Annual prize distribution function is the greatest event in a school. The Principal, the staff and the student look forward to this day with great zest and zeal. Like a birthday it comes once a year and prize distribution day is usually often the foundation day of the school.

The annual prize distribution day is the most important and the most significant day in an institution. It is eagerly awaited by the staff and the students, whether they are prize-winners or not.

Quite often I attend the prize distribution of the Guru Harkrishan Public School in Delhi. Its Principal, Sardar Gurdial Singh Dhillon, is a devoted and dedicated man. Its entire staff is hard working. Its students are highly disciplined and intelligent. They are not only studious but also have wide general knowledge of the world. It is a wonder to watch its students during the prize distribution ceremony. It is a joy to see how they guide the guests to their seats and how they look after their comforts. They boys are naturally trained and not specially rehearsed for the occasion, because even otherwise they behave brilliantly during the school hours and even outside the classes.

The chief guest, who distributes prizes, is a very important man. Once Sardar Gurdial Singh Dhillon, Lok Sabha Speaker presided over the function. So this was the occasion when the principal and the chef guest had the same name. They are old friends and it was a rare occasion for them to meet together.

In Guru Harkrishan Public School the students and staff arrive two hours before the prize distribution day to look after the arrangements. The guest are expected to be their seats half an hour before the arrival of the chief guest who usually arrives punctually in the nick of time.

There is an introductory speech by the principal, then a speech by the chief guest, and then the prizes are distributed. It is followed by a variety of shows which includes dramas, dances, and colourful shows and other interesting items in both English and Hindi, besides Punjabi. Then there is farewell speech by the President of the Governing Body. It is followed by the tea and snacks for the guests. It is altogether a memorable occasion.

One special feature of the annual prize distribution in Guru Harkrishan Public School is that prizes are also given to those students who attend the school regularly and do not remain absent even for a day throughout the year. This prize is received by the parents rather than students, because parents too are responsible for regular attendance. Quite a large number of parents do get the prizes!



Teachers are here, teachers are there.


A friendly teacher is very rare.

Most of the teachers today are no good. They think of their job in terms of money and do not have the welfare of the students and the nation at heart. But all the teachers are not just rotten and fit for the dust like yesteryear’s dry leaves. Here and there are exceptions. Now and then we have capital examples of teachers who need to be worshipped.

An ideal teacher is as rare as a dodo. He is a near impossibility in these days of getting rich quickly. The teachers like other professionals are in the system and want to make as much money as possible and as quickly as they can do it. That puts idealism out of action. The flame dies for want of oil. It never gets a fair chance to live and lighten the world.

An ideal teacher pursues his job with a spirit of devotion and dedication. He understands the students and the students understand him. He is a builder of the nation and the architect of nation’s destiny. He has a thorough knowledge of his books with love and labour. With labour and love he teaches his students.

We have one such ideal teacher in our school. His name is Mr. Mahesh, our English teacher. He has influenced me the most and he is the lighthouse of my life. I steer the ship of my destiny by his examples and his advice. He tells me that knowledge is not the end but the end of all knowledge is wisdom. We must seek wisdom even from stones and streams. Every book is also our book. We should keep our eyes and ears open all the time and never stop learning as long as we live.

If a student goes wrong, Mr. Mahesh checks him; and if he does well, Mr. Mahesh admires him. This admiration is a spur to great deeds of victory and success in life. He awakens the sleeping spirits of the youth. He quickens the minds and sharpens the soul of the young students who seek his advice and counsel. Thus he influences the course of the stream of our lives. He is our true philosopher and sincere guide in all walks of life.

Our teacher has a very noble character. He is a man of simple living and high thinking. His character is flawless. He is our example in punctuality and performance of our various duties of life at home and in the school. He is thorough gentleman. He is right, rosy and righteous.

Mr. Mahesh has mastery over his subject. His method of teaching is impressive. His voice is clear. He teaches us nicely. If a student ever commits a mistake he makes him realize his mistake very tactfully. He rarely beats a child. He gives us home task daily and checks the same regularly. He shows 100% results every year with a number of distinctions in the subject.

Our ideal teacher is responsible for moulding our character and our career. We can never forget him as long as we live, he lights many candles with his wisdom and his service to the community is unique and almost unparalleled. He is a gem among men. We are really proud of our English Teacher



Examinations are the most dreadful activity in the life of a student. He always shrinks back from the examination. He looks pale, sunken, having a long face especially in the month of March because it is the month of annual examination and the result of his whole year depend on them.

The students look worried and anxious as the examinations draw near. The day before the examination is horrible for them. They are busy on revising the main points. They do not feel hunger. They take no interest in recreational items. They try to cram some important questions. The more they read, the more they forgot. They feel nervous and confused. They burn the midnight oil for preparing themselves for the examination. Even after learning a lot, they feel quite blank.

They seek divine help and pray to God to help them pass the examination. Every student whether he is bright or dull, fears from the examination. They leave seeing movies, watching T.V. They do not have sound sleep on the night before the examination. In fact, fear of the examination hangs so heavy on their mind that they do not have even a wink of sleep throughout the night.

They are puzzled. Those students who adopt unfair means in the examination are busy in preparing short slips with answers on them. They take these slips into the examination hall and use them whenever they get an opportunity. Anyhow most of the students feel that their memory is failing. Their young faces look tired as a result of worries and overstudies.



Rabindra Nath Tagore was born on 6th May, 1861 in a well-to-do family of Thakurs of Bengal. His mother died when he was quite young, o his father, Devendranath, had to look after him.

Rabindra Nath was averse to studying at conventional schools from the very beginning. He disliked the set rules and the monotonous life that schools of those days provided. He was up to freedom o0f the body and the soul. He was, therefore, allowed to receive education at home. Yet progress was very slow. Rabindra Nath loved to be carefree, dreamy and thoughtful. His love for nature grew with years. At the age of 16 he was sent to England but he returned home after some time, without doing anything.

He started writing poetry at the early age of 25. Very soon his poetry brought him name and fame. It reflected his thoughts and feelings. His early poems were given the title of “Morning Songs”.

Simultaneously with poetry, Tagore was writing dramas and prose. Though his earlier plays are more like literary exercises and reveal him more as a painter than a dramatist, yet ‘The Post Office’ written in later years was given a great reception. He wrote a number of stories and novels. The short story ‘Kabuliwallah’ is one of his best productions.

Tagore was a lover of mankind. His love for the countryside and the calm, still beauty of the jungle did not diminish his love for the suffering humanity. Took part in politics and led an agitation against the partition Bengal. He resigned his knighthood in protest against the British attitude towards the Indians.

Tagore initiated a new system of education. He opened a school at Santiniketn. The emphasis here was on doing manual work in the open air. The relationship between the boys and their teachers was one of close intimacy. Tagore wanted to make this school a model institution for the preservation of the essential spirit of India. He laid stress on making students self-reliant in life. He drew great spiritual comfort in the solitude that pervaded around Santiniketan.

Tagore became very famous with the writing of “Gitanjali”. He was honoured with the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913 for Gitanjali. This is a collection of 103 songs which express intense love for Nature. This book has been translated into many languages of the world. It is said that even if Tagore had not written anything else, he fame would not have been any the less.

In India it is difficult to come across people like Tagore. He was a great philosopher, artist, philanthropist all combined into one. He died in 1941.



Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was one of the illustrious sons of India and is known as a great Indian leader and patriot. He sacrificed his life for the freedom of the country. He was a man of steel-temper. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose loved his countrymen more than his life.

Netaji was born on 23rd January, 1897 in Cuttack. Sri Janki Das Bose, his father was an advocate and a well-to-do person. He was the seventh son of his father. He got his early education up to matriculation in Cuttack, and then joined Calcutta Presidency College. He completed graduation from there in 1st division. He carried out his further education in Cambridge University at England. He got tripods from that University. He passed I.C.S. examination meritoriously by topping the list.

He joined the British Government Service as Presidency Magistrate, coveted post which no Indian occupied earlier. He came under the spell of Swami Vivekananda even as a student at school. Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Ram Krishna Paramhansa, Sri Aurobindo and Tagore also influenced the shaping of the mystic idealism in Subhash Chandra Bose. He developed faith in God which stood unwavered till the last. The freedom movement had already taken its roots in India under the leadership of great leaders like Tilak, Gokhale and Gandhiji. Subhash Chandra Bose was a born rebel and never tolerated injustice. It was natural for this born rebel to get attracted by the freedom movement. He resigned from the post of Presidency Magistrate and joined the freedom struggle.

He joined Indian National Congress in 1923. In 1939 he was elected as the President of the same in the face of stiff opposition of Gandhiji and Nehruji. Subhash Chandra Bose had more aggressive and uncompromising revolutionary feelings and hence different from Mahatma Gandhi. He established a Forward Block Party very soon.

In September 1939, the Second World War broke out. Subhash Chandra Bose was arrested by the British Government along with many other Congress leaders in July 1940, under the Defence of India Rules. Subhash Chandra Bose took a fast unto death in the prison against continued detention. He was released but interned in his residence with round the clock vigil. Bose, nevertheless, escaped in 1941 travelling through Peshawar, Kabul and Moscow.

 He believed in the political moral ‘that our enemy’s enemy is a friend to us’. Hence India should establish friendship with Germany and its dictator Ruler-Hitler. So he reached Germany and impressed the bullying giant with his dynamic personality. Hitler promised to give help in his struggle for freedom from British yoke. He formed Indian National Army at high principles and morals. In this Azad Hind Fauj, Indian prisoners of war and courageous and brave youth joined in great numbers. He made a whirlwind tour of Malaya and Singapore. People donated gold and money freely and happily. Azad Hind Fauz currency was sold to make it a legal tender in free India. He said to the people “If you give me blood I will give freedom to you”. He inspired the Indian National Army saying “Delhi is not far, march on to Delhi”. Men and women in great numbers joined Indian National Army.

Under the supreme command of Netaji, I.N.A. forces attacked the British forces in Assam and conquered some parts of Indian Territory under British rule. The attack unnerved the British. They realized that they could not thereafter rely on Indian Army to defend British Rule in India. This change of mind helped India to achieve Independence much earlier. He got help from Japan also but after some time Japan had to surrender to U.S.A. and allied forces due to the deadly Atom bomb thrown at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But Netaji was not the one to accept defeat easily. He planned to go to Russia to fight for freedom from there but cruel destiny willed otherwise. He was last seen on August 17, 1945. It is said that this immortal patriot had boarded a Japanese plane on August 18, 1945 but the plane crashed near Formosa. His death has remained a mystery till today.