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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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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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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Kalaripayattu – the mother of all martial arts

Did you know that Kalaripayattu, or ‘Kalari’, is considered the mother of all martial arts? 10th Grader Nithya AS, shares her experience learning Kalaripayattu from her Kalari Gurukkal, Dr S Mahesh. She sheds light on how this ancient martial art form has survived centuries to teach people the art of self-defence and balancing the mind, body and soul.

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Uttar Pradesh – the land of gods, creativity, love & power

Kavita Srivastava takes us on a spellbound journey to her home state Uttar Pradesh. It is more to what meets the eye for someone who may have visited the state a few times. Hailing from Bhadohi, the ‘City of Carpets’, Kavita sheds new light and a perspective on Uttar Pradesh, a land known for its epics, festivals, culture, food, creativity, love and power.

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Women Achievers – Small Town, Big Dreams

What do places like Palakkad, Kumardhubi, Barwani, Bokaro, Dehradun and Baroda have in common? They may not feature in the list of being a metro, but these are the places where strong-willed and courageously beautiful women come from, and they’re not afraid to step out of their comfort zones to achieve their dreams. Here is a story of six different women from various parts of India who have carved a niche for themselves be it in the field of education, accounting or arts!

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