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The Adventures of the Dreadful Forest

Once in India, there lived a girl named Mary. She was very truthful and obedient. One day, her father became ill and they were not having enough money to buy medicines. They lived in an old rented house which was not too big.

‘How shall I help my father, mother?’ Mary asked and her mother replied, ‘If you are confident Mary, you should go to the Fairy-Land forest and pluck ten Tilak plants. But don’t go to the Dreadful Forest which is right next to it because there are many people who don’t let anyone enter.’  ‘Okay’ Mary said and took the old basket.

Offshe went and a man came in the middle of the way. His name was Shankar. He asked ‘Where are you going Mary?’ He hated her because his daughter did not have any friends because of Mary’s beauty. Mary said, ‘I am going to Fairy-land forest for Tilak leaves.’ Shankar said, ‘ No! You go to the Dreadful Forest. Even I went there and plucked the leaves when I needed them.’ These were lies but Mary obeyed and she started going inside the Dreadful Forest. Shankar phoned a friend who lived in the forest where Mary was going. He told him to kill Mary.

It was night. Mary saw a house. She went near the house. The people who lived there allowed her to stay. They were Shankar’s friends! When Mary was sleeping, they tried to kill her but they became still and could not move. Mary saw this, screamed and became unconscious.

Then an Angel came and put the Tilak leaves in her basket and left her home. Her father became alright and they lived happily.

Written by Raghav, STD IV. 

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The Adventures of Samarth and his Friends

Characters: Samarth, Raghav, Milind and Koustubh

Cities: Sringeri, Mumbai, Qiqihar, Jixi, Canberra and Sydney

Countries: India, China and Australia

One day we were enjoying our summer on a beach. We wanted to go on a trip to Australia.

The next day we went to Canberra, the capital of Australia. Then we went to Sydney. We watched the BBL, also known as Big Bash League. Sydney Thunder won the BBL and we went back to Canberra.


(Picture courtesy Lonely Planet)

One day, we went shopping. Raghav found a bottle. In that bottle there was a treasure map. Written in the treasure map was that the treasure is in Jixi.

We planned to go to Qiqihar by plane. We booked the plane and left. The next day we reached Qiqihar at 10:00 am.


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There were so many exotic places to see and we saw all the places. We were there for two hours.

That night, we all read the map and went to Jixi by bullet train. We saw places in Jixi for a month. Jixi was a big city. The first clue in the bottle, told us to look in an old neem tree in the forest. The four of us saw a small neem tree in the forest. Beside that there was the old, big, neem tree. The four of them dug under it. We saw some logs. In one of the logs there was a second clue.


(picture courtesy Wikipedia)

The clue was “Over a raised platform in the park that is a big circle”. We went to the park. Though everyone went in different ways, they met at the same place where the raised platform was. I had a light. I opened the raised platform. There were two big logs. In that, was the third clue – “Near the beach, from the starting of the beach, you need to count 100 steps. You will get an X”

We went to the beach and we got the X. We dug in the sand. We found a ship’s handle. There was the last clue – “the treasure is in the middle of the river and you can make your own ship”.

So we mixed the logs, the two big logs and the ship’s handle. We made a new ship with paint, new gadgets and put in a symbol. We went to the river in the ship and Raghav’s phone showed that the treasure was there. Everybody went except Koustubh who was handling the ship. We all wore our scuba suits, took our oxygen cylinders and dived into the river.

We found a large pearl under the ocean bed. The pearl was white and gold. There was a handprint. I kept my hand and it opened! There was a hole and we thought the treasure was inside it. We went inside the pearl and we found a maze. We went straight and walked for some time. After five minutes, Milind said, ‘We have come back to the same point!’ Raghav’s phone’s battery was over. We saw a bedroom on the right. There was a large mat. We heard a sound under it when we stepped on it. When we opened the mat, we saw a picture of my great grandfather!

We were totally shocked! We went down the staircase and there was a big box. Inside the box there was the treasure and a note from my great grandfather. The note said,

“There are a thousand diamonds in this box. You must use this treasure to help others. Only if you promise this, you can open the box.”

We promised and the box opened. We went back to the ship and reached the shore at 7:00 pm.

The next day we went to Qiqihar by bullet train. We went to Mumbai by flight. We used the treasure to help the poor people in Mumbai and all of them lived happily.

Written by Samarth, STD IV. 


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Best Friends

Once there was a boy named Darshan and his best friend Kishan. One day, they were writing and Kishan’s led was broken. He asked Darshan, “Can you please give me an extra pencil to write?” Darshan gave him a pencil and Kishan wrote and gave it back. He said “Thanks” and Darshan said “You are welcome.”

Soon they became best friends. One day Kishan did not know Maths and Ramya ma’am told Darshan to teach Kishan. Darshan taught him. During English, Kishan was crying. Darshan asked him, “Why are you crying?” Kishan said, “I should go to my village and I will miss you very much.” Darshan gifted him a pen pencil.

Moral – We should be friendly always.

Written by Darshan, STD III. 

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The Little Girl

One day, there was a little girl called Ananya. She was 8 years old and she was born in Mandya. She was not sent to school as she was a bit different from everyone.

She was different from everyone because she was sleeping during mornings. She was woken up at night. Her family did not let her sleep during the night. She would watch TV or read story books.

The problem with her was she would become an evil girl if she slept at night. Her parents had experienced this before. She would be the scariest girl. So her parents decided not to let her sleep during the night. Actually, she did not even know about her problem.

There was a big problem. Her relatives home. There were four members, 3 uncles and one lady. They did not know about her problem. One day they saw her sleeping in the morning. They got really angry. They scolded her parents. Her parents tried to console the relatives. They were extremely angry as the pursued the path of ‘good manners’.

So, they made her wake up. She was really sleepy. They scolded her. She could not understand why they were scolding her. She thought that they had a problem with themselves.

By this time, it was night. At 9:30 pm they saw that Ananya was not sleeping but watching TV and reading a story book. Their temper was raised. They imposed on her to sleep. Her parents interrupted them and told them not to let her sleep. They relatives did not agree. The made her sleep vehemently.

It was 12:00 pm. Everyone had slept. There was a sound of bangles hitting each other incessantly and someone breathing heavily. Then again there was the sound of someone being smothered. All these sounds resonated in the house. Then suddenly, there was a scream.

Her parents got to know. They slept like they did not hear anything. The relatives got scared. They went with each other to look if someone was there but they only saw a shadow in the mirror. Suddenly, the current went off. They used a torch to see if anything was there. All the sounds started again. They were really scared. All the sounds were coming from Ananya’s room. So they went there.

They slowly opened the door. She was sitting with her hair in front and her legs turned the opposite way. She was making weird noises. They went near her, one behind the other.

Then they saw footprints on the wall. She was not there, she was on the wall. For the next minute, she was in front of their eyes with blood on her face.

They screamed and tried to run but one lady was being pulled by the evil girl. When they looked behind, there was no one. It pulled the lady into the room. She became unconscious in fear.

The other three ran to save themselves. When they were running, the evil girl followed them. Then, when one uncle stopped to rest, the evil girl made him float in the air. He screamed and felt smothered! He also became unconscious.

The other two ran from there. They went near the dining table to sit for some time. The uncle sat there and was tired and scared. The evil girl Ananya pushed the chair to the wall and made his head hit the wall several times. It started bleeding a bit. He also became unconscious.

Only the last uncle was left. He hid himself under the dining table for some time. He did not see the evil girl. He came out to see, then suddenly, a knife came too close to his neck. He would have died if it was any closer. He got really scared and he also became unconscious.

By that time, he had become 6:00 am. All the four relatives woke up at 7:00 am. They were really scared. They went to Ananya’s parents and apologised. Her parents consoled them and asked them to stay for a few more days. They disagreed. They left the house at 8:30 am without even telling Ananya.

The next day Ananya’s cousins came home. They saw that Ananya was sleeping in the morning. They were confused. They also vehemently made her sleep at night. Ananya put her head down AND WENT TO SLEEP AGAIN.

Written by Pragna, STD VII. 

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Book Review: ‘Go Ahead Secret Seven’

My favourite book is ‘Go Ahead Secret Seven’. In this story, there is a community called Secret Seven. There are seven members in it and they solve mysteries. In this story, robbers rob costly dogs and sell them to others. The seven members get to know and start making plans to trap them. The secret seven felt sad when the dogs were put in prison. However, they did an excellent job of trapping the thieves. The head of the community and Peter’s dog helped to find the thieves. They used codes like ‘bonfire’.

I liked the bravery of the children and the way they used their brains to rescue the dogs. They were not fighting for leadership. They discussed in a very nice manner. They did not interrupt when someone else was talking. I didn’t dislike anything as the story was exciting and interesting.

I think everyone should read Secret Seven books. It teaches us to be brave, how to use our brains, how to communicate with others and the hard work of a team.

Written by Yuktha, STD VI. 

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Magic Box

There was a boy named Alian. His family and him went for a picnic.

First, they went to a forest. When they were going in the car, they saw animals and the car stopped suddenly. Alian got down from the car. He was walking around the forest and he saw a cave. He went slowly. He heard a scary noise in the cave and he saw a palace inside the cave.

He walked into the forest and something was calling him, “Alian…” He searched everything in the palace and in the end he saw a box. That box was only calling Alian. The box told him to see the moon and open it. Alian did that only and he opened the magic box. He got so much jewellery and he wore it. That jewellery and the magic box told him to sit on the special chair. Alian sat on the chair and that chair made him a King.

Alian was happy.

Written by Vishwas, STD III. 

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My Life as a Dog

“My name is Tom and I was born on November 9th, 2005 in my village. After a few days I grew up and I went to the market. I asked the butcher man to give me some bones. But the butcher man said “Your tail is so small. I can’t give you bones. Come when your tail has grown.” I went to my house and I was sad.

Someone came, so I started barking. My mother came and said that he is my brother. I said sorry to him. I had a brother who was close to my age to play with me everyday. So I was very happy that I have a brother. We went to play.

While playing, I hurt my toe. Feeling pain and discomfort, I found tears began to flow. My brother ran and went to my house to call my mother. He came with my mother to put some water on my toe and we went to my house.

After a few days, my tail began to grow. My brother and I went to the market again and asked the butcher to give me some bones to eat. But he did not give. Suddenly a robber took a woman’s jewellery. I saw the robber, ran and bit his leg. He fell down and was caught by the police.

After this I went and asked the butcher again. He said, “You have a small tail but you are very brilliant.” He gave me some small bones to eat. The next day, he gave my brother some bones to eat on his birthday. I was so happy for my brother.

Moral – Appearance is not everything.

Written by Goutham, STD VI. 

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The Morbid Treasure

Once there lived a king named Golu. He was very greedy. He wanted more and more money. He never contributed his money to his kingdom and he only wanted his money to be saved. He was so greedy that when people came to his court to solve their problems, he used to take money, like an entry fee. When people asked him for money, he never used to listen, he would go to his room with carelessness. The people were tired of this misery.

There was a well known intelligent person known as Molu and he always helped people.  One day the people asked him to solve this problem. He had a plan of keeping treasure made up of snakes in the forest.  He told the king that there is a treasure in the scary forest. People went to this forest but never came back.

The king decided to go to the forest bravely. He decided to take his family also. He only wanted money so he took his family and if his family died, he he would get the money he would be happy. He also took eight soldiers.

He reached there and entered the forest. Then he had to pass the maze where all roads looked exactly similar but led to different ways. There were five of them. he got scared about what to do. Then he sent four soldiers in different ways and went in the middle one with his four soldiers, his family i.e. his two sons and his wife.

Then he went to the second maze that was crossing a river full of crocodiles. Then he sent four soldiers to kill the crocodiles. They killed the crocodiles and also were killed. Then the king had to finish the last one. He had to catch the invisible fly which appeared every ten seconds. The place was filled with three traps. Then the king amd his family went to catch it. His family got stuck in the traps and died. Then he caught the fly. He had passed all the mazes but his family and soldiers had died.

Then when he opened the chest, what did he get? Only a paper and a dead snake. Then when he read the paper it said “Golu do not be greedy. Now you have lost your family and soldiers. Can you make them come alive with your money? That’s why people say that greed is bad for health.” Then Golu understood he only had money no family. He could not make them come alive with that money. He learnt a lesson not to be greedy. He started contributing most of his money to his people.

Written by Shishir, VII STD

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Hi guys, do you remember me writing about Bhootha Kola? Well, I told you that there are three cultures. Today, I will write about the second culture, ‘Yakshagana’, the pride of Tulunadu .

Yakshagana, which means – ‘Yaksha’ – demigods and ‘gana’ – songs, is one of the best folk dances of Tulunadu.

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Yakshagana [Tulu-Aata, Sanskrit-Yakshagana] is a traditional theatre form that combines dance, music, dialogues, costume, make-up and stage techniques in a unique form mainly found in Tulunadu. Yakshagana is traditionally presented from dusk to dawn.

Yakshagana was there from Madhvacharya’s period. Madhvacharya is the founder of the Astha Mathas of the temple town of Udupi. When Yakshagana is performed in an open theatre, it  is called ‘Bayalata. When Yakshagana is performed in houses with minimum participants, it is called ‘Chikka Mela’.

In earlier days, when monsoon came, there was no entertainment like mobiles, television and computer which we have now. The only entertainment was Chikka Mela Yakshagana, which was, coming to houses and performing Yakshagana.

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In Yakshagana, they perform based on mythological themes most of the time. For example, Devi Mahatme, Swarnadurge Mahatme, Kateelashwari Mahatme, Mahishasura vade, Sri Krishna Sudhanva Prasanga, Venkatesh Mahime, Shabharimale Mahatme, Sampoorna Ramayana,Dashavatara, Shani Mahatme. Etc.

There are two types of dance forms. Badaguthittu and Tenkutittu. Badaguthittu is famous in Uttara Kannada and Kundapura district. In this, the person who beats the Chende (a long drum) sits and beats it. Tenkatittu is famous in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada. In Badaguthittum, the person who beats the chende stands and beats it. Their costume and dance is also different.

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There are many melas of Yakshagana. Melas are the organizations which perform Yakshagana. Dharmasthala Mela, Sowkur Mela, Saligrama Mela, Perudooru Mela, Karnataka Mela, Siri Mela, Goola Garadi Saasthana Mela etc.

Once, I went to Devi Mahatme Yakshagana at Vishwanatha Temple, Katapady. There, the Yakshagana had not yet begun. I wanted to see the make – up, so my aunt and my mother took my brother and me to the green room . There the Chowki puja or Ganesh puja was about to begin. Chowki puja is the puja in which all the performers pray so that the program will be a great success. In this puja, they pray to Lord Ganesha before the Yakshagana. In the Yakshagana, streetsellers sell toys, ice-creams, groundnuts, churmuri etc. The Yakshagana is performed in Tulu and Kannada. After the Yakshagana, they do a puja called ‘mangalaarati’.

Some temples such as Dharmasthala, Kateel etc. are having their own melas to celebrate the fulfillment of the vow of their devotes. For example Kateel Temple has 6 teams of Yakshagana which perform Yakshagana at different places from November to May  to fulfill the vow of their devotes. Devotes have to wait 4-5 years after booking their Yakshagana for ‘Devi Mahathme’ performance by Kateel Mela.

Now Yakshagana is commercialized with Tent Melas where the entrance is restricted  with an entrance ticket and the performance will be held from dawn to dusk. Now old traditional Yakshagana form is changed with new adaptations. They have introduced social causes and themes in their Yakshagana to catch up with drama and cinemas. However as per my experience Yakshagana is one of the best folk dance cultures.

Shivram Karanth who got the Jnaanapeetha award, was a great choreographer  of Yakshagana. He has passed away but his Yakshagana teaching techniques are remembered by the people till now.

I like Yakshagana because it tells us mythological stories in an interesting way. They also make some jokes in the Yakshagana, which makes the Yakshagana funny and interesting.

I get very scared watching the  ‘Mahishasura Vade’ yakshagana because the demon ‘Mahishasura’ comes running from the other end of the road carrying one fat stick tied by cloth and burnt in each of  the hands.

The Yakshagana costume is very heavy. The special Yakshagana crown is very heavy. They wear clothes on top of each other which makes the clothes heavy. The make up of the demons look very scary.

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Altogether, I like Yakshagana very much.

Written by Milind, STD IV. 

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The Mystery Cycle

There was a girl named Avantika. She was a very beautiful and cool minded girl. When she would go to play outside, she was very disappointed because she did not have a cycle.

One day, her friend Geetha said, “Ha! Avanthika see my father bought me a new cycle and I am very happy. But what to do, you don’t have one. Very sad.”When she spoke like that Avantika was very disappointed and went crying to her house.

When she entered her house, her mother said, “Go wash your face and have your coffee.” Since she was in a bad mood and was angry, she shouted, “I don’t want anything!” Seeing this her mother was very shocked and said, “Avantika, I know you want a cycle, so I am buying you a cycle as a birthday gift.” Hearing this, Avantika was very happy and hugged her mother. She went to sleep.

It was the morning of 4th October. It was Avantika’s birthday! Her mother wished her and brought her down and said, “Avantika see there is your cycle!” She rushed towards it and went for a ride. When she went outside, the cycle started going in it’s own direction. Suddenly it got dark and Avantika was screaming! 

The cycle’s handle started moving like the hands of an old man with long nails. It came towards her face and made gestures like ‘come’. She was very scared and the wheels of the cycle started flying towards the sky! She was very excited and screamed “Ho! Hooooo!” She saw the whole world from above and saw birds saying hi to her. Her seat suddenly started growing higher and made her sit in the clouds. She was feeling very comfortable and soft. soft, soft. Suddenly the seat dropped and she was falling, falling, falling.

She screamed and opened her eyes! It was the morning of 2nd October. She said “Aiyo! It is only 2nd October” and went downstairs.

Written by Dyuthi, STD VII.