The Power of the Daily Commute

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Richa Gupta
Member since May 28, 2016
  • 42 Posts
  • Age 18

I wrote my last high school exam a few days ago, and will be heading off to college soon. Since the emotions that follow are indescribable, I’d like to direct my focus to a seemingly mundane aspect of my school life – the commute. Grinding wheels, bellowing vehicles, torrents of people, shops that line the crammed streets – these are sights I grew accustomed to the second I started my schooling in India (which was over a decade ago). However, the duration of my commute got longer only recently,...


Concrete

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Richa Gupta
Member since May 28, 2016
  • 42 Posts
  • Age 18

I’ve lived on the ninth floor of my apartment for many years. I remember being fascinated by the panoramic view that was stretched out before me, which presented miles of the city’s bustling activity. Ten years ago, my tiny physique stood at one the greatest heights in my vicinity; neighboring buildings were mounds of concrete, vehicles were glittering bugs. In the near distance, a building of similar height stood proudly, its soft shades radiant from my window. Now, I can no longer see that bui...


Book Review: On the Edge of a Very Small Town’

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Richa Gupta
Member since May 28, 2016
  • 42 Posts
  • Age 18

In one of the first poems (‘Undertaker’) in his poetry collection ‘On the Edge of a Very Small Town’, Mark Jackley vividly explores the mysteries surrounding death: ‘Once you’re there, death / just isn’t the same, he thinks. / He carefully sews her mouth / to keep the secret in.’ After all, the air of enigma surrounding death continues to baffle and pique the minds of people today. And later on, it made me wonder: rather than deconstructing what we can’t understand, is it better to accept that o...


Zlata

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Richa Gupta
Member since May 28, 2016
  • 42 Posts
  • Age 18

Zlata’s Diary is a book by Zlata Filipović; it was written by young Filipović, during the Bosnian War. Although Zlata’s Diary is often overshadowed by The Diary of a Young Girl (by Anne Frank), I believe that it is just as powerful in conveying the horrors of war and ethnic conflict. Zlata is currently 36 years old. innocent, a drop of water in an ocean of tar. ensnared, vulnerable in fear yet powerful on parchment, ink flooding the crevices, molecules of darknes...


Postcards for Peace: Team India

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Richa Gupta
Member since May 28, 2016
  • 42 Posts
  • Age 18

As a Goodwill Ambassador for Postcards for Peace and a proud member of PfP’s Team India, I recently interviewed the other Indian ambassadors: Chintan Girish Modi, Kirthi Jayakumar, Tanya Singh, and Gurmehar Kaur. I thank Martin Rowsell for his help and support, and the ambassadors for their wonderful and inspiring responses. Richa: What do you believe is the most urgent issue facing India today? Does this issue apply to the rest of the world? Chintan: One of the most urgent...


Alive

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Richa Gupta
Member since May 28, 2016
  • 42 Posts
  • Age 18

galaxies swirl like oceans, a spread of glitter, waves encrusted with diamonds. we are enmeshed in a sphere of rock hurtling through the cosmos, unable to escape, astrophe. bits of debris shuttling about, enough to destroy a civilization and annihilate what we spent our lives working towards. we revolve around an orb of heat, one lick enough to peel away our skin, singe our hair and rid our cells of their complexion. the waters that keep us afloat can deprive us of breath within minutes, cascad...


Enid Blyton and my reading journey

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Richa Gupta
Member since May 28, 2016
  • 42 Posts
  • Age 18

I picked up The Twins at St. Clare’s by Enid Blyton when I was six or seven. I remember struggling to understand the language and expressions used in England, and reading out the book in what I thought was a British accent. Pat and Isabel O’Sullivan, the youthful protagonists of the St. Clare’s series, seemed almost elderly to me. The Twins at St. Clare’s was one of my first introductions to chapter books. Even back then, I used to write a lot (mostly poems about nature and the uni...


The Beauty of Pixar

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Richa Gupta
Member since May 28, 2016
  • 42 Posts
  • Age 18

2016 was a year of change, emotions, and growth. And whenever we’re confronted by so many variations, we seek stability, equilibrium. Something that helps us remember the beauty of life, the power of color and imagination, and the role of faith in moving forward. Or, in other words, Pixar movies. Pixar movies are powerful. Unlike the high-grossing movies with mindless shooting, empty dialogues, and gratuitous (but attractive) characters, Pixar movies attract viewers for entirely...


Eight Words with Incredibly Beautiful Meanings

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Richa Gupta
Member since May 28, 2016
  • 42 Posts
  • Age 18

We are so used to using colloquial, simple words, that we sometimes forget to appreciate the beauties embedded in the English language—words that we rarely use, but which have meanings that are incredibly profound and eye-opening. That bestow us with new perspectives, and make us more aware of the unique world we live in… 8. Pareidolia: the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful, image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern The shapes we see in clouds, the famil...


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