself for it’s a sheer bliss. Ask me how! I shall tell you now that hard work does pay off!

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