My Unskooled Year

Notion Press
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Are grades everything? Is it fair to predict a youngster's future plainly based on some numbers? There's more to life than textbooks, and My Unskooled Year chronicles just that. The book presents a refreshing perspective of reality from the eyes of Sagarikka Sivakumar, an average student, who took a year off after her tenth standard to tread the path less taken. Follow this 15-year-old, as she invests in Stocks, goes door to door to sell products, interns with organizations in the hospitality and social sectors, hikes across mountains, makes documentaries and also studies among doing other things! It is one thing to profess and another to walk the talk. This book shares the story of many of us who have secretly aspired to, but have not dared to.
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Sagarikka, the daughter of Savitri and Sivakumar, discovered her passion for acting when her team won an interschool theatre competition conducted by Alchemy Theatre for Kids, Chennai. She is also the winner of a District-level Rangoli competition, Western dance competitions and a few school-level oratory contests; she feels that her biggest achievement was winning the Rotary Youth Leadership Award – District 3000, in 2013. The young sports enthusiast has actively taken part in athletics, football and basketball tournaments and enjoys swimming and playing badminton. During her break from school for a year, she donned the hats of a trekker, a blogger, a documentary filmmaker, an investor, an app developer and an avid reader with ease. She also uncovered her passion for playing the violin and singing. Sagarikka is now learning Math and Science with great zeal. She believes that students should concentrate on concepts and enjoy the process of learning rather than just scoring marks. She doesn’t plan the future as she wants to live in the moment and further her interests in Robotics, Mathematics, Science, writing, Politics, Business, Investments, Oration, App development, fitness training, Digital Marketing, Organic Farming, Mountaineering and film Direction/Production. Her friends know her as a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky girl, who enjoys living in the moment, tapping her feet to music and dancing to Bollywood songs.
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Notion Press
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Published on
Oct 17, 2016
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Pages
196
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ISBN
9781946048806
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Adventurers & Explorers
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This content is DRM free.
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From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Band of Brothers and D-Day, the definitive book on Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time.

In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a vivid backdrop for the expedition. Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years. Next comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson’s. There are numerous Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition, along with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur traders of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and many more leading political, scientific, and military figures of the turn of the century.

High adventure, high politics, suspense, drama, and diplomacy combine with high romance and personal tragedy to make this outstanding work of scholarship as readable as a novel.
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