Hide and Seek

by Sanmay Moitra

Once there were two friends, Sun and Cloud. They always played the same game, guess what? They raced against each other. Each time they raced, the Cloud lost.

The Cloud was a good sportsman and a good friend. He knew the sun would always be able to run faster than him, so he would always lose this game, and he never felt bad or complained. But the Sun started feeling bad for his friend.

The Sun thought that it was not fair the Cloud always lost the race. This way the Cloud would not have any supporters cheering him in their race. So, he thought, they should play hide and seek, in which many people would support the Cloud. So, the Sun went to the Cloud and said, ‘Let’s play hide and seek’.

‘Yes!’ said the Cloud happily.

So they started playing Hide and Seek. After some time, to the Cloud’s amazement, he heard everyone cheering him, and the Sun, hearing the cheers, was very happy for his friend. He gave a big smile to the Cloud. So the Cloud started seeking the Sun with everyone cheering him on.

After a while, the Cloud found the Sun and it started raining very hard. Everyone was very happy. The Sun and Cloud were happy too because the Cloud had won a game against the Sun for the first time!

Sanmay Moitra is 8 years old. He is a student of class III at Delhi Public School, NCR Gurgaon, India. He loves playing and watching cricket, playing the musical keyboard, swimming and reading story books in English and Hindi.

School Life

by Sanya Arora

Oh! How interesting is school life!

Unlike the outside word—no pressure, no strife;

Life at school is beautiful and bright;

With my friends around me, I’m full of delight!

Oh! How wonderful is school life!

Studying our lessons with joy and cheer;

Activities and games that we all hold dear;

Where the teacher is like a mother;

Shaping us into citizens of the future!

Oh! How enjoyable is school life!

With sports that give us strength and grit;

Sharpen our memory and keep us fit;

Where I learn the basic ethics of life;

Sheltered from the everyday struggle and strife!

Oh! How excellent is school life!


Sanya Arora is 13 years old and a student of class VIII at Holy Child Senior Secondary School, New Delhi. She loves drawing, painting and poetry.


by Chirtali

Where are those carefree days?

When I used to sit idle under the suns rays;

The days when I didn’t have burdens of studies;

When I spent the whole day playing with my buddies.

The days when my parents were my only guide;

Holding their fingers I use to walk with pride;

The days when I didn’t have secrets for someone to leak;

When with my elder brother I used to play hide and seek.

 when I never got scolded–no reading or writing;

The days when my friends never did backbiting!

The days when I just saw my mother’s book-pile;

The days when I hadn’t read about the Ganga or the Nile!

Where are they gone–those carefree days?

Oh! I miss them in so many ways!

So friends, enjoy your childhood: sing and dance;

For, childhood comes only once!

Chitrali is a student of class VI at DAV Public School, Gurgaon. Apart from music, reading and writing, she also loves playing volleyball, basketball and the guitar.

The Adventure of the Six Friends-3

story idea by Shivangi Mittalwritten & illustrated by Meghna Goel

The story so far (see The Adventure of the six Friends-1 and The Adventure of the Six Friends-2): Six friends: Stan, Zoozoo, Meg, Maggie, Shy and Motu have been invited to stay with Meg, Stan and Zoozoo’s relatives at their holiday home in the mountains of Gangtok during their summer break. They are to travel in charge of an air hostess and will be joined later by Meg’s parents. The short journey becomes long and boring when their plane runs into bad weather. And then a bomb is discovered in the plane by the co-pilot. The passengers are assisted to jump from the plane. The six friends jump with parachutes, fall to earth and faint.    

Chapter 3: Heaven, Movie Set or Reality?

When the children came to their senses, they found themselves in a valley surrounded by mountains. It was a very beautiful place, full of greenery and bright flowers. A short distance away, there was a miniature palace, the size of a doll’s house.

Maggie said, “It must be a movie set for Gulliver’s Travels, or something like that.”

Shy said, “It must be Heaven, it’s so beautiful!”

Zoozoo and Stan said, “Don’t be silly. This is reality, because we are all alive.”

Motu was not bothered whether this was a movie set, or heaven, or reality, because he was hungry and wanted something to eat, but Meg agreed with Shy. She thought that such a beautiful place could only be heaven.

They kept arguing about this with each other, till Motu said, “Please! Let us find something to EAT!” So, they all helped each other to take off the heavy parachutes and decided to look around in the little palace to find out where exactly they were.

They went up to the palace and peeped inside. They saw that it was full of tiny people, about two inches high. They were reminded again of Gulliver’s Travels, and other stories like Tom Thumb and Thumbelina.

When the tiny people saw them, they were alarmed. The children looked like giants to them. They thought that the children were enemies and had come to attack them. They quickly got their weapons and started shooting arrows at them.

The children shouted to the little people, “We are not enemies. We just crashed here. We don’t know where we are, and we need something to eat.” The tiny people didn’t believe them. They thought that the children were trying to fool them, so, they continued to shoot arrows at them.

The arrows were little and did not hurt the children much, but they got bruised. They were already tired after the plane crash. Soon the tiny people tied all of them and led them to their king.

The king asked them, “Who are you giants? And why did you come here?”

All of them told him their names. The king told them, “This valley is Grundog and our people are called Grunkles.

Meg said “We are from Delhi, the capital of India. We have never even heard of this place or seen it on any map in the Atlas. So, where is it? Are we still in India?”.

The king said, “Our kingdom is a hidden land between the borders of India and China. The outside world does not know about us. We are so small, that we are afraid if they came to know about us they would attack and harm us. So, we keep our existence a secret. How did you come here?”

Shy said, “We were flying to Gangtok and there was a bomb on our plane. We jumped and landed here”.

Motu said, “I am HUNGRY!!”.

The king gave an order to his soldiers: “Untie their knots and bring lots of food for them”.

To be continued …

Shivangi Mittal is 10 years old and a student of class VI in New Delhi, India. She loves stories, drawing & painting, tennis and swimming.

Meghna Goel is 11 years old and a student of class VI in New Delhi, India. She loves stories, vocal and instrumental music, crafts and art.             

The Adventure of the Six Friends-1

The first part of a serial story that starts today …

story idea by Shivangi Mittal; written and illustrated by Meghna Goel

 Chapter-1: Starting Out on a Holiday

Stanley (Stan), Zoozoo, Meg, Prohit (Motu), Shivangi (Shy) and Meghna (Maggie) called themselves ‘Crime Fighters’. They were fast friends and lived in the same colony in Delhi, the capital of India. Stan, Meg and Maggie were twelve years old and the others were eleven.

Maggie and Shy were cousins and lived in the same house. Both had olive skin, big eyes and long, black hair. Zoozoo and Stan were Meg’s brothers. They were tall with dark hair and Meg was tiny with fair skin and hair. They lived three houses away.

Prohit was the only child of very rich parents. He was called Motu because he was plump, with brown hair and sallow skin. He lived in the largest, most beautiful house of the colony and had lots of servants.

The Crime Fighters always wanted to solve crimes and read all the detective books they could find. But they had not come across any big crimes to solve, so far–only small mysteries like lost things and missing children in the colony. They were rather good at these. Now they were having their summer break and were going for a vacation together.

Stan, Zoozoo and Meg’s relatives had a beautiful holiday home in Gangtok. They were spending the vacation there. They had invited the children and their friends for two weeks.

Meg’s parents could not go with them just now because they could not get leave from office. The six friends were going by themselves. They were flying there in the care of Sheena, who was an air hostess on their plane. Meg’s uncle and aunt would pick them up from the airport there. Meg’s parents had told them wonderful things about Gangtok and its beauty.

It was the night before the trip. Everyone was sleeping over at Meg’s house because they had to start early next day. They were all very excited and couldn’t sleep.

Soon it was morning. They quickly got out of bed and got ready for the trip. Their parents took them to the airport and left them in charge of Sheena. They checked in their luggage and waited in the departure lounge.

Finally, their flight was announced and they were in the plane, ready to take off.

To be continued……….         

Shivangi Mittal is 10 years old and a student of class VI in New Delhi, India. She loves stories, drawing & painting, tennis and swimming.

Meghna Goel is 11 years old and a student of class VI in New Delhi, India. She loves stories, vocal and instrumental music, crafts and art.             

Friends are Forever

by Palak Rana

It was a regular summer evening and the cool breeze was blowing her hair off her face as Lisa, a cup of coffee in her hand, sat in the backyard of her countryside farm house, reliving the fun times she’d once had with her friend Dennise and their group.

And then she remembered the day, about a year ago, when Lisa had returned from school and, as per their regular routine, had called up Dennise to discuss their day. However, unlike other days, Dennise had sounded angry and a little upset about something. Although Lisa was confused, she had thought Dennise would be fine by the evening—maybe she was just tired.

Later, in the evening, when she met Dennise and the group she had felt something very wrong in their behaviour towards her. She wasn’t sure that she was the cause of the problem, so she didn’t ask them what the matter was. Later in the evening too, unlike previous evenings, Lisa got no message from Dennise. That was when she had started getting worried.

In the days that followed, nothing had been normal. The behaviour of the whole group towards Lisa had seemed changed. That was when she had decided to talk to Dennise about it. She had asked Dennise to meet her in the evening. She had stressed about the problem the entire afternoon and the insecurity in her mind kept growing.

Around six in the evening she had rushed to Dennise’s house. They had a talk and Dennise told her what the problem was. Lisa didn’t know how to react.

For the past two months two guys in school had been vying with each other to win her over. One was Jeck, a spoilt brat, but a close friend of both Lisa and Dennise. The other was Troy, with whom Lisa was infatuated, and whom Dennise really disliked. Both claimed that they loved her. Both did their best to make her believe that the other was taking her for a ride.

In her confusion between the two guys, and the feeling of importance it gave her to have two guys in love with her, Lisa had been so engrossed in herself that she had started completely ignoring her friends. And since Lisa liked Troy and Dennise did not, she had started lying to Dennise about her relationship with Troy.

Ultimately, she had decided to choose Troy over everyone else. As a result she had lost all her friends. But now that she had only Troy to turn to and trust, he too had started changing. He had started losing interest in her and ignoring her. Too late, she realized her mistake in trusting Troy.

Finally, after a year of misery, Lisa took a wise decision and left Troy. However, she was not in a position to go back to her friends as she wasn’t sure if they would accept her back. These days her only source of support and comfort was her mother.

Left to herself, Lisa had started thinking deeply about the importance of friends and relationships and was working hard to change her perspective about life. All this was going through Lisa’s mind as she sat in the backyard of her farmhouse, remembering old, happy days. Suddenly the phone rang. It was Dennise.

Dennise and Lisa’s mother had talked together and Lisa’s friends had come to know what she had been going through in the last one year. Dennise, being her best friend, couldn’t see Lisa alone and miserable. So, she had decided to call her up and ask her to come back to their group. Lisa was overjoyed to be forgiven and accepted back by her friends. She now knew  that no matter what happened in life,  your family and  true friends always stand by you!

Palak Rana is a 16 year-old teenager from Gurgaon, India, with a keen interest in music, writing (stories, poems and songs) and spending time with her friends. She will also shortly be participating in street plays. At this young age she believes in and follows these lines by Barbara De Angelis “No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.”          

Something Missing …

by Shivangi Mittal

Once upon a time there was a ten year-old boy named Ravi. He was a rather rude boy and the other children did not like him very much. But as he had the best ball in the colony, and he let the other children play with his ball, they came to his house to play.

And then, one day, Ravi’s father got him a new and very expensive ball. Ravi was very proud of his ball. He knew that none of the other children had a ball that was even half as good. He became so proud that he didn’t let his friends play with his new ball. Soon his friends stopped coming to his house.

Ravi didn’t care. He thought he wanted no one when he had such a wonderful ball to play with. He started playing alone. For some days it was fun. But after a few days he started getting bored, and stopped playing.  He couldn’t understand why he wasn’t enjoying his lovely new ball anymore. Something was missing.

For days and days he sat watching through the window as his friends played happily and joyfully. Many days went by like this. One day a boy named Rahul shifted into the colony with his family.

Rahul went to Ravi’s house to play one day. Ravi’s mom said, “Don’t just sit here, Ravi. Take your new ball and play with Rahul”. So, Ravi went with him to the backyard to play. They played for hours with Ravi’s new ball. Ravi enjoyed it very much.

After Rahul went back home, Ravi realized what he had been missing while playing with his new ball. … A partner! Ravi played with Rahul every day after that and they became best friends.

Soon Ravi began to see that his friendship was making him much happier than the new ball did. So, one day he went to the park where all the other children were playing. He apologized to them. They forgave him and became his friends again.

Now Ravi is a polite, sensible boy. He shares all his toys with his friends, even if they are expensive or new.

Shivangi Mittal is 10 years old and lives in New Delhi, India. She is a student of class VI. She loves writing stories, drawing, painting and crafts.

A Parrot’s Birthday Party

by Meghna Goel & Ashutosh Pahwa

Once upon a time there was a man named Jack. He had a little daughter Jennifer. One day Jack went into a forest and saw a lonely parrot. She looked ill. So he brought the parrot home and nursed it to health.

Jennifer loved the parrot very much and named her Molly. Soon Molly laid an egg. Out of it hatched a cute little baby parrot. They named her Polly. Polly started growing into a lovely bird. She loved her mother, Jennifer and Jack best in the world.

One day Molly fell very ill and died. Polly cried and cried and cried. She missed her mother very much. She was so sad that she stopped singing and eating. When Jennifer saw this she felt very sad. She kept thinking how she could cheer Polly up.

Suddenly she got a very good idea. Polly’s birthday was one week away. Jennifer decided to organize a birthday party for Polly. Jennifer had many friends who had birds as pets. These birds were Polly’s friends too.

Next morning when Polly woke up, she saw her friends around her and saw lots of green peppers, wonderful fruits, nuts and crackers. They had a lovely birthday party and Polly was happy again.

Meghna Goel 11 years old and lives in New Delhi, India. She is a student of Class VI. She loves anything to do with stories, music, crafts and art.

Ashutosh Pahwa is 8 years old and lives in New Delhi, India. He is a student of Class III. He loves stories, art, sports and magic tricks.


Gaurav Singhal said…
I love it. These kiddos are great story teller 🙂
May 7, 2011 1:57 PM
Anonymous said…
Love it. So creative. Meghna is following your footsteps
May 8, 2011 9:31 PM
Words and More said…
Thanks Vandana and Gaurav … the kids really appreciate it. Looking forward to a lot more entries …
May 8, 2011 11:41 PM
Shuchi said…
Sooooo cute….love the story di.
May 10, 2011 7:20 PM

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