October-December 2001 issue
Master Akash Malla, a Class VI student of Inderprastha Public
School, Delhi bagged Ist Prize in the School
Essay Writing Competition. Topic of the Essay was 'Teacher Student Relations'.
Akash is the son of Shri Ramesh Kumar Malla of Shiva Enclave, Kashmiri
Colony, Hiranki, Delhi, a Life Member of KPA.
Five Course Meal
Long long ago, there was a king, who was a very noble man. He looked
after his subjects with love and care. He had a counsellor, who was very
cunning. He was well paid by the king, yet he would not miss an opportunity
to cheat the king for his selfish ends. The Counsellor had a servant, who
would perform all the household chores and cook his meals too. The Counsellor
always had a five course meal and so did his servant.
One fine day the king learnt about the misdeeds of his Counsellor
and thus terminated him from service. The Counsellor returned home and
at dinner time he instructed his servant to switch over to one course meal
henceforth. The servant complied with his master's wish.
It was a pleasant morning, the counsellor decided to go for an
outing to a nearby village. It was lunch time when he returned home. He
was very hungry and walked straight to the kitchen. On reaching the kitchen,
he was shocked to see his servant relishing a lavish five course meal as
usual. The Counsellor lost his head and asked his servant, why he
himself had not followed his instructions for one course meal. The
servant very curtly replied, "Sir, it is you who has lost the job and not
Komal Zutshi, New Delhi
Age 12 Years
My Experience at ZAAN Festival
On the 19th of August, 2001, Sunday, my family and I went for a meeting
of Kashmiri Pandits' Association. The purpose of the meeting was to hold
a contest for children. The contest was held in a big hall at Kashyap Bhawan.
As I was participating the first time, I was very nervous and I had butterflies
and worms in my stomach. There were many contests. They were as follows:
Each topic had three categories for different age groups i.e. Sub Juniors,
Juniors and Seniors. Before the program started, I saw some participants
who I did not know, which made me feel even more nervous. Program started
at 11.15 AM. The first item was Story Telling and Recitation. I took part
in this. Each participant either had to narrate a story or recite a poem.
I narrated a story based on a mouse and his wife. Initially I was feeling
nervous but my parents comforted me. I made a few mistakes in the story
and I forgot some parts. The there was Elocution for Juniors and Seniors.
The topics chosen were very interesting namely, Places of Worship in Kashmir,
Amarnath Yatra and Dal Lake. After this item got over, we had Reading Devanagari
Kashmiri. I participated in this too. It was quite easy. After this item,
there was a break of 20 minutes for lunch. We had fried rice, salad & Dal. It was very tasty. After lunch, we had Quiz for all the three categories.
I was very very nervous as I was not well prepared. Yet I participated.
The Quiz Master had some cards in a tray and shuffled them. The participant
had to pick up a card and hand it over to the Quiz Master. She would read
the question and then we had to answer the question. After the Quiz got
over, the certificate ceremony took place. I got second prize in Story
Telling, Quiz and Reading Devanagari Kashmiri. By now all my nervousness
Story Telling and Recitation.
Reading Devanagari Kashmiri
Ruchika Dhar, Colaba
Age 9 Years.