Answer: (Jarawa in Andaman, Lepcha in Sikkim,Jaunsari in Uttarakhand, Kondh in Orissa,
Bodo in Assam, Khasi in Meghalaya, Gond in Madhya Pradesh, Gaddi in Himachal Pradesh,
Rabari in Gujarat, Bhil in Rajasthan)
Though the streets were illuminated with the Diwali lights, Ramu was peddling his rickshaw to his home on the prosperous day of Dhanteras. Ramu, a man in his early 40s, was a rickshaw puller in old Delhi. Every year during this festival, he would peddle a lot of people to the market and would make good money out of it.
This year, Diwali was not the same for Ramu for he had been visiting the district court since the past few months. He had been a witness to a hit and run case, where the accused was the son of an MP. The judgement was scheduled on the eve of choti Diwali.
When Ramu reached home from work, he received a phone call from an anonymous number. It was a call from the MP whose son’s fate now rested in the hands of poor Ramu. It was a call made to threaten him of dire consequences, if he spoke against his son. “Ramu, on the day of the judgement, you better speak in my son’s favour and in return, I will shower you with money and jewels. But if you go against us, be ready to face the worst,” the MP threatened him and hung up before Ramu could say anything.
Finally, the D-Day arrived. After Ramu spoke the truth before the judge, the MP’s son was convicted. While Ramu was walking out of the court with his head held high, the furious MP obstructed his way and said, “I think you didn’t understand what I said the other day. You don’t know what you have done; you have ruined your life.” In reply to the MP’s threat, Ramu politely said, “I know what I have done, I have favoured the truth and the well being of your son by making him learn a lesson from his mistake. As far as the consequences are concerned, I am not scared as I don’t have much to lose, except my life. What will happen at the most; you will kill me? And that’s not a problem because at least I would walk into God’s court with my head held high. And about your son, three years in jail would make him a better person. Okay then, sir, I have to rush to my work now. Take care of yourself... Happy Diwali,” Ramu smiled as he said his last words, while the MP stood there speechless.
The MP got into his car and Ramu went back to his work without a trace of guilt or fear. He said to himself, “It’s finally a Happy Diwali!”
Vridhi Gupta, AIS Saket, IX B
Orange juice 1 cup
Roohafza 2 tbsp
Lemon juice ¼ tbsp
Cherry/ grapes (for garnishing) 2-3
Soda (chilled) 1 cup
Crushed ice a handful
Pudina leaves (for garnishing).. 2-3
* In a glass, pour Roohafza.
* Tilt the glass slightly and gently pour orange juice along the side of the glass.
* Now add lemon juice, soda and crushed ice.
* Garnish it with cherry/ grapes and pudina leaves.
* Your mocktail is ready to serve!
Follow your heart
Anubhav Mahajan , AIS PV, X D
They told me to dream big when I was too young,
they told me to cherish the small things I had got.
I was happy; I was content
because I was young, well pampered
and free of all the worldly debts.
Years went by and the words changed,
they now told me not to dream big,
but work hard.
They told me to leave the small things and aim for the big ones.
In my mind, I knew they were right,
all they wanted was to make my life.
But my heart refused to believe them,
for it wanted to fly in the open sky
and follow my dreams until the end.
Years went by and the world had changed for me,
as now I was satisfied, but not happy.
I was rich, but yet poor,
I had everything big,
but nothing small to share
for I had rejected my dreams that my heart wanted to follow,
and now my heart cries in sorrow.
Securing the future
Majida Muzaffar, AIS Noida, X J
I saw the earth once green and alive,
but tomorrow, for humans, I see nothing to thrive.
The future of earth is what beholds,
the suffering and pain to humans, untold.
We see and we hear,
but for the environment we never adhere
to the actions that will sustain
the life on earth, well maintained.
But how will we, when no one cares?
Ignorance is all that people share.
We’re moving fast and living large,
of our eath, forgetting to take charge.
Fifty years ago, remember the cool breeze?
with greenery all around and flourishing trees?
Things won’t be the same in a year or two,
if polluting the environment is all we do.
There has to be something that someone can do,
like creating a spirit anew.
It’s time to act now,
we have a choice to help the earth get better and let it rejoice!