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)
I was going through my usual routine, when I started thinking about you. It happens quite often, you know. I remember you when I am happy and I find myself thinking of you when I am sad. Over the years, I have realised what a great human being you are.
Remember the day I was born? June 25, 1996, yes that was the day. You believed in me when I was very weak and even the doctors had given up hope of my survival. How did you believe in me when I was only a few days old? I am going to be 18 in a few days, dad, and I still don’t believe in myself as much as you do. “I’ll bring your daughter back even if she’s in the woods.” Father, do you remember saying these words to my mother? For me, it was not God who got me back. It was you. Do you remember the time when you decided to go against the family tradition of sending children to the same school? Why did you do such a thing, dad? Did you not know how anxious I was? How did you know that I could take care of myself?
Why did you believe in a three- year-old, dad? Breaking the age old tradition had its own perks- it taught me how to shine amongst 10,000 kids. It made me stronger and it made me different from others. It made me the person I am today. Dad, how can I ever forget the car rides to school? We never spoke a word. The only thing which broke the silence was the radio playing your favourite song. I remember you singing along. You never asked me how I was doing at school. You never asked me anything at all, and why were you not curious about what was happening in my life? Well, thank you for giving me an idea of how the world works...I’m going to turn eighteen soon. People say that 18 is the age you actually grow up. They say that your transition into an adult begins at this age. They say that you get ready to face the world now. I may be going out, I may be leaving, but I promise I will always be your little girl. Thank you for accepting me with all my strengths and weaknesses.
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Uday, AIS Mayur Vihar, VIII E
Fenugreek (methi) (chopped) 3 cups
Rice (cooked) 1 cup
Green chilli (chopped) 1
Onion (chopped) 1 medium size
Salt as per taste
Red chilli powder ½ tsp
Asafetida a pinch
Gram flour (besan) 3 tbsp
Oil for frying
n Mix the fenugreek leaves, rice, chopped green chilli, onion, salt, red chilli powder, asafetida and besan in a bowl to form a mixture.
n Mash it slightly and make small balls from it.
n Heat sufficient oil in a wok.
n Deep fry the pakodas until they become crisp and golden.
n Take them out on an absorbent paper. Serve hot with chutney.
Smriti Kohli, Amity Law School, Centre II
If you can keep your head when all others are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but making allowance for their doubting too,
if you can wait and not be tired by waiting or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, or being hated,
don’t give way to hating, yet not look too good nor talk to wise.
If you can dream and not make dreams your master,
if you can think and not make thoughts your aim,
if you can meet with triumph and disaster,
and treat those two imposters just the same.
If you can listen to the truth you’ve spoken, twisted by naives to make a trap for fools,
or watch things you gave your life be broken,
and build them up with worn out tools,
if you can risk your life’s earning on a turn of pitch and toss, and lose, and start all over again, and never breathe a word about your loss.
If you can be the only one to raise your voice in a crowd of mute spectators,
if you can say what is right, if you can do what is, right, even when you know it very well that it won’t make a difference.
If you can fight a losing battle with your honour at stake and end up wounded and hurt but never allow a tear on your face.
If you can choose to live when there is no hope for survival, if you can die selflessly even when you know that you can save yourself.
If you can be fearless, daring and valiant,
yet gentle and kind, if you can be humble yet courageous, modest but brave,
if you can put someone else’s life before your own, if you can choose to not run away from battle, when it would be so easy to save yourself.
If you can stand firm and fight for others and be ready to die in their place,
if you can nurture love when there is hate all around, if you can take the rise and bear the fall, yet through it all,
if you can stand strong, bend but not fall.
If you can force your heart, your nerve, your sinew to serve your turn long, after it is gone and so hold on when there is nothing left in you, except the will which says hold on.
If you can talk with crowds not lose your virtue,
or walk with kings nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, if all men count with you but none too much.
If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth distance run,
yours is the earth and everything that’s in it and what’s more you’ll be a man, my son.
(Smriti Kohli, ALS, Centre II won the third prize in Poetika competition organised by AICC.)
Nandini Mukherjee, AIS Gur 43, Teacher
Ellipses or…History: Ellipses is a series of three dots, indicating a deliberate omission of a word or phrase from a sentence, without altering its meaning. It originated from ancient Greek, for ‘omission’ or ‘falling short’ (italics).
Usage: Ellipse can denote an unfinished thought or a slight pause; which can trail off into silence. It is a row of triple dots (…). In poetry, it is used to highlight sarcasm or compel the reader to ponder over the last stanza of the poem. According to Modern Language Association (MLA), a three-dot spaced ellipses should be used to condense quotations. In legal writings an ellipsis is written as three asterisks to make it clear that the text has been omitted. It is used extensively in mathematical notation to indicate “and so forth”. For instance 5, 10, 15, 20. . . 100
Exercise: Insert ellipses:- a) p = 3.14
b) The First Amendment also prohibits laws “respecting an establishment of religion.” U.S. Const. amend. I.