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Importance of bedrock mentoring - Shilpika Pandey

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There is too much or too little of so many things in this world that we wish to catch in life. Our dreams, aspirations and wants make us put our hands into a jar full of innumerable  options but when we get stuck at what to really pick, we falter and are unable to choose and thus come at a precise decision.  The road ahead seems blurry and one wonders if at all to walk on it until someone out there  clears, not the road but the vision to see it clearly and helps us walk on it with a confident gait that we realize the  importance and effectiveness of that guiding hand, advisor, counsellor or a bedrock MENTOR!  A Mentor is what each one of us needs to take the best decision, pick the right option and stay focused. But how do we know our mentors? How do we recognize them? The answer is  very unadulterated.. When  the student is ready, the Guru or mentor appears! One recognizes a mentor in a kind, empathetic, non judgmental ,helpful, supporting, encouraging, motivating, positive a nd a wis

Road Ahead with Sandeep Dutt

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 The show first aired on 28th January 2023 at 4.30 pm on 90.0 FM. Sandeep Dutt carries a huge legacy - Owner of Tne English Book Depot - Dehradun's Century-old bookshop - he has turned his passion for books into sharing his knowledge with the world - an author, mountaineer, Chairman of The Fabindia School as well as a School Improvement Coach with 200 podcasts in his kitty - his practical knowledge is gems for those who are seeking paths for self-improvement. Hear him on our programme Path Pradarshan as on Saturday - 28 January 2023 at 4.30 PM only on Radio Gham Chhaya at 90.0 FM #learningforward #joyoflearning #mygoodschool Radio Ghamchhaya is a Nepali Community Radio which is the first ever radio station established by the Gorkhali community, broadcasted in 3 languages, the radio station itself has a story. Play and experience the joy of learning!

My foolish mistake - Aati Pema Tseagon

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Looking back, I have made many mistakes in my life, but some stand out more than others, and even now, when I recall them, I see that although they were unintentional but still almost deliberate and foolish. I was raised in Ladakh, where even today, children like me go to the rivers to swim even when we know it's not allowed. One day when my friends and I went to another one of these spots, I fell after slipping on a rock while crossing a stream and almost got swept away. I shook it off and continued on after reaching, I was the first to jump into the river and as soon as I did, I felt a sharp pain in my knee and saw that blood was rushing out; my friends at once helped me out of the river and took me back on the way back we met an adult who was lucky a nurse and helped me. Not being in a position to do much, I had 4 to 5 stitches on my knee by a stranger; talk about foolish! After that, my mother found out, and I rightly got scolded for this. I have shared my foolish mistake with

Thank you dear teachers! - Rishona Chopra

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Thank you so much to all the teachers of the world and especially to Mrs Geetika Chopra (Mother), Ms Apoorva, Ms Anju, Ms Monisha, Ms Sayanatnee Mishra, Ms Sunita Mehta, Ms Sukhpreet Kaur, Ms Naina, Ms Neha, Ms Tanya, Ms Deepika, Ms Divya, Ms Jyotsna, Ms Nibbrati, Ms Geetanjali, Ms Sonali, Ms Payal, Mr Sandeep, Mr Jugjiv, Mr Manoj, Mr Anoop, Mr Kartikey and Mr Satyam! Dear gurus, I am forever thankful to you, not just for teaching me different subjects but for being my perfect friend and supporting me. Thank you for teaching me the excellent subject of values. All of you have a significant meaning in my life. No matter what, I can never forget you because you made me what I am today and will always continue to inspire me. Thank you very much!  For my dear mother, I have nothing to say except that I love you very much! You are my bedrock mentor, and you mean everything to me. Thank you for being a strict and firm mother and yet being such a wonderful friend! Thank you, dear frentor !! R

The beauty of bookshops - Rishona Chopra

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                                                              When I enter a bookshop, I see stories clinging onto shelves nonstop. I want to look at every shelf, Even the fantasy stories of an elf. The environment makes me feel as if I should never leave, Just sit down and read. The cosy chairs, Sad stories that shed tears. Then I think, I could have ordered books in a blink. But it won't be as fun, In the beautiful world of stories that has just begun! "We are celebrating  years of the Bookstore and have set up a social space above the Bookstore. The Learning Forward India Foundation works to support schools and schooling with reading, writing, speaking and learning. #MyGoodSchool" - Sandeep Dutt at The English Book Depot. Rishona Chopra Grade VI Gyanshree School 

A brief history of our time - The English Book Depot at 100

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Best is quite unreal, as better is the only way ahead! This debate about rewards, awards, and PR is never ending and will raise many hackles. The only single truth is there is no more immense exhilaration than the #JoyOfLearning - reading, writing and speaking. Back from the Hyderabad Literary Festival, I am convinced that stories alone make us, and we are a story! We had storytellers, booksellers, librarians, artists, activists, sponsors and young people. A beautiful milieu to spread the joy of reading. Books in print, digital form, oral rendition and choreography. We are celebrating 100 💯 years of the Bookstore and have set up a social space above the Bookstore. The Learning Forward India Foundation works to support schools and schooling with reading, writing, speaking and learning.   #MyGoodSchool My Good School - above The English Book Depot at Dehradun, visit this social space when you visit the city next city. A brief history of our time 100 Years of The English Book Depot, ope

Foolish mistake in my life - Nishan Karki

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It is not possible that no one makes mistakes in their life. There are no exceptions. Mistakes made by people may be significant, small and foolish. I have also made several mistakes in my life. I remember some of my mistakes but some I do not. I have not actually made significant mistakes or worst mistakes. They were foolish and small. The foolish mistake in my life was not coming home early from school. I used to be late coming back home because I used to spend time with my friends. One day I came very late to home because I went to my friend's house. My parents scolded me for making such a foolish mistake. I tried to get out of this mistake and never repeat it. I succeeded in my plan and was particular about coming home early. - Nishan Karki Pestalozzi Children's Village India

"I was foolish when..." - Reflections from The Sunday School 23rd Jan 2023

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"Before sharing my experience, I would like to apologise to all the readers who might or can feel wrong about this statement.  I am a big fan of k-pop and would explain to my family about each member from different Bands and entertainment. I used to feel very bad when someone I was close with fought with me about all this. My family would tell me that no matter how much I watched their videos, they would not know me. I didn't realise how badly it affected my studies until I did horribly in my exams. After I showed the result to my grandparents, they worried about me being inspired by the k-pop idols after I had sincerely thought about myself on the roof. I wondered why my family would tell me not to see the things I like unless and until that would make me enter the world of fantasy instead of where I belong. I also wondered, Why am I not like the old mini-me, the real me. The extroverted and funny part of me was all I missed. That was the last time I promised my family that

Education and financial independence - Mishu Gupta

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Education and financial independence are tools that can help us face difficulties. Still, confidence must be developed throughout life means that if we are educated, we will try to make changes in society and the thoughts of ordinary people. For example, well before our society, girls were said to stay at home and had no right to be educated, which led to discrimination between boys and girls. On this matter, many educated people tried to remove this thought from their minds (many failed also) because they knew what the outcome would be. They kept on trying, and today we can see the conclusion. A woman who belongs to a tribal caste is heading a country (Smt. Droupadi Murmu), setting an example every day. Many women play a significant role in our lives. And also we are so grateful to them. Speaking in front of an audience and trying to express my thoughts in front of someone is an excellent way to improve self-confidence in our self.    Mishu Gupta   Pestalozzi Children's Village In

Wabi Sabi: The art of imperfection - Rishona Chopra

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Nature is imperfect, people are imperfect, and you and I are imperfect, which is why we are beautiful and unique.  Many of us aim to be perfect and flawless. We fail to understand that our flaws make us unique. Our mistakes give us more experience and learning. As said by Genard Way, "Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means you have decided to look beyond imperfections." There is beauty in imperfection. Trees shed their leaves, flowers rot, animals die, and seasons change, which is the beauty of nature. If trees didn't shed their leaves, they would grow huge and cover up the buildings and roads. Many people's income is on cleaning the fallen dry leaves. They would, too, lose their job.  To talk practically, many young people start during facial surgeries at a young age to look "perfect", unable to realise they were born simply perfectly. Why do we long to change yourselves for others? Hardly anyone changes for themselves; we all cha

What I value the most in life - Monika Singh Pundir

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Many things have their own value in my life, like the opportunity I have got and will get only once. For now, as a student, earning a scholarship and going to the best colleges and universities are valuable to me. Every single person values their parents and time because, without parents, we could not make it possible, but being happy and being treated equally is also valuable.  The most valuable thing for us in this life is happiness because we get only one life, so we should enjoy it.  Monika Singh Pundir Pestalozzi Children's Village India

Reflections from The Sunday School 15th Jan 2023 - Pestalozzi World

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What do you value in life? "Things that people do for me for my own good, like my school teachers, staff members in Pestalozzi as well as the staff working for "My Good School" and the uncles and aunties working in EBD, creating a lot of good memories with them are the valuable things in my life. My family's support and courage also matter greatly to me." -  Tenzing Dhekyong N. "I value time very much, and I respect and value people who spend their valuable time on us. This not only encourages me to become a better human and not let their efforts go in vain but also give time to others who may need it cause it's time which is the actual ultimate healer. Blessed  " -  Tenzin Tsering. "The thing I value the most in my life is my home. It is the place from where I started the journey of my life.No matter where or how far a person goes, he/she has to come back or end up with a place called 'home'. The home provides us with most of the thin

What I Value The Most In Life - Shilpika Pandey

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   Respect Having come across most of what life offers us in terms of personal, social, economic, and spiritual,  I value the most in life  respect ! It is easier to love and pamper than give someone Respect. Respecting others comes from respecting yourself first, for what you are and wish to be, and valuing your existence.  Devoid of  cultural, professional, spiritual, and economic differences , one must learn to respect humans for actually being human . Respect provides a sense of security to all and connects beautifully with  co-existence . One becomes literate to exist on this planet, but one must be educated on Respect to co-exist.  An idea appreciated, an opinion heard, a belief secured, and a preference valued is what conforms to Respect. Everyone can speak but to be a good, patient listener, one needs to use the virtue of Respect. Respect is irrespective of gender, age and profile. Respect is earned, not demanded! Image credit: https://www.123rf.com/stock-photo/Daisies_landsca

Light the candle - Rishona Chopra

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We all aim for change, but why do we always look and aim for the sky? Why don't we look around and notice the changes needed around us? Many have progressed towards changes, massive changes whose impact is left noticed. Have we cleared the ground before aiming for the sky? We make changes that are called "a benefit", but those changes affect the ground effect of Mother Earth. We all think of infrastructural changes but have we noticed that Mother Earth is the one that needs the change? We don't need the changes that worsen the state of mother Earth.  Can we light the candle to save something we depend on more than anything and everything? When Mother Earth did nothing but give, can we at least put effort into a thank you? If everyone lights one candle, the entire Earth will shine.    Rishona Chopra Grade VI Gyanshree School

The hardest step - Aria Gupta

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We all must have this habit called procrastination at some point in our lives. What is procrastination? Procrastination is when you delay work until the last minute, and then you panic because you don’t have more time now than before to finish it. This habit will be in all of us at some point. Maybe you don’t have it now, but you will have it afterwards. Unfortunately, making sure you never procrastinate is only delaying the inevitable. But if we have faced procrastination before, we can ensure it never happens again. The more you procrastinate, the less responsible you are. But why do we develop this habit in the first place? We seem like ladybugs in front of a seemingly giant monster. The reality is that the task is nothing but a small, cute puppy. Even if your task really is a big giant, then break it into pieces of tasks that will last less than 2 minutes. For example - You get a task to practise yoga. Use a hammer called the brain to break this task into smaller parts, such as lay

How I am preparing to face the world - Tenzin Jambey

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Everyone will come across people stronger than them in their lives. The day will come when we must look after our family and ourselves. Nothing is permanent in this world, everyone will have to leave this world behind, but we can have a good, memorable time by preparing ourselves right now to face the world in future. Like everyone else, I am also preparing myself for the future. No one will do it for me; I will make myself ready for this world. The thought of how my future would look often comes to my mind, but that is the most exciting thought. Everything will turn out fine if I manage to prepare myself. The outside world is both different and challenging. I am presently studying in a hostel where I am protected and in a safe environment and provided with all the necessities for which I am really thankful. I don't know about the difficulties faced in the outside world. You have to fight tough to get an opportunity, and you might fail when you get it. There will be times when you

What do I Value the most ? - Anvesha Rana

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   Joyful Days and Fun chimes ,  With our loved ones are the best times, Laughter surrounds us, and smiles spread,  As family and friends meet. We may always want to be there,  With our family and friends, But Alas! Not how our life wishes.  But the cycle continues.  And being the captain hurts, For wasting time, we can’t afford And to be lost amid not a good record.  Time continues,  Living never stops,  It does not wait for you, It goes on.  But as time passes,  We ameliorate and improve,  Unlike stagnant water, we always groove For we become better with every move.  I value my loved ones for being with me,  I love my time, for it is precious,  I love my Improvements as I move forward,  I love my life the most.  Anvesha Rana,  Grade 10-B,  Gyanshree School

How Can I Ever Forget You? - Vani Pandey

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'Come out and play. The weather is so good outside. You have been sitting there for a long time,' said Lia. 'I just want to sit here and do nothing. And you know I enjoy solitude. I don't want anybody's company,' said Amy. 'But I don't like seeing you all day in one corner. Doesn't your body ache?' Lia asked with curiosity. 'I am pretty used to being like this. Why don't you go hang out with Joe?' asked Amy. 'You know I am your sister, and I still care for you a lot. You expect me to leave you just the way you are,' said Lia.  'I know that. I just don't want you to waste your time caring for me. You should have forgotten me by now,' said Amy sadly. 'How can I ever do that?' asked Lia. Just then, Lia's mother- Dory, came into the room. 'Who are you talking to, Lia? Asked Dory. 'No one, mother. Just the toys,' said Lia. Dory smiles and leaves. Lia sighs and continues talking to the photo . Van

Dear Life - Rishona Chopra

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  Dear Life, Is your path too difficult to drive? Does it hold happiness? Or sadness? Is it full of bundles of joy? Is it fun, like a playing toy? Does it hold success for me? Or will it be full of glee? I ask these questions to dear Life, I hope it helps me decide. It answers, You could suffer from Cancer. You could be successful, You could be distressful. You may find a lot of joy, The path may be destroyed. Neither do I, Neither do you, Know if you might fall through. It is in your hands, she says, It depends on the way I sway. Rishona Chopra Grade VI Gyanshree School

Makar Sankranti - Khushi Badgeri

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Reflections on how am I getting ready to face the world?

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" Preparation is an essential thing to face the world. Everybody is preparing for their future. Without preparation, no one gets success in their life. We all need courage, confidence and calm when problems arise to face them.  I am building my confidence, interacting with many people, being brave, exploring new things and having new experiences. I am also trying my best to be calm and understanding which is very important."  -   Shristi Khulal. "Every person in the world needs to face something until their death, whether it is easy or hard for them to face through life. I'm getting ready to face the world by targeting my weakness and studying to improve them, but if I need to face something, I am willing to face it. I'm scared about the future, but I will try my best to overcome this and focus on my studies. After completing my study and I will search for a job, or I will find a way to make money. After earning money, I will full fill my parent's dream even

How are you going to change the world? - Tenzing Dhekyong N

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We can change the world by avoiding being judgemental when we judge other people; we can sometimes shift the blame off to ourselves and may not be tackling the real issues.  Try to view life from the other person's point of view so that we can better understand where they're coming from. As long as we stay open-minded, we'll be able to make a lot more changes for the better.  We can even look for volunteering opportunities.  Volunteering is a great way to find people who care about the exact causes you do & give back to your community. Tenzing Dhekyong N Pestalozzi Children’s Village India

How I am preparing to face the world - Nishan Karki

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The upcoming world is going to be very different compared to the present. To live in a new world, we should be fully prepared now. I am also going to prepare myself well to face the world. I will be the best person for myself. I will choose my words wisely before speaking and do my work with dedication and focus. I will always try to do and say good things and avoid bad things. Nishan Karki Pestalozzi Children's Village India

How am I preparing to face the world? - Januka Basnet

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Life is short; we were gifted this life only once to face it optimistically. No one should regret that they have not lived their life to the fullest. Let's do something worthy; let's do something which will leave a mark on your existence. Let's face your life with a coy smile and let the world remember you as a warrior. There may be some bad times and good times. Remember the good ones and learn from the bad ones. Try to have a good companion who will remain till the last breath.🖤☺️ Januka Basnet   Pestalozzi Children's Village India

How am I preparing to face the world? - Anchal Mehra

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Firstly I want to face the world by doing the things like something good, which I still need to do. The most important thing for me by which I want to face the world by working hard in my studies and to be successful in my life so that I can make my family proud of me, and in my life; many people think that I can't do anything, and I am not strong enough and all, so I just want to prove them and show them I can do something in my life. I am strong enough for myself. 😊 Anchal Mehra Pestalozzi Children's Village India

Simplicity - Shilpika Pandey

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Poster courtesy Rishona Chopra Simplicity is such a simple word but is it easy to follow? In this world of materialistic magnetism, how easy is it to adorn simplicity?  Simplicity is grace, dignity, ability to be yourself in the most natural way, to live life simply, unaffected by others' judgements.  From the way we converse, wear attire, carry a mobile phone, travel, and exhibit our lifestyle to the way we deal with everyday situations, and play our roles respectively, everything would need to be simplicity personified. Surprisingly it's easier to be complex, articulate, clever, and pompous than to be simple, as the latter demands genuineness, grounded and a real persona.  Parents really need to bring up their children in a grounded manner so that these children grow up to be  empathetic, genuine individuals who know how to carry themselves with simplicity in all spheres of life, despite the privileges around them. Simplicity doesn't mean letting go of the good thing

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