Sunday, July 26, 2020

Painting inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe

(The following painting, done as part of school homework to paint something inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe, was selected by The Week Junior Magazine to be published in their July edition. )

Original Painting

Me holding the painting

Photo of my photo in The Week Junior magazine:

Sunday, July 19, 2020

The Picnic

 (This story was submitted to Young Wild Writers competition for Hen Harriers Day 2020.)

The Picnic

Avyaya Iyer, London

It was a sunny day when the Squirrel family went for a picnic in the park. In the park, there were lots of other families - Butterfly, Bee and Ladybug. 

The children of the squirrel family, Girl Squirrel and Boy squirrel, went to see the flowers with the butterflies and bees carrying nectar in their hand, while Baby Squirrel was sitting with her parents. They had acorns for their lunch.  Mummy Squirrel and Daddy Squirrel had huge acorns and some oranges. The bees were collecting nectar from flowers and creating honey in their beehive. 

A bear crept from the side and stole the sweet honey from the bees. The bees got furious and the other animal families laughed and giggled. The ladybugs were flying around eating little insects that eat plants. Soon the bear walked away when it finished eating the yummy, sticky, sweet honey made by the bees. 

Mummy and Daddy squirrel finished their big acorn and orange juice by that time and called Girl and Boy squirrel to play cricket with each other. Baby Squirrel was watching the bees make honey to eat for lunch. Baby Squirrel gave it a little lick, but she didn’t like it. 

A cute, small kitten with turquoise eyes meowed and sashayed to join the picnic in the park. she walked up to the pond where there were lots of ducks, swans, geese and even cygnets. The kitten was about to catch a fish when a duck snatched it from the kitten with his beak. Splash! The kitten fell in the pond while the duck pulled the fish away from her. Luckily, kittens and cats can swim. So the duck and the kitten started fighting with each other for the fish in the water.

In the meanwhile, Butterfly family, Bee family and the Squirrel family all played eye spy. 

“Eye spy with my little eye, something blue” babbled Baby Bee. 

“Sky!” said Girl Butterfly. 

“Eye spy with my eye, something beginning with ‘g‘ “ said Mummy Squirrel. 

“Grass!” said Daddy Squirrel. 

“I guess we’re having fun with this.” said Little Ladybug. 

While they played eye spy, the kitten and the duck had already finished their fight and the duck got the fish. The kitten needed some help swimming out of the pond as it tried to catch another fish this time. The bear swam in the pond and caught the fish the kitten wanted but pushed her out of the pond. The kitten gave up on her fish and looked for a rat to eat. 

Then, a wind started to blow. The animals started to panic when their picnic items got blown by  the wind. The butterflies tried to fly and catch their food but the wind blew it. After a while, it was sunny and calm again. A new farm was just around the corner. All the families went to the farm and got some food, honey, acorns, apples, and nectar. They had a wonderful picnic with their new food. 

Friday, July 10, 2020

The Princess and the Witch

This story was submitted to the 500Words.Me's Black Lives Matter story competition in July 2020. The entry went through to the second round, being selected among the top 2500 entries to be read by Reading Agency. Though the story did not go beyond that selection, the story has an interesting moral. The winning entry was by I FEEL OUT OF CONTROL by Sara.

The Princess and the Witch

Once upon a time there lived a black princess named Mia. One day, when Mia was asleep, an evil white witch named Aradia cast a dickory dickory dock; climb up my evil potion clock spell on the princess  in the night. 

When Mia work up, she tip-toed to her bedroom and started planning a party because her birthday was coming up. Mia was very excited and joyful. After planning her birthday party, she sat down with her phone to call her friends and family for her party. 

In the evening, Mia stood outside her castle welcoming all her friends to her party. Aradia followed her and cast another spell, Thunder, thunder; let her party blunder. Right after her spell, thunder scorched across the sky rumbling and the clouds became full of rain.

It got wet and watery so the princess’s party was cancelled and all her friends and family rushed back home. After that it was just Mia and Aradia. Aradia pulled her into a cave, which led Mia into a big underground town. 

In the town, Mia first saw a gorgeous tower. She started climbing the tower and when she reached to the top, she saw a colourful, village full of witches a little distance down.

She walked to the village and knocked on one of the huts and a girl opened the door. 

“Hello, what is your name?” asked the princess.

“Hi, my name is Alice.“ responded the girl.

“I was wondering if you could help me get rid of that witch because she is evil”

“You need to use your Black Power and fight against her evil power”, said Alice

“Oh, is that why the witch is troubling me?” 

“Yes, your majesty” 

Alice said witches often treated people based on their colour. It turns out however that the village also has many good witches, among whom one was Alice.

“But how do I get out of this underground town?” 

“You need to win over the witch, either by brain or by heart” 

Mia called upon Aradia to a duel to see if she can change Aradia’s mind. 

First Aradia cast a spell. A giant, white arrow pointed towards the princess came hurtling to destroy her but she moved swiftly to the left and instead it attacked the witch but nothing happened because it was her white own arrow. 

Then princess Mia cast a spell, Woody wood; make her good. A black triangle went henceforward and attacked the witch Aradia. Aradia realized she was evil and turned back to good. 

The princess then proclaimed to Aradia “You used to be evil but are now good. You shouldn’t attack and kill people based on their race that was why I cast a spell to make you realize your mistakes.”

“Thanks, Princess” replied Aradia and brought the princess back to her castle.

The lost alien

This entry went on to be judged as runners up at Creative Writing Competition conducted by Oxbridge Center , April 2021. In the competition...