Lies

Crumpled paper, scribbled on
and
tossed aside; all the marrow
sucked out. The ember- feeble,
flickering.
You question the turning of your cogs.
What makes you tick?
Or the more pressing one,
Why should you?
For the regal River,
Running deep, dark and magnificent?
Or faces, equally so?
With eyes that glisten
With the meaning of life
a secret, that must never be told-
its a mere fantasy. Lulled into
oblivion by a single prick
of Reality (If one exists)
Or is it, a whiff of petrichor
or some other sensuous smell
One of many the earth has to offer.
Or is it, the heady musk of
yellowed pages, beckoning?
These have seen many a fingers
slip through doors, to places unknown
Or biting, stinging, impetuous winds
Sending leaves of gold
Cascading down turbulent waters
Or opening windows to blue velvet,
Scattered bits of soul
Burning holes through it,
This is all there is and much more.

But truth is stranger than fiction
Falsity, an old companion
Truth be told- this patchwork
of white lies is
unraveling.
That there is no substance to life
shall soon be revealed.
To live is to lie.
(Mostly to oneself)
How long till you divine
from bare threads of
a once comforting quilt of lies
The only meaning is, perhaps
in non-existence.

-Tanisha

Maths Fest 2015

Math Fest 2015 was held on August 3, 2015. It was a school-wide event involving children from all classes, pre-school to class XII. They were all engaged in hands-on interactive problem solving of some kind or the other. The event had an explorative festival like atmosphere.

Spiral of Theodorus (square-root spiral)
Spiral of Theodorus (square-root spiral)

The idea behind the Math Fest was to provide mathematical challenges to children and present an exposition of mathematical concepts in a visual form to make them accessible to a diverse audience.

There were about forty activity stations, each one focusing on a key math concept presented in the form of a problem, pattern, exploration, game or puzzle. Many of the activities were organised around the theme of symmetry.

Vitruvian Man and Golden ratio
Vitruvian Man and Golden ratio

During the preparatory build-up to the event, children worked collaboratively in pairs or groups of four to make presentations to the visitors. Solving these problems required both basic mathematical skills as well as higher order thinking skills.

All the activities were hands-on and interactive. At some stations, geometric shapes and geometric 3-D models which had been prepared by the students were used, and at other counters, seeds and paper strips were used. Many of the tasks could be attempted at different levels, thus meeting the needs of young students as well as holding out a challenge for the older ones as well.

Explaining the geodesic structure
Explaining the geodesic structure

At the end of the day, two short films were screened, each with a mathematical theme. One of them was The Dot and the Line – a romance in lower dimensions; it is a charming story about geometrical entities, with extremely witty dialogues. The other one was Flatland; it is based on a novel of the same name, written by Edwin Abbott more than a century back. It features an imaginary two-dimensional world in which a few of the inhabitants become aware of the third dimension and of attempts by the State to conceal this fact. Children seemed to enjoy both the movies greatly.

Solving a puzzle
Solving a puzzle

Children and teachers alike seemed to enjoy the event, but a few felt that it could have been spread out over two days rather than be packed into a single day. We hope to have another such event a year later.

– Mathematics faculty of Sahyadri School