name is Kaveri Sameer. I am 11 years old and was born on the 17th
of October 1991. I have a little brother Kaustubh who is 7, my
Mum is called Rekha, and my Dad is called Sameer. I go to school
at Dr Challoners and I am in Year-7.
I was born in India, since I was 2 months old, I have been
living in Singapore for about nine years.
As I grew up in Singapore, I found it quite hard to make
good friends, but eventually I did. Though I do have vivid
memories of being bullied quite a lot. I suffered and simply
could not work out why this was happening to me. But my parents
gave me the support and confidence and soon I overcame the
situation and made some really good friends soon.
I quite enjoyed primary school and I can recall few
enjoyable moments of my life in Singapore, especially the food.
I used to go out with my Dad every now and then and have
vegetarian Chawkao noodles, and vegetarian prawns and mock
chicken. I think my brother Kaustubh remembers the delicious
pretzels in Suntec City. With
all this food around I became quite plump (to be polite). I was
quite conscious about that, but not as much as I am now.
we moved to England on a cold 3rd day of
remembered the harsh winter.
It was fun because you
donít have to take shower
or bath every single day, as you had to in Singapore (because it
was very sticky), and this was extremely good because I hate
taking showers. In
January, I went for the first time to school in England! In the
beginning, everyone was very friendly, but a bit apprehensive
because I was so tall, (there was a girl in my class who was
half my size and now I am 5 foot 7 inches).
As the year went on, I only had a few good friends, and
only a couple
of best friends, which was fine with me, but I started getting a
bit bullied again. Itís just, people donít actually realise
that they are hurting someoneís feelings. I found that very
weird, because in Singapore, people did not treat each other
like that! Not from what I saw anyway. Sometimes I felt that we
should never have left Singapore. However, in the second year of
living in England, when I was in Yr 5, I had so many more
friends, and in Yr 6, I was extremely popular! So I decided that
it just took me a long time to make friends. I used to think
that it was because I was an Indian or something, but that
isnít true. Brits are never really like that. We just think
they are like that if they are mean to us. Nobody wants to admit
that we are not liked because of our personality, so we blame it
on our skin colour etc. It is just a self-defence thing.
it was the time to move school again!
I was moving to Dr Challoners
and I felt sad for leaving many of the best friends in my
old school. As luck
would have it, a small consolation was that
one of my best
friends was joining Dr Challoners as well. She was in a
different class though, which was a pity.
At Dr Challoners, I started well with the
highest marks in the
first maths test, 98%!
I am quite good at sports. I play badminton for the
county as well as for a club, I play netball for my school, and
in my last school, I was in the netball team, rounders team,
tennis team and always in the A squad.
Though I am not a good runner, I am quite good at the
soccer ball through and rounders ball throw. For the javelin, I
went for the nationals, and came 9th out of 14.
Before I came to England, I had never thrown a javelin in my life,
never played proper badminton, and had never heard of netball!
The first time I threw a javelin, it was 2 weeks before I was
entered into the finals in the nationals, and barely a month
before the nationals.
just proves that all you need to do is to try really hard, and
you will be closer to achieving what you want to.
For instance, I always thought I was way too heavy to do a
handstand (because I am rubbish in gymnastics), but just the
other day, I tried really hard and I managed to do a
perfectly good one on a trampoline!! I was amazed! So try really