March, 2020

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PANDEMIC : COVID 19

An essay by Soumyadip Maity (Class 8)

Pandemic Covid 19 started in Wuhan,China. Covid 19 (also known as corona virus) is a virus that spreads from one person to another person and causes severe respiratory problems.Within a few days these disease spread throughout China and finally throughout the whole world. The government of all the countries started sending special flights to China to rescue the trapped citizens of their country. Many young students from India had gone to China to study medical sciences. The Indian Government send special IAF planes to China to rescue the trapped citizens. The Indian citizens who arrived from China had to go through thermal checkup at the airport. They were also send to hospital where their blood samples were collected for testing corona virus. The people who arrived from China were either quarantined or send to home isolation. During the first 30 days of the spread of the disease many people in India were not affected. But within a few days corona virus cases in India started rising.After China the country with greatest number of people affected by corona virus was Italy. Around some time in the mid of March the number of people affected by corona virus had crossed the 80,000 mark . More than 3000 people in China were dead.However around 25th March conditions in China were coming under control. The Indian Government imposed a curfew throughout the whole country on 22nd March for 14 hours. At 5 minutes past 5 pm people throughout India blew whistles and rang bells from their balconies,roofs and windows to show respect to the doctors and nurses who worked tirelessly day and night. The very next day Indian Government imposed a lock-down in 75 districts of the whole country til 27th March. One or two days later the government increased the lock-down to 15th April. However the government assured that the service of essential commodities would remain open during the whole lock-down. The situation worsened in many parts of the world such as Italy. Each day saw a rise in the number of people affected by corona virus. Countries such as Italy were facing a real problem. The British Prime Minister Borris Jonsohn also got affected by this virus. To stop community spreading when the prime minister announced a lock-down people made a huge rush to buy necessary commodities. Around 29th March the number of people affected by corona virus in India had become more than 1100. Scientists around the world were working tirelessly to invent medicines and vaccines for this virus. All news channels were holding daily discussions with doctors who gave the people useful advice. Below are listed some of the precautions :-
(1)Wash your hands at daily intervals with soap,hand sanitizer e.t.c.
(2)Don’t go near a person with fever. Maintain at least a distance of one metre from a person who has breathing problems.
(3)Cover your nose while sneezing (You can use a napkin)
(4) Eat healthy food to develop immunity.
(5) Don’t touch your mouth or nose without washing your hands.
(6) While going to buy necessary commodities stay away from each person.
(7) Don’t pay heed to humour on social media sites.
(8) Stay at home and don’t step out of your house without adequate reasons.
(9) Exercise at home daily
(10) Use a mask in crowded areas such as railway station. Need not wear a mask at home

The national celebrities urged people to stay at home .Many celebrities donated money to the government. The government was making arrangements of free meal for many daily wage workers. Many people from different states were stranded in other states.

The Closet

Horror Story by Aryan Majumder

I worked as a babysitter when I was 21. Once I was told to babysit for a couple who had a little boy named Andrew. His parents were visiting a relative. They told me while leaving “ Look after him well, he is a mischievous boy !”. I realized that pretty soon! the five year old was surely a mischievous boy. That evening, we ate dinner and while eating the boy was muttering to himself “ today he would tell me a story !”. I didn’t understand what he was talking as surely I didn’t have any plans of telling him a story. After dinner I settled him on his bed in his bedroom and I went back to the room where I was sleeping. During the night I was awakened by a loud giggle. It was definitely Andrew’s giggle. Surprisingly I found Andrew’s Bedroom room slightly open while I peeked out of the door of my room. I shouted from my door “Andrew, it’s late at night, go to bed”. Then I went back to sleep. The next morning I asked him “why were you awake so late in the night ?”. He replied “ I don’t remember”. Though I found that pretty strange I let that be. Throughout the day Andrew played by himself but he seemed more interested to play inside his room, doors locked. I was more than happy to let him do so. During the night the same thing happened. I heard Andrew giggle. This time I went into his room. I was shocked to find his bed empty. I found him in the big spacious closet that was in his room. He was sitting and chatting by himself. I shouted at him for leaving his bed and put him back. I was very curious to know about the closet. The next morning I went into his room and looked into the closet but found nothing. Andrew looked upset at my peeking and probing and was adamant that I should leave his room. That night post dinner Andrew went back to his room and I also fell asleep. Sometime during the night I head a loud “ T_H _U_D !” from downstairs as if someone had jumped down from the stairs .I shouted “ Andrew – is that you !” There was no reply. I shouted again “ Andrew, is that you ?”. This time there was a reply “Yes” but that was not Andrew’s voice ! It was a shrill cold strange voice. I freaked out completely. I rushed to Andrew’s room and was relieved to find him asleep on this bed. But the door to the closet was wide open as if someone has just stepped out. I ran a cold feet. I picked up Andrew and took him to my room. I called the police from my phone and locked my door tightly shut. After 30 minutes I heard banging on the main door. I was assured as they shouted “POLICE” and went down to open the front door. The police looked around and came to the conclusion that some stray intruder had come in and escaped .. I was extremely surprised because I knew no door or window was open in the entire house. Thankfully that day was my last day with the family. I left when Andrew’s parents returned. I swear I heard Andrew mutter “where is he gone?”.Till date I am extremely confused about the incident. I keep wondering “was the boy messed up that he talked to himself inside the closet !” or” was there some negative demonic energy in that closet which left that night ?

করোনাকে ছোট ভেবো না

A Poem by অস্মিত চ্যাটার্জী

একটি জীবাণু নাম করোনা
খালি চোখে যাকে দেখা যায় না,
শরীরে করলে আক্রমণ
এক নিমেষেই সংক্রমণ
এক থেকে দশ, দশ থেকে শত
শরীরে ঘটিবে অনেক ক্ষত।
এক সময় মৃত্য অবধারিত ।

তাই, করোনাকে ছোট ভেবো না,
ঘর থেকে বাহিরে যেও না,
বারে বারে হাত ধুতে থেকো ।
হাঁচি কাশিঁ হলে মুখ ঢেকে নিও
বাজারে যেতে হলে দূরত্ব বজায় রেখো
প্লীজ, নিজেকে বাঁচাতে বাড়িতেই থেকো ।।

Corona:A Report

A Report by Soumil Mitra

The world is on the verge of extinction. A massive extinction. Not just any extinction but human extinction! You may gasp at this,or not believe this. Well,this may not be true,I am just saying.
The death counts have risen. It is said to have originated in Wuhan,China. People say it has been created by the Chinese scientists to destroy their enemy countries. It is not a known fact. It is like the 1920’s when the Spanish flu occurred. It is rumored that every 100 years some great epidemic occurs.
I have written a poem regarding this:
                        Every 100 years
                        Some great epidemic comes,
                        Can we not get rid of it
                        Before it causes damage of large sums?
In India,a national lockdown has been called. Our Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi,is fearful of the health of the Indian citizens. Italy and some European and North American countries are facing huge casualties. Videos are being made regarding the devastation of the Corona virus. The medical staff and other related people are working relentlessly. The government are appreciating their effort by advising the common people to give them a standing ovation.
New technologies are being launched to fight against the Corona Virus. But no vaccine to the epidemic has been found. The doctors are battling against time to save the patients. The Covid-19 afflicted people are being put in quarantine. Only the essential shops are opened.
The police are punishing the ‘Covid-idiots'( a term coined by the people to describe the people who are not following the government). Anyone who is or might be facing the symptoms of the Covid-19 should be self-quarantined for 14 days. If people follow the advise of the doctors,then we might get rid of it once and for all.
Wishing the end of Corona virus,Soumil Mitra,editor of Kidsunfold

Who Was HE

Horror Story by Aryan Majumder

I was travelling to Toronto. The train was moving fast . “24 hours more” I thought to myself. In my coach there was another man called Gabriel. He was either listening to songs or playing games. I was engrossed in my book and was not paying him much attention. I just read on and on and on……zzz….zzz…zzz (I dozed off). .. Boom “ Hey Do you love listening to Charlie Puth “ – the donkey (my pet name for Gabriel) woke me up.

I answered a little rudely and answered “NO” in a loud screech. Gabriel shuddered at my reaction and said “ So what is there to be angry about ? You can say that normally “ – he muttered. I went on screeching “ You woke me up Jackass…Just look at the ….” My sentence remained unfinished as I saw a man entering my coach opening the sliding door. He wore a long coat. His jeans were dusty and he had on a pair of long boot. “ So young gentlemen, I had booked seat number 32, Can you tell me where is it ?”. “ It’s right there” – said Gabriel pointing towards the upper berth. “Oh I see, May I sit here?” the man continued. I shrugged and replied “Sure”. He had a cold voice, I noticed. “So gentlemen, your names ?” he continued. The rather excited Gabriel exclaimed grinning “My Name is Gabriel Heinz” .” My Name is Brian Esthier” – I added. “ Oh, I see ! Can you please come here  boy?” the man gritted out and pulled towards him with his hands. His hands were so cold that I stuttered “ Sir.. What…is..your..name ?”. He answered quite casually “ When I lived people called me Tom Abott”. I got scared a little but Gabriel giggled. The man by now had let go off my hand. I sat quietly and searched internet on my phone for a man called Tom Abott since I thought I had reached somewhere that he was a criminal on the run. What I found out freaked me out of my wits. It said that TOM Abott was a thief who had died while jumping from a train headed from Brampton to Toronto while trying to flee from detectives. It also mentioned a hearsay that his ghost boards the same train in seat number 325. He is heard to kill innocent people also on the train ! I broke into a cold sweat and started shivering. I went out and asked the TC to change my seat and he agreed. While I was changing my seat I heard the man in coat mutter “ Young Blood Gone “. Next morning when I woke up I saw people gathering around my old seat. I quickly wore my glasses and went to see what had happened.

I found Gabriel lying unconscious on the floor clutching his locket of holy cross in a vice grip. When he gained consciousness he could only utter “ …Tom…man…ghost…kill me …”. I understood what danger I had escaped last night. Till date I wonder what could have happened had I not changed my seat that night.