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)
As soon as I entered twelfth grade, like every concerned parent, mine too started asking me what I wanted to do with my life. That’s how I ended up at a career counselling session. I was asked to describe my dream job and I told them, I want to write. “For a newspaper like TOI?” they asked. “No. Something fun. Like The Global Times,” I said. At that fateful moment, I realised that leaving Amity means bidding farewell to the newspaper that changed my life. Aastha Singh, AIS Noida, Soon-to-be-alumnus enumerates her love for GT!
They taught me that there is no wrong or right way to write. Everyone is a writer.
Black isn’t the only beautiful colour. In fact, illustrations are boring in black.
Humour is more reader friendly than any other style of writing.
It doesn’t take ‘two’ but ‘togetherness’ to tango. Churning out a newspaper with a bunch of people who are going to love it just as much is a feeling beyond awesomeness.
Office doesn’t mean suiting up and sitting glued to your screen. It means thinking, tearing apart the nuance of every idea, discarding a million concepts and doing all of this together.
There is nothing like seeing your name in a byline.
You get to act like a real journalist but you are thoroughly pampered.
GT makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger.
You get to cover events and meet Bollywood stars.
As you become a frequent GT writer, you realise that making a newspaper is not only about writing; it’s about reading what you’ve written, in over three rounds. They call it proofreading.
The entire team of GT makes you feel at home. Every time you go to their office for the competition issue, you get juice and chocolate cake.
Writers learn to illustrate and illustrators learn to write.
You can never throw away a newspaper because you know the amount of effort that went into it.
You’ll meet other students who
You learn to make fifteen phone calls (to coordinate things) in a record time of ten minutes.
You will realise that editing means practically re-writing.
You start appreciating all the people working behind the scene.
You’ll see potential stories almost everywhere.
You get the privilege to attend the social nights reserved for foreign delegates during AIMUN.
You write good stories and bad stories but over a period of time, the table turns to only good stories.
Writing an article during the English exam becomes a cake walk.
You learn to be a team. Take the credit together and take the blame together too.
Even the most negative events leave scope for positive stories.
They give new food recipes in every issue.
Nursery class children will come up to you and say “Didi, I saw your picture in The Global Times!”
Sometimes, their parents will make your day, “Beta, I read your article in GT. It was amazing.”
Random people on Facebook will start asking for your help to edit their articles.
Wit, humour, sarcasm, subtle, simple, emotional…your pen will swing in whichever way you want it, courtesy – GT and the numerous genres it teaches you to write in.
The absence of a comma, a full stop or capitalisation can sometimes result in a door slamming, banshee screaming fight.
You’ll wait six months for the competition issue buzz to begin and then wait more till 7th Aug for the GT Awards.
Every year, on the way to the GT Awards, you’ll pray in the bus that AIS Gurgaon 46 doesn’t win again.
You’ll make sacrifices to adhere to the deadlines and eventually learn that sacrificing for something you love, is always worth it.
You’ll learn to find inspiration in everything and everyone.
You’ll have an excuse to stay up late, overload your body with caffeine and write your heart away.
You’ll learn that Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are not as complicated as they look.
You will meet other writers; add them on Facebook and Instagram. Eventually you’ll end up making lots of new friends.
You’ll learn to use MS Word even better than a Microsoft employee. Just kidding.
GT will teach you the art of criticising without being too hurtful.
If you haven't had the noodles from the takeaway near AKC House, you now have an opportunity. Your life will change after that.
You will have brand new DSLR pictures for profiling after you write an article and pose for it.
The GT family doesn't stop its love after the work is over. From teachers, they become friends and you manage to have a conversation at least once a week.
GT taught me that even more important than the article is the headline, the byline, the subhead and the name you save the document with.
We probably never keep exam papers for years, but the competition editions are souvenirs. Other than our own school's issue, I also keep the editions of others for strict comparison purposes.
At least once, during your course of writing for GT, you will forget to save an article and rewrite it. After that, you will remember to save a document after writing the first line.
The Global Times is your first step to being famous.
You will learn to laugh at yourself when you give senseless ideas during the brainstorming sessions.
At GT, we integrate fun and productivity. You will find yourself stuck in bouts of nostalgia even months after working for the competition issue.
The Global Times is ‘your newspaper’. There are no rules. It is exactly what you want it to be.
I owe my writing, my confidence and a lot of who I am to GT.