Experience is the greatest teacher in life

Things learnt through experience are the ones we remember for a lifetime. Like a good teacher, the lessons experience teach us are pretty thorough and ignore them at your own peril. They leave a lasting impression upon us. Let us warrant ourselves take a comic, yet incredibly deep example. Suppose we were to journey(only in spirit, that is) to a household like any other, where a child, curious about fire, tries to thrust his finger into it. The message could not have been told clearer to him, even if you had screamed it into his little ears. His mind, at this point, understands, through experience that FIRE HURTS! He will, notwithstanding the scar he might have incurred, remember it for life. So it is with all of us who test ourselves with the fires of life, and learn through the experience we gather. I too, remember an incident that truly taught me an important, but painful lesson.

It was Sport’s Day, and I had decided to play to my strengths, participate in athletics. The day of the race, I was as ready to win as though I had already won it, all I had to do was go and take my medal. I ran as if my life depended on it, but after the first round, I noticed everybody was far behind me. This is when I faltered, I became overconfident. I actually stopped running and, just a dozen meters from the finish line, stopped running. It was enough for the guys in the back to catch up, whirling past me and dashing my dreams of getting that medal into dust. I cried and I cried, but the biting truth I learned, the experience of that race, has stood by me, and taught me a valuable lesson.

People could also learn from the words of wise men, who in turn have penned down all that they have from their experience, but the thing is, it doesn’t take on meaning, it remains another jumble of words on a piece of paper, unless we actually live those words. Mind, this is not always the easiest way to learn, so if you’d prefer to keep safe, you are free to do so. But, experience is the fountainhead of all knowledge.

Life is one great journey and experience is the best teacher we can possibly come across. Learning the true value of patience and forbearance when in times of adversity, accumulating wisdom from our mistakes…. it’s all there, we just need to learn about it all

“Education helps people read, difficulty helps drive them, but experience equips them.” Therefore, we must learn from our experiences, as ” The battle of life is by no means easy, but experience is your best leading path”

Krishita Pasari

IX

AVM, Juhu

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

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

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

Education Today

With several educational options available to students today, newer trends are emerging in this field which has completely changed the traditional perceptions about education in India. Several career options that were earlier not considered to be traditional have emerged as the most sought after education and career options. Various career options in like radio jockeying, radio management, news anchoring, program anchoring, news reading and reporting for the electronic media, content writing, fashion designing and event management have opened up several newer avenues for education.

The Indian education system has vastly changed from the old gurukul system, however, many core values of the traditional system are still embedded within today’s system of education. Nevertheless, many changes are also being brought up nowadays.

Online Education is fast becoming a vastly used mode of education among students. Enrolling to regular courses is increasingly getting highly competitive in India; so online education and distance education has come as a wonderful alternative and several students opt for this. As the term itself suggests, online education means web based learning. So, the methods used for implementing online education may differ from institute to institute.

Traditional study courses like medicine, engineering and other subjects still have lots of demand. However, with the changing trends in the global and national economic scenario newer courses are fast emerging as alternative. The recent trends in education have certainly shown a deviation from the earlier trends.

 

Dhruv Kikani

9A

AVM Juhu

INDIA THROUGH MY EYES-

 

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Yesterday: India’s economy was in jeopardy. Unemployment rate was at its highest. Our countrymen faced various problems like poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, starvation and lack of medical facilities. Rigid and backward customs like child marriage were prevalent. Women were oppressed and there was discrimination based on race, class and gender.

Today: India state has improved drastically. We now have nuclear power plants and have made advancements in space research. Our defense forces our powerful and our economy is the developing. Women have equal rights as men and can compete against men in any field of their choice. Our quota and reservation system for the underprivileged and backward classes has educated thousands. We now have internet and mobile network facilities which have greatly improved our lifestyle standard.

Tomorrow: What will India be? Will it grow into a superpower or remain stagnant? Our future depends upon the governments choices of today.

 

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.

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.

Indian Mythology – Our Traditional Connect

By Ayanna Raj, Class 3A, AVM Juhu

Mythology is a collection of folk tales and myths
In India, these stories are very big hits!
 
Indian Mythology deals with Gods and legendary heroes,
Kings, queens, slaves, warriors, friends and foes.
 
Listening about the theMahabaratha and the Ramayan
From our grandparents is always great fun!
 
Indian Mythology colours every aspect of life in every section
It is truly – our traditional connection!

Wow! Indian Mythology

By Disha Narayanan Class 1B, AVM Juhu

Wow! Indian Mythology
Has stories so nice!
Of Gods, Saints and Animals
Some I read twice

My favourite is Krishna
With his sweet flute
And his pranks in Gokul
Are all so cute

How he lifted a mountain
On one little finger
But got it from Yashoda Maa
For stealing the butter!

He danced on a stage
Which was a Nag’s head
I love reading these stories
Before I go to bed.

GOD WITHOUT A TEMPLE

By Anvita Rohan, Class 6B, AVM Juhu

Indian mythology is a supreme collection of teachings, learnings and inspiring stories. There are four important vedas, a lot of puranas, upanishads and many more. Then there is Ramayana and Mahabharata. Mahabharata is known as the fifth veda and it is a mesmerizing story of human relationships.

In Indian mythology, there are three supreme deities, also known as Trinity. They are Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. There is an interesting story of why Lord Brahma is not worshiped. There are very few temples erected exclusively for Lord Brahma in India and abroad. There are myths that explain this strange neglect. They vary but it is generally seen that a God or Goddess got angry with Lord Brahma, the story so goes…

Brahma and Vishnu were arguing as to who was the most powerful of the triad. The argument became so heated that they decided to ask Shiva the third of the triad to intervene. Shiva took the form of a Lingam. The Lingam was of flaming fire and it went up to the heavens and descended into the nether region underneath the earth. Both Brahma and Vishnu decided if they could find how big the Lingam was then they could establish who among the triad was the most powerful.

Vishnu took the form of a boar and descended into the nether region, where as Brahma took the form of a swan and flew upwards to heaven. Both went on searching but neither could reach the end. Vishnu being wise came back to acknowledge Shiva as the greatest of the triad. Brahma decided to lie to the others that he had reached the top of the Lingam and asked the flower Ketki to testify to Shiva that she had witnessed Brahma’s feat.

When this was told to Lord Shiva he got very angry as he knew that they were lying. He cursed Lord Brahma that he would never be worshiped on earth and he also cursed the flower Ketki that she would never be used for any Hindu worshiping rituals. Therefore we do not find any Lord Brahma temple on earth.