The Future Foundation School
Seventh International Painting Competition - ICS
A painting of Trishi Chatterjee Haldar (Class 9) has been selected for the ICS Calendar 2017 in the Seventh International Painting Competition 2016, which received an overwhelming response of 238 paintings from 46 schools from across India, Middle East and South Asia.
IT competiton 'exe.BIT' organised by Lakshmipat Singhania Academy
Lakshmipat Singhania Academy had organised an IT competiton 'exe.BIT'.
The TFFS team comprising Saptarshi Mukherjee of Class 7 and Hriday Bharadwaj of Class 8 was delcared the Second Runners Up in the Presentation Category.
Inter-House Maths Quiz
Divit Vanjani, Debarghya Banerjee, Souradeep Kanjilal and Archisman Ghosh of Green House were the winners.
Ahona Maitra, Dilasa Das, Ankush Dutta and Dishtya Thakur of White House were the runners-up.
Archisman Bhattacharya, Agneev Maitra, Amogh Lal and Madhuja Bhattacharya of Blue House stood third.
Participants from Yellow House were - Mohammad Masood Iqbal, Ashvik Pal, Ayush Das and Ratnakur Sen.
Story Writing Competition organised by Future Publishers at the Kolkata Book fair
Mitra Bhattacharya of Class 9 participated in a Story Writing Competition organised by Future Publishers. The book, entitled “Thirty Best Stories”, is a compilation of 30 short stories that have been nominated from 1800 entries from various schools all over West Bengal.
She received a cheque of Rs. 2100, book vouchers worth Rs. 2000 along with a trophy.
Athletic Meet - March 2017
Club Activity - The Earth Lovers
Planting Trees at Baruipur Campus
Alumni: Reminiscences of Abhimanyu Das Gupta
The best days of my life were spent at TFFS between 1991 and 1995! I had moved from a drab city school and fell in love with the sense of space and the beauty of nature embracing us!
The underlying philosophy of the ashram lent it a solid foundation in our upbringing, be it in the morning prayers at assembly, the lessons on Sri Aurobindo's writings, the meditation sessions at the Samadhi or the overall celebration of the art and culture as a way of life!
I cannot ever forget Joya Ma'am's contribution in shaping me into who I am today! Her love for me was special as I was a dancer. However, her compassion was universal and adorned with energy, enthusiasm, a sense of aesthetics, an open mind and an aspiration for perfection in all that she did... which was truly inspirational!
After exploring the world of Hotel Management after my schooling for 4 years, I had the courage to finally discover my calling...teaching!
As I look back on this 25th year of my association with TFFS, I realize how much of The Mother's love and beauty, seen and experienced through the being of Joya Miss, has contributed to these many years of my life. I strive to share the same spirit in my job front, as I too, have grown into the role of the Head of Primary, at the Singapore International School in Mumbai, after a ten year stint at the Pathways World School in Gurgaon where I grew professionally from being a teacher to a Primary School Coordinator!
I also feel fortunate to train IB school teachers as a certified IB Workshop leader and school visiting Team Member.
My heart has grown with pride to see the school grow over the last 25 years in form and fashion and just as the spirit of Joya Miss is eternally present in every brick and every leaf in the school, so does she continue to live in my heart forever, like a beacon of wisdom and divine light.
Painting Competition organised by Camlin
Winners from Classes 1 and 2 : Shuvom Mallick, Srishti Neogi, Riddhid Roy, Sinjan Chandra and Shirsha Bhadra.
Winners from Classes 3 and 4 : Abhiraj, Ayushman Sarkar, Adrija Ghosh, Nilesh Majumdar and Arinjay Choudhuri.
Winners from Classes 5 and 6 : Prinak Ghosh, Ayush Das, Ankush Dutta, Arshabrata Bahumik and Neerajita Dutta.
Winners from Classes 7, 8 and 9 : Neel Chatterjee, Diposhree Chanda, Avipsha Ghosh, Baidurya Bose and Sharanya Bhattacharya.
Winners from Classes 10, 11 and 12 : Aaranya Chowdury, Rishabh Mazumdar, and Chitrarupa Banerjee.
Club Activity - Ideas and Impressions
Ideas and Impressions Club organised a theatre by Dr. Soumitro Basu and his troupe, Jola O Shaat Bhoot
Workshop on Vital Education and ‘Accepting Defeat’
A workshop on Vital Education and ‘Accepting Defeat’ was conducted for the students of class 11 on the 20th of March.
During the session, areas where students need to accept defeat and the ways to overcome failure, were discussed. The sessions were teractive session, with active participation from the students.
Inter-House IT Quiz
Inter-House IT Quiz was held on 16th march 2017.
Krittika Bhattacharya and Aditya Ghosh of Blue House, Shakya Majumdar and Wreet Gupta of Green House, Saptarshi Mukherjee and Subhojit Bhowmick of White House and Naman Madhur and Hriday Bhardwaj of Yellow House participated.
Green House and White House were the joint winners.
Apprentice Scientist - 2017
Apprentice Scientist - to discover and encourage the scientific bent of mind among young science enthusiasts....
Annual meet - Interact Club
The Annual meet of the Interact Club of The Future Foundation School was celebrated on 10th of March 2017. It was presided over by Mrs. Prabha Binani, Interact chair and Assistant Governer (DICC) Rotary.
The programme started with a video on the Interactors working with the patients who visit the charitable dispensary of the Baruipur campus.
A short cultural programme was organised by Class 9 students.The show was hosted by Prisha Bhattacharjee and Kaushiki Chatterjee. Yajnaseni Sarker performed an Odissi dance and Avipsa Bakshi , Meghna Das , Prithvi Goswami and Shreya Chatterjee presented a wonderful song.
A token gift was handed over to Mrs. Binani.
Mrs. Binani shared a few words with the interactors. She shared with the students, her experience of working with the underprivileged people of the society. Her words were really inspiring for the students and teachers present.
The programme ended with a hilarious skit, presented by a few interactors.
Ushagram Trip - 2017
Field Trip on "Work, Play and Sleep"
On February 18, 2017, students of Class III were taken on a field trip to our campus at Baruipur.
The students experienced a wide expanse of greenery dotted with paddy fields and a pollution free environment.
Keeping in mind, the theme ' Work, Play and Sleep', the students were taught to play some traditional games.
This helped our young learners to develop their listening, concentrating and comprehending skills.
It also taught them the importance of being physically active and learning to play together as a team.
CAB Under 15 - Inter School cricket Tournament
Students won two of three Matches in the CAB U-15 Inter School cricket Tournament, held on January 30, 31, 2017 and February 06, 2017.
The participants were:
Milind, Barnik, Manish, Shriyans, Anish, Prithish and Agniv of Class 7, Aniruddha Burman, Souparna, Arkadeep, Debmalya, Archis and Atish of Class 8, Sayak and Prithvi of Class 9.
Workshop on Memory Enhancement Techniques
Class 11 Commerce students organised an Entrepreneurship Activity on January 31, 2017.
They showcased innovative ideas and acquired first hand experience in planning, organising and marketing skills.
Inter-School project making competition – Kolkata Art Festival
Indian Chamber of Commerce in association with CIMA organised an Inter-School project making competition – Kolkata Art Festival, in January, 2017.
The topic was "Connecting Histories ......Kolkata and the World". Monjima Kar, Pushan Dasgupta, Sagnik Saha and Rwitobroto Mukherjee of Class 11 made a short film on Adda in Kolkata as a part of this project and they were awarded a merit certificate and a cheque of Rupees Three Thousand.
All India Handwriting Competition organised by 'The Hindu'
'The Hindu' conducted a handwriting competition pan India on January 30, 2017. Students of Classes 4 to 6 participated in the junior category.
The following students qualified for the final round:
Ritwika Acharya - Class 4, Jyotirmoy Mondal - Class 4, Chandramita Ghosh - Class 5, Adrit Majumdar - Class 5, Arshabrata Bhowmik - Class 6 and Sresttha Ghosh - Class 6
'Empathy', an after school programme was started in November 2016, for students of classes 3 & 4.
Students come to Empathy after school gets over and stay till 6 pm. The purpose of the programme is to empower children with phonetic skills, basic mathematical skills, reading , writing, speaking, listening skills and activities of daily living. .....
Members of Earth Lovers' Club planting trees at Baruipur
The members of the Earth Lovers' Club are given the opportunity to plant saplings in Baruipur in an effort to protect and preserve the green. Students are getting a first hand knowledge regarding tree plantation and through this activity they are able to contribute towards the cause of protecting our planet and serve it from the possible threats of deforestation, global warming, etc.
Students escorted by teachers are taken from school on rotation basis for this activity once in a month.
Through such sustained efforts consciousness is created among students and the long run goal of conservation of earth and its natural resources is also achieved.
Awards won at Inter-School Competitions
Students of our school participated in various Inter School competitions and won prizes...
Learning Table Laying and Manners with European Cuisine at Sweet Home
A special Life Skills class had been organised for the children. The class covered the basics of mealtime etiquette and proper table manners.
The European cuisine comprising "Mario Batali's Spanish Style Rice, Poulet Fricassé and Pots de Crême à la Mocha" was thoroughly enjoyed by the children.
Alumni: Reminiscences of Sourabh Goho
School life is very important because it provides opportunities for study, discipline and the foundation of one's life. I'm indebted to The Future Foundation School for showing me the right path in life and giving me the platform to hone my skills as a percussionist.
I had started my school life in 1995 from Arun Nursery School and then studied in TFFS from Class I to XII. These 14 years of my school life made me whatever little I'm today.
In TFFS, the relationship with teachers and students was something that I cherish and they were our second mothers. I still remember I used to take part in games and sports like chess, table tennis, cricket and music competitions etc.
I started learning tabla in 1998 from the legend Late Pt Shankar Ghosh. I passed out from the school in 2009 and I started playing tabla professionally in concerts in India and abroad and could manage my academics aand tabla playing equally well.
Presently, I'm a full time professional musician. Apart from classical concerts, I'm also associated with a fusion band called Indian Blue.
Photography competition organised by City Montessori School
Amitrajit Pati of Class VII A had secured a consolation prize in a photography competition organised by City Montessori School, Lucknow
The teaching of Life Skills equip the children with the ability to cope with the daily material functions of life and help them to become independent and self sufficient.
Children learn to polish their shoes, fold a shirt, pack their bags, understand the importance of personal hygiene, proper washroom habits, good behaviour, importance of family members in our lives and their contribution.
Children also become aware of different food groups, consumer rights and responsibilities, learn non-flame cooking, understand how to handle money and become more aware of oneself. They also learn to manage their time, control their anger and show respect towards their elders.
Painting Workshop on Bengal Patachitra
Members of Ideas & Impressions Club from Classes 6 to 8 and the students studying Art from Classes 9 and 11 attended a Painting Workshop on Bengal Patachitra on December 23, 2016.
Aspiration-2016 - Annual Concert and Inter school CCA competitions
Visit to charitable dispensary at Baruipur - Interact Club
On December 13, 2016, members from the Interact Club visited the charitable dispensary at Baruipur Campus. They interacted with the patients, doctor and compounder through a questionnaire they had prepared and had a first hand experience about their treatment and the necessary funds required.
They also donated clothes to the poor.
Interactive session with Dr. Harendra Parekh
Ramiz Khan, Mrittika Banerjee, Soham Ghosal, Cindrella Ray, Anurag Sengupta, Sulagna Dutta and Souradeep Bhattacharjee of Class 11 attended an Interactive session with Dr. Harendra Parekh, Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, University of Queensland at South City International School on December 12, 2016.
3D Installation workshop
Aratrika Sengupta, Aranyaa Chowdhury and Rishabh Mazumdar of Class 11 participated in a 3D Installation workshop ( Theme-'Reconstruction") conducted by Sri Indrajit Narayan at the Annual “Art Mela” hosted by Modern High School for Girls on December 10, 2016.
One Nation Reading Together
'One Nation Reading Together' is an annual event conducted by Scholastic Indian in Schools across the country, to celebrate the joy of reading. In this fast paced, technologically advanced world where reading has lost its importance, this is an initiative that should be lauded. Not only does reading increase our knowledge, but it also improves our concentration and vocabulary thereby developing our language skills.
In our school, we read out the pledge in the assembly to mark the day. Then we, the students, wrote poems, made bookmarks and cards, and wrote about One Nation Reading Together and its importance to celebrate reading as a joyful, enriching experience.
Gokul Nair - Class 8
Theatre based on historical incidents
On December 02, 2016, the Ideas and Impressions Club organised a theatre enacted by Ballygunge Antarmukh.
It was based on historical incidents like Permanent Settlement, Sepoy Mutiny and other important revolutions during the British reign.
The members of the club, students of Classes 6 and 8 and students of Class 11 studying History attended the programme.
The mesmerising performance kept students spellbound for almost an hour. It was a memorable experience to see the historical characters come alive.
Workshops on Vital Education and ‘Accepting Defeat’
Workshops on Vital Education and ‘Accepting Defeat’ were conducted for the students of Classes 10 and 12 from November 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016.
During the sessions, areas where students need to accept defeat and the ways to overcome failure, were discussed.
The interactive sessions witnessed active participation from the students.
Interactive session with Mr. Awinder Singh
On November 29, 2016, Mr. Awinder Singh of Ashoka University conducted a workshop with the students of Class 12.
He emphasized on the importance of having different options in courses for helping oneself find ones true potential. This ensures choice of job one is best at and thus have a happy future.
He also spoke about how being passionate about something and having adequate skills to achieve it. Thus he emphasized on Liberal Education.
Finally he talked about under graduate courses offered at Ahoka University, which are along the lines of Liberal Education.
Angira Bhattacharya - Class 12.
Pondicherry Trip 2016
"Ullas"-Fest at South Point School
Taradrita Routh, Srijita Saha, Sheershak Saha of Class 4 and Ranjabati Chattopadhyay of Class 5 won the 3rd prize in a Bengali Recitation on Patriotism in the South Point Fest "Ullas" on November 21, 2016.
Field Trip - Geography
The students of Class 12 were taken to Bantala and Natar Bheri (East Kolkalta Wetlands) for a Geography field trip.
The purpose of the trip was to understand the unique geographical characteristics of peri-urban wetlands, their ecological role and economic significance.
A sociometric survey was also conducted by the students in around 40 households in the surrounding area.
The fieldwork was organised in collaboration with SAFE (South Asian Forum For Environment). The students were also taken to a water treatment plant run by SAFE.
National Book Week – 2016
Winners of Essay writing Competition:
First - Gokul Nair
Second - Hriday Bharadwaj
Third - Sayani Basu
Learning Pageant 2016
Painting competition organised by the Indian Navy
Ayush Das of Class 6 won the 4th prize in a Painting competition organised by the Indian Navy to celebrate World Navy Day.
TFFS Model United Nations 2016
TFFS Model United Nations (MUN) was held in the school premises on November 07 - 09 2016.
The MUN is designed to create awareness among students regarding current affairs and international relations.
The initiative has been taken in providing the students with a platform where they can hone their diplomatic and debating skills......
Day Camp - Guides
Guides from TFFS attended a day Camp at Ganga Nagar, Madhyamgram.
Vigilance Awareness Programme - NIRJAFT
Vigilance Awareness Programme - organised by NIRJAFT (Essay Writing & Debate Competition)
Winners of Debate competition:
First - Anushka Bhattacharya, Class 10
Second - Rwitobroto Mukherjee, Class 11
Third - Angira Bhattacharya, Class 12
Winners of Essay writing Competition:
First - Mrittika Banerjee, Class 11
Second - Antarleen Sinha, Class 10
Third - Spandan Chattopadhyay, Class 11
World Cerebral Palsy Day
Modern High School in collaboration with Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy celebrated World Cerebral Palsy Day on October 20, 2016.
Rupkatha Mukherjee of Class 10 secured the 2nd position in an Art Competition.
Sagnik Sarkar of Class 10 was declared the Best Speaker in a Panel Discussion.
Several other participants in various events like Painting, Chocolate Making workshop and Entertainment programme were highly appreciated for their excellence in their respective fields of performance.
Inter School Quiz Competition organised by the Interact Club of St. Teresa's Secondary School.
Swayansiddha Goswami of Class 8, Aniket Ray of Class 9 and Agnijo Dutta of Class 10 participated in an Inter-School Quiz Competition organised by the Interact Club of St. Teresa's Secondary School.
The team secured the second position in the event.
Auroville Trip 2016
Nadir Cup, organised by Debanjan Sen Foundation
Our school participated in the Nadir Cup, organised by Debanjan Sen Foundation on October 3 to 5, 2016.
They Were the Semi finalists in the tournament.
English Elocution Competition
Srijita Datta Roy of Class 4 secured the 3rd Position in an English Elocution Competition held at the Nation High School for Girls
"ABP Ananda's Shera Bangali" Award for Rwitobroto Mukherjee
ABP Ananda's Shera Bangali is an award given to eminent personalities from the fields of films, art, literature, science, sports, etc.
Rwitobroto Mukherjee of Class 11 received the "Shera Bangali - Kalker Shera Aajke" award for contribution to Bengali theatre.
"Creations" at La Martiniere for Girls
Aratrika Sengupta and Rishabh Mazumdar of 11B secured the third position in Dustbin Painting Competition organized by La Martiniere for Girls at a Nature Club Fest, Creations.
All India Competitions for ICSE and ISC Schools
Club Activities - July to September, 2016
Sit and Draw competition organised by WWF
Ayush Das of Class VI A secured the fourth position at the Sit and Draw competition organised by WWF
Alumni: Reminiscences of Prateek Chakraborty
I have been a student of TFFS since Class 4, in 1996. From the start, our teachers encouraged an interest in various subjects, and I was drawn, over the next few years, particularly through classes 5, 6, and 7, towards history and biology. I found history to be particularly interesting, thanks to the wonderful teachers who taught and encouraged us all in that particular subject.
After that, I deliberately chose to go into humanities after 10th, by which time I had decided to go into archaeology as a career.
Today, I work as a research assistant in the department of archaeology at Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute. I work with animal bones and environmental reconstruction using data from Archaeological sites. I have worked on sites in different parts of India, from Gujarat, to Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Tamil Nadu. I also deliver lectures at different institutes in the country and have presented papers in International conferences from time to time. All this is thanks to those initial years in TFFS which helped build and sustain my interest in the subject, and the guidance I received from both my teachers and seniors, among many others, in following this goal.
Creative Writing and Drawing Competition
Winners of Creative Writing and Drawing Competition organised by Fortis Touching Young Hearts Initiative.
Winners of swimming competition held on September 25, 2016.
Salad Making Competition
The Salad Making Competition was held on September 18, 2016 for the students of Class 9 as part of their S.U.P.W activity.
The students exhibited creativity and innovation and their presentations were exceptional.
"Pehchaan" Award for Shri Mahesh Mishra
Lion's Club, Dehsapriya Park felicitates Shri Mahesh Mishra - Senior Hindi Teacher with the "Pahachaan" Award
"Life Time Achievement Award" for Shri Mahesh Mishra
Sanmarg felicitates Shri Mahesh Mishra - Senior Hindi Teacher with the "Life Time Achievement Award"
Inter House Spell Bee Competition
The Inter House Spell Bee Competition was organised on September 16, 2016 for the little ones of Class 2.
Each house had three participants.
Parthiv Bhattacharya, Sombudha Chakraborty and Baibhav Sengupta of White House stood 1st.
Swastik Sarcar, Sombid Guha and Hriddhima Das of Green House won the 2nd Prize.
Ujash Roy, Aratrika Bhattacharya and Riddhid Roy of Yellow House won the 3rd Prize.
"Excellence in Teaching" Award for Shri Mahesh Mishra
Shri Mahesh Mishra receives the "Excellence in Teaching" award at a programme organised by ILEAD
ASISC Debate (Jr.)
Anushka Bhattacharya and Madhu Shruti Mukherjee of Class 10 have qualified for the National Round of ASISC - Debate Competition (Junior group).
Anushka and Madhu Shruti won the Regional Round organised by ASISC, West Bengal Chapter on September 10, 2016.
Award winners of "Mitali Fest-2016" organized by Modern High School for Girls
"Mask Making" winners - Diposree Chanda and Subhojit. Bhowmick of of Class 7 secured the first position.
"Pot Pouri" - Game Event. Avipsha Ghosh, Rudraksha Roy Mondal and Shakya Majumdar of Class 7 and Archish Das of Class 8 secured the third position
Teachers' Day -2016
September 5, 2016, the 128th birth anniversary of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was observed as Teachers' Day.....
Founder's Birthday and School Fete
Inter-Class Elocution Competition 2016
The Inter Class Elocution Competition for Classes 3 and 4 was held on August 26, 2016.
Indrakshi Bhattacharya and Suditi Bhattacharya from Class 3 and Taradrita Routh from Class 4 secured the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
Science Camp - 2016 at JBNSTS
Nine students from The Future Foundation School attended a five day science workshop organised by the Inspire Science Camp Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, in Jagadis Chandra Bose National Science Talent Search Institute, to encourage young minds of the country to pursue a career in research and inculcate a scientific thought process for strengthening and expanding the scientific base of the country.
The camp began with a welcome address by Dr. Maitrayee Bhattacharya, the Director of the Institute. Dr. Somdatta Ghosh Dey, an inorganic chemist gave the students a glimpse into the fascinating world of biomolecules and the havoc created by the Reactive Oxygen species in our body and the ways to curtail them.
The next day,Dr. Parthasarathi Mukhopadhyay delivered an interesting and inspiring lecture on Calculus.
On Day 3, a trip to the Centre for Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Calcutta in Salt Lake was organised. Students interacted with the research fellows and came to know about the level of scientific development in our country.
Dr. Arghya Tarafdar from IIT Kharagpur gave an informative lecture on emergent behaviour on Physical systems on the fourth day, followed by Dr. Samita Basu from Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics who talked on the principle of laser. Dr. B. B. Bhattacharya pumped up the thirst for adventure with his own thriving expedition to Antarctica.
On the last day Dr. Ajay Ghosh gave a very motivational speech on 'Science Technology and Nation Building', and encouraged students to be true patriots and be passionate about the development of the country.
Stand up comedy
On August 09, 2016, students of Class 10, 11 and 12 geared up for a fun event in which they performed stand up comedy acts. The audience enjoyed the hilarious programme to their heart's content.
Classical Dance Competition
Adrija Daniary of Class 7 secured the 2nd position at a Classical Dance competition held at Julien Day School on August 06, 2016.
SAIoC Inter-School Competitions 2016
Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture organised a series of competitions featuring elocution, essay, declamation and quiz on July 29, 2016 to commemorate Sri Aurobindo's 144th Birth Anniversary on August 15.
There were more than 400 students from reputed schools in Kolkata, who participated in this year's event.
Eminent academic and cultural personalities of the city were invited to judge the various competitions. Smt. Krishna Chatterjee and Smt. Paramita Das for English Elocution, Shri Supriti Mukhopadhyay and Shrimati Santwana Chowdhury for Bengali Elocution, Prof. Sourindranath Bhattacharya for English and Bengali Declamation, Prof. Manoj Shukla for Hindi Declamation and Shri Parnab Mukherjee was the Quiz Master.
Special Awards - 2016
Inter-House Basketball Competition 2016
Inter-House Basketball was held in July this year
The Best players are:
- Senior Boys - Shuvayan Mitra of Class 12
- Senior Girls - Anoushka Janah of Class 12
- Junior Boys - Anurag Chowdhury of Class 8
- Junior Girls - Anushree Jagnania of Class 6
Anurag Sarkar - selected for training camp for Football
Anurag Sarkar of Class 12 represented The Future Foundation School, in the Keventer Cup 2016 organised by the Debanjan Sen Foundation.
There were more than 25 schools taking part in this Inter School Football Tournament, and there were more than 250 aspiring footballers.
Anurag, along with 20 other students from differnt schools were selected for the 'All Star' Team, consisting of the best players in the tournament. A camp was held for the team, who were trained and nurtured by well known coaches.
Aniruddha Ghosh wins a medal for his outstanding performance in Football
Aniruddha Ghosh of Class 11 participated in the Keventer Cup football match organised by Debanjan Sen Foundation in a group stage match against Scottish Church on July 04, 2016. The Future Foundation School won 1-0 and Aniruddha Ghosh was given a medal for his outstanding performance.
All India Sub Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament
Rudrani Mukherjee of Class 7 was selected from West Bengal State to represent the All India Sub Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament Under 13 years Girls held at Patna, Bihar.
Sweet Home - After-school Care Centre
With requests from some parents to the school to take care of their children beyond school hours, Sweet-Home an after-school care centre was started in April 2016, for students of Classes I to IV. Students come to Sweet Home after school gets over and stay till 6.00 pm. The purpose of this initiative is to help children become independent by teaching them Life Skills at every stage. This endeavour has also helped children to develop social and communication skills, inculcate values, a good demeanour and follow a disciplined routine.
Sweet Home functions from Monday to Friday, during term breaks and for two week during summer vacation.The happy hours that children spend here include having a wash, hygienically cooked lunch, resting facility, studies, outdoor games and art and craft under the able guidance of teachers and staff members. They learn not to be fussy about food and pick up good table manners. The little ones complete their daily lessons under the supervision of teachers. The physical activities, yoga classes and story-telling sessions are thoroughly enjoyed by the kids. They get the opportunity to watch programmes on values and take part in hands-on, online fun activities, while munching on the evening snacks.
No wonder the happy children have expressed their desire to stay in this home-away-from-home on holidays also.
Alumni: Reminiscences of Dr. Vaishnavi Seshan
I still remember my first day in school. I refused to open my mouth before our former Principal Joya ma'am but then smartly took away all the toffees that were offered to me! And today I stand before all of you, as Dr. Vaishnavi Seshan, Junior Resident of the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi. I am what I am because of my school and I am not saying it just for the sake of it. From being disciplined to having the guts to raise my voice against anything that is wrong, I have imbibed everything from my school. Apart from education, I got involved in various extra curricular activities which boosted my self confidence. Today I'm independent and self sufficient, all due to the blessings of the Divine Mother. I believed in her, and so did She. My parents gave me birth, good education and made me well mannered, my teachers nurtured me and made me self sufficient. Even today my visit to school is incomplete without a tight hug from my teachers. Fourteen years is just to count my attendance in Arun Nursery School and The Future Foundation Schol, because even today, I am not an alumnus, not an ex student. I belong to the family of Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture...then, now and forever.
Physical Edu: Fitness Classes for Classes 1-4
Fitness classes are held for classes 1 to 4 on all weekdays
11Even Sports TTFI National Ranking Table Tennis Championships 2016
Mahek Das of Class 6 participated in the 11Even Sports TTFI National Ranking Table Tennis Championships 2016 (North Zone) held in Chandigarh.
She ranked 4th in West Bengal and 12th in the Nationals
Awards: Best Photographer at 'Mock United Nations'
Adreesh Kamal Sen of Class 12 was adjudged the Best Photographer at DPS New Town, MUN - Mock united Nations
Interactive Session at American Center
Students attended an interactive Session at American Center on June 29, 2016 on "Hacking Space -A student Partnership to Sustain Life on Earth".
Engaging with Science
In our continuous effort to make our teaching learning process more interesting and engaging, The Future Foundation School has collaborated with Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM), Kolkata.
Students of Classes V to VII visited BITM to attend some special classes on June 20 - 22, 2016, as part of a series of such educational visits.
The visit was aimed at offering an opportunity to develop a scientific temper and attitudes that are important in studying science such as curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, cooperation, perseverance, sensitivity to the environment, etc.
International Yoga Day at TFFS
TFFS observed International Yoga Day through yoga displays by students of Classes I to VIII in Special Assemblies.
Children of Classes I to IV displayed postures of Yogasana along with the 'Yog Geet' that was released on June 21, 2016 in connection with the celebration of the second International Day of Yoga. Students of Classes V to VIII came up with another set of yoga postures including pyramids and explained their benefits. A message was read out, highlighting the significance of this day.
Principal, Mr. Ranjan Mitter, addressed the Special Assembly mentioning the mental and physical benefits of yoga.
TFFS Alumni Sports Meet 2016
On June 12, 2016, The Future Foundation School’s basketball court resounded with laughter and excitement from 7am when the Alumni came together once again.
The TFFS Alumni Sports Meet had been organized by Aditi Kothari (Batch of 2013), Harsh Shrivastava (Batch of 2014) and Anwesha Basu (ICSE Batch of 2014).
More than fifty ex-students from the batches of 1996 to 2016 came together and played Volleyball, Kho-Kho and Basketball throughout the day. It was a tournament between the houses where Green House emerged victorious.
Batch of 2014 (ICSE)
Phsycial Edu: Summer camp - Swimming
Summer Swimming Camp was held from May 14 - June 11, 2016 with Students of Classes 3 to 12. Teachers and Parents participated.
61st National School Games in Cricket
Milind Mondal of Class 7 was selected by West Bengal State Council for School Games and Sports for the 61st National School Games in Cricket, Under 14 Boys Team, held at Rangareddy, Telangana.
Phsycial Edu: Summer Camp - Basketball
Basketball Camp was held from June 6 to 10, 2016 - during summer vacation, where students of classes 3 to 12 participated.
World Environment Day at TFFS
June 05, 2016 was World Environment Day. The clubs of The Future Foundation School was invited to celebrate the day with the inmates of Tollygunge Homes.
16 students and 2 teachers, Mrs. Madhuchhanda Banerjee and Mrs. Snigdha Chatterjee walked down to the venue, notwithstanding the shower and received a warm welcome. There was planting of saplings by students with the "Grannies" and "Grandpas" helping out, a short video show on nature, a cultural programme in which two students sang a Rabindra sangeet impromptu that called for huge appreciation from all, finally a sumptuous lunch with the inmates.
The Students and Teachers dispersed with hearts filled with touching memories to cherish a lifetime.
Inter-House Football Match
Friendly Inter House football matches took place from April toJune, 2016
Interactive session by Mr. Amitava Das from Campus France
Mr. Amitava Das from Campus France interacted with students of Class XII about prospects of studying in France.
Scouts and Guides - Camp at Sikkim
The Scouts and Guides of TFFS participated in a camp at South Sikkim from May 08 – 12, 2016.
They learnt First-Aid, pioneering, monkey rope, etc. and took part in various interesting events like jungle hike and visited a display of army weapons by the Indian Army.
Some Scouts were awarded badges for their exceptional feats.
Celebrating Rabindranath Tagore's Birthday
To celebrate the birth anniversary of the great poet 'Rabindranath Tagore' a very Special Assembly had been organised
The students of Classes I to XII paid their homage to 'Biswakabi'. A collage of poems, songs and dances written by the poet was very nicely presented by the students. Decoration along with art work was beautifully done by the students of Classes IX to XII.
Award - Creative Writing at Youthopia Fest
Mayank Mouli Sinha of Class XII C secured the 3rd position at the Creative writing competition - Youthopia Fest, 2016 at The Heritage School.
Award: Reality-show 'Dadagiri'
Participants of Dadagiri from our school.
Sagnik Mukherjee - Class 11
Annweshaa Chatterjee - Class 8
Rwitobroto Mukherjee – Class 11
Rwitobroto Mukherjee emerged as the winner.
Art in all forms changes life, influences life and creates something new, something that motivates human lives.
The Art Appreciation workshop organised by our school for all the students interested in fine arts, spread such a message. We, who aspire to become artists and creators, had a great opportunity of meeting Mr. Subrata Ghosh, an eminent artist. He enlightened us on various topics of drawing and painting, starting from the paintings of ancient centuries to the modern world concepts and ideas. Romanticism, human life, the nature and crisis where wonderfully portraited and the way Mr. Ghosh explained each and every detail minutely, had all of us by the edge of our seats.
Towards the end he answered our queries and inspired us to try and create beautiful pieces. We thank the school for giving us such a lovely opportunity.
Class - 11
Interaction with French Football Player, M. Bernard Mendy
Students had an opportunity to interact with French Football Player, M. Bernard Mendy on May 2, 2016
Interactive Session on Play Etiquette
An Interactive session on playing etiquette were conducted for the students of Classes 1 & 2.
Through the use of pictures and videos, children were made aware of good and safe playing practices.
A quiz based on playing habits was conducted.
Inauguration of new building - 'Promesse'
Another wing of the school was completed in record time and was named 'Promesse', signifying 'Promise'.
The building was inaugurated on April 20, 2016 by Dr. Bertrand de Hartingh, Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs and Country Director French Institute in India.
Mr Stéphane Amalir, Director, Alliance française du Bengale and Mr Damien Syed, Consul General of France in Calcutta were also present to grace the occasion.
Physical Edu: Eurythmics Camp
Eurhythmics Camp was held from April 4 to 6, 2016 with students of Classses 3 to 12.
Award: Karate Championship 2016
9th All Bengal Gosoku Ryu Karate-Do Championship 2016 organised by International Gosoku- Ryu Karate - Do Association
Karam Kumar Sahoo of Class 9 was declared Second in the Kata Black Belt (open) event and was declared Third in the Kata Gosoku-Ryu Black Belt Event. Karam received Silver and Bronze medals.
Winners of Karate Championship - Classes 5,6,7
Winners from middle-school
Ankush Dutta, Shirso Dasgupta, Rupam Banerjee, Amogh Lal, Kohinoor Banerjee, Khushi Shrivastav of Class 5; Oindrilla Saha and Avipsha Ghosh of Class 6; Sohini Chakraborty, Adrita Chakraborty, Manjoree Kar and Swayangsiddha Goswami of Class 7.
Winners of Karate Championship - Classes 3 and 4
Winners from junior-school
Arnav Kumar, Gargee Geethica, Soumyabha Paul, Aritra Mazumdar, Saptarshi Das and Soumyajit Paul of Class 3; Eeshan Ganguly, Karan Kumar Sahoo, Archisman Bhattacharya of and Sounak Sengupta of Class 4.
Award: Inter School Essay Writing Competition
Mayank Mouli Sinha secured the 1st position for the Inter School Essay Writing Competition which was organised as a part of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, held at Modern High School in January, 2016.
Award: 18th National Science Olympiad
Students have done exceptionally well in the 18th National Science Olympiad.
Siddharth Kashyap of Class 9 and Arkodip Mandal of Class 11 were Zonal Toppers.
Shibashish Mukhopadhyay of Class 9, Akshat Lal of Class 10 and Atreyee Majumdar of Class 11 were the School Toppers.
Sagnik Sarkar and Sagnik Chakraborty of Class 9 received the Silver and Bronze Medals respectively.
Inter-House Prepared Speech Competition
Winners of Inter House Prepared Speech Competition.
Alumni: Reminiscences of Prerona Dutta
A multitude of memories rush to my mind as soon as I think of my school, memories that I will cherish all my life. That which began as an enjoyable journey in the Arun Nursery School continued in The Future Foundation School as a wholesome all-round experience which instilled the correct values, imparted education in the right form sprinkled with an appropriate amount of co-curricular activities. The standard of education that I received from the school was undoubtedly of a superior level but what is unique and incomparable is the ambience I was nurtured in. The teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Divine Mother had a profound impact on my upbringing and have formed an integral part of my being ever since. My school not only provided me with a proper academic infrastructure but also worked on building my ideals and closely monitored my progress, which is done here for all students on an individual basis. I would especially like to thank all my teachers as each of them toiled tirelessly with the aim of shaping us up to be responsible human beings with an open mind. The factor which will always keep my school, my teachers and my school days very close to my heart is that everyone there tries to serve the Divine limitlessly. In this way the entire journey becomes an enlightening experience and the institution with all the people in it continues to function harmoniously, spreading joy, peace and knowledge among everyone who passes through these portals. I will always remain indebted to The Future Foundation School as my school and my teachers over there are the ones who have moulded me to reach wherever I am today. A magnetic charm still beckons me to school on many occasions and I live in the hope that in future I will get the opportunity to do something worthwhile for my school.
Award: Sunderban Tiger Project competition
Winner of Sunderban Tiger project competition - Auritro Som of Class 12 (Nature Club).
Certificate of Excellence for Teacher
Mrs. Manisha Ajmera, in charge of Career Guidance & Counselling has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Institute of Career Studies, Lucknow as part of their celebrations for completing 30 years.
Winners of Story-telling Competition from Class 3
Workshop on Anger Management
Workshops were conducted for students of Classes III & IV in the month of March, 2016.
The presentations and discussions focused on techniques of anger management which included accepting feelings as they are, setting firm limits in their actions and ways of regulating their own emotions.
Students were active participants in the sessions and seemed to derive much pleasure from the workshop.
End-Term activities included an Inter-House Kho-Kho competition for Classes 9 and 11.
Sikkim Trip - 2016
It was on a hot, sultry, March evening, that we left Kolkata to seek the refreshing coldness of the hills of South Sikkim....
Inter-House Relay was held for Classes 3 and 4.
Blue House won.
Inter-House Statue Game Competition
Inter-House competitions held in the month of March.
Class 2 students participated in a Statue Game competition where Green House was the winner.
Drama Workshop conducted by Bohurupee Drama Group
On March 16, 2016, students of the Ideas and Impressions Club and the Debating Activity Group took part in a Drama Workshop conducted by three members of the Bohurupee Drama Group.
The session started with a discussion on the importance of physical fitness and a round of basic excercises. The trainers stressed on the need for high concentration and awareness of one's surroundings during a drama and conducted two rounds of a game.
After a short break, students were asked to volunteer to perform short skits on a topic given on the spot. The enthusiastic participants gave commendable performances. The skits were on everyday situations and each ended with suggestions from the trainers on how to improve skills. The workshop ended with the enactment of a part of a play by the guests.
Inter-House Instrumental Competition
An Inter-House Instrumental Competition was organised on March 14, 2016 for Classes 7 to 9.
1st Prize - Agnivo Mukherjee Class 8 - White House.
2nd Prize - Anubhov Chowdhury Class 8 - Blue House.
3rd Prize - Joyous Poddar 7 - Blue House
A badminton camp was held in the Future Foundation School campus from March 09 to 12, 2016 under the guidance of Mr. Satya Prakash Mishra and Mr. Basab Aditya Majumdar, who specially came to teach the students about the basics of badminton and methods used in a badminton match.
Many students from Classes VII to IX & XI attended the camp. The camp started each day with a few warm up exercises.Students were shown a series of techniques used in badminton. The methods included the different types of serves, the different types of shots, measurements of the court, rules of a badminton match and so on.
Each day, the students learned something new, which they got to try themselves in a match. On the last day of the badminton camp two girls and two boys from each house were selected for the upcoming badminton tournament. Students had a lot of fun and learned a lot about badminton.
Mr. S. Sreejesh, Assistant Director of Institute of Company Secretaries conducted a seminar with the Commerce students of Class XI about career prospects in Company Secretaryship.
The students were informed about the changes introduced in the Companies Act 2013. They were amazed to know that India is the first country to introduce the concept of Chartered Secretary to audit the work done by Company Secretaries for companies whose turnover is more than Rs. 100 crore.
For the past few months we have been working on an Exchange Programme with a premier French School of Paris, 'Ecole Alsacienne'.
We started by telling the French students about ourselves, our country and culture through slide-show presentations on various topics, such as, our state West Bengal, its tourism and Durga Puja. We thoroughly researched each topic to bring out authentic and interesting presentations. Recently, we also had a Skype session to understand each other better.
From our counterparts in France, we came to know about the environment in which they study, which is quite different from ours. It was wonderful to know how schools in a different country impart education. The French students sent us pictures of their school, the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and the bridge Pont des Arts which we liked very much. They also sent us various presentations depicting their culture, through which we learned a lot about them.
Overall, this Exchange Programme has been a very novel and enriching experiment for us and an experience to cherish. We worked as a team after school hours, which improved both our communication skills and our appreciation of the benefits of teamwork. Our teachers helped us by giving us their valuable guidance and constant encouragement, which helped us throughout.
Anurag Maitra, Class 8
Interactive Session with Prof. Surendra Munshi
The Future Foundation School played host to an internationally acclaimed sociologist and academic Prof. Surendra Munshi. Prof. Munshi, now retired from IIMC Joka where he taught Sociology for thirty years.
He was here to conduct an interactive session on 'The Importance of Thinking Clearly', attended by the students of Class XI.
The absorbing and stimulating session, provoked students to ask a lot of questions, which Prof. Munshi answered with patience and aplomb, touching upon burning topics like freedom of thought, intolerance, media activism, terrorism etc.
To create and enhance aptitude in science, the students of Classes VIII and VI were taken to BITM as an end term activity.
Children were spellbound by the fascinating demonstrations there. The coal mine experience gave an insight into the life of the coal miners and the hazards associated with it.
Children learnt new terms and concepts and completed a worksheet in Class as part of divergent learning.
Winner of Television Reality Show 'Dadagiri'
It was March 04, 2016 when I finally played Dadagiri with Mr. Saurav Ganguly and gathered an awesome experience in my life.
Before that I had to go through five auditions.
The event was telecast on March 21, 2016.
Finally I scored 29 points and became the Champion. - Arush Mukherjee
What happens when you flush the toilet
'What happens when you flush the toilet' - a curiously interesting deliberation was conducted by Professor Dr. Alan Warren, scientist, hailing from London's Natural History Museum.
The show, highlighting Protozoa and waste water treatment, was attended by students of Classes XI.
They also paid a fruitful visit to the High Voltage Theatre and attended the Bubble Show.
World Wildlife Day celebrations - Earth Lover's Club
The programme was organised in association with 'Kids for Tigers', an organisation actively engaged in conservation of wildlife and ecology.
Students were provided cloth bags and in an hours time they had to paint, the theme being 'Animals:- their natural habitat'.
The painting competition was judged by eminent artist Mr. Apu Bandhopadhyay and prizes were awarded to students.
The painting competition was followed by an interactive session with eminent actor and wild life photographer Mr. Sabyasachi Chakraborty. The session was indeed enjoyable and a great learning experience for the students.
Ushagram Trip - 2016
We set out for the Village of Dawn at 9:00am sharp on February 23, 2016 and enjoyed the wonderful scenery around as we travelled...
Special Assembly - programme organised by Class 6
Values and Discipline in class are issues in schools, all over the world. Class 6 conducted a Special Assembly on this topic and sought to disseminate the values of trust, obedience and order in the classroom.
The very effective Special Assembly comprised an exposition, a skit, a prayer and a song. Parents, who were a part of the audience appreciated the effort put in by the students.
The School celebrated Saraswati Puja on February 12, 2016.
Trip to Indian Museum
A dip in the glorious ocean of History was what every student of Class IV took, while making a trip to the Indian Museum on February 10, 2016.
The antique objects carried the children far back to the past, accompanied by equally enthralled teachers.
The stuffed animals and birds of many ancient ages and the artefacts of the Egyptian Civilization broke the barrier between the past and the present.
Trip to Agri-Horticulture Society of India
An environmentally enriching tour was organised for the students of Class III at the Agri-Horticulture Society of India on February 09, 2016.
While being escorted by caring teachers, the little children found new allegiance to the marvellous flora comprising beautiful flowers and medicinal plants.
The scientific names and origins of these green beings amplified their curiosity.
The greenery rejuvenated their love of nature and nurtured their keen aesthetic senses.
Visit to Ludlow Jute Mill-Earth Lover's club
The members of the Earth Lovers' Club visited Ludlow Jute Mill, Burikhali, Chengail, Howrah in order to popularise the use of jute.
The students were shown the Cloth Production Area where retting of flax was done to produce jute garments; manufacturing of Jute Sacks and thickening of Beans to check the uniformity of Jute.
The visit to the Jute Mill, was an exciting learning experience.
Interactive session with Ms. Claude VIVIER LE GOT
Students of Class 11 - Commerce and Humanities Stream attended an interactive session with Ms. Claude VIVIER LE GOT, CEO of EAC Business School
Students were exposed to unique courses in Art Market, Cultural Management and Luxury Management.
Ms. Claude drew the fine relationship of these disciplines with Indian Festivals, Gems, Jewellery and the cultural heritage of India.
Visit to Admission Fair at Taj Bengal
Students interacted with different Engineering and Business Schools from France. They also met representatives from ESSEC Business School who explained the benefits of studying B.B.A in ESSEC.
Interactive Session with Mr. Ludovic AUVRAY
Students of Class 11 Science attended an hour long interactive session with Mr. Ludovic AUVRAY, Project Manager - European Relations & International Mobility Department (DREMI) from INSA Rouen, France, on general and specialised courses offered at INSA Rouen and all other facilities provided to students. Mr. Ludovic and Mr. Ranjan Mitter, Principal of The Future Foundation School discussed in detail about placements after studying at INSA in international companies of repute.
It was an eye opening session which exposed students to degrees in Energy, Mechanical Engineering, etc and how the students would benefited from the 'Make in India' movement and the Solar Energy Alliance.
The Investiture Ceremony is a very solemn and significant event in the school calendar, where an existing prefectional team passes the baton to a newly constituted team.
Joya Mitter Trophy for the Best House
The Principal, Mr. Ranjan Mitter, presided over the ceremony, handing over the badges to the newly appointed members. White House emerged as the champions for the session 2015- 2016, winning the Joya Mitter Trophy.
The French Immersion Programme at TFFS
The Future Foundation School in partnership with Institut Français en Inde, Alliance Française du Bengale and Ecole des loisirs, organised a two day French Immersion Progamme on January 28 and 29, 2016.
Republic Day Celebrations 2016
The 67th Republic Day was observed with appropriate ceremony by The Future Foundation School on January 26, 2016.
After the hoisting of the National Flag, a short programme was offered by Scouts and Guides which culminated in an Eurhythmic display by the students.
Special Assembly - programme organised by Class 7
A touching Special Assembly, entitled, "Showers Of Blessings", on the importance of the morning Assembly, was conducted by Class 7.
Debanjan Sen Foundation - Kolkata School Games 2016
La Martiniere for Boys organised the Debanjan Sen Foundation 'Kolkata School Games 2016' from January 23 to 25, 2016.
Arian Hoque of Class 11 participated in the U-19 100m, 200m and 400m races and secured 1st position in 100m and 400m and 2nd position in 200m.
She was awarded the 'A-Division Champions' trophy for her extraordinary achievement. She was also awarded the trophy for "Best Athlete (Girls)".
Angshuman Ghosh of Class 11 secured the 1st position in 200m and 2nd position in 100m for U-19 boys.
He was given certificates for his achievement.
Inter-School Basketball Tournament
TFFS secured the 1st position in the Inter School Basketball Tournament organised by K. E. Carmel School, Amtala on January 21 and 22, 2016.
The team was given medals, certificates, a prize money and a trophy for their extraordinary achievement.
Shuvayan Mitra of Class XI C was awarded the trophy of the 'Best Player of the Tournament'.
Inter-Class Fireless Cooking Competition
Students of Class IX participated in the 'Fireless Cooking Competition' as part of their S.U.P.W activity on January 18, 2016. Students demonstrated excellent team work, creativity, enthusiasm and a healthy competitive spirit.
1st Position :Madhupriya Banerji, Asmita Bhattacharjee, Anushka Sarkar, Biswajit Palit, Ankita Sen, Raina Roy of Class 9 Section A
2nd Position : Soumik Malakar, Anushka Bhattacharya, Madhushruti Mukherjee, Pritish Sarkar, Sagnik Chakraborty of Class 9 Section B
'Apprentice Scientist Competition 2016'
15.Jan.2016: The 'Apprentice Scientist Competition', an annual event at TFFS
Seminar on the fundamentals of Nuclear Physics
Students of Class IX got the rare opportunity to interact with the renowned French Nuclear scientist, Dr. Philippe Leconte, (Director of the Laue Langevin Institute in Grenoble, France) on January 06, 2016.
The students were very excited to discuss with him the fundamentals of Nuclear Physics, asking questions on fission and fusion reactions, mystery of the atoms and the sub atomic particles, radioactive elements and their reactions, making of atomic bombs, etc.
Karate - The Blackbelts of TFFS
Students who pursued Karate as their Co-curricular course gave their Black Belt exams on December 10, 2015.
The three-hour-long exam tested the students' skills including Kihon, Kata, Kumite and Theology. Sensei Supriyo Biswas of the International Gosoku Ryu Karate – Do Association (IGKA) was in-charge of taking the exam and grading the students.
The Three Black Belts or Sho-Dans are Karam Kumar Sahoo, Sagnik Chakraborty and Aritra Basu.
Sri Aurobindo and The Mother
This message is generated randomly from a collection of short written statements taken from the notes, letters, and messages of The Mother. The process of generating the guidance is the electronic equivalent of randomly looking up a book to receive an indication or answer.
The Mother explains the process
Everybody can do it. It is done in this way: you concentrate. Now, it depends on what you want. If you have an inner problem and want the solution, you concentrate on this problem; if you want to know the condition you are in, which you are not aware of - if you want to get some light on the state you are in, you just come forward with simplicity and ask for the light. Or else, quite simply, if you are curious to know what the invisible knowledge has to tell you, you remain silent and still for a moment and then open the book. I always used to recommend taking a paper-knife, because it is thinner; while you are concentrated you insert it in the book and with the tip indicate something. Then, if you know how to concentrate, that is to say, if you really do it with an aspiration to have an answer, it always comes.
For, in books of this kind (Mother shows The Synthesis of Yoga), books of revelation, there is always an accumulation of forces - at least of higher mental forces, and most often of spiritual forces of the highest knowledge. Every book, on account of the words it contains, is like a small accumulator of these forces. People don't know this, for they don't know how to make use of it, but it is so. In the same way, in every picture, photograph, there is an accumulation, a small accumulation representative of the force of the person whose picture it is, of his nature and, if he has powers, of his powers. Now, you, when you are sincere and have an aspiration, you emanate a certain vibration, the vibration of your aspiration which goes and meets the corresponding force in the book, and it is a higher consciousness which gives you the answer.
Everything is contained potentially. Each element of a whole potentially contains what is in the whole. It is a little difficult to explain, but you will understand with an example: when people want to practise magic, if they have a bit of nail or hair, it is enough for them, because within this, potentially, there is all that is in the being itself. And in a book there is potentially - not expressed, not manifest - the knowledge which is in the person who wrote the book. Thus, Sri Aurobindo represented a totality of comprehension and knowledge and power; and every one of his books is at once a symbol and a representation. Every one of his books contains symbolically, potentially, what is in him. Therefore, if you concentrate on the book, you can, through the book, go back to the source. And even, by passing through the book, you will be able to receive much more than what is just in the book.
There is always a way of reading and understanding what one reads, which gives an answer to what you want. It is not just a chance or an amusement, nor is it a kind of diversion. You may do it just "like that", and then nothing at all happens to you, you have no reply and it is not interesting. But if you do it seriously, if seriously your aspiration tries to concentrate on this instrument - it is like a battery, isn't it, which contains energies - if it tries to come into contact with the energy which is there and insists on having the answer to what it wants to know, well, naturally, the energy which is there - the union of the two forces, the force given out by you and that accumulated in the book - will guide your hand and your paper-knife or whatever you have; it will guide you exactly to the thing that expresses what you ought to know…. Obviously, if one does it without sincerity or conviction, nothing at all happens. If it is done sincerely, one gets an answer.
Certain books are like this, more powerfully charged than others; there are others where the result is less clear. But generally, books containing aphorisms and short sentences - not very long philosophical explanations, but rather things in a condensed and precise form - it is with these that one succeeds best.
Naturally, the value of the answer depends on the value of the spiritual force contained in the book. If you take a novel, it will tell you nothing at all but stupidities. But if you take a book containing a condensation of forces - of knowledge or spiritual force or teaching power - you will receive your answer.