– Mrs. Elizabeth Soares

7 November, 2015


A week-long journey through the north eastern seven ‘sister states’ of India brought a wealth of knowledge about the remote frontiers and rugged regions that comprise the farthest reaches of India, courtesy the Red House students of Don Bosco High School, Matunga.
The lilting melody ‘Mist and Magic’ became the theme song which carried us over the far expanses of this least known and sadly, oft misunderstood part of our own country. Video presentations transported us to ageless forests, formidable mountain ranges, chilling glacial rivers and swampy grasslands as we witnessed the vast ethnic diversity and alluring culture of the peoples. From the challenging Himalayas to the serene Tawang monastery, from the enchanting tea gardens of Assam to the drenched towns of Cherrapunji and Mawsynram, from the mighty one-horned rhinos of Kaziranga to the endangered Sangai deer in Manipur; for being home to boxing legend Mary Kom and the musical genius that was the late Dr. Bhupen Hazarika; we saw that the north east offers something to enthrall everyone.
The sprightly Naga and Bihu dances performed by students of the Red House added ebullience to the informative talk shop conducted over the intercom. A quiz and extempore speeches gave students of the other houses the opportunity to flaunt their newly acquired knowledge and also to win prizes for their respective houses.
A video presentation captured the entire celebration, beginning with the festive decorations to the colourful displays, from the teachers and students felicitating the management to the participation of the boys in the revelry, adding an element of togetherness and charm.