Weekly Digest #38
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Summer at home - 5 Tips to spice it up!
By: Mihir Rao
With the hot summer just around the corner, we can feel the heatwave begin. Right now, the temperature is at that awkward stage where it is too hot normally, but too cold if you turn the AC on full blast. Some of us have school holidays on, and, with a lot of us getting quite bored, here are some things that you can do to keep your mind off the heatwave:
I cannot emphasize how important exercise is, even if it is walking around the house for a bit. Exercise will help you get more fit and healthy, and it also releases endorphins, dopamine and other good chemicals for your brain. Exercise also cools you down, and we need that VERY MUCH because of this summer. Breathing exercises like simple pranayamas are especially helpful.
2. Eat or drink something cool
Ahh, there’s nothing like having a nice cold glass of lemonade in the summers, and there will never be anything like it. Drink something nice and cool like lemonade, ice tea, water or something else, and eat a nice cold bowl of ice cream. Ice cream is always a good idea, isn’t it?
3. Read Books
One of the main things that happens when you have a heatwave in the summer, is laziness. You can’t avoid it, and sometimes it’s good to embrace it. Curling up and reading a good book is one of the best things you can do to improve your vocabulary and knowledge, and have fun while doing it!
4. Play Games
Well, this one resonates with me. Playing games is one of the most fun things you can do, whether it’s video games, board games, or even just playing a verbal game with your family! These are loads of fun, and will keep you from getting bored.
5. Learn a new skill
This is one of the nice ones. Learning a new skill is often put off by many people (myself included) and the summer is the perfect time to stop doing that. With everyone getting bored by the unbearable heat, you can use your time productively and learn a new skill! It could be cooking, gaming, learning a new language, Reading, etc.
So, if you follow these tips for staying distracted from the heat and using your summer properly, you can have a blast, and also do good things!
Master Yoda’s Guide to life - what we can learn from Star Wars
By: Abhimanyu Rao
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....
A pun gave rise to a day that has celebrations all over the world! Yes, the famous World Star Wars Day doesn’t have any significance to the franchise’s history. On the contrary, it is celebrated because of how similar “May the Fourth” sounds to “May the Force”! This has brought forth the tagline “May the Fourth be with you.”. Anyway, enough with the facts, now let’s get into what this article is about. Today, what we are talking about is:
Things we can learn from Star Wars:
With 11 movies, 3 TV Shows with a total of 13 seasons, and several more shows and movies coming up, the Star Wars Franchise is quite huge, and such a huge franchise is bound to have a lot of characters, traits, and lessons. The storyline is rich and has many layers - even the simplest of plotlines has a deeper meaning. Today we go through the main things we can learn from Star Wars.
1. Resilience: The main thing in the Star Wars Universe is resilience. In Episode V, Han Solo is in the slimy hands of Jabba the Hutt, Luke has learned that he is no match for Darth Vader (and also learns that the merciless dark lord is his father!).
Nevertheless, the fearless heroes persevered, and by the end of Episode VI, they had won the day! Similar occurrences happen throughout the other trilogies as well! Similarly, in the final trilogy, Rey never gives up on Ben Solo, and sure enough, in the end, he shows to the world that there is good in him!
2. Not judging a book by its cover: A movie set in space means there are several aliens, all of different shapes and sizes. The best example of this is the wise Master Yoda, who is a legendary Jedi master. He is quite short in stature, but his wisdom knows no bounds. He guides several generations of Jedi, and trains Luke Skywalker, who goes on to defeat the Empire!
Next on this list is Han Solo. The arrogant pilot, who is brilliantly portrayed by Harrison Ford, comes off as a swindler, and a man who cares about nothing but money. He leaves the Rebel Alliance to pay off a debt to a mob boss, but then he returns to save Luke, even though that was unwise, as it later almost gets him killed by that very mobster!
3. Rules are important:
This is an essential topic of the Prequel Trilogy(Episodes-1, 2 and 3) is the rebellious Jedi Anakin Skywalker, who has a habit of breaking rules, and doing things in his own way. This all goes fine, until he breaks a rule of primary importance to the Jedi which is, “A Jedi must be free of emotional attachments.”. Anakin marries Senator Padmé Amidala. Then, his fear of losing her turns him evil, and he ends up destroying the Jedi Order! This just goes to show how important rules really are!
4. Don’t let the past define you: Most of the characters have pasts that they are ashamed of, or they dislike. Luke and Leia’s father is a murderous dictator, Han Solo was a smuggler, Chewbacca was a slave, Rey was the granddaughter of the villainous Emperor Palpatine, Ben Solo decimated the fledgling second Jedi Order, and Yoda carries the guild of being unable to defeat The Emperor in their climactic battle. Nevertheless, all these characters end up doing great things. Never let something you did, or something that happened to you, define who you are.
This culminates this list of lessons. As Master Yoda would say, “Much we have discussed today, padawan! Remember this, you must!” Always remember these lessons, because no matter what you do, Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, Yoda, Obi-wan, and all the characters mentioned today weren’t perfect, but they managed to achieve great things despite it. In the current situation, all seems lost, but we must remind ourselves of how it is always darkest before the dawn, and always stay positive!
Credit for all photos goes to starwars.com
How to be a Friendly Neighbourhood Superhero!
By: Agastya Rao
The Pandemic has kept us all indoors, and the situation is not getting much better. If you are feeling helpless or feeling that you want to help right now but you can’t seem to think of how to help, don’t worry The Paperless Press has got you covered!
Step 1- Help your Neighbours
If your neighbours have contracted Covid-19, or if there are senior citizens who live in your building, be sure to ask them if they need help with anything. Whether it is help with ordering groceries or medicines or anything else, be sure to ask them. If you help them, you shall be making sure that they stay safe and they shall be happy too!
If however your neighbours have contracted Covid-19, try talking to them (Over the phone of course) because Quarantine can be a real bummer and it always helps to have a person to talk to! If we won’t help each other, who will? Now is the real time to step up and help those around us, I am sure you would have heard the term ‘Love Thy Neighbour’. So do help your neighbour out!
Step 2- Chores
If your parents are busy with work, or if they are taking care of a Covid-19 patient, then it is time for you to step up! I would recommend doing chores as per your age, for example-
1. 6-8 years old-tidy up your toys, set the table for meals.
2. 8-10 years old- Water the plants, make your bed, help with laundry and tidying up in the kitchen.
3.10-12 years old- Wash the dishes, fold laundry, make a simple breakfast, help look after your pet.
4. 13+ years- Make breakfast/lunch/dinner, and the thing that will please your parents the most - keep your room clean :)
If you can do these chores, and if you do them I'm sure you will decrease your parents’ workload by a lot. That's not all chores are good for, accomplishing a chore daily will make you feel a sense of accomplishment which will help you power through the day!
Step 3- Stay Upbeat and Make sure Everyone else stays upbeat too!
This is THE single most important part of this list is to stay upbeat and positive. Watch movies, read books, play games and have fun. Do also ensure that everyone else you know is also having fun. Play as many board games as you can with your family (Just as Abhimanyu wrote in Weekly Digest #22 Board Games are not boring). So stay safe, have fun with your family and for a better equipped guide on how to go enjoy quarantine- (Read Abhimanyu’s article in Weekly Digest #13 and Weekly Digest #14 for ideas on how to make Quarantine fun!).
By: Abhimanyu Rao
In the past few years, the bee population across the world has been diminishing. Bees are extremely important to the ecosystem, and due to this, the Netherlands had painted wildflowers on pavements, and coloured roofs green to attract bees, and it worked!
A duo of mother and daughter, Ahalya and Deshna Krupa have been making meals for Covid-19 patients who are currently quarantined at home. They are making food for people across Chennai, and are not charging them for it. They take requests from people, and this has become so big, that people are offering to sponsor her! It’s heartwarming to see there are such wonderful people in the world!
Friendship knows no bounds! Mr. Ranjan Agarwal had contracted Covid-19 and desperately needed oxygen, so his friend Mr. Divy Khare, drove 1400 kilometers from Bokaro in Jharkhand to Noida, with a canister of oxygen for his friend! If this isn’t true friendship, I don’t know what is!
SPECIAL MENTION Our hearts are filled with pride and joy to read of the number of citizens who are selflessly working to help people in need in this dark time. Gurdwaras are providing food and oxygen, individual citizens all over the country are providing oxygen for free, home chefs are sending food to covid patients, students, alumni groups and neighbours have come together - whether it is to help source medicines or find hospital beds, doctors and other Frontline workers who are functioning without sleep or rest. You may have read/watched some of these stories on the news, but like an iceberg, there are hundreds and thousands of such people whom we don't don't hear of. There are heroes among us.
The Paperless Press salutes every hero. If you know of someone who has gone above and beyond to help someone in recent days, please do write to us about them. (Contact us at- firstname.lastname@example.org)
By: Mihir Rao
When a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule entered the atmosphere and landed on Earth, it just broke a record, which is quite peculiar. The astronauts broke the record for the longest time spent in space, having spent 5 whole months not on Earth!! You could say that this record was ‘out of this world’...
For the first time ever, scientists are able to track the trajectory of asteroids and what their journey was. They did this with a boulder sized asteroid and predicted the flight path of the object and determined that its journey began a long, long time ago; 22 MILLION years ago, to be exact.
The Ingenuity helicopter has completed its third successful flight to Mars! The scientists at NASA say that this flight was bolder,faster and farther than the other 2 flights! In the previous flight, the helicopter moved 4 metres laterally, and in the third one, it moved 50 metres!
On the 22nd of April, history was made. The Perseverance rover has generated oxygen from carbon dioxide on Mars, a feat which had never been done before in human history! This can make bringing oxygen to other planets for rocket propellants unnecessary, and even synthesize oxygen for future astronauts to breathe in!
Entertainment quotient for the week:
Premiere of the Week- Star Wars: The Bad Batch (4th May)
A babysitter’s guide to monster hunting
The Cooking Corner (Is Back!)
By: Agastya Rao
Summer is here and it also happens to be mango season! Now is the time to enjoy cold beverages. Here's a really easy recipe for a smoothie- you can make it in almost no time.
This Week’s Delicious Recipe is for…. Mango banana smoothie aka sunshine in a glass
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
3 cups mango chunks (if they are frozen, even better)
1.5 cups of milk
HOW TO MAKE IT
Step 1 - Take all the ingredients and put them into a blender jar.
(For younger readers, please take a grown up's assistance to slice the mangoes).
Step 2 - press the button, blend together.
Step 3 - Enjoy!
-Fresh coconut water - reduce the quantity of milk and add coconut water.
Try this and do tell us if you like the recipe. Watch this space for more simple recipes.
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