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The Force be with our boys

The Force be with our boys

Celebration time: Will this be on view this World Cup'Children perform Saraswati puja at Just 4 Kids. Picture by Sankar SridharVoice check at Xavier’s. Picture by Pradip Sanyal

Team India is where the heart lies, wonderboy Veeru is where the hope rests. As the World Cup juggernaut gets rolling, Young Metro readers pick ‘The player to watch out for…’

lThe player to count on is Virender Sehwag, with his temperament, patience and batting power.

Barsha Chabaria,

M.Com, Part I, Calcutta University

lMichael Bevan is my man for this World Cup. Batting in the middle order and averaging around 55 in ODIs is no mean achievement. He is one of the top contenders for the player of the tournament trophy. GenX may not like him for his placid and undemonstrative attitude but he knows his job and delivers the goods in a crisis.

Subhobrata Basu

IIIrd year, Asutosh College

lThe player to be watched this World Cup is Virender Sehwag. With his batting credentials already established, Veeru can now prove his worth as a bowler. He is a match-maker or breaker in South Africa.

Abhishek Gupta

Ist year, St Xavier’s College

lThe player to watch out for this World Cup is Rahul Dravid. No one should forget the two centuries and three half centuries he scored in the previous Cup. If India wants to be successful in this World Cup, ‘Mr Dependable’ has to play a big role.

Smritilekha Chakraborty

Class IX, Christ Church Girls’ High School

lThe Indian player to watch out for is Zaheer Khan. He played consistently through the ICC tournament and in New Zealand. With good variation in line and length, he can play a key role in checking the runs and picking up wickets.

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lVirender Sehwag is certainly the player to watch this World Cup. His stroke play is a delight. I’m especially looking forward to his contest with Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

Suyash Jaiswal,

Class X, St Xavier’s Collegiate School

lMatthew Hayden of Australia could be the dangerman this World Cup. With tons of runs under his belt in 2002, his consistency is sure to make him the centre of attraction. In the Indian team, it is Virender Sehwag who, with his smashing shots, will be the talking point.

Sadia Rahman,

Class IX, Saifee Hall School

lThe cricketer whose performance I look forward to in every World Cup is Sachin Tendulkar.

Manan Agarwal

Ist yr, St Xavier’s College

lThe player to watch is Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid. His healthy average with the bat and skill behind the stumps show what a terrific player he is. He is a patient man, and settles down before going for the big shots.

Kamalika Chaudhuri,

Class XI (Arts), Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan

lThe player for this World Cup is Virender Sehwag. His aggressiveness and ability to perform under hostile conditions have made him formidable. Even on bouncy wickets in New Zealand, he scored two brilliant centuries. On similar wickets in South Africa, he could make India proud.

Nandini Banerjee,

IIIrd year, Lady Brabourne College

lMy choice is Virender Sehwag. One hopes that he is at his best this World Cup.

Aparajita Dasgupta,

IIIrd year, Asutosh College

lAfter the shocking performance in New Zealand, we have to keep our fingers crossed. Yet, the experience of veterans Tendulkar, Dravid, Kumble, and Ganguly, blended with the zeal of youngsters Zaheer, Sehwag, Yuvraj and Harbhajan will make India tough to beat.

Somi De


Making waves on air

It was a call for all those who consider themselves “hip, young and energetic”. In a rare road show, Power 107.8 FM, soon to hit the city, took to the streets to find a few radio jockeys (RJs).

Colleges and youth hangouts were the first targets. From St Xavier’s, Presidency and Jadavpur University to Jogesh Chandra and Andrew’s College, the crew — including some RJs — went around town last week for on-the-spot auditions. Nicco Park, the Salt Lake swimming pool stretch and New Empire were some of the non-campus stops for the “current hit” radio channel’s Star Power talent search.

Two RJs have already been spotted through the Star Power campaign. Stay tuned to hear more about — and from — Vivek, currently completing his graduation at Xaviers, and Priyanka, busy at BE College.

The channel, looking at a mid-March launch, may go on the road again later this month. “We were very happy with the quality of aspirants that came forward through the road shows,” explains Partho Majumdar, station manager, who hopes to find a few more candidates to groom into the voices for the pop channel.


Campus action

Milieu came to a close on Wednesday after some heavy-duty action at Presidency College over the last three days of the annual fest.

Loreto House bagged first place in the debate, Bhawanipur Education Society in English creative writing and Medley, while antakshari was aced by the hosts. Vikram Pratap Singh of Asutosh College was crowned king in western solo, with Xaviers stealing the show in the group event. The final day saw a keenly fought JAM, with Xaverians battling their way to the top and Priyadarshi finally prevailing. Presi’s trademark Chao quiz had only one logical victor — the hosts themselves.

Fossils and Parash Pathar were the guest performers for Night III. But it was hard to beat Euphoria on the penultimate evening, with originals like Dhoom and covers like Bon Jovi’s It’s my life. The final evening was quieter in comparison, with emerging bands Kuhak and Ishaan jamming at Derozio Hall. The curtains came down with the traditional Milieu dinner.

Aritro Ganguly,

Jadavpur University


Fun house

There is good news for parents struggling to cope with their toddlers’ mood swings or fretting over their kids’ first lessons. Just 4 kids, “the only preparatory and Montessori” in Howrah on 13, Watkins Lane targets tots between two and four. The school that opened its doors last July promises to take care of the kids, provide them their first brush with education and prepare them for interviews to gain admission into other schools.

With the overall development of children figuring high on Just 4 Kids’ priority list, there is very little emphasis on books and hardly any pressure of homework. “These are the two things that put children off studies,” says Tejal Kakad, the brain behind Just 4 Kids. “Instead, we have fruit days, vegetable days, alphabet days and so on.” On fruit days, for instance, children are given plastic models of fruits for easy identification before they are given the real things. They are allowed to taste them, “so we also get to know their likes and dislikes”, says Mayank, Tejal’s brother, who also chips in with his share for her dream project.

For alphabets and numerals, computer games have been designed specifically to keep the kids interested. “After all, which child does not like to see cartoons and play games'” observes Tejal. Ask a three-year-old at Just 4 Kids why August 15 is a special day and s/he will come up with the right reply. That is because here every occasion — from a birthday to a national festival — is celebrated together with the kids. And it is this “edutainment” that is being welcomed by parents who would rather have their child play games, interact with others of the same age and pick up a variety of things rather than find them glued to the television.


Prized moments

Hope Foundation-Ireland and its local counterpart, Hope Foundation-India, celebrated the second foundation day at Bowler’s Den, Nicco Park, on Friday, with more than 2,000 children in attendance. The chief guest, Patrick Scullion, first secretary, embassy of Ireland, was present at the ceremony. The celebration began with underprivileged children performing a song and dance item. Prizes were given to participants — three to 16 years of age — for high attendance, bravery and good performance in education.

The children were entertained through the puppet and magic shows by Salil Kumar Basu. The day ended with them being taken for rides in Nicco Park.

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