Issue 14: 2016 Holi Festival Of Colours at Oshwal College

The color, noise and entertainment that accompanies the celebration of Holi bears witness to a feeling of oneness and sense of brotherhood. The festival brings home the lesson of spiritual and social harmony!!

Holi has long traditional links with several legends. According to one popular legend, the word Holi is derived from the demoness, Holika. She was the sister of Hiranya Kashipu (the name meaning love of gold and a soft bed), a demon king, who having defeated the gods, proclaimed his supremacy over everyone else in the Universe. Enraged over his son’s ardent devotion to Lord Vishnu, Hiranya Kashipu decides to punish him. He takes the help of his sister, Holika, who is immune to any damage from fire. Holika carries the small boy Prahlad into the fire but a divine intervention destroys her and saves Prahlad from getting burned. Thus Holi is celebrated to mark the burning of the evil Holika. Her effigy is consumed in the fire!

 

Holi is celebrated with special importance in the North of India. It solemnizes the love of Radha and Krishna. The spraying of colored powders recalls the love sport of Lord Krishna and His devotees.

 

Issue 8: Nature Walk at Karura Forest

Issue-4-CopyThe environmental, dancing and Photography club students under the leadership of their Patrons went for a nature walk in Karura Forest on 9th March 2016 to appreciate the importance of nature. The afternoon trip started with students watching a 45 minutes clip highlighting the history of Karura forest and the initiatives of Green belt movement under the leadership of Nobel Laureate the Late Prof Professor Wangari Maathai

Thereafter, the students took a 2 hour nature walk inside the forest. They witnessed the indigenous trees and got a chance to take a picture with the oldest Tree in the forest called “Mkombero”. Students also managed to visit the Mau Mau caves, Butterfly Lake and the water fall inside the forest. It was a thrilling trip full of fun and the students learned a lot

ISSUE 7: Lake Nakuru National Park Experience

Issue 5 L Nakuru Trip - CopyBy: Emmanuel Okello and Amos Muthiani, ICDL Students

It is said that Nakuru is Kenya’s Las Vegas hence the nick name ‘Nax Vegas’. On Saturday 12th March 2016, a group of Oshwal college students and staff had the full experience. At the Lake Nakuru National Park, we got a spectacular view of life in the wild. We spent time along the shores of the lake and got an amazing chance to see various wild animals and the beautiful flamingoes which are a rare sight this time of year. At the Baboon Cliff we had a panoramic view of the lake and it was breath-taking….

Issue 6: Oshwal College girls football team Mombasa

By Emmanuel Okello, ICDL Student,and Ashee Gudhk

For those who think that “Mombasa Raha” is just a fantasy…ask those who’ve been there. On the 4th of February, a bus-full of Oshwal college sports team (Soccer and cricket) left for Mombasa on a sports tour.After a long trip they checked in at the Wasan and Tulia villas in Mombasa with the men and the ladies staying in separate villas.They actually made their own dinner  and rested after a long day. Their second day started at the beach and after breakfast they headed for a  friendly soccer match against Oshwal Academy, Mombasa. After a 4-0 loss, the boys were OK,but the girls..not so much. They drained the remainder of their energy at the beach….that’s the way it’s done at the coast apparently…with song and dance..you can’t afford to wear a gloom at the coast and these teams were going to make sure of that. IMG-20160212-WA0000IMG-20160212-WA0005

A total of six games were played (soccer) with the girls losing a few.The cricket team won their games and after a long day they went back to their villas.They all woke up late the next day which was almost free and the girls took the chance to do their braiding while the boys were partying and having fun.At 4pm the same day the girls played a soccer match against Jaffery, which they lost but still had a great time in spite of the few minor injuries incurred in the game.IMG-20160212-WA0009

After a successful four days they had a party where they cut cake,burst balloons and had drinks….  They had to get up early the next day to start their return journey after a weekend of total fun.They arrived back to Nairobi safely at around 5:30 pm on Monday 8th February after a tiresome journey with a large number sleeping all the way…

Issue 5: Happy 2016 Valentine’s

By Emmanuel Okello, OC Photography And Media Club

DSCN1204.JPGThe first thing that comes to our minds when someone mentions “February” is “Valentine’s Day”. It’s the only day when lovers, both old and young, married or dating can truly express themselves wholly. It is one of the most anticipated for days in the calendar. Also known as St. Valentine’s Day, it is commemorated annually on the 14th of February, just five days after Chocolate Day on the 9th of February. Valentine’s is celebrated each year in memory of Rome’s St. Valentinus. He was a priest who imprisoned for performing secret weddings for army officers who were forbidden to marry. While in jail, he healed the blindness of his jailer’s daughter and they fell in love. Before his execution, Valentinus wrote her a letter and signed it as “Your Valentine”, hence the origin of the phrase.

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The day was first associated with love in the Middle Ages in England. In the 18th Century it evolved to an occasion where lovers expressed their affection for each other. This tradition has been maintained till today and has become a globally commemorated day. The acceptance of this day was a gradual process with countries like India and Japan embracing it in the 20th Century.
Lovers express their love by offering their loved ones flowers, chocolate,cards(known as ‘valentines’) and going out on dates. Everyone has their own ways of expressing their love, for example, In Europe Valentines keys are given as a symbol of invitation to unlock the givers heart. Whichever way, love is divine and what better way to show it than Valentine’s Day…Happy Valentine’s