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M.F. Hussain in-making, This Global Indian International School, Pune Kid is an All-rounder

Winning is a constant practice for her and losing … well she’s never faced it. We at ScooTalks talk about kids, kids who are achievers, kids who are talented, but this time we came across a young girl who’s not

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Winning is a constant practice for her and losing … well she’s never faced it. We at ScooTalks talk about kids, kids who are achievers, kids who are talented, but this time we came across a young girl who’s not just talented but is a powerhouse of talent and her mother, the proud mother, unable to stop herself from boasting about her, calls her child God’s special gift.

Name a field and this 11-year-old girl Kinshuk Apoorv Agarwal has nailed it.

Creation By Kinshuk

When kids of her age were learning to run properly, Kinshuk had won silver medal under Olympic Association of India in skating in the year 2009 at the age of 4. Giving 100% attendance consecutively for 4 years, she has also won inter-school Hindi and English recitation and story telling competitions. The girl loves drawing and has an endless list of awards to her credit; to name a few, she has won Picasso International Art Contest, Inter Podar Art contest, Art Contest by Supreme Travels, All India Art Competition.

Checking out the entire list of awards that the girl has won, Hridya and Vaishali, the backbones of Team ScooTalks editorial team, were super-excited to talk to this talent. They called up Kinshuk to know how it feels to be a winner all the time.

Creation By Kinshuk

Here’s a quick excerpt of their chat with Kinshuk and her family.

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ScooTalks: So many awards, all surrounded by awards and certificates and trophies … how do you feel like?

Kinshuk: (Very humbly) Feels good. These are in a way a source of inspiration to perform yet better. These help me continue with my learning process

ScooTalks : You are so involved in many activities. How do you manage to excel in all?

Kinshuk: Mumma has helped me set a time-table for every day. Both mumma and papa help me organize myself well. With some of my favorite activities, I also strictly follow the set time-table.

Mumma: Even if it’s a party at home or guests have come, she would not deviate from her set time table. After all these years and activities, she has come to realize that time management is the key to her success.

ScooTalks: Proud parents, we would like your views … your child won her first award at an age of 4. And continues the streak. It must be an exhilarating journey for you …

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Mumma: Kinshuk has always made us proud. Even after being so talented, she has no air about it. She is obedient, disciplined and a very affectionate child and to put it in appropriate words, I would say our girl, our pride is God’s special gift to us.

Daddy: She’s a blessing to us. Talents or not, she would have been our star anyways. But having such a child definitely makes us proud! What makes us all the more proud is the fact that she manages her studies and extra-curriculars all on her own!

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ScooTalks: Did you ever tell Kinshuk ki beta, ye nahi iss field me jao … ya do this thing it will be easier to compete here? Or were it all her own liking that she excels in?

Mumma: I just wanted to see her successful. So, guiding her was a part of parenting. I never forced anything on her, but on the other hand also made sure that she would go in the field she enjoys the most.

Daddy: We actually never had the need to force her, like I mentioned earlier, minor guidance was that she ever needed. Then, a child excels the most in what she’d like. Had we started forcing things on her, she wouldn’t have excelled. She’s just naturally talented.

ScooTalks:  What else do you like, what else do you really enjoy?

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Kinshuk: NATURE … (an instant reply that was!)
At her age, girls might have said Barbie, cartoons or that the likes but Kinshuk is different. She said she likes greenery, mountains and is very much fascinated with mother Earth. She loves exploring new places and has almost covered every place around Pune. She especially likes the serenity, beauty of the place.

Well! We guess this is the reason she loves drawing.

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ScooTalks: So super-star, what is the best part of competitions you face?

Kinshuk: Seniors. Competiting with seniors is fun because there is more to learn from their experience, competition with them is very challenging and so needs a lot more practice and focus, making it total fun!

ScooTalks: Mommy, Daddy, any Special memory from her childhood that you would like to share?

Mumma: There is not one but many special memories with her but to mention a few, I would like to tell you about state-level skating competition where she won a silver medal and after finishing the line she directly went to her papa’s lap unaware of the fact that she has won such a prestigious award. She has never flaunted her trophies and medals, be at school or at home. She is known to be a very down-to-Earth child. I clearly remember one incident where she went to a competition along with my friend’s daughter and won the competition, but when she saw my friend’s daughter’s sad face, she had very innocently offered her the winning prize.

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ScooTalks:  You seem to be highly creative. Who inspires you all for all that you do?

Kinshuk: My mother is my inspiration.

ScooTalks: Why not papa?

Kinshuk: Papa is more interested in stage activities and sports and mamma is more inclined towards drawing so for arts and creative things, I consider her as my inspiration.

Also, all my teachers at my school, Global Indian International School, Pune are too supportive for all my interests. It helps me a great deal to have such wonderful teachers, they encourage me at each and every point. Had it not been my teachers here, it would certainly have been a bit tougher to manage my studies with all these activities.

Talking to you was a great pleasure, Kinshuk, feels Vaishali. And inspirational too, quips Hridya. Gem … is how our team summarizes you as.

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Hridya, Vaishali, you make us jealous that it’s just the two of you who get to meet all these talents hidden in India!

 

Kinshuk's Achievements

Competition/Award

Recognition When
Olympic Associations of india skating Silver Medal(Quads Category Under 5) 2008
100% Attendance Awarded certificate 2008-2012(Consecutive)
Horlicks Wizkid, pune Winner (Creative Zone) 2010
Hindi Recitation Winner

2010-2014(Consecutive)

English Recitation Winner 2010-2011(Consecutive)
Story Telling Winner 2010
P2 Dreams Color Contest,State Level Winner 2011
Maha Art Foundation Contest ,State Level Winner 2012
Navneet India,National Level Winner 2010
Hand Writing Contest Winner 2012
Camlin All India Colour Contest Winner(5 Awards) 2010-2014(Consecutive)
Fancy Dress Winner 2010-2013
Running(100Meters) Winner  
Book Balancing Winner  
Picasso International Art Contest Winner(5 Awards) 2014-2015
Melang Interschool Contest Winner 2014
Digital Collage Making Winner 2014
Solo Singing Winner  
Clay Modelling Winner  
Cartoon Creation Winner 2014
Inter Podar Art Contest Winner  
Art Contest By Supreme Travels Pune Winner 2014
Elocution,Essay Writing,Hindi Poem Writing ,Rakhi Making, Kite Making, Greenting Card Making, Best Out Of Waste Contest, Photo Frame Making, Garland Making Contest, Name Game, Healthy Recipe Writing Contest Winner(11+Awards) 2010-2014
Lions Club Of Pune-Poster Making Contest Winner 2014
Inter-School Skating Ranking Rank-5 2011
All India Art Competition Certificate
Times Of India Green Ganesha Contest Special Prize 2014
Little Chef Contest Winner 2014
Camel Art Contest(Zonal) 3rd Best Entry 2014
Yashaswi By Glls Recognition+Certificate 2015
Prarambhik, Hindustani Classical Music Certificate 2013

 

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These Teen RJs From Kerala Are Making Quarantine Bearable

Class 8th & 9th student RJs of Kerala are motivating the society with their radio show to keep morale high until school reopens

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The COVID-19 outbreak saw a growing camaraderie amongst people, that was somehow either lost or buried deep. Children, especially, have shown such will and desire to help and do something for the society and for those in the front line.

Take these 50 Kerala kids of Narayanan Nair Memorial Higher Secondary School, Chelembra, in Malappuram, for example. These heroes are engaged in the relentless pursuit of awareness programmes in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Before the full lockdown was announced, every day at 1:30 pm on school days, these students of VIIIth & IXth standards used to take up the role of radio jockeys (RJs), producers and spot editors for different school activities.

Even after Coronavirus forced the schools to shut, these champions have refused to sit idle in the comfort of their homes. They coordinate programmes, record their voices on their parents’ phones and forward it to their editor. The editor then compiles and forwards the inputs to the teacher who is in charge of the Radio SPC, because, well…the show must Go On! After this, the programmes are parked on various social media platforms!

“Post lockdown, Radio SPC is broadcast only twice a week. The RJs record on their phones and the students send to us the voice notes of their activities quiz programme, poetry, stories, reviews and speeches. The programmes start with a bulletin, followed by a message on Coronavirus disease by a teacher or PTA president and then awareness initiatives,” says Krishnapriya, a class IX RJ. 

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Poems, essays, craftwork, drawings on COVID-19 impact, awareness programmes on safe distancing and responsible behaviour as well as hand wash techniques have wowed their followers. 

The RJs also dedicate songs to their schoolmates and send them birthday greetings for they do not know how long it would take the school to open its gates again.

Class IX student Yelena connects the recordings of her schoolmates into a chain and converts it into a video format, including the logo of the radio station and the jingle.

“The programmes cover not just creative works of the students, but of the teaching and non-teaching staff too. Special programmes on commemorative days, a quiz with prizes, news bulletins and current affairs programmes are aired generally. The students are very keen to be part of the radio during the lockdown time,” informs Yelena.

Their dedicated efforts are just not confined to the internet. Some kids even prepare buttermilk for cops and volunteers while others stitch masks for mass-distribution.

ScooNews is a little wet in the eyes seeing the spirit and dedication of these young minds. These teenagers prove that the world is in good hands. 

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My Journey to Shaping a Fairer World

I see myself as an ORDINARY boy with an EXTRAORDINARY desire to work for the promotion and protection of human rights, without which the world cannot achieve sustainable development.

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I see myself as an ORDINARY boy with an EXTRAORDINARY desire to work for the promotion and protection of human rights, without which the world cannot achieve sustainable development. We are yet to grant every global citizen basic human rights such as equal opportunities to live, grow and prosper in the world. Admittedly, the state of human rights across the world is far from satisfactory, and this is what drives me to contribute towards making the world a more equitable and just place to live in.

The United Nations has set forth a broad set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that seek to further advance the realisation of human rights for all people everywhere, without discrimination. We have 17 goals with one global aim. We have to achieve these goals by year 2030, also known as Vision2030. The first time I became aware of UN SDGs was when I was 13 years old and was studying in Grade 9. I participated in the exhibition ‘Sajak Naagrik, Samridh Samaaj’ (Vigilant Citizen, Capable Society), organised by my school Ahlcon International, New Delhi in the year 2016.

Inspired by the exhibition’s message to spread the word about SDGs, I created short YouTube videos on each of the 17 goals of sustainable development and addressing various social issues like Girl Child Education, Bullying, Climate change etc. Apart from YouTube, I also hosted various talk shows, conducted surveys and campaigns, hosted Skype sessions with students in different countries and motivated them to take action at local and global levels.

Simultaneously, I also founded a Twitter community @SDGsForChildren in 2017 to give the unique platform to children across the globe to CONNECT, CREATE and COLLABORATE for a better and sustainable world. Since then the community has not only impacted millions of children but also inspired many educators to initiate their journey of SDGs in their classrooms. SDGs For Children is now incorporated under the Canada Not-For-Profit Corporation Act to support Agenda 2030 globally. (http://www.sdgsforchildren.org)

I take pride in my role as one of the pioneer Indian Ambassador for the TeachSDGs project, initiated by the Global Goals Education Task Force, a volunteers-based worldwide network of teachers established in 2017. I am the only Student Ambassador among the first group of over 100 distinguished global educators. I share my perspective and ideas with the members. I am also an active member of the TeachSDGs UN Communication Committee. I have also been selected as Student Ambassador for various other global projects like SOS4LoveProject, Climate Action, Goals Project, and Looking 2020, Socio Story, Kindness Project etc.

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I have also been recognised as ‘Global Goals Champion’ by GSMA that represents the interests of nearly 800 mobile operators worldwide and Project Everyone, a non-profit organisation, to spread the global campaign – ‘SDGs in Action’. I am appointed as the AFI (Ariel Foundation International) Youth Ambassador and their Youth Representative at United Nations.

To me, there cannot be anything greater than serving humanity. I consider myself the most fortunate child that my volunteering efforts received recognition from no less an institution than the United Nations when I was invited to represent India as the Indian Youth Ambassador at the 14th Annual International Human Rights Summit, staged from August 24-26, 2017 at the UN headquarters, New York. The moment I reached the global podium, which happened to be on the day of my 15th birthday, all my nervousness vanished. Rather I felt zeal to speak unstopped about Human Rights that are actually so important for all human beings but unfortunately have been severely undermined in many of the poor nations.

My speech on Human Rights at the UN received a standing ovation from the distinguished gathering. I felt myself on top of the world, after discovering a meaning in my life. For the very first time, I saw so many people doing so much across the globe, which made me contribute similarly to make this world one, giant home for humanity.

Thereafter, I participated in WIPRO-XUB Sustainability Summit, hosted by Xavier School of Sustainability (XSoS), Bhubaneshwar, India and was bestowed with the award for the best paper and video presentation on Sustainability. I was in Grade 10 at that time and the event happened just two weeks before my board exams. Thanks to my mentors at school and my parents who always helped me and motivated me to continue my journey in spite of all the hurdles and the challenges.

In the year 2018 when I was 16 years old, I thought of penning down my own book, which could help others to know more about UN SDGs and I started working on my debut book, ‘Shaping A Fairer World with SDGs and Human Rights’. The book is the culmination of my experiences, initiatives and intense involvement in social transformation. The book graphically disseminates information about SDGs and Human Rights with engaging design and artwork. In witty, playful and colourfully tabulated content, the book narrates the stories of those who have contributed towards new ideas and innovative narratives to effect real change. It has now become part of daily curriculum and is being used as a daily reference guide for teaching United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in many of the classrooms across various countries.

One of the educators in Colorado posted the review on Amazon – “ 'Shaping a Fairer World with SDGs and Human Rights’ is a next generation guidebook that provides both students and teachers with a foundation to effectively engage in Vision 2030. In addition to providing the history/timeline of the creation of the SDG movement by the UN, this consciousness-raising resource includes a breakdown of each SDG and its targets, relevant vocabulary and concepts, inspiring stories, globally – minded activities, interactive visualisations, awareness-building mind maps and so much more. If you care about our people, our planet, and our future, you won’t miss this book. Highest recommendation.”

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Another initiative under SDGs For Children organisation is my podcast– ‘Shaping A Fairer World’. The podcast is an attempt to connect educators, students and parents together and to share their voices and unheard-of stories across the globe. I believe, “Nothing can stand in the way of the power of voices calling for CHANGE.”

Recently I received the Princess Diana Award for my exceptional work to demonstrate the ability to inspire and mobilise new generations to serve their communities. I have been acknowledged as one of the Most Influential Young Change Makers around the world. The Diana Award is the longest running award given to outstanding young people for selflessly creating and sustaining positive social change in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, UK.

To sum up, I am blessed that my journey of childhood happened to be at Ahlcon International School where students get good exposure beyond academics. I am really grateful to my Principal, teachers, mentors and my parents for actually believing in my ideas and me. They have shown a never-ending trust in my will and capacity to work for human rights and make a difference in the lives of people. 

My desire to make a difference in the lives of less privileged people has kept me going. I feel greatly inspired by these golden words of legendary anti-apartheid crusader, Nelson Mandela:

“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.”

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Ayush Chopra is Founder, SDGs For Children.

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Introduction to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

We have 17 Goals set by the United Nations with one Global Aim. We have to achieve these Goals by year 2030, also known as Vision2030. If people are treated fairly and respect each other that will make a big difference too.

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Let me introduce the Sustainable Development Goals also known as SDGs or Global Goals. We have 17 Goals set by the United Nations with one Global Aim. We have to achieve these Goals by year 2030, also known as Vision2030. It is not so far away so we need to act right NOW. If we don’t waste food, water and electricity that will help protect our planet. If people are treated fairly and respect each other that will make a big difference too.

I am Ananya Chopra, also known as Wonder Ananya on the digital platforms. I have recently authored and published a travel book called ‘Save Our Planet’. I finished writing and publishing my first book in just 15 days during my summer vacations. It was really a new journey for me and I enjoyed it a lot. The book is now available on Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Save-Our-Planet-Travel-Activity/dp/1076924778/

I am a Grade 7 Student and currently live in Canada. I am passionate about working for the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. I started my journey with SDGs at my Ahlcon International School, India when I was in Grade 5. I learnt about SDGs through my school’s annual exhibition. Studies became interesting when my school teachers started incorporating SDGs in our daily lessons and we all started learning about the Global Goals in all our subjects – English, Hindi, Social Studies, Science, Math and Music etc. The homework was fun, as we needed to do a lot of research online about the activities, which were linked to one or more SDGs. I wish every child gets similar opportunity at their school. All the work and activities become more meaningful when you link them with Sustainable Development Goals.

I did my first campaign in my school in year 2017 on SDG10 i.e. ‘Reduced Inequalities’ on the International Day of People with Disabilities. It was a disability awareness campaign for students of Grade 3, 4 and 5. The purpose of our campaign was to make students realise the need for including the disabled people in society. One never knows in whom a Stephen Hawking or an Albert Einstein is hidden. As we forge ahead into a brighter and a better world, we need to hold the hands of the disabled people and take them along with us. It is time to make India a discrimination-free and inclusive society where the disabled have the right of space like all others. It’s time for a better tomorrow. I must say, the campaign was a big success and the volunteers who helped me in the campaign went back home with a huge amount of feedback and appreciative words from students and teachers.

My brother Ayush Chopra, who also got inspired with the work on SDGs at Ahlcon International, started his community ‘SDGs For Children’. It is now a Not-For-Profit organization. I support him for all his campaigns and work around the global goals. I had also participated in many other global projects like SOS4Love and the recent Goals Project with Dr Jennifer Williams, one of the co-founders of TeachSDGs. There is a lot of learning and global collaboration possible in the world of education.

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Through my work on Sustainable Development Goals, I have been invited for several podcasts. A recent podcast was on Social LEADia. I shared about the journey of publishing my book ‘Save Our Planet’ in this podcast. My book is a travel book and it is for kids who want to be creative while travelling or want to have some fun in their free time. They can spend their quality time while enjoying different puzzles designed by me in this book. I enjoyed my journey of writing my first book and also learnt many things while working on my dream, like the art of writing a book, creating puzzles and most important of all the publishing process. And, last but not least, I learnt to have patience and was determined to be an author one day. I never took help from any publishing company and I am a proud self-published author now.

I promote UN SDGs through sports as well. I am passionate about playing squash. My family and my coaches helped me to learn this sport. I have won cash prizes and trophies at State and Provincial Squash Tournaments in India and Canada. Sports were very well supported at Ahlcon International. I believe sport is a powerful educational tool to achieve sustainable development. Let’s understand more –

•           SDG 3 (Good Health and Well Being):

Sports help us to stay fit and do regular physical and mental exercise, which means a healthy lifestyle. 

•           SDG 4 (Quality Education):

Sports help to learn different human values like discipline, care for others, respect etc. We learn to enjoy victory and face loss with pride. And then we learn from our mistakes. Sport is a powerful educational tool.

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•           SDG 5 (Gender Equality):

Boys and girls get equal opportunity to play.

•           SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities):

People with different abilities also get fair chance to play different sports and show their skills. Sport helps social inclusion.

•           SDG17 (Partnership For The Goals):

Team Sports help to learn team spirit and care for the partner. Sport teaches teamwork and partnership. 

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 I will always remain grateful to Ahlcon International School for awakening and sustaining my interest in the noble causes and empowering me to dream.

 And, how can I fail to mention Martin Luther King, who championed civil rights and immortalised himself by his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech:

 “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

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Twelve-year-old student Ananya Chopra is a self-published author of ‘Save Our Planet’ – http://www.WonderAnanya.com

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734 youngsters shortlisted for complete scholarship under the KHELO INDIA TALENT DEVELOPMENT Scheme

The Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that “transformational changes have been introduced into Indian sports. Catch them young is no longer a slogan but is visible in our action. “

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Following the successful conduct of the Khelo India School Games, Sports Authority of India took another significant step towards the development of sports earlier today, cleared 734 players for a scholarship programme under Khelo India Talent Identification Development scheme. The Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that “transformational changes have been introduced into Indian sports. Catch them young is no longer a slogan but is visible in our action. We are developing a sports system that connects local potential to global podiums, that encourages every Indian to have sports as a part of their lives for entertainment, education or excellence.”   

The salient points of the meeting are as following:

A talent identification committee was formed comprising Arjuna Awardees and DronacharyaAwardees to shortlist and propose the names of the beneficiaries to the High Powered Committee, which cleared the above numbers after due diligence. The scholarship programme is designed to take care of their expenses including training, development, boarding and lodging and tournament exposure apart from offering them out of pocket expense allowance.

Salient features of the High Powered Committee meeting are as follows:

The talent spotting and age verification of the selected players have been driven by the scientific and trusted method through TW3.

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An annual stipend of Rs. 1.2 lakhs will be given to the players on a quarterly basis to meet their out of pocket expenses, treating injuries and even smaller but very important elements like local travel for themselves and their parents/ family members

  • Support and skill training at KHELO INDIA accredited Academies. For the first time ever, in order to create a strong ecosystem for nurturing the talent, various private, State and Sports Authority of India academies have been accredited. The High Powered Committee accredited 21 non-SAI academies as well. The list of accredited academies is available on the SAI website.

    The plan is to develop more such academies so that young athletes can get access to the best training without having to travel long distances. The accredited academies will look after the training, boarding and tournament expenses of the athletes.

It was also decided that the academies will be divided into three categories. To encourage excellence, there will be gap analysis which will offer these academies opportunities for upgrading. At the same time, there will be a strong review mechanism for academies on a periodical basis. Academies that do not maintain desired standards and fulfill the performance criteria, may be delisted.

The High Powered Committee also decided that a strong performance management system would be in place and performance be rewarded. If athletes are not fulfilling this criterion and coming up to the requisite standards, they may be weeded out from the academies. 

It was also decided that athletes must report the injury immediately so that timely rehabilitation can be offered. The high-powered committee also decided to put into place a robust performance monitoring system to get the best out of everyone involved in the system.

Image courtesy – Khelo India, used for representational purpose only.

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Youngest Sindhi Singer from Billabong Mumbai Takes Inspiration from Taylor Swift

Job of a writer takes you to places. It brings you across many people, many experiences, many memories. Luckily I am a writer! And this new media takes me places!One such experience was to meet songstress Drshika Advani. Travelling across

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Job of a writer takes you to places. It brings you across many people, many experiences, many memories. Luckily I am a writer! And this new media takes me places!

One such experience was to meet songstress Drshika Advani. Travelling across the nation, singer Drshika has an aim in her mind … cultivation and propagation of her culture, a culture that is now gradually losing its base … the Sindhi culture.

In an era, when the youth prefers raps or Western music, here’s one who goes back to her roots. The language she prefers to sing in is not even Hindi, but Sindhi, a dialect not even Sindhis are fluent in.

And what surprises is … Drshika is all of 12 years of age!

Finding her Guru in not one but three, Kajal Chandiramani, Kavita Sahini and Ashok Jain, Drshika has been singing professional ever since she was 6. However, the moment you see her, she doesn’t come across as a star at that age! She meets you in the most comfortable in her skin, dressed in comfortable pink shorts … lacking any starry tantrums.

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Wonder how she does it, but she well manages excelling in opposites. While she is a budding Sindhi singer, she is in love with Taylor Swift! While she is getting trained in Kathak, she’s already good at Jazz. While she is a school Basketball player, she has patience enough to be a photographer, she’s mastering the art of sketching. What more, the girl is winning handwriting competition in her school for the past 6 years. Phewwww!!

Here’s an excerpt from our chat, lets honestly not call it an interview, with this the Youngest International Artist in Sindhi Singing.

ScooTalks: Drshika, you have been singing since your childhood. 6 years of professional singing now. How has been the journey been uptil here?

Drshika: Abhi to it has not been that long a journey, seems I had just started. 6 years only. And I started on this mesmerizing journey along with my Nani Maa. She was a classical singer, listening to her was a enticing. Mumma too loves music. Both of them have been the greatest source of inspiration to me!

ScooTalks: So, your Nani Maa and Mumma, teachers in family, eh!

Drshika: Ah well! Family is always the best teacher and constant support. But Kajal didi has also been there as a guide, a teacher, a mentor … No! I shouldn’t be calling her didi here, right? But she is my guru. A guru who is almost my mother.

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And when you talk about Sindhi music, can you ever not talk of Abida Parveen ji?! Her music and singing is my biggest source of inspiration. I try to learn from her, from her singing.

ScooTalks: How about your travelling and performances?

Drshika: Nahi nahi! It’s not that I have travelled a lot. Hardly much. I am still exploring …

ScooTalks: Does that mean you won’t ever venture into Hindi/English singing?

Drshika: I love singing in Hindi and English. Taylor Swift is my favorite. And then which singer, more so an Indian singer won’t look for a light from Lata Mangeshkar! And then, Abida Parveen ji, the most obvious inspiration for me.

ScooTalks: So that calls for some soothe to our ears too!

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Drshika: Ya!! I was actually waiting for this.

And she sings a beautiful rendition, Wo humsafar tha, from the Pakistani serial Humsafar and Its been a long day without you friend by Wiz Khalifa.

Man! That was a beauty! Here’s her youtube cover:

ScooTalks: OK! Though, we already know, we’d really like you to feel like a star and talk about your achievements

Drshika: Noooo! No ways! I won’t. I can’t (giggles away). Am no star!

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ScooTalks: Come on … for once, be the star tonight. Try at least!

Drshika: Acha OK! So …

I am regular feature at Radio Sindhi and Sindhi TV cable channels.

I recently had performed at Sindhi Association of Hong Kong & China and I was the youngest there. I don’t want to boast, but it feel wonderful!

I am the Youngest International Artist in Sindhi Singing.

I have already released an album, Varso, my first Sindhi album.

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I also have a Hindi album, Baarishein.

I was the winner of Sindhi Family No. 1 contest held in Mumbai.

I have also won a cash prize of Rs. 21k last year from Sindhi organization for being an inspiration for Sindhi youth to promote Sindhi language and culture.

I can perform on any song on Piano within 15 mins.

ScooTalks: Did you ever find it tough to be on stage?

Drshika: I do face stage fright sometimes, though I have been lucky always to never fumble on stage.

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And then I remember being on the stage for the first time. I was standing in the green room aisle, to perform on stage for the first time, cribbing to Mumma, “mummy mujhe to ye wali trophy chahiye, trophy chahiye, trophy chahiye.” Mumma too was quite tensed because it was to be my first time on stage and all I was thinking was the trophy. But, eventually … I came back with a trophy!

ScooTalks: So, these performances, practicing, etc., do all these hamper your studies?

Drshika: It does. My report card says that I am quite good in studies, though the time that my classmates spend in tuitions, I spend in music and dance classes. Well, this has to be a chance for me to thank my teachers at Billabong High International School, Santa Cruz, Mumbai, not only do they teach so well but also are really very supportive that I can easily manage avoiding tuitions. Apart from this, music and dancing relax my mind. With music comes the first lesson of discipline and concentration. And that’s what studies need! And I love to sketch and click pictures.

Photograph clicked by Drshika

Sketches By Drshika

 

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ScooTalks: To wind up, Drshika, what are your dreams?

Drshika: Other than promoting Sindhi singing? Phir toh I have many!

I want to win a Grammy!

I want to visit and get trained in New York

I want to visit Sindh, see Abida Parveen ji

I want to be a photographer; I have been clicking pics since I got to know about Barbie cams.

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I also want to be an IAS

And I want to be a person who sits on this recliner chair and sign cheques

I want to own a bungalow, next to Taylor Swift and have lots of dogs and dogs and dogs.

Taylor Swift used to invite musical videos on her Facebook page. The one she liked, she took them along with her to perform next to her. I want to be a part of that troupe!

ScooTalks: Long list, eh! It was amazing to meet you Drshika. Not just because you have many talents hidden in you, but because you are you! Hereby, Team ScooTalks wishes you all the very best and hopes that you be the top-notch singer and take your culture to the future!

By the way, we’d sure like you to hear her sing this Sindhi rendition, considered to be one of the toughest in the language.

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Teen saves girl from abductors; wins Rani Lakshmibai Bravery award

In our intolerant India, a young Muslim girl has managed saving a Hindu girl child from her alleged abductors in Agra.

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India is intolerant. India doesn’t respect Muslims. India doesn’t respect women. Probably.

However, here’s Nazia, proving everyone who consider India intolerant, non-respecting towards Muslims and women, who has won Rani Lakshmibai Bravery award for saving a girl child of 6 years from abduction.

Fifteen-year-old Nazia, studying at Saghir Fatima Mohammadia Girls Inter College, Agra, while on her way back to home, remotely heard a girl crying for help. Heading in that direction, she saw two youth allegedly trying to drag a girl child on their motorbike in an attempt to abduct her. Showing presence of mind, knowing that any minute wasted can mean dire consequences, she ran over to the child, pulling her on her side in a tug-of-war manner, ultimately freeing her. Nazia’s action and reaction had panicked the two, forcing them to flee. Being cautious and foresighted, she took the girl to her school to report the matter to the principal, so as to avoid any further attempts of abduction or harassment. On the way to alleged victim’s school, it came out that she was Nazia’s junior in the same school and it also turned out that the girl was a Hindu.

The school informed the police, who then performed the necessary and legal formalities.

While the duo has become good friends now, their families too share friendly relationship now, not even once thinking about the religious differences.

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As Nazia received her award, which included a cash prize of Rs 1 lac, on women’s day, 8 March, she reportedly said that she had no time to think but act, and that’s what she did, saying that it was “like a tug-of-war match for about two minutes. While they tried pulling her away on the motorcycle, I held her with all my might.”

Well, it is people like Nazia and many others, who are a part of our so-called ‘intolerant India,’ who still are a human being first, think, act and behave like human beings, before they start becoming, thinking and acting like Muslims, Hindus, Christians, etc.
Intolerant India?

Kudos to Nazia for her actions, kudos to her family for instilling the right values!

 

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A story of dreams, passion and realisation: iTeach!

This engineer settled in the US, satisfied with this profession and lifestyle, found something missing. Once he realised what, he couldn’t help but return back to India, learn new things and took his first step towards his dream.

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The failing education system of India is no more a secret, at least not to the Indians. We as parents never stop cribbing how education too has gone politicised and corrupted in our country. However, there are rare few who’d come up with some efforts to go against the tide and help our ‘failing education system.’

Well, among those rare few, who do decide to stop cribbing, take charge and do something to bring about changes, is Soumya Jain, from Pune, a software engineer from NIT Nagpur, who then landed at Penn State University for his master’s degree, post which worked in the US for the next four years, totally in love with his profession. Although he was quite settled in the US, something from back home irked him constantly, evident from his words, “I just didn’t feel like I was doing anything to serve our country.”
And all this brought iTeach to reality.

Soumya explained how. He “saw educational inequity as the biggest barrier to our country’s progress and to the development and economic mobility of our people and felt like being a part of the solution. This started as a small nagging thought in my mind, which, over a few months, kept bothering me,” which continued till he knew what exactly was irking him all this while. Finally, he ‘decided to act on it and applied for the Teach For India Fellowship program. It was a huge risk to divert from my career path but the fact that it was a global organization affiliated to Teach For All and the immense progress they seemed to already have made in such a short period of time gave me faith.’

Committed though he was, he never had an idea what a sea of changes will Teach For India will bring him. Within a month being accepted into the fellowship programme for 2013-15, he realised what he meant for and also that the journey forward won’t be easy. However, he decided to stay and kept teaching the kids. Gradually, this engineer, who came from a corporate background, realised that he ‘lacked the ability to empathize with people. My approach was clinical with expectations above understanding. I remember coming in with the mindset of wanting to fix everything that the existing governmental school system was doing wrong and I soon realized that approach was getting me nowhere.’

His colleagues at Teach For India were highly supportive, from whom he gradually learnt to empathize towards his students and school, learnt new management skills, etc to help his students benefit more. By the time, his fellowship came to an end, he had a firm decision ‘to remain in the education sector and continue my fight against inequity in education. Once that was settled, it was just a question of how best I could leverage my strengths towards that end.’ And thus the formation of iTeach, with Soumya getting together with one of his colleagues, Prashant Mehrishi, to penetrate and crush the education crisis. He further explained how they made public-private partnership for schools work, bringing under-training teachers provide education to the needy students.

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Although it has just been around a year since iTeach, Soumya, however, has his priorities set, starting right from creating a better school culture, to bringing in investments and teachers, etc, everything leading towards a betterment of needy students. Yet, he realises how tough it will to bridge the gap and also that it will be an entire generation before this gap could actually be bridged.

The idea behind?

A rich India with its main power lying in every citizen. Yeah, it will surely take time, and a lot more of efforts, from a lot many people. But with people as dedicated as Soumya and Prashant, and many more coming back to India, leaving their lucrative jobs behind, we surely can visualise a successful dream!

 

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St Anthony’s School student all set to fly to NASA

Jaipur girl, Manasvi Jain, will soon be heading to NASA to meet Sunita Williams and Rakesh Sharma, having secured numero uno position in the recently concluded National Astronomy Olympiad (NAO).

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She’ll soon be flying to NASA Kennedy Space Centre, and why not! She’s got a personal invitation from NASA, after all!

Manasvi Jain, class 8 student of St Anthony’s School, Jagatpura, Jaipur brought laurels to the school and to her family by securing top rank in the recently concluded National Astronomy Olympiad (NAO). What is surprising is the fact that she is not only the first student from North India to secure this position, but also the one to achieve it with her own hard work sans any coaching.

The achiever said, “I started preparing for the exam 15 to 20 days before the exam. It was self-study and concentration that got me to the top.”
“As soon as I heard about the exam, I aimed to achieve the first rank. I bought books online and spent two to three hours studying astronomy and practiced mental ability questions daily,” said Jain about her preparation for the nationwide Olympiad held on 4 February by Orange Education LLP, an educational publisher.

The winning students will be awarded a trip to NASA facility based in Orlando, the US at the company’s expense. The 10-day trip will embark in June this year.

The proud and elated director of the school, F Jonathan said, “We are excited and it (the development) is encouraging for the school. This reflects the mindset of the parents in motivating the kids.”

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Varun Malhotra, national head of Orange Education LLP, in an event organised at the school on Saturday, has invited Manasvi to visit NASA where she would also get to meet astronauts Rakesh Sharma and Sunita Willaims.

About her trip to NASA, Manasvi said, “I am really excited about going to NASA space centre and will start researching about it.”

Team ScooNews wishes her all the best for her future endeavors.

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Manya Agarwal, Ecole Dehradun, Appreciated by the CM

When the state celebrated Women Empowerment day, several women were appreciated. This young student was one among them.

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Manya Agarwal, class 12 student, Ecole Globale International Girls’ School, Dehradun, was on 20 February felicitated by the chief minister of Uttarakhand Harish Rawat as the state celebrated Women Empowerment day at a state-level.

The international shooter has won several state and national-level shooting competitions, along with participating in many international events too.

 

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