The Longhorn Chronicle

Culture of the Month: India!

By Megan Mendoza

Nomoshkaar! Satsriakaal! Namaskaar! Namaskara! Hello!

What makes our school so distinct? Nolan Ryan Junior High is a place where students of every race is embraced. India being one of the majority, this article features them! India is the beginning and the future of many unique successes, exceeding their in records. It is the result of a beautiful burst of cultures where nothing is forgotten. As Mark Twain said,

"India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only."

It has piled up a rather interesting list of facts brought here:

  • India was the only source of diamonds in the world until 1896
  • Around 50% of the residents in India are younger than 25 years
  • There were no plastic bags in India before 1985.
  • India has at least 454 actively spoken languages and 22 official ones
  • India’s road network is long enough to loop around Earth over 117 times
  • Over 4700 daily newspapers in more than 300 languages are produced in India.
  • India has the largest number of vegetarians in the world, whether it’s religious or personal, Indians are about 20-40% Indian.
  • Chess was invented in India. Chess comes from the Sanskrit chaturanga meaning “four members of an army”—which could be the elephants, horses, chariots and foot soldiers.
  • India was the first country that developed extraction and purifying methods of sugar.
  • Shampoo was invented in India, not the commercial liquid ones but the method by use of herbs. The word 'shampoo' itself has been derived from the Sanskrit word champu, which means to massage.

Student Body:

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in India?

A: “There’s nothing on the spot, but i guess it’s eating food, shopping and viewing the scenery. I haven’t been there for 3 years, so I hope I’ll get that chance soon.” -Keziah Thomas

Q: What’s your favorite part of your culture compared to American’s?

A: “We have a lot of traditional art and food(!), it’s so diverse when it comes to religion, art and food. On the other hand, 168 languages is also pretty intense.” -Juliet George

Upcoming Events

Feb. 11: 8th Grade Girls BB Playoff

Feb. 12: Multicultural Night 6:00pm

Feb.14: 7th Grade Girls BB Playoff

Feb. 15 & 18: NO SCHOOL!

Feb. 22: Ladies of Essence Spring Dance

March Upcoming Events

  • 1&2 - Spring Show
  • 5 - Band Non - varsity Pre - UIL contest
  • 5 - Crocodile Encounter Assemblies
  • 6&7 - Choir UIL concert and sight reading
  • 11-15 Spring Break
  • 18 - Dream Dinners Fundraiser
  • 9 - NRJH choir concert
  • 21 - Spriit Night @ Texas Roadhouse
  • 26 - PTO Board Meeting
  • 28 - Algebra 1 SIM
  • 28 - Band Non - Varsity UIL Contest
  • 29 - Band Non - Varsity UIL Contest

March 11-15: Spring Break!

Click the image to check out the interview with Mr. Verma


By: Diane Lardizabal