Jul
14

Where have the rains gone???

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Hey Diary, Mumbai has become hot again. Argh! It’s like summer all over. I was expecting heavy downpours, school closing early, my friends and I doing the rain dance, and much more. But, none of that seems like happening any soon. Ugh! I hate this. It’s so annoying. At times diary when it drizzles I get really excited but then it stops completely. Oh man, I had so many plans for this monsoon. Talking about rains and getting really bored indoors, Rohan and I fell so much in love with water, and so close to the monsoon blues hehehe, that we decided to do some really crazy experiments using water. Smart thinking, right? So, we did 2 really nice water-based experiments: Gravity Free Water Things you need: A glass filled with water (right to the top) A piece of cardboard What you need to do: Put the cardboard over the mouth of the glass, making sure that no air bubbles enter the glass as you hold onto the cardboard Turn the glass upside down (over a sink or outside until you get good) Take away your hand holding the cardboard Voila! The cardboard stays on What really happens? With no air inside the glass, the air pressure from outside the glass is greater than the pressure of the water inside … Read More

Jun
23

Going back to school is super cool!

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Hey Diary, Finally, my summer vacation has come to an end. I’m so sad. There’s so much more I wanted to do. But, on the other hand I’m excited. Yes, excited because I’ll be going to a new class, meeting new kids and some old ones, new teachers… I’ll get a new uniform, new books, new bag, bottle, tiffin box… the list is endless! PS: I love the smell of fresh new text books, and shoes! That reminded me, I had to sort out my previous year’s books which I realised had so many blank pages. That’s when I decided to make a few scrapbooks. Now I can stay up-to-date with all my friends’ likes, dislikes and their birthdays too. LOL. I also gave away a few scrapbooks to a few friends, they were really delighted. I had a lot of fun making these scrapbooks, all I had to do is use my imagination. It’s going to be so awesome, I’m going to meet all my friends again. Ah, the fun we used to have during recess. Sharing dabbas, playing, studying together, and then meeting up to play again after reaching home. So much fun. Now, that also means homework is back, … and tuitions. But, I have some fun ways to learn. You know like Vedic Math. Yep, it … Read More

May
21

Going green is going good!

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Hey diary, Ever since I’m back in Mumbai, the temperature has just been rising. Sheesh! So not right. The first few days I simply lied down on my bed with the AC switched on for the whole day. Argh! I mean seriously, I can’t even think of anything. My whole day is spent inside the house. I just feel like telling the sun to take a break. But that’s not possible, so I had to think of some alternate solution. Trees, Diary! That’s the solution! The more you plant them, the cooler the temperature of the surrounding. That’s why I’m interested in gardening; now isn’t that a good way of beautifying the empty verandah and cooling my home? Imagine so many plants, flowers and veggies, yes veggies. That means no going to the market hahaha, awesome isn’t it? I want different plants like rose, shoe flower, money plant (woah I’m going to be rich!), Aloe Vera (it has some really cool herbal qualities), Tulsi, Neem (because mom wants it), fish tail fern (I think I should get an aquarium for this one… LOL). Then there’s also Song of India (I’ll be dancing to its tune everyday… hahaha). I also want tomatoes, chillies, and curry leaves (that’s kadipatta) in my garden. Well, mom and dad loved the idea. And we all … Read More

Apr
20

Mussoorie Adventures!

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Hello Diary!   It’s been two weeks since I’ve come down to Nani’s place in Mussoorie and I’ve already done so much. There’s much to share. First of all, the weather is really pleasant, although at night, it does get a little chillier. You know diary, it was around 10 degrees last night, I was actually sleeping with two blankets!!! Like I’d ever get to do that in Mumbai.   Talking about my adventure stories, Nani and I visited the highest point in Mussoorie called Lal Tibba, hahaha what a funny name right! I thought it was Lal Dabba when I first heard it… hahaha. But when I got there, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a beautiful sight. I could see the Himalayas, something that I’ve only heard of in text books. When I get back, I’m going to boast about it to everyone at school including Rohan hahahaha! Then we went on to see something called the Jharipani Falls… hahaha at first I thought it was Jal Pari LOL…. but even this visit was amazing. I just felt I could stay back staring at the falls the entire day doing nothing.   But Nani and I had other plans too. We went for the ropeway ride on the second highest peak of Mussoorie, the Gun Hill. For … Read More

Mar
17

TESTing my patience!

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Hi Diary!   I’m angry! You know why?! Actually, how would you know? I’ll tell you why! The season of cricket clashes with the season of exams… that’s why! The only clashes I’m really interested in are the ones India has with the different teams, especially our closest neighbor (you know who I’m talking about na!   So yes, I have to deal with Marathi, History, & Maths amidst nail-biting finishes. No ‘mauka’ for me to even celebrate all of India’s victories! Hahahahaha.   So far, I’m 3 exams down, but the worst is yet to come. I have my Maths exam on the day of India’s semi final match against Australia. 2.30 pm. By then my exam willl end. I’m hoping I take less than 3 hours to complete my exam, so that i don’t miss out on anything. But that would mean I’d have to study extra extra hard for my Maths paper, a subject that scares the living daylights outta me. I’ve literally cried during Maths class, but it’s ok.. India ke liye, I will do anything.   I just can’t wait for these exams to end, and April to begin! You know what that means na! Mom will send me to Nani’s house in Mussorie!!! Yipppeeeee. I love that place. The winding roads, the mountain tops, … Read More

Feb
02

Flying high!

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Jai hind Diary! If you’re wondering why I’ve become so patriotic, that’s cos it’s Republic Day. The day our nation became a democratic republic. The spirit of patriotism has touched me once again, diary. And it feels awesome.   Did you know, this Republic Day, Mr. Barack Obama, the U.S. President visited India?  He was invited by our Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi which is one of the most significant honours that India can give to a foreign leader. President Obama created history being the first U.S. President to be Chief Guest at our Republic Day celebrations. Everyone was talking about it.   And I have to say diary, President Obama really is quite a rockstar. Or should i say baadshah! He actually said, “Senorita, bade bade deshon mein…” the iconic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge dialogue that people recall even today. Although with an American accent, it’s not every day that the US President delivers a Bollywood dialogue! Pity he didn’t get to see the Taj Mahal on this trip. Otherwise his & Michelle Obama’s picture in front of one of the Seven Wonders of the World would’ve made for an interesting story, don’t you think?   Btw, Republic Day in school this year was absolutely awesome. That feeling that soars through my heart when the flag is hoisted is … Read More

Jan
13

Old things get a new life!

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Bonjour Diary! That’s ‘Good Day’ in French. I just it on this new show I’ve been watching on discovery about different countries. I just learned that from the whole world, Europe is the cleanest continent! The houses, the streets, the landscapes and buildings, waow. And then I saw my own room… Ouch! Let’s just say it’s not the cleanest room in the world. This gave me an idea!! We recently got a project in school to start the new year by making the best use out of our old stuff instead of simply throwing it away. And after watching these shows on different countries being so much cleaner than ours, I decided to start doing something about it. So here are my genius ideas to make use of your old stuff and build a cleaner and cooler tomorrow. 1. Canned Pencils – I still have many Soda Pop cans left from my New Year party with Rohan and my other friends. So I thought, instead of throwing them away, why not make use of them. So I cut them in half, covered them with a thick chart paper each and painted them. Then I wrote one friend’s name on each of them. “Voila!!!” I made personalised pen holders for each of my friends. 2. LaundroBean Bag – Our living room … Read More

Jan
13

Fresh new pages of 2015!

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Happy New Year Diary! Look, I brought you a brand new book cover so that even you can start fresh this year like the rest of us. Only the cover of course, your contents are much too valuable to refresh! Speaking of refresh, I wanted to tell you about my new year’s resolution this year. I don’t have just one, but many. Actually, both Rohan and I sat down together and made a list of things we wanted to change, and things we want to do this year. Something like a bucket list, except that our bucket never gets empty, hehehe. For starters, I’ve decided that finally, I’m going to make Mummy proud this year. Whether in studies or my extra curricular activities, I’m going to do it! I’m sure she already is, I’m gonna give her some more reasons though! Here is my wish list: 1. Invent something – This year, just like boy genius Dexter or Jimmy Neutron, I will invent something that will benefit the world in some way. May be a ‘Karela Powered Suction Dart Gun’. It takes care of my enemies and the Karela! 2. Go fetch – This year, I will prove to my parents that I’m old enough to take on the responsibilities of owning a pet. And when I do, I’m going … Read More

Dec
23

GENIUSES EVERYWHERE!

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Eureka Diary! Hehe, hi diary, I just wanted a new way to greet you today, by saying something a scientist or inventor would say. After all, that’s what Archimedes shouted when he made his big discovery! You must be wondering why I’m blabbering about scientists and strange ways to say hello all of a sudden. Well, I just heard that an Indian recently became the global VP of Samsung. Not sure if VP means Vice President or Very Powerful… hmmm. Either ways, I think its a big deal. Everyone is talking about it and the news really inspired me and Rohan. Of course you know who Pranav Mistry is! He is the genius who invented amazing gadgets and gizmos that we could only imagine and watch in SciFi movies like Minority Report, Avatar and Iron Man! We recently watched his video on YouTube demonstrating a prototype gadget that allows him to use his phone for painting, dialing a number, clicking a photo and lots more, all by simply making a few hand gestures in the air! We were awestruck, and wanted to become great inventors like the Wright brothers or Pranav Mistry. So Rohan and I have decided to put our heads together and invent the world’s first Taste Changer! Every day Rohan and I are forced to eat broccoli … Read More

Nov
18

Kabir’s World TV Premiere

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Dear Diary,   Welcome to tonight’s show with Kabir! Hehe No I’m not really hosting my own TV show, but that’s my way of celebrating World Television Day, which is on 21st November! It’s a day that recognizes how the television has helped human beings in so many ways. I watch TV all the time, and it never occurred to me how important it is. Mummy thinks I only watch cartoons and that I’m ruining my eyesight but actually, I watch many other things that teach me so much!   Just yesterday, Rohan and I were watching Art Attack on Pogo and we learned how to make a miniature model of a Submarine which can actually go under water and rise to the surface with a few adjustments. All we needed was a bottle, a balloon, a straw and few other household items. Then the day before that, for my school science project, Rohan and I built our very own Volcano using paper mesh with glue, paints, and all the ketchup and sauces we could find in my kitchen to make the lava. (Shhh…. Mom doesn’t know we used the ketchup. She’s still wondering how it got over so soon! He he he.)   My science teacher was really impressed with our work and gave both of us an A. And … Read More