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)
Vishal was suffering endlessly in his new school as he was being mocked repeatedly. This had been going on for months, but Vishal did not tell anyone about it. He took out his carefully saved pocket money and handed it over to the bullies. They released their grip on his shoulders. As he relaxed his shoulders, Vishal winced. They had been hurting him, mocking him, and stripping him of his belongings since the day he joined. He knew that this had to be stopped. But how could he stop them from messing up with him? He had no courage.
He still remembered the first day he had joined the school. A new school meant new surroundings, he understood that. But he was not expecting this. He had been trying hard to build his reputation in the new school, but it was of no consequence. He cursed everyone for making his life miserable. He cursed the kids in the school and his parents for enrolling him in it. Most of all, he cursed God. He was supposed to be merciful and kind; to pity His followers, to help them in need. Then why was He making his life a living hell? “You know nothing about living in a hell.” He listened in terror to a voice, paralysed by shock. That couldn’t be... God? “I can’t say I am sorry for making your life miserable. This is your path, child. You have to walk it alone. This is your destiny. Accept it, and fight.”
He was distracted the rest of the evening. As he sat on his bed, he pondered over those words. They had said “This is your destiny. Accept it and fight.” And he did.
He worked hard for the rest of the semester, trying to make amends. But most importantly, he stopped cursing. There was always a smile on his face, and his voice was imbued with confidence. He made friends with the bullies with his witty answers, and studied hard and topped the class. His helpfulness made him a favourite in the Class.
Gradually, he made friends with everyone and no one harassed him.
One night, just before sleeping, he went out in the balcony, and looked up at the stars with a smile and whispered, “Thank you”. For it really was He, who spoke to him that day.
Anushka Mishra, Amitasha Noida, IX
Ingredients Bread 2 slices
Butter 2 tbsp
Mayonnaise 2 tbsp
Lettuce 2 leaves
Cucumber 5-6 slices
Tomato 5-6 slices
Black pepper & white pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Carrot, capsicum, spring onion and parsley for garnishing
* Take two bread slices.
* In a bowl, add butter and mayonnaise and mix well.
* Spread the mixture on the bread slices evenly.
* Take lettuce leaves and put them on one of the bread slices.
* Place cucumber slices and tomato slices on the bread.
* Mix black pepper powder, white pepper powder and salt in a bowl and then sprinkle it evenly on the bread slice.
* Now place the other slice of bread on the top of the first one.
* Next, cut the brown edges of the bread slices and cut the sandwich in a triangular shape.
* Serve the sandwich in a plate garnished with carrot, tomato, spring onion and parsely sliced in the shape of a flower.