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jpnagareditorial / July 09, 2014 Posted by : editor

At the mention of the word courage, our mind usually wanders to think about courageous acts and the notable people who’ve performed them or about heroic acts of rushing into a blazing building to save a stranger’s life, facing the enemy boldly at the border etc. Nothing wrong in defining and picturing courage in the aforesaid manner, just that this description makes us feel deprived of chances to display courage. We admire people who have braved out daring and tough situation. For us, we keep waiting for life to offer us situations where we can display all the courage that we’ve pooled and saved for such occasions, for, for us this all we have been taught about courage; movies glorify heroes putting their life at risk to save lives of innocent people, one man fighting twenty villainous people single handedly, unarmed.

But lately, when I think about courage, I’ve been thinking more about the random acts of courage that happen every day. The really ordinary ones. More ordinary than mustering the guts of confronting a dominating colleague. More ordinary than letting your only son enroll in the army. More ordinary then deciding to walk out of a detrimental relationship. More ordinary then getting involved in a extreme sport you’ve always been wanting to. I m talking about the acts of courage that we all of display randomly on a mundane day. The sort of courage that lets us step out and face the omnipresent, unpredictability and insecurity that the world has to offer .The sort of courage that guides us every day and believe it or not charts our destiny.

At times I feel strongly that God, if you are theist or universal intelligence, if you are an atheist call it whatever, has given us a tool to determine our destiny the tool called courage. For each action we take everyday contributes to our future to our destiny. So if we can let’s build our future with courage. Trust me we don’t have to we keep waiting for life to offer us situations where we can display courage and chisel our future. For it takes courage to get up in the morning .It takes courage to admit that you’ve not done your homework rather than giving a good looking excuse; “mam, I did my home work but forgot it on the table just next to the door”. It takes courage to accept your unpreparedness for test and poor score that you got rather than convincing your parents that it was surprise test and everyone did badly. For it takes courage to go and congratulate a friend whose scored more than you. It takes courage to stay glued to the study table and continue when others are enjoying and freaking out. It takes courage to say no when your friends are planning a prank and say that you are a baby who doesn’t have the guts to be a part of something so daring. It takes courage to follow the instruction of the teacher when everyone around says that you are trying to be teachers pet. It takes courage to be who you are. It takes courage to speak your mind. It takes courage to follow your passion and chase your dream. It takes courage to have scrapped knees but still stand up to a bully. It takes courage to say no in face of temptation at stay astute on the righteous path. It takes courage to practice one more problem of math and complete along home assignment when other resort to shortcuts. It takes courage to go extra mile and do quality work. It takes courage to say sorry. It takes courage to admit you are wrong rather than giving a smart justification. It takes courage at every step of life. It takes courage, and its these daily acts of courage that will determine the quality of your life at large. It’s these daily acts of courage that will take you towards the goal of your life or the absence of these random seemingly unimportant, not so glorious and unsung acts of courage that will take some where you do not want to go.

There are some daily things we all can be courageous about:

1. The Courage to Take Responsibility

2. The Courage to Live with Integrity

3. The Courage to Challenge circumstances

4. The Courage to Dream Bigger

5. The Courage to Be Who You Are

6. The Courage to Speak Up

7. The Courage to Step Boldly into Action

8. The Courage to Persevere

9. The Courage to Say No

10. The Courage to Open Your Heart Fully

11. The Courage to Let Go

12. The Courage to Be a Leader

“FIND YOUR COURAGE! Unleash Your Full Potential and Live the Life You Really Want”.

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jpnagareditorial / October 10, 2023

The Truth of Time

The Truth of Time

The mountain tops shiver As the snow begins to shower The water flows to cover The secrets of the river.

The birds trill near the lake As the morning sun awake The lion cub to take The crown for the sake.

The windows patter The things clatter The world scatter As our deeds matter

Isana G K
Grade 7
Ekya Schools, ITPL

jpnagareditorial / October 10, 2023

Financial literacy from an early age

It’s Jan 2022, I am in grade 6 as a substitute teacher. I ask the students to introduce themselves. They also get curious to know about me. As soon as I tell them that I am a senior grade teacher and I teach Accounts and Business studies, they are intrigued. The word Business catches their attention and some of them express their interest in Finance.
Now, I was fascinated to hear the word finance from such young children. Particularly fascinated by a young student Ms Ahaana Shetty, who explained how she manages her pocket money, as taught to her by her father. She had a clear understanding of creating a balance between saving and spending.
This was not the case in the earlier times. We can quote examples of celebrities who, despite having earned a fortune, burnt their hands at poor financing decisions. Amitabh Bachan’s ABCL took on more than it could handle, like the Miss World pageant, and exhausted all money. Then it took bank loans which it couldn't repay. Mr. Bachchan had retired, so there was no income and no savings. The moral of the story is, that even if people earn astronomical sums, they need to invest it so that it keeps growing.
Having said that, it boils down to the fact that financial literacy at an early age is pivotal for building a strong foundation for financial well-being throughout life. Teaching children about money, budgeting, savings and investments from a young age will help them make informed financial decisions. They can avoid the financial perils faced commonly by people.
The challenge in educating young children about finance would be the financial jargon which they may find overwhelming and difficult to understand. Hence it becomes important to use age-appropriate terminology.
As parents, we can give a reasonable amount of allowance to our children and ask them to use it wisely for needs, and wants and also save a part of it. This will help them to understand the concept of budgeting. We must also encourage them to make informed purchasing decisions, look for discounts and become a smart shopper.
A simple step like opening a savings bank account for the child and making them understand how a bank account works will introduce them to the importance of keeping money safe. They will understand how regular savings will grow over some time due to the compounding of interest.
Children must be taught about loans too. They need to understand that loans should not be borrowed if one is not sure of financial ability to repay. Also, they need to be taught that loans must be repaid timely, or else they will keep becoming bigger due to accumulating interest.
Older children can be introduced to the concepts of stocks and mutual funds. They can be encouraged to follow investments over time and learn about the dynamics of stock markets.
Schools can introduce financial literacy programs and take initiatives to incorporate financial education as part of the curriculum.
I would like to conclude by saying that it is essential for everyone to be financially literate and wisely invest money to grow it. It is equally important to keep track of investments. One should not spend more than what one earns, even if the earnings are enormous, otherwise, the money will not last very long. Remember, it is your money.

jpnagareditorial / October 10, 2023

A Guide To Navigating Academic Stress

Academic pressure and impending board exams can feel like an overwhelming storm, but as a 10th-grade student who's been through the burnout ringer, I've discovered effective strategies to stay afloat. When stress creeps in, I lean on a toolbox of coping mechanisms that help me maintain balance and clarity.

Understanding my panic patterns has been key. I've learnt that giving my all is important, but the outcome isn't a mirror of my worth. I remind myself of this and reframe my perspective. To escape my study-clogged mind, I turn to books – they whisk me away to new worlds, however briefly. Music acts as a soothing balm; I limit panic to 5 minutes and then channel my energy into finding solutions.

Engaging in physical activities is another lifesaver. Running or spending time outdoors channels my pent-up energy, allowing my mind to reset. Moreover, taking up hobbies like painting or playing a musical instrument provides a welcome distraction and cultivates a sense of accomplishment beyond academics.

Remember, you're more than your grades. Embrace your unique strengths, employ these strategies, and watch stress lose its grip. With determination, self-awareness, and a dash of escapism, you'll breeze through the academic whirlwind.

Written By: Ahaana Singhal Student of Grade 10

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Extended Day Program

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Grade 1 Grammar Activity

Grammar helps us to put words together to form a proper sentence. 
Activities in Grammar are fun and exciting and help students learn and understand it better. The students of Grade 1 C had a group activity on NOUNS. Students in class had to bring pictures relating to a person, place, animal and thing. They had to stick the pictures on the cut outs given. They wrote a common noun as well as a proper noun for each picture they stuck.
It enriched them with the grammar concept - NOUNS.
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