A ninth-grader from Sacred Heart Sr. Sec. School, Chandigarh, Ishanvi Soni is a keen learner, good at drawing and painting, plays the harmonium, and among many other things does classical singing.
Ishanvi Soni is also a poet, calligraphist, sportsperson, baker, and loves to discuss mythological topics. Ishanvi aspires to be a civil servant. The selfless workers inspire her to work towards the country.
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Following is an excerpt of the conversation Wonderpublish recently had with Ishanvi Soni:
Q. 1: You say you are a keen learner, tell us what did you learn during this prolonged pandemic?
Ans. During these times, I started to explore my abilities to the beyond. I never thought that I could also be a poet. I proved myself wrong as writing poems became one of my passions. I also opened my doors for the love of gardening. I started to make terrariums, and inculcated fondness for them. Veda chanting has always fascinated me. I learnt a lot of mantras by repeatedly reading them. Those vibrations bring serenity and solace to me. They connect me with myself. Besides this, I tried improving myself in painting and drawing. One can never be perfect, so I try to perk up every time.
Q. 2: Apart from being a Harmonium player, classical singer, you’re a poet too. Would you recite one of your poems to our audience?
Ans. Yes I’ll love to!
The Act Titled “LIFE”
Is this is a stage of artist who just perform,
With God’s control and wear His uniform?
He is The Owner, The Power and the world is His stage,
We are the puppets and are just safe in His cage.
Why are there so many villains in the show?
Just keep that move to and fro.
We cannot define that what is light,
Until darkness shows its sight.
Why people hair deceitful and mean?
Because greediness makes them keen.
Money is the protagonist in the act of life,
It can be soft as cotton and sharp as a knife.
What is the agenda one needs to follow in the show?
it is just the seeds of hard work, truthfulness, kindness and generosity one needs to sow.
The benevolent and consistent in this play,
Coz’ this is what the Almighty saysIshanvi Soni
Q. 3: You say most of your hobbies are self-learnt, tell us how do you manage your time? What does your schedule look like nowadays?
Ans. To be very honest, I don’t have a timetable in particular. I usually get up at 6-7 am, sometimes at 5, depending upon the work I have in mind for that very day. This takes around 2-3 hours. Sometimes I sleep again after studying. During the day I do all sorts of things, from studying, painting to playing the harmonium. I devote my time not just to studies but to everything I love to do. I usually take out at least one notation for a new bhajan to keep me in practice. I sit again to complete my work around 5. In the evening I go out for a walk or for cycling. After dinner, I revise the work for the next day. I am in bed by 11-11:30.
Q. 4: How was your experience with online classes? Did you face any particular problem during this phase?
Ans. Each and everything in this world has its own pros and cons. The same goes for online classes. Talking about the pros, they are very much convenient and hats off to the schools and teachers who set up everything in such a short period of time. Education can find its way to reach children. We students just need to sit on our chairs with attentive minds. Back then, we had to wake up at least 2 hours prior to the school to get ready with crisp uniforms, pack our bags, have breakfast and most importantly not miss the school bus.
Coming to cons, screen time has increased ten times as it was before. Naturally, it has affected my eyesight. Sitting continuously in one position for 2-3 hours has caused many problems. There are hardly any interactions between the classmates during the classes. Also, we no more have art and music classes the way we did in schools.
I didn’t face any problem in particular, except the fact that my eyesight has been affected badly.
Q. 5: You are very interested in mythology as well. Tell us which is your favourite mythological character? And show us your drawings if possible.
Ans. I don’t have a favourite character in particular. Each one has a different role which depicts the stage of life and we humans as the actors and The Supreme as the director. There are lessons that can be learnt from each one of them. I love the stories of The Mahabharata and The Ramayana. Also, I am keen on reading the unknown stories of the past. The era of Shiva also has its own beauty. They are numerous short stories in particular written by Sudha Murthy which are just my type.
Q. 6: What are your views on exam cancellation?
Ans. Keeping the situation in mind I think the government could have thought of a better solution rather than cancelling them. It has deeply impacted the students who had been preparing for them diligently. Rather than opening malls and markets, they could have taken the exams with strict precautions. The new marking pattern isn’t good. There could have been a better solution according to me.
Q. 7: What do you aspire to be and why?
Ans. I am a UPSC aspirant. I want to pursue my career as an IAS officer and work towards the betterment of the nation. It is a perfect platform where all my capabilities can come to use. It is full of opportunities which I always had been looking forward to.
Q. 8: You are also an NCC cadet. Tell us which part of NCC you enjoy the most?
Ans. Frankly speaking, I took up NCC last year and since then all our classes have been online. There have been no physical classes or parades. We didn’t even get our uniforms because of the pandemic. This year we did go for rifle shooting. Our NCC regiment set off for a scheduled Firing practice session on the 13th of April, 2021 at the Shooting range. It was nothing short of a fantasy brewing in reality, as shooting and holding rifles as army personnel had always fancied me as a child. This is the part I enjoyed the most.
Q. 9: Tell us about your teachers. Were they supportive enough during the online classes phase?
Ans. Teachers definitely have been very supportive. The way they are managing everything is commendable. Teachers are always trying their best, rather students should be the ones who need to be supportive and help them in every way possible. They are no less than mothers, always encouraging and motivating us.
Q. 10: Which is your favourite book?
Ans. I love to read books written by Sudha Murthy, in particular, “The Man from the Egg, Unusual tales about the TRINITY” and “The Serpent’s Revenge, Unusual Tales about MAHABHARATA”. I recently read a book by the name “Aunt Alice”, which was really engrossing. I could completely relate to the story. There are numerous such books that I look forward to reading.