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Readers of the Month: January 2012

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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

Think.

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!!

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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

Edward

Now reading (Title & Author)

TITLE:  Harry Potter and The Order of Phoenix

AUTHOR-J K Rowling

Where do you like to read most?

Everywhere

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 ?

Grandmother

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.

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Teacher

Mr Mathew Abraham, PGT (Physics)

Books

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.

Recommendations

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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Readers of the Month (December 2011)

Teja

Name of the Student & Class

P. Tejeswini , XI A

Your First Book and who gifted it ?

 

Harry Potter, by my father.

Favourite Books and why ?

(Title & Author)

 

Twilight saga, It is very imaginative.

 

 

Most favourite character

Edward.

Now reading (Title & Author)

TITLE:  Cleopatra’s  daughter

 

AUTHOR Michelle Moran

Where do you like to read most?

 

My home.

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

  

Michelle Moran.  Because her books are compulsively readable.

 

Who motivates you to read ?

 

My best friend Revathy.

Books you recommend to your friends?

 

Fiction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading makes you

 

 

 

 

 

Feel great. It is a great experience to travel through many imaginative worlds. Good  books have a way of setting me free. Reading can be a bond with the greatest minds. Let a great book open your heart. So friends, just read and grow!

Ajay

Name of the Student & Class

Ajay Mohan, IX C

Your First Book and who gifted it?

The Three Little Bears
My father

Favourite Books and why ?

(Title & Author)

Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling. The books take us to a world of magic and entertainment.

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. All these books are packed with adventure and it makes you so involved in it that you feel you are one of the characters.

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Author Connan Doyle. He captivates his readers with his power to deduce the complicated problems in a very extraordinary manner.

Most favourite character

Artemis Fowl

 

Now reading (Title & Author)

TITLE: Artemis Fowl and the Opel Deception

 

AUTHOR: Eoin Colfer

Where do you like to read most?

In my cosy little room at home

 

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

Eoin Colfer because I want to know how he gets his ideas to write such awe-inspiring works. 

 

Who motivates you to read?

My parents and grandfather.

 

Books you recommend to your friends?

 

Short stories of Sherlock Holmes.

Works of Charles Dickens and RK Narayan.

Biographies of great men.

 

Reading makes you

 

 

 

 

 

Reading helps me enrich my vocabulary, increase my knowledge, expose me to various lifestyles and cultures and above all develop my personality.

 

Krishna

Teacher

Mrs. Krishnaveni T., German Teacher

Books

Childhood favourites: Books by Enid Blyton, and any books showing a fairy tale land and a fairy tale ending. Also books about life in boarding school, probably because I had a fascination for that life.

Other Books: Classics like David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. Given a chance, I would read David Copperfield again and again.

Now reading

A compilation of Indian short stories by eminent writers in most of the regional Indian languages. This is the second volume, and I still have to get hold of the first one.

Why I Read?

For personal edification, for pleasure, and for a free ride to all those far-off places which I can probably not visit in my entire lifetime. Thanks to this hobby of mine, I know not only the names of all those far-off countries in the northern and the southern hemisphere, but also something about the culture, the way of life, the bent of mind of people, why they think in that particular way, the climate and the mode of dress of the people there, and of course, the interesting places there to visit. Who knows? I may even get a chance to visit them.

Recommendations

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

I Dare by Kiran Bedi

The Bhagvad Gita

The Wooster series by P. G. Wodehouse

Message to students

Some books may seem very childish when we take them up the first time, but we have to understand that only when the book is easy to read and understand, will the interest to read be nurtured. So though the journey may begin slowly, persevere, and soon you will be lost in the world of books. It is true indeed, that books are a person’s best friends. They provide you with comfort and company even in solitude.

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Readers of the Month: October 2011

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Aajma Manoj, IX A
Your First Book and who gifted it ?
Seven voyages of Sinbad the sailor gifted by my father.
Favourite Books and why ?
(Title & Author)
Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling, Twilight by Stephenie Mayor,
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis,
The mystery series by Enid Blyton.
These books are special to me as they had enriched me with lots of fun filled moments and wonderful experiences of many worlds such as the world of magic.
Most favourite character
Name:Severus Snape,Sirius Black, and Hermione Grange
All from the Harry Potter series..
Now reading (Title & Author)
TITLE: Revolution 20 20
AUTHOR:Chetan Bhagat.
Where do you like to read most?
In the library@K.V.Pattom
If you get a chance to meet a writer, who would you prefer to  and why ?
J.K.Rowling!! , as she is the writer whom i love most, because the stories written by her are simply irresistible and full of magic!
Who motivates you to read ?
My mother.
Books you recommend to your friends?
All books of HP series,Twilight saga and The  Chronicles Of Narnia.Diary of a wimpy kid etc..
 
Reading makes you
Reading makes me feel that Iam a part of the book too..
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Greeshma G and Zarin,  XII A
Name of the Student & Class Greeshma G., XII A
Your First Book and who gifted it ? Mahabaratha My mother
Favourite Books and why? Epics because they give many valuable ideas for living in the world.
Most favourite character Sree Krishna
Now reading (Title & Author) Illiad and Odissi by Homer
Where do you like to read most? In the Library
If you get a chance to meet a writer, who would you prefer to  and why ? Any Malayalam writer.
Who motivates you to read ? My mother
Books you recommend to your friends? Epics, puranas, biographies
Reading makes you,

 

 

It helps me to understand the value and meaning of life and give me confidence to jump over the huddles in my life.
Name of the Student & Class Zarin, XII A
Your First Book and who gifted it ? Cheer up Little Noddy by Enid Blyton. I received it as the proficiency award in 1st grade ( probably the only time I received a proficiency award).
Favourite Books and why ? A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini because it is a poignant reminder of sacrifice amidst the most grueling situations in life.
Most favourite character Miriam from ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’
Now reading The diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney
Where do you like to read most? In my room…..all ALONE!!
If you get a chance to meet a writer, who would you prefer to  and why ? Alice Sebold. Because her books have inspired and uplifted my thoughts.
Who motivates you to read ? My friends Kalyani, Alina and Nazrin ( also my twin….hmmphh)
Books you recommend to your friends? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Reading makes you, Happy and besides I get to flaunt new words and convoluted sentences. For eg: the incongruity of phlegmatic propensities. Confused??? You should be.

And finally reading makes me Happy

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Mrs. Leena Mary, PGT (Physics)
Books Childhood favourites: short stories, novels, astronomy, philosophy, psychology

Others: The black book,My name is Red,Like the Flowing river,The Valicepium ,sophie’s world,The pilgrimage

Now reading The dancing wu-li masters by Gary Zukan ,The White castle by Orhan Pamuk
Why I Read? I feel the most happy when I have nothing rankling in my mind and I am in the company of a book of my choice .It’s a pleasure! When I don’t have anything to read I feel incomplete miss something very important. Books are my friends! Books are food for my mind.
Recommendations Sophie’s world by Jostein Garder,

Like the flowing River by Paulo Coelho,

Sidhartha by Herman Hesse

Message to students Make books your friends. You will never feel lonely or get bored.

Just as balanced diet is important for your physical well being, a balanced reading is important for your mental growth. But remember Frances Bacon’s words,

SOME BOOKS ARE TO BE TASTED, OTHERS TO BE SWALLOWED.AND SOME FEW TO BE CHEWED AND DIGESTED.

 

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Readers of the Month: September 2011

Students

Class VI-IX

Name of the Student & Class ARCHA.K.R (VIII D)
Your First Book and who gifted it ? Jack and the Beanstalk.
Favourite Books and why ?

(Title & Author)

Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling, Twilight by Stephen Mayor,

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis, Famous Five by Enid

Blyton, Witches and Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roahld Dahl are some of my favourite books.

 

These books are special to me as they had enriched me with lots of fun filled moments and wonderful experiences of many worlds such as the world of magic, enchantments, humour, hauntings and many more inexplicable

situations.

Most favourite character Name: Dobby the house elf who has peculiar ways of devotion and who wants to be a free elf.

 

In the Book : Harry Potter.

Now reading (Title & Author) TITLE: Lord of the rings.

AUTHOR:J.R.R Tolkein.

Where do you like to read most? In my home.
If you get a chance to meet a writer, who would you prefer to  and why ? Roaldh Dahl , as he is the writer whom i love most, because he writes stories which are simply irresistible and which always attracts me .

We even share the same birth date.(13 September)

Who motivates you to read ? My beloved brother, he is himself a brainy and goes crazy about books.
Books you recommend to your friends? Secret Seven, Famous Five, Wishing Chair and books written by Enid Blyton.
 

Reading makes you

Reading makes me feel enchanted ,by the way a book can absorb the reader into its pages and can take him/her into its world.

Class X-XII

Name of the Student & Class VIBIL RAJ V.B. (XII A)
Your First Book and who gifted it ? The Holy Bible, gifted by God through my father.
Favourite Books and why ?

(Title & Author)

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

Arthasaathra by Kautilyan known as Chanakaya.

 

In Gitanajali the great noble ideas of freedom, patriotism and equality have been drawn.

In Arthasasthra we learn how to solve the problems and succeed in life.

Most favourite character Name:Karna

In the Book : Mahabharatha

Now reading (Title & Author) TITLE:The works of Swami vivekanadha

AUTHOR:Swami Vivekanandha

Where do you like to read most? At home in the nights.
If you get a chance to meet a writer, who would you prefer to  and why ? Rabindranath Tagore the great poet. Because of his ‘Gitaanjali’
Who motivates you to read ? My ultimate motto is to find out eternal life .
Books you recommend to your friends? Swami Vivekanadha’s books , Ethics of Chanakya, Life of Jesus Christ
 

Reading makes you

 

A good human being and a scholar.

Teacher

Teacher ASHA DEVI A ,

PGT (Geography)

Books  

Childhood favourites : Amar Chitrakatha, Enid Blyton

 

Now reading (Title & Author) TITLE: Nine Lives

AUTHOR: William Dalrymple

Why I read ? Reading is a pleasure, a joy and a blessing.
Books are treasure troves of knowledge.
Recommendations City of Djinnes by William Dalrymple

Coder 632 by Jose Rodrigues Dos Santos
Valley of the kings by John Romes.

 

Message to students

 

Reading gives immense benefits, improves vocabulary, knowledge, memory and self esteem. So start reading, continue reading…

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Readers of the Month: August 2011

Students

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Category: Class X-XII

Devika Raju (XII D)

Category: Class VI-IX

Parvathy B.(IX A)

 

A Short Interview with the Nominees

Name of the Student & Class

Devika Raju, XII D

Your First Book and who gifted it ?

My mother gifted me a “Famous Five” novel written by Enid Blyton.

Favourite Books and why ?

(Title & Author)

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

I love it the most because of the subtle humour in it, portrayal of old English people, the old English neighbourhood and atmosphere.

2. Harry Potter by J K Rowling.

I love the way she managed to create a whole new world which exists within the world we know.

3. Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer.

I love the horror element in it, the romance in it, the nerve racking suspense.

Most favourite character

Name: Hercule Poirot

Book : Lord Edgware Dies

Now reading (Title & Author)

“Three Act Tragedy” by Agatha Christie

Where do you like to read most?

At home, the school library, while travelling.

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

I would like to meet the late P G Wodehouse who never fails to capture me with his ingeniously plotted comedies which is full of subtle humour.

Who motivates you to read ?

Even as a small child my mother motivated me to read and still continues to do so.

Books you recommend to your friends?

P G Wodehouse (especially Blandings Series), Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter series, Twilight Saga, Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, Perry Mason novels.

 

Name of the Student & Class

Parvathy B., IX A

Your First Book and who gifted it ?

HARRY POTTER gifted by my father

Favourite Books and why ?

(Title & Author)

1THE PRINCESS DIARIES BY MEG CABOT.  I like it because it link with teens

Most favourite character

Name: RON WEASLEY

Book : Harry Potter series

Now reading (Title & Author)

“PRINCESS DIARIES by MEG CABOT

Where do you like to read most?

At home

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

Meg Cabot

Who motivates you to read ?

My sister

Books you recommend to your friends?

The Tale of Two cities, Harry Potter series, Marple, The Princess Diaries

 

Teacher

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Mrs. Tessy Jimmy, TGT (Maths)

A Short Interview with the Nominee

Teacher

Mrs. Tessy Jimmy, TGT (Maths)

Books

Childhood favourites:

1) Amar Chitrakatha

2) Famous Five

Other Books: Chicken Soup Series

Now reading

“Unbowed, A Memoir”

By Wangari Mathai

Why I Read?

I read for pleasure and vocabulary improvement. I also read to become aware of the happenings in the world so that my brain is kept active, alert and ready to capture more to help the younger and smarter kids of today.

Recommendations

Ignited Minds

By Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam

Message to students

My message to you is through this famous quotation –

“I’ve travelled the world twice over,

met the famous saints and sinners,

poets and artists, kings and queens,

old stars and hopeful beginners.

I’ve been where no one’s been before,

learnt secrets from writers and cooks

all with one library ticket

to wonderful world of books”.

So, what are you waiting for? You are blessed with one of the best libraries in the country. So make maximum use of it. Happy Reading!

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