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itplccacoordinator / December 18, 2020 Posted by : editor

When one thinks of a tourist destination, their mind first goes to some exotic location, be it abroad or in our country. However, while we’re out vacationing at these locations, we forget the experiences a simple city can offer us.

One of my favorite places to visit is the city of Belgaum, or Belgavi, as it’s officially called, located at the northern tip of Karnataka, along the Western Ghats. It is in an ideal location, close in proximity to Maharashtra, and Goa – which allow for fun weekend getaways to a new place every time. And the best part is, it’s only a couple of hours away from Bangalore, as it is roughly 500 km away.

However, my absolute favorite way to travel to Belgaum is through a train as it provides beautiful views and makes you appreciate the journey all the more.

Its history is also one to be remembered – it was, and still is a major military center. The city served as a major military installation for the British Raj, primarily due to its proximity to Goa, which was then a Portuguese territory. Once the British left India, the Indian government continued and still continues to have armed forces installations in Belgaum. In 1961, the Indian government, under Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, used forces from Belgaum to end the Portuguese rule of Goa.

Now, the city is well on its way to becoming a Smart City, under the SmartCities Mission. It has an airport, connecting to major cities, well-built roads, and good facilities.

But don’t worry – as modern as the city seems – it still retains its old charm, especially with its two forts – The Belgaum Fort, and the Rajhansagad Yellur Fort. 

The Rajhansgad Yellur Fort is a definite stop if you love scenic views. It is located on a hill, 3310 ft above sea level, which provides a beautiful view and a perfect backdrop for pictures. There isn’t much else to do, other than visiting the temple in the middle of the fort, but the view makes it worth it.

Another place to visit is the Belgaum Fort, which is well known in history – mainly for it being a place to hold Mahatma Gandhi during the freedom struggle. The fort is majestic and holds temples (Jain and Hindu) and two mosques. All these structures are beautifully designed and have deep roots in history.

Belgaum also offers hillocks dotting the outskirts of the city, with vehicle access, which provides scenic views and peaceful surroundings. On every trip, we would visit one or the other hillock, and enjoy the calm, away from the city.

A spot for adventure enthusiasts is Vaccine Depot – started as a Vaccine Institute for manufacturing Small Pox vaccine in 1904. It is now an area, rich in flora and fauna – perfect for a walk. It is now rundown, but the scenery and sturdy trees to climb are a wonderful way to spend your day.

And finally, one of my absolute favorite things to do every time. I wish is to go to either Goa or Dandeli, a district near Belgaum, known for its water sports on the river Kali, such as white water rafting, boating, etc. It offers several resorts, perfect for a day trip or a weekend stay.

So, the next time you want to take a small trip anywhere, consider Belgaum as your destination, and fall I love with it, just as I did!

By Seja Heda, Ekya ITPL, 10 B

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itplccacoordinator / 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

itplccacoordinator / 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.

itplccacoordinator / 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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#StudentBlogger: MOON, MY DREAM DESTINATION by Anushka, Grade 6, ITPL



My dream destination is Moon, I would love to go to the moon because from childhood I have always been fascinated by Moon, its color, its brightness, and Grandma's stories about the moon. 

As I grew up, I came to know that the moon is the only satellite of the earth. It is a bright object in the night sky. It does not have any light of its own but reflects the light of the sun. The moon is approximately 238000 miles away from the earth and hence looks small. It takes around twenty-eight days to revolve around the earth and approximately the same time to complete one rotation. The moon has fascinated man since the beginning of his life on the earth. He has looked at it with wonder. Many poets have composed beautiful poems on the moon. Scientists tried to reveal the mystery of the moon. They wanted to send a human to the moon. Several attempts were made to place a man on the moon. At last two Americans-Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin-reached the moon on July 21, 1969. They walked on the surface of the moon and collected the lunar rocks. They returned to the earth safely. The American scientists have sent men to the moon several times. Now the moon has been conquered by man. It is no longer a mysterious object. 

Also during the lockdown, I had attended online programs organized by my school about space and life in space. The book on Sunita Williams was part of my subject last year. These have added a sense of curiosity in me and I wanted to be in space and experience the thrill of space. Also on the moon, we cannot walk like on earth because of gravitational attraction and we will be floating or we need to adjust the pressure, I would like to experience that adventure. That’s why I want to be the first to go to the moon! 

Anushka, Grade 6A EITPL 

#StudentBlogger: Best beach trip ever- A travelogue By Medha N, Grade 5 ITPL

By Medha N, 5 C, Ekya ITPL

My Goa Vacation

Last year I went to Goa with my family. We stayed at the Taj Holiday resort. The hotel was amazing and there were little houses scattered around which people stayed in. There were little buggies (They kind of look like golf cars) which took people and bags around. There were multiple restaurants and all had really delicious food. MY personal favorite is the olive pizza; who doesn’t like pizza? That visit we discovered a tree swing, it kind of looked like the picture below but the tree was a lot bigger and older and the tree was a different kind of tree though I am not sure which type. It was fun swinging and swinging until it was time to go to the beach. Luckily there was easy access from our hotel to a part of a beach where there were not many people. There were a lot of shells on the beach and you could only find them when the tide was low. The beach was amazing. The only part which I don’t like about the beach is that the sand gets stuck to your clothes and toes and when you reach inside your room it gets everywhere.

Anyway the next day we went to Fort Aguada. It is an old fort transformed into a hotel and it is right next to where we were staying. I was really thrilled and when I got to know that we get to use a private entrance I was bouncing off the walls. The hotel was really beautiful and interesting. When we looked down into the ocean water near the fort we could see yellow, red, and blue stones in the ocean water near the fort. The stones made the water look superb. When it was time to go back to our hotel room I didn’t want to leave. We stayed at the beach until sunset and we could see the sunset off onto the horizon glowing orange and a little bit red. It really was the best vacation ever. 

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