By Srushti Srikanth, Grade 7, BGS National Public School – Bangalore

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It is a beautiful day – as beautiful as beautiful can be. The sun’s rays are warm on my skin. Butterflies are doing their mating dance in beds of grass: green, flecked here and there with brown. Birds are humming a quiet tune, and bees are buzzing around, trying to find the right flower. The sky is painted with white fluffs of clouds.

An occasional breeze blows over me, making this place feel more like heaven. A grasshopper hums in the distance, making the butterflies that had quieted down rise again to its tone. Eagles cycle the clear blue sky, and plants and trees dance majestically as the wind blows. This is nature in all her glory, as far as I know.

A cow bellows deeply in the distance. I remove my slippers and feel the grass underneath my feet – cool in some places and warm in others. I hear a cock crow. Something, an insect probably, chirps.

I am just a student, I have my exams ahead of me. But for now my thoughts drift away, all else forgotten as I enjoy the peace and tranquility that only mother nature can provide.Shrushti # 2

Photos clicked around Shrusthi’s home – her Wonderland


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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At the Beach

                          – By Viraj Sivaprasad, 8N, GEMS Our Own Indian School, Dubai
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!