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Readers of the Month: January 2012


Name of the Student & Class

Naveena Pradeep, XI A

Your First Book and who gifted it ?

The Red Little Sparrow

My class teacher, Ms Rosemary

Favourite Books and why ?

(Title & Author)

Jackdaws-Ken Follett

False impression- Jeffrey Archer

Harry Potter series-J K Rowling

The style in which the authors have portrayed characters in each of these books and also these books felt so real that could clearly visualize them as I read it.

Most favourite character

Hermione Granger in Harry potter and Felicity Clairet in Jackdaws

Now reading (Title & Author)

TITLE: Agatha Christie,An autobiography

AUTHOR- Agatha Christie

Where do you like to read most?

At home.

If you get a chance to meet a writer, who would you prefer to  and why ?

J.K.Rowling. I have always been so surprised the way she finished off all the books giving a mind for no question to readers.

Who motivates you to read ?

My Father

Books you recommend to your friends?

Jackdaws, Shivering Sands, Sands OF Time,The Third Twin, False Impression, A matter of honour ,A Prisoner Of Birth.


Reading makes you


It takes you somewhere more than reality and helps you to have more innovative ideas as its said to think “out of box”. Moreover , it is more expressive as to how people feels and their emotions. All in all reading is EVERYTHING to me.


Name of the Student & Class

Bhavapriya Thottakad, XI-A

Your First Book and who gifted it ?

I can’t really remember all that well because it was quite long ago but I think it was The Whispering Rabbit. It was gifted by my Aunt when I was four years old, I think.

Favourite Books and why ?

(Title & Author)

I have way too many favourite books!! And remembering all the titles will take a long time but some of them are The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, My Family and Other Animals and Birds, Beasts and Relatives by Gerald Durrell, All Creatures Great and Small and All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot, The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, The Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat etc etc. These are just some of my favourite books!

I don’t like to stick to a certain genre. I like dabbling in all kinds of books.

Most favourite character

Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series

Now reading (Title & Author)

TITLE:The Picture of Dorian Gray

AUTHOR: Oscar Wilde

Where do you like to read most?

Preferably on my bed. Or curled up in a chair. Now that I think about it, I like to read anywhere except in vehicles.

If you get a chance to meet a writer, who would you prefer to and why ?

J.K. Rowling, most definitely. I have read the HP series so many times that I can’t count! These books endear themselves to me because the main protagonist is far from ideal. The characters in the books are not high and mighty and noble. Everyone has a flaw and J.K. Rowling has taken care to portray human emotions, vices and virtues all together. It would be quite an honour to meet her, though I’m not putting down the works of other authors.

Who motivate you to read ?

Nobody, really. I read because I like to read and not because of being motivated or inspired. However I have my parents to thank for, for encouraging the reading habit in me from quite an early age and also for not objecting (most of the times) against me reading during exam times! My mother used to tell me stories from the books she had read during her childhood and teenage years when I was four to five years old. Conventional fairy tales were not part of my childhood, instead I grew up listening to Russian folk tales, Wuthering Heights and many other classics. I have been told that whenever my mother told me the story of Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty, I used to insist on the bad guys and good guys switching roles! I was introduced to The Scarlet Pimpernel by my mother and now it is one of my most favourite books!

Books you recommend to your friends?

I wish I could remember the names of them all. As I’m not sure what the age specifications are, my recommendations are limited. But here are a few:-

His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman(preferably for readers above the age of 13), pretty much all the works of P.G. Wodehouse for e.g. The Girl in Blue,

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire(for a different take on Cinderella from the point of view of the stepsisters. Set in a non-magical universe. For older readers),

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende(it’s a relatively new genre known as Mystical Realism. For older readers),

Dogsong by Gary Paulsen,

Rosy is My Relative by Gerald Durrell,

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White,

Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead(For older readers),

The Bastard of Istanbul and Bonbon Palace by Elif Shafak(for older readers),

The Young Samurai series by Chris Bradford,

The Chalet School series by Elinor-Brent Dyer,

also I would recommend reading up on folk tales and fairy tales of other cultures…they are quite entertaining!!

Please experiment with all genres, don’t stick to just one.


Reading makes you…

Reading makes me escape reality and be in a world which I would never be able to visit in real life. I can be in a different world or a different character every time I read a book. While reading, I can go from sitting in a noisy classroom to riding on dragon back. Reading helps me get out of the “the Real World” which I find horrible. I pride myself on having an extreme imagination and at risk of sounding poetic ‘Reading lends my Imagination wings to lift off and fly high’. Imagination is to be cultivated because whenever you are feeling down and ragged on by people, imagining you are a different person and you’re in a different universe, lends you strength. This is the serious reason.


On a more playful note, reading gets me out of pointless conversations that I would rather avoid!!


Name of the Student & Class

Linita Sara Paul , IX A

Your First Book and who gifted it ?

Secret Seven, from my friend Unnikrishnan

Favourite Books and why ?

(Title & Author)

Twilight Saga by Stephanie Mayer, Harry Potter Series by J.K.Rowling. B’coz it is filled with mystery and adventure.

Most favourite character


Now reading (Title & Author)

TITLE:  Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix

AUTHOR-J K Rowling

Where do you like to read most?


If you get a chance to meet a writer, who would you prefer to  and why ?

Stephanie Mayer-Because she is the author of my favourite book Twilight Saga.

Who motivate you to read ?


Books you recommend to your friends?

Twilight Saga, Harry Potter ,Nancy Drew, Wings of Fire etc

Reading makes you

Happy and hopeful. It extends my imagination to its fullness.



Mr Mathew Abraham, PGT (Physics)


Childhood favourites: My Experiments with Truth (Mahatma Gandhi)

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)

Other Books: A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)

Ignited Minds, Wings of Fire, India 2020 (APJ Abdul Kalam), Tao of Physics (by Fritjof Capra), Blinded by Light (by Paul Davis)

Journals: Current Science, Resonance (Available in School Library)

Physics World (Online Version), New Scientist, Nature Physics (Hope that these journals will also be made available in the school library soon)

Now reading

The Scientific Edge by Jayant V Narlikar

Why I Read?


Even after the advent of internet and the information revolution, I derive the pleasure of getting informed along with rigorous thinking through reading books, journals and magazines.

I always try to update my knowledge with Science Journals rather than books to keep myself up to date with latest developments as the journals give me more current developments than books.


The Tao of Physics (Fritjof Capra)

Conceptual Physics (Paul G Hewitt)

India 2020, Wings of Fire, Ignited Minds (APJ Abdul Kalam)

A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking)

Count your chickens before they hatch (Arindam Choudhury)

Message to students

Take Reading as a passion.

Reading does not require any special time. Our School Library has a vast collection of books. Go to the library whenever you get a chance and read the journals and the books which you find interesting. Reading a lot of books will help you find out your inner call and to realize your vocation. You are naturally attracted to books for which you are here. If some book in our library interests you, read it.

But, my humble suggestion is that, don’t just read for the sake of it; think deep and Dream a lot, dream of the future world of your imagination where all the problems are solved. Share your ideas through your articles and blogs.

Wish you the best of reading.

Let’s grow in knowledge.

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2 Responses

  1. I really liked the message of Mr. Abraham, PGT(Physics). He sounds very much like me. Moreover, I am also PGT(Physics). So I was happily surprised to know that there is somebody there who has similar taste.


  2. Reading books is to me what meditation is to others .While many children like to go for foreign authors i would suggest to read at least books of certain INDIAN writers like Chetan Bhagat,Aravind Adiga,Rabindranath Thakur’s GITANJALI,


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