Why I admire Elon Musk – the Times Person of the Year 2021

8th Grader Aarush Mohan is a huge fan of Elon Musk. Despite all the bouquets and brickbats showered on Musk, Aarush admires him for his personality, sense of humour, entrepreneurial skills, ability to thrive across several industries and having the courage to take huge risks – all this apart from being the richest man on Earth. Clearly, Musk has done something right to be admired by many, including 13-year-old Aarush. Read on to know why Aarush looks up to Musk…

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Let’s make beauty – fair for all

How important is it for us to set a healthy standard of beauty for our girls? 11th Grader Anaya Mohanty explores the colourist mindset and its change for the better in India. Even brands such as ‘Fair & Lovely’ have renamed themselves to ‘Glow & Lovely’ that encourage a healthy and positive mindset to promote acceptance of beauty in all skin tones.

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Breathless, are we?

Every year we talk about the ill-effects of air pollution. It’s widely written about in the newspapers, social media and talked about with grim pictures on television news channels. Sheema Shireen shares examples of how Goa and Kerala are setting an example towards cleaning up the air and how entrepreneurs such as Angad Daryani, the Founder of Praan, are doing their bit to help ‘clean up the act’ of the years of air pollution caused by us. Read on and hopefully, it will inspire us to help support the cause of reducing air pollution plaguing us.

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All colours matter

Why is it we judge people based on their skin colour? Is it fair for us to arrive at conclusions just because someone is fairer or darker than the other? Sheema Shireen gently uncovers India’s deeply ingrained colourist mindset plaguing our country for generations. She is hopeful that future generations will be kinder and more accepting of people from all colours and races living in harmony in a more equitable society for all.

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The joys of Bharatnatyam with Anjana Ramesh

Ananya Sampath talks to her Bharatnatyam teacher, Anjana Ramesh, about her journey to a seasoned Indian classical danseuse. Anjana talks about how overcoming challenges, following her heart, and being inspired and self-motivated are vital to pursuing one’s dream. If you’re an aspiring performing artist in the making, Anjana’s story may be just for you.

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Organic Farming for a more sustainable India

Do you think organic farming is a way to a more sustainable future? 10th Grader, Nithya AS, who is into organic farming herself, analyses farming in India and explores its various nuances on a more extensive spectrum. As she has reaped the benefits of organic farming, she feels that this could be a healthier option for people and the planet as well.

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Union Christian College – nostalgic over my alma mater

As the prestigious Union Christian College, Aluva in Kerala, recently completed 100 years, Sheema Shireen beams with pride as she shares the rich history of her college. She also recounts some of the fondest memories and favourite spots she was lucky to have enjoyed as a college student. For those of you who are caught up with life’s busy routine, this memoir is sure to take you down nostalgic moments of college life.

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