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

AVM Juhu

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

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 

AVM JUHU                                                                                                    

 

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

AVM JUHU

 

Don’t worry be happy

Its alright to be a bit naughty,

You just have time till your forty.

Enjoy the gift of life, for it is just too short,

Be happy always whether you like it or not.

Look at the stars twinkling all night,

Showing us the path, with its tiny little light,

Look at your garden with so many flowers –

Red, yellow, pink, violet and in so many colours

Look at the birds chirping all through the day ,

They keep flying along, quite happy at bay.

Look at the creatures,  all around the place ,

Quite confident and calm, as they have nothing to chase .

This is all but nature , get inspired by it ,

Stop worrying , ever , so you will be healthy and fit !!!

Shruti Ananthan- 5 C

Wanderlust

Wanderlust

 

I have been to the hills and I live by the sea,

I have been to Singapore and swum in the Malayan sea,

I went to see Singapore’s little India…

Yet the real India awaits me!

 

I try to use the chopsticks in Mumbai,

But real fun would be to use them in Shanghai.

I have seen the Ganges and I’ve seen the Narmada,

But I wonder where they meet?

 

I haven’t seen the Taj-Mahal nor the Eiffel tower,

And yet there are 5 more wonders remaining to see!

The tribes and elephants of Africa enchant me,

I am yet to meet the seals and penguins of Iceland,

I haven’t climbed a mountain yet, But I dream to sing

the National Anthem on top of the Everest!

 

I want to wander with a backpack

And sometimes take a suitcase too!

Now I have to go with my parents,

But someday I will wander alone!

Once I have covered the earth,

I still have 7 more planets to see!

 

Stuti Pandya

Class 6 B

AVM JUHU

चिन्ता छोड़ो , प्रसन्न रहो ।

चिन्ता छोड़ो , प्रसन्न रहो ।

 

दुनिया में आए हो तुम
चिन्ता क्यों करते हो मौत कि तुम
जीना है तुम्हें एक बार
मरते हो तुम क्यों बार बार
जीवन मिला एक तुम्हें अनमोल
खुदकुशी क्यों करते हो तुम।

रोए हो तुम हँसने की चाह में
गिरे हो तुम खड़े होने की चाह में
चले हो तुम दौड़ने की चाह में
गलती किए हो तुम सुधारने की चाह में
कुछ खोए बिना पा नहीं सकते
हारे नहीं हो तुम जीत नहीं सकते ।

गम के बिना न है इंसान कोई
संघर्ष के बिना ना पाया मंज़िल कोई
खिलते हुए चेहरे को देखो
रोते हुए चेहरे को पूँछों
हँसते रहो हँसाते रहो
ये ज़िंदगी तुम्हारी है जीते रहो ।

Tanya Varma

Class: 8B

AVM JUHU

On my way -Travelogue Sri Lanka

There are many fascinating places in the world. We see pictures of them in books and television. There is one place which has made a permanent place in my heart, and whose memories always leave me feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. So now, I am going to go into the depths of my mind and conjure up the most beautiful place that I have ever visited.

The name of this bewitching place is Sri Lanka. It is famous for its rich heritage, beautiful landscapes, sun kissed beaches and mythological epicenter of the Ramayana. Last year in the month of May my dad announced that he would be taking us to Sri Lanka. I was all agog to see this enchanting destination. Since we left home at midnight I had to wrestle with my sleep deprived body to finally find myself standing droopy eyed at Colombo airport. What I saw next took all my fatigue away! At the airport we were picked by a luxurious SUV my dad had booked. It had all the amenities that I desired; it had Wi-Fi, reclining seats, an excellent music system, a stocked up fridge and a small television. Our first destination in Sri Lanka was the Pinnawala elephant orphanage which is the largest enclosure of captive elephants in the world. Here injured and orphaned elephants are nursed and nurtured. We saw bottle milk feeding of baby elephants; we fed older elephants various fruits and witnessed their elaborate bathing session. Next we headed to the tranquil “Temple of the Buddha’s tooth at Kandy”. On the following day we went to a hill station called Nuwara Eliya which had vast expanse of tea gardens. On our third day we headed towards Galle which was famous for the Galle Fort and its turtle hatchery. The Galle fort is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument built by the Portuguese and later fortified by the Dutch. The Turtle Hatchery Project at Bentota Beach has endangered species of turtles which frequent a stretch on the undisturbed beach. The turtles are allowed to hatch and thrive in a protected area before being set free. I saw some fishermen setting free the turtles in the open sea. I pleaded with the manager to let me set free some turtles in the sea and imagine my joy when he agreed! We set off in a speed boat with the turtles in a box filled with water. As soon as we reached the sea I tipped over the box and saw the turtles swim away. After getting back I heartily thanked the manager for this endearing memory! I came back from there and crashed down on the bed of my hotel and fell into a deep slumber. The next day we headed towards the Yala National Park. The adventurous safari in an open jeep was a life time experience, where I saw many animals like deer, sloth bears, monkeys, peacocks, wild boars, elephants, crocodiles and a leopard. After having soaked in these sublime experiences, we departed the gorgeous country.

My trip to Sri Lanka was mesmerising and I enjoyed every bit of it. It has left me with everlasting memories of the illustrious island country.

Evolving Education

Classroom teaching boards have evolved over a period of time starting from blackboards to whiteboards to projector screens used by teachers and from writing slates to books to electronic gadgets like tablets, iPads and mobiles used by students.

Erasable slates had been used for centuries. Even today in villages slates are the favoured medium for writing. However, slates were small and needed to be erased time and again. Information could not be preserved in them.

Blackboards and chalk is still a widely used method. However, the chalks, despite being a cheap medium for classroom training, create a lot of dust and are difficult to grip for writing.

Whiteboards are used my many schools. It is much easier to write on them with a whiteboard marker and it is also easier to read.

Projector screens have made teaching and learning fun, friendly and flexible. The teachers use charts, diagrams, videos and presentations to make learning easier.

With new technologies, we expect more advances in the field of education to make education more fun.

संगीत एक प्रार्थना

 

संगीत एक महत्वपूर्ण पाठ है

संगीत एक सुंदर कला है
संगीत एक प्रार्थना है
जी सबके मन में झूमती और गूँजती है

संगीत एक वरदान है
संगीत बहुत महान है
संगीत एक विज्ञान है
संगीत सबका लाभ है
संगीत गुस्से का भाला है
पर संगीत ही तो प्रेम का धागा है
संगीत ही तो रिश्तों का बंधन है
और संगीत ही तो जीवन का सरगम है
मैने मेरी माँ से पूछा की संगीत क्या है
मेरी माँ ने कहा की संगीत एक नशा है
संगीत एक वादा है
और संगीत एक प्रार्थना है!

 

मराठी भाषा दिवस

२७ फेब्रुवारी हा दिवस मराठी साहित्याचा मानदंड कुसुमाग्रज  यांचा जन्मदिवस, हा दिवस ‘मराठी भाषा दिवस’ म्हणून साजरा केला जातो.

त्याच प्रमाणे आर्य विद्या मंदिर जुहु येथेही आम्ही मराठी दिवस दरवर्षी साजरा करतो. ह्यावर्षी २६ फेब्रुवारी रोजी प्राथमिक विभागाच्या वर्गांनी मराठी रंगारंग कार्यक्रम सादर केला. पहिलीच्या मुलांची बडबड गीते खूप लोभस होती, दुसरीची मुले ससे व फुलपाखरू बनून बागडली तर तिसरीच्या मुलांनी एकपात्री नाट्य ‘समाजसेवक’ प्रस्तुत केले. ‘झाडे वाचवा’ हे कठपुतली नाटक एक सुंदर संदेश देऊन गेले. नऊ वर्षीय सीमांत काळे गायला ‘शूरआम्हीसरदार..’, ह्या पोवाड्याने रोमांचक वातावरण निर्माण केले. तिसरीच्या मुलांनी ‘जय जय महाराष्ट्र माझा’ ह्या जोशिल्या गाण्याने मराठी भाषेला मनाचा मुजरा करून सर्वांचे मन जिंकले. चौथीच्या मुलांचा कोळी नाच सर्वस्तुत्य ठरला.

प्रधानाचार्या सौ अलका अग्रवाल यांनीराज्यभाषेचे महत्व मुलांना समजावून दिले. त्याच प्रमाणे पुढील शैक्षणिकसत्र पासून मराठी विषयाचा पाचवी पासून समावेश होणार असल्याची खुशखबर दिली!

INDIAN MYTHOLOGY

By Sai Sankhe, Class 6B, AVM Juhu

Let us go to the land of Ayodhya,
To hear about Ram and Sita,
Who left to go to the forest,
Just on their father’s request,
There, the demon Ravana came in disguise,
And Sita fell a prey to his vice,
In a land overseas, after a fierce fight,
Dawned a day where good prevailed over evil might,
Ravana fell down in the battle field,
Sita was freed from his yield,

In Mahabharata, they worshipped beautiful deities,
It is magical realism,war and victory,
The final outcome for the five Pandavas was glory,
This ended the heartless Kauravas story.

Today, we think about
These epics and say that,
Indian mythology was great,
A special ‘Thank You’ to Valmiki, VedVyasa
And all the others,
Who spoke and wrote like brilliant authors.

INDIAN MYTHOLOGY – OUR TRADITION

By Manya Chopra, Class 4B, AVM Juhu

Krishna and Radha,
Rama and Sita,
They are our tradition,
And preserving it is our mission.
 
We should respect it,
We should honour it,
We should protect it,
And we should follow it.
 
Many generations have passed,
But we must remember mythology till last,
Our tradition is fading,
So we must start it’s mending.
 
Ramayana and Mahabharata,
Vishnu Puran and Gita,
They are our traditional books,
And are more spiritual than they look.
 
With technology and science,
India has taken rise,
We have forgotten mythology,
In this world of technology.

Indian Mythology

By Dhruv Kikani, Class 8C, AVM Juhu

One day, as the sun bade goodbye
Over the skin tanned mountains of India
The deities of the Earth looked at the sky
As if in prayer; arms held high.

The forms of Vishnu inspire the heart,
The Mahabharata, to glory.
Rama’s victory over Ravana in part.
Ended the mighty Asuras story.

All of this is stored in books,
On walls, in palaces or holy scriptures.
These stories are more true than they look,
Touching our hearts, which they took.