Free will is a myth


This is a screenplay written by the students of Class X (2017). 

(Me and my parents are watching news. The channel plays a speech of Donald Trump where he is saying that he intends to build a wall between US and Mexico.)

Me: Having a person like Donald Trump in the White House is really the worst thing that could have happened to the world. Even I could have done a better job.

Dad:
It is the people who chose him, however stupid he may be. If the people wanted him to be the President, then he deserves to be President.

Me: Why does the choice of the people matter so much? People can be wrong.

Mom: Wrong or right, it is the wish of the people. Each individual’s wishes are unique and must be respected, even if they clash with yours.

Me: Why must they be respected? There is nothing unique or authentic about the wishes of each individual. They are simply a product of genes and society’s myths. Donald Trump doesn’t deserve to be President simply because the people chose him. Democracy doesn’t make much sense because people don’t even have the free will to choose who they want.

Mom: Have you gone out of your mind? Whatever you’re saying is not making any sense.

Me: Think of it in this way. You have watched ‘Hirak rajar deshe’. The king was brainwashing everybody using a machine. Afterward the people thought the king to be great. They also must have thought their opinion to be their own independent wish. So would you consider their opinions to be their free will?

Mom: No. But how is it relevant?

Me: Though your brainwashing isn’t as apparent, it is still happening. So how can you think that you have free will?

Dad: You don’t have any free will because I control you. But how can you say that we have no freedom? If I want to go and vote for Trump, no one can stop me. If I feel like slapping you, I’ll do it. And I want to do it very much at this moment.

Me: Yes, it is true that you are free to act on your desires. But who said your thoughts and desires are free? If your thoughts are free, can you choose not to think anything? No, right? Then admit it. You don’t have free will. You have just been dictated by your genes and brainwashed by the society.

Dad: Now who is speaking nonsense?

Mom: What do you mean ‘brainwashed’? Don’t we have brains?

Me (to myself): Apparently not.

Mom: Is this another theory of that Harari? If so, who has been brainwashed?

Me: Harari is a great man. And I’m not being brainwashed without understanding his explanations. And even if what you said were true, I would have at least been brainwashed by the correct person.

Dad: Who is this Harari by the way?

Me: Ughh… nobody really. He lives in Israel.

Dad: We have listened enough to your nonsense. Get out of my sight if you don’t want a slap.

Me: This is what you always do when you don’t have any arguments left. Why not admit that you are losing? Besides, I’m not scared of your slap.

Mom: You are getting worse day by day. How dare you speak to us like that?

(Dad tries to slap me but I block his hand before he can do so.)

Me: It is really impossible to explain anything to you. You never admit your ignorance. I’m fed up.

(I storm out of the room.)

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


This is another of Nonny’s great reviews.

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The world we live in is dominated by rules and myths which have become so ubiquitous in society that most of us unquestioningly adhere to them. The few who are independent enough to see the absurdity of our norms and courageous enough to rebel against them are always crushed by the might of the system and turned into outcasts.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is an allegory set inside a mental institution. It is run by the stern and inflexible Nurse Ratched, who upholds the established order and maintains structure and routine. Under her, the asylum remains an oppressive environment where patients are forced to speak in group therapy sessions and given medication at fixed intervals.

Into this scenario comes McMurphy, a prison convict who has pleaded insanity so that he can be transferred to a mental institution. He attempts time and again to rally up support against Nurse Ratched among the patients, only to end up frustrated and thwarted each time. All the other inmates have either been tamed into submission by Ratched or are simply too dull-witted to comprehend McMurphy’s rebellion. In the beginning, however, McMurphy refuses to surrender himself to the system and all of Nurse Ratched’s attempts to subdue him only seems to make him more stubbornly defiant.

But, eventually, the system proves to be too big for an individual to fight and attempt to change, and after an encounter with Ratched where he tries to strangle her, he is given a shock treatment which paralyses him. Bedridden and comatose, he no longer can pose any threat to the establishment.

Ratched is the personification of the oppressive authority figures who control us, and McMurphy is a vanquished rebel. His defeat shows that however arbitrary, however wrong, however unfair the powerful are, they always win. Individuals who are sensible enough to see the absurdity of all the rules we have to follow and all the myths we believe in are presented with little choice. Either they have to fit in and take part in the absurdity, or they are crushed under the might of the entire system. No matter how capable or determined one is, you cannot fight the world. It is too big, and you are too small.

Does that mean no revolution can ever succeed? Maybe a failed attempt can give people hope and inspire them to follow in the same footsteps. McMurphy’s rebellion set an example for others to follow. In the last scene of the movie, we see the Chief, another inmate of the asylum, shattering a window and breaking free. His escape symbolises a small victory against the all-powerful authorities.

This movie compels us to ask ourselves whether we really are any more sane than the inmates in the asylum. After all, we readily believe in all the stories that are fed to us, however ridiculous or impossible. We never question the rules that we live by, and we can’t distinguish the myths that surround us from reality. Maybe the ones who don’t conform to the norm, the ones who don’t meet the expectations of society, the ones whom we label ‘insane’, are in reality saner than us.

The Assassination of Richard Nixon


This is a review of the movie called ‘The Assassination of Richard Nixon’ by Sir. Read the story of a man who feels so frustrated with the society that he sets out on a dangerous mission.

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The Assassination of Richard Nixon is a story of how Sam Bicke slowly becomes unhinged. Or is it, really?

In truth, isn’t it a story of how the norms of the society, the myths of the current world, exert enormous pressure on each one of us – ordering us to fit in, or be torn apart? Isn’t it a story of how powerful our social and political institutions have become – making us feel terribly small, like a ‘grain of sand’? Isn’t it a story of how alone we are in the modern world?

Sam Bicke is so lonely that his only companions are audiotapes – some that he listens to, some that he talks into. Devoid of real friends of who would understand him, he finds succour in pouring his hearts out in audiotapes addressed to his idol – music maestro Leonard Bernstein. To Sam Bicke, Bernstein represents not just a confidant, but an oasis of purity in a world full of hypocrisy and corruption. Because music, at its best, is always ‘pure and honest’. The real world can never approach the perfection of Mozart’s symphonies and Beethoven’s sonatas.

Most of us take the imperfection in our stride, and sometimes even add to it. We say things that we do not believe in. Sometimes we lie and cheat. We tell ourselves that those are necessary for our survival. To start a business if we have to pay a little bribe to a government official, who among us have the courage to fight the system? After all, we are too small, and they are too big.

When we stop fighting the system, we ‘fit in’. Most of us still feel the occasional surge of anger when we are forced to nod when a pompous boss dispenses his worthless advice to us in a self-important tone. We feel the occasional desire to strangle the government bureaucrat who ignores us, pretending we do not exist, while we wait outside his cubicle for getting an all-important file signed. But we do nothing. We know the cost of rebellion is too high. We nod, we comply, we flatter. We add to the imperfection of the world. We fit in.

Sam Bicke could not fit in. He was too sensitive to bear all the injustice of the world, but too ordinary to change it for the better. He raged against his boss, but he couldn’t set up on his own. He hated selling, but he did not realize that this is the age of shopping – when everybody has to be a salesman. As he raged against every imperfection of the world, the world rejected him. He was fired from his job, his loan application got rejected, and, in a final act of rejection which really pushed him over the edge – his wife divorced him.

As a character said in the famous movie The Lives of Others – ‘Hope dies last.’ But when hope dies, it takes our soul with it. We do not remain ourselves. Sam Bicke too, in his utterly hopeless state, could not retain his sanity. All his rage against the world found its target in Richard Nixon – the embodiment of everything Sam hated. For Sam, Nixon, being the president and most powerful person on the earth – was the biggest symbol of the evil system. During his life, Sam Bicke lost all his small battles against the system. In his final act, Sam Bicke wanted to win big.

But that was not to be. Instead of a heroic end he imagined, Sam’s life ended in a tragic bungle. Though he could not win the battle against the evil system, at last, through death, he could escape the world he could never adjust to.

Fifteen Million Merits


This is a review of another episode from ‘Black Mirror’ called ‘Fifteen Million Merits’ by Ankini Banerjee (nicknamed X by her friends) of  Class X (2017).  Read this to get a glimpse of the scary future.

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In the modern world, screens have become our best friends. We blindly trust them, we count on them to cheer us up when we are lonely, we can’t spend a single day without them. And slowly, without realising it, we are becoming dangerously dependent on them. Yet, in future there might come a time when we long to escape from the very same screens, but it will be too late to do so. That time, screens will be all around us and we will be forced to look at them, and we will find this equivalent to torture. In this episode of Black Mirror, we look at such a world.

Bing, our main character, is one of the millions of people who pedal on bikes for several hours a day in order to generate electricity. By doing so, they earn ‘merits’, which is equivalent to money. Everybody lives in box-like rooms where all four walls are screens. In these screens, people are always watching stupid comedy shows, porn, or a reality show called ‘Hot Shot’. All they look at is screens. Nobody gets to see anything real. Even food is grown in Petri dishes.

Bing falls for a girl, Abi, who he hears singing in a toilet. Determined to spend his merits on something real, he says he will gift her a ticket to Hot Shot. One of the best scenes of this episode is when Abi tells him to spend his millions in buying something for himself, he says, “It’s stuff, it’s confetti. You’ve got something real.” In the end, he ends up spending all his 15 million merits on the ticket.

Abi goes to Hot Shot to become a singer but, manipulated by the judges, she becomes a porn star. Watching her on the porn advertisements becomes a torture for Bing. He can’t even skip them because he doesn’t have enough merits to do so. If he closes his eyes the screen detects it and continuously tells him to ‘resume viewing’. This is a frightening scenario. It’s like when you are playing Temple Run on your smartphone and you don’t get to click that tiny cross at the corner of the ad because you don’t have enough coins. Bing’s situation is similar, but even scarier because you could have chosen not to look at your screen. He cannot.

Frustrated by how fake everything is, Bing decides to go to Hot Shot, where he will get to speak his mind in front of a huge crowd. He works day and night and earns back his 15 million in just a few months.

The greatest part of this episode is Bing’s speech in Hot Shot. He holds a shard of glass near his throat, which he threatens to slit if they don’t listen to what he has to say. All his emotions; his frustration, his anger, his exasperation is poured out in the speech. He talks about how fake everything is. People, like things, are processed. Their whole lives have become a lie. Even their goals, their dreams are fake. “The peak of our dreams is a new app for our Dopple, which doesn’t exist,” he says, “We buy shit that’s not even there.” People have become so engulfed in the fake system that they can’t even see how fake it is. “Show us something real and free and beautiful. You couldn’t. It’d break us.”

Bing’s speech was the only authentic performance among millions of meaningless ones. But one man against the entire system never succeeds. As he said, people had lost the ability to take in anything real. They failed to relate to anything that he had said. The judges just treated him as another of their “fake fodders”, a way for them to make money. The audience just cheered for him without understanding how real his emotions had been. Everybody treated his speech as just another “performance”. The only one who realised the falseness of the system and tried to protest against it was made into another “product”, augmented, packaged and sold until all his authenticity had been squeezed out.

 

An Entire History Of You


This is a review of  ‘An Entire History of You’ from a sci-fi TV series ‘Black Mirror’ by Nonny of Class X (2017). It gives us a disconcerting glimpse of the future world and the changes technology might bring into our lives.  

960 In today’s world, technology has become such an all-pervasive force that it knows more about us than we do ourselves. In the world of the future, it might start to play an even greater role. ‘The Entire History of You’, an episode in the TV series ‘Black Mirror’, shows such a future. In this world, everybody has a memory implant called a ‘grain’, a device that records everything they do, see, and hear.

The main character in this episode is Liam Foxwell, a well-to-do lawyer working in a corporate job. His life is a typical modern one- he worries about his next promotion, complains about his boss, and has the occasional quarrel with his wife, Fion. The episode opens with a scene at Liam’s office where he is getting an appraisal, and then proceeds to a dinner party with some of his friends. Liam isn’t particularly fond of one of the people he meets in the group, Jonas, an old friend of his wife.

Like the modern smartphone, the ‘grain’ is the most all-important piece of technology in this imaginary future. It is used for security in airports, for payment in cabs, and for monitoring health conditions. Just like we tend to forget our surroundings, our worlds consumed by our smartphones, we see the inhabitants of this future world ignoring the present and endlessly using their grains to replay memories from the past.

As innovations like these envelope the world, there is little choice that we have. It is not within our power to refuse to accept them. As individuals, life in a world that we can’t keep up with is near to impossible. One of the characters in this episode, Helen, did not have a grain. After an incident when her grain was stolen and sold, she chose not to get a new implant. In a world where the grain was used for almost everything- from playing redos of the past to personal safety- not having one made life much more difficult. In another scene of the episode, we see the police refusing to accept Helen as a witness in a case of physical assault because she could not show the re-do of the event. If we fail to keep pace with each of the innovations that slowly start to change the world, all of those changes will eventually render us obsolete.

As the episode goes on, Liam replays the scenes from the dinner party several times. Each viewing makes him more and more uneasy- the way his wife looked at Jonas at the dinner table, how she laughed at his jokes, the subtle ways in which her behaviour changed when Liam entered the room. Each further replay continues to haunt him, leading up to the final confrontation at the end of the episode.

‘The Entire History of You’ shows that however powerful human beings become, however much the world changes, human nature will not change. Our primordial instincts of insecurity and jealousy will continue to dictate our lives, in spite of living in times of unparalleled prosperity and power. In fact, as technology gives us power and makes information more accessible, it enables us to act on those primordial instincts rather than curbing them.

Technology might make our lives more convenient, making us richer and more powerful. But is that really worth it if we spend our lives haunted by doubt and suspicion, fuelled by all the knowledge and power that it can give us?

আমার ছেলে


This is the winning entry of the Children’s Day Essay Writing Contest (2017) by Partha Sarathi Mukherjee, father of Hulk of Class VIII, where the parents were asked to write about a specific incident which made them proud of their child.

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মনের কোণে গল্পগুলো কিলবিলিয়ে ওঠে,
গল্প তো নয়, সত্যি কথা, খই-এর মতো ফোটে।
আমার ছেলে নয় তো মোটেই ‘জিনিয়াস’ সেটা মানি,
কিন্তু সেযে সহজ সরল নরম মনের জানি।
প্রতি বছর পুজোর বাজি কেনার হিড়িক থাকে,
এবারেতেও যাবো জানি সঙ্গে নিয়ে তাকে।
বাজির কথা যেই না বলা অবাক হলাম ভারি,
বলে কিনা, বাজির সাথে করব এবার আড়ি।
বাজি মানেই ঘটায় দূষণ- বায়ুদূষণ শব্দদূষণ,
দূষণ আমি করব না কো, করছি এবার পণ।
তাইত এবার কোনো বাজিই কিনবো না নিশ্চিত,
আমার মতোই সক্কলেরই এটাই করা উচিত।
গর্বে আমার চোখ ছল ছল ছেলের কথা শুনে,
এমনটাই তো হবার কথা শিক্ষালাভের গুণে।
গর্বিত আমি ধন্য আমি- কত্তবড় হয়ে গেছিস।
নিজের কথা সরিয়ে রেখে দশের কথা ভাবিস।

Mehrunissa, The Mughal Empress


This is one of the winning entries in the Essay Writing Contest 2017 where we were asked to write about a person we admire. This essay is written by Nonny of Class IX (2017) about the ambitious and determined Mughal Empress, Mehrunissa (Nur Jahan).

new-doc-2017-02-22_1In the 17th century, the world respected birth more than talent. Those who had not been born into distinguished families enjoyed power and wealth, whereas those had not fared no better than their ancestors.

However, there was one woman who, throughout her life, fought against the odds to reach a position in which she almost ruled over an entire empire. For this reason more than any other, I admire Mehrunissa, a tigress who married into the Mughal family. Being a woman, she was expected to do nothing more than produce heir to the throne. But, using little more than her ambition and determination, she concentrated all the power in her hands, and performed all the responsibilities of government more competently than the pleasure loving emperor had ever done. Heedless of the frowns of the rest of the nobility, she defied the rules of purdah that all women were expected to adhere to, and sometimes even rode out into battle. In the treacherous world of the Mughals, she was always able to distinguish between friend and foes, and effectively eliminate all threats to the empire. Mehrunissa not only maintained the stability of the empire, she also constantly had to eliminate threats to her own power. Since she was not the one sitting on the throne herself, she always had to ensure that she was in the emperor’s favour, while also making sure that nobody else was close enough to him so as to able to reduce her own influence over him.

Mehrunissa was a woman with a lot of grit, determination, and cunning, which is why I really admire her.

Sahid


Sreedutta Samanta of Class IX (2017) wrote about Sahid Azmi, a character from the movie ‘Sahid’ as a person she admires a lot. Sahid Azmi tried to fight the injustice of Indian judicial system and lost his life in the cause. This is another winning entry in Essay Writing Contest.

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History does not judge everyone equally. There have been some people who have been glorified in history while there have been many who have sunk into oblivion and have died the death of an unsung hero. In this essay, I am writing about the lawyer, Sahid Azmi, who tired to make people’s lives a little better in this imperfect world. He was a person who wanted to take up the profession of a lawyer not just to earn money, but to save people who despite being innocent have been put behind the bars.

The movie ‘Sahid’ portrays his life and the cases he fought in order to earn justice for people who stay in prison despite being innocent. As we all know, Indian justice system is the prime place where people are dispensed injustice, he managed to get seven acquittals within a few months. He set up his own law firm and helped many people get justice. However the turning point of his life came after the massive attack on Taj Hotel. As always, after that attack police caught one innocent Muslim and put all the blame on him. He became the scapegoat of all Indians. Despite being innocent, he became the victim of all the anger of Indians. However, Mr. Sahid Azmi stood beside him and slowly led him to the doors of justice. But this story like other fairytales, does not have a happy ending. This story is a victory which has been won at a great price. Sahid received many threat calls from people who wanted him to leave this case. However, he walked on his risky and true path and in return was alienated and abandoned by his wife and family. He undaunted by the consequences fought the case till his last breath. Then one day he was found murdered in his chamber. Sahis Azmi was the only ray of hope in the bleak eyes of the countless many who have been termed as perpetrators and transgressors despite being ordinary, innocent civilians.

Gorbachev


This is one of the winning entries in the Essay Writing Contest 2017 where we were asked to write about a person we admire. This essay is written by Goody Goody of Class IX (2017) about the Soviet Union leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.

new-doc-2017-02-22_3As we read history, we come across many leaders like Aurangzeb, Hitler, and Stalin who abused their power to exploit the common people. Current day’s leaders are not very different from them. Putin is the prime example who has the ability to do good for his nation but is intoxicated by power. So in the course of history we have had very few leader who have not been corrupted by the power at their disposal.

Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet Union was one such example. Soviet Union during the leadership of his predecessors had been an oppressed country. The  common people lived under constant fear of their leaders  who had absolute power. Gorbachev too had as much power at his disposal as the previous leaders. He could have chosen to walk on the same path as the others but he chose to be good.

Gorbachev brought about a lot of positive changes. For the first time in many years people were allowed to travel outside their country. He gave his citizens access to a better life at his own peril. He was fighting for the freedom of the very country he was ruling, being fully aware that his own position was at stake. Gorbachev was a very rare leader who was not driven by his self-interest.

We, either after witnessing or reading about the bad leaders of the world who had been corrupted by power, understand the plight of the common people. And after being subjected to years of persecution, Gorbachev must have been a ray of hope for the Russian people.

Mehrunissa, The Empress Of Jahangir


This year we were asked to write about a person we admire in the Essay Writing Contest. This is one of the winning entries written by Fluffy of Class IX (2017). The Mughal Empress, Mehrunissa was Fluffy’s favourite choice because even after being born as woman in the 17th century India, she mastered an Emperor’s role.

new-doc-2017-02-22_4Life is a race. Everywhere around you the world is seeking opportunities to pin you down, and you have to strive to stand up and be one in the million. We find very few examples of such strength in history and a very small percentage of this minority turn out to be women. One such example was Mehrunissa, a tigress who came as a bride in the Mughal household. In the 17th century India, with greater power came greater enemies. In the world if such parochialism, life was even harder for women. Both these aspects worked against Mehrunissa. Being deserted in a desert, at birth, by a destitute father, she was born with the spirit of a warrior, who had fought her way back to her father. With a Persian family seeking shelter in the Mughal empire, her father was taken under the wings of the emperor. A beauty with brains, the eyes of the emperor soon fell on Mehrunissa. Here was born a dream, a desire for power and the ultimate position of the emperor. Her preparation stated with learning to control her emotions, a key quality of an emperor. Soon after marriage, her brother was charged with treason and his fate lied in her hands. Curbing all emotions of loyalty and affection, she took an unbiased decision to sentence him to death, proving herself worthy of the throne. With an intoxicated and gullible emperor on the throne, her dreams found fertile grounds in the emperor’s unquestioning loyalty and trust and became the power behind the throne. But so much power concentrated in the hands of one person had to be followed by the fomentation of hatred. There had to be traitors in the shadow. In this case it was the general of the Mughal army, Mahabat Khan. A cunning man, he managed to trap the unsuspecting royalty in an isolated land, intending to become the emperor himself but how could he have escaped the scheming mind of Mehrunissa who solely with her immense grit had saved the emperor.

But unfortunately, history plays its card at random, smiling at some while laughing at others. Being born as part of the unfavoured gender was the curse that came as a mighty obstruction to her dreams.

CREATIVE DESIGN CONTEST ENTRIES 2017


This year the students were asked to make posters encouraging people to use internet. These are some of the entries submitted by the winner and the runner up teams.

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-By Fluffy, Motu and Bhau (Class IX)

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-By Goody Goody, Nonny and X (Class IX)

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-By Goody Goody, Nonny and X (Class IX)

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-By Goody Goody, Nonny and X (Class IX)

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-By Fluffy, Motu and Bhau (Class IX)

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-By Fluffy, Motu and Bhau (Class IX)

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-By Goody Goody, Nonny and X (Class IX)

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-By Goody Goody, Nonny and X (Class IX)

 

Myself


Khushi Choudhary, a very small girl of Class I (2016) has written a few lines describing herself as the best child in the world. This is a cute picture of her.

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My name is Khushi. I am very good. I am proud of myself. I think I am the world’s best child. I also thank my mother because she has born me. I like myself a lot. I also think after I become big I will remain the same. I am very happy because I have such a nice school and such a nice family.

A Birthday Wish


This is a birthday wish from Tanushree Sow Mondal of Class IX (2016) to Rhea Banerjee of Class IX (2016). Class IX  students have been together for the last seven years. Tanushree attempts to describe the transformation she has seen in Rhea over the years.

I still remember my first day at school; new place, new people and the scared little me. Then I saw her. When everyone else still needed time to adjust to the new atmosphere, she had set out on exploring the school. I still remember the mischieves that marked her first year at school; the sneaky glances at the copies of other students, or the time she bit a fellow classmate. Then the quibbles over her punishment.

Time passed so quickly that we failed to notice the small changes in her, until she had transformed beyond recognition. The smiling face was gone, the nonstop chattering had ceased. The girl whose eyes lit up at the screening of Mr. Bean’s holiday, now aspires to be like Michael Corleone. The girl who once disliked English, is now the Shakespeare of our class.

Sometimes her transformed self fills us with pride. But then somewhere, a part of the heart wants the cute old friend back.

My wonderful class


“My Wonderful Class”, a beautiful poem written by Mahek Choudhary of Class VI (2016) as the part of a homework assignment. Even though she had joined the school just two years back, she got well integrated with the rest of the class.

I will explain about each student to you,
In a line or two.
First is Aritra who reads like a bullet train,
Next is Gloop who never uses his brain.
Then is Abhranil who is very cute,
Followed by Nayanika who is always mute.
Arindam is the boy whom we call saint,
Then Trina whose voice is so faint.
Shreya who draws very well,
Her best friend Shabnam writes poems very well.
Loompa jabbers a lot,
Very less maturity Lex has got.
Criminal has a love for animal,
Yusuf behaves like a cannibal.
Iman’s handwriting is very bad,
Lugu is always seen sad.
Nafisha has boring jokes to tell,
More than hundred times Clumsy fell.
Poulami laughs hysterically,
Dibyajyoti plays kabaddi very dangerously.
Kirti is very combative,
Followed by Mahek who is talkative.
Mars fellow falls from the sky when he is asked a question,
In Sharmin’s answer there’s always precision.
Arnab is always perplexed,
Harsha, the badminton champion comes next.
Akib is gleeful,
Last is Snehil who is very cheerful.

Song from the movie Court


On the last day of the Contest Week 2016, Class VIII children sang a song from the Marathi movie Court (which was India’s entry for foreign language Oscars that year). The song was translated into Bengali by us. Here is the translation and the video of the wildly popular performance.

 

জাগ  জাগ  জাগ  সবাই
বিদ্রোহের  দিন রে,
এসেছে  খুব  দুঃসময়
শত্রুকে চেন  রে।

জীবন  কারাগার
নেই  কোন  অধিকার,
এ যুগ  অন্ধকার
বাঁধা চোখ সবার।
এ কি সময়  এলো
সত্যের দিন গেল,
খারাপ  যেন  ভালো
সাদা যেন  কালো।

ভালজনকে  ভুলে  এখন
মন্দেরই  জয়  গান  রে,
শত্রু যে সর্বনাশা
তারই  গুণ  গাই  রে।
এসেছে  খুব  দুঃসময়
শত্রুকে চেন  রে।

এ শয়তান বহুরূপী
পরায়  আমাদের টুপি।
রং  নিয়ে  তার খেলা
জীবন  হেলাফেলা,
রং যে খেলে পাশা
ধরায়  আমাদের  নেশা,
রঙের নেশায়  মরা
সবকিছু  ভাঙাচোরা।

এই রঙের রঙ্গ রে, করছে ভঙ্গ রে,
সমাজ ভঙ্গুরে, অঙ্গ পঙ্গু রে,
অসৎ সঙ্গ রে, বেকার দাঙ্গা রে।
এ নিবিড় জঙ্গলে, হিংস্র জঙ্গলে,
ধর্ম জঙ্গলে, বর্ণ জঙ্গলে,
জাতীর জঙ্গলে, ভাষার জঙ্গলে।

এ অমঙ্গলের রাতে
আলোর দিশা নাই রে,
পড়ে নে রণসজ্জা
বিপ্লবের দিন রে।
এসেছে খুব দুঃসময়
শত্রুকে চেন রে।

কি মোহ এ টাকা
বানায় মোদের বোকা,
পথ হয়ে যায় বাঁকা
বিবেকটা যে ফাঁকা।
এই টাকায় কিনি সুখ
তবে মনে কেন দুখ,
সুখ তবু অধরা
জীবন দিশাহারা।

এ রোশনাই চিকনাই, স্ট্যাটাস হাই ফাই
এ গোল-মাল রে, এ ফ্যান্সি মল রে
ফ্রি ফর অল রে, গ্রেট ফল রে।

গোলমাল রে, ফ্যান্সি মল রে
গ্রেট ফল রে, গ্রেট ফল রে
মায়াজাল রে, নিশাকাল রে
নিশাকাল রে, মায়াজাল রে।