An Enticing Night with the Stars: Astronomy session

Winters are the best time to have a great night with your loved ones but it can more beautiful when you go in the outskirts, away from all lights and pollution and look right above you…..You might see diamonds twinkling with a bright Moon. Yes, I am talking about Space and Astronomy and it’s true beauty that most people may not see in the cities due to urbanization and development. Luckily, I was given an opportunity to witness it’s true yesterday by some institutions who conducts Astronomy sessions for their students. I was amazed by the technology they were using to guide their students as they had expensive equipment and other things which are necessary in today’s developing world. Fortunately, the sky was clear and we were enjoying to our fullest with delicious food and comfortable stay provided by the institution. We saw different constellation and planets (including the evening star a.k.a Venus) and discussed regarding different galaxies and other celestial objects that are intriguing for people around the planet. Although the session didn’t last long due to limited time, many students went back with their questions, unanswered. The authorities promised them to introduce a Q&A session for their questions and were delighted to host a fun and beautiful evening for them. The next day, students were accompanied by their teachers to go back home and take rest after their ‘non-stop fun and loving night’. A message that I would like to discuss with the readers here is that education is not about reading textbooks, writing notes and prepare for the exams but rather, it’s a blank canvas that is required to be painted with different colors and finally make a masterpiece!

Here are some of the pictures from last night with tiny adults at the session location. Enjoy!

Image Courtesy: Delhi Public School Tapi


Raj Ondhia.

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A Celebration of Creativity: Delhi Public School Surat & Tapi.

These days, I come across many people who have recently started Photography as it is considered ‘really cool’ and help to show off in front of their friends and family. But some of them (as from my personal observation) find it really intriguing and wishes to learn more with no motive of ‘show off’. Hundreds of thousand posts different photographs each day which are amazing in their own way but some schools and institutions are taking this to a whole new level. I have been visiting many institutions’ websites looking for extra co-curricular activities conducted by them for students and one great example of this that I would like to share it with the world today is of Delhi Public School Surat. Founded in 2003 in Surat City of India, this institution is #4 best school in the west zone and #1 in their city which focuses on students’ overall development and encourage their talent by giving them a proper platform. One of them is Photography, Surprising?

Yes, the School conducts Introductory Courses for students of Class 10 for 10 Working Day with a field trip at the end of the course every year. The Mentor/Instructor of this course is Former Principal of the school who has been practicing Photography for nearly a decade now. According to Mr. G.R.Sivakumar (who conducts these courses) : ‘We don’t click a photograph, we make one’. Students have been participating in this course in large number and last year, they conducted this course for nearly 200 Students!

Many students still regularly practice photography and are thankful to school for taking this initiative in order to enhance their observation and patience. Schools like DPS Surat are taking a step towards better India and proving that with academics, extra co-curricular play an important in every student’s life. You may visit their school’s Photography blog in which they upload portfolios of newly made photographers and encourage them for greater success.

Some of the best shots by students of Delhi Public School Surat are uploaded below. Enjoy!

Credits: DPS Surat Photography Club : All Rights Reserved.

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 – Raj Ondhia