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editorjpn / September 24, 2018 Posted by :

INAMGAON: A Tale from History

By Urja Srivastava, Grade VIII, Ekya JP Nagar

There was once a village
which was very well privileged
Located in the Brahmagiri valley
It had quite a few alleys
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Settlements were formed along
The banks of Ghod river
People used stone tools
Which were much bigger
They wore ornaments made of copper,
Lovely pots were made by potters
Many crops were grown in the fields
Barley, wheat, peas and beans
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The age-old seals have revealed
(along with grinding stones and potters’ wheels)
The ultimate mystery
Of Indian Chalcolithic History

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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 Last Of The Firedrakes – Book Review by Misha Raichandani, Grade VII, Ekya School JP Nagar

The Last Of The Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy               

Book Review by Misha Raichandani, Grade VII, Ekya School JP Nagar
Mistreated and ignored by her adoptive family, bullied at school, 16-year-old Aurora Darlington has enough in her hands. But when she’s dragged through an old tapestry into a magical world named Avalonia, her old life suddenly seems better. Avalonia is a treacherous land ruled by an evil and dangerous queen, Morgana, who will stop at nothing to gain control over all the seven kingdoms. Avalonia has many magical beings like the “Faes”, that possess powers of healing and are kind & the “Mages”, that are more known for their warrior skills. But no one can forestall Morgana from finishing her quest of becoming High Queen.   Image result for the last of the firedrakes
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From encountering the Shadow Guard, Morgana’s powerful army, to fighting an intense magical battle with Morgana herself, Aurora journeys across Avalonia. With the aid of a young fae, her strong uncle, a magical Pegasus, and a dashing mage, Aurora learns about her true powers and gets ready to fulfill her destiny. The story wouldn’t be complete without Aurora unraveling a shocking secret about her actual parents’ past. As Aurora unleashes her magical powers, the reader is sure to unleash the true meaning of fantasy and thrill. Written by a bestselling Indian author, The Last of The Firedrakes, is a complete mind-blowing novel. Age - Suitable from 11 years and above. Adults would also love it. Ratings- 5/5

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My Dear Friend – Poem By Ayushi Ladha, Grade VI, Ekya School BTM Layout

My Dear Friend

By Ayushi Ladha, Grade VI, Ekya School BTM Layout
My dear best friend, I learned my first ABC’s with you, And learned how to draw with you. We were together from the start. I grew up, Learned harder lessons, Played new games and Started Teaching lessons for my toys. But never did I fail this without you! How much older you grow, My dear friend slate, There will always be a special place For you in my heart. As it was and as it is!

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