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)
Recap: John, a school going boy, is being followed by dark shadows that only he can see. One day, on his way back from school, he is attacked by a stranger.
Yastika Biswas, AIS Gur 46, X H
…The attacker fell to the ground howling in pain, revealing his face. John was shocked at what he saw. Dark red lips, bloodshot eyes, skin as pale as paper and fangs protruding from his mouth. Horrified, John tried to run but the attacker again appeared out of thin air in front of him. John turned around to run in the opposite direction, but the attacker was there too.
John looked all around him and realised that he was surrounded by the attacker from all sides. He realised that the attacker had made multiple clones of himself. For a moment, John thought he was hallucinating but he realised it was for real, when the clones of the attacker moved towards him.
John stood there frightened. He didn’t know what to do next; when suddenly an unusual figure appeared besides him. There was a loud bang! One of his attackers fell back and soon the rest vanished into the thin air. John turned to see who had saved him and then saw one of the same people he had seen from the bus. The unusual figure reached for him and whispered “Go back home and forget this ever happened,” while his partner followed the attacker. John was confused and had many questions, but the man who had just saved him held his hand up and disappeared.
John narrated the entire incident to his parents, but they could not really comprehend anything. Next day, John refused to go to school; he was so scared that he did not want to step out of his house. But after his parents’ persuasion he finally decided to go to school. As he stepped out of the house, he saw his saviour waiting for him.
Though apprehensive, he approached him. This time the man did not disappear, but smiled instead. “Who are you? Who are the people attacking me? What do they want from me? Why are you saving me?” John could not stop himself from throwing this volley of questions to the strange man.
The man, though first taken aback by so many questions, drew a deep sigh and said, “I am a member of the group called Onyx. The people who attacked you are vampires, and are on the lookout for the only royal blood left of our clan, you. Though, I am dead, I will always be there to protect you My Lord.” And with that, the man vanished.
But, John was still not sure whether this incident was a dream or reality.
Three flavoured cake
SM Anshuman, AIS Vas 6, IX
White flour (maida) 1 cup
Powdered sugar 1 cup
Baking powder 1/2 tbsp
Cocoa powder 5 tbsp
Oil 1 tbsp
Chocolate bar (small) 1
Whipped cream 1 cup
Rainbow sprinkles 2 tbsp
Mango sauce 2 tbsp
Melt the butter in a microwave.
Now slowly add powdered sugar to the butter and mix it well. Make sure that no lumps are formed.
Take the eggs in a separate bowl and beat them well.
Add eggs to the butter and sugar batter. Whisk the batter thoroughly to ensure a fine consistency.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder and cocoa powder.
Add the flour mixture to the egg batter. Whisk it thoroughly for two minutes.
Grease a baking dish with oil and pour the batter into it.
Bake it in a preheated oven at 175 degrees for 40-50 minutes.
Now cut the cake into three equal pieces and garnish each of them with different toppings and sauces.
Piece 1 – Grate the chocolate bar. Heat the cream to a creamy consistency and pour over the chocolate. Mix well and spread it over the piece.
Piece 2 – Garnish it with rainbow
Piece 3 – Spread some mango sauce on the piece.
Vaani Rawat, AIS Pushp Vihar, X C
Behind the glistening scales,
there lay a sphere with ghoulish tales.
With frantic winds
and irrevocable thunders,
salt water commenced
bemoaning past blunders.
Tempestuous mists coveting attrition,
purveyors of affliction.
The deafening patter
of remorseful rain,
gaily retrieve nothing but pain.
Burnt by the torment
were dimming piles,
ashes of nostalgia scatter
The storm abrogates equivocating,
for it is well known that
an abyss has no escaping.
Its only intention is to pulverise,
humble havoc is its only paradise.
To elude this swamp of solitude,
one has to acquire corpulent reserves of fortitude.
But the storm won’t wait,
it has already decided the fate,
and the fate isn’t kind,
the deluge was to lacerate the mind.
Only destruction could
quench its thirst,
no matter what shall be
It shackled up the wandering sphere,
and dropped its cover with care.
The lights fluctuated
and then went out,
the sphere honourably
embraced its rout.
It moves restless here
and there like a wanderer,
and takes over the world
like an emperor.