Vignesh Reddy Kandi


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Mobile Games, Consoles, and the Joy of Playing with Friends

I still remember the thrill of playing Snake on my mom’s Nokia phone as a child. Keypad games like Bounce, Snake Survival, and Racing kept me entertained for hours. As touch mobile phones took over, I graduated to playing games like Hill Climb Racing, Temple Run, Subway Surfers, and Dr. Driving. However, I eventually grew bored of these games and moved on to playing PC games like the GTA and Vcop series. One of the most enjoyable gaming experiences I had was playing on gaming consoles that came with 9999 games. I particularly loved playing team games with friends during this time. However, even after buying a PS3 and playing games like Tekken, WWE, and Ben 10, I still felt like something was missing. It wasn’t until 2018 when PUBG was introduced that I finally found what I was looking for. At first, I was hesitant to try it, but watching my brother play during a visit to my grandparents’ house convinced me to give it a shot. I loved the voice chat and squad compatibility features that made playing with friends even more fun. Although the game was later banned in India, it left a lasting impression on me. Fast forward four years to 2022, and I was in need of something refreshing after work. That’s when I discovered Call of Duty and found it even more enjoyable than PUBG. Initially playing with just one friend, we eventually formed a team and started gaming together every day. Playing these games with friends gave me the conversations and camaraderie I had been missing in my gaming experiences. The joy of playing with friends, whether it’s mobile games or console games, it’s the sense of community that makes gaming truly enjoyable.

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Ken Crest International School: A Place That Holds My Heart

It was in sixth grade when I first heard about KCIS from a friend. I had heard many good things about the school, but I never thought I would go there. Many factors stopped me, such as the 38-kilometer distance from my home and the early morning start time . Time flew by so quickly, and before I knew it, two years had passed. The bus would come to my home promptly at 7:30 am, and I would join my bus mates , engaging in fun activities and games while en route to school. We were not allowed to use phones, but that didn’t matter because we had so much fun without them. Most of us would sleep during the journey as we had to wake up early to make it to school on time. Upon our arrival at the school, we would gather in the indoor stadium for morning prayer, where a class would present on a particular topic or organize something enjoyable. Classes began at 9:00 am, and my favorite teacher, Bob Pears, was my class teacher and social studies instructor. He made learning social studies and current affairs fascinating and engaging. During lunchtime, we had an hour to eat and relax. Although we had a lunch area in school, my friends and I preferred to eat in class, leaving us with approximately 40 minutes to play. We played games such as pen-fight, dumb charades, and outdoor games such as hit and run, run chase, and hide and seek. We were free birds, enjoying ourselves without any restrictions. Afternoon sessions were filled with fun activities such as dance classes, computer classes, movie afternoons, arts and crafts, science labs, and design labs. These labs were enjoyable to participate in because they did not require traditional study methods. From 3-4:00 pm, we were free to engage in sports like lawn tennis and football. At 4:00 pm, we boarded our bus, and the hour-long journey back home was just as enjoyable.In the computer lab, we did a lot of fun things, including playing GTA Vice City illegally. The school organized events based on the day, such as Apj Abdul Khalm’s birthday, where we participated in fun contests. In preparation for these events, we were given a day off beforehand. I was so connected to the school that I never thought I would ever leave KCIS. My friend circle made my KCIS experience more enjoyable. I don’t think I would have enjoyed it in the same way without them. Exam season was fun, unlike any other school in India. I had two years of unforgettable memories, and I miss the school and the lovely people there. I’m fortunate to still be in touch with them. Unfortunately, KCIS is no more due to the sudden demise of the school chairman and conflicts between partners. The school closed and was sold after my eighth grade, and this led me to have a horrible experience during my ninth and tenth grade education.

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Days when corona was introduced

Looking back, it’s hard to believe how different life was just a little over a year ago. In December 2019, I arrived in Finland with no idea of the events that would soon unfold. The coronavirus was a distant news story at the time, and wearing masks and using hand sanitizer were not yet part of our daily routines. But as the months passed, the virus began to spread rapidly, and by March 2020, the world had changed. I had planned a trip back to India in April, but as the country went into lockdown, I knew it would not be possible. While I was disappointed, I was also grateful that my family and I were safe during such uncertain times. As we adjusted to the new normal, my family and I found ways to enjoy our time together. Ludo King became our go-to game, and we spent hours playing with each other and with friends virtually. We also made a point to eat healthily and stay active by drinking lemon water, eating fruits, and watching movies. Initially, I was afraid of leaving my apartment, but as time went on, I became more comfortable going out, applying sanitizer frequently, and avoiding touching anything unnecessarily. Looking back, those three months of lockdown were some of the best and most memorable days I have spent in Finland. I never imagined that my family and I could spend so much time together, just having fun and enjoying each other’s company. As we continue to navigate this pandemic, I’m reminded of the importance of family, friends, and staying positive during challenging times. While things may not be the same as they were before, we can still find ways to connect with each other and make the most of every moment.

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