Play – ‘I am Your Love Story’ by Pramila Le Hunte

On 6th September,Wednesday,2017, 36 students of Class X accompanied by two teachers went to see a play ‘I am Your Love Story’ by Pramila Le Hunte

The play confronts issues of continued racism,bogus elitism and class divide in a post-independent modern India and issues of terrorism, marginalisation and religious domination on a global level.


The day after Teachers Day ,we all came to school expecting the same long day, 10 periods of studies but little did we know that our school would surprise us by taking us for a play, ‘I Am Your Love Story’, by Pramila Le Hunte.

The play opened and the two characters, Babaji, who was dressed as Gandhi and a news reporter looking for a new story to publish were on stage. For one and a half hour we were entertained by six actors, out of which ‘Charles’ a British actor, Hector Moss, was loved by all girls for his looks and talent. We all thought the play was one that depicted romance, but to our surprise it wasn’t. The play was about, Wendy, an Anglo-Indian, who returned to India in 1952, to Calcutta, to re-discover herself. Wendy was set up to meet Auntyji, a high society woman who symbolized bogus elitism, and found Wendy very beautiful and suitable for her son, Rohan. On finding out, and learning about the family, Wendy refused to be associated with them.
The play revolves around the prejudices of present-day society. After the play was over we had a session of meditation along with the actors followed by a discussion about the play. 
It was an amazing experience and we hope our school continues to take us for such educational, yet fun trips. The teachers accompanying us were, Bella Batheja ma’am and Ruchi Badia ma’am.
Overall it will remain a memorable and unforgettable experience.
-Manya Makhija 
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VISIT TO THE RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN MUSEUM

Students from class X to XII received the opportunity to visit the phenomenal ‘Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex’ on 31 August. I could not have even imagined how being president of the largest democracy of the world could feel, but the visit to the museum helped all of us live the experience of governing a country from the President’s chair.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum was earlier used as a garage to park the president’s carriages ever since Honorable President Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated it in 2014 as a museum. The museum is spread over three floors- the Ground floor, Upper Basement & Lower Basement. We were escorted from the main entrance to the Clock Tower, which was the entrance to the museum.

The ground floor has a display of the coaches: Victoria, Luggage & Training Coach & a Mercedes 500 SLE which was used by four Presidents until it was replaced by a Mercedes Limousine in 2012. One half of the floor is dedicated to the making of the Raisina Hill. Small enclaves show the preconstruction terrain of the Raisina Hill, construction of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, current aerial views & the parliament house. A scale model of the Rashtrapati Bhavan with rubber Silicon sculptures of the important people associated with its construction can also be viewed. The stages of the construction of the Rashtrapati Bhavan are also displayed & also the various regiments sketches are exhibited. The central area of the Ground Floor is used to showcase the Freedom Movement and Legislative Reforms in India

Moving down to the Upper Basement through the electronic escalators we were amazed to see the 3 dimensional holographic projection of the busts of former Presidents talking to the visitors. Right opposite the projection, the personal belongings/memorabilia of the current and former Presidents of the country were exhibited. The memorabilia displayed are of Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Shri R. Venkataraman, Shri Giani Zail Singh, Shri Neelam Sanjiva Reddy & Shri V.V. Giri. Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalams suit which he wore for his swearing ceremony & the  suit that he wore during his last speech were are also displayed . An extraordinary piece of art gifted to the President by the Tata group is a treat to the eyes.

The floor also displays a part of the Presidents grand kitchen & his study and the dining area. An entire hall is dedicated to crockery that was used in the parliament, either gifted by foreign dignitaries or which were made in our country before and after independence. A Virtual Reality Show also gave us an experience to walk with Mahatma Gandhi. The other interesting aspects of the floor were sketches of the former Presidents sketched out of words describing them & a beautiful model of a ship made solely from cloves, that was gifted to the President.

The most esteemed medals- The Bharat Ratna , The Padma Vibhushan & other  medals were displayed on the floor, which was a sight to behold.

The lower basement of the museum is dedicated to treasures of the Rashtrapati Bhavan including a variety of paintings & sculptures that were previously displayed in the Marble Hall and other important places of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The floor also includes a 3D short film on the struggle & hardships that Mahatma Gandhi had to go through,  for our country.

The  museum gave all of us a feeling of being in the Rashtrapati Bhavan itself & experiencing its grandeur and opulence. Not only did the art works and sculptures in the museum help us relate to the text we study in class but also lighted the patriotic spark in all of us & motivated us to do something for our country.  The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum complex is a complete package for the visitors who are keen observers of art, culture, heritage & history. One will have to visit this exceptional museum to see and experience what life in the Rashtrapati Bhavan is really about.

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Senior School Excursion to Jaipur

On Friday, October 21, 2016, classes 9 and 10 left for an excursion to Jaipur and Ranthambore. At 6.50am the students and teachers left the school by luxury coaches. Boxes of packed breakfast were served in the buses. Moto Sport is where they stopped for a delicious Chinese lunch. The visit to Amer Fort gave an interesting insight into the history of Jaipur. This visit also generated immense enthusiasm among children to buy souvenirs. The night stay at Crowne Plaza was made more interesting by a puppet show depicting a folklore, demonstration of making of handicrafts, DJ and buffet. Lunch at Vanya Mahal the next day was followed by an adventurous safari to Ranthambore. The cultural show at the hotel in the evening about life in Rajasthan was very informative. After breakfast on Sunday morning the group left for Delhi.

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The students of classes 3-5 had a fun filled extravaganza at Jaipur .With their bags packed and all set to go, they reached school early in the morning at 5:30. ( eyes as bright as the sun)
Principal sir addressed them with his blessings and motivated them further to enjoy and be aware of their surroundings and to bring back loads of learning too!
Vice principal mam accompanied them on this wonderful journey.
Students first halted at achrol were they had lots of activities planned for them.
They felt the sand dunes of rajasthan and walked through them.
They reached Hotel Crown Plaza by
Evening where a colourful puppet show awaited them followed by DJ music .
The trip was memorable , packed with learnings.

Excursion to Jaipur and Ranthambore (CLASSES VI-VIII)

Away from the daily routine, outings are always fun and refreshing. Classes VI-VIII had a great fun filled time during the excursion to Jaipur and Ranthambore from 14-16 Nov 2016.

The visit to Amber fort in the historical city of Jaipur was a great learning experience for our kids.

Ranthambore national park safari took them amidst the flora and fauna and kids were thrilled watching various animals in their natural habitat.

A Visit to Humayun’s Tomb

As we approached the Historic Monument, waves of eeriness overcame all of us, as if we could feel the palpable presence of a story, almost tangible. The Humayun’s Tomb is a sight of not just visual and educational appeal, it is also an experience that throttles your mind back to the past. With the cracks in the red sandstone pavement, we began our journey into history. 

Before the grand finale, i.e. the Tomb itself, we made a few detours to the different ancient monuments dotted across the property. As if they were the entrees to a the main course, visiting these places before the Humayun’s Tomb made the experience even more enriching. Our first stop was, the more modest in size but as impressive, Tomb of Isa Khan. There, we bumped into a few locals who were much too familiar with these ancient grounds, as they had been frequenting the Tomb for 60 years. We also saw the ruins of the gateway of Bu Halima’s enclosure and, the grandness of this mammoth door, took our breath away. We visited a few more tombs and structures and then finally made our way to the apex of our trip.

A great arch opened into the sight that had us awestruck. The perfectly symmetrical architecture, the use of a water passage and fountains to lead us to the steps, the contrasting white marble and red sandstone, it all awoke a great huger of curiosity inside us. In a line, we climbed up the steps and reached the magnificent structure. We took a round of the arches and then went inside, to peer at the tombs. As our voices echoed in the room where the graves lay, our minds echoed with the knowledge about a place we had, until now, just read about in our textbooks. 

On the bus ride back to school, you could see in the eyes of all the students that their perception of their country was now much more enriched and, their minds had widened with a glimpse of their heritage. This little excursion helped us soak up history in a brand new way. The knowledge we gained from this trip made us far richer in terms of culture and it’s an experience that, I believe, is essential for every student wanting to learn about their heritage.

Meher Dev (12th F) 

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