Student Article #6: For the Joy of Sharing

Phrased Out

By Diya Jaishankar
Class 10 Student, Bangalore

Foreword by Venkat
There are fashions in trend and there are trends in fashion. Yet like door knobs to the door, accessories can enhance or diminish the fashionable looks. It is no different in a language. Phrases are the same accessories potent with abilities to beautify the literary expressions. Writing in effect is the integration of many art forms. Sometimes we shape or add things like a clay potter and at other times, we chip out things like a sculptor to enhance the effects. Diya presents an interesting piece where the fashioned garment is fully made of accessories (phrases in the literal sense!).

Explore the world of phrases for the love of language in Diya’s pleasant words!

Diya Jaishankar is a tenth grade student in Bangalore. She is curious and observant and enjoys playing the piano, watching crime shows, solving puzzles and chatting with her friends.

Phrased Out

After weeks of being a bundle of nerves preceding and during my semester one board examinations, I was looking forward to letting my hair down and taking a breather. Of course, all the tasks I had put on ice were still lurking in the back of my mind. I had to master two pieces on the piano before Christmas, become proficient in executing a handstand by the end of the year and complete a laboratory report that was due soon.

Then out of the blue, as I was lazily scrolling through the messages on my phone humming to myself, I saw a notification drop down with a call for a written article. This opened the floodgates to full-scale panic. I simply needed to get my act together. I had procrastinated, and now, I had my work cut out for me. I needed to shape up or ship out!

I told myself to calm down and not to get too bent out of shape about it. I took the bull by the horns and put pen to paper. After an hour or so of going full steam ahead, I dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s, sincerely hoping that I had cut the mustard!

Reflecting on the jumble of emotions I had experienced in a short time frame, I realized that I didn’t have to boil the ocean, I just had to stay the course and take it one phrase at a time.

By Diya Jaishankar
Class 10 Student, Bangalore


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