Articles Written by Children






Everybody has problems. The only people without problems are in the cementry. No matter what problems we have to face today, there is a solution, because we have nothing to deal with but our own thoughts. As soon as we think that our destiny is in the hands of other people, the situation is hopeless. We need to confront our problems with courage, boldness and action. There's an old Chinese saying that goes, "If you live with a problem long enough, it could eventually become a blessing".

We learn - when we face danger. We learn patience - when we endure suffering. We leran tenderness - we taste pain. We treasure health - when illness strikes. We learn to prize freedom when we are in danger of losing it. Don't pray for an easy life, without problems - pray to become a strong person. The higher you in life, the more problems you will have to deal with. For example, when you see a highly decorated military person all dressed up with rows of battle ribbons and awards on his chest, you are looking at someone who courageously faced and conquered danger, hardships and adversities.

The sweet out of life cannot be obtained without the bitter. The sun doesn't always shine: sometimes there are storms, tornados, earthquakes, car accidents, fires and deaths. No one escapes the problems of life. We can overcome just about any problem, obstacle, or adversity that life deals us - if we have a strong enough will. Where there is a will, there is a way. Create a 'bull dog' determination and a 'burning desire', that will eventually mow down all opposition.

Success is not measured by what a person accomplishes, but by the opposition he has conquered, and the courage with which he has maintained the sruggle against overwhelming odds. How can we possibly become a strong person, if we have an easy life? The tougher it is, the tougher we have a chance to become - if we choose to fight back. Tough times never last - but tough people do.








N. J. Varun Kumar submitted his essay ‘Between Worlds’ for “Common Wealth Essay Competition 2007’. He has been awarded ‘Highly Commendable’ by the ‘Royal Commonwealth Society’. 



It was a chilly February night with the temperature fallen to 3 - 4 o C as usual; I was sitting outside my house, dressed in a sweater and jacket, gearing up for my Indian Institutes of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination, the one examination that takes you to a college that transforms your life forever. In those days, I preferred studying in the freezing cold on our veranda for I wanted to prove to myself that I was committed to success and could gladly endure this hardship.

For some reason that night, I was happier than I have ever been before.  I suspect this was because somewhere deep down I was confident I was going to sail through, a message that I had been pumping into my heart and soul, day and night for close to two years.

I was a boy who found happiness in things in which others were not usually interested in. The day’s events rolled by into my mind. Suddenly, all my happiness vanished as the image of the small boy working in the automobile service shop near our house.  As I was going to school in the morning, he was staring at me.  I looked at him and smiled, but he kept on staring at me.  The image of his face expressing helplessness and innocence saddened my heart.  “Why child labour?” I asked myself.  I looked at the bright shining moon, a cold breeze blew in.  I checked my watch. It was about 11.30 pm.  Just as I jolted back into reality and was about to refocus my attention on the studies, I noticed something unusual about that night. ……Yes, the crickets weren’t chirping that night…neither could I hear the hooting of the owls.


And then I noticed a flash of green coming from our backyard. I got down to check what it was.  With fear mixed with curiosity, I slowly walked on to our backyard. And there, the sight that I saw almost terrified me! I could move nothing other than my eyeballs.  The light was coming from a big hemispherical machine that looked as if it was made of some kind of green luminous metal.  The thought of UFOs and flying saucers came to my mind.


As I stood there looking at the object, a door opened on its top and out came a queer-looking creature.  He was small and lean, but his head looked quite big for his body.  He had a box-like thing in his hand.  As I looked into is face, I suddenly felt energy coming back to me. I felt a soothing feeling in my heart. I felt an inexplicable friendly feeling towards this creature. 


Then he looked into my eyes and said something which I couldn’t understand at all. Suddenly, his voice came out from the box translated into English,” Hello! My name is Ceber and I am from the planet Lunentum.”  I replied, “Er…., Hello Ceber, I am Gandhi. May I know why you have come here?”


Ceber said, “We, on our planet, knew about life on earth 2 years ago.  I came here to see if this was a peaceful and happy planet like ours.  But I did see war, terror, power play, poverty, starvation and much more.  But the saddest part of it was to see human children going to work”.


I stood there looking at him, whatever he said was like an echo of my own feelings.  Suddenly, I heard myself saying this:  Ceber, I have always felt sad about these things. But today, I have decided to change it all. I promise to change this world into a peaceful planet like yours. I know it’s hard. But I will do it, even if I have to lay down my life for it.”


Ceber said, “Remember my friend, war cannot be won by war. It is only love that will change this earth, for it changed ours” With these words he jumped into his machine closed the lid. And the machine took off with a buzzing noise.


“Good bye, friend” I said, with an almost choked voice.  I went back to the veranda, picked up a paper and pen and the words flowed out of my mind:


          ‘In this beautiful and precious world,

          Darkened by war, terror and hunger,

          We shall join our hands together and

          Light the lamp of love,      

          Whose light shall remove the

  Darkness from this earth.

  It is this invisible bond of love between worlds,

  That keeps the universe running.’


I went into the house and lay down on the bed, and slowly drifted to sleep with the crickets chirping and the owls hooting in the garden.