Masuma’s learnings from 2020

The year, 2020, has taught us something new which we weren’t familiar with. 2020 has been filled with joy ,happiness and excitedment for some people. Whereas, it has been the worst time for some people.


This pandemic made us experience alot more than usual.


Almost everyone wasn’t prepare for it. But now we are so comfortable that we find hard to go outside of our house. Because LIFE GOES ON.


For me, year 2020 made me learn many things.


When I heard on 22nd march that a curfew is gonna held I was just dissapointed because I had to give exam on the next day but unfortunately the exam got cancelled. I spend my 1 whole month sitting idly, doing random things, slept for 12-14 hours and binge watching.


But then little by little I asked myself that “am I right” “should I keep going on like this” and alot of thoughts came in my mind. I started to increase my GK level by watching videos and reading them.


But not much time later *CLAYLAB* started and I joined it and become a student of it. I learn my academic studies and use my opportunities to the fullest.


I joined many clubs and participated.
I also started changing myself,my personality, develop skills. I had try to learn skills like writing, thinking, sketching, dancing and learn a new language korean.


So in conclusion I changed myself and made my self feel that No matter in which situation we were, we can make it effective and productive as much we want.


6months aren’t still enough for me and won’t be. Because we all want to learn more and more
I also made reading a habit, not reading books but reading random,daily anaylsis, articles, poems, quotes and thoughts.


For me 6 months wasn’t too productive but also not vainful.


And I hope we all had learn some or other thing that is new to us.Learning from home is what we all wanted to experience and now we got to.
We are now so comfortable with this crisis that it encourages to our goals.
We are using technologies and trying out new things like home routine,makeup tutorials,vlog making and so much.


Hope to have something more amusing things ahead!!

– Masuma Shaikh (FYJC student at Clay & a member of the Student Advisory Council)

5 steps to achieve any goal

Imagine this: 

You have your “Eureka” moment – the one you’ve been waiting for, all this time! You come up with an idea that’s going to make your life a hundred times better for yourself and everyone else too! You KNOW this is what you’ve got to do and you decide to set off….

Before you know it, a few days have passed. Then, a few weeks. Even so, in the blink of an eye, a few months have gone by and suddenly you’re not sure where you are… but it’s certainly not where you wanted to be with relation to your goal, at this point. 

Does this feel familiar? 

All too often, we land up finding ourselves in this seemingly endless cycle. Don’t believe us? 

Here’s another example: We took the liberty to ask a bunch of teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15 – 24 and asked them what percentage of all their goals they think they have achieved so far in life. 


The result? Nearly 70% of the group said that they have achieved less than 50% of the goals they have wanted to achieve so far and less than 10% of the total group said they have achieved more than 85% of all the things they have wanted to achieve. 

When we probed a little further, we realized that more than any other single reason these young adults had to share with us, “It’s hard to make a plan that we can stick to” won, all the way. 

This is why we’ve put together some steps that we hope will help you ace literally ANY reasonable, achievable goal you have!

Ready to crush your next goal? Here we go!

Step 1: Write down your goal as SPECIFICALLY as you can

This will help you stay in focus on what you want to achieve and if there is nothing else you can think of, include details of how you will FEEL when you finally achieve it. This will also help you stay on track with WHY you are doing what you are doing. 

Step 2: Set yourself a deadline

Why a deadline? Simple: without a deadline – it’s not a goal, it’s a dream! Setting yourself a deadline also serves the psychological purpose of helping you feel a little bit of pressure to keep you serious about your task, without really becoming a burden for you. 

Step 3: Make a List of WHAT to do and HOW to do it

You ask why and we say: because if you have what to do and how to do it (this step takes a little bit of research – but despite that), you are more likely to feel confident on days when you’re feeling a little low – that you’ve already done enough to keep you afloat! Makes sense?

Step 4: Take Action According to Priority

So… you have a goal. You have a deadline. You have a list of things to do and how to do them. But what do you do first? The easiest? Hell no! You do what’s most important and most time sensitive, first. Again why? Even though the smaller tasks are easier and make us “feel” better faster, ignoring the most important tasks is one of the most common reasons for why goals aren’t met.

And yet on the flip side…. Getting done with the most important parts of the task / goal is a happiness rush like no other – so who doesn’t want that, are we right? 

Step 5: Do Something towards your goal: Everyday

This is the part that most people seem to forget: consistency is key. One Minute? One Task? One Page? One Question? One Plank? Doesn’t matter – but do it, without fail, every. single. day. 

…… And, before you know it, this time around, instead of nothing that happened for weeks and months, you’ll be closer to your goals (or might have even achieved them!) in no time!

Good luck!!! Oh – and don’t forget to let us know if this works for you too!

What Aliza learnt from the Pandemic

Hey everyone! I’m Aliza Shaikh from Mumbai.

As we all know that we are going through this pandemic, and it’s still not over. I remember last year in 2019 when I wrote in my diary, about how wonderful my 2020 would turn out to be. All of a sudden, though, 2020 just proved me to wrong.

From the past 6 months of the pandemic I’ve realized that I have experienced something which I have never thought of. At the same time, I also got to learn a few basic things which we didn’t follow previously, when there was no pandemic. Simple hygienic things like using mask to protect ourselves from viruses, bacteria and pollution. Using sanitizer to protect ourselves from germs. I also learnt to follow new rules and regulations made to adopt in this modern period.

One thing that really touched me is that without luxurious things also we can still live life. John Keats says “A thing of beauty is a joy forever” and your family is itself a joy for you, so then why do we move around in search of joy. Joy is everywhere: it’s just that you need to be a aware about it. I learnt that even though there were many festivals that came and went I still learnt to manage myself by staying home and safe. I learnt the habit of controlling myself and that’s the best habit a “good human” can ever build in themselves.

I also learnt that basic things like education which was stopped by closing all the schools brought so many complications to children but I’M very thankful that there is online education which is still on…… there’s still hope alive in ourselves when we are still learning. Most importantly I learnt one that we are “learning to learn” even though there are schools all closed.

At the same time, I realised that interaction with teacher is the best communication then via online, because that’s our habit that we are carrying from so many years. One thing that I loved the most is that just a simple smile to your mom your dad or your neighbours gives you so much of pleasure that even though we are in the pandemic we are still happy and we don’t feel like pandemic exists.

Covid19 taught each one of us that wherever the problems take you, you must learn to live in that, adjust yourself in that without blaming yourself that that you were not meant to reach at this situation. It’s life and it takes us everywhere it wants to, to teach us a good lesson of what life really is. A lot of questions came into my mind during this pandemic but that was only because I was aware of the situation. So most importantly, I learnt to be aware, alert, grit and to ownership to take care of myself during this pandemic and focus towards my goals even during this pandemic: That whatever happens, I am still going to learn, it’s like learning to learn not only for the exams but to educate myself.

One thing that I would again and always repeat is we are learning to learn and we are going to learn each and every part throughout our lives, because “we are meant to learn”.

– Aliza Shaikh, Student at Clay

Five minutes…. for me!

2020 has been…. unusual, if nothing else, for most of us. With a horde of disasters that have plagued the planet in different aspects of our lives, most of us have been in either recovery mode or discovery mode of the many surprises that have come our way.

And yet, while nature seems to be taking a breath of fresh air for what seems to be like the first time in years, a lot of us have also been struggling with the weight of everything that has been going on: at a clearly personal level. Mental impacts of global crises are at an all-time high for people across age and background spectrums and it’s no secret that more and more of us have been feeling the pressure, somewhere or the other.

Well, as much as we hate being the bearers of the bad news that there isn’t much any of us can actually do about it (though we REALLY wish there was), we did a little bit of research so that we could bring to you some quick ways in which you can invest less than 5 minutes at ANY time of the day, to give yourself a little extra attention and a little extra care… so that if nothing else, you’ve allowed yourself to be cared for, for those five minutes.

Without any further ado, here are 5 things you can do in under five minutes to care for yourself:

Drink a Glass of Water

“Wait a minute. Why are you asking me to drink water?” – we hear you asking us. Here’s why: more times than not – and especially when we are not in the best of mental states ourselves, we tend to get so “caught up” in a moment that there is a chance we ignore our most basic needs… like water!

Of course, when we are asking you to drink water, it’s not just about the activity but rather, we hope you pay attention to every sip, every gulp – so that by the time you’re done, you’ve had a quick mental reset from whatever it is, that was potentially bothering you earlier. Oh and though we know water won’t really solve a problem, your body will thank you for the extra hydration and in the long run, your health will be one less thing for you to worry about! Win-win, don’t you think?

Listen to A Song You LOVE

Not just any song… THAT song. You know the one we’re talking about? The one that puts a smile on your face, no matter WHAT? That song. The one that you have a happy memory or maybe even a special reason to remember for! Well, if you’re not in the best of moods or if you’re not feeling your best, listening to a song you absolutely love is the quickest, most low effort way to almost instantly brighten up your mood. Again, doesn’t shoo the problem away, but certainly helps you clear your mind and focus better, once the song is done.

Word of caution if you’re anything like us though: Sometimes, we tend to get a little carried away, jumping from our favourite song to another, and another and another… and before you know it, a few hours have gone by…? Well, if that’s a possibility, we recommend setting a timer to remind you, before you begin, so that you don’t get swept away in your playlist!

Make A List Of 10 Things You Are Grateful For, Right Now

Yes, this year has been pretty awful. There… even the most optimistic ones among us, have said it. Yet, if you really think about it, even 2020 has had a bunch of reasons for us to be grateful for, individually.

Thinking about and making a list of all the things you are grateful for at any point, is a great way to put ourselves back into the groove of some good vibes, because after all, even the most terrible…. How bad can it really be?

So, we suggest either a mental list of everything (and we mean EVERY little thing) that you are grateful for at any point, to watch yourself feel better and better with every passing item in the list! Don’t believe us? Try it yourself!

Step Somewhere for Some Fresh Air

Outside your house? In your garden? In a balcony? At least at your favourite spot by a window? Despite all the restrictions on movement and meeting people, even in the pandemic, we’re sure you know of at least one place where you can safely go and enjoy a long breath of fresh air… and we want to remind you to use it as often as you think you need to.

Just like water, the fact that most of us are home bound in a pandemic means that we forget what fresh air feels like and sometimes, this one thing could make all the difference. So, no matter what your mood is, allowing yourself some access to fresh air that you can breathe safely while still socially distancing might just be the activity you didn’t realise you needed – to lift up your mood!

Practice Focused Breathing

No – focused breathing is not the name of the latest album from home by your favourite musician. Focused breathing refers to mindfully engaging in the activity of breathing and paying attention to the process while you clear your mind of any other thoughts. Sometimes, all we need is a moment of peace and quiet, no matter what the situation is and for those times, instead of holding back, try taking a minute out to get your breathing exercises done.

Find a quiet, comfortable place and position and start breathing in and out deeply, with your eyes closed while internally observing the flow of your breath. As you inhale and exhale, try to bring your focus back to your breathing and your breathing alone and for that time, don’t focus on anything else.

Before you know it, you’ll find yourself far calmer and more relaxed than when you started and this in turn, will help you cope with whatever you are going through, with a far clearer head and a far lighter mind… and sometimes, that’s all we need.

While we are no mental health professionals and if you find yourself in a situation where you could use professional help, we most certainly encourage you to do so, these are some quick things you can do as a pick-me-up on any day or at any time you think you could use an internal boost. As promised, all of these things take just about five minutes to get done with and we really hope you’ll be able to find a way to incorporate these into your routines as often as you can.

Are there any activities or measures you use to keep yourself calm on a day to day basis, especially in the pandemic? We’d love to know.

Until next time!

Love,
Team Clay.

What’s in a Sound?

‘Aum’ or ‘Om’

‘Aum’ or ‘Om’ – The primordial Sanskrit sound (Pranav): the two secret sounds from which all words originate.

From childhood, my parents forced me to chant this word at least five times a day. Yes, they forced me because I was never interested in chanting it. I used to think that it is a superstition that a word of two or three letters can change my mind. But after some time I started believing in the thing that the word ‘Aum’ or ‘Om’ gives us mental peace and strength. Now, I strongly believe in the sentence that “Everything changes when you start to emit your frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence.”

This word “Om” has changed my life. Changes were gradual but its impacts were powerful.

Aachhii…!

The sound ‘Aachhii…’ and its impact has changed a lot from the last few months. Earlier, while someone sneezed people used to say “God bless you!” to that person because when someone sneezes the heartbeat may get delayed for a second or two, before resuming its regular rhythm.

But now, the sound ‘Aachhii’ has become a harmful alarm! Sneezing has become no less than a crime. In some places, people got beaten when they sneezed in public places. The sound ‘Aachhii…’ has taught me that “Everything changes with time.”

Earlier people used to bless you and now they scold you for the same sound!

Piiii-Piii…

Mumbai is known as the ‘City of Dreams’ but it is also the city of too many vehicles and roads filled with traffic! Too many vehicles means too many horns and when they get stuck in a place which is (known as traffic) it leads to noise pollution. When I was in my 10th-grade, on Saturday we used to have two free lectures for self-study; but I never got the peace or silence to concentrate on my studies for that one hour in the whole year because of the noise of these horns.

It’s not just me but there are so many students struggling with noise pollution across the world! Someday, I want to find out a solution for the students of the future generations because I believe that even one hour of Saturday can make a huge difference!

– Shrutika Jankar (FYJC Science student at CLAY)

TIPS & TRICKS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR GOOGLE CLASSROOM

Aaahhh – 2020! If anyone had told us before this year that we would be spending all our time at home, it would have seemed like a dream to most of us… but while this year has been quite the adventure so far, one major shift we’ve seen, especially in the space of education: has been the almost overnight move of all forms of education, into a digital space. While e-learning in and of itself is not a new concept at all, the drastic increase in the usage of digital forms of learning in the past few months, has not only been unprecedented, but also unlike anything we’ve ever seen, thanks to platforms like… you guessed it, Google Classroom.

And, we’ll be honest, we’ve made the shift ourselves too! Which is why this week, we thought it imperative to bring you a few tips and tricks that will help you make the most out of your online learning experience with the most popular server-based educational tool from Google. Thus, without further ado, here we go:

  1. Get Everything You Need, In One Go

Using Google Classroom using your Google Email Address, opens up a range of opportunities and applications that are at your disposal, to do your best in every class! From using Google Docs to create online documents to Google Slides to make a presentation, you can use all the tools available to you to make the most out of what you are learning, without the menace of hard-copies of your work.

  1. View All Your Work In One Place!

With as many classes as there are and assignments in each of them, it can get really hard for you to trace what is due and especially when for every class you take. Well, don’t worry – there’s a way for you to know exactly what is due and when for each of your classes, by following these steps:

  1. Open a class 
  2. Go to Classwork tab  
  3. Click on View Your Work 

Here, you can view all the assigned work with title, due date, attached file and you can also use the side filter menu (the 3 lines) to streamline the list! Pretty cool right? 

  1. You Can Un-Submit Your Work

Yes – we said it and you absolutely read that right! While this feature can come in handy when you make a mistake, be careful of using it too much or too often! Sometimes, we might accidentally land up attaching the wrong file or making a submission by accident – and for times like that, this feature is a life saver!

You can do this by simply clicking on a submitted assignment and with it, you will find a button that says “Un-submit” from where you can choose to remove the existing file / submission and upload the correct one!

With most of our lives changing practically overnight thanks to the pandemic, it comes as no surprise that Google Classrooms and similar online learning platforms have become the most important online tools for most of us when it comes to learning and education. If you’ve liked these quick tips and tricks for Google Classrooms or if you know of any more tips or tricks that the world needs to know about, feel free to let us know!

Oh… and happy online learning, from all of us at CLAY 🙂

IT’S YOU WHO DEFINES YOURSELF, EVEN IF YOU ARE JUDGED BY OTHERS

Can We Just Stop Judging People? Can We Normalize Everything A Human Is Or Wants To Be? 

We Surely Can. 


For that, we need to do just 2 things: first is to try to adapt to / accept current situations or environment and second, is just considering others’ point of view or understand things with a different perspective. 

Many a times people around us are misjudged about their style, character, gender, personality, sexuality, religion and the list go on. But my question is: Why judge someone we barely even know? Also, if you are judging someone you give yourself an authority; why, who the hell are you? 

I feel judging someone on the things I have mentioned above, is just being very insensitive and demotivating. So personally, when I was at my school level I use to judge people on what they wear but as I got older and understood that; ‘it’s our choice to do / wear anything we like and the opposite person is no one to judge you’. Then I asked myself self: I am not even friends with them I don’t know them, then why am I talking about them, sorry… not just talking but Judging them? 

This question hit me hard and for that moment my heart was heavy with guilt in it (I may sound like a hypocrite, but trust me it was almost like 5 years ago). 

I also feel these things are better understood with maturity and knowledge about different types of people around you. Lastly, I want to conclude by saying that ” it’s you who defines yourself even if you are judged by others.” Even if you are subjected to judgement, don’t ever go back and try to defend yourself (unless that person is someone important to you) because you didn’t ask them for their unnecessary opinions, right? So, forget about it! 


I would like to spread a message to everyone reading this: please be non-judgmental and empathetic towards others… because if you think good, you feel good! 😊

  • Surbhi Surwade, SYJC Arts Student at CLAY

Hacking Our Memory: Remembering A LOT, with little effort!

As you’re reading this piece, allow us to take you back to a time not too long ago (though it just seems like yesterday): You’re walking up and down your usual stretch, or worse, sitting where you always are, around this time of the year. The exam is in less than a day and all you can think to yourself is, ‘Why Is This So Hard For Me To Recollect, No Matter How Hard I Try!’

Well.. the uncomfortable feeling of just thinking about this experience is daunting enough to make most of us feel irked at the thought of having to do it again – and that too, quite possibly for much larger pools of information. And we’ll be honest: while most of us know someone, who is the human version of a memoir, remembering every detail of every possible thing in life and academics alike – the rest of us aren’t blessed with this superpower. So, what do we do instead? We find quicker, smarter ways to make life easier. 

Presenting: Mnemonics.

Pronounced as ne-mo-niks, mnemonics have been around for almost as long as languages have, because essentially, a mnemonic device is any learning technique that helps us to retain and retrieve information in our memory. Most commonly found mnemonic devices use various short-forms, pictures, sentences or sounds to help us remember things quicker, faster and more efficiently – but the absolute best thing about mnemonics? You can make up your own!

Since the objective of mnemonic devices is to help you retain, but more importantly retrieve information you already know better, mnemonic devices can be universal (that is, applicable to anyone) or they can be personal (that is, sensible / applicable only to us as individuals). Also known as memory devices – in the context of human learning and memory – for anyone who hasn’t been able to follow this far, here are a few awesome mnemonic devices for you to learn so that you’ll never have to forget these facts, ever again!

  1. The Value of Pi

If you’ve ever caught yourself wondering ‘These numbers are SO random. I can’t remember beyond the first two digits’ – don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Just remember the sentence: 


“Man, I need a large container of coffee”


Why? Each word in that sentence is exactly the number of letters as the value of Pi. 

Don’t believe us? Look again: 

Man – 3

I – 1

Need – 4

A – 1

Large – 5

Container – 9 

Of – 2

Coffee – 6


Value of Pi – 3.1415926


In this process, did you notice that there is a comma after the word ‘Man’ in the sentence? That comma represents where your decimal point goes too!
Pretty cool, right? You can thank us later. 

  1. The Solar System 

We know it starts with Mercury… we know Earth is somewhere closer to the middle, but what about the order of the planets in our solar system, when taken in an increasing order of distance from the sun? While obviously no one is going to ask us this in our day to day life, this fact is the basis of a lot of other knowledge and information we are exposed to via different channels, every day! So… how do we remember this? With:

“My Very Elegant Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets.” 

This statement stands for: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto – in that correct order. 

But, wait a minute, since we decided to kick Pluto out of this sequence a while ago (Sorry, Pluto!) – we also have an upgraded version of the statement, which is:

“My Very Elegant Mother Just Served Us Noodles.” 

There we go… much better than remembering random names of the planets, right?

  1. Classifications in Taxonomy

To all our science peeps who asked, “But what about us? How do we do this for more technical things?’ – We heard you and we have an answer for you too!

Struggling to remember the order of the classifications to be made in taxonomy? Here’s a quick mnemonic sentence to help you: 

“Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach.”


What does this sentence represent? Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species, ranked in a decreasing order of size. 

Now, we also have two additional words for you: You’re Welcome.

  1. Coordinating Conjunctions

At this point, you’re probably thinking: ‘Fine… fine… you’ve covered social sciences, pure sciences and math… but what about languages? How do I remember rules, and specifications in languages?’

Well, the truth is, you just got to be a little creative and mnemonics can rescue you from language remembrance troubles too! Don’t believe us? Keep reading. 

Coordinating conjunctions in English are one of the quickest list of words that a lot of us need to remember: for use in our formal and informal communications alike. But when asked off the top of our head, a lot of us struggle to remember the list. This is why we want to help you with: 

“FANBOYS”

“I’m sorry… what?” you say and we remind you:

F – For

A – And

N – Nor

B – But 

O – Or

Y – Yet 

S – So

…. The list of coordinating conjunctions.

So, as you can see – any seemingly large chunk of information can be remembered: that is, retained and retrieved easily from our memory, using mnemonic devices. What we’ve shown you in this piece is not even close to the smallest fraction of the possibilities once you begin experimenting with this incredible way to remember things. 

Oh – and once you get more comfortable with mnemonic devices and make some yourself, don’t forget to let us know! We’re waiting to see what you come up with. 

Until next time!

Should one always say the truth, no matter what?

If you’d ask Nandeene this question,

Her answer would always be YES.

One should always and always say the truth,

No matter what!

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Nandeene strongly agrees here.

“Don’t say anything if it is not more beautiful than silence.

If you can’t be honest; be silent.”

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The more honest we will be,

The easier life will be for us;

because if we once choose to lie,

Then we get into the *loop* of lying…

You’ll have to come up with

a 100 lies more just to cover that one!

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Another line that hits her hard is

“They say ‘actions speak louder than words’,

But guys; words can directly stab someone’s heart.”

Sometimes we may feel that by not telling the truth,

we aren’t hurting someone,

but we are actually hiding the reality from them…

which someday, will be in front of them.

You may think you didn’t hurt them by telling them then,

But if they know later; it would hurt more.

It’s never too late, to tell the truth.

You may pause, take your time but don’t hide it.

Tell them, no matter how hard it would be.

The earlier they know; the sooner they can recover and heal.

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We all want to live in a world where honesty exists,

where we can trust each other,

where people are truly being themselves

without any mask on their faces.

How can this world be achieved?

Simply just by staying true to ourselves,

and to the people around us!

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Be honest to yourself, and the people around you…

Your life would be much simpler;

And your people’s too 🙂

//say the truth, no matter what//

– Nandeene Surwade (Class XI Student of CLAY)
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Once a Classic, here is why it’s Always a Classic!

If you are someone who says you weren’t too fond of stories growing up, you are either lying or you simply didn’t get a chance to live these out in your imagination! With the pandemic around us leaving all of us with plenty of time on our hands to start (or re-start) our old favourites, here are a few books we recommend, to get you back in the reading game, no matter how old you are! (Oh and we promise – this list is NOT an order of our preference)

  1. Coraline – Neil Gaiman

Caught in a spooky, other-worldly situation, Coraline opens a forbidden door where everything looks just like our world, but not, at the same time.  Read this book to find out how she finds her way back home, fighting her ‘Other Mother” along the way, to keep her family safe.

  1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum

Making list of children’s classics without this title wouldn’t just be wrong… it would be a crime! 

When sudden flash of lightening transports Dorothy from her drab life into a magical wonderland with strange looking people, little does she know that she is about to set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Finishing the book makes us wish: ‘If only cyclones worked like that in real life as well!’

  1. Nancy Drew – The Hidden Staircase

One of the most famous collections of detective books ever written, the greatest mystery about the Nancy Drew Series, is in finding a way put them down! Though the entire series is worth reading, we recommend The Hidden Staircase as a perfect starting point, as you solve crimes with one of the best female teen detectives ever written. 

  1. Swami and Friends – R. K. Narayan

You are either growing up or have grown up as a misunderstood teenager, in an Indian household! In Swami and Friends, R. K. Narayan brings our collective teenage years to life as Swami struggles to piece his life together, with vivid yet relatable descriptions and characters we see in our lives every day!

  1. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Disclaimer: Tear-proof this book before you start reading…. because it will make you cry (if it hasn’t already)! 

Pick this book to go along on the journey of four sisters amidst the American War era, in a time transcending readers’ favourite. Laugh, cry and fall in love – with yourself and each of the characters as they battle against all odds: the elitist social world they live in and of course, their inner demons. We don’t want to give away too much – but here is what we WILL say: this book might be a romantic-drama, but it is also much more than that!

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What were some of your favourite books to read, growing up? Did we miss them? Tell us in the comments below!