Friday, April 25, 2014

Winning the Inter-house Quiz

“And the winner, of the Inter-House quiz competition is……”

 Headmistress ma’am announced into the mike. Our fingers were rapping by themselves on the table. We were getting goose bumps. We could almost hear the drum roll in the distance.

“….Tabuk house!”  ma’am finished.

We all cheered loudly. So did the audience. They clapped like they had been expecting us to be the winners the entire time. Actually, we did know they were guessing that the winners would be us because when ma’am had asked the audience who they thought would win they had all announced “Tabuk!”

I had been chosen for the quiz competition by Rejula ma’am. There were 4 people in each of the four houses, that were, Hijaz, Jizan, Madinah and Tabuk. I was in the house Tabuk along with 3 others for the quiz. We were really excited and as we got off stage and our friends congratulated us.

We had gotten off to a good start. We got points in all the questions of the MCQ round, the Category round, and the “What’s the question? “ round.  We had a lost a few in the Rapid Fire and Audio rounds but other than that everything had been right. We were so happy!

Dad promised me that because of this victory, he would take me out to any of my favorite restaurants. I told him in a very emotional way …

“This is even harder than the quiz. I have a list of too many restaurants..”  

I hope he didn’t get too scared.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Losing Archie Andrews ...


I took a deep breath and entered my new class. All my classmates looked at me.

‘Hi!’

‘Enjoyed vacations?’

‘Congrats, you have been promoted to 8th grade!’

I was so happy to see my friends again. 2 weeks break after 7th grade final exams, it felt so good to see them all, everyone chatting loudly, joking and laughing.

My best friend Chandana was sitting on my left and my other best friend Anne was on my right. The 3 of us could hardly wait to tell all that had happened during vacation. All words came spilling out.

Our new class teacher, Maria ma’am, came in and announced ‘Hello class, I will be your new class teacher. I will teach you chemistry…..………….’ she went on, telling us the rules and everything. She had taught us chemistry in 6th and 7th grades too, so we know her really well.

Yesterday, when I came home from school, my mom sad ‘I want to show you this news article’. Alas!  It said that Archie Andrews of Archie comics is being killed off! I said ‘Nooooooo!!!”

I have been reading Archie comics for a pretty long time now. When I was in first grade, uncle Sujesh brought one Archie’s comic and left it on the dining table. For me, anything with a lot of pictures was a good book, so I took it and started reading. It was really interesting. I could not stop reading. From then, we bought many Archie comics, and I loved every book. But I was getting kind of addicted, so at one period we stopped. But we would buy one book once in a while, and till now I still have the interest in it.

I still cannot believe Archie is going to die in the July issue. But the newspaper said he is going to die a heroic death that he is going to sacrifice his life for a friend.

I am definitely going to buy the July issue.