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    TMYS Review September 2020 : UNDERSTANDING, FEELING AND RESPONDING TO DEPRIVATION IN THE TEEN WORLD

    PERSONAL, SOCIAL, CULTURAL REALITIES AND CONFLICTS OF ADOLESCENCE

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    Subcategory V : UNDERSTANDING, FEELING AND RESPONDING TO DEPRIVATION IN THE TEEN WORLD

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    Title :Best Beloved

    Category : fiction

    Author : Aishani Biswas

    Author intro : Aishani Biswas, currently in Class 11, hails from Siliguri. Generally, she prefers to spend her free time reading books, sketching, and doodling. She also plays the violin and listens to music whenever she gets time. Being an introvert, she expresses herself not through spoken words but with pen and paper. She feels her life is best written in the form of her creative work and she aspires to perfect her ideas and imagination over time.

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    Title :Wasim

    Category : fiction

    Author : Prithvish Baidya

    Author intro : Prithvish is a student of class eight. He is mostly a tech “geek” but sometimes the writer in him surfaces. Like every other engineering aspirant, he wants to get into an IIT or even better MIT. He'd often gaze into the stars and think about consciousness and life beyond the earth. He is inspired by the vastness of the universe and the fact that our entire solar system is a microscopic speck on the window of the ever-expanding universe blows his mind.

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    Title :Compassion, Human Relationships, and Dealing with Loss: Analyzing How Children View The World Around Them

    Category :essay

    Author : Jenya Wadhwani

    Author intro :Jenya Wadhwani is a second-year Psychology student at Ashoka University. Jenya likes talking about mental health and its importance, that is, when she’s not busy listening to music or binge-watching Korean shows. She considers herself a feminist and wants to travel the world someday.

    Abstract:

    This essay focuses on loss, attachment, and the sanctity of relationships through a growing child’s eyes. It aims to throw light on how children view the world through two stories, ‘Best Beloved’, written by Aishani Biswas and ‘Wasim’, written by Prithvish Baidya. The authors themselves are children, therefore it gives us a fresh and authentic perspective. Through this essay, the impact of the formation and the severing of such bonds is highlighted. The aim is to make the readers understand what is and what is not significant in a child’s life, and how loss alters or changes their understanding of things, or their worldview. One of these stories ends on a positive note while one ends on a darker and negative note. Thus, it gives us a multifaceted insight into a child’s mind. Through the dissection and analysis of these two stories, the essay aims to improve the reader’s understanding of how various experiences shape a growing child’s behaviors towards the world and their perception of it.

    Excerpt :

    This essay is based on two short stories: ‘Best Beloved’ by Aishani Biswas and ‘Wasim by Prithvish Baidya.

    ‘Best Beloved’ is about a boy named Noah whose age is not specified. The story begins with a description of an apple tree in a park that holds great sentimental value to Noah as he was the one who planted it there as a child. Though Noah disapproves of it at first, he lets the children who play in the park pluck and eat the apples borne by the tree. Later on, he extends his generosity and offers apples to a hungry child as well as a group of children in the park. In the process of building a swing for a little girl, whom he has grown fond of and befriended, he brings his tools to the park and that includes a slab of wood. The story ends when Noah discovers that the tree he was so fond of has been cut down, ironically enough, for its wood to be made into a piece of furniture.

    ‘Wasim’, on the other hand, is a story of friendship between two young boys, Binoy and Wasim, who come from very different backgrounds. The story is set against the backdrop of the Durga Puja festival in West Bengal. Binoy belongs to a well-to-do family, goes to school and enjoys the privileges that Wasim cannot dream of. Wasim lives near the border of Bangladesh and his parents are fishermen who work hard to sustain themselves every single day. He confides in Binoy and shares his story about how he comes with his father to India every year during the Pujas to construct and work at the Pandal near Binoy’s home, a job that requires physical labour. The story ends with Binoy forgetting about Wasim as he continues with the festivities and celebration, until he hears about his neighbourhood Pandal winning an award. He remembers how Wasim, who is was probably back in Bangladesh, would never know how his hard work had paid off, and he feels a strange sense of longing remembering the fact that they would probably never meet again.

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