VarshaSanskriti School, Delhi, India
NikitaSanskriti School, Delhi, India
PrashastSanskriti School, Delhi, India
ShashankSanskriti School, Delhi, India
DikshaSanskriti School, Delhi, India
19 & under
Anuja MittalSanskriti School, Delhi, India
History & Government > War & Conflicts
Video / Sound
Completing this website in itself was a huge challenge for us as several obstacles were hurled our way. During the course of creating this website, three members had to study for their SATs in January, there were several cultural functions (the Annual Day, the Grade XII farewell) in school and the first terminal examinations and final examinations took place. Each of the aforementioned activities absorbed at least one of us at a given time, eating away precious time that could be spent on the project.
Besides being in the same school, we live quite a distance away from each other. The only solution to this problem of distance was communicating via the Internet. Consequently, communication worked out rather well. The endless discussion threads among us make for an entertaining, yet intelligent read.
None of the us had high resolution monitors so it was tough to fit in the graphical aspect. After much discussion, we decided amongst ourselves that a website designed for a 1024x768 resolution would be best as it was the most commonly used desktop resolution.
Nikita and Diksha were especially adept with coding and CSS, Shashank took on the task of conducting the research, Varsha created the beautiful backgrounds on each page and Prashast handled mostly the dynamic objects, compilation and generally chipped in everywhere.
The students discussed the time-line amongst themselves and spent hours debating about how it could be formulated to seem believable.
The Globe on the home page was constructed by Prashast using a 3D software and by rendering every frame of the globe's rotation separately, and then importing each frame into Flash in order to make it interactive.
Each of us made our skills collide to cause an explosion of collaboration, which eventually shaped our website.
All the members are students from Sanskriti School, New Delhi. Each of them is ethnically Indian, but different in many other ways. To start with, Nikita and Diksha have taken up a Science course. Which means they study Physics, Chemistry, Math, English and Web Technology. Varsha has taken up Commerce and she studies Business, Math, Accounts, Economics and English. Finally, Shashank and Prashast have each taken up a Humanities course with a varied subject combination ranging from English, Political Science, History, Math, Web Technology, Fine Arts, Economics. However, both of them are the only students of Political Science in the group.
Though Varsha, Nikita and Diksha were not generally interested in political affairs and history, this project made them. We began by taking up paradoxes as the subject of our website, we then read about Nostradamus' predictions about the third world war and each of the members were instantly captivated and decided to write a time-line of their own. Of course, this would mean that each of them would have to understand the conflicts that had previously happened. Varsha, Nikita and Diksha happily obliged into reading about the conflicts because doing so for something they found so fascinating was quite a small price to pay.
Apart from their subject selection, the students also come from different parts of India. Every state in India is culturally and historically diverse.
Shashank comes from Andhra Pradesh and within his household, politics is taken quite seriously. It is a family ritual to watch the news everyday and discuss current affairs over dinner. The knack for research comes from within him.
Nikita and Diksha come from Punjab, in the northern part of India in the alluvial plains. It is the land associated with colour, joy and festivity. The closeness of Punjab to the Pakistan border makes this place a tribute to the partition of 1947.
Varsha comes from Tamil Nadu, in the southern part of India. The state is known for Bharatanatyam (a form of dance), Tanjore painting, and its architecture.
Prashast hails from a family which combines the diverse cultures of both North and South India.