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Punjabi Academy honours students
with badges, cash
Smriti Kak Ramachandran

The Punjabi Academy organised its annual prize distribution ceremony in GHPS, Vasant Vihar. Many students were awarded prizes for their performance in various competitive categories.

Among the prize winners are Rupinder Kaur of class X, she got the second prize in the senior’s declamation contest and also in the poetry recitation contest. In the junior’s declamation category the first prize went to Pashween Kaur of class VIII, who also bagged the second prize in the poetry recitation contest for juniors. Amandeep Kaur stood third in the same category.

Jaskaran Singh stood third in the essay writing competition. The students also won the first prize in the folk dance competition, in the folk song category, Avneet Kaur of class XII stood second. The students were awarded cash prizes, momentos and certificates. Arneet Singh of class X topped the National Talent Search Examination 2004 conducted by the Unified Council, Hyderabad.

A special assembly was also organised in the school to honour the meritorious students for the year 2003-04. All the students who had scored above 85 per cent marks received golden badges and certificates. Silver badges and certificates were awarded to those scoring between 75 per cent and 84 per cent.

Present on the occasion was the Special Guest, Inspector General, G S Uban, VSM, who praised the students for their achievements.

Annual Day at Bal Bharti

Bal Bharti Public School, Rohini organised its annual day. The school’s grounds were filled with parents and students as a special programme got underway. The audience was treated to a musical composition by the school orchestra, aerobics display and a drama ‘Puss in Boot’ performed by the junior most students.

A ballet, ‘Danveer Karan’, and ‘chaturang’, depicting the folklore of Palanquin bearers, were also staged. The chief guest on the occasion was the Commissioner of Police, Dr KK Paul. Ms Varyan Kaur, Deputy Mayor was the guest of honour.

Shemrock girls win gidhha competition

Girls from Shremrock Institute of Education, Rajouri Garden, won the first prize in the giddha competition organised by the Raja Ram Mohan Roy Institute at the Air Force Auditorium.

The theme of the programme, which saw the participation of 12 institutes, was Baisakhi. The winners took home cash prize of Rs 1,000 and a trophy. 

Day of Togetherness

Amity International School, Noida, celebrated April 27 as the Day of Togetherness.

Sentiments, heartfelt greetings and emotions poured forth in abundance as children spoke of their joy at being Amitians. On their lips was their Song of Inspiration: "We are the children of creation. You and me. We are the builders of the nation. You and me. We are the leaders of tomorrow. You and me…"

Mrs Mankotia's choir, Mrs Sumita Sarkar's choir and exotic dance performances put up by an enthusiastic bunch of kids bespoke of their gratitude to their school. The vice captain, Shweta Arya, said Amity was the fruit of the dreams, aspirations and hopes of Dr Amita Chauhan, Chairperson.

Poems, speeches and songs were the order of the day as tiny tots expressed their love and affection for their temple of learning.

The school resounded with voices raised in bonhomie as the chairperson reached out to children. The children chanted in unison; "The more you give, the more you get. The more you laugh, the less you fret. The more of everything you share the more you'll always have to spare. The more you love, the more you'll find. That life is good and friends are kind. For only what we give away enriches us from day to day." Noble thoughts, indeed.

An innovative and ingenuous round of poetry composition marked the finale of the function.

- Komal Vijay Singh


Resolute on one’s path in the face of adversity

There was a sixty-year-old man who decided to participate in a 400-km marathon. All his family members and friends discouraged him, reminding him that he no longer had the stamina required for this pursuit. But he remained unwavering in his decision and set about to attain his goal with single-mindedness.

In six days, he traversed the stipulated 400-km and emerged the winner, beating the young participants with a huge margin. When the astonished spectators interviewed him he said that in the course of the race he had his eyes fixed only on the road ahead. He neither thought of food nor sleep but only the end line, which the road would take him to. His will power enabled him to overcome fatigue, the difficult terrain, long distance and the thousands of small problems he faced on his path.

In our life we must determine the path to be taken and not be deterred by the adversities we face. If we digress and lose our direction we will be filled with apprehension, feel stressed and disheartened and when the going gets tough we are likely to retrace our steps and reach nowhere. Successful people do not see these problems as difficulties but as stepping-stones to success.

In fact they succeed in spite of problems and not in absence of them. They treat them as learning experiences and move forward towards their set goals. Setbacks are inevitable in life. A setback can actually motivate us and also teach us humility.

Our path remains unwavering if we are resolute. ‘Path’ is symbolic of multiple facets and characteristics of our life. Path can be the goal we have set out to achieve the principles we stand for or the moral values and actions that we believe in. If we take the ‘path’ as a goal, an aim, we should not give it up just because we are faced with obstacles and difficulties. If we get scared of the hardships we may come across in life, we will be nowhere.

Path, when viewed as principles, the faith or moral values we believe in, becomes the foundation of our life. At no point should we compromise on our ideals or turn away from the ill luck the acts might present. Once the path of truth, non-violence and other such higher values is determined one must never deter from it. People like Mahatama Gandhi, Raja Harish Chandra, and Martin Luther King were the beacons who have shown us the right path. It is crucial to know our destination and our goals.

A man was traveling and stopped at an intersection. He asked an elderly man, “Where does this road take me?” The elderly man, in turn, asked, “Where do you want to go?” When the man replied, “I don’t know”, the elderly person said, “Then take any road. What difference does it make?” We must know the path we take for it determines the direction, dedication, discipline, deadlines and determination to accomplish. And of course, once we have chosen our path, at no costs should we quit.

“When things go wrong,

As they sometimes will,

When the road you are trudging seems all uphill…

Rest if you must, but don’t quit…

Stick to the fight when you are hardest hit

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.”

Our life is a journey on the path we take – choose it with care.

Madhu Chandra


Birla Vidya Niketan

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