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)
She slowly got up from the creaking chair and went over to the ancient cabinet. She couldn’t see it, but she knew the picture was somewhere inside. Putting aside some old books and trinkets, she pulled the photograph out. Her little boy, wearing his uniform on his first day of school. It was dusty and dull, but she could see the fear on his face that he had tried to hide with a broad smile. She remembered his thin, shrill voice, asking her to pick him up after school. She promised him that she will come to pick him up. She saw an uneasy look in his eyes, as though he doubted her. But then he smiled, genuinely this time, and went inside the school. Of course, that afternoon, she was there to take him home, as she had promised. She sighed, and remembered the promise he had made before he left, to serve the country.
Then, too, he was wearing uniform, a different one. Now, she was the one whose eyes held doubt and he was the one giving assurances. He promised her that he will take care of himself with a confident smile on his face. He hugged her and left, promising to meet her soon. She could see the eagerness in his eyes. His enthusiasm to serve his country made his face shine with excitement. She bade him goodbye and silently prayed for his safe return. She did see him soon, he did return, wrapped in the tricolour, in a truck. The tears she’d been holding in all day, spilled out. She held the photograph close to her heart, and wept. She was a proud mother, who sacrificed her son for the country.
She could see the eagerness in his eyes. His enthusiasm to serve his country made his face shine with excitement.
Mint leaves A handful
Fresh lime juice 4 tbsp
Sugar syrup 1tbsp
Ice (crushed) as per liking
Club soda/ s/ Sprite
Add crushed mint leaves in a shaker or big glass.
Add sugar, lime juice and sugar syrup.
Add ice and shake well.
Pour this into 4 long glasses and top with the soda, Sprite or dew.
Stir with a spoon and serve!
A Delhi girl
I live in Delhi, also known as the rape capital,
a place with a mindset nearly impractical.
I live in Delhi, piercing through thousand gazes,
where only men win praises.
Metros with an only women’s coach,
a man will creep in like a cockroach.
Raping a woman just by staring,
men in Delhi are very ‘daring’.
Whistling and calling out names,
guys, these are no games.
Asking a woman to ride with you,
is that how low are you?
“Enough is enough,”
the Delhi girl says.
She marches forward,
to her work and school everyday.
Young women with aspirations,
hopes and dreams,
they are the gems of the
21st century Indian dream.
A Delhi girl is a symbol of the future,
shoulder to shoulder,
they march past the other half,
with their head held high.
Let’s reclaim the lost glory of
this historical city.
Brave young women of Delhi,
rise like a phoenix,
with a fire in your belly.
The reticent requiem
It’s a black day in history,
Peshawar mourns the sordid elegy.
Murals drawn with youthful blood,
stained with tears, flowing like flood.
The walls that saw the massacre,
are wounded open with bullets shot
Where Shakespeare should have hung,
and song from Auld Lang Syne be sung.
The visceral brook of knowledge
yields new schools, alters ancient college.
But even Shakespeare cries in despair,
Peshawar is in a dire need for prayer.
O devil, O feral one,
oh godless child, oh Satan’s son.
Take me but spare the children,
for whom the tale has just begun.
Their future in their tiny fists,
but their dreams cut in slits.
Where they shall twist, turn and burn,
and perish waiting for the
innocent sun .
AIS Vasundhara 6
Unjumble the given words using the clues provided. Recognise the words and spell them correctly.
1. A rectangular array of numbers, mathematical functions, added and multiplied according to certain rules.
2. A serious complication of type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
3. The ability to breed.
4. To hear or try and determine judicially.
5. Making a trip without passengers, such as driving an empty motor coach.