We’re back! In saying goodbye to the graduating seniors of the Scribe, the last edition was bitter-sweet. We’re delighted, however, to come back with a whole new take on the magazine. While we loved being a purely creative magazine, we believe we hold a far more substantial responsibility in the privilege of being a homegrown entreprise read by such large numbers of you. On that note, the Scribe is growing into something of a cultural magazine : with commentaries on music, food, movies, books and even an opinion-based current affairs column! Alongside the regular creative pieces, of course.
In light of our new purpose as a magazine, we’re really excited to introduce you to our incredible new team! Each and every one of them has worked tirelessly on crafting their own pieces to perfection, while also curating content created by their peers. We’re incredibly proud of their work on this first edition and can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
We’d also like to thank you, our readers, for continuing to support The Scribe. Thank you for reading, contributing to and engaging with the content we publish in any way. We love and appreciate you, our lovely community of people, very much.We urge every single one of you to express yourselves, in any form you can imagine — photography, poetry, art, or prose through this magazine. You can also send in opinion-based pieces on really anything under the sun, even if it does not have a strong creative basis. It’s a huge honor to be able to enable a platform for the Aditi community to voice themselves, creative or otherwise.
Finally, we’d like to thank Mr. Jayarajan and Ms. Joshi for their constant support of The Scribe, without which none of this would be possible.
The theme for this edition is : “How To Make Paperboats”. The paper boat is a symbol of the new and innocent- while also, representing ambitious beginnings, and adventurous voyages.
We really hope you enjoy reading this magazine as much as we enjoyed creating it!
You sit with eyes glued outside, cheeks cupped in your tiny hands. The gentle rain drops splatter against the smooth window pane. A brilliant spark. Gleefully smiling, you appropriate an a4 paper, a discarded newspaper, a tissue paper. Crease by crease, hands trembling, an intangible excitement envelopes you. Your creation is ready. You run outside your house, barely keeping up with your feet. Crouching towards the ground, you gently place your work in the nearest puddle, allowing its sailors to take over. As the rain pours, with soaked hair streaked over your forehead and the cool caress of monsoon wind, you marvel as your vessel comes to life. It teeters along the rippled surface, setting off on its voyage. Your hand shoots out, fingers stretching as though to grab your bit of art. It seems just out of reach. That’s the beauty of it. The rain pounds your outstretched hand. Crease by crease, fold by fold, your paper boat carries away a small piece of your childhood. Never to return.
Akash Shroff, 12 AICE
It’s children with messy hair and crooked smiles who find happiness in the little things. Jumping into puddles with your friends, making little boats and setting them afloat, laughing for no reason at all, it’s about joy in it’s most unadulterated form. It’s innocence, carefree grins, crinkled eyes and open minds. It’s making a paperboat and setting it to sea, certain that it would reach the farthest corners of the earth without a tear. It’s loud laughs that surprise you as they escape, it’s skinned knees and cartoon bandaids. It’s happiness simply for the sake of it, bereft of worries and anxieties and inhibitions. It’s living in a whirlwind world, slowing down, taking a breath, savoring the moment. It’s about making a little boat and letting it go, the feeling of being part of something unfathomably bigger than yourself, the idea that maybe, just maybe, that boat could float forever.
Avaantika Vivek, 11 ISC
In 2017, fans of the YouTube channel TVFilthyFrank were gutted to hear that the creator of this content, George Miller would be hanging up his YouTube boots and taking on a new project under a new persona, and thus began the career of Joji. Joji’s genre can only be described as music for rainy days, some of it elating, others deflating, but all carrying the unique vocals of Joji. The production of all his tracks are superb and remind us of the likes of Supertramp and Pink Floyd. His work is also very experimental, constantly looking for new sounds to incorporate in his ‘lo-fi’ vibe, this has resulted in some very different sounds, like the use of bottles in the song Demons. Having released one EP (In tongues), one album (Ballads 1) and several singles (most recently sanctuary) Joji continues to impress with the pushing of new vocal and sonic limits. Some of his best songs include Slow Dancing in the Dark, Sanctuary, Demons and Pills.
Aryan Mackhecha, 11 ISC
For most people, December 12th,2012 was a normal day, however, in a small corner of the internet an album was released under the pseudonym of ミラクルミュージカル (English: Miracle Musical) called Hawaii: part 2. This once in a lifetime operatic album carries a wide range of symphonic, melodic and lyrical styles and does so unapologetically. Two stand out songs in this album for me would be “White Ball” and “The Mind Electric”. White Ball, inspired by Western classical styles, features a beautiful string section and features amazing vocals courtesy Joe Hawley (the man behind Miracle Musical). The lyrics themselves speak of a graceful love between two individuals and convey that feeling beautiful using very powerful imagery. “The Mind Electric” combines classical and electronic in a way that is fresh, powerful and enrapturing from the first beat. The lyrics convey the story of the capture, trial and sentencing of an individual for a crime he didn’t commit and it could not be more impactful. With amazing piano and guitar sections, this song is truly unique. Hawaii:Part 2 is a fresh new take on what constitutes and album and how to be inspired by various styles. It is this fresh new take that hooks one on to the album and keeps one listening right till the last note.
Aryan Mackhecha, 11 ISC
The third song in his 1971 album “American Pie” Vincent tells us the story of the pained artist Vincent Van Gogh. In what amounts to an unbelievably beautiful performance, McLean uses his two best instruments: his voice and his guitar to take us through the life of the troubled artist. The tone of the song is reminiscent of one of his winding, calming yet emotional brush strokes. This bare bones song has the power to move one to tears using only an emotion filled voice and a simple acoustic guitar. All of this is enhanced by the brilliant lyricism that contains vivid imagery, so much so that it can almost be classed as poetry. An all time great song, “Vincent” truly sets the benchmark for ballads today.
Aryan Mackhecha, 11 ISC