Book Review

Book review for The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

By: Ela Kulkarni 

I recently read this book called The Honest Truth. I really enjoyed the book, and captured the essence of it too. It’s a book that makes you think about things in a different way, mainly from the main character’s point of view. It may be a children’s book, but it has great descriptions of the scenery, of the character’s feelings or thoughts, and has a good storyline. My favorite part of the book is definitely the end, it  is an amazing ending. There is one specific paragraph in the last chapter which I thought was just beautiful —

“‘Was I close?’ he asked. ‘To the top, I mean? I wanted to climb it. To reach the top. Did I get close?’ Jessie swallowed and squeezed Mark’s hand in her own. ‘Yeah,’ she’d answered, after a few breathless moments. ‘Yeah, you got close.’ There’s more than one kind of truth. There’s the truth that you can measure, the truth on maps and charts and in books of facts. And maybe in that kind of truth, Mark didn’t reach the top. Maybe he didn’t even come close. Maybe in that kind of truth he got lost and wandered off the trail and didn’t come anywhere close to the top of anything. But in the other kind of truth, the kind of truth you feel in a deeper place, in that kind of truth the maps don’t matter. In that kind of truth the skinny, bald kid with the disease eating away at him and the little brown dog with one brown eye and one green eye made it farther than they ever should have. They made it farther than minds and maps could measure, but not farther than hearts could imagine. In that kind of truth, Mark totally made it. He made it to the top of every mountain.”

Most of you probably don’t know who Mark or Jessie are, but that doesn’t matter, the meaning of this paragraph showed me a whole different perspective of “truth”.

I encourage you all to read this book and tell me what you think! 🙂



What is a Father?

A father is someone
who is caring and kind

If you ever need help, he’s always there for you
Even when your feeling blue

He paves a path for you
And takes you halfway

He let’s go
when he knows your ready

But he’ll be there,
if you’re ever unsteady

A father is someone
who loves you very much
He has a soft and gentle touch

He takes your hand
And takes a firm stand
Telling you everything will be ok

He lets you know that you have someone to lean on
That will never truly be gone

That’s what I think a father is to me.

– By: Ela Kulkarni

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers! I hope you know how much your kids appreciate you.. Have an awesome day 🙂



Tim Cook vs. FBI

I read an article in the TIMES Magazine about the fight between Tim Cook, and the FBI.

It had all started the day after the Massacre in San Bernardino. The FBI had found one of the terrorist’s phones. Their plan was to hack in and get the information. But, there was one problem… If they put the wrong password in 10 times, the phone would erase all its data. Nobody knew the encrypted passcode, not even Apple.
The FBI made another request to Apple… If Apple didn’t have the password, then they could design a new version of iOS 9 that did’t have the 10 chances. Apple started calling the idea GovtOS. Apple had many discussions with many people, and the final answer was a no.
Everyone thought that was it… But the FBI went to court and got an order from a federal judge saying that Apple had to create GovtOS because of something called the All Writs Act. In the end the FBI decided not to do it, but if Apple still didn’t agree to help, the FBI would make this a public matter.
Many people went against Cook, technology firms, his rivals, even Obama. And Donald Trump also held a boycott against him! Apple’s reason was that if they did create a machine to crack iPhones, hackers could get to it and use it for bad stuff. Nobody would be safe. “To invent what they want me to incent,’” Cook says, “puts millions of people at risk.’” This is a direct quote from the article I read.
The FBI had an argument for this as well, they said that the new code could be given to just that one phone. But even if Apple deleted the machine right after its use, many judges would be lining up to use it to crack their own cases.
Tim Cooks asks if the government should be able to access the infrastructure + when and how? Or should citizens have privacy from hackers, thieves, and the government?

In the end, the FBI hacked the phone anyway, without Apple’s help. But here’s what I think:

I think that the government shouldn’t be able to look at citizens private things, because they could misuse the power. I believe that ISPs (internet service providers) or companies like Apple should be able to see the citizens private information, because they have no reason to use it for harm. And whenever the government needs the private information for an important reason, they can request the company to give the information. I think this can stop the conflict between the FBI and Apple (or other companies).

If the FBI have hacked into Apple’s software, then is Apple really as safe as it claims it is?

If you have any comments, suggestions or ideas please share them with me! I would love to hear them! 🙂


Hi everyone!

        A few months ago, I went with my friend to go see the musical “Wicked”. It was amazing, the whole experience felt unbelievable. There were amazing mechanisms, songs, and of course, actors! I encourage everyone to go see it! 

This post is about the same story, told from different perspectives. What motivated me to write this was the fact that one person can interpret something one way, and another person could interpret the same thing in a different way… Which causes problems, when it’s only a small misunderstanding!


The Wizard Of OZ:

In the story the Wizard Of OZ, a little girl’s house is ripped away by a tornado. She is blown from Kansas all the way to the Land of Oz. In order to get back to Kansas, Dorothy has to go to The Emerald City, and meet the Wizard of Oz. On her journey back home Dorothy meets the Tin Man, who needs a heart, The Cowardly Lion, who needs courage, and the Scarecrow, who needs a brain. When they meet the Wizard of Oz he says he’ll help them only if they do a task for him… To kill the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy tells her friends that they don’t need the Wizard of Oz to give them what they want… The lion doesn’t need courage to make him brave, he already is. And she tells the scarecrow, he doesn’t need a brain, he’s already smart enough, she tells the Tin Man he doesn’t need a heart, he already cares enough.

Wicked is the story of the Wizard of Oz, told from the Wicked Witch of the West’s point of view. 


Wicked is The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch of the West’s point of view. In her version she isn’t evil, she never was. Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) was born green and everyone made fun of her for being different… So she had a short temper but was never evil. The story shows why she did what she had to do, and why the Wizard of Oz is portrayed in a certain way.


A haiku is a Japanese style of poetry in which the author writes three lines of 5,7, and 5 syllables.


Fluttering its wings

Soaring high up in the sky

Its colors shine bright


Joining the others

Leaving a beautiful glow

People look around


Traveling back home

Flashing colors like the sun

Flying up above

Life is Beautiful

life is beautiful

let it be

we are blessed with

a beautiful life

of happiness and prosperity

good, bad, happy or sad

don’t cry when things go wrong

we are the ones

who can bring it along


life is beautiful…

if you know where to look

start with yourself

change the world

and make it better


life is like a rainbow

colorful and bright

even though there are grays

hang in there, because

tomorrow will always

be a brand new day


at times

life may fail to be perfect


it never fails to be beautiful

life is beautiful

let it be

Rainy Dayz

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…

It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

– Anonymous 


I love the rain! 🙂


I love reading… But sometimes when I need book recommendations I don’t know where to look. So I thought I could blog about the books I love and could recommend them to my friends. I hope others will enjoy these and recommend other books to me! 🙂

Recommended Books:

  • Out of My Mind – Sharon Draper
    • Out of My Mind is a book about a girl named Melody Brooks who is diagnosed with cerebral palsy (can’t move or speak). Everyone just assumes that she is dumb and can’t do anything… But it’s quite the contrary, Melody is actually a very smart girl, and she will prove that to everyone no matter what comes in her way.
  • Percy Jackson (series) + The Heroes of Olympus (series) – Rick Riordan
    • Percy Jackson and The Heroes Of Olympus are series with a lot of action in them. They are fast-paced and move from one breath-catching scene to another. Once you read the books, you can’t stop!
  • The Giver – Lois Lowry 
    • The Giver is a book that makes you think of our world in a different perspective… Through a different “lens”.
  • Inside Out & Back Again – Thanhha Lai
    • Inside Out & Back Again is a very touching book. It’s about a girl whose father is off at war and she is living with her brother and mom. They have to move from Vietnam to Alabama because her home isn’t a safe place to live anymore. The book shows the struggles she goes through in a series of poems. It is a very creative and well thought-out book.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    • To Kill a Mockingbird is about a little girl (Jean Louise Finch aka. Scout) who is living in a community where black people aren’t appreciated and aren’t treated like everyone else. Her dad, Atticus Finch, is fighting a case for a black man who is not being treated equal to white people. Scout realizes there are people in the world who haven’t done anything wrong and are still punished for being who they are. Scout and her brother, Jem Finch, want to help their dad fight this case and make equality among everyone.

Please read them and tell me if you enjoyed them! 😉

Feel the Music ….

Music lets you express yourself and inspires you to go above and beyond. To feel the magic of musical inspiration please do try this experiment. Doing this experiment let me unleash my potential and let my creativity be free.

An Alternate World :


The first thing that comes to my mind when I look at my this piece of artwork is… An Alternate world. It shows life, and how you can, or should, look at things in a different perspective.

I created this “Alternate world” by closing my eyes and listening to a beautiful piece while my hands gracefully sketched my feelings onto the paper.

I chose “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I chose this song because it feels like you’re in this happy, carefree world. Not worrying about anything, just enjoying yourself. It felt very self-explanatory by unraveling itself as it gets deeper and deeper into the piece. It makes you lighten up and feel more energetic.

I colored my piece randomly. Yes, I said randomly. I took all my colored pencils in my hand and closed my eyes and picked one and colored the shape in. Even though I didn’t look at the colors I made sure that no color was next to the same color. The designs I added after I finished “conducting” on my paper were things you’d see in an everyday life. For example a theater to show diversity and talent, an eye to show to change your perspective on things, a hill with a girl on top to show you can do it. It represents what’s inside me. My picture shows the way the song felt to me by letting me express myself. This project was called “Feel The Music”, and I absolutely loved it!

This project is very simple, all you have to do is pick out a piece of music, close your eyes and let your hands draw what they feel. When the music is over look over your piece and start coloring it with any colors you want. After coloring the artwork add some other final touches and “Voila!”

Thank you for reading my thoughts 🙂

Ela Kulkarni

Quality vs Quantity

When I was in 6th grade last year I wrote an essay for Language Arts. My teacher told me to write about something new, unheard of, unique. So I kept on thinking for days and days… I still couldn’t think of anything! Finally I went to my mom and asked her for help. She gave me an idea no one would have done. And the idea was “Longer Lifespans… Yes or No?” I worked really hard on the idea and the conclusion I came to was, “We shouldn’t try to increase our given lifespan… Instead we should increase the quality of the life time we have.”

 The Ultimate Threat To Humankind

 By:Ela Kulkarni

        Technology. If you haven’t realized yet, our whole world revolves around technology. It’s used for medical science, work, school, science, math, programming, and basically everything. But my question is, Should we really use technology to increase human lifespans?. It’s a two-sided argument, and there are many explanations for each side.

Medical Technology is Very Important

       First of all, medical technology is one of the foundations of the American health care system. Obviously increasing our lifespans can’t happen without technology. For example if someone is born without legs, we can give them legs with surgery… That would be considered as technology. Even for minor problems, like counting calories, we need to make technologies available to help people manage their own health. There are many examples of technology increasing lifespans in our world today. Like surgery, body part replacement, etc.

The Worst Boredom

           On the other hand, a writer, Gemma Malley, thinks that we shouldn’t use technology to increase life spans… or in that case increase life spans at all. I agree with this because depression is mostly common among retired people. Not just because their income is low, or because they are having a more relaxed and luxurious life than their children. It’s because once you retire you feel like you have no need to live anymore, or no purpose in life. Gemma Malley went to a retirement convention and interviewed a man who had been retired for a while. Here is what he thought about retirement, “I thought my hobbies would expand to fill my days. But it turns out golf isn’t so much fun when there’s all it is. I used to long for time to get my handicap down; now I’ve got all the time in the world and I barely play.” The message that this sent to me is that retirement isn’t really what you think it is.

Is it Really Worth it?

          Lastly, increasing the human lifespan is unnatural and bad for the system of the world’s population. Even if we would want to increase the human lifespan we can’t increase our childhood, or our adulthood, we can only expand our old age. Is old age what you really want, staying bored all the time, not knowing what to do, not having the desire to live? We have so many pains when we get old; back pain, knee pain, this pain, that pain. We might have all the time in the world but do the elderly really enjoy it? If they don’t then the next generations will have to suffer if we do find a cure to make you stay old for long. If we want the next human generations to stay ‘natural’ and ‘pure’ we should let life do it’s thing. Trying to ‘fix’ the life cycle isn’t right. Instead of fixing it we’re ruining it.


          What I finally conclude to is that using technology, or just in general, increasing the human lifespan is a bad idea. I think so because what will we do once we can live forever, relax? Won’t you get bored with that soon? Life isn’t as fun as you think it would be, plus it would ruin the future of the generations of humans ahead of us. It would ruin their futures because they would have to suffer the boredom and not have a desire to live anymore. What I got from one of the articles was that living longer could just make it life worse. In history we were learning about China, and there was an ancient Chinese king who wanted to live forever. He would go miles and miles away from his home to drink potions and gimmicks, but in the end… he died. And not because of murder or anything, just natural causes. This tells me that even though living forever sounds awesome, it really isn’t. Live life to the fullest and have fun, but don’t stretch it too much and be greedy. We should use technology to make our lives better and happier, not to make them longer. The most likely explanation seems to be that technology is amazing and helps us live our lives and fulfill them, but after that what? Once we get old what happens? I’m not saying technology and other sources can’t increase life spans, I’m saying that once we increase the lifespan our lives will be ruined.


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