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August 24, 2020
Vol 110, Page 1

What They Say?

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

― Albert Einstein


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This Day for You - August 24


International Strange Music Day was created by Patrick Grant, a New York City musician. The premise is simple: to get people to play and listen to types of music they have never experienced before. The ‘strange’ part can mean either unfamiliar or bizarre – the choice is entirely yours.

The World Celebrates:

National Maryland Day

National Peach Pie Day

National Waffle Day

You Share Your Birthday With:

1927: Anjali Devi, Indian actress and producer

1973: David Khari Webber Chappelle, American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer.

1977: John Michael Green, American author and YouTube content creator.

1988: Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint, English actor and producer.

On this day:

1608: The first official English representative to India lands in Surat.

1690: Job Charnock of the East India Company landed in Kolkata and this day is considered the foundation day of the city.

1969: V.V Giri became the fourth President of India.

1974: Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed became the fifth President of India.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, a multi-talented musical entertainer who enjoyed a chart-topping career both with the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist. He released one of the best-selling albums in history, 'Thriller,' in 1982, and had other number-one hits on 'Bad' and 'Off the Wall.'

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Known as the "King of Pop," Michael Joseph Jackson was a best-selling American singer, songwriter, and dancer. As a child, Jackson became the lead singer of his family's popular Motown group, the Jackson 5. He went on to a solo career of astonishing worldwide success, delivering No. 1 hits from the albums Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. Michael Jackson began his music career alongside his fellow brothers and family members in the Jackson Five. His career began in 1964, aged only six.

The group, led by Jackson’s father, worked hard touring many clubs and bars performing their mix of Motown hits. They gained the attention of record labels and in 1968 signed with Motown records. It was the youngest, baby-faced Jackson, that caught the eye of reviewers. Rolling Stone magazine wrote that Michael was a ‘prodigy’ with ‘overwhelming musical gifts’. Michael stood out for his exceptional enthusiasm and soft, infectious musical voice. The group produced four number one hit singles, including “I Want You Back“, ABC and “the Lover You Save.”

Despite achieving his goal to be a music performer, Michael’s childhood was far from happy. He was regularly beaten and threatened by his authoritarian father. This legacy of abuse left Michael scarred throughout his adult life. In his later years, Jackson was dogged by allegations of child molestation. He died in 2009 at age 50 of a drug overdose just before launching a comeback tour.

“Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons. The truth will win this marathon in court.”
– Michael Jackson

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
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Five genres of music that was originated by the African Slaves in America

Did you know that music helped the African Slaves in America, gradually get liberated? We may not realise it, but many times in history, music has proven to be a strong weapon against injustice. Like in India, before independence, music makers composed patriotic songs to arouse the feeling of nationalism in its people. Similarly, before the African Slaves were considered to be humans, their music became the heartbeat of America.
Far from their motherland and families, the slaves would cling to their music as a remedy to their misfortunes. Later, the same music would engulf the entire world. Here is a list of five genres of music gifted to the world by the Africans:
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1) Spirituals

As the African people were brought to America, the slave owners would forcefully convert them to Christianity. The genre of spirituals came from such a blend of Christianity and African tradition of music. The songs of this genre provide an expression of sorrow. But if you pay attention you will notice, these songs were codes for arranging rebellion and escape. This genre was most popular during the Civil War.
2) Blues

It was a genre explored as ‘work songs’. African slaves would work on the plantations owned by their masters and sing these songs to avoid the harsh reality of violent racism. It is a genre of music that did not follow any strict doctrine. It could be sung or performed on any instruments available. This was the reason, Blues became so popular in America and the rest of the world. Some renowned Blues artists are Leadbelly, Jimi Hendrix, B.B King, etc.

3) Jazz

Jazz was born in New Orleans, where African people, White Europeans and French-Speaking Creoles lived together. Hence, a cross-cultural fusion occurred between the dark skin-coloured Creoles musicians and the English-speaking black population. Then it was brought to Missouri and Kansas by the African Workers. It is a dynamic genre that is based on improvisation and experimentation. Famous Jazz artists are Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, etc.

4) Rock ‘N’ Roll

Due to the bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, etc. Rock music is considered to have come from the white musicians. But its origin lies in the genre of Rhythm and Blues music. Rhythm and Blues was categorized as “Race Music” by the record industry of the 1940’s and 50’s. It was mainly composed for the Black audiences of America. It soon caught the interest of young white teenagers and became popular.

5) Hip-Hop

Today we understand Hip-Hop to be Rap music. But the truth is, Hip-Hop originated as a movement that included expressions in the mode of rhythmic vocal addresses, deejaying, graffiti and breakdancing. Hip-Hop widely represents the Black Culture, their struggle and revolution. In the past, it has served as a vital element of Black Empowerment and Social Commentary on the injustices practised in the act of Slavery.

The influence of many of these genres can be detected in today’s Indian Music. Can you detect them the next time you listen to them? Let me know.

Credits: Lovely
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The Story of Music

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What is a VPN and how does it work?

In the modern age, technology has become an integral part of our lives. So has the need for us to be connected to the internet at all times. As such, cybersecurity experts and privacy activists always seem to swear by the use of a Virtual Private Network or a VPN. In this article, we are going to look at(very concisely) at what a VPN actually is and how it works.

A VPN is nothing but an array of virtual connections that are established over the internet that work to encrypt the data between you(the client) and the server of the website that you are using. When your computer transmits some data to any of the VPN points on the internet, it encrypts the data and re-transmits it over the internet. Another VPN point then receives that data, decrypts it, and sends it to the intended internet resource that you are using. When that server sends some data back to your client machine, the VPN points encrypt and decrypt the data in the exact same way before sending it back to your machine. Pretty cool, right? But why do we need to use VPNs in the first place?

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Data sent over the internet, insecurely, can be intercepted and altered by anyone. Say that you’ve connected to your company network from your personal computer at home using an insecure network. In this scenario, your personal computer is communicating with the host server of your company. However, since the network is insecure and the data is unencrypted, an intruder might position oneself in the middle of the two parties and steal or alter sensitive data in said communication. This type of attacks are fairly common in the corporate world and are broadly known as man-in-the-middle(MITM) attacks. The use of VPNs make MITM attacks very difficult and have hence become an essential tool in this cyberattack-prone world. .

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Let’s get Musical

Material Required: Paper + markers, colored pencils, crayons, pastels, watercolor paints; whatever you have available!

Goal: Creating Art from the art of Music.
Step one: Notice sound. Close your eyes for 1 minute and listen to the music with complete focus. Open your eyes and write down the sounds you heard.
Step two: Listen to any specific set of music. Listening to an instrumental piece will be best suited.
Step Three: Respond with art. Transform the music into an artwork by writing or drawing it.

Share your artwork over mail at along with your Name, Age, School and City. The best gratitude artwork will stand a chance to get featured in the magazine.


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First recorded in 1592



Meaning:Lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy.

Usage: A lackadaisical defence left Spurs adrift in the second half.

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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Udhampur's 'back to school' initiative helps 2,095 students in need get back to education.
Though according to the 2011 census report there is 70 percent literacy in Udhampur, yet the underprivileged sections of the society face challenges in enrolling their children to schools, however, the 'back to school' initiative is bringing a change in the scenario.

“Chocolate Snow” Falls on Swiss Town.
The town of Olten, Switzerland found itself in an unusual situation last Thursday, when cocoa powder began falling from the sky. Cocoa is used to make chocolate. The problem turned out to be the ventilation system at the Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate factory.

THE Happy Pill

They never had the computing power to figure it out before. But now, a NASA mission has unlocked some answers around the phenomenon of space auroras and how they form across the galaxy.

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Teacher's Blog

Apparent puzzle, preset in nervous tissue, lodged in cranium, i.e. the BRAIN

About the Author:

Mr. Vijay Markandewar,

Rest your body, in lying position, raise the right leg and rotate , clockwise; at the same time, try to write 6, by moving, your right hand in air; your right leg autonomously either stops, or you feel, as if, it also wants to move anticlockwise!

Try, on left leg moving it anticlockwise & move left hand in air, to write 6, to your wonder, you won't find any problem.

On the contrary both; the left leg & left hand, keeps moving, in coordination & smoothly.

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But try to write 9, with the left hand & Left leg, again we feel, that it wants to move clockwise.....

Younger or elder, mostly you will have to go, in role play.

And as it is a puzzle try to scratch your brain, come out to communicate to answer Or to seek answers. Bye till then...

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August 24, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar -
2) Ipsita -
3) Arko De -
4) Tarini -

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