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July 9, 2015



Pooja Bharti is the 4th daughter of a car driver in the neighbourhood . Her extraordinary talents in singing , dancing, embroidery/crochet work , and painting, above all have impressed all and sundry  . Pooja  supplements the family’s income occasionally by applying henna on ladies’ hands during auspicious occasions . 11 years old Pooja studies in the 7th class of Setu School located in Village Nithari  near B Block Sector 31  with which I am associated as a member of its Advisory Board . Pooja dreams to become an Artist when she grows up . During her school vacations, Pooja, together with her sisters , takes tuitions from Ms Renu Mendirutta , a redient of B Block, and a former Principal herself .  From the small conversation I had with Pooja, it was clear that she is supported fully by her school teachers as well as by her parents.

With that background, Pooja is set to go places !  A short article on her has also been published in the July edition of “Samvada” , a monthly that circulates in Noida and Greater Noida.


Kabir  is currently studying in the 8th Standard at the Apeejay School located in Noida itself . During the last 5 years, he has managed to collect an amazing number of certificates, medals and trophies for his outstanding performance in inter- school competitions , in football as well as in cricket . Although we can right now occasionally see Kabir cycling down the lanes and by lanes of our Colony, he is already dreaming of owning an Audi A4 when he grows big !

A group of ladies in my Colony who take charge of organising cultural programmes and performances by kids and young children in various events, have strongly recommended his name for being recognised and appreciated for his sporting zeal and and enthusiasm.

Kabir, a 13 year old lad , is so named as his father, Anil Bansal, is a staunch follower of Kabir Panth . [ Kabir Panth is a philosophy and religious community of India encompassing a wide spectrum of beliefs, traditions and practices based on the teachings of Sant Kabir ] .

Kabir will receive a special prize at the hands of the Chief Guest at the Independence Day celebrations in our Colony in recognition of his talents . Hopefully, this initiative will encourage and spur other children on to perform better in their own classes and lives . Perhaps, Resident Welfare Associations in other Sectors in Noida will take a leaf out of this experiment and engage in a similar exercise to inspire young children in their respective Colonies as well .I strongly believe that alongwith parents and school teachers , it is equally the responsibility of the community at large to support and encourage them .

JANHVI SIROHI                   

Say hello to the very talented 15 year old Janhvi – student of X Standard in Delhi Public School, Noida . She has won awards for excellence in horse riding and dancing competitions . She has also secured the first prize in International English Olympiad as well as in an Inter-School French language competition held last year . She achieved the scholar badge for last 6 yrs continuously and Honours badge in 2015 . She participates actively in programmes initiated by WWF relating to environment, such as tree plantations and sanitation. A voracious reader, she has read some of William Shakespeare’s works [ A Midnight Summer’s Dream , Romeo and Juliet, among others ] and is currently following the life of Helen Adams Keller ( June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968 ) an American author, political activist, and lecturer who was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree .But it is the suspense thrillers penned by Dame Agatha [10 Little Niggers] and Dan Brown [ Da Vinci Code ] which really fire her imagination. Janhvi wants to work in an aerospace company when she passes out of an engineering college,6 years later .

In recognition of her talents and achievements so far, Janhvi Sirohi will be presented with a special prize at the hands of the Chief Guest/President of our RWA at the Independence Day function in our Colony on 15 August .


Meet Tanmay Garg, a chip of the old block, really . Tanmay is one of the 4 talented children whom our Resident Welfare Association shall recognize and honour at our country’s 68th Independence Day Celebrations in our Block on 15 August .

I enjoyed myself thoroughly interviewing this young 10-year old child prodigy in the neighbourhood yesterday . As he tells me, he has a passion for Mathematics and Chess [ I guess he has inherited this in his genes from his highly educated and qualified parents , Priyank and Juhee , both computer science engineers from IIT, New Delhi ] . Tanmay is studying in the VIth standard in a premium school [ Step by Step ] in Noida and is a topper in his class with A grades throughout in academic issues as well as non academic activities. He has won several medals [ 19 at the last count ! ] and certificates in Chess, Swimming , Cricket and International Olympiads [ Maths and Sciences ] . He is also a Purple Belt holder in Karate . Tanmay is learning Spanish and also working on a project on Kabuliwala [ authored by Nobel prize winner Dr Rabindranath Tagore ] . He enjoys reading Harry Potter Series and is currently following “Number the Stars “which is a work of historical fiction by American author Lois Lowry, about the escape of a Jewish family from Copenhagen during World War II.

But above all, it was his autobiography prepared very meticulously in about 45 days during February -March 2015 that – together with the family tree – amazed me no end ! Clearly, Tanmay is set to go places . Our best wishes are with him.


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