Leaders are not BORN, they are MADE

Matrusri D.A.V. Public School celebrated their first Investiture Ceremony on Friday, August15, 2014. The day kicked off after the flag hoisting and singing of national anthem by our honorable Principal Mrs.Anandavalli Ramanakumar on the eve of 68th Independence Day of India. I, Jasveen Singh the head boy, head girl, committees and the house captains did March past. Badges were given. Later a colorful session took place. Dances were held. Songs were sung. The head boy and the head girl graced the occasion by their inspirational speeches.

 The event ended up at 10:15, where the principal addressed the students, teachers and parents. Refreshments were given at end.DSC00814 DSC00815 DSC00816 DSC00817

Google science fair 2015


“The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 13 to 18 from around the globe. It encourages them to change the world through scientific inquiry. They’ll learn about their chosen topic and develop key skills along the way.


Every year, teachers,parents,and guardians play a huge role in the Google Science Fair. Many past finalists and winners credit their teachers with telling them about the competition in the first place and supporting their participation. We’ve put together some resources so you can involve your own students, build on existing classroom learning and contribute positively to their experience.

Join us in helping to champion a new generation of innovators.” extracted from the Google Science Fair 2015 website.

Since we are the kings and queens of INQUIRY, school librarians are the perfect people to guide and steer our students to pursue their scientific inquiry through this global contest.   The Teacher Tab has lesson plans and worksheets that you can utilize in your library programs and posters that you can print and display in your library to spark interest.  There are over 20 educational organizations that are supporting the endeavor this year.


The deadline us 19 may 2015 so go try yourself and be the best……

Hats Off to Paris

Hats Off to Paris

                Air Pollution is the contamination of air by impurities, which adversely affect the living components. Air pollution are the substances that contaminate the air.

                       Scientists have revealed that the temperature of the earth is rising by 0.5`C every year. The dark clouds that are visible in the sky today are not those of rain but of smoke, fog and haze. Scanty rainfall and change in weather conditions are showing up. Vanishing greenery, lack of fresh air and water is causing harm to living beings. The environment is degrading fast as harmful substances are adding up and polluting it.

                 On 17 March 2014 Paris restricts car use to tackle pollution. Paris launched alternate driving days for the first time in nearly 20 years to tackle dangerous air pollution levels amid controversy on whether the ban is warranted or will yield results.

                     About 700 police officers will be deployed to man 60 checkpoints to ensure that only cars and motorcycles with number plates ending in odd digits are on the roads. Electric and hybrid cars will be exempted from the ban as well as any vehicle carrying three people or more.

              Parking was free on 17th March 2014 for vehicles with even number plates, the Paris city hall said, calling on residents to consult car-pooling or car-sharing sites to work out their commutes and rides. The restrictions will be reviewed on daily basis to determine if an extension is necessary. The ban means that drivers can only use means that drivers can only use their cars or motorcycles every other day.

             We need to reduce the emission of pollutants in air to reduce air pollution. This can be done by reducing power consumption which will reduce the use of coal in power stations; which in turn will reduce pollution and hence save energy and power; Grow more and more plants and trees; use Eco-friendly products and motivate others to do the same; Organize campaigns for cleaner environment.          

Isabel Allende: Tells Tales of Passion

Allende begins her tale in a humble manner, a way to make her listeners more comfortable and familiar with her speech and ideas. She lists topics that appear again and again in her books. Due to her past we can trust her judgment on how to incorporate these themes in the stories in a way we can all understand. She gives justice to her tales, and authenticity to the struggles of her characters. Perhaps it is because of her own struggles that her characters struggles don’t have to be overly theatrical for us to care and sympathize. Her incorporation of magic and power of nature can be linked to her feminism. Most ancient cultures would have some view of women as magical because of their ability to give life. This also, unfortunately, led to many women being burned as witches.

Allende goes on to explain how she carried a flag during the Winter Olympics in Italy and how it made people aware of her on a larger scale than her books had. This was the first time an all women group would be flag-bearers, and she was honored to be chosen as one of the five representatives. Allende respects all those competing in the Olympics and their sacrifices to become the best they can be at their sport and represent their countries. She grants that the elements play a role in who wins, but states that it is what is in ones heart that allows them to win. She says, echoing the Olympic slogan “Passion lives here” because to win one must have passion. In order to do anything well or pursue our dreams we must have passion. She goes on to commemorate the passionate women who have so much for their countries and families. Like Wangari Maathai who won the Nobel Prize for planting 30 million trees that enriched the soil which benefited the farmers, economy, and weather. As well as Somaly Mam, who fights against child prostitution in Cambodia.

She begins her first tale of passion about Tutsi refugees in the Congo in a prison camp in 1998. Rose Mapendo, pregnant and a widow due to soldiers torturing and killing her husband in front of her is the champion. She manages to keep her seven children alive and give birth to twins. When soldiers try to rape her eldest daughter, she holds on to her and doesn’t giver her up even with a gun to her head. The family manages to survive for 16 months and then because of a young American man named Sasha Chanoff with a passionate heart, they are saved. He puts the family in a U.S. rescue plane and Rose Mapendo with her nine children now thrives in Arizona. In Swahili Mapendo means “great love” and we can see just how true that is in Rose Mapendo. Isabel Allende reminds us that her passionate and charismatic female characters are not made up – they don’t need to be – she has plenty of models for characters in our own world.

Allende explains how she became a feminist at a young age, due to the patriarchy of her Chilean family. In a Latin society one rarely hears of feminists because women usually don’t even know anything besides a patriarchal society exists. Feminists are strange and disrupt the society. Women cook and clean and take care of children while men work and that’s that. When your father, brothers, husband, cousins, sons, or any male relation comes home from work it is your job to have supper on the table waiting for them. You serve them and then you usually eat last, making sure there is enough for all the guys first. As a daughter you are raised by your mother to be as good a wife as she is and make your family proud. Once you are married your husband and children to come are your new family and sole focus.

This didn’t settle well with Allende, so she followed her own beliefs.

In a patriarchal society a girl turns to other females in her family for support and comfort, her male relatives usually won’t be as supportive and are only there to protect them and make sure they make the family proud. Close male relatives usually have good intentions but simply do not know how to relate to women. It’s not always a terrible situation, fathers can be loving and protective of their little girls, brothers can be just as protective of sisters, but they always have this expectation that she is weaker, less intelligent thus she should be told what to do, and needs to stay at home and fill her role. The women have their own family inside the family, an imaginary energy link between girls. If a girl is sad she can rely on her sisters, mother, grandmother, aunts, or nieces to uplift her and give her what help she needs. If one girl suffers then all her female relatives will sympathize and be there for her. Because they all feel like they are separated from the ‘male world’ women create their own ‘world’.

In our more modern world we expect that all people have the same rights and are treated as equals. Women still get paid less than men, and many men still like to treat women like they are weaker. Sometimes women are guilty of supporting this theory, we might be too lazy to help carry heavy boxes etc, and then whichever guy helps us develops the belief that we are indeed weaker. By standing by outdated beliefs women think they can ‘worm’ their way out of situations. We often don’t realize the harm we do ourselves. Sometimes the box really is too heavy, but sometimes we just want an excuse not to do something.

Outside of our sight there are many women who suffer because of these beliefs that we haven’t completely rid ourselves of yet. Their suffering is, however, on a far greater scale. Imagine your husband beat you because you didn’t get his dinner to him on time, or you didn’t prepare the meal just as he would have liked. Would you think this justified? Would you stand there and take it, or would you fight back? When you fought back, what kind of as chance would you have to be seen as acting in self-defense in a society ruled by men? All the men would sympathize with your abusive husband and you might end up in an even worse situation. In this kind of society it takes a lot of heart and a lot of bravery to be able to stand up to men. Often you won’t succeed and your struggle will pass unnoticed by others. That is why we who are privileged should help these women stand up for what they and we believe is right. If they cannot do it on their own, shouldn’t we give them our support?

One of the biggest things we can do to help people stuck in such societies is offer education. Education can help eradicate close-minded beliefs and give people freedom. Once educated, all people will have more power and more impact, but the likeliness of their power being used to do good is even more likely. If men see that women can be treated as equals without society going to ruins and women ruling men instead, they may be more willing to stop their prejudice. When a woman is educated even if her children cannot go to school they learn by copying their mother. By empowering women we empower the next generation.

Women are not perfect, and I do not believe putting more women in political offices will solve the world’s problems, but I do believe having more women in power will help somewhat.

One gender is not better than the other. Men cannot rule us, and we cannot be ruled by women. If we can come to a balance of power then we might be able to find some form of peace. We shouldn’t judge who can rule by race, gender, or religion, but by who can have the greatest positive impact on the world. Until we stop judging why what or who you are and judge by what you want to do for the world, our problems cannot be solved. In order to get closer to this goal of real equality we have to start small and then get bigger. Without a solid foundation, anything we build up will just collapse on itself. Giving more rights and more education, empower those who do not have power. It will be a long difficult process but the end result is worth the struggle.

Allende’s passionate men and women in her stories and whom she has spoken of are all glimpses of the type of people we should strive to be. Their success is greater because they put all they had into reaching their goals, and their failures along the way are forgotten and forgiven because they gave their all trying to succeed. As George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said, “Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”

Bear Grylls: Motivational Speaker

Despite moments of great pain and despair, Bear worked hard to regain full mobility and together with a team of friends he planned his expedition. With characteristic determination he raised the enormous sponsorship needed and began training for the daunting challenge.

The actual ascent of Everest took ninety days enduring extreme weather, two months of limited sleep and running out of oxygen in the upper regions of the ‘death zone’ (above 26,000 feet). On May 26th, 1998 at 07.22am, Bear joined only thirty British climbers to have successfully completed the expedition and return alive. Every year the death toll on Mount Everest rises, for every six mountaineers who make it to the top, one will die.

On the way down from his first reconnaissance climb, Bear cheated death while navigating the perilous Khumbu Icefall, the ice cracked and he fell into a 1,000 foot deep crevasse, was knocked unconscious and came to swinging on the end of a rope. Had it not been for the tenacity of his team mates he would not be alive today. This incident was dramatised as part of the award winning, ‘Sure For Men’ advertising campaign, which stars Bear and is being broadcast worldwide at present. It is also known as ‘Rexona’ in Europe.

Before the Everest expedition, Bear spent three years as a Specialist Combat Survival Instructor and Patrol Medic with the British Special Forces. In September 1997, he became the Youngest Briton to climb Mount Ama Dablam in the Himalayas (22,500 feet), a peak described by Sir Edmond Hillary as ‘unclimbable’.

As a keen environmentalist, he led the first team to Jet Ski around Britain testing a pioneering new fuel made from rubbish and owns a nature reserve on an island, off the coast of Wales. Bear was a guest presenter on Meridian TV’s Ridgeriders, talking about the countryside and places of interest on a motorbike ride. As a survival expert he is totally at home in any outdoor situation and when in London he lives on houseboat with his wife. He has a passion for sailing and all extreme sports.

His book, ‘Facing Up’, published by Macmillan soared into the best-seller list and to date has sold over 35,000 copies. His natural talent for communicating with everyone and entertaining led to a major new television series of his own, to be broadcast next year. He has been a lively guest on ‘Ready, Steady Cook’ BBC TV, The Sean Hughes Show, Ainsley’s Meals in Minutes BBC TV, This Morning ITV, Through The Keyhole BBC TV, Bigger Breakfast CH4 and many others. He has presented on The National Geographic ‘Young Explorers’ series and written articles for The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph.

As one of the youngest motivational speakers on the international business circuit, Bear has won over even the toughest of audiences and has a list of extremely impressive references to his credit.


“There are precious few people in this world who can really make a difference in a positive way, you are one. Many thanks for all you are doing for BA. It is so good for our people to hear and learn from someone who has done so much in a world so different from ours”. CHIEF EXECUTIVE, BRITISH AIRWAYS

“I have never had such a positive reaction to a guest speaker before, the team were simply enthralled…an inspiration to all who listened! Somehow you still managed to make the challenges we face in our jobs relevant on a personal level to yours”. TRADING DIRECTOR, COCA COLA ENTERPRISES LTD

“Bear was exceptionally well received by the audience, we thought he scored 10 out of 10”. BP INTERNATIONAL

“Bear has a wonderful way of conveying his passion and excitement of the life threatening adventures he’s been on in a highly personal and compelling way – the ripples he has sent out across our business has been terrific. His delivery and content for our conference was excellent”. W H SMITH LTD

“Your talk went down extremely well with all of our audience, I received special thank you letters from the Chief Executives saying that your speech was the most entertaining we have had to date . One of the best speakers we’ve had in years” PRICE WATERHOUSE COOPERS

“Our thanks for your professional and inspirational contribution to our lunch, the combination of your particular style and breathtaking video was entirely appropriate and hit all the right notes”. THE INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS

“All our senior Chief Executives had great things to say about Bear, he was a fantastic speaker”. UBS WARBURG SENIOR TEAM DINNER

“Your fascinating presentation at our Negotiators and Valuers Conference was truly amazing, especially for someone so young. Without exception we were all absorbed, it has had a positive impact across our company”. MANAGING DIRECTOR, CHRISTIE & CO

“He was one of the best and most enjoyable speakers we’ve ever had for our Investors in People dinner”. SUSSEX TEC

“Content of his presentation was excellent and he had a good delivery” AZTEC

“Bear was marvellous, his presentation was unique and we all appreciated his great sense of humour” AXA INSURANCE CONFERENCE

“I have seen a number of presentations on the climbing of Everest over the years, but I can honestly say this is the first time that I have got a real sense of what it means and feels like to attempt the climb and to succeed. Your presentation is delightful and inspiring”. SENIOR PARTNER, DAVIS LANGDON & EVEREST

“We absolutely loved him, he was a fantastic after dinner speaker”. REUTERS

“One of the most moving and honest speakers I have heard in many years.” SPIKE MILLIGAN

My Only One


The one who is in my heart                                                                                                                                                       And is more beautiful than a queen,                                                                                                                                         like the flowers in the garden,                                                                                                                                                 And is very kind to me.

She is the only one,                                                                                                                                                                       who will be with me,                                                                                                                                                                   She is my best guide and my best friend,                                                                                                                               More helpful than a queen.

Who is she? Couldn’t you guess?                                                                                                                                              Yes, of course no one else,                                                                                                                                                           My mother is the best !!!

Today’s Significance.

Today is Luther Burbank’s Birth Anniversary. He is American by nationality.

Being interested in cultivation of forests and vegetables on a large scale, he was interested in as profession as an Horticulturist.

His birthday is today :7th March, 1849, and Star Sign as Pisces.

 He died at an age of 77 years, being 11th April of 1926.


the ‘Great Night of Shiva’

the 'Great Night of Shiva'

Maha Shivratri, which literally translates to “great night of Shiva” is a Hindu festival largely celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important deity in Hindu culture.
There are many mythological legends associated with this day. According to a popular legend, when a hunter could not find anything to kill for his food in a forest, he waited on the branch of a Woodapple tree. In order to attract deer, he started throwing the leaves of the tree on the ground, unaware that there was a Shiva Lingam beneath the tree. Pleased with the Woodapple leaves and the patience of the hunter, it is believed that Lord Shiva appeared in front of the hunter and blessed him with wisdom. From that day onwards, the hunter stopped eating meat.

Another legend has it that after the Earth was faced with an imminent destruction, Goddess Parvati pledged with Lord Shiva to save the world. Pleased with her prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to save the world on the pretext that the people of the Earth would have to worship him with dedication and passion. From that day onwards, the night came to be known as Maha Shivratri and people began worshipping Shiva with a great enthusiasm.

Some folklore also consider this to be Shiva’s day as this was believed to be the answer given by Lord Shiva when asked about his favorite day by Goddess Parvati.

Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival which is celebrated by people following Hinduism in India. People often fast on the night of Shivratri and sing hymns and praises in the name of Lord Shiva. Hindu temples across the country are decorated with lights and colorful decorations and people can be seen offering night long prayers to Shiva Lingam. Woodapple leaves, cold water and milk are offered to the Shiva Lingam on this day as they are believed to be Lord Shiva’s favorite.

It is believed that the people who fast on this night and offer prayers to Lord Shiva bring good luck into their life. The most popular Maha Shivratri celebrations take place in Ujjain, believed to be the place of residence of Lord Shiva. Large processions are carried out throughout the city, with people thronging the streets to catch a glimpse of the revered idol of Lord Shiva.

Word of the Year 2013

So, guessed about the word of the year 2013? Well,the word of the year announced by the Oxford UK Ltd., is “SELFIE“. Although this word shows a grammatical error when written in Microsoft Words or Notepad, the Oxford decided “SELFIE” as “WOTY” or “WotY“. If you want to have a view on this word, Dictionaries describe it as “(n.) a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.” Accordingly, this word means to share Photos, pictures or videos of your on social networking site ,i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, My Space or anywhere you post your selfies. But according to a study reveled by U.K. Researchers shows that too many selfies on social networking site ,i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Orkut, My Space or anywhere you post your selfies can damage your relationships or can harm you. But this is not all !!! An whole new app is made, known by the name of “Selfie”.”According to Oxford editors, the word has gone up staggering 17,000% in the past year” Report Reuters. The cause to stop Reuters is nothing but to stop posting more Selfies.

Daily Week Challenge:Subhash Chandra Bose

Subhash Chandra Bose was one of India’sNetaji Subhash Chandra Bose was against rendering any kind of help to the British during the World War II. He warned them so. The second World War broke out in September of 1939, and just as predicted by Bose, India was declared as a warring state (on behalf of the  British) by the Governor General, without consulting Indian leaders. The Congress party was in power in seven major states and all state governments resigned in protest.

        Subhash Chandra Bose now started a mass movement against utilizing Indian resources and men for the great war. To him, it made no sense  to further bleed  poor Indians for the sake of colonial and imperial nations.  There was a tremendous response to his call and the British promptly imprisoned him . He took to a hunger-strike, and after his health deteriorated on the 11th day of fasting, he was freed and was placed under house arrest. The British could do nothing except locking him in the prison.

        It was in 1941, that Subhash Chandra Bose suddenly disappeared. The authorities did not come to know for many days that he was not in his Barrack (the house in which he was being guarded). He traveled by foot, car and train and resurfaced in Kabul (now in Afghanistan), only to disappear once again.  In November 1941, his broadcast from German radio sent shock waves amongst the British and electrified the Indian masses who realized that their leader was working on a master plan to free their motherland. It also gave fresh confidence to the revolutionaries in India who were challenging the British in many ways.

        The Axis powers (mainly Germany) assured Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose military and other help to fight the British. Japan by this time had grown into another strong world power, occupying key colonies of Dutch, French, and British colonies in Asia. Netaji Bose had struck alliance with Germany and Japan. He rightly felt that his presence in the East would help his countrymen in freedom struggle and second phase of his saga began. It is told that he was last seen on land near Kiel canal in Germany, in the beginning of 1943. A most hazardous journey was undertaken by him under water, covering thousands of miles,  crossing enemy territories. He was in the Atlantic, the Middle East, Madagascar and the Indian ocean. Battles were being fought over land, in the air and there were mines in the sea. At one stage he traveled 400 miles in a rubber dingy to reach a Japanese submarine, which took him to Tokyo. He was warmly received in Japan and was declared the head of the Indian army, which consisted of  about 40,000 soldiers from Singapore and other eastern regions. These soldiers were united by another great revolutionary Rash Behari Bose. Rash Behari handed over them to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Netaji Bose called it the Indian National Army (INA) and a government by the name “Azad Hind Government”  was declared on the 21st of October 1943. INA freed the Andaman and Nicobar islands from the British and were renamed as Swaraj and Shaheed islands. The Government started functioning.

        Subhash Chandra Bose wanted to free India from the Eastern front. He had taken care that Japanese interference was not present from any angle. Army leadership, administration and communications were managed by Indians only. Subhash Brigade, Azad Brigade and Gandhi Brigade were formed. INA marched through Burma and occupied Coxtown on the Indian Border. A touching scene ensued when the solders entered their ‘free’ motherland. Some lay down and kissed, some placed pieces of  mother earth on their heads, others wept. They were now inside India and were determined to drive out the British! Delhi Chalo (Let’s march to Delhi) was the war cry. greatest freedom fighter. He was the founder of the Indian National Army, popularly known as ‘Azad Hind Fauj’. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose had visited London during pre-independence period to discuss the future of India, with the members of the Labor party. His sudden disappearance from Taiwan, led to surfacing of various theories, concerning the possibilities of his survival.

Subhash Chandra Bose was born on 23 January, 1897 in Cuttack (Orissa) to Janakinath Bose and Prabhavati Devi. Janakinath Bose was one of the successful lawyer in Cuttack and received the title of “Rai Bahadur”. He, later became a member of the Bengal Legislative Council.

        Subhash Chandra Bose was a very intelligent and sincere student but never had much interest in sports. He passed his B.A. in Philosophy from the Presidency College in Calcutta. He was strongly influenced by Swami Vivekananda’s teachings and was known for his patriotic zeal as a student. He also adored Vivekananda as his spiritual Guru.Image