Friday, May 27, 2011

“My Pet”

“Loving without Conditions
Caring without Criticism
Frolicking with all its Might
And that’s my Pet "
Honourable judges, respected teachers, loving parents and my dear friends.
I’m here to speak a few words about “My Pet”
I have a very cute puppy named Tuffy. Small and fluffy, she is a Pomeranian. She is so white and looks at me with black eyes.
My pet is my best friend. She wakes me  in the morning, by licking my face and in the evening, waits for me when I come home from school. I play with Tuffy and frolic around for an hour or two, she fetches my fallen pencils and erasers for me and pokes me when I doses off during my study time. She sleeps in my room as my companion, making me feel secure.
Tuffy is a well behaved whelp. She barks when strangers come and doesn’t sit on the couch or the cushion. She doesn’t dirty the house and always keep herself clean. My family loves her and takes her to the market and for picnics too.
One day Tuffy saw a snake near me, and immediately started barking so frantically that I got scared and ran home, but Tuffy didn’t stop her barking until dad came out and killed the snake, thus, saving the family from a fatal accident and proving herself reliable, faithful, and trustworthy.
My friends enjoy her company and has selected  her as the fielder of our cricket team.
Tuffy  is….  family. I love her very much.  With this I conclude. Thankyou

Bye take care and see you tomorrow.
Meena

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Techniques To Become A Good Teacher - Part 2

              Now for the best part, what is the technique to reach the said goal? Well I have just a story to tell you which really touched my heart and it would do the same for you too. And I want you to remember it when you are not happy as a person.
               One evening a Swamiji of Sri Ramakrishna Mutt was addressing the participants on the concept of work culture. One of the participants asked   the following question to the Swamiji: "I am the headmaster of a very reputed school. I joined this school 25 years ago as an ordinary teacher and over the last 25 years I have gone through every experience in the school and I am now the senior teacher as well as the headmaster with all perks and independence.
During the initial part of my career, the job was very challenging and   interesting. Every day was exciting and I looked forward to each day  with   lot of interest. However, all those exciting days are gone since I do  not   find my job any more interesting because there is nothing new in my job.  As   I have seen and handled every conceivable situation there is. No more   challenges in my work. I am now feeling bored because I am doing a  routine job.
However, Swamiji, I am living in the same house for over forty years, I  am   the son for the same parents for over forty five years, I am the father  for   the same children for the past eighteen years and the husband for the same  lady for the past twenty years. In these personal roles I do not feel bored and the passage of time has  not taken away the zeal from me. Please tell me why I am bored of the  routine in the school and not in the house?"
This was a very interesting question and all were very anxious and   curious to know what the Swamiji had to say !! The response from him was very interesting and convincing. He asked the   headmaster the question:
"Please tell me for whom does your Mother cook ?"
The headmaster replied that obviously the mother cooks for others.
Then the Swamiji said that the mother "Serves" others and because of  this   service mindedness, she is not feeling tired or bored.
But in an office,  we   "Work" and not "Serve". Anything we consider, as service will not make  us feel bored. That is difference between Serving and Working.
He asked the executive to consider his work as service and not merely a   work !!
 “You should believe that you are here for a purpose”.  Attitude Matters!!!
If you think you are working for the organization you will get frustrated. If you feel you are doing a service and getting some service charges  you  will feel happy. And fundamentally a teacher should care about humanity in general.
So what do you think of the story? Did you like it? So before concluding I would like to say, one more thing,
"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece" Once we love, enjoy and appreciate the individuality of each and every child in our classroom - everything else falls into place. This is a challenge for the best of us!!!!
And the best technique to become a good teacher -  “Do not work , “Serve”.

Bye take care and see you tomorrow.
Meena


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Techniques To Become A Good Teacher - Part 1

This  is a vast subject, with lots of ideas and ideals.  Everybody will have their own opinion on who is a good teacher, because it is impossible to please everybody at the same time. It is very difficult to say what a good teacher is. But as an experienced teacher, I think that the qualities that a teacher should maintain are the abilities to relate to their students on their own level, make learning fun and easy to understand, be nice, so students will listen, make the kids look forward to entering the classroom, and above all.... maintain control.
Then we also can say, that a good teacher is someone who can learn from his students, who can learn with them, one who has no bias, open eyes to see and explore life and learning itself. He also must be honest in his relationships with students, and proud enough about his own value to work, from there, on helping his students to build their own self esteem.
Now I would like to ask you all a question? Do you have a philosophy as a teacher?
Well I also didn’t have one until I started preparing for this topic. I got an apt philosophy of a good teacher, “GIVE ME A FISH AND I EAT FOR A DAY, TEACH ME TO FISH AND I EAT FOR A LIFE TIME”. Its true isn’t it? A teacher should be able to help the students in all respects. Mould them for life. He should make his students able to live a better life. He should teach students to take decisions in all the conditions, with a moral character and he should be a role model for building a good society.
So in a nut shell, we can say A good teacher represents lot of qualities like :
          He has to be interested in his own subjects and at the same time open-minded for others and other topics.
          He has to be strict, self-confident and show authority, but at the same time he has to be the pupils' "helper" and quite often even something like their friend who they can talk to if problems occur.
          He has to find a balance between him representing an authority or a friend.
          He should like to work with children.
          He should enjoy teaching.
          He has to arrive in time to start a lesson and end a lesson in time because of good organization and planning.
          He has to use different methods to liven up his lessons and therefore keep his pupils' attention.
          He has to gain the pupils' interest in his subject.
          He has to convey information and keep the pupils' attention.
          He has to be patient.
A good teacher still remains a human being like you and me so that it is obvious that the qualities listed above are useful to keep in mind to be or become a good teacher, but they are only few of the qualities teachers need to "survive" in their everyday life.



Bye take care and see you tomorrow.
Meena

Monday, May 23, 2011

Work

            Work, what is it? Is it doing something for a purpose or is it doing something because somebody has forced us to do? Well, there are many definitions which is better to avoid as anyone can define work according to his circumstances.
A fortnight back, I had the opportunity to meet some special group of people whom we see only when necessary – the medical staff. My mother (mother-in-law) had a stroke and she was hospitalised for a fortnight. We were at the mercy of the hospital staff, especially the nurses. My mom(biological mother) was a nurse, so usually I had a high esteem for this group, as my mom was a dedicated nurse and her friends too were the best in the field. So I was not unhappy of my mother being hospitalised. My mother was really an old person, aged approximately 85 plus and she was paralysed on the right side. She couldn’t move or talk or eat or defecate on her own. We were new to this situation. So, we (my husband’s family and myself) were literally at the mercy of the nurses. For the first week, all were going smoothly, they did it so perfectly that we just had to remind them and if we made mistakes they would not complain but do it for us smilingly and I even made friends with these nurses who were actually student nurses.
            But problems started when the shift was changed for the student nurses, I have heard of dragon matrons and superiors, but I saw them.  It’s like we are banging our heads on stone walls, they just don’t respond, they are invincible (unshakable), no feelings, nothing. Then I knew what it is to be dedicated. I am a teacher. When I’m in front of my students, my heart soars high, it takes wings and I take my kids too. So that they know, what it is to learn. How good it is to learn. Work should be like that, we should be happy with our work, only then there will be meaning in our life and in others lives too. I knew that the first week nurses will touch lots of hearts, because they love their job but the dragons, they are destroying their life and in the process burning bad experiences in other’s lives too.
I really would like to say to the students who are going to take professional courses, that there is only one life we have got to live. Live it happily. Select the profession, you love.  You would do it with love. If you are selecting a profession where your parents, your loved ones, think is right, which has more scope, then you are doomed for life. The inventors, the explorers they came to the top because, they loved what they did. So when you do what you love, no one can overtake you, you would be the best. You touch lots of hearts. Remember Florence Nightingale, the nurse? APJ Abdul Kalam, the scientist? Rabindranath Tagore, the writer? Michael Angelo – the painter/sculptor? You can be one of them, so think before you take your profession. Its a request or else count yourself the next dragon. Bye take care and see you tomorrow.
Meena





Sunday, May 22, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–The Reunion-Chapter–12d-Last Chapter

          John, Lisa, Spidey and Antsy bid the three wizards farewell and left them to catch up on their news. Spidey knew that now he and Antsy had to decide what they have to do with their lives. It is not correct to always depend upon John for their livelihood. Seeing Spidey in deep thought Antsy took hold of his hand and squeezed it. Spidey, seeing the serene face of Antsy was relieved. He knew with the presence of Antsy in his life he could face any problems easily. They all reached the parlour.
          John and Antsy excused themselves as they were not properly dressed for socialising. Antsy sat near Spidey and enquired, "What is it?" Spidey didn’t voice his problem loudly, but he wanted to hint but Antsy surprised him, “Are you thinking of leaving, Spidey?” Spidey couldn’t believe his ears, but he was relieved. I don’t know, what to do. Do you think its right to always live here depending John and Lisa? Antsy shrugged (lifting both shoulders). “Well to be frank we are the dependants Spidey” Spidey and Antsy turned to see John and Lisa in the doorway elegantly dressed and very aristocratic.
          John came forward and sat near Spidey and Antsy, Lisa followed him. He looked directly at Spidey and said, “Your presence was not your choice but our necessity, just think, how long we had to wait for the curse to happen, if you had not come, the fear, the anxiety. We were living a nightmare (dreadful dream) until you arrived and we cannot say how much we appreciate your presence. This home and all the lands connected to this place has been already deeded for you. We cannot change it. We have other places and lands which is more than enough for our life and for future generations. There are some more for you too, which in your own good time, I’ll show you.”
          “Now I want to ask an important question”, Antsy and Spidey looked at each other and John continued. “Spidey you have been transformed as me and Antsy as Lisa. As a human being you are of age to get married. Since you both don’t know any other human being outside our circle except for Roby, I think you are the perfect partners. That is the usual habit of human being. So you both should consider it at the very earliest. Spidey and Antsy nodded.
          Lisa came near Antsy and said, “Antsy, here we marry a person whom we love. Love is a feeling of the heart. When you are in love with Spidey, You would know, what Spidey is feeling. You would feel comfortable when Spidey is around. You would like to be always with Spidey. You cannot let go of Spidey out of sight, you are never angry with anybody, you are always smiling, you are always happy, etc.... That goes for Spidey too.” Antsy shyly bowed her head and Spidey knew then, he was in love with Antsy and he got up and said, now I know what I was feeling, thankyou Lisa, you did a great favour. I would like to announce in front of everybody that I’m in love with Antsy and I would like to marry you Antsy. Antsy was blushing, but she looked up and spoke to Spidey, “I would love that.” Both John and Lisa got up and congratulated both of them and John took them to the family vault where there were lots of heirlooms and together they searched the jewellery boxes for the ring, which they found with great difficulty, the rings of Sir and Lady Bradley’s was Spidy's and Lisa's choice.

Epilogue
          Spidey and Antsy were married in the private chapel in the castle with only 6 guests. They had five children, three boys and two girls. John and Lisa moved to another castle not far from Spidey and Antsy, they too had three children, two girls and a boy. Both the families made sure that they met every weekend and they made their tours and excursions together. The businesses and money matters were decided jointly by Spidey and John.
          There was never a fight with Spidey and Antsy as they had the insect instincts too. This instinct was passed on to the children, as they didn’t fight either, they had simple thoughts, very hardworking and were the best of kids.  They all lived happily for many years.

The End
Take care. Bye.

Meena

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–The Reunion-Chapter–12c

          Both the human forms just like Spidey and Antsy, except for the dark hair stood at the doorway. Both Spidey and Antsy stood up and all the others followed with wonder and awe (admiration). They couldn’t believe it. But still it was the truth -  a happy truth. Master Troy turned towards Ramo and patted on his shoulder. You have indeed done a great job son. I’m really proud of you. Troy pulled Rufus towards him and embraced him and whispered, “Thanyou son, your duty has been fulfilled.
          Lisa couldn’t believe that she was transformed into her old self. She felt like a treasure box. She would never part with it. She would cherish what she has with her life, to become a human being.
          John felt his body, his hands, legs, face, eyes. Gone were the Spindley legs and loads of eyes. It was wonderful to have been bestowed as nature’s best of creatures – a human being. He looked around to find Lisa, as beautiful as she was or has she become a bit more beautiful? But he was glad. He went straight to her and embraced her so tightly, that they forgot they had audience. Rufus cleared his throat and said, “Welcome back John, Lisa. How do you feel? Are you comfortable?” They both smiled and Spidey came to John and shook hands and Antsy hugged Lisa and said, “Oh, I’m sooooooo happy.” Me too. John moved towards Ramo and shook hands and said, “Thankyou Ramo.” I’m glad your antidote succeeded.
          “The credit goes to Rufus”, master Troy spoke. While Ramo was preparing the antidote, Rufus wished for the success of your antidote under the wishing tree. All eyes widened. John and Lisa went towards Rufus and hugged him and thanked him for the timely help. Ramo came to him and said, “Rufus, thankyou for helping me and I would like to request you one more thing and I feel master would also like it .” Ask away, I would do anything for you Ramo. “Can we live in one place, master, you and me?” Well said, Ramo, Well said, master voiced his appreciation. Rufus smiled and replied, “I would love it, but I’m just a tenant here. I should ask the permission of John and Spidey. Spidey looked at John wide eyed. Seeing the confusion, John shook his head and smilingly replied, “Rufus, you know, my forefather has given freely the residence for your stay and that goes for the freedom of choice too. You can decide who should stay and who should not. All are welcome. If you need a much more bigger place, we could help you build your own place in this land. “No”, the trio chorused. Then Rufus continued, this place is more than enough and we thank you  for accommodating us.

See you tomorrow, until then. Take care. Bye.

Meena

Friday, May 20, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–The Reunion-Chapter–12b


          He took the two bottles, kept it on the table and turned towards John, “Please do come forward John.” John did as he was told and Ramo joined his hands as in prayer and closed his eyes in front of John and spoke softly but clearly, “I’m really sorry for the curse I had cast upon your forefather which you had to go through for no reason of yours and your wife Lisa’s. I would really like to rectify my mistake. Ramo opened his eyes and looked at all the assembled and at John and Lisa. Everybody felt, it as a genuine apology. John cleared his throat and said, “Ramo, it’s OK. We accept your apology. Everyone do make mistakes, at least you are able to bring us back to our natural forms. But most of the time we won’t be able to correct our mistakes. Everybody nodded.
          Ramo asked John to follow him to the adjacent (nearby) room. Rufus extended one of his gowns to Ramo. With the gown and one of the bottles, they both went to the adjacent room and closed the door. Lisa was very nervous. She couldn’t stop herself from squeezing her antlers. About five minutes after, which everyone felt like ages, the door opened and Ramo came out, alone. He closed the door behind and said, “I’m sorry”, everybody sat there stunned, unable to respond. But Ramo continued, John is dressing, he’ll be here soon. All exhaled at the same time that, it felt like a blast of air. The relief was palpable (clear). Ramo turned towards Lisa, “Are you ready Lisa?” Lisa nodded. “Please follow me”, Ramo directed her to another room with the remaining bottle of potion and a gown Rufus had extended. They closed the door and all waited for sometime. Ramo came out and sat near his master with a small smile playing on his lips. Spidey and Antsy were sitting together, they didn’t know what to expect as they had not seen John and Lisa in their human form, but still, they wanted their friends to be happy.
          After an hour, both John and Lisa opened their doors simultaneously (same time). Rufus was sitting there with crossed fingers. He knew nothing would go wrong as he had wished it under the wishing tree but still he was really scared to face what was in store. Master Troy in his entire life hadn’t had the opportunity to see the effects of curse antidote. As he was not a person to curse anybody and he usually didn’t tolerate his pupils harm anybody and especially through curses, it was more harmful, than fighting.  

See you tomorrow, until then. Take care. Bye.

Meena

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–The Reunion-Chapter–12a

       “So Antsy, Ready?” Yes Rufus, Hey Roby, I’m leaving, we’ll meet tomorrow. “Yes aunty and thank you uncle Rufus for giving my first broom ride.” Rufus smiled and waved at Roby and moved towards his house with Antsy. They were talking when they heard a swish over them and they saw, Ramo coming towards them on his broom. They smiled and greeted him. Rufus opened the door and invited both Antsy and Ramo in. When Ramo entered, he couldn’t believe his eyes. In front of him sat Master Troy, his teacher.
        He felt so happy that he couldn’t stop crying. He went and embraced his master and spoke, Oh master, I’m so glad to meet you, I really felt so lonely without you. I’m really sorry that I hurt you. I really do not want to leave you. Will you live with me? Please?” He didn't answer as there were things to be fulfilled. Troy was very happy to meet his best student. He felt contented when he was able to see Ramo and embrace him. He looked over the shoulder of Ramo at Rufus, who had made this happen. But Rufus, was just looking at Troy with a small smile playing at his lips.
           Rufus directed Antsy to a seat and she sat there watching the heart warming reunion of a teacher and a long lost student. She felt awed at the range of emotions, the human beings express at a time. Though she was happy when she was an ant, she didn’t want to return back to an ant, as she now know, what it is to become human.
Spidey was waiting for Antsy, she had been in the forest for sometime. It was past her returning time and he was getting a bit frightened. She was his partner, his best friend and she was kind, patient and beautiful too.  But if something happens to her, he couldn’t imagine the rest. He got up from his chair and went to find John, who was swinging in his web and speaking to Lisa, who was sitting in her anthill with her head out. Seeing Spidey, John enquired, “What’s it Spidey? You look upset.” Antsy hasn’t arrived. She had gone to the forest with Roby and it’s past her arrival time. “Oh don’t worry, she’ll be here. She knows this place more accurately than us. If you’re really frightened, we’ll ask the help of Rufus". Both John and Lisa came out of their comfortable positions and all the three moved towards Rufus place through the tunnel underground.
            They saw the door closed and they knocked it and immediately the door was opened by Rufus. He smilingly invited all three into his room and they were relieved to see Antsy sitting there smiling and watching Ramo speaking with an old man. Rufus introduced all of them to his master and they all talked for a while and the master turned towards Ramo and said, “Don’t waste time son, do what you have to do, at the very earliest. Time is one thing that doesn’t wait for anybody.” Yes master and Ramo got up from his seat and opened his robe.

Until then. Take care. Bye.

Meena

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–Taking Action-Chapter–11d

          Really! so its true, that it can make anything happen? “Yes Rufus, Anything can happen, but it should not harm any other living being only then it would work or else it would do more harm than good. Do you have anything to fulfil, Rufus?” Rufus smiled shyly and said, “Yes master I have two wishes to fulfil.” I have come to wish for John and Lisa who are now spider and ant to be transformed to their old selves when Ramo gives his curse antidote and my second wish is, I want to nullify the effect of Infinity leaf from my body, so that I can live a complete life with surprises and fulfilment. Master Troy nodded understandingly. "Then don’t waste time, better wish when the moonlight is still on the tree."
          Rufus took his wand and touched a silver bud of the tree and closed his eyes and wished for John and Lisa. Then he touched another silver bud and wished for himself. He felt an electric current passing through him and immediately his eyesight became dim and he felt like a normal person. He was very happy. He shouted loudly. “What is it Rufus? Has your wish been granted?” Yes master and now I’m the old Rufus”. Rufus stepped on to his broom and master too had his own broom and they both took the same destination- The house of Rufus. They stayed there, the night and when the sun rose, Rufus was ready to face the world as he had not seen the sun for ages and he felt so happy to feel the sun and he danced in the forest in broad day light. He took his broom and swished and slashed the air around the forest and warmed himself in the sun.
He came down, when he saw Roby and Antsy playing in the forest with Rambo. Seeing Rufus in the sun, Antsy was surprised. She asked, “I thought that you cannot move during day time.” Rufus smiled broadly and said, “Until yesterday, it was like that, but today, I have become my old self.” Antsy’s eyes widened, Are you saying that you have become...? Rufus didn’t let her complete, Yes I’m not going to live eternally. My duty now is complete. My master is also with me here. “Really! Can I meet him?” “Sure, why not? Hey Roby, coming for a ride on my broom?” Oh Sure. Roby jumped on to the broom and Rambo followed him but Rufus extended his magic wand and commanded “Stillo Silento”. Rambo stood there silently watching the two take off in the broom. Roby couldn’t control his excitement. He whooped loudly and they flew all over the forest several times and landed near Rambo. Rufus touched Rambo with his wand and commanded “Unstillo”.
Wow! that’s cool uncle Rufus. Can you teach some magic to control Rambo? Rufus, rustled Rambo’s hair and spoke kindly, Roby, the good and kind words that come from your mouth is what we call magic and when you use it always, you weave a magic blanket around you. There is no separate magic. When your words are put into action, we call it magic. The nature is full of magic. When the sun rises, its magic. When the flower blooms, its magic, when the rain falls, its magic. Likewise, when you do something good its magic, when you smile, its magic. When you act kindly, its magic. Just see it around. Feel it in you. Trust me, there would be someone who would  teach you magic because you have helped us a lot. Just wait.

Until then. Take care. Bye.

Meena

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–Taking Action-Chapter–11b

Ramo felt ashamed of his situation. Rufus continued, he didn’t criticise Ramo for anything, but he spoke, “ Ramo I want you to rectify the mistake you made, it would be the right way to decurse it.” OK. But can I ask you something? “What is it?” Who are the people affected by this curse? “The best way to know about them is to meet them. I’ll introduce you to them. Come with me.”
Ramo followed Rufus with his broom and Rufus took the lead. They reached the castle within seconds and Ramo could not believe his eyes, he saw one of the weirdest scenes of his entire life, a giant spider and ant talking like human beings and mingling with humans.
Seeing Rufus and Ramo the group stood up. Antsy came forward with a smile and said “Oh Rufus you were able to cure Ramo, that’s so wonderful. How do you feel Ramo?” Like a just born baby. Everyone smiled and Ramo and Rufus joined the others. They had tea and then Rufus introduced everyone to Ramo and told the entire incident from the previous day. And Ramo I would like to remind you, your paralysis was due to the curse being activated. From today, promise me never to curse or else, even I wouldn’t be able to help you.
“So now you know what to do to bring them back to the normal self?” Yes but there is a problem, I won’t be able to transform Antsy and Spidey.
They all nodded and Antsy replied, Ramo, we have been already warned by Rufus, but you’d be able to return John and Lisa, can’t you? “Oh yes, that’s not difficult, and Antsy, I’m sorry. But I can give you one thing, you could understand your family language and you would be able to communicate to them too. That goes for Spidey too. That’s the only thing I could do for you for my mistake. Ramo got up and spoke, I need a night to rectify my mistake, so for the time being, I take leave. He took his broom and flew away. Rufus didn’t stay long either. He had some follow ups to do, so that the transformation doesn’t backfire (go wrong).

Until then. Take care. Bye.

Meena

Adventures of Spidey–Taking Action-Chapter–11c

Ramo immediately reached his abode and went to his library and searched for the parchment he had kept hidden years back. He had written the antidote of the curse he had cast on Sir Bradley. He searched for sometime and he found it in his memento box which his teacher, Troy had given him which should be used only for very important purposes. He kept the box on the small table and with his magic wand recited some magic words over the box and the box started shaking and then a parchment flew out of the box. Ramo caught it immediately in mid-air and took the box and kept it back in its nook in the library.
          Ramo started reading the antidote of the curse and went to his potion room, a very vast one. He had a large collection of very rare ingredients, which he had collected over the years. He reached his work table and extending his magic wand, shouted “Collecto Ingredio” and all the ingredients started shaking and he continued, “numero 34” and a bottle of flower petals flew from the shelf and opened itself and ten dry leafs were deposited on the work table and closed and returned towards its position. Likewise all the ingredients came out from their respective positions and deposited their products and urned. When all the ingredients were collected Ramo sat on the work bench and took out a mixing bowl and with his magic wand mixed all the ingredients, made it into a green paste and collected it into two bottles and put the stopper on it.
          Rufus, was very happy to have Ramo back. Though he was surprised when he heard Ramo deny himself the infinity leaf, he was happy for Ramo. At least Ramo can live a fulfilling life than a half life existence, he himself was living. Anyway, its high time, he look a way out of this everlasting life because, it has started becoming a bit boring. He had been travelling through the forest in search of the wishing tree, which usually is very short statured (height) and very green, which is very difficult to get noticed but for the silvery buds which can be seen only at night. As he was getting tired of looking and was planning to return he found something shining between the trees. He flew towards the place and there he found the tree that he was searching for but when he came closer he found himself looking directly into the bright wise eyes of an owl- a silver owl. He came closer to the tree. “Why were you late Rufus?” Rufus smiled and came near the owl. “Master my duties took long to get completed. I came as soon as it was possible. And I would like to give you the good news. “Ramo is back”. Immediately there was a fume and the owl transformed into master Troy. “Master, how come you transformed?” Rufus asked surprised. He couldn’t believe his eyes. "That was the magic word that turns me back into my old self, which I had wished for under this tree."
Until then. Take care. Bye.

Meena

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–Taking Action-Chapter–11a

          Rufus placed his wand on the mixture and lo behold! all the ingredients were absorbed into the wand and he took the wand and placed it on Ramo’s legs and electric sparks started emanating (coming out) from  the mixture applied on the legs and Ramo could feel his feet, he could wriggle (move) it, then he began to move his legs and suddenly Ramo was standing on his own two feet. He started to walk, run, jump, shouting “I can walk again. Oh Rufus, thankyou sooooooooooo much” and he hugged him so tightly that Rufus breath stopped in the middle.
          After sometime, when Ramo’s excitement subsided (came down), he came towards Rufus, who was sitting on the couch. He sat beside him and asked seriously, “What can I do for you Rufus in return for this favour?” Rufus smiled and said, “Nothing, I have one more thing to give you.” Ramo looked at him quizzically. “Your Magic Power”. Ramo’s eyes widened, you could bring it back? Rufus nodded and extended his wand towards the air and started chantic some magic words and touched it on Ramo’s head and the spoke Ramo extend your hand and immediately his magic wand came flying to him. Ramo couldn’t belive his eyes, his luck. He couldn’t stop his tears, he didn’t know what to do. He just held his wand so tightly and cried. It was a rebirth for Ramo and that he would cherish it.
          He opened his eyes and saw Rufus looking at him intently and then Rufus spoke, “Ramo I need your help.” Ramo looked surprised, Rufus continued, The Antsy who came to meet you in the morning was the result of your curse. Ramo’s breath caught in his throat. “Yes I think you know the curse.” Ramo nodded, he had only cursed only once and that he did it at the time of his anger.
See you tomorrow, until then, bye.

Meena

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–Face to Face-Chapter–10d

Rufus nodded, with a small smile flickering on his lips, then he spoke softly, “Yes I found the infinity leaf and I drank its potion too but  I have a price to pay, though with lots of perks, I have lost my freedom to view the rising sun, the blooming flowers, to move around during day time.” Now I know the value of day, the sun.
I have brought you the infinity potion. Ramo could not believe his ears. He had been in search of this leaf for years and now when he lost hope and gave his parrot, and removed the idea from his head, it came to him. But he had already decided to give up living infinitely. He wanted to live his life to its full capacity and to complete his span of life. For that he has to be a whole person - The person, whom Troy had found, the person who helped the lad from the jaws of death, the person who could rectify the mistakes due to his curse. And now is the time. He looked directly at Rufus and spoke, “Thankyou Rufus for giving me a choice of limited or unlimited life.  I, with my whole heart would like to choose the limited life . From today onwards I’m going to live, help whoever needs my help and rectify my mistakes.” Rufus smiled and replied, “Wisely said and well said Ramo. Now my duty here is to bring back the original Ramo, the wizard and cure your paralysis.
Rufus, took out a pouch of magic powder and a bottle of violet coloured potion and kept it on the table and then he took a mixing bowl and poured both the ingredients and then he took out his wand and recited some magic words extended his wand over the  mixing bowl and slowly the ingredients started to mix on its own. It turned clockwise, anticlockwise and jumbled up.

See you tomorrow, until then, bye.

Meena

Monday, May 9, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–Face to Face-Chapter–10c

To bring you back to your own good self. Troy used to say that you were very understanding and kind and helpful. You were the best he has ever found. But you got deviated. How did it happen, Ramo?
Ramo slowly closed his eyes and lay down deep into his bed. Then he opened his eyes and looked towards the ceiling and tried to remember the incident which turned her life. It was just like it happened yesterday. He was 20 and he had only one wish – to become a great wizard. But one day as I was walking through the forest there was a heavy downpour and I just ran to a shade of a big tree. I had to wait for sometime for the downpour to stop. As I was waiting I found a big hole in the tree I just peeped through the hole but it was dark. I with my wand lighted the place and I found a very old book. I slowly took it to my room and in that I found very rare and powerful magic. I was very happy and I tried to practise it in my room, but before long, my teacher, Troy found out and he warned me not to learn these as it would be dangerous for the human existence. But I was young and I didn’t hear it. I felt very angry with him and I left his place and found my own place, here and I started practising it and it wasn’t very difficult for me. I became wild and reckless. I didn’t care for anyone or anything. I became very selfish.
My only aim was to find the infinity leaf and give myself an eternal life. But years back I was on the verge of getting the infinity leaf, but I lost it by a hairline. I cursed the man who killed my parrot and terminated my life for sometime, so as to arrive when the infinity tree will sprout, which usually happens every 200 years. I was obsessed (possessed) by this aim that I got a parrot and was training when I became paralysed. Now I know, the value of our life. I was running behind this infinity leaf that I forgot to enjoy life. I lost my teacher, his support, love and care. I’m really not fit to live. Ramo covered his anguished face and began to cry.
Rufus placed his hand on his shoulder and said, “Ramo don’t cry. I know how miserable you are and Troy too knew, how it would end. So he taught me everything I should know and prepare me, when you need help. He had the same book you had and he passed on to me. I learned it. But for me what you were searching came to my doorstep. Ramo got up with a start and exclaimed, “you got the infinity leaf?”
See you tomorrow, until then, bye.

Meena

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–Face to Face-Chapter–10b

Oh My God, its his little friend. He had been searching for this boy. How come he is here. “Son, how come you are here? How did you become a wizard?” Sir, you really helped me a lot by giving me this container. If it weren’t for this powder my family could not have had any warm nights during winters. You made my life easy. So I came in search of you in the forest several times to meet you, but it was no use. Then I saw an old man while returning from the forest. He asked me, what I was doing in the forest. I didn’t feel to say other than the truth. He was very happy to hear the truth.
He introduced himself as your teacher in wizardry, Troy. I expressed an interest becoming his pupil (student). He willingly accepted and I became wizard, but he used to say, you were the best, but you had lost track of your ambition, but he hoped one day, you’ll find the right path.
But I hoped to meet you once more, so that I’d be able to thank you properly for saving my life. Hearing all these Ramo smilingly spoke, “Yes, what my teacher said is true. My ambition deviated from what I was taught. I wanted to control the whole world with my magic. I didn’t look beyond that. I didn’t see the hurts, the selfishness behind my behaviour, my losses, anything. Now within a day my eyes were opened. I knew, I have a role to play, which I have to find and fulfil in this world and for that we will have to do the right, the right, which I feel. I have done only one thing good in my life – saved you. But at that time it was a reflex action (sudden action without thinking) and for that I got what I really wanted – my life back. I used to think of you often. I even searched you. Now I understand why I couldn’t find you. My master is a wizard’s wizard. He can break any spell and he can cast any spell that nothing can break it. He camouflaged (covered) you that no wizard or human being could see you.”
Yes, Its true. He had also asked to promise me something replied Rufus. Ramo looked at him quizzically (questioningly).

See you tomorrow, until then, bye.

Meena

Friday, May 6, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–Face to Face-Chapter–10a


Rufus found Ramo sleeping peacefully. He sat beside his bed looking at him lovingly. He was happy to be near the person, who had saved his life. It was years back when he was 8 years old. He was a normal kid just like Roby but he was an orphan. They were three children, His elder brother, Mark elder sister, Marie and himself. They were staying in their parents house and it was his duty to collect firewood from the forest. As he was collecting firewood alone in the forest, he heard a crackle and turned to look directly into the eyes of a panther. He was so shocked that he lost his voice. He knew, that any moment, he’ll be in the mouth of the panther. He closed his eyes very tightly and stood there without moving.


Suddenly he found himself airborne (flying). and he opened eyes to see himself high above the ground and he looked up to see a man with smiling grey eyes and he put him just outside the forest area and asked, “Well, that was close, isn’t it?” Rufus nodded. “Next time don’t stand there eyes closed, try to fight and win. O.K? Don’t expect anyone to come and rescue everytime you are in danger. What’s your name son?” Rufus. “Good. My name is Ramo and I’m a wizard. I live in this forest.” He put his hand in his pocket and took out a medium sized container and extended it to him and said, “Next time, when you need firewood, just put a pinch of this powder on the ground and just say, “Dooby Wood, Double the Wood”. You will have a store house full of firewood. But on one condition, Never let anyone see other than a wizard. O.K? and beware of the forest and tigers. Bye. I’m in a hurry.” He flew away in his Broom. From then on Rufus didn’t have any problem with firewood. Both his brother and sister wondered how he collected so much firewood, but they didn’t ask anything. They were happy to use it liberally and Rufus was contented to keep it a secret. Even today, he uses the same powder. He slowly took out the Firewood powder box, in which it was engraved R. At that moment, Ramo opened his eyes and saw himself looking into a very familiar eyes, but he couldn’t pin point who or where he had met this person. Rufus extended his hand and spoke, “Hello, my name is Rufus, whom Antsy had introduced to you in the morning.” Have I met you before Rufus? I feel that we have met before. Rufus extended his firewood powder box and seeing the engraved box, Ramo’s eyes widened.
 See you tomorrow.
Meena

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–Taking Action-Chapter–9c

          As the sun began its descend, Rufus, adorned (put on) his official wizard costume and took his magic wand and his broom. It had been long since he had met any other wizards and he had a jittery (nervous) feeling. He was a recluse since he had consumed (drank) the infinity potion. He didn’t feel necessary to communicate with others and the constraints (control) the magic potion has put on him forced him to be indoors for the whole day, which made him nocturnal (night time traveller).
          Now thanks to Sir Bradley, I hope to make changes within myself and the society of magic. Ramo was an evil person, he couldn’t be predicted. He can cheat. But the infinity potion acts as a barrier to thefts, cheating and lies. Nothing can touch me. But I hope he doesn’t lose his ethics on another wizard. If he does, he won’t be able to be revived of his magical powers. I hope he knows the rules.
          He went to his potion cabinet and mixed some potions and some herbs and made it into a paste and applied it to his nail on the forefinger and then collected some in a bottle and placed it his small pouch invisible to the normal person.
          Then he took his mapadometer and opened it and tapped on Ramo’s residence in the forest and immediately he saw Ramo sleeping on his bed peacefully. He swished on the mapadometer twice and tapped on the position of the residence and let it stay like that and he stepped out of his house. He found all four in front of his house. He was also a bit relieved of their presence. He bade them goodbye and straddled (sit on top of) himself on the broom and pushed it from the ground. He soared towards the sky and made two or three swishes in the air and waved to the others as they were looking at him. He didn’t have much to go. He reached his destination within seconds and pulled towards the rainbow tree. He opened the magic lock from the house and stepped in without a noise.
          They stood there until Rufus couldn’t be seen.
Until then take care. Bye.
Meena

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–Taking Action-Chapter–9b

Antsy smiled and walked towards the castle along with Roby, Rambo and the parrot. All were present in the tea room, except for Rufus. Spidey seeing Antsy's arrival, jumped up from his seat and came forward. “How did it go?” Oh it was fine. He was happy to see us, isn’t it Roby? Roby nodded a bit nervously. Look, he presented him with his rainbow parrot. They all were surprised to see such a valuable gift given so freely. “So that means, he has dropped the infinity leaf?” enquired John. Yes, that’s what he’s told. He just wants to walk and return to become a wizard. I have already introduced Rufus to him and he’s happy to meet him today in the evening. At that moment they heard soft footsteps through the corridor and all turned towards the noise and there in his black robe stood Rufus. Immediately, the rainbow parrot flew towards Rufus and sat on his shoulders. Roby was shocked to see his gift just flying away so easily. But Rufus, spoke something to the parrot and the parrot flew back to Roby. He felt an awe towards Rufus and thanked him profusely and bade good bye to all and scampered (ran) away before much mishaps.
Rufus, swished his wand and created seats for John and Lisa and a comfortable seat for him too and they all sat in the respective seats in the tea room. “Where you frightened Antsy?” Antsy nodded in the negative and recounted all the incidents that happened. Yes I saw you in the mapadometer. Anyway you have impressed him. Now, its my turn to meet him. So, I’ll be going by evening and let’s see what will happen.
Until then take care. Bye.
Meena

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–Taking Action-Chapter–9a

Roby was sitting near Ramo and playing with the rainbow parrot. The parrot was very smart. Roby was so excited to have it. He couldn’t control his excitement. Ramo had given his pet to him for helping him sit comfortably. That was easy for him. He was not expecting anything from this fearful looking person other than fright. But he was kind.
Antsy slowly moved towards them taking in this happy scene and all looked up seeing her and Roby helped her with the tray so that Antsy could arrange the bed to serve food for Ramo. She did with ease and let Ramo eat the food in private as they knew that he was hungry. Ramo ate the whole food while they looked around the house. Seeing all the curios, Roby didn’t like to leave the place. It was a place worth exploring. “Aunty, have you seen these types of things before?” Antsy shrugged, No Roby, this is the first. “It’s a treasure house isn’t it?” I don’t know. Is it very expensive? “No aunty, we don’t find this everywhere, its very rare and we won’t get it for money. That’s why we call it treasure.” Oh! OK.
Hellooooo, Roby... Antsy..... where are you? They both hurried towards the bedroom and found Ramo happily settled. It was very good. I was used to magic preparation. Now I know the difference of normal food and magic food. They all smiled. “I think we will let you rest for sometime and I will let Rufus know your wish to meet him, so that he can be here by evening and help you walk and bring back your magic skills. That would be wonderful. Thankyou Antsy. Oh! its OK. I’m glad I was able to help you. So then we’ll come to see you tomorrow thus we can see how much progress you have made.
“I too hope the same.” Ramo replied. Antsy and Roby left with the rainbow colour parrot on his shoulder.  They walked out of the house and found Rambo wagging his tail vigorously. Seeing the parrot, it started jumping around wildly and barking loudly. Antsy, looked at Rambo and spoke sternly. “QUIET! SIT!” The dog obeyed and Roby with admiration in his eyes spoke. That’s the first aunty. He doesn’t obey anyone. You are cool aunty. Real cool. Antsy smiled. After walking some distance Roby turned and found the rainbow flowered tree has reappeared.
Take care until tomorrow. Bye.
Meena

Monday, May 2, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–In The Forest-Chapter–8d



I have a friend, named Rufus. Do you know him? Ramo shook his head in the negative. He is a wizard, he can help you regain back your magic powers and also back your health. He is the person who sent me here, but the only problem is, he is unable to come during day time.
If you are willing to accept him as your friend, he will be here by dusk (evening). Ramo scratched his chin thinking very deeply and then wide eyed, he asked, “Do you know, why he’s unable to travel in the morning?” Antsy smilingly replied, “Why don’t you ask him directly, it would be much more easier isn’t it?” Ramo smiled and replied, “I’d surely like to meet your friend Rufus, but what about my current (present) situation? I’m really feeling hungry.” Where’s the kitchen? “Over there, Ramo pointed towards the kitchen. Antsy walked towards the kitchen and Roby followed her silently, but Ramo stopped him and asked, “Were you the person, who was playing in the forest yesterday?” Roby with fear filled eyes turned towards Ramo. Seeing his frightened face Ramo smiled at him and said, “Don’t worry, I just saw a boy and a dog play, that’s why I don’t have any ill feelings towards them, O.K?”  Roby’s face broke into a big smile and said, “Yes sir, we were the two. My dog always like to play in the forest and I regularly come here.
          Antsy went to the kitchen and everything was kept in place and clinically clean. She started opening the cabinets and found enough vegetables, bread, butter, milk and olive oil. She immediately started to  cut some vegetables and prepared salad with olive oil, toasted the bread and applied some butter and poured some milk in a glass tumbler and placed it on a tray and walked back to Ramo’s room, but the scene that invited her was an unimaginable sight.
Take care until tomorrow. Bye.
Meena

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Adventures of Spidey–In The Forest-Chapter–8c

“How did you know?” Well, I’m not a witch. My name is Antsy and this is Roby. I really could help you. Just think that I’m your friend. I saw you were suffering and I knew that you had camouflaged your house with the rainbow flowered tree and locked with a sing-a-song password. Isn’t it? Ramo’s mouth were agape (open-mouthed).
“No one knows about my presence here. How did you know?” Now, its time for food, so what should I do for you Ramo? “If you could bring my magic wand, then I can prepare my own food. But I don’t know whether it would work as I have been incapacitated (injured).” We can try and see whether it would work and she went to the room she had seen yesterday and took the magic wand and gave it to Ramo.
He swished his magic wand but there wasn’t any response. Ramo felt depressed. He didn’t know, what he was going to do without his wand. His life as a wizard has come to a close. Seeing his sad face Antsy consolingly came to Ramo and said, “Don’t worry Ramo, I’ll bring you back your magic and help you find your infinity leaf.”
Oh! I don’t think I am interested in infinity leaf any more. I was a very good wizard. I could walk, run, stand on my own two legs until yesterday. But now, I am invalid. I hadn’t known the value of what I had, until I lost it. I really would like to get back my normal legs and my magic too. But I don’t think so, there is anyone, who could help me in that, unless you have used the infinity leaf. Well, we all are like that Ramo, we just don’t care what we have. We always look out and sigh at what we don’t have. It’s human nature. But since now you know, the value of existence, I hope everything would become normal at the very earliest. But for that, you should do something. “What’s that? enquired Ramo.
Take care until tomorrow. Bye.
Meena