Few months ago in a discussion with students few points came up which they want their parents to start with and few to stop.

Neha Tiwari

Age group of students: 9 to 13 years.

Things I want my parents to stop doing:

—Stop comparing my life with your childhood. Things were really different back then, so stop comparing.

—Stop using these words and phrases: use your brain, are you deaf? Can’t you see? Useless, careless, good for nothing….etc….

–stop showing off my skills. I don’t want to dance in front of your friends. I don’t like to do that. Why do you force me to sing/ dance or show my art work to our relatives or friends?

—Can you speak softly? I’m tired to hear you shout, every day, every single moment.

Things I want my parents to start doing:

—Smile, please… I don’t remember when was the last time my mom smiled. She usually carries a frown on her face. That look irritates me.

—Appreciate. I know I’m not good at all things, but many things only I can do, no one else can. So a little bit appreciation is good na….

—Hug me, I see how my mom hugs my 5 year old sister, but when I run to hug her…she immediately says, “Later, first do you work” huh!

—Play with me. I love to play with my friends, but playing with mom dad is fun! If only they had time to play….

—Tell me a story. I’d love to listen to their childhood tales, especially about their mistakes, failures and mischief. But my parents always keep telling about all their achievements. It makes me scared. What if I can’t achieve success the way they achieved….?

—Keep that Social Media aside. Talk to me mom & dad.

—Can I sleep in your bedroom at least once a month? I love cuddling you guys. So parents, wondering what to gift your child this holiday season, here’s your list. Be present for your children and make parenting engaging and fulfilling.

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P.V. Sindhu visit to school

Kritika Jha

Excitement On 20th December, P.V. Sindhu is going to visit the school. All of us would be very happy as we are going to meet the badminton legend , and a youth icon. She will not only come and enlighten  the sports prize distribution event ,but will also tell us some notions about living a good life. I am very excited to meet her ,and so I’ve Chosen EXCITEMENT’as the title.For this I really want to thank my school and Century Rayon. Meeting her is like a dream come true… ??????? Thank You Je vous remercie

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Parents ,Teachers and all Grown ups are….strict -rigid?

Mrs Swetha Pai- Counselor

Parents ,Teachers and all Grown ups are….strict -rigid? Someday my 21st century children -students you will understand the logic behind US being the way we are because we care enough where you go,with whom and be silent when it was needed. I say this because I am this way. I do give my kids the silent treatment and I am strict not with my method of conveying my teachings but principles…. My kids here could vouch for it. I have done it and it has worked wonders. All I want to say is parents aren’t perfect, but they face difficult battles when it comes to saying NO to you, they too feel sad when you don’t attain your dreams. They too want you to prove them wrong. Take note this logic you will understand when you sit down and empathize and see through their eyes…

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Paan Shots Recipe | Mouth Freshener | Party Desert Paan Shots

JR. KG – A

Here’s a recipe that combines the desert and after meal paan into one exciting glassful shot ! It is served as mouth freshener also. The paan shot is a mouth-watering combination of paan and rose gulkand with spices and ice cream, which melts in your mouth and tickles your taste buds. Every sip of this aromatic drink will send a lovely tingle down your spine. Preparation Time : 5 minutes Cooking Time : Nil Makes. : 8 Shots Ingredients: 4 Kolkata betel leaves (paan), torn into pieces 1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf) 2 tsp dessicated coconut 4 tsp rose gulkand 2 cloves 2 cardamom 1 cup vanila ice cream 3 cubes ice Milk / Water and sugar (to blend) Preparation: Combine all the ingredients in a mixer and blend till smooth after this pour equal quantities in 8 shot glasses and serve Chilled….

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Healthy Diwali Snack!

Diwali has always brought with it happiness be it through the beauty of lights or the delight of meeting your loved ones or the sweet linger of delicacies. The various cuisines with their aromas, the mouth watering flavors, the joy of sharing the relish is what we savour since childhood. Nowadays people don’t have time to make numerous food items at home like earlier. Moreover with our sedentary lifestyle we tend to avoid fried foods and all purpose flour (maida). Hence these lovely old recipes are somewhere getting lost in time. But with innovative technology of easy baking with microwave ovens and airfryers and slight healthy modifications, I want you all to revisit the golden days with my simple bonne bouche!

Airfryer shankarpare (biscuits) recipe

INGREDIENTS(1 cup = 250 ml)
1.5 cups aatta (wheat flour)
½ cup rava (sooji or semolina)
½ cup regular sugar or organic unrefined cane sugar or as required
1 pinch salt
3 to 3.5 tablespoon milk or as required
3 tablespoon ghee (as mohan)

Kneading dough for shankarpare:

1.Powder the sugar in a dry grinder and keep aside.
2.First sieve the flour with salt.
3.Then sieve the powdered sugar.
4.Melt the ghee till hot
5.Add the melted hot ghee to the flour-semolina-sugar mixture.
6.Nicely mix the fat into the flour mixture and make a breadcrumb like consistency. when gathered together, the whole mixture should be able to hold itself together. You can also add dry fruits in powdered form or cardomom powder for added nutrition and flavour.
7.Warm the milk.
8.Then add each tbsp of the warm milk in intervals and knead to a firm tight dough.
if the dough looks dry, then add 1/2 or 1 tsp milk and knead.
9.Keep aside covered for 20-30 mins.
10.Divide the dough into two parts and roll each part into a circle of about 6-7 inches in diameter.
11.With a knife or pizza cutter, make diamond shapes from the dough. discard the edges and join them together with the other piece of dough. I here modified the shape into half moon with the help of bottle cap.
12.Preheat the airfryer on 180°C for 3 minutes and bake the pare/biscuits  for 10-12 minutes or until crisp brown.
13. Let them cool and serve these totally healthy (as made from whole wheat flour and oil free, non fried) nibbles which definitely children will enjoy!

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My dear children

Mrs Swetha Pai

My dear children you are so caught up in life and forget to enjoy the small things in life.Take stress for the wrong reasons and take dramatic steps to solve it. My suggestion is all other factors in life will work out if your mental health is in check. I’m going to give you basic indicators to watch out for if your mental health is not balanced. Then you should seek help.
1.) Your concentration is not proper in class or during normal daily routines. 2.) Irritability and mood swings and out bursts with close ones and authorities.
3.) Feelings of sadness and hopelessness and worthless
4.) Social withdrawal-keeping away from friends,family and relatives.
5.)Change in sleep cycle and eating habits.
6.) Thoughts that there is no solution and want to take major steps. Please remember these are some of the basic indicators but always be free to talk about your emotions. Keep the channel of communication open. There is a need to acknowledge emotional well being is crucial for development and survival.

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How to deal or control youself when in a bad mood?

Neha Tiwari

1) Don’t fight it. Fighting a bad mood is like flailing in water when drowning or panicking in quicksand-it makes things worse. Simply be mindful of your mood-state and accept that, “it is as it is.” (It’s important to note that I am referring to a “bad mood” and not depression, which requires treatment by a qualified mental health professional.)
2) Look for the lesson. Was there a trigger for the bad mood? Sometimes negative consequences are opportunities for learning and growth.
3) Embrace it. Anger can be mobilizing, energizing and empowering. I secretly sometimes love my dragon energy. Ask yourself, how can your negative mood state work to your advantage?
4) Understand that your feelings are always normal. Our feelings may be irrational, but they are always normal responses to our nature and our nurture. Sometimes a current event taps into a well of old feelings from the past, so our emotional response appears disproportionate to the event, but is actually understandable when you consider the full picture.
5) Cut yourself some slack. Nobody is perfect and we are all works in progress. Practice a mantra such as, “I am only human and I am doing the best that I can.” Accept and forgive yourself as you would your best friend or somebody you love very much.
6) Bring your attention to the present. Don’t exacerbate your bad mood by ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Practice mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation or meditation to reboot your mind, body and spirit.
7) Pay attention to your thinking. You can observe your negative thoughts and choose not to listen to them.
8) Take pause. Give yourself a mental time out. A bad mood is a good time to take a walk around the block or shut your office door to have a few quiet moments. It’s not a good time to initiate important conversations about work or relationships! Let loved ones know that your not at your best and hold your tongue so you don’t say things you will regret later.
9) Infuse yourself with self-care. Think of it like an epi-pen shot of self-love. Give yourself what you need, even if it is as simple as a good cup of coffee, a yummy meal, a bubble bath or an early night to bed. Keep the self-care healthy, as drinking and shopping and other compulsive behaviors can masquerade as self-care but may be more harmful in the end. Think of it as being your own good parent and take loving care of yourself.
10) Tell people what you need. Don’t expect others to be mind-readers or you might end up in an unwanted conflict. Use assertive communication to ask for support or space, depending on your needs.
11) Know that you are not your anger. You might feel like you are the dragon, but you are not. You the unique spirit of light and love that your anger is temporarily eclipsing.
12) Understand, this too, shall pass. Like the waves of the tide, your moods ebb and flow. You can trust in the ways of the universe-your low mood will lift in time.

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Tejashree Sonawane

Sometimes I sit and I wonder How life would be If were a fictional character.
It would be so strange and scary To live in an uncanny unfamiliar world Which is so fraternally familiar.
I would meet my favourite characters Go on long walks By the river Pedra Have with them the endless talks And ask them the wildest questions.
We feel as if we have been spied –They would say Someone killed the beloved’s lover –They would say.
I got scared I wanted to run Run away from this filthy place Which is a fairyland Under the pixie dust of books.
No, the pixie dust was cleared The clouds of anger prevailed Over the magnanimous sun The only thing that was left Was my own self.
I lost hope I wanted to leave Leave this place Leave this life.
Until this one night When the sun arose Hounding the dark clouds Welcoming the rainbow.
I wondered what had happened Then I realised –it was her! She had opened the book! She read the book And I read her face She closed the book
And I missed her gaze.
But she would always come back I could hear her laughter I would catch her tears We held hands when she touched the book
We kissed when she sniffed the pages. And everything was going well. One day, the clouds returned And the sun sank I knew that she would come back I even made the pages sunflower I sprinkled pixie dust in the air I screamed and screamed Wishing she would her me But she never came back And I – I waited, I waited.

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What are you wearing????

Kritika Jha
8 D

Have you ever noticed the reactions that people make seeing people who wear something different from what others are wearing???The way they stare those people??Doesn’t it look very weird?? India is a democratic country and everyone has the freedom of speech ,ideas and no one can stop them from doing anything until and unless it is described by the law as an offence. People wearing clothes with small length are often starred by people.This makes them feel different and sometimes insulted. This way if we see then people are actually violating one’s fundamental rights.Isn’t this wrong?? Why is a person’s freedom snatched?? People create a stereotype in their mind which doesn’t allow them to have a wider range of ideas. It is thus very important to develop ours minds to mould a brighter future for ourselves..

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Go intrepidly where no man has ever gone before ….

Padmaja Vikas Chavan
12 – B

Our future, today, hangs in balance. Can you really teach a fish to walk? Of course not. The same idea is validated when we ourselves know that we could save our planet, but, never do so. The world lies much beyond the latitude of what really does exist, and what our eyes makes us see. There exists rigid substantiation of how we have converted ourselves from savage humans to civilised ones with an exception of a few, who indisputably still remain barbaric in their ideas, thoughts and discernment with an inclusion of irrational and eccentric thinking which tends to thwart in the progress of the nation. In our endeavour to make things much enhanced we direct ourselves in making them more worse, naively, the consequences, we face counterpart up to the same. It’s the preposterous paradox that exposes our weakness. This era is the end of all sorts of all anonymity where things happen all of a sudden and in the long run, we can’t hide who we are, anymore. When we say that we won’t be doing a particular work we are in all ways, losing out proficiencies that we inherently possess. The pedigrees of our intelligence are not known to anyone. The intelligence that we brag of is artificial and is not developed by the so-called – experiences. We are not inborn smart; we are like robots who do whatever is said to them.

The force is now forgotten – the force that gave us our individuality – none endures. In an attempt to look for our survival we open ways for our planet to shrink. Take an example: suppose someone is going to come to my house at night. I do arrangements for his visit. I had made, say, 6 dishes for my visitant. Everything goes fine after that. The guest requests me to come to his house too. I agree. When after a few days, I go to his house; I see that he has done no provisions for my visit which instigates me. I will feel bad, for sure. After facing this, should I be alluring him to my house again? Should I be making 6 dishes for him, again? The most plausible answers would be that I should not be doing any preparations for him. If I do so, I change myself. I lose my distinctiveness. I lose my physiognomies. I lose myself for one. In an effort to give back to him in the same coin as what he gave me, this notion of vengeance would eventually eat me from the inside. Making food for my guests is my characteristic; they must be possessing some other. We can’t lose our consciences for the sake of others. If someone else doesn’t do something, does it mean I should also be doing the same? Of course not. I lose ethics and standards which I have been given by my ancestors. In the same way, why do we expect someone else to save the planet if we ourselves could do it? If everyone would think in this manner we would be sooner or later ending up doing nothing and this would result in making the worse of our planet. Who will if not us, will save it? We are affected by mirages of the brain. The more we try to understand the other, the less we do comprehend it. Everyone has to do the work of his part. God gives every bird a worm but never tosses them in the bird’s nest. The thing is – I don’t believe in the fate that cascades on men, however, they act, but, I do believe in the fate that torrents on them unless they act. The realisation should be from- within. Our lives have transformed in a prodigious deal, as in how we try to hold on our anger, it’s like grasping a red-hot coal with an intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. A person’s resentment, ego and the mindset that makes him think that others would do it, is the basic cause of our planet’s obliteration.
Everything requires fire like passion and torrent-like acquisition. A single touch of love can, in fact, transfigure a savage into a civilised man. The love is of our mother earth. Our love towards our planet should be consecrated. True love is sacrifice. Nothing will ever get demolished. Everything is whole, this is whole, from the whole the whole becomes manifest. From the whole, when the whole is neglected, what simply remains is again- A WHOLE.

If we talk about Antarctica it is well described as, “a silence deep with a breath like sleep.” The exquisiteness of Antarctica is mystique. The hole in the ozone says us about our trail towards our substantial destruction. To me, the environment isn’t a cause, it’s everything. Our astuteness shouldn’t be the measure of our intellect but the measure of how well we see and envisage the future of our planet. We all are born enlightened, but we choose ourselves to remain ignorant. Even if you are involved with the simplest facets of life, you will see that every aspect of your life becomes spectacular, the thing is – you should do it by yourself.

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