Oct
21

‘Appy’ Diwali!

Posted by Kabir

Greetings Diary! Finally, Diwali is here and I’m so excited. Holidays, sweets and gifts, here I come! I was going to mention ‘crackers’ too, but this year, I’m thinking of celebrating the festival of lights a little differently. Sure, it’s fun to light up fuljhadis and make cool shapes using its light, but in the end, the thousands of fuljhadis dirtying the city isn’t as exciting to look at. And while it’s fun to act like soldiers with my friends and light up loud bombs like grenades and land mines, all the poor doggies in the area and in homes suffer because they can’t handle the decibel levels of these crackers. Remember Pongo, the neighbour’s Dalmatian? Poor thing would run for cover and hide underneath the beds each and every time a cracker would burst, miles away! So this year, I have decided to have a noise-free Diwali! In fact, it’s so easy. I’ll tell you how. My friends and I use iPads and smart phones to shoot each other all the time with cool ‘Gun and Grenade’ apps. And it’s great fun! So why not use the same method for Diwali crackers as well? This year, I am going to light Diwali fountains, fuljhadis, rockets, chakras and bombs, all with the help of technology. My favourite Diwali apps are iDiwali, … Read More

Oct
13

Swachh Ka Saamna

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Hey there Diary,   Have you noticed how spick-and-span mummy keeps the house and my room all the time? So clean, that it’s annoying at times because I can’t find my things!   Anyway, the reason I’m talking about it is because, today at school, we were all told about the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s movement to make India clean. The ‘Swachh Bharat’ Movement. And he was pretty serious about it, so much so, that he picked up a broom himself and inaugurated the campaign!   At first I thought it’s one of those boring historical movements we study about in our history period, but then I found that it’s a movement that’s happening now, in the present! Waaaaow!! I am actually going to be a part of history in the making. So my friends and I decided, we too wanted to go down in history as great visionaries of tomorrow! We all decided to put in our best effort and go out and clean our neighborhood as much as we can on the ‘Swachh Bharat’ day.   There was one place that we all wanted clean: our playground, which was neglected for the past one year. Overgrown bushes, paint peeling off the swings and slides, dirt piling up in one corner; it was an ugly sight. We wanted our playground back. … Read More

Sep
29

To Infinity and Beyond!

Posted by Kabir

Greetings Diary, I come in peace…. That’s space talk for “Hello!”. In case you’re wondering, I was pretending to be an astronaut. He he he. I’ve been super excited since the Mangalyaan M.O.M. was launched. No, not my mom silly, the Mangalyaan – Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). You know na, I’ve always been intrigued with the universe and outer space. Remember the time I watched Toy Story? I so so wanted to be Buzz Lightyear that I made a space ranger suit using cardboard boxes and pretended that my living room was an alien planet. Then I did the same thing after watching Independence Day, Mission to Mars, Star Trek, Galaxy Quest, and so many other movies. I always I thought that such adventures can only happen in movies and story books but I couldn’t be more wrong! I can’t believe that my own country, India has launched a mission to mars and what’s more, the ‘Mangalyaan’ is the first space craft to successfully enter the Martian orbit in the first attempt. I researched online and found out that only 21 missions in the world have been successful out of 51 attempted missions to mars. And we succeeded in the first attempt! That’s MARSvelous! Oh but it doesn’t end there, my dear Diary. Did you know that India achieved this feat … Read More

Sep
05

It’s Finger Pickin’ Good!

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Hey Diary! What’s up? Guess what, I am becoming the most popular boy in school! And it’s all thanks to my crazy neighbour Puttu, who thinks he’s a rockstar with his LOUD guitar, and a huge amplifier! Everyday, I would hear loud sounds from his house, and while some of the music was ok, most of it was pure noise! He calls it ‘Death Metal’ and I think I know why it’s called that – maybe because the metal instruments die each time the band plays them. Ha ha ha ha!   Anyway, I thought I’ll teach him a lesson by playing the guitar myself and doing it better, and creating noise of my own so that I could torture him. But where would I get a guitar? And who would teach me how to play it? Rohan and I got a brainwave. We snooped around the music room at school the other day and found an old guitar just lying there. So, we decided to bring it home and give it a makeover. It sounded awful at first but I think I’m getting the hang of it. How did I learn to play you ask? I’ll tell you.   I Googled it! Well, actually I Youtubed it, hehehe. Yes, the internet came to my rescue again. I just typed: … Read More

Sep
04

Kaun Banayega EcoGanpati

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Hello again, my dear diary!   Today in school, I had one more of my genius moments! Our principal arranged a special class where 2 scientists from the IES (Indian Environment Society) came to tell us about how we are harming our own planet Earth. I got goosebumps with the things they said.   They told us about factories disposing yucky chemicals into the ocean which kills fishes and other cute innocent little sea creatures like Nemo and Sebastian from the Little Mermaid. They told us about how littering is bad for not just us, but the entire eco-system. Did you know that birds eat bottle caps, chips wrappers, almost anything we throw, and then die because they can’t digest them? I think there’s a reason why we call a stupid person “Bird Brain!” haha.   Well, this just got me thinking. the Ganpati festival is on and for 10 days, we immerse our Ganpatis in beach waters, lakes, ponds, everywhere! I’m sure fishes feel blessed with his surprise visit but it’s not good for them! I saw a picture on Facebook that showed a lot of dead fish floating in a lake.   I Googled and found out that the Ganpatis are made out of heavy metals like Magnesium, Mercury, Silicon, etc. Eeeks! That doesn’t sound either holy or tasty! … Read More

I LOVE GERONIMO STILTON!! The Pyramid of Thrills is where I love to spend most of my time these days! The game is so addictive, and the mummies don’t scare me at all. In fact, I love it when I gobble up the diamonds and scare them instead.  But there is one mummy that scares me. My own. She keeps telling me that my head is always in the phone, or on my computer. That I don’t know how to run and play like normal kids. I’M NOT NORMAL?!? That’s silly, no Diary? Am I really not normal? Well, I decided to test that. Guess what I did today in school… in recess time. I gathered all my friends – Rohan, Divya, my new friend Shawn and whoever else wanted to join in. And we played Geronimo Stilton on our playground. Shawn,Divya, Rohan and I were the four diamonds, the bigger boys became the mummies (hahahaha, that was our way of poking fun at those bullies – by calling them mummies!) And the remaining were cheese cubes, that Geronimo (Rahul) had to tap in order to secure them. It was sooooooo much fun, and we never wanted our break to end! And then, guess what!!!! Our P.T. Sir saw us playing the game and he loved it so much, that he made our class … Read More

Jul
30

Science is AWESOME!

Posted by Kabir

Hi Diary, Guess what!! Sixth standard is sooooo awesome!! My friends kept telling me it would get tough… which it is, but its exciting too! I told you about Miss Catherine… she’s my class teacher and my science teacher. She is really cool. She does not teach in the boring way like the other teachers do… they make us sleep on our desks and then we have make up excuses like our head/ stomach is paining, hence we are sleeping. But with her, there’s never a dull moment. She makes learning so interesting… Can you believe ME saying that?! You know, she was teaching us about metamorphosis… and there were a lot of gross, yucky pictures in our text book. We couldn’t stop laughing and we told ma’am that we couldn’t understand how this happened. This slimy insect turning into a beautiful butterfly? Sounds like a fairy tale! She did not yell at us… Instead she took us outdoors and made us look at the plants closely. There was a shoe flower bush, where we always saw a lot of butterflies. She asked us to notice the eggs on some leaves, pluck that leaf and get it in the classroom. We could see small worms wriggling in it. She made us get a cardboard box from the canteen and told … Read More

Jul
11

Till we meet again, Brazil! :(

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Hi Diary, I am really really realllyyyyyy sad today. My favourite team is out of the World Cup. A brilliant penalty shootout with Chile, a win against Columbia, my favourite player Neymar Jr. getting a serious back injury, Thiago ruled out… and a semi-final match that I will never forget. This has been quite a dramatic journey for Brazil, and I don’t care what my friends say… I will always support Brazil . A thousand times over. Dad knew how sad I was that Neymar wasn’t going to play for the rest of the World Cup. He told me not to lose heart and to keep sending lots of love to my favourite team, they needed it. He allowed me to stay up way past bedtime and watch this match… he knew what it meant to me. And dad, despite being a fan of the Columbian team, put on some blue and green paint on his face, just like me. He got me a Neymar Jr. jersey, which I wore for good luck during the game, made some fresh butter popcorn, picked up loads of my favourite sour cream and onion chips and mango juice… we were set to watch one of the greatest semi-final matches in the history of the World Cup. And it was. Just not for Brazil. … Read More

Jun
30

A lot of ‘scoring’ happening!

Posted by Kabir

Hi Diary, Ole Ole Ole!!!! The FIFA World Cup is finally here! Yayyyyyyyy!! And it began with my favourite team Brazil! They played like real champs na… that’s why I love them so much… Especially Neymar, who scored 2 out of the 3 goals against Croatia… and he was also the ‘Man of the Match’. Dad allowed me to stay up late and watch it, because it was the first match and my favourite team. After that, I’ve been catching up on the World Cup through updates online, and watching the highlights of the matches. And I find the World Cup quite entertaining and educative so far. Here’s what I’ve learnt:   1) Do not underestimate the power of your opponent. Koi bhi team chota nahin hota hai. Did you see how Ghana, Ivory Coast, Holland and Costa Rica tortured the ‘big’ teams they played against? It reminded me of the David and Goliath story I learnt in ‘value education’ class. 2) Success is not permanent. Spain, Italy and England — they were such awesome teams. And they all are out of the World Cup?? Previous victories don’t count, you need to keep working hard. 3) Eat well before a game. Not like Suaraz bhaiyya, who bit Chiellini’s shoulder when he got hungry for a goal. That was so bad… … Read More

Jun
11

We are the LGL Champions!

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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!! We won! We won! We won! Dronagiri Dragons beat Rishikesh Rangers in an awesome finals. We batted first and made 89 runs. Rohan batted like a genius and single handedly made 32 runs for the team. I took 3 wickets and one of them was clean bowled. It was the proudest moment of our lives and the most fun we’ve had this summer. In fact, we’ve decided to hold LGL every year during summer holidays. Some of the parents, who got into the spirit, bought trophies for the teams. They also got us snacks and goodies for every match. I am sure LGL is only going to get better and bigger next year. But till the next tournament, a picture of the Dronagiri Dragons, proudly holding our trophy will be pinned to the society notice board. It makes me happy and proud every time I walk by. But you know what diary? There’s something else that’s really getting me excited these days. I’ll give you a hint. It’s a game too, and is played with a ball and is the most famous game in the world. Yes! You guessed it right. It is football. The World Cup is going to start in a couple of days and I can’t wait to watch my favourite team Brazil play. Neymar is … Read More