The festival of lights

It’s the “Festival of Lights” today,
It’s again the day of Diwali,
It’s time to dress up folks,
It’s time to adorn the thali.

It’s the occasion to throng the temples,
Pray to the Gods and give them offerings,
It’s an opportunity to entreat the deities,
To bless us all and rid us of sufferings.

It’s the day to light the diyas,
Ignite the rockets and burst crackers,
But it’s also the time to be safe,
From the fireworks and all the sparklers.Read more at

It’s the season to pay a visit,
To all our friends and relations,
To hand them over sweets and presents,
Diwali is our splendid chance

It’s the “Festival of Lights” today,
It’s again the day of Diwali,
It’s time to dress up folks,
It’s time to adorn the thali.

It’s the occasion to throng the temples,
Pray to the Gods and give them offerings,
It’s an opportunity to entreat the deities,
To bless us all and rid us of sufferings.

It’s the day to light the diyas,
Ignite the rockets and burst crackers,
But it’s also the time to be safe,
From the fireworks and all the sparklers.

It’s the season to pay a visit,
To all our friends and relations,
To hand them over sweets and presents,
Diwali is our splendid chance

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India vs USA : what went wrong with the blues

As much as I am proud and happy that my country got its first appearance In a FIFA world cup finals, I hate to admit it that they could’ve gave a great fight to the u-17 team of United States of America. Here are some points which I think caused a great deal of damage to the winning mentality of the ‘ men in blues ‘.

The formation

Well no doubt that a 4-2-3-1 is not a weak formation and definitely, not the one to go easy on. But sometimes, it can backfire. This formation is good for having possession but it can get you some goals only if you have energetic full backs and midfielders who can cover a lot of ground. In my opinion the Indians should’ve used a 4-5-1 formation if they wanted ‘not to concede’ as it can be varied to 4-3-3 or a 4-4-1-1 if you’re feeling confident. The formation was wrong for the Indians as they didn’t have engines to run on which left the striker isolated and even then, they strived for position. I am not a specialist in the tactics if the beautiful game, but I doubted that the blues carry out the formation from the beginning

The wrong thinking

Football, as we all know it, is an attacking game and more of a physical one. So you try your full force to break through the opposition defence by your speed, physicality or your skills. But there’s a counter thinking of it which often times, lead to digging their own graves. The thinking of ‘if you can’t score, don’t concede’. The damage limitation thing should be done when you know that there’s nothing you can do for this game to be turned around. But not when you’re 1-0 down at 45 minutes and attacking good. Let me say it in one sentence “India defended in numbers and USA attacked in numbers”. I comprehensively hate this thinking of Indian u-17 team coach Luis Norton de Marcos because it sink our players’ thinking and adrenaline to go beyond and do something GLORIOUS. He said he borrowed something from the great Jose Mourinho’s tactical playlist but he didn’t know that he can’t execute it.

The home ‘ disadvantage’

Some ideas in sports are universally accepted but home advantage is one of those unique and somehow non-realistic idea in the field. There was a time when Manchester united was undefeatable (truly undefeatable) at Old Trafford (their home ground) but that was the time when the greatest British manager of all time (perhaps the greatest overall manager) sir Alex Ferguson was in charge. The home advantage is real but sometimes can be turned into a ‘home choke’ which was the case happened at Delhi. The players played but didn’t feel ‘at home’ as they’re were inferior to the opposite players of USA. Because when you’re not ready enough, it doesn’t matter whether you’re at home or away.

Well it’s just the first game of the cup for the team and they proved some good points like they defended quite well in early but they went unlucky when they conceded the harsh penalty given by the referee. So I hope they play well onwards. #BackTheBlue

Mahatma Gandhi : 10 quotes that can change your outlook

Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest (if not the greatest) leaders of our nation called India. The non violence and power of truth as we all know of him, revolutionized the outlook for the vary revolt by Indians against the British government. Regardless of his excelling in the leadership qualities, he had the power to (yes power ) listen to every single person’s opinion even if he’s an enemy. I may not walk on the path he paved, but I’ve no doubt that he was one of the most ‘tactical’ and admirable person ever born on this planet.

Well I don’t have words to describe my and the nation’s pride and respect for him, I can just drop some of the GLORIOUS quotes said by “the Saint from Sabarmati”

Learn as…

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to Learn as…

Observation

“A student is he who continuously uses his faculty of observation, puts two and two together and carves out for himself a path in life”.

Be the change…

“Be the change that you want to see in the world.”

Without action…

“Without action you aren’t going anywhere”.

Goal

“Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it”. forever”.

Maha Navami: The belief

Navami is believed to be the last day of Goddess Durga’s fight with the buffalo demon Mahishasura. The battle that continued for days, ended on the tenth day, which we celebrate as Vijay Dashmi, on which Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In parts of Bengal, where Durga Puja is celebratedwith great gusto, pandals can be seen bustling with a huge crowd making merry in the festive vibe, gorging on delicious snacks and participating in cultural events, since it is the last day before Maa Durga takes her ride back to heaven. The rituals for Navami start with a holy bath followed with a special Shodhasopachar of the deity.
Navami is believed to be the last day of Goddess Durga’s fight with the buffalo demon Mahishasura. The battle that continued for days, ended on the tenth day, which we celebrate as Vijay Dashmi, on which Goddess Durga defeated Mahishasura. In parts of Bengal, where Durga Puja is celebratedwith great gusto, pandals can be seen bustling with a huge crowd making merry in the festive vibe, gorging on delicious snacks and participating in cultural events, since it is the last day before Maa Durga takes her ride back to heaven. The rituals for Navami start with a holy bath followed with a special Shodhasopachar of the deity.

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All national exams should be abolished for children under 16 because the stress caused by over-testing is poisoning attitudes towards education, according to an influential teaching body.

In a remarkable attack on the government’s policy of rolling national testing of children from the age of seven, the General Teaching Council is calling for a ‘fundamental and urgent review of the testing regime’. In a report it says exams are failing to improve standards, leaving pupils demotivated and stressed and encouraging bored teenagers to drop out of school.

The attack comes in a study submitted to the House of Commons education select committee and passed to The Observer. The council says that schoolchildren in England are now the most tested in the world, facing an average of 70 tests and exams before the age of 16. Standard Assessment Tests, or Sats, currently taken by children at the ages of seven, 11 and 14, should be abolished, it concludes.

It says: ‘The GTC continues to be convinced that the existing assessment regime needs to be changed.’

The submission, which has emerged as more than a million teenagers sit their GCSEs and A-levels, says teachers are being forced to ‘drill’ pupils to pass tests instead of giving a broad education.

Some are under such pressure from trying to keep schools at the top of league tables that they have gone further and fiddled results or helped children to cheat, according to Keith Bartley, chief executive of the council, the independent regulatory body set up by the government in 2000.

मधुशाला ( हिंदी दिवस के उपलक्ष्य में)

मृदु भावों के अंगूरों की आज बना लाया हाला,

प्रियतम, अपने ही हाथों से आज पिलाऊँगा प्याला,
पहले भोग लगा लूँ तेरा फिर प्रसाद जग पाएगा,
सबसे पहले तेरा स्वागत करती मेरी मधुशाला।।१। 

प्यास तुझे तो, विश्व तपाकर पूर्ण निकालूँगा हाला,
एक पाँव से साकी बनकर नाचूँगा लेकर प्याला,
जीवन की मधुता तो तेरे ऊपर कब का वार चुका,
आज निछावर कर दूँगा मैं तुझ पर जग की मधुशाला।।२।

प्रियतम, तू मेरी हाला है, मैं तेरा प्यासा प्याला,
अपने को मुझमें भरकर तू बनता है पीनेवाला,
मैं तुझको छक छलका करता, मस्त मुझे पी तू होता,
एक दूसरे की हम दोनों आज परस्पर मधुशाला।।३।

भावुकता अंगूर लता से खींच कल्पना की हाला,
कवि साकी बनकर आया है भरकर कविता का प्याला,
कभी न कण-भर खाली होगा लाख पिएँ, दो लाख पिएँ!
पाठकगण हैं पीनेवाले, पुस्तक मेरी मधुशाला

My teacher (teacher’s day special)

A smile contagious to all,

With a heart of gold that never falls

As my role model, you set the bar high,

But you’ve taught me all I can do is try.

As a friend, you supported me,

A great character and nature like a tree.

As my teacher, you motivated me,

To be the best in the world I can possibly be.

With a hope in my heart, you’ll always have my back,

You were my glowing torch, when it all turned black.

One day when I’ll grow old and be a teacher too,

I’ll always strive to be just like you