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editorjpn / September 20, 2018 Posted by :

What’s the point of having a voice if you are going to be silent??

The Hate U Give is a book written by Angie Thomas. It is her first novel and is one of my favourite books. The story revolves around a coloured teen named Starr Carter. She lives in a poor neighbourhood called Garden Heights but goes to school in a posh and “white” neighbourhood. This book talks about her journey of discovering who she is and how to do the right thing even when the world is against you.

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The story starts with Starr meeting her best friend, Khalil after eight years. Soon both of them are forced to flee when a gunfight erupts. Khalil was driving when a cop stopped him. He was neither speeding nor was he a minor. The cop assumed that since they were coloured kids, they were up to no good. The cop took a full body search of Khalil thrice and was still suspicious. But when Khalil leans towards the window to ask Starr if she is alright, the cop shoots him thrice, killing him. Khalil was not doing anything wrong and was killed just on the pretext of being coloured. This affects Starr’s life as nothing was done to the officer. He was white and was able to get away with murder. In this book, she learns to raise her voice and use it against the officer. She decides to fight for Khalil and make people understand that each life matters.

This book talks about personal relations, racism and the injustice prevalent in our society. It also talks about finding your true self and finding people who accept you for whom you are. It gives good advice to people who are fighting battles within themselves or with others. One of the most important lessons that I learnt is that there are times when you lose battles but you should never lose hope of winning the war. People might be against you in all stages of life but it’s up to us to stand up for ourselves and the people we love.

Angie Thomas has written this book in a very relatable way. Throughout the story, all the characters portray emotions and behave in ways which make you understand and empathise. This goes for almost all the characters. We can equally understand the pain and sadness along with the happiness and joy. It depicts the current world scenario of racism and prejudice. I really appreciate the way she took this problem and presented a realistic story where the problem isn’t solved but the issue is still prevalent instead of the cliche story of good winning over bad. But it is also not a depressing story as it teaches us that our voices matter. It may not solve the problem but it does make a difference.

In a remarkable way, the author shows us how not all coloured people are bad or thugs. It drills in the fact that even if a person is a drug dealer or a thug, IT IS NOT ALRIGHT TO KILL THEM. They too have families and people who depend on them. She also explains that due to racial profiling, many coloured people are unable to get jobs. This leads them to the alternative of selling drugs to survive.

I would like to recommend this book as it raises awareness and makes us want to put in a conscious effort of helping the world. It tackles several social problems that are prevalent in our society. Thus for all those who desperately want to make a difference, this is the book for them. Lastly, this story is intriguing and wouldn’t let you put it down anytime soon.

~ Ananya Milak, Grade X, Ekya School JP Nagar

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editorjpn / 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

editorjpn / 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.

editorjpn / 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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The Time I Got to Speak on Radio! – Account shared by Aisiri, Ekya School BTM Layout

The Time I Got to Speak on Radio!

By Aisiri, Ekya School BTM Layout
Everyone has a dream to either hear themselves on the radio or watch themselves on television, don't they? But our school decided to make this dream of ours come true. On the occasion of Teachers' Day, some of us were given a chance to speak about our favourite teacher  - the trickiest assignment we have received so far. That day we left school after the first period, and got into a bus. The air was filled with excitement and nervousness. I talk a lot when I get nervous and that day, I couldn't stop blabbering. My teacher was actually scared that I might lose my voice before the recording! Our bus went to the Ekya School JP Nagar campus where more kids got in, one of them was my friend. We enjoyed our way to the Radio Mirchi studio which was about a 25-minute drive to the city. We had to wait a while for the students from Ekya School ITPL to join us. We were later introduced to the scriptwriter who recorded our voices. When we told him how nervous we were, he made us do a small exercise, we were asked to stand in a circle and told to massage each other's shoulders. This relaxed us a bit, but we were still scared about messing up. Each one of us spoke on the microphone and later heard our voices. I really didn't know I sounded like that! Once everyone was done with the recording and taking pictures, we bid farewell to our friends and headed to our respective schools, just in time for the national anthem and dispersal. I really enjoyed the amazing experience I had in the studio! I really look forward to doing that again. If I ever get a chance to, I would like to talk about more serious problems being faced by the society and would like to talk for a longer period of time. Episode 1 of our Teachers' Day Special with Radio Mirchi: Episode 2 of our Teachers' Day Special with Radio Mirchi: Episode 3 of our Teachers' Day Special with Radio Mirchi:

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Wildlife Habitats Under Threat – Awareness Note By Misha Raichandani, Grade VII, Ekya JP Nagar

Wildlife Habitats Under Threat

By Misha Raichandani, Grade VII, Ekya JP Nagar
This is a very important and widely discussed topic. Let me bring it into consideration with an example. The famous “Sanjay Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary” is located on the outskirts of Mumbai. This sanctuary, that is a habitat to a wide variety of flora and fauna, is under great threat owing to its proximity to a growing city like Mumbai. It has faced a number of similar problems to those faced by natural parks elsewhere in the world involving disputes between human and natural interests Mumbai is an expanding city, with greenery reducing every day. It is home to the Indian Film Industry. This results in a lot of people living there. Added to the large population are the cars and factories causing noise and air pollution. The animals in the sanctuary might get distracted with an environment such as this. Animals might find ways to escape and can come in close contact with the people. This, in turn, will create a lot of panic due to animal-human conflict. And indeed! the number of reported incidents of predators attacking humans has increased over the last few decades. Here are some of the most experienced threats to Sanjay Gandhi wildlife park that are seen throughout other sanctuaries also:-
  • The lack of space in Mumbai has pushed residential colonies right up to the park boundary. This boundary is poorly fenced and has often allowed wild animals into human habitations.
  • In June 2004, leopards were responsible for the deaths of 20 humans within the span of a week. August 2015 saw four leopard attacks in Thane city. In one incident, a leopard and her cub dragged a one-year-old Rottweiler off. The leopard threat still continues in and around Thane district today with repeated sightings as well as attacks.
  • Sanjay Gandhi national park has played home to many poachers in the recent years. In many cases, these animals had been poisoned, and claws or other valuable body parts were cut off and sold.
  • During the summer and any time before the monsoon, fires burn in the park, at least once every two weeks. This has resulted in the loss of rare trees and loss of habitat for wild animals.
Sanjay Gandhi Wildlife Park is home to the leopards (image from Pexel.com)
It disappoints me to see events like this happening in our own country. People should really be caring and empathizing towards the poor animals. How can we forget that they too are living beings and need the same basic comforts as us Strict action should be taken by the government? Even us, the citizens should help out by protesting and arranging marches. Saving these habitats is one of the only ways to make peace between us and nature.

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