Wandering in the Green

 – Sreeranjini Sureshbabu, Grade 7 – L, Our Own English High School, Sharjah 

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Noise of the wind rushing through leaves fill my ears

All that joy I can no more to bear

The beauty and wisdom of nature

Touch my heart mystically.

Stepping forward with a confident heart

I race through clusters of leaves

Wind gushing into my ears

Whispering words unfamiliar to me

Warm rays of sunlight on the forest floor

Urge me to the next door

I brace myself for surprises to come

As the wind passes by, jingling the green.

Creaking of twigs, splashing of puddles

One more step and I jump into a river,

Whose cold waters lift my spirits.

I soak myself to my heart’s content

As I step onto land

The current tugs at my legs

Pulling me back

Least bothered am I about it

As my life goes out of grasp

The waters carry me afar

To the verge of a not-so-high waterfall

I take a deep breath and without a thought

Dive into the blue depths.

With a heavy splash I land

Gasping I swim to the surface

Hoping for wild

Blood-curdling adventures

I swim and reach the bank

Waiting for the tug at my feet

But nothing happens

And so I go on without a destination

I walk and walk until I became breathless

And I call out to the earth surrounding me:

Oh mother earth! How wonderful you are!

Your beauty mesmerising, your wisdom profound!

You nurture me in those arms of yours….

Oh! All I want is to live forever

And seek yet more wonders awaiting me!

As I move forward

Thick dark clouds assemble, hiding the sun

A few drops fall from the sky

In no time the storm strengthens

Making this the best day of my lifetime!

I raise my arms and fall on my knees

Feeling the rain on the surroundings and self

I feel complete, at last

As the rain drops and the green

Fill the chasm of sadness

With ever-lasting happiness…

What’s in a name?

Today, we are defining ourselves. So here goes!

AshAshriti [Nature loving!!]

A Adventurous

SSuper-talented

H – Happy about everything!

R – Rainbows flying everyday!

I – Intelligent

T – Sticks to Time!

I – Interested in everything!

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[DJ Bravo!!]

S – Super-talented

H – Honourable 

A – Acrobat

H – Humane

Y – Yorker’s bowler!

A – Adventurous

N – Nature-loving

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[Amazing!!!]

M – Loves Melodious melodies

E – Energetic

H – Happiness all the time!

R – Rainbow cotton candy... yum-yum!

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[Epic!!!]

A – Acrobatically talented

B – Bouncy

H – Hilarious

I – Addicted to Ice-cream!

J – Joker

I – Interested in pranking people.

T – Talented in skateboarding!

H – Horrid!!!

 

Call of the Wilderness

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Irresistible is the fragrance

Of the freshly bloomed daffodils,

That sway in rhythm

With the cool April breeze

The desire to venture

Into the bosom of nature

Lures me

But I shall not go

As something warns me

That ahead lies danger

Perhaps life threatening

The trees seem so welcoming

As the leaves whisper a lullaby

Or are they chanting a wicked spell

To poison the souls of my kindred

The ripe mangoes of yonder tree

Seem so tempting

But could they be a decoy

To lull one into a trap

Nay, I shall not go

Though the forest beckons me

I shall trust my conscience

Than follow an unknown trail.

ANVA Alliterations

  • By Abhijith Harish, Grade 4C, GEMS Our Own English High School, Dubai &                         Shahyan Reddy, Grade 4M, Indian High School, Dubai

So it was a small class today, just the two of us. And we did this game on making alliterations out of Adjective-Noun-Verb-Adverb combinations.

Here’s what we came up with:

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An Experience beyond Words

  • By Pranav Gurunathan, Grade 7/3, Cambridge International School, Dubai (CIS)

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As I walk out of the aeroplane, the soothing, slow Thai breeze caresses my skin, the inviting smell of seafood enters my nostrils, and the ever-comforting Thai smile greets me. I am astonished by this country.

I ride a tuk-tuk to my hotel, photographing the beautiful Thai streets and landscape along the way.  As I get down from my tuk-tuk and pay the fare, I am astonished by the elegance of the hotel, The Grand Hyatt.  Truly grand!

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After taking a quick shower in my hotel, I catch another tuk-tuk and travel to the Victory Monument, an obelisk built in 1941 to commemorate a military campaign against the French in 1941.


Social life is amazing here, with many university students and commuters gathering.  ( The grilled chicken is also delicious!) On that note, I am off to enjoy what came to my mind as soon as I entered Thailand, FOOD!

My next destination is the secretly hidden Issaya Siamese club that I can only reach by travelling through narrow roads. Once I reach my destination, I am pleasantly surprised. The restaurant is inside a 100-year old house and surrounded by a tropical garden.

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With many rooms for parties and a common dining room, this restaurant is superbly organized. The staff are great and the food cooked by Chef Ian Kittichai is even better. ( You should try the Kanom Dok Mali! Yummy!)

After the meal, I am in the mood for a sleep. I catch a taxi and sleep lazily in the rear seats, while I am taken to my hotel.

The soft bed in the hotel puts me to sleep and finishes off a great day.

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One of the numerous Thai street food markets

The Gorgeous Country of Thailand

  • By Siddharth Anand, Grade-7, Cambridge International School – Dubai

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A warm hello from the beautiful paradise of Kao Tao! It has been an insane week here at Thailand. I knew since the moment I got out of the airport that coming here was the right decision, and that this holiday would be an unforgettable one. Our cabbie took us to a hotel on the shores of Kao Tao.

The real adventure was yet to begin.

Not one to procrastinate, I jumped at the chance to sunbathe. I am now sitting under an umbrella and watching the picturesque view in front of us. Seas of turquoise expand, merging into the blue skies at a point – so soothing for my eyes to see.

The orange sun is now making its dramatic exit, bleeding into the water. To make the view picture perfect, the waves crash repeatedly onto the sand, spraying droplets of water on me.

Probably the best feature of Thailand for a person like me is the food. At every meal they serve us different meat, each better than the last.  The standout, definitely, is the chicken sautéed with barbecue sauce, which is ambrosial. To accompany that, they serve us a different cocktail with each main course. This has been on my bucket list from a long time, and it is really worth the wait.

Rainforest, tropical islands, coconut trees, mountains, coral reefs – it is really amazing how many things a country as small as Thailand can fit  into its land, and how splendid it looks, all in all.

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The Battle in the Labyrinth

  • By Rishabh Rahul Grade 8Q, Indian High School – Dubai

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“Hurray!! We are going to Kerala to celebrate my birthday,” said the brave and bold Jason Mathew. Jason was going to his grandparent’s house in Kerala.

On reaching, he wanted to take a walk around the place, but his parents warned him, “It’s not safe to go out alone, especially for kids.”

He didn’t understand what his parents meant, so he asked, “Why so?”

“Don’t you listen to the news?” asked his father. “Ram Shekhawat, the son of millionaire Raj Shekhawat, has been kidnapped, and the kidnapper has demanded 50 crores as ransom.”

“That is very bad news,” he said.

“Indeed it is,” said my parents.

Since Jason couldn’t go out, he decided to check out his grandfather’s farm. While walking around, his leg hit something. He couldn’t believe what he saw – it was an iron door handle. He looked carefully, and there was a door in front of him. There was a board on top of the door which read: “This is the entrance to the secret tunnel, which leads to the magical labyrinth.”

Jason thought that it would not be safe to enter it just then. So he decided to collect all the required supplies and enter the secret tunnel at midnight while his family was asleep.

When he returned to his house to have dinner he was surprised to see his uncle Dr. Sam Mathew there. His uncle was a doctor but had lost his job due to some reasons. Now he was desperately looking for work. He didn’t have any money either.

After eating the delicious meal cooked by his grandmother, Jason was about to hit the bed, but then he remembered his mission. He packed water supplies which would last a day at least. Now all he needed was some weapons. He already had two pocket knives, but he needed something more reassuring. Then he remembered that his mother had once told him that there was a real sword in the farm house. He grabbed that sword and without wasting any more time, reached the entrance of the secret tunnel.

Taking a deep breath, he said to himself, “I can handle this on my own!” Then he entered the tunnel.

After walking for a while, he found what he knew was the entrance to a labyrinth. It read: “Dare to Enter and Never Return”. He was terrified by the warning, but he still continued on his path. Then there was another board which read: “The magical labyrinth can take you to any part of the world”.

When he walked some more, he heard some footsteps ahead of him. Slowly and steadily he followed the footsteps which led him to an opening. On coming out of the opening, he started freezing. Jason figured out that he was in Antarctica.

Now he could see the people he was following. They were carrying a big box in their hands, and were heading towards a factory. He was surprised to see that none of the men had guns except a man sitting on a chair. Jason figured out that he was the “BOSS”.

Suddenly one of the men saw him and warned the Boss.  He aimed his gun at Jason and was about to shoot him, but at the last moment Jason threw his pocket knife at the Boss and the gun fell down. He grabbed the gun and pointed it at the Boss’s face. Nobody moved at all.

When he was about to leave the place, he noticed a boy tied to a pillar. He went to the boy and asked, “Who are you and why are you here?”

The boy replied, “I am Ram Shekhawat, son of Raj Shekhawat. These guys have kidnapped me. Please save me!” 

Immediately Jason cut the ropes with his sword and tied the hands of the notorious goons. But as he ran out of rope, he couldn’t tie up the Boss. Jason walked behind the Boss with his gun pointed.

Before leaving, he decided to take a good look at the Boss. Jason couldn’t believe his eyes. The Boss was none other than Jason’s uncle Dr. Sam Mathew! No wonder the men had no guns. His uncle could not afford guns – he could have afforded only one. Then Jason led the gang to the entrance of the labyrinth. As he had a very sharp memory, he easily found his way out.

On the way, the Boss snatched the sword and injured Jason badly on his legs and hands. Jason fought back bravely, and just as the boss was about to get away, Jason shot him on the leg. After that nobody dared to attack him till they reached the entrance.

At the entrance, Jason handed over the Boss, his uncle, to the police and dropped Ram Shekhawat at his house. He then returned to his house and quietly went back to bed. He promised himself that this eventful night would be the secret of his life.

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SONG OF THE RAIN

  • By Sreeranjini Sureshbabu, Grade 6 – L, Our Own English High School, Sharjah 

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Drops of rain trickled down the window

Each drop collected with a splash below.

The song of the rain continues

With a constant flow.

I watched through the blur

As the rain kept making new rhythms

The world in front of my eyes

Covered in a watery fuzz.

I opened the window

And the wind washed my face

Into the open I looked.

The mist smiled with a cloudy haze

The cool breeze passed by,

Kissing my cheek.

I smiled and laughed

Replying to the songs of the rain.

At the Beach

                          – By Viraj Sivaprasad, 8N, GEMS Our Own Indian School, Dubai
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Everyone has a place where they go to escape the pressures and worries of life. There is always that one spot which can soothe all your problems and troubles in times of stress. For me, the beach is the ultimate cure to my stress.
The sun emerges like a yellow lollipop from the distant horizon. Untouched golden sand covers the distance that eyes can see. A gentle breeze rushes through your hair, and there is a strong scent of salty air. Beach shops prepare for their day of excited customers bustling in and out of their small shops. Sanwiches, beverages, windbreakers and towels all come packed and carried over the visitors’ shoulders.  The sound of the waves crashing and the harsh calls of the seagulls are very appealing to the ears.
Sitting for hours and playing with sand, the children laugh and giggle as sand castles are washed away by the gigantic waves. Some sand castles stand freely in the sun, glistening like diamonds. Parents relax lazily as the sun beats down on them even as the foamy mist sprays like feathers.
People exchange their experiences as the day comes to an end. A muddle of colours appear in the sky as the sun sets. Once more, the beach is left with the garbage of the visitors. Ah! What a day is was at the beach!
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A New Year

  • Written by Sreeranjini Sureshbabu, Grade 6 – L, Our Own English High School, Sharjah 

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Always with great expectations

My year starts

Always with satisfaction

My year ends

Celebrations of joy

Laughter heard above the sky

A new year comes opening the doors

Finding ways to above floors

Maybe missing the past,

Maybe wishing for wonderful paths,

We wander,

But are never lost

Another future we weave,

Never attempting to predict

A new year awaits

Laughing with joy, forgetting the past…