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Surgical strike 2.0


On the 14th of Feb, the whole nation mourned the death of 42 Jawans who died in a suicide bombing that took place in Kashmir. This suicide bombing took place on a Jammu – Srinagar Highway Close to Pulwama. The JeM based Suicide bomber, Adil Dar carried out the bombing. Driving an SUV loaded with over 350 kgs of explosives, he was on the wrong side of the road. He ran the SUV into a bus that carried the CRPF Jawans. The attack led to the Indian Pime Minister giving full authority to the defense forces to take whatever action they want on the Terror forces.

On the morning of the 26th of Feb, we were all proud once again as the IAF proudly washed our bad memories of the attack and bathed them in good ones. Indian Air Force fighter jets crossed the International Line of Control for the first time since 1971 and struck the training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists in Balakot and other camps located in Chakothi and Muzaffarabad around. The main camp was located 80 kilometres from the LoC, this Jaish Camp was deep into the forest and on the top of a hill, yet it was away from civilian settlements. Intelligence agencies claimed that other suicide bombings were being planned. It said that they were training over 500 terrorists to carry forward acts of terrorism.

For this kind of an attack, the Air Forces chose an airborne attack as it would give them high advantages and reduce the number of casualties. 12 Mirage 2000 aircrafts were used. The planes were loaded with Israel manufactured Rafael Spice Ammunition. The mission was supported by other jets. After releasing the bombs, the jets returned into Indian airspace unharmed.

Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the fight is against terrorism and not Pakistan. We could look at this as weeds in the grass. Say that the terrorists are the weeds, they are plants after all yet they could slowly kill the grass and fill the area with their own species. The same way – the terrorists would go on killing more and more civilians and armed personals. The debate comes in when we bring in the fact of if we shall pluck the weed or let it be, the weed is bad and can take over everything else, yet they are also plants and it will be inhuman to kill them.

Following the attack, on the same day, a Pakistani drone was seen next to the border in Gujarat. The drone was shot down and precautions were being taken. In order for precautions to be taken, airports in J&K, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh were closed. The LoC was put on the highest degree of alertness and armed with the best of the best.

Indian border ground forces noticed Pakistani planes and immediately alerted the  IAF. The IAF reacted instantly by sending aircraft to fight the battle. More than 10 Pakistani planes flew in formation. 3 of them entered Indian airspace via Kalal at 10:20 AM.

India shot down a Pakistani F-16, the plane fell into Pakistan occupied Kashmir. A MIG 21 Bison from India that was piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was shot down and landed in POK. Soon after, the pilot was claimed to be missing. Pakistan responded to this by claiming that pilot Abhinandan was in their custody.

Wing Commander Abhinandan was smart and did everything to demolish the important documents. Videos that were released of him being ill-treated were against the Geneva Law. The Geneva law convention states the human law of War. Abhinandan stayed calm and showed acts of exemplary courage, valour, smart thinking and grace. Abhinandan is an inspiration to many.

Pakistan returned Abhinandan to India at the Wagha border after delaying the return twice. The border was kept open for this special case. Abhinandan was taken directly for medical checkups after which it was stated that Abhinandan had a fractured rib and a back contusion. The whole nation was relieved and proud to have him back.

Pakistan had also violated the ceasefire agreement by shelling with mortars and firing small arms. Pakistan violated the ceasefire agreement across various sectors near the border. Many civilians and soldiers from India and Pakistan were killed and wounded in this whole incident.

Sachi Vats, Sara Vats, Aditya Braganza and Ranai Rai (G6-B)

Woke up as an adult

Bad dream. I opened my eyes. I went to sleep. Almost. It was a normal day. I guess.

Realization floods in like water. Where was I? Startled, I jumped out of bed. It was not my room. Strangely, my photos were inside the frames and the furniture was exactly my taste. I also noticed a woman that looked dangerously like me in all the pictures. The room smelled good. Like lavender.

Suddenly, the alarms went off. The room lights up. A voice says, ‘Good morning, Ady! Happy birthday! The time was 8:00 AM and the temperature was 50 degrees Fahrenheit in Los Angeles. The date is 3 November 2033. Enjoy being 26.’

Suddenly everything fell into place. My whole life flashed before me. Not because I was dying, but because I had 15 years of catching up to do. I didn’t have a panic attack or anything, as many people would tend to do once they find out that they have skipped 15 years of their life. Not me. I was as cool as a cucumber. Sort of.

The flashback contained all my cherished and rather-forget-moments such as my first step, meeting my best friend, going to school for the first time, falling, getting bruised, getting a dog, getting a laptop, going to middle school – details that I would prefer not mentioning, going to high school, shifting to Los Angeles, saying goodbye to my best friend, seeing my new house, getting a scholarship to Harvard and to fast forward a few years, becoming a Hollywood actor.

Wait, what? I decided to sleep for a while, to digest all of this. Sadly, sleep doesn’t agree with you sometimes. So I decided to explore my so-called house. I stepped out of my room and took a look. Whoa! I had to admit, my house was pretty cool. I saw all the rooms and tried to recollect most of the past 15 years. Some of them helped. For example, in one of the rooms, I found a dog. Apparently, my dog. A King Charles Spaniel. I knew this as I had always wanted that particular bread. Today, I look back to that day and realized how naive I was. After seeing my dog, I went outside and began discovering Los Angeles in 2033. That was a mistake. Turns out that I was pretty well-known. That was a headache. The next day’s newspaper headlines were ‘Ady in her pajamas’. As I was saying, that was a headache. I tried hiding from the world and catching up on the news, my movies, trends and basically, what I had missed in the past 15 years. People thought that I had lost my mind. But again, people always think.

Adrita Ganguly (G5-B)

There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.


The name is Charles Dickens,

The man behind all the classics.

A master of human nature,

He wrote timeless literature.

He was the king of many genres

And the author of several novels.

His characters were outstanding,

So profound and amazing.

Oliver Twist, who asked for more,

Pip, who’s ambitions were set to soar,

David Copperfield who wanted happiness,

Nicholas Nickleby who wanted success.

His language is ever so descriptive

And his scenes are so picturesque.

He may have died back in the day,

But his stories still remain in a way.

His characters had “Great Expectations”

But he had greater ones.

His talent flowed freely in his pieces

So thought-provoking, with large traces

Of wisdom.

He wasn’t just a great writer,

He was a journalist and a talented actor.

He left behind a grand legacy,

Now every child reads at least one copy

Of his books.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

When he came into the world,

Charles Dickens brought new tunes to an old rhyme

And he was way ahead of his time.

But the unfortunate part is, he died too soon

For heroes should live to see endless full moons.

All great heroes must be honoured,

They were what the world greatly loved.

But even though they had unfortunate deaths,

People still celebrate their births.

And so, give way for the festivities

Give way for all the delights,

For on the 7th of February,

Mr.Charles Dickens had his first cry

As he entered into this world as a blessing,

And left it laughing with admiration at his wonderful writing.

Navya Sahay (G9)

Giving shape to Imagination

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” ~ Albert Einstein.

Makerspace is one of the many clubs in school that focuses on innovations that might help in making our future better and easier. It helps mould young minds to think out of the box and express their imagination and creativity through little innovations like the “doodle bot”.

My personal experience was simply splendid. It brought out the ingenious, inventive side of me. It helped me think of the many ways in which I could transform the lives of billions of people around the world by making the world a better place. It specifically focuses on brainstorming in context to inventions for the benefit of the human society.

Therefore, I would like to invite you all to join us at Makerspace and share this awe-inspiring experience of innovating for the betterment of the world with us!

Mohamed Omar (G4-A)


That day was a damp squib…

I glanced at my wrist watch, which read 11:05 AM. Twenty-five minutes more, I thought. There, we sat in the cafeteria, enjoying a warm, hearty lunch of rice and curry after a long and tedious session of I&S reading. I mean, how could a three-hour session of discussing handouts and dossiers NOT sap out anybody’s energy? Still, I knew that it was important for us and for the trip. But it was over, and we were up and ready for the journey. 11:25 AM, my watch read this time. And sure enough, we were asked to assemble in the Cafeteria. Five minutes more, and we would be off to the Airport for Delhi! Or at least I thought so. Because when our Principal came to address us and started talking was when I knew that this wasn’t the usual discipline talk. She spoke for a brief five minutes, after which she announced to us that we wouldn’t be able to go for the trip because the IAF had bombed the Pakistani terror camps that morning. Apparently, Delhi and Rajasthan weren’t the safest and most productive places to be at that moment. Shock, surprise and confusion struck us all like a stab in the heart. But we had to get over it. Because while we would be cribbing about not going for a field trip, other people, who are more involved in the situation, like our soldiers, were probably having a harder time than us at that moment because of the crisis.

Devansh Majithia (G8-A)


From under I will come

or so you think.

Robbing all of light,

Everything known, out of sight.

Or so you think.

I will be the bringer of pain,

And emergence from the shadows.

Bringing about Darkness.

Pouring on like Rain.

From under I will come,

Twisting Truth and Lies.

Soon you will not see between

Dark and Light.

Or so you think.

Forget it all.

Truth, Lies, Friendship, Love.

Because we all really know

True demons, come from above.

Sanjeet Panigrahi (G8-A)


She’s like poetry

detailed yet complex

full of emotions

yet unexplainable.

Understood but rejected.

She’s complicated

just as life is.

Guhar Goyal (G9)

My Future


My head is hurting. My heart is pounding. Slivers of white light are creeping through the smooth glass covering. It feels is as if I am seeing light for the first time. The glass opens and at once I am hit with a thousand intoxicating smells; asphyxiating me in the sealed chamber. I get up and gaze at the world for a second time, except this time, I don’t know who I am, where I am, or why I am here.

I get out of the chamber and put my hand on my throbbing head. Suddenly memories rush into my head. It is as if I’m being hit by a train. In a flash, I realize something. I am supposed to be a little boy aged ten. However, the looking glass tells another story because I see a man staring back at me. Puzzled and confused, I intently examine myself and find out that I am in my thirties– tall, gangly, with short hair and keen eyes. Next, I inspect the room. It is clean; too clean, and lacking furniture. The door is unlocked. I go through it and see a man and a woman smiling at me.

“How are you feeling, Sir?” the man asks.

“I’m fine, thank you,” I manage a reply.

I am about to ask him his name when he says, “I am your personal doctor and friend. She is your nurse.”

“I’m sorry, was I sick?” I ask.

The doctor replies, “Oh yes! You were in a coma for 28 years! I will take you to your office now. You probably don’t know that you work as a software engineer and designer.”

It seems that while I was unconscious, my life was being sorted out for me.

I take all this in with a contemptuous look on my face and walk out of the building. Instead of being greeted by traffic as I expect, I see hoverboards and flying cars. The world has really evolved without me, I think. On our way to the aerial parking, I feel as though my legs are too long and spindly, my stubble is pricking me like the bristles of a toothbrush, and my horn-rimmed spectacles are cutting into my skin. Aaaaaaarrrrrrrrrgh! Why is being a grown-up so hard!

We take a flying car to the office. The doctor shows me at my desk. I turn to ask him his name, but by then, he has already disappeared. I sit down at my desk and see a type of holo-screen. It is exactly like a computer, so it does not take me too long to figure it out. The blueprint for a teleporter has meanwhile appeared on my screen, along with coding instructions and my contacts. Apparently, I am supposed to code a teleporter! “Now how am I going to do this”, I ask myself. Thereupon, I remember a plan for a teleporter that I had read about and elaborated upon when I was 9. So I start working…

Three years later, the teleporter is complete and we have created a prototype. Also, I now know how to drive a flying car. Manifestly, information was planted in my head while I was in a coma. I am slowly adapting to this new world. I keep telling myself – I cannot go back to the past, so let me live my future.

The end…or is it?

Kabir Basu (G5-A)


I have always thought of doing a recreational activity which develops our mind for overall improvement. When I was in the second grade that was Chess for me. I would not stop playing when I went back home. Even though my friends would keep urging me to play football. Then, the day I left chess, another friend of mine showed me a puzzle that had 6 faces and 6 colors. It frustrated him to a point he threw it in the sand. I laughed. But, when I tried solving it, I got confused and frustrated myself. I decided to prove my friend wrong who said I would throw the puzzle known as the Rubik’s Cube out of frustration. So I went home that day and left it. Later in the summer holidays, I decided to pick it up. As my sister learned how to solve it and taught me how to solve it, I couldn’t leave it. I loved the cube! Soon, it became about solving it faster than others. It became a sport in itself. I would practice learning new methods. After I got relatively decent at solving it I started collecting. Now I have about 20 cubes. Not all are the same. Some are crazy and confusing to the eye. Cubing gives me satisfaction when I complete it. Cubing is a great way to make friends. Whenever I go for open cubing competitions, it connects all the competitors and makes us forget about the competition. Some people call it a talent, others call it a party trick. Though, to me cubing is a way to connect with others.

Sunav Bajaj (G7-A)


Yakshagana performers visited students of Grade 3. They talked about Yakshagana and how it could be used to represent social issues. They began with one of them talking to us about the form. He told us about where Yakshagana was performed, different types of Yakshagana, makeup, props entrances and not to forget costumes. Something that interested me the most was how Yakshagana changed over time. After watching the videos in which he told us how it was used to represent social issues we knew it was time to watch a live performance. The second expert was going to dance and had even dressed up for it. The dance was vigorous and looked like it needed a lot of practice. The expert visit was a great learning experience and it helped us understand how dance can be used as a medium of expression.

Riya (G3-C)


She smiles like a sunflower

Opens only for him

She brightens around him

But dawn comes and he goes for war

Alone she wilts

Always ready to face him again



I am a train, rain is falling on my train

My train has a lane which takes my train

I am on a train, my train has a lane

My lane is very long and so it goes along

Pranshi (G1-B)

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)


Inclusiveness is all about being open-minded and respecting others’ opinions. An assembly was organized to build consciousness around this in the Neev community. This assembly was an eye opener for most of us, particularly when we were conducting an activity. We noticed that people were laughing or cringing at what others were saying, without even realizing that it amounted to bullying. They would even try to convince people not to share their opinions. When we explicitly pointed this out, the audience came to this realization and finally, the goal of the assembly was met.

We feel that the students have walked out of the assembly hall more aware of their actions and willing to put in an effort to be open-minded to differences, resulting in a happier, safer community.

Leya, Vaishnavi and Vishali (G8) – Inclusiveness Initiative

Fundraising for Habitat for Humanity


A shelter is a place that offers you protection from danger, both environmental and human. It is considered as one of the basic human needs for survival, falling under the same category as food and water. Only with these essentials can one think of higher wants like safety, education, and equality.

It is unfortunate that in a rapidly developing country like India, millions still do not have access to shelter and sanitation facilities, the fundamental requirements. As the privileged one percent of the country, we believe that it is our duty to help in any way we can. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity, an international NGO that aims to ensure a world where everyone has a decent place to live, we organized a fundraiser in school. The funds raised were used to build homes and sanitation facilities across Karnataka.

However, fundraising is just the beginning. We plan to engage with the community that is facing these problems, and learn what more we can do. We would also like to thank everyone who contributed and helped families fulfil the necessities for a decent life.

Rohini Chakraborty and Arya Varma (G11)

For our recycling initiative in CAS, we wanted to spread awareness on waste segregation. As a group, we felt responsible for bringing about a change when we saw people throwing things even without looking at where it landed. Invariably it lands in the wrong bin.

We wanted to spread awareness about the negative impact it has on the environment. Through waste segregation, we can aid recycling, one of the most environmentally secure things we can do. By simply throwing our paper cups or plastic bottles in the right bin, we can stop the usage of plastic and therefore save the environment. We also thought that through this, we would be aiding the noble cause against global pollution at a very local level.

We invited  ENSYDE to talk about their Electronic- Waste collection and sensitization programme “Be Responsible”. The main objective of this program is to advocate the cause of recycling Electronic waste by periodic collections at schools and apartment communities. We wish to organize a “Be-Responsible” collection drive at Neev Academy at the earliest possible to foster awareness and active citizenship for the environmental cause of Electronic waste.

We have also created a radio jingle to aid the awareness campaign. We composed the beats, wrote the lyrics, performed and recorded it. We plan to play it at our school PA system very soon.

Skanda and Devansh (G8-A)- Recycling Intiative

History Tour of Bangalore


Walking along the tree-lined streets of older Bangalore, I was lost in time as I took in the beauty of the forts, the community spaces, and shops. The dungeons we visited still had the power to retell stories from the past. This city was designed by King Kempe Gowda in 1537 from just a barren piece of a plateau. The elevated plateau was advantageous for a king to set up a trading city since the enemies could not reach the higher ground easily. Trees were planted and artificial lakes were created to make the city habitable. The lakes were interconnected so that they would not overflow in the rainy seasons.

There was harmony among religions in the city. We noticed that Tipu Sultan’s palace and a temple co-existed in the same place, and Islamic architecture merged with Hindu architecture in his palace.

In the afternoon, we headed to a restaurant in an old shopping lane to experience the traditional cuisine of Bangalore. The food was unfamiliar to most of us, but it was a taste of something new while learning about the past.

This tour taught me to appreciate the ingenuity that goes into creating a city. Some knowledge from the past, like the interconnected lakes, should be preserved and used today. It could help solve the water crisis that the city faces. I realized how people of different communities who usually had conflicts in the past, united towards a certain cause– freedom from colonialism. Overall, I was enlightened about the city’s past, which I had no idea of, in spite of living here since childhood.

Aparna Iyer (G11)

Walls of wonder


Grade 1 children integrated their current unit of inquiry ”How the world works” with the central idea ‘Materials consist of matter that can be manipulated and changed for a purpose’. The related concepts for this unit were – Properties, Manipulation and Transformation, which was clearly evident when they observed the before and after pictures to understand and differentiate the meaning of the words.

Children also discussed the differences in the old and modern style of construction and got engaged in a few hands-on activities like join the dots on the design of the North campus new building. It made them aware and observe the finer details of the architecture of the building which they otherwise would not have noticed perhaps.

This experience gave children an understanding of where they are in place and time. Many children have never even observed their school building as they walk in every day.

Later, the interactions they had with the members of the INTACH society made them aware of their past history of the building and their city. Children were curious to know the story of Bangalore and also about their school building. The activities helped them get a deeper understanding of the architecture of the building and differences in the old and new styles of buildings. There was collaboration and curiosity as children went about understanding, and making connections with the past, present and future of their school building and their city .Experiences like these will help children construct new meanings, develop appreciation for their own culture and heritage and respect for the world around them.

Following reflections would consolidate how children got involved with the journey of this unit.

Ishaan – “I never knew the old building looked like that. I learnt the story of Bangalore. I liked the games we played.”

Bhumi – “I learnt that the library was rebuilt by a person who owned this building.

I did not know it was a house before.”

Prisha – “I thought it was a house and I got so much knowledge about this building. When we got a puzzle to do, it was same like the design on the building.”

Team North Campus

SAIBSA PYP Job Alike: Experiencing the magic of collaboration


“Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other’s fund of collective intelligence” – Mike Schmoker

On March 9th, Neev Academy hosted its second SAIBSA PYP Job Alike event, which captured the essence of the enhanced PYP – to build agency.

Based on the curiosity around “Agency’, we decided to organize the sessions around the theme – ‘Agentic Learner – Building Skills in the Enhanced PYP’.

Experienced IB workshop leaders from the South Asian network conducted thirteen different sessions. Over three hundred participants from twenty-five different schools benefited from these sessions and took away key learning. Some of the key areas that were explored through deep discussions were – Working on Inquiry and incorporating the same into the plan, Transdisciplinarity in the PYP, Student Agency, SOLO Taxonomy, Collaboration – learn with the tribe, Language – Portraits and Policies, etc., to name a few.

It was a day filled with new learning and sharing concerns. It had multiple takeaways and geared us up to implement new ideas into our curriculum. Monita Sen (IB PYP Manager- Authorization) started the day with the keynote address. Michael Hughes (Seisen International School, Tokyo) and Tania Mansfield (International school of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) conducted the plenary sessions and gave insights into many aspects of “Agency” in the enhanced PYP.

Lastly, the community voiced their opinion in saying,

“When you need to innovate, you need collaboration” – Marissa Mayer.

Soumya Anil

(PYP Coordinator)

Neevotsav G1-G3 (2018-19)


I love Neevotsav! It is my favourite event of the year. This year we performed a ‘Street Play’! I was so excited! We were allowed to write our own lines. On the first day of rehearsal, our play looked so boring!

On the second day of the rehearsal, Vineet Sir came in and changed a few things in the scene to make it fun. We loved it! From that day, we always looked forward to rehearsals. During the final run-through, we performed for the teachers and they rated

it 5 on 5! On the day of the show,Ms. Nikita gave us stars. We encouraged ourselves to do our best and practised our lines all over. 3…2…1… it was showtime! All of us did our part spectacularly and no one forgot a single line.

At the end of the show I learnt how to work in a team and how everyone’s ideas put together can send such a powerful message.

Keerat Singh (G3-B)

Maybe we should be colourblind


A good demonstration of employing effective persuasive strategies by Seiya Muthreja, of 7A, for the Summative task for Unit – persuasion, in the voice of a Social Activist, working for a racism free society.

As a social activist, I am well aware of the current situation of the world. Of the black boys who have to cover their heads while walking home, so they aren’t made fun of. Of the white men, who make twice as much as black men, while working not even half as hard. Hating people because of their color is wrong, and it doesn’t matter who does the hating. It’s just wrong. Over 800 secondary schools in Australia have found that racism impacts the mental health of those who experience it. Research shows that experiencing repeated instances of discrimination can cause higher BP, and a faster heart rate. Racism has been for as long as anyone can remember, and if we were more open-minded, it would have gone away long ago too. It would have been one of those stories we were told in class, like people thinking the Earth is flat. If we didn’t discriminate, we might have found a way to not pollute the Earth and still have an easy life. We are missing out on new cultures, languages, and intelligent minds, with their intelligent opinions.

Discrimination is unfair treatment towards someone. Why? Because of their color? Their Race? Their Origin? A wise man once said, “White people now tan to get darker, and black people wear their hair like white people… We are all confused… Deep down we admire each other, but why can’t we accept it?”

Maybe we should be colourblind. Imagine you were a small black child, you had to walk home, with your hood draping over your head, and your head hung low. And every night, you went home, slammed the door close and cried. And you didn’t tell your parents because they have enough on their plate. Working twice as hard as white, but still making only half the money. Imagine not wanting to go on any longer, live any more, because no one will accept you, for whosoever you are. Lincoln once said, “Achievement has no color.” And, although the income gap between black and white woman no longer exists, Black men constantly earn less than white men, regardless of whether they are poor or rich, smart or dumb. Because of color 38% of all those whose votes are taken away in America are black. If 64% of all Americans say that racism is still a problem, and 92% of African-Americans say that they still experience discrimination. So why can’t we accept our mistakes and move on? Come on , Don’t be racist. Be like Mario. He’s an Italian plumber; created by Japanese people, who speaks English, and looks Mexican. Some people out there believe that being racist, making comments on color is just a joke. Well these “jokes” are making a high percentage of the literate population sitting in their one room apartment trying to earn a living for their family, when they could be contributing to the economy. They say they didn’t mean to offend anyone, well, that’s like Trump saying global warming doesn’t exist.

So next time you are going to laugh at someone because of their colour, punch them, because of their origin, and tease them because of their language, think about them. Think about what we are missing out on. And more importantly, remember, that no matter what, we are all humans. We are all beings with beating hearts that feel pain. I hope you doubt yourself when you are about to be racist next time because, the future is in your hands.  The next generation of adults. You have a choice to make. No. More like a chance to take.


Water Cycle Changes

When there is winter

You will have less rain

When there is lots of rain

There are floods

When there is no water

We will die

Climatic change impacts the water cycle

As the temperature gets hotter

More evaporation comes

And precipitation happens.

Dev Prakash Narang (G1 North Campus)


My Hobby

I love to do sports because it motivates me. The sports I do are basketball, yoga, and swimming. But I quit yoga because there were fewer people. My basketball classes are on Mondays and Fridays. My swimming classes are on Saturdays and Sundays. My most favorite sport is swimming because I am not afraid of the water. I want to go deep into the sea as my mom does.

Anika Giridhar (G1 North Campus)

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