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    Title :The Secret Tunnel

    Category : fiction

    Author : Ayushmaan Mukherjee

    Author intro : Ayushmaan is a fourth grader and part of the gifted and talented programme in the Bridgewater school district of New Jersey in the United States. He takes keen interest in Maths and has won several awards in multiple contests across the country. He is very inquisitive and is an avid reader on almost all topics under the sun. During his leisure he likes to play chess and works on creative projects using recycled materials. Recently he has developed a passion for writing.

    Excerpt :

    Once upon a time there was a boy named John at a middle school called Hamilton school. Hamilton school had a secret that not many people knew of, but somehow, John did.

    The secret was a mysterious trapdoor locatedat the back of the janitor's office. It was always locked, so no one knew what was inside. The keys were in theoffice, but it was hard to tell where exactly; it would take some poking around to find them.To do that, John would first have to enter the room. But the only person allowed in was the janitor himself.

    Then, it clicked!

    All John had to do to get the key was become a janitor!

    Luckily for him, there was supposed tobe a volunteer cleanliness drive at his school the next month; a perfect opportunity.


    Title : For Santa

    Category : fiction

    Author : Aritri Biswas

    Author intro : Aritri Biswas studies in Delhi Public School, Siliguri class 8. She is 14 years old and likes to read books, paint and travel.

    Excerpt :

    Anna’s sleep was deep and full of Christmas dreams: of presents wrapped in sprightly coloured papers under warm morning sunlight; of delicious Christmas pudding wafting in the air; of sledding down thick snowy knolls and-


    Anna was jolted awake; disturbed by a sharp sound. Out of the corner of her eye, she spotted a moving shadow. There was a stranger in her room! Anna felt very afraid, like a mouse caught in a trap. The stranger sat on her bed, near her feet. Anna felt goose-bumps sprout all over her body. She reached for the light-torch at her desk, picking it up she was about to hurl it at the stranger until she saw his face.


    The stranger whispered, "Shhh, lower your voice."


    Title :Child’s Personality in a Society – A Liberating or Constraining Phenomenon

    Category : essay

    Author : Dr. Rabiya Yaseen Bazaz

    Author intro: Rabiya Yaseen Bazaz has recently completed her Ph.D. in Sociology from Department of Sociology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India. She has worked on areas like sociology of education, employment and work, inequality and stratification, labour market, social policies and development. She has published many research articles in Scopus and peer-reviewed journals. She has presented papers in many national and international conferences.


    A child is born as a biological being with the capacity of learning and becoming a social being. It is argued that a child's personality remains dominated by id and is typically perceived as immature and irrational. Therefore, various agencies of socialisation, inculcate in a child societal norms and values so that they can develop some superego. It is of course imperative to socialise young ones into the norms and values of society so that their self-interest will also serve the purpose of social interest. However, it is essential to critically analyse the role of agencies, as in the process of socialisation, it is essential to maintain a balance between individualism and society. Every child is born with some creativity and interest that needs to be explored, shaped, and maintained. With the right kind of learning, we can empower children with various mental and social skills, like the skill of social competences, which can spark  and develop inborn creativity so that actor can creatively design his action while keeping normative structure in mind. With this background, using the analytical method, this article will try to analyse the stories written by children with the underlying objectives of exploring and understanding how society impacts the actions and personalities of children; how children are responding to the existing social order and how they give ‘meaning’ of the situation which surrounds them. 

    Excerpt :

    The Secret Tunnel is written by Ayushmaan Mukherjee, who is in 4th standard and is studying in New Jersey, United States. Ayushmaan, through his story presents the character of John, who is inquisitive and brave with heroic personality. Because of his inquisitive nature, he gets to know about a mysterious trapdoor located at his school in the back of the janitor’s office. His curiosity brings him near to the door and he wishes to get through it. But it is not that simple as the door is always locked and key is in janitor’s office. Moreover, John doesn’t even know where exactly the key is. To get the key John becomes a janitor and with all challenges and difficulties he  finally gets the keys. When he enters the door he comes across darkness and mines but he swallows all his fears and in the end makes a startling discovery. He honestly discloses the secret of the mysterious trapdoor to the authorities. The discovery brings fortune and all the cherished dreams of John get fulfilled. 

    For Santa’ is written by Aritri Bishwas, who is in 8th standard and is studying in Siliguri. For Santa’ is about Anna who is in 7th standard and is all excited for the upcoming Charismas festival. But deep inside she is well aware that festival celebration in India often causes irreparable damage to the environment. In her dreams, Anna talks to Santa who visits her home a day before Charismas and informs Anna that due to global warming, he is rendered homeless. Anna is aware of global warming but never has she thought that it would render somebody homeless. Her heart is filled with grief and she blames herself and the entire humanity which ruthlessly pollutes the environment without thinking about the dire repercussions. In both the stories, there is the underlying phenomenon that needs to be explored; that is how society is impacting the action and personality of children and how children are responding to the existing social order. 


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