dont worry be happy

Don’t worry, be happy.

How’s that for a philosophy on life.  Four simple words, one profound statement.

This all started when we talked about fear a couple of weeks ago.  One thing that was a re-occurring theme was the idea behind fear and that it is oftentimes rooted in worry.  And, listening to this song – and the simple words and actions that go along with it – made me think about worry in our lives today.

Do you worry?  About your health?  About the exams?  About your next assignment?   About your homework?  I could go on and on.  Worry.  We, as a whole, can (and do) worry about pretty much everything.  The economy is struggling.  There is much unrest in many parts of the world.  Our streets are rich with crime.  Despite modern medical advances, sickness and disease still permeate our neighborhoods.  There’s enough out there to keep us worrying constantly.  And that’s without all of our own very personal and individual problems.

Some worry is hard to avoid.  Worrying about a spouse, a child, another loved one – for instance.  These are worries out of love.  These are difficult worries to overcome.  Because they are rooted in love.  Some worries, though, are just idle worries.

What, exactly, does worry get us?  Think about it for a minute.  What good comes from worry?  Idle worry. Superficial worry.  Worry without any action.  Does this do any good?  Does sitting around, worrying – will I have a job tomorrow – does that do you any good?  No.  Or how about worrying about – did I pass that test? – does that do any good?  No.  It only “…saps today of its joy.”, as Leo Buscaglia says.

So, what do you choose today?  What do you choose the next time that “thing” arises that puts uncertainty into your life – and you are ready to retreat into your world of worry?  The choice is yours.  You can choose to worry.  Or.  Or you can choose to act.  To do something.

The inevitable.  Some things we just can’t control.  So, aren’t we better off pushing worry aside?  And living our lives.  There will be good in our lives.  And there will be some bad in our lives.  Worrying about any of this is not going to change this fact.  What can change these facts are actions, by us.

Today.  You have a choice.  You can choose to worry when life confronts you with it’s challenges.  Or you can choose to live your life.  Taking care of what you do have control over.  Yourself.  Your actions.

What do you choose?

Don’t worry, be happy…

Shalin Ghosh

9-B

AVM Juhu

Don’t worry be happy

“Happiness” is a loaded word: It’s loaded with expectations, hope, yearning, confusion…. You get the idea. What makes happiness feel so elusive usually has more to do with how you relate to the concept than with how you really feel. Here are a few simple adjustments that can help you unleash the happiness within yourself.

1. Be present

Awareness is the springboard from which we can appreciate the world around us. Set reminders in your phone throughout the day to pause and check in with yourself. By stepping into a space of curiosity you will discover an increased ability to notice happiness in everyday life.

2. Harness difficulty

As long as you’re alive, challenges will find you. Sometimes you probably even create challenges for yourself—we all do. Instead of getting down on yourself, try thinking of difficult moments as opportunities to ask yourself: How can I be kinder to myself right now?

3. Get connected

Connection is more than an experience—it’s also a skill that we can strengthen with small gestures. Try smiling at a stranger, tell a friend you appreciate them, or tell a loved one how much they mean to you. Create connection in the small moments of life.

4. Turn meaning into action

What in life really matters to you? Is it family, compassion, good friends, the environment? Take these values and turn them into verbs. If you value family, make a plan to put phones aside during dinner. If it’s the environment, consider volunteering with an organization.

5. Find purpose

Getting involved in something outside ourselves has the power to infuse our daily lives with meaning amid the drudgery. Every day, ask yourself these three questions:

1. What do I care about beyond myself?

2. What action can I take today that aligns with this?

3. In the long run, how will my actions affect the world?

Practice and repeat this over time and watch your sense of purpose grow.

Sumit Sethi

9-c

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Wanderlust

If I had to travel somewhere in the world,

With only my suitcase in hand,

Should I travel to a place hot or cold?

Should I travel o Greenland?

 

Perhaps I could go to China or Spain,

Or even drench myself in the London rain.

I don’t think Belgium is that far,

I could help myself to a chocolate bar.

 

Maybe I’ll gaze in wonder at the Parthenon in Greece,

And listen to the tale of the Golden Fleece,

I would learn some traditions fro the Indian folk,

And make sure in Kenya it’s the lion I don’t provoke.

 

So many places like Germany and Rome,

So many people each offering their home.

The pursuit of other travelers might be to explore the world,

But mine is to make sure my heart and mind are unfurled.

 

So to me what is a must,

Is to give in each time to my wanderlust!

 

Vivika Puranik

AVM Juhu

 

Don’t worry, be happy

Be light to the world,

The best thing to hold,

Onto in life is each other,

Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet.

 

Being happy doesn’t mean that,

Everything is perfect.

It means that you have,

Decided to look beyond,

The imperfections.

 

Don’t worry, be happy,

Go with life as it comes,

Because,

The best is yet to come!

 

Avni Duggal

Class-4C

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Don’t worry be happy

In every life, we have some trouble but when you worry you make it double. “Don’t worry, be happy, don’t worry, be happy.” I start with these wonderful lines of the song that is embedded in my childhood, since I grew up with it.

What is the purpose of life? To achieve happiness? To be successful, or doing what gives us the sense of happiness? Sometimes, to achieve our goals, we start worrying about failure.

How can one achieve one’s goals with a mind full of worries? The most important thing is to keep our mind relaxed and happy. We should concentrate on our actions rather than reacting or overthinking about the result which is not even known at the point of time. A happy mind can give better results than a mind full of tension. In the journey to reach your destination either you will fail or win, but in both situations you will learn something new, so enjoy the journey.

There is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person sees a problem whereas a concerned person solves a problem. Last but not the least, happiness is not determined by what is happening around you but rather what is happening inside you so “Don’t worry, be happy.”

Mietra Kumawat

Class-4C

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Be light to the world,

The Best thing to hold,

Onto in life is each other,

Stand tall, Wear a crown and Be sweet.

 

Being happy doesn’t mean that,

Everything is perfect.

It means that you have,

Decided to look beyond,

The imperfections.

 

Don’t worry, Be happy,

Go with the life as it comes.

Because,

The best is yet to come !

– By Avni Duggal, Class 4C

Don’t worry , Be happy

Don’t worry , be happy,

Don’t worry , be happy,

Get out of the troubles of life ,

Get out of the troubles of life ,

Sing , dance , do everything you want ,

but don’t worry,

Sing , dance , do everything you want ,

but don’t worry,

Don’t worry , stay cool,

Don’t worry , stay cool,

Have fun all the time ,

Have fun all the time ,

don’t let that smile

fade away from your faces ,

don’t let that smile

fade away from your faces ,

Do not cry ,

Do not cry .

– Shreyas Raut 4C

 

 

 

Don’t worry, be happy

Don’t worry, be happy

“Happiness” is a loaded word: It’s loaded with expectations, hope, yearning, confusion…. You get the idea. What makes happiness feel so elusive usually has more to do with how you relate to the concept than with how you really feel.

Awareness is the springboard from which we can appreciate the world around us. Set reminders in your phone throughout the day to pause and check in with yourself. By stepping into a space of curiosity you will discover an increased ability to notice happiness in everyday life. There is no experience more uplifting than giving. Practice being generous: tip the server a bit more than usual, give more to charity this month, or offer more of your time to friends, family, and strangers.

As long as you’re alive, challenges will find you. Sometimes you probably even create challenges for yourself—we all do. Instead of getting down on yourself, try thinking of difficult moments as opportunities to ask yourself: How can I be kinder to myself right now? We’ve all got habits we’d like to kick and if we could, we’d feel a lot happier. The key here is to focus on the reward you seek from any given habit. For instance, many of us snack on junk food to soothe stress. In that case, ask yourself: What else can you do in times of stress that is soothing?Getting a hug can feel soothing. So can placing your hand on your heart. Practice understanding the rewards you seek from your habits, so over time you can develop healthier ones.

At the end of each day we are usually aware of the long list of bad things that happened. What if, instead, you focused on the joys? You should make a list or write a journal entry about the things that bring you joy each day. It could be a smile a kind stranger gave you, the sweet smell of a flower you passed on the street, or the presence of a trusted friend or pet. The more you take note of what brings you joy, the more joy you’ll find in your everyday life.

To uncover happiness we need to accept what’s difficult and learn to savor the good. But the truth is we often dwell in excessively negative thinking and self-judgment. When you lose sight of your intentions, remember to forgive yourself. Investigate what pulled you off track without judging yourself, and then invite yourself to begin again.  Sanvi Goyal 

7 B 

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Don’t worry be happy. Sometimes there is sunshine, sometimes there is rain, Don’t worry be happy. Sometimes you walk ahead, sometimes you walk behind as long, but as you keep walking it is okay. Don’t worry be happy.  Sometimes on a Sunday night and you still haven’t got your homework right, just give me a call and I will make everything alright. In every life we have some trouble and when we worry, we make it worse, Don’t worry be happy. Just do what makes you happy it’s a wonderful life and there is sunshine everywhere and all your troubles will soon pass. Say hello to your friends and sing to your hearts content. Don’t worry be happy.

-By Siddhanth Shayelesh, Class 4C

Wanderlust

If I had to travel somewhere in the world ,

With only my suitcase in hand

Should I travel to a place hot or cold?

Should I travel to Greenland?

 

Perhaps I could go to China or Spain,

Or even drench myself in the London rain.

I don’t think Belgium is that far

I could help myself to a chocolate bar.

 

Maybe I’ll gaze in wonder at the Parthenon in Greece,

And listen to tale of the Golden Fleece.

I would learn some traditions from the Indian folk,

And make sure in Kenya its the lion I don’t provoke.

 

So many places like Greece and Rome,

So many people each offering their home.

The pursuit of other travellers might be to explore the world.

But mine is to make sure my heart and mind are unfurled

 

So to me what is a must,

Is to give in each time to my wanderlust!

 

Vivika Puranik

4th C

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मैने हँसना सीखा है ।

मैने हँसना सीखा है
मै नही जानता रोना ;
बरसा करता पल-पल पर
मेरे जीवन मे सोना ।
मै अब तक जान न पाया
कैसी होती है पीडा ;
हँस-हँस जीवन मे कैसे करती है चिन्ता क्रीडा ।
उत्साह ,उमंग , निरंतर
रहते मेरे जीवन मे
उल्लास विजय का हँसता
मेरे मतवाले मन मे ।
सुख-भरे सुनहले बादल
रहते है मुझको घेरे ;
विश्वास , प्रेम, साहस है
जीवन के साथी मेरे ।

-Advait kulkarni 6B

Wanderlust

There I was, laughing and singing on my way to Badlapur. The thrill and joy of exploring had driven and led me to my first adventure camp. I could not wait to get there. The fire of excitement burned in me. I went with twenty of my schoolmates and many other children from different schools. When I looked out of the window, I saw beautiful mountains, lakes, farms, villages and many houses too.

On the first day we went for a interesting nature walk where we learnt many new fantastic facts about plants such as the Tulsi, Nerium, Periwinkle, and Jatropha.

By the time the evening came, I was exhausted. We went back to our tents, after which we went for dinner. After a good night’s sleep, we had breakfast and then did many group activities. Our first activity was that each group gets a topic and we have to make it as realistic as we can. Our group’s topic was ‘ship’. We did it with the entire team’s hard work. We did a fantastic job.

We went for a lake crossing zip line where, the volunteer puts a harness around us and we have to cross the zip line. I really had a lot of fun. Then we went to the Berma Bridge. Where we had to cross a bridge and then go down a net slide. It was awesome. In the evening we went to the rainforest it was actually a path with sprinklers put on the top. I danced as I walked through the rainforest. Then we went to a beautiful water fountain. From the fountain I was an amazing scenery, far away the mountains and a calm lake. There also was a waterfall. I liked going in the waterfall. In the night we went for star gazing. A uncle had brought a telescope. We learnt about constellations. I saw Jupiter and its four moons.

On the third day we went for another nature walk and got numerous mangoes and star fruits, which we could wash and eat. Then it was time to say goodbye. We had to leave to go back to Mumbai. It was a great experience and I thoroughly enjoyed the camp. I was sad to leave. I will never forget all that I did and learnt in camp. One of the most important lessons I learnt was TEAMWORK IS DREAMWORK.

Anika Punjabi

Class: 5 A

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Wanderlust

 

   

Its always worth it…
She saw the grass
Which was around her
On top of brown land
It looked like green fur.
She just sat there alone
With no soul hovering
It felt like the world,
Was behind a covering
The darkness in the night
Made it even worse
She felt as if
It was some sort of a curse
The wind was blowing
Just against her face
She could feel the strangeness
In every single place
It was a moonless night
With no stars in the sky
She felt so broken that
A tear rolled down her eye.
Not even a finger did she move
But just sat there and thought
Of all the times she spoke up
Or all the times she fought
She screamt out so loud
And banged her fist in distress
And wondered why God
Had made her life into a mess
She asked herself
That why was she born a girl
Wasn’t she supposed to be,
Her family’s little pearl?
She wasn’t treated like her brother
Who was the king of the house
Because in front of a man
She was even less than a mouse
She was denied further education
At sixteen, a tender age
And forced into marriage
Feeling trapped like in a cage
She couldn’t think of just
Becoming someone’s wife
So she looked around for help
And found a sharp knife
When she held the knife
The atmosphere was filled with mist
The knife was just a centimeter away
From cutting off her wrist
As tears rolled down her eyes
She looked high up top
Something happened and she dropped the knife
That something made her stop
She rose and stood up
Shaking her head
She said to herself
She cannot be dead
She took a brave step forward
And walked quite a bit
Until she decided that
She was never going to quit
She ran and ran and ran
From that place worse than hell
Because inside she knew that
She deserved to be treated well
Years have passed by
But she still stands strong
For she has fought a battle
Which lasted very long
Today she is successful
And stands out in a crowd
Because she beleived in herself
And made herself proud
Today she has the courage
To stand tall and say
That she is a woman
And takes pride in being that way
Life hasn’t been easy for her
She has toiled and worked hard
She protected herself from everything
For she was her only guard
 She said, “Life will throw you into problems
And you will have your bad bits
But in the end you will realize
Its all going to be worth it.”
Khushi Madan
Class-9C
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भ्रमण लालसा

किसी महान व्यक्ति ने कहा है कि, वे व्यक्ति असाधारण होता है जो दुनिया भर में भ्रमण करता है।छोटी छोटी जगहों पर घूमकर हम बड़े बड़े अनुभव ले सकते हैं ।
एक ही स्थान पर सीमित रह कर हमारी मानसिक परिस्थिति का विकास असंभव है।दुनिया भर में सैंकड़ों अलग देश हैं,संस्कृतियाँ हैं ,प्रांत हैं ,धर्म हैं और भिन्न भिन्न प्राकृतिक नज़ारे हैं। इन सब से परिचित होकर व्यक्ति की मानसिक सीमाएँ खुल जाती हैं।
भ्रमण करते हुए हम नए लोगों से मिलते हैं ,नई वेष भूषाओं को देखते हैं,अलग प्रकार के भोजन खाते हैं । इतना ही नहीं हर -अलग स्थान पर हमें अलग प्रकार के जीव जंतु ,पशु-पक्षी ,खेत खलयानऔर अलग मौसम मिलते हैं ।
मैं अपने माता पिता के साथ बचपन से ही बहुत सारी जगह घूमने जाता हूँ । मैंने कभी रेगिस्तान देखा तो कभी बर्फ़ीले पहाड़, कभी दुबई के बुर्ज ख़लीफ़ा पर गया तो कभी होंगकोंग के डिज़नीलैंड। मैंने बहुत सारी जगह देखी हैं। जब भी मैं एक  नई जगह जाता हूँ तो मैं वहाँ के बारे में बहुत सारी चीज़ें  सीखकर आता हूँ।
मेरे और मेरे परिवार की यह भ्रमण लालसा कभी तृप्त नहीं हो सकती है क्योंकि अनुभवों की किताब में नए पृष्ठ जुड़ते जाते हैं ।
Pratham Kulshreshtha
Class 5 A
Roll no. 27

Don’t worry be happy- hindi

चाहे आप एक छात्र, काम करने वाले पेशेवर, एक गृहिणी या एक सेवानिवृत्त व्यक्ति हो – खुशी आप में से हर एक के लिए एक अच्छा जीवन जीने के लिएजरूरी है। यह व्यक्ति के भावनात्मक कल्याण के लिए आवश्यक है। अगर कोई व्यक्ति भावनात्मक रूप से स्वस्थ नहीं होता है तो उसके समग्र स्वास्थ्य मेंजल्द गिरावट देखने को मिल सकती है।

भले ही खुशी बेहद जरूरी है पर दुर्भाग्यवश लोग उन तरीकों पर ज्यादा ध्यान नहीं देते हैं जिससे वे खुद को खुश रख सकते हैं। वे सब अपने व्यावसायिकजीवन और जिंदगी के अन्य कार्यों में इतने तल्लीन हैं कि वे जीवन में अच्छे क्षणों का आनंद लेना भूल जाते हैं। इसमें कोई आश्चर्य की बात नहीं कि तनाव,चिंता और अवसाद के मामले दिन-प्रतिदिन बढ़ रहे हैं।

खुशी की परिभाषा और पाने के प्रयास अलग-अलग स्थितियों के अनुसार अलग-अलग हो सकते हैं हालांकि इसका एकमात्र उद्देश्य खुश होना है। आप अपनेजीवनयापन के लिए जितनी मेहनत करते हैं अगर उतनी मेहनत अपने लिए ख़ुशी हासिल करने के लिए करेंगे तो आपके जीवन के मायने ही बदल जायेंगे।

 

किसी ने ठीक ही कहा है कि “आपको जीवन में सच्ची खुशी तब मिलेगी जब आपको यह पता चलेगा कि ख़ुशी का उद्देश्य केवल आपको खुश करना है”। सच्चीखुशी अपने भीतर होती है यह दूसरों से नहीं आती है। इस बिंदु पर कई बार जोर दिया गया है लेकिन ज्यादातर लोग इसे अप्रासंगिक मानते हैं। हमें यहसमझने की जरूरत है कि खुशी मूलतः मन की अवस्था है। यह उन चीजों से हासिल नहीं की जा सकती है जिसे हम बाहर देखते हैं। हमारे पास सकारात्मकभावनाओं की सहायता से इस अवस्था को बनाने की शक्ति है जो अच्छे विचारों से प्राप्त की जा सकती पके विचार आपकी वास्तविकता बनाते हैं।

सकारात्मक विचार और सकारात्मक मन जीवन में सकारात्मक चीजों को आकर्षित करते हैं और नकारात्मक विचार नकारात्मक अनुभवों का अहसास करातेहैं। इसलिए खुशी का अनुभव करने का एकमात्र तरीका है कि आप अपने आस-पास सभी के बारे में अच्छा सोचें।

विभिन्न स्थितियों में अति-उत्साहित या उदास होने के बजाए आपको इन सक्रिय भावनाओं जैसे शांति और संतोष को निष्क्रिय करने में परिवर्तन करनाचाहिए। इन भावनाओं को स्वस्थ बनाए रखना भी आसान है।

विभिन्न स्थितियों में अति-उत्साहित या उदास होने के बजाए आपको इन सक्रिय भावनाओं जैसे शांति और संतोष को निष्क्रिय करने में परिवर्तन करनाचाहिए। इन भावनाओं को स्वस्थ बनाए रखना भी आसान है।

नकारात्मक विचारों को मन में पालना और जीवन में कई चीजों के कारण चिंता और तनाव की स्थिति में रहना आसान है। आपको हमेशा अपने आप कोअच्छे समय और सभी अच्छी चीजों के बारे में याद दिलानी चाहिए। यह आपके मूड को नकारात्मक से सकारात्मक अवस्था तक स्थानांतरित करने का एकअच्छा तरीका है। 

Manya Yadav
Vlll th C
Roll no :16

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DON’T WORRY , BE HAPPY

Life is a game,

Like a ball of truth and pain.

We are the players,

And happiness is our aim.

 

Wherever you go, struggle follows you,

At the moment per severance is the clue.

No matter how many ups and downs on the way,

Stay happy, just the same way.

 

Lets promise not to worry,

And keep ourselves always happy,

So that no pain makes us cranky!!

 

Arushi Srivastava

Class: 5 C

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wander lust

 

Wanderlust is a rather vague emotion, a twinge in the back of your mind, a pang at the edge of your heart, but it is completely undeniable and can bring the most longing and the most satisfaction of anything I have ever felt.

It is a love for exploring, for learning, for seeing what you have never seen before.

In this travelogue I am going to be writing about my trip to Australia in May 2016. I went to Australia for 20 days. I had gone to 4 cities –Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and finally Sydney. I visited 3 of my cousins who live in Australia. Two of them live in Perth and my third cousin lives in Melbourne.

First I went to Perth to stay with my two cousin brothers. We did a lot of things likekayaking, hiking etc. We went to a garden called The Banksia Garden which had a huge fountain in the center of the garden. We also did some cycling and scootering. They have a table tennis table at home, and we used to play table tennis at night. They even have an Xbox. We went to a dam as well.

Then I visited Melbourne to meet my third cousin. Perth is on the west coast of Australia, while Melbourne is on the east coast of Australia. It is a very long flight from Perth to Melbourne that takes 3 hours! In Melbourne we lived in a hotel and visited my cousin brother at their home.We drank some hot chocolate and had dinner there too. I sat in a Tram for the first time in my life. We did shopping in the Queen’s market. My uncle drove us to The Great Ocean Road where we were awestruck by the beauty of the twelve Apostles! We also went to Philip Island nearby to see ”The Penguin Parade”- we could see the cute penguins coming from the ocean to the beach and into their little houses which were boxes put there by the staff.

After Melbourne, we visited Adelaide for sightseeing, where we roamed around in the city. We ate dinner in an Indian restaurant, it was so good to eat Indian food after a long time! We were finding the restaurant for so long. From Adelaide, we also visited the Cleland Wildlife Park where we saw all sorts of animals like kangaroos, koala, ducks etc.

Finally we went over to Sydney. In Sydney we went for a Helicopter ride and it was so awesome, the view was so good. We celebrated my 10th birthday in Sydney. We saw the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and also went to the Darling Harbour.  Then after that we were travelling the whole day to come back home.

I was so happy and thankful that my mother and father gave me a trip to Australia for my birthday. I was a little sad to leave Australia but I was also happy to come back home and meet all my friends in June.

 

Yutika Dighe

6B

Roll no-3

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Wanderlust

You must not think because my glance is quick

To shift from this to that, from here to there,

Because I am most usually where

The way is strangest and the wonders thick,

Because when wind is wildest and the bay

Swoops madly upward and the gulls are few

And I am doing as I want to do,

Leaving the town to go my aimless way;

You must not think because I am the kind

Who always shunned security and such

As bother the responsible of mind

That I shall never total up to much;

I know my drifting will not prove a loss,

For mine is a rolling stone that has gathered moss.

Prishaa Sharma

Class: 5 C

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Wanderlust

Wanderlust is a love for exploring, for learning, for seeing what you have never seen before. Have you ever gone to Kerala? If not, let me tell you a little something about this place. Kerala is known as god’s own country. I discovered that not only is this true, but that it even has its own heaven! And it was my good luck to visit this ‘heaven’ that is, our one and only MUNNAR!

It was dawn. I got up and got ready today. Unlike school days when I took hours of cajoling to open my one eye alone, today I had jumped out of bed just on hearing my mom’s first call.  Today was the big day when we were finally going to Munnar! I hopped into the car, all set to go, impatient and eager while the family took ages to come.

 

It was still dark when we set off and in no time, something in the pit of my stomach started rolling and I could begin to feel an old, familiar sensation of wanting to throw up. Oh no, my travel sickness had hit, and now all I could think of was getting off the car. Everybody began to offer help. The window glass was rolled down for me to breathe in fresh air. When that did not help, we halted to buy some lime, which I was given to sniff. I took the chance to also grab some Pepsi and my favorite chewing gum, and no one refused it for once, for they wanted the journey to continue smoothly. I sat enjoying the gum for a while, reluctantly allowing my brother to take a few tiny sips from my Pepsi as he sat there sadly, wishing he had travel sickness too. But the car seemed to pull along inch by inch, on an unending road. After what seemed to be an eternity, my father announced that we had reached Munnar. I could see a huge gate, pale blue in colour, paint peeling off and I could just about make out the letters Munnar written on it, much faded. As we entered the gate, I expected to see something magical as I had heard, but as I sat squeezed at the back, I could not see much, so I pushed my way through to see the magical sight that I expected, but alas, what should I see but a dirty muddy path leading to ………um………heaven?

Now everyone began to doubt if we were on the right road, and amidst groans and sighs, we all began poring over the map and trying to locate the accurate way. On checking and rechecking, and finding to our great relief that it was indeed the right way, we went on driving looking out for every signboard and landmark that will tell us heaven was near! Suddenly we realized that the air had become cooler and that we had somehow become more relaxed. But why was the car going so slow? We were repeatedly asking our cousin, who was at the wheel, to speed up, but he told us that we were now climbing the hills and that Munnar being on the hilltop was the reason that it was cool all round the year. I was so surprised to hear that. How wonderful not to have to face the grimy heat of Mumbai or the scorching summer of Kerala even though one was in Kerala! By now, we all were quite hungry and we all started to look out for any good hotel in which we could eat something and rest our legs awhile. After sometime, some small stalls came into view. Soon they started appearing on both the sides of the road and they kept on getting bigger now there were several pairs of eyes peering out on each side of the road. So when a big hotel finally came in sight, it was like we had come upon some treasure, and greatly relieved, we all jumped out of the car, leaving our poor cousin to find a parking place for the car.

 

The hotel was perched on a rock jutting out from the hillside so that it gave a strange feeling of being out there in the air, with nothing below. And deep down were the little houses that we had left behind. The view was so spectacular that the hotelier had actually kept a price for anyone who wanted to go into the little balcony and experience the height and see the breathtaking view. And everyone paid happily. The hotel had some of the best local chocolates, both vanilla flavored, my favorite, and chocolate, my brother’s favourite. The breakfast was not so great, but having washed ourselves with cool hillside water in the taps, we felt refreshed and all our exhaustion fell away from us. The air was really cold now and we began to draw our jackets closer to ourselves, and putting on our caps and shawls. As we stepped out of the hotel, we noticed a crowd of tourists. We tried to find out the reason and were equally excited to find monkeys lined up on a low wall along the hotel’s exterior. Many tourists were buying grams and peanuts to especially offer them to the monkeys, who greedily grabbed everything and swallowed them. We could see the peanut shaped and gram shaped lumps below their cheeks, where they stored the food to chew on it later. But we were really amused to see a chocolate shaped lump when a little monkey swallowed a piece offered by my brother.

 

My aunt, whom we call Inja, is the mother of two married children, but she was our favourite because she liked to try out everything that our parents told us not to! So with her we could eat the raw juicy mangoes that were being sold in baskets, sliced fresh and sprinkled with salt and red pepper powder, fresh startlingly orange carrots fresh from the hills that were so crunchy and crisp and sweet, sliced starfruit that is so typical of Kerala, fresh roasted corn and chikkis. Soon we were in the car driving off. After a while I saw some great big shadows looming overhead that is when I realized those were mountains! But none of us had expected the view that was ahead of us. Now, half an hour later, just when we were getting to get a bit bored, suddenly,  without any warning,  the landscape began to change! At first the land became soft and fertile, and then we saw some plants, and soon there was an ocean of those plants. Blankets of green velvet covered the entire hillside. I had never seen such smooth velvety green grass ever before. I felt not even in my painting could I ever make such a beautifully smooth green hillside.   When I asked which plant it was, I was told these were the famous tea estates of Munnar. The hills were tea plantations. We stopped and  got down from the car to enjoy the view . There was a cold wind blowing and though back home in the village, the weather had been extremely hot, just four hour drive uphill had us shivering in cold and rain. We bought some warm roasted corn, thanks to Inja and looked around to find several men with cameras offering to click our photos. I wanted to give it a try. I was given a scarf to wear around my head that made me look like a tea picker . I laughed to see my photographs. I looked like a real tea picker from the hills. Then somebody told us that at a ten minutes’ distance, there was an echo point with horse riding, too. My brother and I were very excited. We started to run the moment we heard that. We reached quite soon, but the rest of the family came plodding behind. First, we went to the Echo point. Once we all were together, we all had a go at shouting out our names as loud as we could and hear it echo. Then we went for the horse riding.  I was so excited that I did not notice the extremely strong foul smell until my brother told me. Then I noticed that indeed a strong smell seemed to be coming out of the ground. I looked around puzzled and then realized that I was about to stamp in a huge puddle of horse poo. And there was an awful lot of it. We giggled and pinched our noses, as the stench was unbearable. But we still queued up to ride the horses. When it was our turn, my brother suddenly became scared and though I was scared too, I had to pretend to be brave so that we could get to ride the horse. As we both sat trembling on the horseback, my brother held me so tightly I could hardly breathe. But seeing that the horse was being led by a boy almost our age, we felt encouraged and began to enjoy the ride. Soon we had forgotten about the smell and by the time the horse turned back, we pleaded to be allowed to take one more round.

 

It was now getting dark and the family decided that we must turn back before it became too dark to see our way, for the hills are covered in deep darkness once evening falls. So we made our way back to the car and instantly dozed off, so tired we had been. But when I heard a loud honking of a truck, I woke up with a start and asked if we had come to the waterfall that I had missed in the morning. The family laughed and said that I will certainly see it. I kept waiting and asking every so often that everyone was fed up, but I really did not want to miss the magnificent waterfall everyone had been talking about when I had dozed off in the morning. When I felt that I no longer would see it, my cousin pulled up the car and I heard a deafening noise in the darkness. I jumped up with joy, realizing that it was the big waterfall. But there was only an inky darkness outside and we could not even see each other, leave alone seeing the waterfall down a mountain. But slowly, as we inched closer to the spot, we heard voices and then some mobiles and then, a car passed and everybody cried out together in astonishment as the waterfall shone marvelously in the headlight of the car. Then my cousin put on our car’s headlights too and I saw the most amazing and majestic waterfall come thundering down the mountains. Now I was fully satisfied and came back to the car and slept soundly, happy to reach home.

 

Niharika Rajesh

Std V B

AVM Juhu

Don’t worry be happy

आज की भाग दौङ भरी जिंदगी, ऊपर से काम का प्रेशर हममे में से कई लोगों को तो याद भी होगा कि पिछली बार कब खिलखिला कर हँसे थे। जबकीहँसना हम सभी के लिये अति महत्वपूर्ण है किन्तु हम उसे नजर अंदाज कर देते हैं। मित्रों हँसने से हमारी जिंदगी किस तरह स्वस्थ एवं खुशनुमा होसकती है उसी के बारे में थोङी सी जानकारी शेयर करने की कोशिश कर रही हूँ , पसन्द आए तो हँसियेगा जरूरतो आइये जानते हैं हंसने के पाँच फायदे:1)  हंसने से हद्रय की एक्सरसाइज हो जाती है। रक्त का संचार अच्छीतरह होता है। हँसने पर शरीर से एंडोर्फिन रसायन निकलता है, ये द्रव्य  ह्रदय कोमजबूत बनाता है। हँसने से हार्टअटैक की संभावना कम हो जाती है। 2) एक रिसर्च के अनुसार ऑक्सीजन की उपस्थिती में कैंसर कोशिका और कईप्रकार के हानिकारक बैक्टीरिया एवं वायरस नष्ट हो जाते हैं। ऑक्सीजन हमें हँसने से अधिक मात्रा में मिलती है और  शरीर का प्रतिरक्षातंत्र भी मजबूतहो जाता हैI 3) य़दि सुबह के समय हास्य ध्यान योग किया जाए तो दिन भर प्रसन्नता रहती है। यदि रात में ये योग किया जाये तो नींद अच्छी आती है।हास्य योग से हमारे शरीर में कई प्रकार के हारमोंस का स्राव होता है, जिससे मधुमेह, पीठदर्द एवं तनाव से पीङित व्यक्तियों को लाभ होता है। 4) हँसने सेसकारत्मक ऊर्जा भी बढती है, खुशहाल सुबह से ऑफिस का माहौल भी खुशनुमा होता है। तो दोस्तों, क्यों हम सब दो चार चुटकुले पढ कर या सुनकरअपने दिन की शुरुवात जोरदार हँसी के साथ करें। 5) रोज एक घंटा हँसने से 400 कैलोरी ऊर्जा की खपत होती है, जिससे मोटापा भी काबू में रहता है।आज कल कई हास्य क्लब भी तनाव भरी जिंदगी को हँसी के माध्यम से दूर करने का कार्य कर रहे हैं। दोस्तों प्रकृति भी हमें संदेश देती हैबारिश के बादखिली धूप, खिला हुआ फूल, लहलहाते हरे भरे पेङ अपनी खुशी का एहसास दिलाते हैं। उनकी इसी खुशी को देख कर हम सब का मन भी खुश होता है,उसी तरह जब हम सब खुश एवं स्वस्थ रहेंगे तो अपने आसपास का वातावरण भी खुशनुमा बना सकते हैं। कहते हैं—“Health is above wealth”.सोचिये अगर जरा सी मुस्कान से फोटो अच्छी सकती है तो खुलकर हँसने से जिंदगी की तस्वीर कितनी खूबसूरत हो सकती है। मित्रों जब स्वास्थऔर सामाजिक क्षेत्र में हँसी के अनगिनत

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Vanshika Dosani

Class-8 C