#2 WINTER EDITION
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STONEHiLL 8To X Or Not To X? 8Vegan For A Week 8Is golf really a sport?
THE TEAM Fellow reader,
Let me begin by introducing myself. My name is Vinicius Sousa, and I am currently a D2 student here at Stonehill. As Editor-In-Chief of Under the Stone, it is with great pleasure that I present to you the second edition of our student magazine, led by students, for the students. It is an honor to be able to continue this ongoing project that we started last year. Our team has worked passionately in making sure that this edition surpasses the previous one, through several new categories and interesting articles. Every piece of writing within this magazine has been written with extreme care and attention to detail, with the hope that you share the same passion as us. In this edition, we placed particular emphasis on topics that our reporters are interested and passionate about. Determined to spark your curiosity, our reporters have written several interest pieces, that range from an Olympic hero with a breath-taking past, to a change in diet which led to a change in perspective. Under the Stone aims to encompass the various parts of our society, providing you, the reader, with a small taste of our truly global community. Without further ado, join us and embark on a journey Under the Stone!
Vinicius Sousa Editor-In-Chief
Magazine Designers Simon Tuner Anaelle Jarrault Rohit Abby Tayyibah Kazim
Reporters Bhavya Vyas
Jayati Gupta Sushruta Kokkula Siya Tripathi Sachin Rammoorthy Aiisha Rishi
Photographer 2 Namitha Rajasekhar
Mr. Adam Esiyok
BEHiND STONEHiLL Laxman Bhandari has been working with the cafeteria staff for about 5 years now but most of you know him as Speedy. Originally from Nepal, he has been here in Bangalore for about 7 years working at a guest house before Stonehill. He lives nearby in the village with his wife and 5 year old daughter. Arjun met Speedy at a guest house before he started working at stonehill. At the time he was looking for a new job, Arjun was looking for a new head baker and that’s how he ended up at Stonehill.
We interviewed Speedy and translated his responses from Nepali to get a better insight of his life at Stonehill as well as his personal life. How did you start working at Stonehill? “Arjun was a regular visitor of the guest house I worked at before Stonehill and he knew I was looking for a new job. At the time I had no experience in baking. He then sent me to his brother’s bakery in Nepal where I spent a summer learning the basics and easy recipes. At the start of the 2012 academic year I started working at Stonehill as the head baker.” Why do you enjoy being at Stonehill? “I love Stonehill because of all the kids and the rest of the cafeteria staff. There are 18 members and 5 of them are Nepali so it is nice to have people from home here with me. My favourite thing to bake is brownies, and seeing the kids happy eating them makes me extremely happy too.” What do you do in your free time/ any hobbies? “Ever since childhood I have loved sports, especially football. That’s actually where I get my nickname from. Dr.Davies gave it to me a few years ago because of my impressive speed. I love playing football with the teachers and boarders, I have such a passion for it. Other than that I love movies, especially marvel movies like Captain America. I love the fight scenes in them, it’s so dramatic and exciting. During the weekends, I like spend-
ing time with my family, we go to the park and play around, my daughter loves that, which makes me overjoyed.” Since you have been at Stonehill how have you seen it change? “The most obvious one is the size of the school, over the years we are getting more and more kids which means more and more mouths to feed. So there is more work to do, but because of this I have also learnt a lot over the years. Stonehill has taught me new skills which make me a better baker each day.” Finally, what are your plans for the future? “For now I am very happy with my life, my family is nearby, I have close friends here and all the kids are so lovely. Stonehill is such a friendly atmosphere, life is simple.” Sushruta Kokkula D2
Interviews with players and coaches Stonehill Results Day 1 SIS vs. TBS 0-2 SIS vs. ISH 0-1 Day 2 SIS vs. MBIS 1-0 (unofficial match) SIS vs. MBIS 1-0
Table 1. New Delhi 2. Hyderabad 3. Bangalore 4. Pune
Recently, our Girls Football team represented Stonehill in the first round of ISACI tournaments in New Delhi. We interviewed two members of the team that represented our school: the coach and a key player. Mr. Orlando - Coach Are you proud of the team? Yes, very. They didn’t do as well as they could have, but it was beyond their control. They had back to back games and they only had an hour between those games. The temperature was high thirties, and they were just too exhausted. It was a shame that they didn’t perform as well as they could have. But it wasn’t their fault it was just the way it was arranged. How was the experience for you? The girls were great, and I loved being with them. They were great ambassadors for the school. If you could go back in time would you change something? If so, what? Yes, I would give them a longer recovery time between those two games because I think that they could’ve won that game if they’d had enough time to take a break. What is something they could’ve improved on? Shooting. Definitely. We didn’t score enough goals. We had lots of chances but we just couldn’t get it in. What was the most exciting part of the game? Winning the penalty shootouts against Pune. That was the most exciting bit, nail biting bit, definitely!
What are you hoping for next year? I hope we can retain a lot of the players and have new ones come in. We have a good core of players that can be in ISACI for a number of years. Some rather younger players that can play for a few years. So yeah, retaining players and getting new ones. Because they have a great attitude, a great work ethic. And they can do well for a few years to come. Anaëlle M5A - Player How was the experience? It was a really good experience because I got to play with a team that I’d never played with before. Many people that joined the school year were on the team and it was really nice to get to know them. As I’ve been on the team for 4 years I was automatically in a leadership role and it was new for me to think about how our team would improve and think about how to better communicate for not just me but the whole team too. I met lots of new people from other teams and it was a positive atmosphere. It was competitive but friendly at the same time. How do you think you performed? Was there anything that you wish you did different? I think I did pretty well, I had an important job, to get the ball from defence to offense. I intercepted and made sure that the team stuck together and communicated. I think I could’ve done better by maybe actually scoring a couple goals but my aim was pretty bad. I think I took too much time thinking about what to do instead of just shooting. What would you change if you could go back in time? I wish we had better communication to tell everyone to spread out instead of hog the ball. What did you learn from this tournament? I learnt that communication is the key to success. It’s important as that’s how the whole team works and it’s important for executing strategies too. It makes our team stronger and makes everyone sure. For example when they call out “mine”, we know that the ball is for that person and what they are going to do next. I don’t think we did that very well actually. How do you plan to improve (or continue to do well) in the next game? Well practice obviously. But more specifically focusing on my aiming and shooting because I didn’t manage to score. Ou only goal was scored by Michelle in a friendly match with Pune. We were just super excited because a lot of us had tried and tried to score but it never went in the goal. Finally when one ball went in we were all extremely excited and positive. Jayati Gupta M5
Is Golf Really A Sport? Tee-off, shank, duff, bunker, and putt? Do you know what these words have in common? Not really? Well, they all relate to the fast-growing, yet controversial game of Golf. Golf originated in the 15th century in St. Andrews, Scotland, which is known today as the ‘Home of Golf’. There are over 60 million golfers in the world and it is hugely popular amongst both men and women. However, despite the fact that the popularity of golf has increased over the years, there is still a raging debate on whether it is a sport or not. Some people believe that golf is more of a leisure activity, which supports the typical stereotype of men playing golf on a Sunday afternoon after a week of hard work. Others see golf as a challenging and competitive sport that requires skill and practice to win.
Nonetheless, most golfers would not agree with this statement. According to the ‘British Medical Journal,’ the golf swing uses more than 17 muscle groups, including muscles in the hands, arms, wrists, abdomen, and legs. The average professional golf courses can stretch up to 600,000 square meters, hence requiring golfers to walk these distances and consistently hit long drives in the right direction. Even if professional players are old and overweight, they develop the mental and muscle strength needed to play the game over a period. Even though some golfers are allowed to drink and smoke, there are strict rules on drug usage. Some also say that even though a lot of focus and mental strength is required in golf, the players need just as much physical strength to swing, putt and chip the ball as well as professionally playing the game for 4 to 6 hours each day. Did you know that golf was reintroduced as a competitive sport in the 2016 Summer Olympics Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after a gap of 113 years? Although most golfers believe this was a positive development to recognise golf as a sport, there are some who think that there was a hidden political move behind it - to gain more viewership and sponsors. The counter-argument given is that the Olympics had attracted enough advertising beforehand, as it included sports like football and basketball, and golf would not have made a significant impact on the advertising revenues. The fact that golf is now included in the Olympics is a strong argument in favor of those who say that golf is undeniably a competitive sport. As a budding golfer myself, I assert that golf is indeed a sport. The fact that it isn’t a fast-paced game, like football and basketball, shouldn’t exclude it from being a sport. According to the ‘Merriam Webster’, sport is “an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.” I think this only defines golf partly because there is so much more to it!
Those who argue that golf is merely a game say that if an activity doesn’t make you tired, or can be played even if you are not at the peak of your physical fitness, then it shouldn’t be classified as a sport. The same people go on to claim that golf is played by overweight and old “professionals” who don’t even carry their equipment (as their caddies carry it). Additionally, they argue that several professional golfers, such as Arnold Palmer, Fuzzy Zoeller, and Ben Hogan were smokers, and others, like John Daly, even drank while playing! To back this up, they say that golf is more of a game, like chess, which requires more mental strength than physical strength.
All ages, all capabilities can play golf. This is a strength, not a weekness.
I presume that the fact that people of all ages and all capabilities can and are allowed to play golf is a strength, not a weakness. From my experience of playing golf, I know that there is a lot of stamina required to carry a golf set across a long course for hours and still be focused enough to play the game. This is why I believe that golf is as challenging as any other sport; and, as a bonus, is very enjoyable to play in beautiful golf courses all over the world. Is Golf a sport? Are tomatoes fruits? I’ll let you decide. Aiisha Rishi M4
A JOURNEY THRO PA N ASIA IN BANGA The excitement to choose a nice restaurant to eat at begins each weekend; reviews are read online, apps are checked out, and the family gets together to discuss which cuisine needs to be sampled next. Let me make this process a little simpler for you and your family. Why don’t you try out Pan-Asian cuisine next?
Pan Asian cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. It is appreciated by people all over and can appeal to many because of its wide range of flavors. It is prepared in the style of cooking originated from the cuisines of Japan, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, China, and Korea. Popular Pan Asian dishes are Noodles, Sushi, Buns, Soups and Dumplings. There is a whole range of meat to choose from like Chicken, Pork, Beef, Fish and Prawns. Options may seem limited for vegans and vegetarians but fortunately, home to the largest population of vegetarians in the world, restaurants in India make room for new and exciting food innovations incorporating our favourite oriental tastes! To help you out with choosing the perfect Pan-Asian restaurant here in Bangalore, read all about my top three picks!
The Tao Terraces
The Tao Terraces is on the fifth floor of 1 MG Mall with a terrace that overlooks Bangalore. It is one of the finest oriental restaurants in Bangalore with a warm atmosphere and beautiful decor. The restaurant has received great reviews from people, the highlights being the great food and ambience. There are two floors in the restaurant which have their own unique features. The lower floor is themed as an Asian Temple and is an ideal place to come with family or with a large group of friends. The terrace, which is the second floor, is absolutely stunning. With hip floor designs, pools of water, cabanas, and the oriental bar roof, this floor is absolutely breathtaking. Unlike the bottom floor, the Terraces are restricted for children at night, but it is a good place to come for a romantic dinner. I have always enjoyed all of the starters in the restaurant and the ones I highly recommend are the Honey Chili Pork and the Singaporean Chili Prawns. Their Asian momos and other dumplings are not to be missed and the accompanying sweet sauce has a very unique taste. If you’re hungry for more, be sure to try The Tod Mun Khao Pad, Sweet Corn Soup, Prawn Tempura, Korean Bibimbap and the Sashimi Platter.
The Fatty Bao
The Fatty Bao is located all across India with its Bangalore branch in the heart of Indiranagar. It has excellent reviews from all who have been there, usually for its quirky ambience, bold flavors, and innovative drinks. The Fatty Bao embraces a unique Hong-Kong style and the interiors are characterized by many bohemian decorations and colorfully painted pandas on the walls. In addition, the potted plants and trees bring a freshness to the restaurant. Just like the name, this restaurant is famous for its Baos, which are Chinese bread rolls with vegetable or meat fillings. Many people love the baos due to the exceptionally fluffy texture and the fillings are delicious. I have had many baos and this is probably the best I’ve ever have had. Other popular dishes are the sushi, the Salmon Carpaccio, Crispy Fried Squid, The Fatty Bao PB&J, The Fatty Oysters and the Chocolate Caramel Fondant. Though popular among families, children below 10 are not allowed for dinner.
Mamagoto is an oriental restaurant that was originally launched in Mumbai and New Delhi. In Bangalore, it is located in Indiranagar. It has exceptional ratings from food lovers across the city who love the vibe and music of the restaurant as well as the innovative dishes that they offer. The Japanese word ‘Mamagoto’ literally translates into ‘To play with food’. The concept for the restaurant germinated while teaching children to use their senses in order to understand tastes and textures of food. This further evolved into the idea of Mamagoto, which made eating experimental, social and enjoyable. The place has a unique ambience and the decor is inspired by manga (Japanese comics). It is an ideal place to go as a large group. Mamagoto even sells their own merchandise, from cushions and mugs to t-shirts with eccentric designs. The food and the atmosphere exotism complement each other. The dishes to order would be Asian street food with a twist like Thai Green Curry, Crispy Lotus Stem, Mixed Vegetables in Black Bean Sauce, Spicy Chicken Bangkok Bowl, Pad Thai, Khao Suey, Tempura Prawns and the Sweet Corn Soup. I couldn’t bring myself to rank the restaurants above, and each one is special in its own way and worth visiting. They all have unique features and dishes, great ambience and excellent service. So don’t miss out on visiting all of them!
Aiisha Rishi D1
What is authenticity? Say you’re at a social gathering. You’ve come with a friend, and seem to have lost them in the crowd. Although you’re nervous, you see someone with a seemingly friendly face and decide to approach them. You put on a brave face, despite the bubbles of anxiety you feel in your stomach. Does this mean you’re being inauthentic? In today’s society, it’s hard to decipher what authenticity really is. To a politician, authenticity is when he/she manages to accurately represent his/her ideas to the general public, and commit to the undertakings he/she gives. In work environments, authenticity is when an individual learns to cooperate with his/her colleagues whilst expressing one’s personal ideas and contributing to the organization. The difficult thing to figure out, however, is if you can be authentic to yourself, and what exactly “being authentic to yourself” means. Being authentic to yourself, in the simplest terms, can be understood as being aware of your psyche. The reason might be as simple as being jealous of a person, but recognizing your intentions and controlling your actions based on them will only be possible if you are honest with yourself. Most of the time, not being fully transparent to ourselves about our flaws is what prevents us from being authentic. Often times, it’s difficult to be authentic, because there are multiple factors preventing you from doing so. As depicted in most coming-of-age, teenage films and novels, the protagonist tries to blend in with the socially accepted norms in order to feel accepted. Later, he/she realises that acceptance begins from being who you are, not what someone or someplace demands from you. There are no concrete steps on how to be authentic. You simply have to understand that you are who you are. Being authentic is simply being alive, aware and accepting. If you are authentic to your being unhappy with yourself, then you can take steps in the correct direction to change that. You also have to be able to follow your moral compass, and let your beliefs pave the way for your actions. You cannot try to be authentic, you need to work towards being authentic.
Let’s go back to the first situation we spoke about; just because you’ve made sure your visage doesn’t match the nervousness you feel doesn’t mean you’re being inauthentic. In fact, it puts you at quite the opposite end of the spectrum - you’ve acknowledged the nervous emotions you’ve felt, and have managed to act on what you think is the correct thing to do. In the end, being authentic to yourself is forgetting who other people think you are or should be. It’s understanding your flaws and your strengths and acting upon what you think is right or wrong, despite what other people think. Authenticity is not something that you can consciously learn. When you understand that it is something that builds up when you take steps in the correct direction, you are already paving your way to authenticity. The truth is, the more you consciously try to be authentic, the more subconsciously you’re being inauthentic.
Siya Tripathi M4
Boarding at Stonehill
A Second Home B
oarding at Stonehill is an extremely large part of our community. Over the past three years, boarding has developed to become a very welcoming, happy and homely environment. To become what it is today, the boarding community has changed a lot, and it keeps getting better and better. When boarding started in 2014, there were only eight students, who lived on two separate floors. Fast forward to three years later, boarding has become a thriving community of people of all ages, living in two separate boarding houses. I joined boarding in March of 2015, which was when I first came to Stonehill. At this point, it was the first school year with boarding being an option. The people at boarding were so welcoming, and even though I was the youngest person there, I didn’t feel left out. To me, boarding was a home away from home, where I felt so at ease with everyone. Mr and Mrs. Bussenschutt (The Buzz Lightyears) were the best boarding parents to have. They will always be my favourite teachers, because they were so much more than teachers to me while I was in boarding. They gave me neverending support, and I will always be thankful for that. From having a dog walking around (and walking into walls), to eating lunch with as little as three people in boarding, and having all out pun wars with Mr. Buzz, I will never forget the memories I made there.
There are many moments I look back on happily from the time I was in boarding, but the most prominent would probably be the incredible relationships I formed with students and teachers alike. I learned how to be reasonable when living with another person, and I always had someone to talk to when I needed it. One thing I will probably never forget is the amount of ‘Guns n Roses’ puns and jokes Mrs Buzz and I exchanged. The second year I was in boarding, I noticed that so many more people joined. The most noticeable difference was the much louder and energetic atmosphere. There was finally someone closer to my age, and there was more than ten people at breakfast and dinner. Mr. Glen and Ms. Glenda joined boarding, to be full time house parents. I’m sure this made it slightly easier for Mr. and Mrs. Bussenschutt, who also taught! Ms. Stempel also joined us at boarding, and so did her cat, Cuddles, who followed me up to my room when I came back to boarding on Sundays. I have to say, the only reason I like cats as much as I do now is because of Cuddles. Ziggy the dog also joined Mr. Buzz, Mrs. Buzz, and their elderly dog, Harry. That was the last year I was in boarding.
Now, boarding has expanded an incredible amount. In every grade in the secondary, there is at least one or two boarders, and in the older grades, there are so many people in boarding! Although now it may seem crazy to think there was a time where there were eight fluctuating borders in Stonehill, if you told me in M1 that we’d have as many people in boarding as we do now, I wouldn’t believe you one bit. Boarding in Stonehill has also expanded its weekend activities, onsite and offsite, so that the full time boarders can have more things to do when there’s no school. Boarding at Stonehill is a wonderful experience, and it’s changed very much over the past few years, each year bringing new surprises. Boarding teaches you how to be reasonable and live with many people. It also gives you the best memories, because you’ll always be around friends, and more than anything, you’ll have a second family. I’m not in boarding anymore, but I am so thankful for the people I met, and what it taught me. I’ll always remember the amazing times I had in boarding, and it’s so exciting to see how much it’s changing and developing!
Siya Tripathi M4
Thoughts on the Rohingya Crisis 10
Over the past few years, there have been multiple refugee crises across the globe. Most of us are aware of the Syrian refugee crisis, where nearly 5 million people were forced to leave their homes due to inescapable violence. Unfortunately, the world was just introduced to another crisis in August - the Rohingya migration.
During the British era, several labourers of a particular Muslim group called the Rohingyas migrated from East Bengal (now Bangladesh) to Burma (now Myanmar).
During the British era, several labourers of a particular Muslim group called the Rohingyas migrated from East Bengal (now Bangladesh) to Burma (now Myanmar). Since both countries were governed by the British, this migration was considered to be internal, and hence, there were no dire consequences. Myanmar gained independence in 1948, but it was taken over by the military in 1962 and ruled with an iron fist until 2011. Even though Myanmar is a democracy now, the army still controls the security forces, the police, and the key cabinet positions in the government. The Rohingya labourers in Myanmar were denied citizenship because their ethnicity was unlike other native Burmese people. Over the years, this discrimination extended its tentacles to various other laws that favoured the Buddhist residents in Myanmar. Thus, The Rohingyas have been named â€˜the most persecuted minority group in the worldâ€™ by the United Nations. In the recent years, Rohingyas, in the form of a series of militant terrorist attacks, unleashed the growing pressure from centuries of suppression on the native Buddhists of Myanmar. As was expected, the militaristic government of Myanmar did not react well to this - there was a massive crackdown on the Rohingya population in late August of this year. In an effort to escape death, Rohingya Muslims have been fleeing Myanmar by the thousands. Since August, over 400,000 Rohingyas have left Myanmar, with no particular destination in mind. The incumbent Bangladeshi government has taken in more than Âž of these refugees, it being the nearest country to Myanmar, and partly because the Rohingyas are originally from Bangladesh. In the eyes of the Bangladeshi government, Rohingya migrants are considered undocumented citizens of Myanmar. There lies some irony in the fact that they had to travel so far to be recognized as citizens of their own country. However, Bangladesh has an extremely high population density, one of the largest in the world. Although the government is trying its best to accommodate these refugees, they are simply out of space.
Consequently, the responsibility to assist Rohingyas has shifted to other countries like India and Thailand. The Indian government has already taken in over 40,000 refugees but is in the process of deporting them back to Myanmar. After all, according to the Indian government, many Rohingyas have links to Pakistani terrorist groups. How can a country accept a group of militants with open arms? It is a perilous situation for the Indian government. Nonetheless, the governments of India and Thailand must accept a certain number of refugees - it is their moral and obligatory duty. Not all refugees are aggressive militants. Back in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi has denied the mass murders by the army. It is her opinion that the media has exaggerated the situation. It is possible that the Nobel Peace Prize winner is under pressure from the military to manipulate the situation - after all, Myanmar was once a military-controlled state. The army carried out significant actions of their own, without consulting anyone. The only plausible and sustainable solution to the problem lies in Myanmar itself. The country must accept refugees. However, the dilemma is that most refugees refuse even to consider repatriation. They say they have no fundamental rights in Myanmar. Even if they want to return, their homes have been destroyed and their loved ones tortured. It is simply inhumane to push someone out of their own home, knowingly. People must recognize the fact that no man would ever leave their home in which they have been in for countless years unless due to brutal force. The government of Myanmar must allocate new grounds for the Rohingyas, seeing that their former land has been destroyed by the military. Fundamental and citizenship rights must be applied to all refugees. However, the army must continue dealing with violent militants appropriately. But why would anyone wish to return to this now-barren land? Sachin Ramamoorthy M5
TO X OR NOT TO X? The incessant buzzing surrounding the unveiling of the new iPhones has been anything but quiet. This year, Apple decided to release three models instead of its usual two: the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8+ and the iPhone X. Out of these three, the most talked about model is, undeniably, the iPhone X. My question is, why? To answer this question, let me give you the details of its features. The iPhone X comes fully equipped with a 5.8 inch OLED Multi-Touch display, the second in the series to have an OLED screen after the iPhone 8. It also comes along with an A11 Bionic chip and iOS 11, both currently exclusive to the three new iPhones. It has 12 MP wide-angle cameras with photo geotagging, 4K video recording, a TrueDepth Camera with 7MP-enabling features such as animoji and biometric scanning. Animoji is a feature exclusive to the iPhone X which allows you to reflect your emotions onto emojis using the TrueDepth camera. Also, the iPhone X is the only iPhone in the history of iPhones to ever have what may be the most disputed feature: Face ID. Additionally, Apple recently got into the game of wireless charging, and all the three models can be charged using wireless Qi chargers. All this, for the price tag of 1000 dollars. Okay. Sounds typical so far, right? Interestingly enough, the iPhone 8 will give you a virtually identical performance, image quality, charging, and a similar battery life. For 300 dollars less. However, choosing the iPhone 8 over the X will cost you some features. The 300 dollar difference comes down to the Face ID and a slightly smaller screen. So the real question is, are these features worth the money? Let’s break it down.
Face ID is the iPhone X’s defining feature. It is Apple’s newest biometric identity sensor: it takes a mathematical model of your face, comprised of 30,000 strategically placed dots, and checks them against the original scan of your registered face. There’s a catch though, and it goes by the fancy name of Attention Awareness which just means that you must be looking straight at your iPhone screen for Face ID to work. In fact, Apple is so confident about the Face ID that it decided to get rid of the reliable Touch ID: a biometric finger scanner located on the bezel at the bottom of every model released since the iPhone 5s. No bezel means 5.8 inches of uninterrupted screen. Apple claims Face ID will only be inaccurate one out of a million times, a step up from Touch ID’s one in 50,000. However, the accuracy of this feature will truly be tested when millions of people are using it every day. Until then, we’ll have to take the company’s word for it. All of this means your choice depends on one question; are you willing to pay 300 hundred dollars extra on an intriguing feature and slightly longer screen? Well, that’s up to you. Apple has always been known for its ability to appeal to a consumer by showcasing the purchase of a status instead of a product. Looking past the glitz and glamour of the iPhone X will make you realize that the cost isn’t worth the brand label. Do I think the iPhone X is worth the hefty 1000 dollar price tag? No. Then again, it did take Hamlet a while to contemplate the worth of existence. Surely an iPhone would take longer
Jayati Gupta M5
VEGANFOR A WEEK Most people identify a ‘vegan’ as an extremely passionate eccentric philosopher, or just as a vegetarian - someone who does not eat meat. However, I know that there is a fine line between vegetarianism and veganism, having thoroughly experienced both lifestyles.
A vegan is a person who does not consume any animal products - which means they do not eat meat, eggs, milk and worst of all cheese. Now, nobody would simply give up eating these foods for no reason. Many researchers have conducted studies which concluded that veganism could potentially have many health benefits. I decided to put this to the test by using myself as a test subject for a small period of time. You heard me right - I became a vegan for a week! Being a vegetarian my whole life, transitioning to the vegan diet was initially easier than expected. I was still allowed to eat many of my favourite foods, and in my opinion, some dishes actually tasted better when made out of plant-based ingredients. However, there were some nasty consequences - I had to watch my friends eat some good cheesy pizza, and give up my yogurt and chocolate-bread breakfast. More and more people, including celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Venus Williams have embraced veganism. So why do people adopt the vegan lifestyle? First of all, to improve their health. Veganism has been proved to be healthy for the heart, and it also reduces chances of being affected by obesity, diabetes and cancer. Vegan diets have also reduced cholesterol levels in many cases. Several scientists all over the world feel that it will be increasingly difficult to sustain a meat based diet due to the amount of greenhouse gases released by cattle. Raising livestock for food is the greatest anthropogenic source of destruction to our environment. In my opinion, the only sustainable option is to switch to veganism.
There is also the matter of animal cruelty - as children, we are taught to think of farm animals only as food. Animals such as cows, pigs and sheep may not be human, but they are individuals with unique traits. They feel joy and grief, just like you and I do. Furthermore, contrary to common notions, we have no need to consume animal products. A balanced vegan diet can provide all the nutrients needed for our body. As always, however, there are 2 sides to the argument. While you are a vegan, you are limited to certain foods that may cause adverse reactions in your body. For instance, a vegan diet relies heavily on soy, and we know that too much of anything is bad. Soy, when eaten in large quantities, can cause hormonal imbalances in our bodies. There is also the matter of giving up your favourite foods. Chances are that several delicacies fall under the ‘no eat’ list. Besides, you encounter awkward moments when you have to decline attending meetups with friends and family because of the food situation. Vegans argue that there are substitutes available for common prohibited food items, but let’s face it - soy-cheese pizza just isn’t the same as a good old slice of pie. My feelings at the end of the week-long test were mixed. I certainly felt healthier, so to speak, and developed better control over my food habits. Though, as mentioned before, I don’t think I would last very long with it. It doesn’t seem to be a lifestyle I would willingly take up. If you are the type of person who enjoys trying new things and taking up challenges, I encourage you to try this new lifestyle. If you love your food the way it is and don’t think you could live without it, veganism probably isn’t your cup of tea. Keep in mind, however, that the earth is changing, and rapidly. There may come a time when you are forced to give up your delicious food. Sachin M5
HE RIO T D N E I S S D RO PETE C O M H O C W L D R N I A G N E A H E T N A R ER T I D E M Yusra Mardini, now 19, is a Syrian refugee who strenuously swam for her life when her boat broke down in 2015. Mardini is an incredibly talented swimmer from the war-torn Damascus, the capital of Syria. With her dad coaching her from the young age of four, swimming has always been an integral part of her life. As unrest in the country escalated, she found herself training in pools with roofs that had been blown open by bombings. Mardini and her sister, Sarah, decided to flee Syria, it became increasingly unstable and dangerous for her family. They travelled through Lebanon and Turkey, before trying to reach Greece. Fifteen minutes after setting off from Turkey, their motor broke down. A boat meant for six people, but carrying twenty, could not take the weight and water began to seep in. With no other alternative, Mardini and Sarah, along with two other people, jumped into the sea. They towed the boat all the way to Lesbos, an island in Greece, and a journey that was only meant to take forty-five minutes almost took four hours. “I thought it would be a real shame if I drowned in the sea, because I am a swimmer.” she said. After Lesbos, Mardini and Sarah travelled through Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, and Austria, before finally settling down in Berlin, Germany. After settling down in Berlin, she was put in touch with a local swimming club in the area, and quickly became an active member of their team. Her coach, Sven Spannekrebs, began considering her for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. However, her road to the Olympics came much quicker than she expected. Training twice a day, six days a week, she quickly started to improve her skills, and within months, Mardini found herself in Brazil as one of the 43 stateless athletes competing as the first ever refugee team. On August 6th, she won the opening heat of the 100m butterfly. “Everything was amazing” she said afterwards, as competing in the Olympics had been a lifelong dream of hers. She never thought that she would go from swimming in pools with no roofs, and almost drowning in the Mediterranean, to winning hearts at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Since then, Mardini has been travelling the world as the youngest goodwill ambassador for the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), meeting world leaders, and delivering speeches to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Mardini feels she is not only representing herself, but also other young refugees wanting to build a better life for themselves, by participating in the Olympics. She wants people to understand that refugees are ordinary people, who have brutally had their homelands taken away from them. She hopes to bring her story home and share her experience once Syria is at peace. Personally, I think her ambition and passion for this sport and her country is what makes her so charismatic. For her to go through something so traumatic at such a young age and come out of it with a positive outlook, represents Mardini as a strong-willed person. Her strength is something that encourages other teenagers who have gone through similar grievances. Not only does she inspire other young refugees, but also young people all over the world, like myself. Her courage and bravery helps me be more confident and assures me that good things come out of negative situations as long as you keep a positive outlook on life. Sushruta Kokkula D2
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