What Is The Cost Of Peace?

In today’s enhancing and fast progressing world of science and technology, the unsolved quest which still prevails as a controversy is to realise the true cost of peace. The world has 195 nations all solving this crusade of what does peace behold.

Since ancient times the people of our motherland have been fascinated by the term ‘peace’. According to most dictionaries the word peace is nothing but the freedom from disturbances. This extraordinarily simple term has a meaning deeper than the ocean. Very often people across the globe use the words tranquility, harmony, hush and lull which can only bring unity and also comment on various ways to obtain peace. But why is it so that we will have the urge to regret the ways we will use to obtain peace.

Till date we bestow and know the fact that the cost of peace is nothing but life. Several wars have been fought on the pages of history that claim the astronomic numbers of people who laid down their lives by which various nations could obtain peace. It is the inevitable truth of life that peace is written by the havoc wrought by mankind,its letters are scratched on the walls with the red blood of the brave and innocent and the mushroom clouds. India fought prolonged years of battle leading ultimately to peace although with a division into separate countries based on religion and not humanity and  not before having scar of riots, loots, rapes and murders. Weren’t the lives lost in the long struggle to outnumber the britishers enough that to maintain peace between two religions another war had to be fought which did not only loose the brave but also the members who were innocent? Why do we still have the fight to claim that  Kashmir is our land and not theirs when already such a massive war causing splitting of families, loss of economy and slaughtering of men pleas to restore peace? Since the times of monarchy, even the monarchs understood the true fair that had to be paid for restoring peace. At an instance Ashoka, the great king was shattered after the Kalinga war when the streams were red and the people left with not having a heart that worked and a skin that sensed.That fine day The Great King Ashoka understood what he had to pay for returning peace.

Imagine the world with the threat of nuclear bomb which rewrote the history of devastation and sufferings after the attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a monumental blunder of killing with weapons of mass destruction. Whether this can bring peace can be very well imagined with counties now racing for stockpiling nuclear arsenals are fighting battles daily but not having mustered courage to drop another bomb because this well makes a case of devastating destruction of the universe.  With inadvertent Chernobyl tragedy happened in the then USSR reminds the cost one has to pay in the process to accumulate, dangerous nuclear materials to be used someday for restoring peace.

Aging back to the times of the legendary story of Mahabharata the ending climax fight to restore peace in the region of their rule costed killing the lives of their own blood and the aftermath prevailed for a long time .We as humans do celebrate ‘Peace Day’ and are very fascinated to speak on the topic ‘Peace’ but whenever we do so we should give ourselves the opportunity to think of slaying thousands of lives, splashing blood on the ground and breaking more than thousands of homes was a wise thing to do? “Nothing succeeds like success and nothing pains like death” the so called peace we plan and programme to restore in our lives and our nations causes the massive loss in population. Clearly the currency of peace is life. The World War one was fought at the second decade of the nineteenth century with massive force and grave battle amongst the allies and centrals to restore peace and harmony with sanction of various treaties which led to the perishing of more than 500 million lives which included children, women and men who laid their lives down. There were wives and children waiting for the men of the house to return knowing that there was no use waiting but that slight hope still flickered in their eyes. And the men who went brave and strong knowing that they would never return but they knew that in the longer run their heart and body would result in peace. This war, Amen, cold war was not enough that we had to surrender to another war which alone again killed a massive number. Innocent, brave, immature and amateur, leaders, slaves and civilians all were pushed into the graveyard or more truly a deep sleep, a sleep from which you can never be awoken, a cursed sleep which wouldn’t even break by true love’s kiss or any secret potion ,a sleep which helps you to dream a future, future of tranquility, freedom and liberty. The most savage yet great Dictator Hitler strongly believed that peace to his Germany would only come with the purification of race and  killed millions people to achieve it. Statistics maintain that he killed two hundred thousand children, one million Polish civilians, six million Jews and the rest souls not even maintained. God forbid if this the requirement of bringing peace then what should we do is to slaughter many more or produce more. The present-day scenario of Syria with its land filled with guns, grenades and bullets is in no way different. A place where a common man must be buying his child’s favorite food but will ultimately realize that the child is dead . The various bomb explosions has led to almost all cabins of the houses of Syria do be covered with a gas cloud. Peace is destined to call for war and it is easy to be claimed and the pay is easy to be funded. In the countries directly burdened by war Yemen, Iraq and Syria more than eighty seven million people which constitute of one third of the population has perished for the sake of peace .This war is entitled to long term damage in economy and infrastructure.The fight between Kuwait and Iraq in the olden days, was devastating, it not only caused the death of various Kuwaitis and Iranians  but also ruined lives of the youth soldiers only sixteen those boys were in the age they should be using books and pens they used guns and grenades, when they should have been worshipping mothers and women they harassed them, where they should have been dreaming of a lovely country they destroyed their nation in the name of peace.  In Pakistan , Saudi Arabia and other countries which are leading in producing terrorists groups have terrorists varying from the age groups of sixteen to twenty one. Strange ,it truly is that how these youngsters, future of the country fall for war? The answer lies within ,these youngsters are blindfolded in the name of God and peace. To achieve the quest of peace and revenge the youth , the builders of economy and infrastructure destroy them because the youth are open to new ideas and are the clay before they can be put into the fireplace to be bakedtheir molds are fiddled with and the shape comes out twisted and unstable. In the name of peace youngsters destroy their own peace and tranquility doing more bad than good.

Even the violence and gruesome killing by Maoists and fierce fight between militants and our security forces in Kashmir causing loss of life and property reminds the cost to get peace. What we fail to understand the actual path of peace is written in all epics, including Bhagwat Gita, Koran and Bible which reminds “though live in peace”, “love ever hurt never” and the age old phrase “Vasudeva Kutumbakam” are the true principles of life where you live and let other live will bring immense peace and the cost though will be negligible and priceless.

 

SHIVANGI VIKAS MISHRA 

    CLASS IX-G

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Building A Peaceful Society

“Two soldiers killed as Jihadi’s hit Army camp”….  “25 CRPF jawans killed by Maoists”…. “German soldier acted as Syrian refugee to attack migrants”…. “China puts bombers on alert on North Korea”… “UN report: one-third of world’s food wasted annually and almost one quarter of the world’s population, face economic water shortage”…. “Climate change threatens irreversible and dangerous impacts for people and ecosystems”…. The ILO’s World Employment and Social Outlook 2016, Trends for Youth report shows that the global number of unemployed youth is set to rise by half a million this year to reach 71 million”…..This is what I read in the newspaper in the national and international news column every day. I question myself, “Is this the world we are looking forward to ?”,“ Is this the bright future our ancestors saw for us ?”. Violence, unemployment, corruption, illiteracy, poverty, discrimination, inequality, climate change, depletion of natural resources, pollution are global problems faced by countries all over the world and we the children will inherit the same from our parents. Are we ready for it?

In India we believe in “Vasudeva Kutumbakam” meaning “One World, One family”. The problems faced by any country in any part of the world will affect everyone just like a family member gets affected by the problem of another in the family. Looking at the refugees of Syria…the unrest in Kashmir…shoot outs in Afghanistan …food crisis in Ethiopia…we cannot remain unaffected. It triggers in my mind the questions… “Why this unrest…what is happening … what I can do to help….when will this stop?

Mahatma Gandhi rightly said “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”. A building is strong when the foundation is laid well. Similarly, the building of peace can be created when different countries club together and lay the foundation for it. Peace starts from home. As children we can definitely bring some positive change to this world. Children and youth are the future citizens and leaders of the world hence the responsibility begins now. Each one of us can bring positive change in our family, neighborhood, and community. Our first and foremost duty should be to respect and treat everyone well, to help the needy, to be sensitive to others, to use all our natural resources judiciously, to conserve energy and not be wasteful( particularly food, water and clothes).

A positive mindset and positive attitude is what will make the world a better place . If we youngsters accept the whole world as one family, we will be sensitive to issues faced by people all over the world. Peace begins with acceptance and love. We need to have tolerance, patience, faith, gratitude and must respect each other’s differences. We have to develop an attitude of universal brotherhood. We should inculcate and practice good values in our lives. A society can also be called peaceful when everyone will have the basics of life that is; food, water, shelter, clothing, education, hygiene etc. We should try to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, strive to provide food to hungry, shelter to the homeless, education to the uneducated and medicine to the sick . It has to start with each one of us trying to help at least one person and turn his life around.

The youth has energy, ideas and ability to do a lot of things. Youth is the emerging power of today’s world. We children can connect and create awareness on world issues in the social media as today’s world is driven by the electronic media. Running marathons, distributing pamphlets, putting up posters, organizing campaigns are ways of creating awareness among people regarding the problems faced by people around the world. We should be more empathetic to the crisis faced by other countries. Nations should reach out to nations in times of crisis. Helping other countries with relief supplies that is food, water, clothes, medicine in the times of natural calamities would be considered as a helping hand. The youth can volunteer to help in such situations. We as youngsters can give constructive suggestions to our local authorities for development of locality and community. That’s how from the grass root level things will change. Each one , teach one…Each one, feed one … Each one , nurse one…Each one, donate one…let’s move from “I” to “We”…..”Me” to “Ours”…because Peace has to be created…it cannot be inherited.

 

Apoorva Sudhir

Class IX G

The War For Peace

Every once in a while, my grandmother forces me to accompany her to a temple where we all kneel before God and pray, pray for the sake of humanity, pray for peace. I remember once when I went to a beautiful riverside where everyone was lighting candles and gently floating them across the water. I asked Grandma what this was supposed to do, and she said each candle was a hope, a prayer for the world to be a better place. Each tiny flickering light is a torch that drives out ignorance, hate, crimes and war, replacing them with peace.

As I sat there and watched countless people kneeling and lighting up the night with their candles, I thought about what she’d said. Peace.  Is that what we’re all looking for? Is it something we can look for? I watched as a family walked up to the riverbank full of flickering lights, which made it look like a sky full of stars. As they lit their very own candle, I saw the little boy smile, because that’s what light does. It drives away darkness and fear, and illuminates smiles. Light gives hope to those that run to it. And we were all running to peace.But how? How can we possibly hope for peace in this world? Just this month, thousands of us were killed in a chemical attack in Syria. And I say ‘us’, even though I live in India and not Syria, because we are one. We are all humans, and we are killing each other for trivial matters such as borders and money and politics and religion. All made up things that barely even exist.We are being attacked everywhere, in Paris, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and literally where not. And who is attacking us, you ask? It’s pretty obvious. We are. We are killing ourselves over matters that shouldn’t be our priority at all.

When I was a kid, I always saw this world through rose-tinted glasses. Everything seemed so simple, like all of us on this planet were united as one, trying to understand the cause and effect of our existence in this universe.But as I grew up, I was forced to open my eyes wider, to look at the ugly truth that surrounds our existence. Our world is divided. Be it on the basis of gender, nationality, religion, race, sexual orientation, economic status or even appearance, our world is divided.Now divisions aren’t really much of a problem when you think about it because diversity is actually beautiful. But the problem arises when everyone thinks that their way is the right way, and then tries to undermine every other way in existence. While it is perfectly fine to have opinions, it is not fine when people become rude about having their opinion and start causing conflicts.

We’re all trying to propagate our own ways, and in my opinion, that is the reason of most wars in today’s world. I want everyone to think like me and do what I think is right, but so does everyone else, and in the midst of propagating our own beliefs, we keep causing a huge mess and fighting for things that don’t deserve a fight.But then what does deserve a fight, you ask? Peace. Peace is the only thing you should fight for. What an oxymoron, isn’t it? What a tragic and beautiful oxymoron.The fight for peace isn’t one that involves missiles and fighter jets. The fight for peace is a long and hard one that requires each of us to sit down and think. Think about what we all want.In truth, all of us are fighting for just one thing: happiness. We study hard, so we can get a good job, earn lots of money, buy things we like, give our kids all they want, so ultimately we can all be happy. All of us are just trying to look for happiness in our own little ways, in our own little corners of this world, so it is plain wrong for anyone to strip someone else of their happiness.Moreover, tweeting about things sat in bed isn’t the way to fight a problem. We can come across problems on social media and shake our head at our screen and then post angry things to gain respect and followers, but the real fight is deeper than re-tweeting something with an angry response. The real fight is fought everyday in our daily lives, in small, seemingly meaningless ways until it snowballs into a big change. Every small gesture or kind action, performed in a peaceful manner to reach our happiness, is a step forward for peace.

Think of how much can be achieved if all of us learned to live and let others live in peace. All these wars, terrorist attacks, murders, explosions, and all other savage activities that have taken over this planet today wouldn’t have been if it weren’t for inequalities and differences of opinions among people. I think inequality is what is slowly deteriorating a wonderful planet into dust. Our ways may be different, but our goal is the same. If the world could be a happy global family, more than half of the problems we face today would no longer be problems.

We can set up world organisations, appoint peacekeepers, fire guns, but in the end the only weapon we require in the fight for peace is our humanity. There’s a thin line which separates us humans from savage animals; we have to learn to respect that line and stay behind it. We need to respect other people and spread peace. The hate is progressing and more and more of us have forgotten what we are truly here for: happiness. Our very own happiness achieved in our very own way.

As I looked at the hundreds of lights floating away out of my sight, I smiled. I hoped the light would travel across oceans and illuminate each and every person’s face with a smile, because that’s all we need. A happy smile on everyone’s face is what I call peace.I lit my own candle and Grandma and I pushed it across the water together. I closed my eyes and joined my hands. I prayed for peace. I promised to fight for peace. Because in the end, it is the only thing worth fighting for.

 

Auroshree Pani

Class X G 

THE WAY YOU NURTURED!

You gave me birth,

As well as my worth,

But took the pain yourself,

Without anyone’s help.

You made me grow,

Making me friends with foe,

But took the pain yourself,

Without anyone’s help.

You held my hand,

And taught me the use of wand,

All by yourself,

Without anyone’s help.

You gave me knowledge,

Discovering it out of earth’s every edge,

All by yourself,

Without anyone’s help.

You built me as I am,

Never giving my weaknesses a damn,

And took the pain yourself,

Without anyone’s help.

You spent more than half of your lives for me,

Without bothering whether I will fight or flee,

And took the pain yourself,

Without anyone’s help.

You wiped my tears when I wept,

And put me in my greatest debts,

that I won’t ever repay you back,

So that I can have you as my parents for eternity’s stack.

I am writing this poem,

For I have been said,

Feelings are better expressed there,

Where there is absence of words everywhere.

I owe my life to you,

And hope you love me too,

And forgive me for my mistakes,

Which I promise to never retake.

I love you mom and dad,so never leave me alone and make me sad.

 

 Angelina
Std- IX – G

SAI INTERNATIONAL; MY VERY OWN SCHOOL

The premises all copious,

And the walls mighty large,

SAI International, my very own school,

Is simply stunning.

Known as the fifth best in the country,

With spectacular budding talents,

Awing people all around.

It is the best option

 for every uncharted talent.

SAI TED , Unwind;

What not will you see,

Things you can’t explain,

Even after haunting your cache.

Following the guru shisya parampara’

You’ll find the leadership camp,

An opportunity to fix your goals,

An opportunity to boister and enjoy.

In SAI MUN,

You’ll conquer people’s hearts,

With amazing speeches ,

And wonderful songs.

Interact with people round the globe,

Go on a charismatic exchange visit,

Or rock with some amazing foreign friends.

Join fabulous clubs to,

Debate, act, interact,

Draw,sing, scout,

Capture, dance,

 And observe the stars.

Look up the library,

And just go crazy,

Read,read,and read,

Till your vision goes hazy.

You’ll be repentant when you’ll have to leave,

You’ll traumatise yourself ,

Because never shall you find a school,

Better than SAI International, my very own school.

 

Akanksha Mahapatra

 Std-VIII-G

Revelation

Hi! I am Urjaa and I am fourteen years old. This is my twelfth year in school, including nursery, Kindergarten and Upper Kindergarten. And, practically, for more than half of my life, I feel, I have been giving exams; because there is nothing else to do in school.

A year or so ago, I was appearing for an exam, like always. That was an English paper and I had to write about my role model. The topic was not rocket science, but it was for me. There were many instances when people had asked me to tell them about who my role model is and I had always blatantly ignored the question. It was not because I did not have one; it was because I was afraid that everyone was going to judge me. I had never let anyone know about my role model, ever.

The Bible has 365 mentions of ‘fear not’ and similar phrases which inspires us to live the 365 days of the year being fearless. Therefore, I will not be afraid for once, and say to you, dear reader, that my role model is not Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Narendra Modiji, my father, or my teacher. In fact, I don’t have a role model, I have role models and they are nobody but dogs.

I know I have intrigued you, my reader, but I am being honest. Dogs are such wonderful creatures; had all the people possessed the hearts of dogs, the world would have been a better place. Dogs don’t just teach me to be loyal and faithful, but also the way to love unquestioningly, enjoy thoroughly and live truly. They teach me to unsheathe the simple pleasures of everyday and pay attention to little things that might not be anything for me but everything for somebody else. They make me less judgemental. They don’t just inspire me to listen more, but to listen more intently. They have made me realise that one cannot be happy if he lives for himself. In order to be happy and to be happy unerringly, one has to live just a little more for others; one has to live, and not just be alive.

Dogs have made me so positive that even if someone calls me a ‘dog’ or a ‘bitch’ one day, I won’t get offended, because he is indirectly saying that I am so much better than him and the person is not matured enough to understand the fact that more humane than humans are dogs.

There are so many things that dogs are and humans aren’t, yet we say humans are God’s most ingenious creation. We, the humans say so because we take pride in some of those things that dogs aren’t and humans are. Humans are boastful, dogs aren’t; they are sarcastic, dogs aren’t; they are egotistical, dogs aren’t; they are afraid (like I used to be), dogs aren’t; they, above all, are liars, dogs just aren’t and can never be.

And, dear reader, let me tell you I have not written all of this in an attempt to make my essay stand out, I whole heartedly mean it and want to let you know that if at all taking a rebirth is possible, I will want to be a dog, only a dog and no one else; because when I will have become a dog, I will feel more, love more and live more.

 

Urja Misra
Std-IX-E

Incredible India

The sun filters in through the windows. In the distance, early morning prayers can be heard from the surrounding temples and mosques. In a few minutes the city would be fully awake, the sunshine pounding down on everything it touches, clearing the morning haze. This is the scenario of just any other morning, right? I’m sorry to tell you, but you’re mistaken. This particular morning described here is a bit different and special. Because that is what a regular morning in India is like.India is a country bustling with life. Every road and street, nook and corner, you see, there is an essence that can’t be missed. There is much diversity throughout the country, each state with its own unique traditions and cultural customs that give the lively country a soul. You can sense the diversity around here in many ways. In the Himalayas, you would see beautiful snow capped mountains that will take your breath away. In Hyderabad, you will find beautiful pearls glittering under the sun. You could smell the aromas of samosas coming from a quaint home in New Delhi, or taste the chaat and the multiple flavors that’ll attack your mouth as you stand in the streets of Mumbai. You could touch the smooth marble of the Taj Mahal in Agra, which is one of the seven wonders of the world.No matter where you’re from, there are some things that everyone must experience in their lifetime. Like taking part in the festival of color, Holi, where you get doused in powder and liquid dyes. Or visiting the many forts and temples scattered across the sub-continent.

You can even go see Bengal Tigers, among other creatures of the wild in one of the 515 sanctuaries and national parks located in India. From the mountains to the beaches, and everything in between, there is so much to explore, find, and see. It’s easy to get lost in the excitement of the people here – whether you’re a local or are here simply to visit. You will find yourself in the only country filled with so much of culture and diversity.  The only country with the great name of India.

Tatwamasi Mishra

Class – IX- G

To China and Back – A Journey of a Thousand Miles

A journey of a thousand miles starts with one single step. Everyone in his/her life time has a dream of travelling the world at least once. Since my childhood I have dreamt of visiting every corner of the globe which is kind of a paradox as the world itself is round. The Global Immersion Programme (GIP) to China did not fulfil my entire dream but helped me cover a bit of it.

CHINA a place where most people dream of visiting was the destination I went with seven other students and two teachers from SAI International School. As the Vice President of the Going Global Junior Club it has been my ambition to travel and pioneer a GIP of the school. When the opportunity to go to China came I was the first to sign up. Over the years I have witnesses club members visiting Singapore, UK and my own sister forge the way as a participant in the first GIP to the United States of America in April 2015.

Our journey started on May 28, 2017. A few tears slipped from my eyes as we left our parents and waved goodbye at the Biju Patnaik International Airport. The realisation of leaving our parents became a plunt reality. Going somewhere without our family makes us realise the importance of them in our lives but Jessica ma’am was the one who did not even let us feel that we are away from our dear parents and looked after us as if we were her own children. We really cherished minute of our lives in that 11 days which is ingrained as a great memory deep in our hearts forever.

On the morning of May 28 we left Bhubaneswar and reached Kolkata and went to the famous City Centre Mall 2 and spent nearly 6-7 hrs there. We shopped for some time in the mall and then played UNO in the Cafe Coffee Day. Soon we left for dinner at the residence of Mr. Ma, Consul General of the Peoples Republic of China in Kolkata. He had invited us to dine with him before our incredible journey started. As we sat around his enormous dining table he told of the history between China and India, how the two cultures are intertwined in trade and cultural heritage for hundreds of years. We learned how to use chop sticks, he showed us useful tricks on how to hold them properly and pick up food. After dinner and many goodbyes we headed for the airport and checked into our overnight flight.

We reached Kunming early in the morning and were very delighted to see the scenic beauty of the hills, the surroundings, the  railways, everything around us looked so beautiful that we did not we did not even want to blink encase we were to  miss something. Our first experience was at the Yunnan Nationalities Village which is located in the southwest suburb of Kunming City, Yunnan Province. As a window displaying the various cultures and customs of 25 minorities in Yunnan, it has been honoured the “Class AAAA (highest rank) Scenic Spot” of China. We had a good look at traditional ethnic-featured buildings and colourful costumes showing off the different minorities of China. We even had the opportunity to dress up in different ethnic costumes of the Yi and Ma people. The next day was an incredible visit to the Stone Forest,  a UNESCO world heritage site that lies about 80 miles to the southeast of Kunming. Our final day in Kunming was spent at the Kunming No.8 High School where we met many students and learnt a few Chinese words like Xai Xai (shi shi) means “thank you” in Chinese. We learnt some Chinese calligraphy including how to write our names by a famous local calligrapher and arts Mr. Wang. We also played soccer with our hosts they taugh us some some tactics to play the game of soccer. Again with teary eyes we were left Kunming and also our so lovely tour guide Salina.

Our next destination was one of the oldest cities in China, Fuzhou. We started off with a visit to Fuzhou Foreign Languages High School and signed a Memorandum of Understanding between SAI International School and the Fuzhou Foreign Languages School. We also gave a presentation on Indian culture covering seven states of India.  I represented Panjab. The following day was a trip to “Three Lanes and Seven Alleys”, one of China’s oldest national heritage sites located in the heart of Fuzhou City. This national treasure is around 2,200 years old and home to hundreds of well known historical Chinese historical figures and heroes. It is a famous place for shopping. Nana our Fuzhou tour guide was like our sister.  She was really upset when we left her and boarded our flight to our final destination Beijing. In Beijing we visited “Tiananmen Square” which has a history that had a great impact in each and every Chinese person. Then we went to the “Forbidden City” home to 26 Imperial families and Emperors of both the Ming and Qing Dynasties.  The city was a humungous residence for the Emperor and his family no one was allowed in the city besides the royal family and their caretakers for centuries, until the 1950s. That is where the name “Forbidden City” was derived from. The city is a rectangle, with 961 metres from north to south and 753 metres from east to west. There are 9,999 rooms according to legend.

The next day we went to the Great Wall of China which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its scenic beauty was really beyond our imagination and it was a breathless journey climbing the wall to the fourth tower on the north side. After the great wall we headed to the the Summer Palace which had nearly 14,000 paintings along the longest corridor in the world. .

Our last Day in China was spent travelling from Beijing to Kunming, then to Kolkata and then finally to our own city of Bhubaneswar. I was really delighted to see my parents but at the same time very sad that now we would separate and return back to our daily routine. It is really very easy to say that finally we reached hone after so many days but this trip is unforgettable. It will remain etched in our memory for life until the day we die. I think everyone should take such a trip it really helps us to improve ourselves in many ways. During this trip I faced a few challenges and was able to overcome them. I performed in front of students in China and became more confident in myself. I got to try new things including food and even a new language. This was my first trip without my parents and it was a great opportunity to grown-up and become more independent. I would like to thank Jessica Ma’am for everything she did for us. Sarat Sir also helped us enjoy the trip. This trip would not have been as extraordinary without each team member with me. Lastly I would like to thank Dr. BK Sahoo, our beloved Chairman Sir for giving us such a great opportunity to go overseas and learn so many things. This trip allowed us to grow as a more globally polished person. Without his foresight trip like these would not be possible.  Participating in the Global Immersion Programme in the school has been a great benefit to me and all who participate. I am fortunate that this programme is offered at SAI International School. I cannot wait for my next adventure. I would like to leave you with a quote from the famous Chinese Guru, Confucius. It has become my travel motto.

“无论你走到哪里,全心全意地去”

“Wúlùn nǐ zǒu dào nǎlǐ, quánxīnquányì dì qù”

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart”

– Confucius

By: Palak Seth
Class-X

My Experiences during the Study Tour to UK

It was finally 3rd of June. Since the day my parents allowed me to apply for the study tour, I had been waiting for this day. I was very excited about the visit to UK, along with my friends. I knew this was going to be an interesting learning phase of my life, especially due to many fascinating stories that my father had told me after his visit to UK, long back.

As if I was walking in a dream, the long-cherished moment of my life was finally here! We all reached the airport at about 7:00 pm on 3rd June and boarded the flight to Delhi at about 9:30 pm. Frankly speaking, for the first time, I happily bid good-bye to my parents & my younger brother, which I usually don’t do. We reached Delhi at about 11:30 pm. We then checked into a hotel and woke up early at about 5 o’clock next morning. We got ready quickly, went to the airport and boarded the flight for Doha. I was so excited that I didn’t even realise we hadn’t slept for even four hours the previous night! But, soon the jet-lag started sinking in when we reached Doha, which was 2 hours behind Indian Standard Time. I knew sleep-debt was taking over but the excitement of the tour simply washed it all away.

After reaching Doha, we boarded the flight to London. I must have dozed off into deep sleep, for I didn’t realize we were flying over London when one of my friends nudged me calling loudly, “look down, there it is – we are flying over London”. I looked down from the airplane window. London really looked majestic! It was only when we touched London that I realised we were 5 hours 30 minutes behind Indian time. But that didn’t matter to me. All that mattered was that the weather was cool & pleasant, something that I had always wanted to be in.

We then took a bus from London for Gloucester. During the journey, we travelled through the lush green countryside which UK is so famous for! I had only read about it in books, but here it was before my own eyes. I must admit, till then I had never seen nature in its true magnificent form. When we reached Gloucester, we went to the Partner School, ‘the Chosen Hill School’. From there, Archit & I went to our host’s house. Our host was from 9th class. His name was James Benett. The next day, we went around the Chosen Hill School and then went to the Drayton Manor, an amusement park. Drayton had roller coasters and many other amazing rides. It was really a rollicking-frolicking amusing fun time. Thereafter we had our lunch and went back to our host’s house where we played a lot of exciting outdoor games with him.

In the next two days, we went to the Gloucester Cathedral, Oxford University and the host school, again. I interacted with the local people in all these places and took a lot of pictures with them. I was really awestruck with the art & architecture of the Cathedral and the Oxford University, which I had always longed to visit.

Time really moves so quickly! Finally, it was time to leave Gloucester. We bid goodbye to our hosts with a heavy heart and with parting gifts that I had packed before leaving India. It was a mixed feeling for I was also happy realising that we were going to Birmingham, a city I had heard so much about, especially the Cadbury World. So obviously, the moment we reached Birmingham city, we kept our luggage in the hotel and went to see, of course, the Cadbury World. One has to be there to believe it – the Cadbury World was simply out of this world! After spending lavishly on buying chocolates and having them too, I did bring some for my parents & my younger brother. We then went to Birmingham University had our dinner and slept away.

The next day, we woke up and got ready to leave for London, the city of my dreams! When I reached London, it appeared to me as if I had always known this city as I tried to connect to all the places that I had read & heard about. The most exciting visit for me was to Madame Tussauds, where we took photos with several celebrities. It was like a dream come true! After Madame Tussauds, we went to Oxford street for shopping and had our dinner.

The next day, we went to London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, London Bridge and a cruise ride on the River Thames. By now, I must admit, I was very tired. When we went back to the hotel, I quietly had my dinner and just dozed off! The next day was again exciting as I realized I was going to meet my family & friends back in India. Unmatched happiness, home after all is always ‘sweet and caring’. We boarded our flight to Doha and then to Delhi. Surprise, however was still in store when at Delhi Airport I saw my parents and younger brother who had come to receive me. I realized we were now going off to Jaipur, Rajasthan to spend time with my cousins. I was so excited that the first thing I did was to share all my reminiscences with them. Truly, this was really the most unforgettable and cherished moments of my life and so will it remain as one of my fondest memories.

By: Amod Meherda
Class-IX-D

Global Immersion Programme to UK

This summer holidays were a lot of fun. I went on a school trip to the United Kingdom. It was really a great exposure for us. We got to see many world famous monuments like the Big Ben, London Eye, London Bridge etc. We could take photographs with famous celebrities made of wax at Madam Tussauds.

First we went to our partner school, Chosen Hill School in Gloucester. They were very warm and hospitable. The students are very friendly. My experience of staying with my host family was very nice. When we were in Gloucester we visited Gloucester Cathedral and the Docks. We enjoyed in the theme park Drayton Manor for one whole day. We were also taken to the Oxford University where we saw several famous colleges like the Trinity College, the Queen’s College etc.

A day’s stay in Birmingham was an amazing experience as we could visit the Cadbury World and saw the history of the Cadbury World through different rides and also a 4d movie. We were taken to one of the most famous and reputed Universities of the world, the University of Birmingham. The entire trip was amazing. This was one of the best holidays I ever had.

By: Lavanya Singh
Class-VIII-G