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Summer Leadership Programme at The Doon School, Dehradun

Registration Opens for the Summer Leadership Programme at The Doon School, Dehradun

Bangalore, March 26, 2017 – The Doon School, India’s pre-eminent boarding school has announcedits Residential ‘Summer @ Doon Leadership Programme’ from 3rd June to 17th June, 2017. The programme is open for all aspiring girls and boys in grades 9-12 who are passionate about making a positive impact on the world around them.

Application for this programme closes on April 15, 2017.

This dynamic and thought provoking leadership programme will be a blend of Socratic dialogues, leadership case studies, design thinking, creative experiential learning, motivational lectures, outdoor adventures, self-reflection and group interaction. The programme will allow students to expand their horizons across multiple disciplines and learn through the lenses of history, geography, philosophy and economics.

A critically important element will be the relationship between leadership, social service as well as social and environmental responsibility. This programme will ensure that boys and girls receive a profound understanding of what successful leadership is all about and what is required to demonstrate it in the twenty-first century in the context to developing society in an increasingly globalized world. The programme will be taught by many of the school’s experienced staff as well as by alumni and other special guests.

“The Doon School has long been associated with innovative thinking and leadership and is passionate about being at the forefront of educational opportunity for its students”, said Mr. Matthew Raggett, Headmaster. “Summer at Doon seeks to create a very special experience that will enable a wider student body of girls and boys to discover essential qualities within themselves that will help them on their journey of action, leadership, service and fulfillment.”

“The two week long programme will be an adventure that promises to be challenging and intellectually demanding, enabling students to meet and make like-minded friends, and to learn from each other and the adults leading Summer at Doon”, added Mr. Raggett.

The course opened in 2014 and received rave reviews. Some past students have said, This course has helped me get in touch with that innovative spark that was present in me… – Krish Mehtani, Maharashtra.

I am way more confident and don’t depend on people around me to complete my daily tasks anymore. I have experienced a big change in me and the way I look at the world. – Vaani Gupta, Delhi

For more details about the Summer Leadership programme, email Ms Abia Qezilbash –summer.doon or Tel. +91-(0)135-2526516 or Visit the website

Link to the pictures from the 2014, 2015 & 2016 Summer at Doon Programme

Diary of a Young Wife

Now home from honeymoon and settled in our new home.
It’s fun to cook for Tim. Today I made an angel food cake and the recipe said, “Beat 12 eggs separately.”
Well, I didn’t have enough bowls to do that, so I had to borrow 12 bowls to beat the eggs in. The cake turned out fine though.

We wanted a fruit salad for supper. The recipe said, “Serve without dressing.”
So I didn’t dress. But Tim happened to bring a friend home for supper that night. They both looked so startled when I served them, I think it was the salad.

I decided to serve rice and found a recipe which said, `Wash thoroughly before steaming the rice.”
So I heated some water and took a bath before steaming the rice. Sounded kind of silly in the middle of the day. I can’t say it improved the rice anyhow.

Today Tim asked for salad again. I tried a new recipe. It said, “Prepare ingredients, and then toss on a bed of lettuce one hour before serving.”
I hunted all over the place for a garden and when I got one, I tossed my salad into the bed of lettuce and stood over there for over one hour so the dog would not take it. Tim came over and asked if I felt all right. I wonder why? He must be stressed at work; I’ll try to be supportive.

Today I found an easy recipe for cookies. It said, “Put all ingredients in a bowl and beat it.”
Beat it I did, to my mum’s place. There must have been something wrong with the recipe, because when I came back home again; it looked the same as when I left it.

Tim went shopping today and brought home a chicken. He asked me to dress it for Sunday. I’m sure I don’t know how hens dress for Sunday. I never noticed back on the farm, but I found an old doll dress and its little cute shoes. I thought the hen looked really cute. When Tim saw it, he started counting to ten. Either he was really stressed because of his work, or he wanted the chicken to dance.
When I asked him what was wrong he started crying and shouting out, “Why me? Why me?”

BJP MP Hukumdev Narayan insists on being only passenger in bus to aircraft

New Delhi, March 26: The VIP culture in India touched new heights when the Bharatiya Janta Party Member of Parliament Hukumdev Narayan allegedly insisted on being the only passenger in the bus to the aircraft bound for Delhi from Patna. Veteran Journalist Sankarshan Thakur tweeted about the whole incident and narrated the plight of the ordinary passengers who were left to wait in sun.

MCD Elections 2017: Arvind Kejriwal pays back to those who helped him; rewards party tickets

New Delhi, March 26: Ahead of the MCD Elections 2017 in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party rewarded two persons with the tickets who helped the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in his struggling days. The party has decided to field Harjeet Singh in Rajouri Garden by-polls for the Delhi assembly. The seat fell vacant after the Aam Aadmi Party legislator Jarnail Singh resigned from the seat to contest the Lambi seat against former chief minister Prakash Singh Badal in Punjab assembly elections. However, he was defeated by the veteran politician in recently concluded elections.
Harjeet Singh had offered his residence 41, Hanuman Road to the party in initial days for campaigning in Delhi assembly elections in 2013. The accommodation was cited by Arvind Kejriwal in his nomination for the assembly elections. Arvind Kejriwal used to live in government allotted accommodation to his wife in Kaushambi in Ghaziabad. However, the central Delhi office was vacated sooner as it failed to address the growing number of meetings and other party related activities. The office was later moved to East Patel Nagar. The party insiders say that Harjeet Singh charged nothing from the ruling party for using its premises.
Similarly, the Aam Aadmi Party has given the ticket to Naren Jain to contest the Chandni Chowk ward in North Delhi Municipal Corporation. Naren Jain came to the rescue of Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal when he had to resign from the office of Chief Minister of Delhi in 2013. He was looking after a house which could easily serve to party related activities. The offer by Naren Jain to use his house 4B Flagstaff road at Alipur Road was accepted by Arvind Kejriwal. However, he had to drop the plan as Naren Jain’s elder brother termed the residence ‘disputed’ and threatened to move to the court.