In the beautiful coastal town of Manarola, there lived a peasant girl named Lisa. She lived by the sea in a hut with her mother, as her father had left them when she was little. She didn’t have toys like we do, but she loved playing on the beach with her friends and helping people around her. There was no proper school in her town but she did her best to learn what she could and developed wonderful life skills as she grew up.
A teacher is our mentor
To her, children are front and centre
Full of compassion and hope
Assures us that we all have scope,
Looks at us with eyes full of adore.
Not all teachers are found in schools,
I am highly obliged for all I have learned from you!
The knowledge you gave me is forever a jewel,
I owe you something as great too!
At Beyond the Box, we are constantly thinking of ideas to give something unique, refreshing as well as challenging to our community of writers. Two to Tango is one such endeavour to encourage the participants to work along with another writer as a team and bring about a creative synergy. 40+ teams participated in Season 3 of this one-of-its-kind contest and the winners were chosen by prolific author Kanchana Banerjee. Below prompt was given to the writers and they were asked to narrate the same story from two different points of view.
Prompt – Write a fictional story in which a book reveals a secret. Feel free to creatively interpret the prompt in any genre of your choice.
The winners in the adults’ category were Priya Nayak-Gole & Manjeet Chandra (Team 27). Enjoy their story!
Matcha is a traditional Asian tea. It is a finely ground powder that is made of crushed green tea leaves, traditionally called tencha, which are from the plant Camellia sinensis. The leaves are kept in the shade for around 20 days before the matcha is produced. It is now a common ingredient used in various dishes, both traditional and modern. Let’s have a glance at its history and origins.
My mom says I inherited… What’s the word?… Yes! It’s the Exaggeration from my dad, twisting up truths into white lies, is it?
Hmm, seems to be true! What is so fun in saying that I broke the cup? I could just say that the cat did it!
I appreciate him most when he finally stands up to Mom, who probably would be happy to see me get swallowed by my history book.
Book Title – Mayil Will Not Be Quiet
Author – Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran
Illustrator – Niveditha Subramaniam
Published By – Tulika Publishers
Recommended Age Group – 11+ years
About the Book
This is a fictional book about real-life challenges any middle school girl goes through. It’s an amazing book that will make you cry and laugh and teach you all the crucial things one needs to know while growing up.
Have you ever wondered why that weird, quiet man wears a saree you see on a train or a bus? Or why all the great Bollywood actors/actresses are fair and white-skinned? Well! This book is a must-read if you are as curious as Mayil! It talks about everything any girl wants answers to. It’s a beautiful book explaining transgender, skin color, sex, love, and much more. Family drama… school fights! Enjoy how Mayil beats the irksome Jyothi, rejoins forces with Ki, and calmly handles the ‘V.S. Situation’.
Well, if you are pondering a little over the title, let me elucidate that for you. I was just having a little fun playing with the different meanings of the word ‘figure’. By the way, that was a figure of speech used, a pun, well intended. If this brought a grin on your beautiful face, the purpose is served.
Two days before Christmas Eve, my friends and I went to an interesting place for our winter holidays. Suddenly, while exploring the place, we all fell into a spooky tree trunk. We were terrified when we found ourselves around a cold place. We were shivering due to the chills and thrills.
This year, Santa is not able to send gifts to the children all around the world as he has met with a tragic accident. He is wailing in pain and panting due to panic and discomfort. He is hoping to recover soon and praying fervently for himself and the children whom he does not want to disappoint.