Category "Storytellers"

7Dec2019

CHAPTER 1

Documents and paper scattered everywhere, pressing random buttons on a computer, everyone was hopeless at ISRO as they had lost all kinds of communications with the Chandrayaan 2. Meanwhile the Chandrayaan 2 had not landed on a smooth surface of the moon and had crashed, the spacecraft was completely wrecked and the poor Vikram Lander was partially shattered.

Everyone grew completely hopeless, but then something extraordinary happened.

CHAPTER 2

Suddenly some signals started coming from the lander again. The images of an odd-looking creature with purple and blue skin, large black eyes, antennas and a spacesuit started displaying on the screen and all the people at ISRO were awestruck. The images flashed for a fraction of a second only and left everyone curious and spellbound.

Back at moon it was extremely astonishing what was caught in the recording camera of the Vikram Lander. The creature was speaking gibberish and seemed confused too. Unable to understand what he had encountered, he turned the lander into a living creature and tried to understand the whole problem through brain waves. It started asking the lander what he was doing there and introduced himself also as Pie. Suddenly an alien with green skin tagged along. His name was Chi. Pie and Chi lead Vikram to a cave in the South Pole. They went inside and Vikram was enchanted to see many aliens and their lifestyle. Chi pushed a button and the cave closed. Pie explained to everyone Vikram was from Earth and needed help. Everyone smiled and comforted Vikram. Vikram realised all aliens had different skin colours and shapes too. Pie and Chi took Vikram to someone who looked like a king. The king’s name was Draco. Draco greeted Vikram. Everyone went to their rooms. Draco took Vikram to his room. He understood Vikram’s whole problem and took him to one of his best expert. Soon the technical problems of Vikram were rectified and it was brought back to the place where Pie had spotted it first. Once again supernatural powers were used and Vikram turned back into a proper functioning machine.

The team at ISRO connected to the lander successfully and the mystery was only solved when they got the video footage during the second successful mission to moon.

7Dec2019

Our story starts in English land where all the grammar you’ve learned today has originated from. “I’m tired of agreeing with you!” cried the subject to the verb.”But we need to agree with each other to form a proper sentence as told by the Grammar master” replied the verb. “Well, I’m gonna give a piece of my mind to the Grammar master,” said the subject[ who became now impatient].

“But then you’ll change the whole English language” cried the verb. They went to meet the Grammar master. “Ahah, tired you say right,” said the grammar master after listening to the subject’s comment. “If you want it, then go with your idea, I’ll change everything for you, okay?”. The verb who was now clearly confused just stared at the subject who was jumping with happiness. The grammar master took a giant rulebook and did a few corrections in it and suddenly the English changed except for the subjects and the grammar master’s English.

A few days later, the subject was feeling uncomfortable hearing a peculiar type of English which made no sense at all like” Ben live in a new apartment “. He wanted to see what was happening in the outer world. So, he jumped into a child’s book. He was the subject of the sentence in a child’s book right now and beside him was the verb.

He wanted to hold  hands with the verb to agree with him [like always] but the verb didn’t budge his hands to agree.”Oh no, I forgot about my decision about the disagreement”, he muttered to himself. And now came the transformation. The subject of the sentence was `school team’ but the verb was ` run’.  After that back in English land, the pronoun said to the subject” The verb are sad because you shouted at him for no reason”.”But I only shouted at one verb not many!” yelled the confused subject. “Why are you using a plural noun for a singular?” asked the subject. “I is using it because…” “Why you is always shouting me!” roared the verb wiped tears from his eyes. Then suddenly before anything could happen a bright flash of light pulled the subject into the English land.  He went inside the swirling mist of letters.

“Subject, you’ve learned your lesson” the grammar master’s hollow voice echoed through the mist. You’ve to hold the verb’s hand as you did before when you used to agree. Then the verb appeared beside him. As soon as the subject’s hand touched the verb’s hand there was a pop and then they returned to where our story had started…..

7Dec2019

During one of my vacations , me and my five cousins planned an expedition  to a dense forest which is near our farmhouse.

At first our parents were reluctant but later they agreed as we said we would return before nightfall. So we packed our backpacks and decided to start off early next morning. We filled our bags with snacks, water bottles, first aid box, magnifying  glasses, binoculars and few safety items like handmade spears, bamboo sticks and knives; in case ferocious wild animals come face to face with us.

Before I continue the story I would like to tell about my five cousins-

Adithya the introvert, always buried in his books.

Akshay is a naughty and smart boy just like Jerry from Tom and Jerry.

Akshith is a sporty boy. He always reminds me of Bruce Hyena, the best friend of Geronimo from the book series of Geronimo Stilton.

Amogh the nightingale is always humming on his tune.

Aryan our navigator is always precise in giving directions.

We have named our group of six as ‘DEXTEROUS SIX’.

So, we woke up early next morning and started our expedition to the dense forest. As it was still dark we lit our torches and walked in a lazy and sleepy mood. We then entered the forest with a high alert. We heard the noises of wild animals, the loud chirping of crickets and the sound of leaves which crackled under our feet. Akshith and I led our group of six. We had planned to have our breakfast near a waterfall. Aryan guided us giving directions towards the waterfall. Our instincts were telling us that something was going to happen. When we reached the beautiful waterfalls we had our breakfast and spent some time playing in the water. Later, we resumed our journey .We took many pictures of the forest and had our lunch .We plucked many edible wild fruits and flowers.

It was almost dusk now. So we decided to return. When we reached half way, we heard some people talking .We quickly hid behind a bush. Guess what?

They where poachers and they had hunted a deer! Naughty Akshay who loved animals was about to attack the poachers with his bamboo stick. Amogh and Aditya pulled him back into the bush. After we were confirmed that they were poachers and doing illegal activities in the forest, we sketched a plan to get them caught. Amogh and Adithya ran back home stealthily to call our parents and villagers for help. The rest of us kept watch on the activities of the poachers by hiding behind different bushes. After about fifteen minutes,       our parents and villagers reached the spot. We all attacked and hit the poachers with bamboo sticks, and stones. We captured them and handed them to the cops.

Just then, someone tapped  my shoulder. I looked behind to see who it was.

 

Oops..! I was on my bed!!!! My mother was beside me trying to wake me up to go to school! The expedition and encounter with poachers was just a dream!!! I was not in India but in UAE!! There was one more week for the vacations to start.

Now I know why I got this dream. The previous day, I had spoken to all these cousins of mine and had slept reading the book, Famous Five. This should have weaved my last night’s dream. What an adventurous dream I had!!! Waiting to narrate this to my friends in school and the  characters of my dream!!!

 

 

3Nov2019

The Vikram lander had landed on the moon. Earth couldn’t communicate with it. But then came a rustling sound. Two aliens with big bold eyes jumped forward.

One was having a microscope with it. They were examining the lander. They found it amazing. The first alien said [in moonish language]” What in the seven planets is this!”. “Yeah Wagner[ the first alien’s name], even scrumboozers[ the most advanced aliens in the universe] didn’t have this”, said the second alien. “Hey Pivil[the second alien’s name],take that microscope and let’s examine it closely. “Hmmm, ISRO”, said Pivil examing this strange abbreviation.”ISRO might stand for `International Sight Rock Orbit’ maybe”, exclaimed Wagner. “Wait it’s also written India?”  Pivil. “What in the seven planets is that!” said Wagner.”I have an idea, let’s take it to the MRO[ Moonish research Organisation]”, said Pivil. The aliens took the lander to a large building that looked more like a ship. It had the word `MRO’ written in big, bold and shiny letters carved into it. There was an automatic door. It opened with a slight screech. The head scientist saw them. He was a shabby looking alien with a short beard along the edges of his face.

He was very curious to know why in the seven planets have Pivil and Wagner come to MRO. “We have something. Something for yooou!” both Wagner and Pivil chorused. “Ok what is that you have there?” asked the head scientist grabbing the lander and taking it to the lab. In the lab, the scientists were confused what the term `ISRO’ means. Then Pivil had an idea.”Let’s check which planet is trying to communicate with this thing by connecting it to the yectumtransalator[ a special device made by the scrumboozers]. All the aliens there agreed to him. They invited all the news channels and  media personell to attend this auspicious event. The most famous moonish news media `The Fillers’ were there too to capture this amazing moment. “Ok everyone, here we have a thing, now we’re going to find which planet it came from!” roared the head scientist. Pivil took a long rod to secure the lander. Wagner took a drill and opened the control hatch. The head scientist pulled two wires out of the yectumtransalator and pushed it into the opened hatch. There was a faint buzzing noise from the yectumtransalator. Soon the faint buzzing sound turned to loud screech. A few electric sparks shot out of the lander and the screen of the yectumtransalator got filled with numbers.” Yes, the yectumtransalator has found the planet, now it only needs to translate the binary code!” cried the head scientist. Then came the name written in bold letters – ……EARTH……

“Oh in the name of the seven planets, it’s our very own Earth which made this!” cried Wagner. “We’re going to explore more about this mission!” chorused all the scientist aliens. Now, you’re all thinking how in the name of the seven planets I know all about this. It is because I am also an alien of the moon.

 

18Jul2019

Eid or Ramadan are celebrated worldwide by Muslims. It’s considered as the holiest month of the year. It is a festival that depicts unity, compassion and a sense of oneness in all. Unity is the way to find the spirit of Ramadan or Eid.

The special month of Ramadan and EID…

  • Muslims fast during Ramadan.
  • Dubai set up iftar tents near mosques.
  • Everyone breaks their fast at a certain time of the day called Iftar
  • Eid ul Fitr is the day when the Muslims break their month long fasting, visit relatives and friends, enjoy feasts and wish each other Eid Mubarak.
  • The whole month of Ramadan is spent chanting God’s name, by reciting verses of Qur’an and completing their duties and responsibilities irrespective of the fasting for the whole day.

Eid is also known for one more aspect. It is Tawafeeq(ta-waa-fee-eq) means unity.

UAE Government and various NGO’s provide food and water packets to the needy (workers and labourers) who serve the country irrespective of summer or winter, day or night.

One more aspect of unity which I noticed here is that the other communities also respect and form a bonding by not drinking or eating any food in front of people who fast. Most of the restaurants are closed till iftar time as a mark of respect.

At my father’s office also most of the other community people  fast  too as a sign of respect.

In a recent video I watched that here in Dubai, the Gurudwara (house of God) during the iftar time arrange for our Muslim brothers to pray and prepare special meals for them.

I was amazed to see that video. Therefore, I love Ramadan and Eid in Dubai. The holy month teaches unity and hope.

 

17Jul2019

As Walter Winchell said, “The real friend is the one who walks in, when the rest of the world walks out”. It is important to have good friends, as it is to have family. Good friends help, guide and support us in every walks of life. It is rightly said, “friends are family we choose ourselves”.

Having new friends is a sign of bringing new confidence and energy in life. Having friends gives us energy to laugh. Friendship teach us a lot in life and make us stronger and happier every day. Friendship helps in making us understand and develop the habit of sharing and caring.

Having great friends to share our life is a great gift. Those who have true friends are blessed people. Friends are sources of happiness. Friends give us emotional support. They always help us in difficult times and make us feel special. So, it is very well said that “A friend in need is a friend indeed”

A new friend or old friend or any friend is always bringing positive and new energy. I am blessed to have bunch of true friends in my life. They bring new energy, new ideas and new hope in my life everyday and make my life amazing and full of fun.

17Jul2019

One day I was playing on my I-pad for a long time, suddenly my eyes started watering and itching. I went to the washroom and saw that my eyes were red. I went to my parents and they took me to the clinic and the doctor said that I was staring at the blue-light of the I-pad for a long time so, the doctor suggested that I should go for digital detox . I went home and researched about digital detox .

Then I understood that digital detox is a period of time during when a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smart phones, I-pads or computers. I decided to apply the ways of digital detox as the doctor suggested. I started putting away my I-pad during my meals, limited myself to one screen at a time. Now that I learned my lesson, I started educating my friends on the benefits of digital detox, so that they do not face a similar problem.

17Jul2019

Once there was a boy named Harry. He was an excellent student in the school. One day at the end of his first term, his parents bought him a computer because he scored outstanding scores in all subjects. Little did his parents know that buying Harry a computer was a big mistake. When he got his computer delivered, he charged it and started installing games. After he got the computer, his sleep was very much affected as he always woke up early to play the games. He also was losing his eyesight. His parents had to buy him a new glass every two weeks because of the amount of time he looks at the screen. When the second term started, he was very dull in studies. He could not concentrate in class as he was very sleepy and always dreamt about going home and playing on his computer.

Every day after reaching home from school he used to throw his bag and play on his computer. He never did his homework and didn’t even try to complete it in class. After his exams came, he was almost like brainless zombie.

He was not physically fit nor mentally fit and he couldn’t see a thing. Because of this, he failed in most of his subject. One day his parents got a call from the school community and they told Harry’s parents about his condition.

When they reached their home, Harry was playing on his computer. His father turned the computer off and asked him to only use the computer for educational purposes and deleted all the games. Because of this depression Harry banged his head on the wall and fainted. His parents took Harry’s unconscious body to a Psychiatrist to be treated. [ a doctor who treats mind problems]. The Psychiatrist did some treatment and said to his parents he had been addicted to the games he installed and couldn’t concentrate on anything other than video games in his life. When Harry got discharged from the hospital, he rediscovered his potentials and was the same smart Harry again.

So, I prefer you read books and play games which do not involve any electrical gadgets, during your leisure hours. Be in nature, do something to protect and save our environment, like planting more trees and e-waste recycling.