Anamika Ragu (23A01A)

Vocal Delights 2022: Déjà Vu

Reading Time: 7 minutes

By Anamika Ragu (23A01A) and Johnathan Lim (23S03M)

Photos courtesy of Lim Yuan Ren (22S03P)

On the second Sunday of December, Raffles Chorale gave us two hours of incredible musical delights to anticipate, which have become two  hours of memorable performance we wish we could relive again.

Being Raffles Chorale’s first live comeback since 2019, dozens of Rafflesians, friends, and families of performers eagerly streamed into LT2 to get a glimpse of what they’d missed for the last three years.

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Raffles Reads: The Gate to China

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Anamika Ragu (23A01A)

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: 4/5 

One word: contention.

This is what surrounds any kind of history, especially that of global superpowers. So much of our yesteryears, nebulous and unembellished as they are, seem to exist as interpretive iterations by primary and secondary sources alike as time passes. 

Consequently, it is as if the past dares every curious mind that faces it to deconstruct this ruse of objectivity as it is dug up. It is an arduous, meticulous, and incredible process.

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Please Mind the Platform Gap: Taking H1/H2 Mathematics

Reading Time: 8 minutes

By Anamika Ragu (23A01A) and Cece Cao Chenxi (23A01E)

Ah, so you have just begun thinking about your subject combination in JC, and have chosen to start with Raffles Press articles to aid you in your research. Fret not, as we have created a detailed compendium of all the mathematical possibilities your J1 year holds.

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If: Singapore Writers Festival Preview 2022

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By Anamika Ragu (23A01A) and Raphael Niu (23A01A)

Cover image credits to Arts House Limited.

We have all at least once pondered the question: “What if?” What if you’d done things differently? What if you went back to that crossroad and chose the other path, if you’d said something else, if you knew then what you know now?

Or, to put things differently, what if we’d all had greater foresight during those first few months of 2020 — would we have been able to mitigate the pandemic’s effects? Even more emphatically for those of us mourning the loss of overseas trips, what if we were able to plan for the lifted restrictions in 2022 last year?

The theme for this year’s Singapore Writer’s Festival (SWF), celebrating its 25th anniversary, is one replete with regret and possibility: “If”. It is aptly named, as we are all standing at the intersection between our past decisions and our uncertain future.

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Lit Week’22: Roaring Back To Life

Reading Time: 7 minutes

By Anamika Ragu (23A01A) and Claire Jow (23A01B)

The Roaring Twenties was heralded by a flourishing economy and a blossoming of arts and culture in the West. It was an age of celebration, a recognition of all the strength it had taken to live through the previous (and far more tumultuous) decade. The Great War had ended, the influenza pandemic of 1918 had died down, and people were left with the desire to do one thing— live. 

About a century later, we found ourselves living that same reality, finally recovering from a global pandemic that had forced us all into isolation. Literature Week 2022, while centred around 1920s literature, also inadvertently parallelled this— our very own Roaring Twenties.

At long last, however, the fog was beginning to lift. It was once again time to celebrate the beauty of life and Literature together. And so, Lit Week began.

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