Let Every Bud Bloom
Shishukunj Reads

Cornucopia of vocabulary

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Date Word
August 30 Scrumptious
August 28 Dribs and drabs
August 27 Loquacious
August 26 Obfuscate
August 25 Austere
August 23 Bear the brunt
August 22 Audacity
August 21 Charisma
August 20 Fugacious
August 19 Debonair
August 16 Plethora
August 15 Sovereignty
August 14 Icing on the cake
August 13 Taciturn
August 12 Blurb
August 11 Cornucopia



 Book Name : Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief
 Reviewed By : Seshal Jain   VIII C

I read this book when was in Class VI. It is written by Rick Riordan. The story revolves around a boy named Percy Jackson, who is a demigod, the son of a mortal being and the sea god Poseidon. He suffers from dyslexia and ADHD. Zeus, the god of the sky accuses him of stealing his lightning bolt, his symbol of power. Zeus sends many monsters from the realm of Hades to torment him. What follows is a very interesting adventure. The author has placed the ancient Greek gods correctly and humorously around the world, which makes this story even more interesting. 

I enjoyed reading this book and would like to recommend it to all my friends.


 Book Name : The Three Musketeers
 Reviewed By : Shreya Singhi XI E

1625, France; A young poor nobleman named D'Artagnan leaves his Gascony home to the bright lights of Paris with intentions of becoming a musketeer or the guard. On the way D'Artagnan hears a man making jokes about his horse and demands a fight. He loses the fight , breaks his sword and gets a letter of introduction to Monsieur de Treville stolen.

In Paris d'Artagnan goes to meet Treville and manages to schedule three consecutive duels with Aramis, Athos and Parthos- the three musketeers. The rest of the story follows our young friend while he duels, falls in love, manages to save the Queen of France and spoils cardinal Richeliev's plans , all the while achieving his dream. In a true fashion of fiction rewriting history, the cardinal , got a bad rap from the popularity of the story- much of it undeserved.

The story is difficult to read at first with the French names but soon one can tell why this novel is one of the most popular of all the times. Peculiar, memorable and quirky, with adventures galore and an air of arrogance–all define The Three Musketeers.

This book is a must read for all avid readers !


 Reviewed By : Vasudha Gupta - VII B

Harry Potter has given his exams of the fifth year. It is in the middle of the summer holidays and is at the Dursley’s house. He is waiting for Dumledore to come and take him to Hogwarts, the School of Magic. The last time Harry saw Professor Dumbledore, the Headmaster of Hogwarts, was when he was fighting against Voldemort, the darkest evil wizard, in order to save Harry. Harry is very curious to know why the Professor is coming himself to take him , he comes to know this quite soon. Dumbledore came himself because he wanted Harry to persuade Professor Slughorn, an old teacher, to come back to Hogwarts and teach again. Then he is draped at ‘The Burrow’, his best friend Ron’s house, where he meets the new Minister of Magic and has an argument with him. Harry’s sixth at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start! He is suspecting Malfoy, a boy in Hogwarts to be a Death eater and Professor Snape helping him. On the other hand Harry finds a book of Potions of the Half Blood Prince which helps Harry in many incidents.

Professor Dumbledore is now taking extra classes for Harry where he shows Harry memories related to Voldemort and tells him it would help him kill Voldemort. Professor Dumbledore asks Harry to persuade Professor Slughorn to give him his memory of Tom Riddle. Harry tries but fails the first time. Ron is poisoned but survives. Harry notices Professor Dumbledore’s hand is burnt but doesn’t know how. He now tries to follow Malfoy everywhere with the help of two house elves – Dobby and Kreacher. This is a very unusual year as the world of Muggles and Magic starts to intervene.......

Like to know whether Harry kills Voldemort or not? Read the book to find out for yourself.

I strongly recommend it!


 Book Name : Seven Habits of Highly Effective people by Stephen Covey 
( Genre : Non-fiction
 Reviewed By : Mrs. Seeta Jaiswar - Educator

 (A book on life management published a decade ago in 1989, a short version of the same book   by Sean Covey ‘Seven Habits for Teenagers’ is also available)

Though I read this non-fiction self-help book some time ago, I feel that it is a must read for every person striving to become a better individual. Its principles of independence, interdependence   and continuous improvement are motivating and inspiring. This book is universal and timeless in its appeal.

The book teaches you to be proactive, to believe in self-development, to begin with the end in   mind. It teaches you to put first things first and identify your time wasters and come out of your   comfort zone, to believe in the win-win paradigm of interdependence and healthy competition. It   focuses on developing emphatic listening i.e. seeking first to understand then to be understood.   The book first introduces the concept of paradigm shift and prepares the reader for a change in mindset.

Eventually it teaches you to sharpen your saw i.e. to renew and strengthen the four dimensions  of life i. e. physical, mental, social and spiritual by exercising, reading, service to mankind and meditation.

The sequel to this book is Sean Covey’s The 6 Most Important Decisions You Will Ever Make: A Guide for Teens published in 2006 and Stephen Covey’s The 8th  Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness.

A good book and strongly recommended by me.


 Reviewed By : Mrs. Latika Pandey - Educator

WHO ORDERED THIS TRUCK LOAD OF DUNG by Ajhan Brahm is a wise and thoughtful collection of 108 short stories(if one can call them so) which are much longed for a respite,from mundane perspective towards life ,that one tends to gather like unavoidable dust around. The book breathes with four accomplished Divine forces: simplicity, humanity, warmth and understanding and talks about why silence is the very need of the hour or why forgiving self and others is  the beginning of eternal love.

Each of the stories impresses on one the very essence of life subtly and deeply and reminds the reader of an inherent will to transform to ascend to a progressive self. At the end of each story one comes to a realisation, stumbles upon the lost or robbed bliss and longing for eternal love. Why it's a must read for all has an answer in what each one of us tends to seek at the end of the day: peace , satisfaction , progress, self accomplishment, etc. , The book has that all giving enlightenment to offer. Add the book to your bookshelf to add new and unheard of meaning and  pragmatism in your life.


 Reviewed By : Parv Golwelkar : Class VIII D

The story revolves around 4 best friends: Lucy-ann, Dinah, Phillip and Jack, who live at 'Craggy Tops'- a village under a cliff overlooking the "Isle of Gloom"-an island which was famous for its copper mines about a century ago.

The book is about how these children uncover a mystery. 'Joe' a servant and ‘Bill’ a bird watcher too are the part of the story. The children are very eager to visit the Isle of Gloom as they have heard about the beautiful copper mines under the sea. The children take Joe’s boat and reach there. They climb down the mines and find out that there was already someone else working down the mines. They slowly move ahead and are seen by two men.

They catch the children and keep them locked in a small, dark cellar. Meanwhile Jack loses his way in the copper mines and is unaware about his friends getting trapped. The children fool the kidnappers and escape whereas Jack is still lost. Is it Bill behind the whole scenario?? What will happen next?? Will Jack remain lost forever?? Will the children uncover any other mystery?? Or is it something else.......?? To satisfy your curiosity read on………..

Full of mysteries, adventures and frightening experiences, this book is surely one of the best books of Enid Blyton .



 Book Name : I AM MALALA
 Reviewed By : Mr. Nitin Verma – Educator

The autobiography is an account of Malala Yousafzai’s life, family, dreams and struggles amidst the Talban regime in the Swat valley of Pakistan. She draws inspiration from her supportive father and fights for her “sacrosanct” right to education. Her grit and passion for the cause of education for girls and their equality is inspiring. The book is an account of her extraordinary courage that does not deter her despite threats and suppression from the despotic Taliban. She is shot in the head by Taliban fanatics in her school bus and her survival seems bleak.However, it is because of her fortitude and the intensive care of doctors and the medical staff that she recovers at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, UK.

Malala has achieved world-wide appreciation and accolades, the most prominent being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her life is an epitome of the power of an individual’s determination to bring change in one’s community and the world.

I was highly inspired by this book and strongly recommend it.

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