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)
“And students, I want these assignments on my desk tomorrow,” announced Ravi’s sombre Math teacher as the bell rang. Packing his bag, Ravi jostled along with others to leave for the day. How on earth was he to complete the tedious Algebra homework his teacher had given? With History tuitions and Football classes already lined up for the evening, was there even time left for supper, let alone homework.
As soon as he was done with lunch, he sat down to work on the task at hand. Lost in the complex world of equations and calculations, Ravi lost track of time. He did not pay heed to any sort of accuracy and went on solving sums one after the other. Finally when he finished his homework, he looked up only to find out that daylight had vanished and the silence of the night had taken over. “That wasn’t quick,” he thought and was suddenly reminded of his parents who hadn’t even bothered him for supper. Curious, Ravi came out of his room to an empty house. No one was to be seen, no voice heard. He then stepped outside his house. There was a strange stillness in the air. And suddenly, from the dark sky, came a stream of blinding white light that soon appeared to have taken over the entire city. “It couldn’t be a UFO,” Ravi thought. In a jiffy, he was inside a strange structure with lights beaming all over it. “Hi Ravi of Earth. Do not be afraid. We come for peace," said a half robot, half human creature. “Why have you abducted me? Where are you from?” cried Ravi. “We are from a world far away, my friend. It is called Psyfision. I am Cerebion. We saw your future. After a decade, you would be the leader of your planet and a strategic universal partner for us. But you have this bad habit of taking things lightly. You did not care to do your homework right. How will you become a leader if you are to fail the sixth grade with a wrong assignment? Here, take this,” said the creature. “This one has all the correct answers.”
“Ravi, Ravi! Get up,” whispered his bench mate Sahil. Ravi got up shocked. He was sleeping in the very first period, the Math class, while others were submitting their homework. He was relieved that it was a dream and submitted his homework. “Ravi, come here!” called his teacher. “Where is your assignment, and what are these symbols in your notebook?”
“Oh no! It wasn’t a dream,” thought Ravi. He looked at his notebook with bewilderment. And then, he decided to give his younger brother a good nag for using his old copies to try out his amazing art skills.
“It couldn’t be a UFO,” Ravi thought. In a jiffy, he was inside a strange structure with lights beaming all over it.
Shreyan Sanyal, AIS Gur 46, IX
For peppermint coffee Brewed coffee 250 ml
Sweetened cocoa powder 2 tbsp
Peppermint extract ½ tsp
Sugar 2 tsp
Skimmed milk 60 ml