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May 3rd, 2020
Vol 18, Page 1

What They Say?

"[Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."
- Mark Twain

Time flows in a strange way on Sundays.
Haruki Murakami

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This Day for You - May 2

Famous Birthdays:

1903 - Bing Crosby, American Singer, Actor, and Songwriter.
1919 - Pete Seeger, American Folk Singer and Social Activist.


1494 - The island of Jamaica was discovered by Christopher Columbus. He had named the Island ‘Santiago.’
1815 - At the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the Congress Kingdom of Poland was formed.
1913 - The first Indian silent film, Raja Harishchandra, was released at Coronation Cinematograph and Variety Hall, Girgaon, Maharashtra.
1937 - American author Margaret Mitchelle won a Pulitzer Prize for her Novel ‘Gone with the Wind.’
1969 - Zakir Hussain, the third President of India, died.
1979 - Margaret Thatcher became the first Woman Prime Minister of Britain.
1998 - World Laughter Day. The first celebration was on January 10, 1998, in Mumbai, India, and was arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.

ART Aficionado

Art Work by Students
Ananya Chaurasiya
Pathways World School, Noida
Soham Raina,
Ambience Public School,
New Delhi
Vihaan Pal Singh
Arshiya Kaur Khanna,
Ryan International School,
Rohini, New Delhi

Satyajit Ray aka 'Manik da'

Satyajit Ray is one of the world’s finest directors, producers, screenwriters, composers, writers, and graphic designers. Satyajit Ray’s cinematic division has belonged to both India as well as many other parts of the world. He left behind a legacy of some marvelous film-making skills that have no competition. His cinema is a unique blend of emotions and ability, where he perfectly balances sorrow and happiness along with deep awareness.

Keep reading to discover more about his life.

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Satyajit Ray (2 May 1921 – 23 April 1992) was an Indian filmmaker, screenwriter, music composer, lyricist, and author, widely considered as one of the most famous filmmakers of all time. He was popularly called 'Manik da' as a sign of respect.

Satyajit Ray had to struggle a lot in his childhood, as his father passed away when he was just three years old. His grandfather was a writer and illustrator, and his father, Sukumar Ray, was a writer and illustrator of Bengali nonsense verse. Ray grew up in Calcutta and was looked after by his mother. He enrolled in a government school, where he was taught chiefly in Bengali, and then studied at Presidency College, Calcutta’s leading college, where he was taught in English.
By the time he graduated in 1940, he was fluent in both languages. In 1940 his mother persuaded him to attend art school at Santiniketan, Rabindranath Tagore’s rural university northwest of Calcutta. There Ray, whose interests had been exclusively urban and Western-oriented, was exposed to Indian and other Eastern art and gained a deeper appreciation of both Eastern and Western culture, a harmonious combination that is evident in his films.

Satyajit Ray’s first film, Pather Panchali was released in 1955. Pather Panchali won him eleven international titles. Panther Panchali also became Satyajit Ray’s first film to win international acclaim. He has won Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan all together. He was also awarded the honorary Doctorate by Oxford University, the second film personality to receive the honor after Charlie Chaplin.
Ray was the author of various short stories and novellas, and writing, rather than filmmaking, became his main source of income. His stories have been translated and published in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere. Some of Ray’s writings on cinema are collected in Our Films, Their Films (1976). His other works include the memoir Yakhana Chota chilama (1982; Childhood Days).

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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Inspiration 101, 5 Mins
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Be Better, 5 Mins
Over-Rated Carbohydrates

Universal Carbohydrates or as we tag them here, 'Over-rated Carbohydrates', constitute about 45-65% of our daily calories. Carbs are the body’s primary energy source and they also prevent the body from using protein as an energy source. They are all essentially sugars our body coverts to glucose (blood sugar) which is stored for energy. The dietary fiber in the carbs contribute to the overall health of the colon and regulate blood sugar levels.

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Complex Carbohydrates: There has always been a debate whether carbs are actually good or not but most opinions agreed on complex carbs being good and simple carbs being bad. So, the good carbs or the complex ones are better as our bodies work harder to digest them and releasing energy over longer time but the simple carbs are digested quickly and the energy not used immediately gets converted into fat.

Keep it high fibre: Carbs are not just bread and pasta but also, juices, desserts, fruits and vegetables. The good carbs help you feel full with fewer calories and naturally stimulate your metabolism. The good sources are whole grains, green vegetables, fresh fruits and legumes such as quinoa, oatmeal, beans, macadamia nuts, brown rice, amaranth, buckwheat, yams, and avocados. They also help you control your weight.

Swap for good: Pizza, candies, cookies, soft drinks, refined honey, doughnuts, sugared cereals, ice cream and milk chocolates fall in the bad carbs category and thus only leave you feeling tired and hungry instead of good carbs that control your appetite and delay hunger. **Swap your granola for steel-cut oats, bagel for whole grain toast, regular whole milk fruit yogurt for nonfat plain greek yogurt with fresh fruit, bacon or sausage for egg whites, fruit juice for berries, and smoothie for a banana.** These are all great breakfast staples that can always be sprinkled with some ground flax seed, chia seed or berries for that extra morning boost.

Eat your fruit, don’t drink it. Choose carbs in their natural state instead of processed, sweetened, and packaged food forms. Be friends with rainbow salads, sprouts, whole grain toasts, steamed vegetables and fresh fruits for your power packed lunch box.

Let “Out of sight, Out of mind” be your strategy. Don’t keep that cupboard of your dreams full with packet of chips, instant noodles, cookie boxes, crackers or even granola bars. That will not only benefit just your kids but you too. Have a good time eating!

By: Jayati Arya, Wellness Coach at The School Social

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Ila is a young housewife and Saajan Fernandes is a middle-aged widower. They never meet but fall in love. Through the lunchbox, they exchange stories, incidents and affection they both craved for. Will it be a new beginning in their lives? Will they meet finally? Watch the movie to find out. Here is the trailer

Curiosity, 5 Mins
Things You Might Not Know About Ancient Egypt

Ah...Egypt. The land of the magnificent pyramids, the breathtaking Sphinx, the home to one of the oldest civilizations known to man, and the setting of all the horror movies associated with mummies. Here are some of the things that you might know about the ancient ‘land of the pharaohs’.

1) One of the first peace treaties was signed by the ancient Egyptians - Ancient Egyptians had been engaged in a two century-long tussle with the Hittite Empire over a land that is known as modern-day Syria. However, when, after a long and tiring scuffle, neither party emerged victorious, Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II, and Hittite King Hattusili II signed a famous peace treaty by which they not only agreed to desist their conflict but also to aid each other in the event of an invasion by another empire. The Egyptian-Hittite treaty is one of the earliest known peace treaties to ever be signed.

2) Their women had equal rights and freedom as their men - Ancient Egypt had a familiar system of arranged marriage as is prevalent here in India. The husbands and the wives of a family had contrasting roles with the husbands being the families’ bread earner while the wives were responsible for the upkeep of the household. However, the women enjoyed equal rights as men and could buy and sell properties, choose any profession that they wanted to where they received equal pay as the men. They could independently raise their children and became the de-facto owner of any family business in the event of the death of the husband. As a matter of fact, their king could, in fact, be a queen.
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3) Cleopatra was not Egyptian - This is why one should not give much credence to history as depicted in video games. Cleopatra the VIIth, the last queen of Ptolemaic Egypt, though born in Alexandria, was actually Greek. She was the descendent of Ptolemy I, a historian and a loyal companion of Alexander the Great.

4) They did not, in fact, ride camels - Really? Ancient Egyptians did not ride camels? I must be joking, right? Well, as a matter of fact, camels as a means of transport were not used in Egypt until much later. Conventional transport was done by donkeys and aquatic transport, by boats.

5) Slavery wasn’t used to build the Great Pyramids - In fact, they were built by a mix of skilled and unskilled workforce. The skilled employees were a group of 5000, permanent, and salaried men while the 20,000 unskilled labourers were employed under the Corvée system(intermittent, unsalaried labour which lasts for varied periods of time) and were paid in the form of food, shelter, and medical care.

6) Ancient Egypt had specialized fields of medical education - Ancient Egypt had some of the most advanced medical education in the world with their healthcare, as is often regarded in historical documents, of the highest repute. Medical practices were generally specialized broadly into general practice, surgery, and dentistry. However, evidence of further specialization has also been uncovered like trauma surgery, gynaecology, dermatology, etc. That’s remarkable!

Credits: Arko De
Reach me at iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in

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Curiosity, 5 mins

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Spend Your Sunday Baking

Bake Your Own Pippi Pancakes
Quick recipe to bake yummy-tasty pancakes!


Activities for Future Astronomers
Gaze at the Sky tonight


Got Love for Words, be a proud


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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

UNICEF issues New Guidelines to Provide Roadmap for Safe Reopening of Schools
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PM Deliberates on National Education Policy, Reforms in Education Sector.

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Model United Nations - Let’s Prepare (3)

Objectives of the United Nations

Hello guys! By this time, you must have understood the basic idea of how the UN functions, and what its purposes are. If not, go back to this.But the UN is a huge organisation that is comprising different organs to carry out different objectives. These objectives are really interesting to know about.

There are six principal organs of the UN. these organs are: the general assembly, the security council, the economic and social council, the trusteeship council, the international court of justice, and the secretariat.

Keep reading to find out what they are.

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Each of these principal organs have their own set of interesting roles in the UN. Let’s see, what are they?

1) The General Assembly: It is where the parliament of the world meets at least once every year. The presidency of the general assembly mainly rotates among the five groups: African, Asian, Latin American, East European, and West European. The general assembly has the power to admit new members, and appoint the Secretary General of the UN Secretariat on the recommendation of the Security Council.

2) The Security Council: Its primary responsibility is to maintain international peace and security. It is the enforcement wing of the UN. It comprises five permanent members namely China, France, Russia, UK and USA, and ten non-permanent members.

3) The Economic and Social Council: This particular wing of the UN promotes Social progress and better standards of life. It comprises fifty-four members.

4) The Trusteeship Council:The objective of this organ is to aid countries under foreign rule, to achieve their independence. After the Second World War, eleven countries came under this wing and achieved their independence.

5) International Court of Justice: You can understand from the name of this body, it serves justice and punishes those who violate the rules of the UN. This body is run by 15 judges, who are elected by the General Assembly.

6) The Secretariat: It is more like the headquarters of the UN. It serves the other principal organs of the UN and looks after the different programmes and policies laid down by them. It is responsible for carrying out different day to day work of the organisation around the world.

Credits: Lovely Sarkar
Reach me at papris791@theschoolsocial.in

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Wildlife on a Ride . . #covideffect

You' ve heard the saying, “When the cat' s away, the mice will play.” Well, amid global lockdowns, it is not just the mice that are making their way out of the wilderness. The city streets of London, England and Santiago, Chile are used to seeing the phenomenon of puppies popping their heads out of handbags or strollers, but the images of deer, goats, and even a puma are more surprising. As cities quiet down and empty out, many animals may quickly take note. Lambert says she wouldn’ t expect the changes to be dramatic. Wild animals still rely on open spaces for food and shelter, and thus we won’t be seeing coyotes moving their dens downtown any time soon. But it’s possible they might be venturing farther or switching up their schedules.

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“The medium-size predators are opportunistic by nature,” says Shilling. “They are responding in real time to the disturbance. They have territories and the edges are flexible based on what’s making them go away.”

The worldwide lockdown caused by the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 due to the novel Coronavirus has the world breathing fresh air and innovating beyond our wildest dreams, but to most wildlife it is business as usual—sort of.

There are also plenty of very real sightings of animals you might not expect in the urban jungle. Coyotes have been spotted throughout San Francisco, even taking naps in patches of green spaces in the city. In the coastal Welsh town of Llandudno, a herd of mountain goats stomped through the streets. In Boulder, Colorado, mountain lions have been prowling residential streets. On the other side of the world, cities like Santiago, Chile have seen a few animals that are a little more predatory. Though still scared of people, Puma from the nearby mountains have taken a trip to the city streets to see what they can find to eat.

Similar to the UK, Nara Park in Japan is seeing deer overflowing into residential areas looking for food. Deer are a normal tourist attraction in this region—with people coming from all over to feed and take pictures with these kind creatures. Due to the lockdown, these deer are starving because of the lack of human interaction. If you do spot creatures trekking into your neighborhood, Quinn says it’ s important to give them space. After all, she says, we’ re at home now because of a zoonotic disease. “It’ s very important to keep wildlife wild,” she says. “You should never feed wildlife.”

Credits: Anupama Mahajan
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Happy Pill, 5 Mins
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Student's Blog


Her brilliance was fading. She was numbed to the core
As it dawned on her-
Her only asset now, Was void and eternal pain.
With her cold eyes, The fire of her hopes
Went gelid. She would cry her life;
And laugh her death. Lucifer robbed her
Of her-self, her dreams, her soul… Claimed something which was not his.
Was she meant to be just a rag doll? And that single moment…
Shattered her world. Her life was obscure.
Not a million candles could light it up. Sobs intoxicated her;
Devoured her very self. Monsters from the dark
Haunted her. She had nightmares,
She howled in her sleep…
Yearning for help But the irony of her life was that
She was alone in this world FOR THE CRUELEST EYES TO SEE….

Teachers' Blogs

English Education: Still a Dream in Rural India

Kumam Davidson,
Deputy Editor of Gaylaxy Magazine, PhD Scholar and Educationist.
Reach him at davidsonkumam@gmail.com

Thomas Babington Macaulay popularly introduced English Education in India in 1835. Almost 200 years later, English education is still a dream for many in the far hinterlands of rural India. And today it has become a monumental challenge to teach English in such remote corners of the country where infrastructure and qualified teachers are still unaddressed issues. Only collective support can give some hope to these underprivileged students before the new English teacher punishes them for their inadequate grammar knowledge.

In the last 200 years or so, education in India has seen significant changes. From an erstwhile British colony with little education which was anyway meant for the privileged few let alone English Education the country has become a global centre of education with IIT’s, universities finding its name in the global rankings. While most of the reputed educational institutes are located in comparatively urban locations, the country’s rural areas seem to have taken a much further backseat in education today. In many rural government and private schools the medium of teaching is still in the vernacular languages which unfortunately do not offer the students much prospects in later years. Yet, private schools bounded by hefty fees are trying their best to impart basic English reading and writing skills. This is one of their key sustaining methods at a time when every retired teacher is founding an English private school. In all these, the students in remote government schools are most vulnerable.

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In the economically backward areas not every family has the privilege to send their children to school. And the ones who manage to do so are often crippled by the lack of qualified teachers and infrastructure in these schools. The fact that many teachers themselves are not fluent in the English language is the biggest hurdle in English education in the country. The worst happens when the young boys drop out once they are big enough to go to daily wage work and the girl child turns up late because she has to finish her household chores before she goes to school or gets married before even she clears her matriculation (X exam). As it often happens in a patriarchal society, the girl child is kept at home to do family chores without schooling while the boys are sent off to school which unfortunately doesn’t guarantee that he will get a decent job later and support his sister/s financially and pay back for her years of sacrifice. These boys hardly manage to get a sustainable job because the education does not equip them enough to enter the professional world and get a job. By the time these young boys and girls are preparing for matriculation (X) or higher secondary (XII) examinations the only thing they are worried about is passing the exam. And as expected many of them end up not clearing the exams even after years of schooling because they are still struggling with basic English grammar, vocabulary and writing skills. So is the case in other subjects as well. It is a tremendous challenge to prepare them for the exams and the professional world out there after school.

Since most of the syllabus books come in English whether or not the medium of instruction at school is English language, teachers need to have basic understanding of English in order to teach each subject. English education is bound to fail if teachers are not fluent in the language. Teachers are also often blinded by a sense of dignity and authority that the desired sensitivity towards their students’ agendas are not met. Instead of encouraging to learn, teachers often bully them merely for their incapacity to learn not realising the “incapacity” has structural factors; poverty, lack of infrastructure. Sensitive teachers with a sense of empathy towards the students are pertinent in bringing good education. Government schools need an overall revamp especially with matters related to infrastructure and teacher hiring process if it has to catch up with the 200 years old English Education project.

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May 3, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar - papris705@theschoolsocial.in
2) Ipsita - ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
3) Arko De - iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
4) Tarini - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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