The recess bell rang in St. Anne's
high school. As Mili, Smit and Soham, the seventh standard
students, were passing through; something on the notice board
caught their attention.
Good news for students of std. 5th to 8th! We are going to
celebrate the Republic day with a special contest this year.
Portray one positive side of India in model form. Students
interested in participating, kindly give your names as a team of
four to five members to Mrs. Sandhya by today evening.
Date of submitting projects - 26th January 2014
1. Topic selection
3. Team work
Mili sprang up in excitement, "Wow, it appears that Mrs. Sandhya
has again come up with a nice concept. Guys I want to participate
"Yeah, sure! This appears really exciting. I am sure Rahul and
Yash will love to join us," said Soham in excitement.
"So it's done then. Let's meet up at my place today evening for
brainstorming," Smit smiled.
"Done!!" They all shared a high five.
On the other side, Class 8th smarties -
Ronit, Sonika, Tina and Dainik met up during recess in the school
"Yash, we have to win this competition. It's about the prestige of
standard 8th," Dainik exclaimed as he stuffed fries in his
"We will, Danny. We are all meeting up tonight at my place for
that," Ronit winked.
So this is how everyone geared up to participate, create, and
Friends, lets sneak into Smit's house and find out what happened
Mili started, "Let's do something on unity in
"Hey, that's too common," Soham shook his head. "Instead let's
show India's scenic beauty."
"That will be too much greenery," Yash interrupted
"I agree," Mili nodded.
"How about showing India's smart armed forces?" Smit sprang up,
lifted a pillow and placed it on his lap.
No one responded to his idea so he got a quick hint that it
was not a good idea after all. He realized Rahul was not speaking
"Rahul what's in your mind? Why aren't you saying anything? Come
on, share your views!"
He very well knew Rahul was shy and needed a little encouragement
to speak up.
Rahul finally broke his silence. "Uhm, well I just thought what if
we showed the impeccable Dabbawallas of Mumbai, whose error rate is
only 1 in 16 million." "Well it's a good idea indeed. But it will
be challenging," Soham said with skepticism.
"Not really. We can make clay models of them. My father's friend
is a potter he can help us in making human figures," Smit
"Cool guys, done then. We are making the dabbawallas," Yash
Smit's team finalized their idea. Now let's have a look at what
happened at Ronit's place…
"Guys, you will be happy to know that I have already decided what
we will be presenting. So this meeting is practically a waste of
time." Ronit declared.
"Why, what happened?" Dainik was a little taken aback.
"I have already decided what we will be making. We will present
India's recent satellite that was launched. My father is into
interior designing and is an expert in making models. So I am quite
sure that we will win."
All team members got a small set back. Not because the idea was
not good, but because Ronit didn't even ask for their views.
However, everyone knew Ronit was the smartest kid in class, and no
one would get a better idea. So, they decided to help him in his
The next day in school…
During recess time, Ronit and his team mates were in the cafeteria
discussing their project.
"Ronit, your uncle is really fab! The spacecraft that he's made
looks so authentic." exclaimed Sonika.
"This is just the beginning guys. Aage aage dekho hota hai kya
(just wait and watch what happens next)."
Mili, who was sitting on the neighboring table, overheard the
conversation. The same evening when she met her team mates…
"Guys, I just heard what Dainik was saying to Ronit. Let me tell
you, those guys are really doing well. As for us, Smit's uncle
--our only ray of hope, is also out of town."
"Smit, I think we should change our idea. I don't think we'll be
able to go ahead like this," said Soham dejectedly.
Smit sensed the jealousy and negativity penetrating his group. He
quickly thought of a plan.
"Friends, today let's just leave our project thoughts and plans
The three were amazed at this remark of Smit, but they knew
their friend. Whenever he came up with such suggestions, he always
had something brilliant coming up.
"What are you up to this time, Smit?" Yash questioned.
Smit went to his room and quickly brought some bright colored
"AkramExpress??!! What's this??" they cried in unison.
"Yes. These books are the guardian angels of my life. They have
offered me invaluable keys that have helped me solve so many of my
day to day problems. Check this out."
"Comparison results in jealousy" they all read. As they opened
the book and started reading 'Dadaji says' they got a beautiful
understanding about jealousy.
"Wow, this is simply amazing. I am suddenly feeling relaxed,"
said Yash in a positive tone.
Mili suddenly realized that Smit had seen the seed of jealousy
sprouting within the team members.
"Okay Smit, now I know why you shared this with us." Mili
expressed in a tone of remorse.
"Yes guys, I sensed the filth of jealousy. I somehow feel that
this kind of filth shouldn't be a part of our team. Winning is not
that important. So now I guess we can start afresh."
"Alright! But will we be able to continue with the idea in such a
state?" said Yash.
"Here this is for you." Mili handed him an Akram Express on 'From
negativity to positivity.' Everyone laughed out loud.
Thus both teams worked up their sweat on their respective
projects. However, both the team members faced challenges
differently. On one side, Ronit's team was often bullied by
him, which resulted in his team members developing for him.
On the other hand, Smit's team would face obstacles but would
discover solutions instead of finding faults. Smit's
innovative idea of using Akram Express to uproot specific weak
points in the team, helped the team to not only progress positively
in their project work, but also to gain the right understanding to
overcome those negative points. Come what may, they maintained
oneness with each other, and whenever there was a problem they
would discover solutions instead of finding faults. They even
"Google searched" the art of clay modeling and made it the human
clay models all by themselves.
A day before the model submission, Smit's team project didn't turn
out to be that great. The clay models were fragile and deformed.
However, they were happy they had worked hard on it and had learnt
the art of clay model making. Ronit's two group members left out of
frustration and Ronit completed the project all by himself with his
father's help. But his project was worth all the praises.
The day of the results arrived. All the models were put on
display. The results were actually predictable. Ronit's excellent
spacecraft model was the most prominent amongst all the other
Mrs. Sandhya came on stage and announced, "All of you have done
splendid art work. But along with presentation, one other important
judging criterion was team work. So, the winner is… …the dabbawalla
All were shocked. How could a broken clay model be declared a
winner when there were such splendid art works?
Mrs. Sandhya continued, "Let me reveal a fact. I had secretly kept
both the teams' conduct under observation. On the occasion of
Republic day, the main intention behind holding this
competition was that you would all learn to work in teams and
maintain oneness with each other come what may, immaterial of how
the project turned out to be. More than a good project, good team
work is what we were looking for. We wanted to convey the message
of unity and oneness which Smit's team has successfully understood.
Thereby Smit's team gets the prize."
Smit and his teammates rejoiced and stood up to receive the
prize. They shared their hardships and challenges and how they
overcame them with the help of right understanding obtained from
Someone from the crowd shouted, "Hey, what is this 'Akram
"We have brought one for all of you all!!" Saying this, Smit,
Mili, Soham and Rahul removed bundles of Akram Express and
distributed them to the crowd.
"There's one for everyone!!" they echoed.
And this is how St. Anne's high school began their walk down the
path of right understanding…
Most of the time, out of craze of winning and proving one's own
superiority, we tend to forget about how many people around us we
are actually hurting. According to the law of nature, there is no
record of how much we win or lose; but there is surely a record of
how many people have we actually made happy or sad…
Therefore, wouldn't it be a good idea to resolve to never hurt
anyone through our mind, speech or action and live this life in
such a way that we only spread happiness!!
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