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A Battle Well Fought

June 2: In the war against AIDS, they don't come any tougher than Xolani Nkosi, better known as Nkosi Johnson since his adoption by a white family. In his short life, he had become one of South Africa's youngest and boldest campaigners fighting for the rights of AIDS affected people to be accepted by society.At 5:40 am on June...

Take Me Back

July 6: A clueless girl stands outside her school building, looking lost among the swirling mass of uniformed school students. She is not allowed to wear the school uniform, ususally sits in the last row without a partner, her notebooks go unchecked and her name does not appear in the attendance register.Meet six-year-old Ekta, who is being punished for...

The Language of a Cat

The Language of a Cat
The poet Carl Sandburg wrote, "The fog comes in on little cat feet." So do a large number of our words and expressions. Let's think of the cats that run and leap and pounce and slink and purr and meow through the English language.There are a number of explanations for the phrase, "it's raining cats and dogs"? Cats and...

Dress like an Egyptian

Portrait of an Egyptian couple
I am writing this as I am travelling in my time machine. I know how important it is to keep a diary of happenings. The machine is making strange rattling noises, because I forgot to clean its aching joints this morning. It's an old contraption, after all. Hullo! Where am I? I thought I was visiting ancient India, but...

Long bony fingers

A boy running scared at night: Long bony fingers - A story for kids
Somu loved to read ghost stories. Every time he paid a visit to the library, he got back a teeth-chattering horror tale. It was a signal that he was getting ready to play a scary trick on his friends. He was 10 years old.His parents had learnt to recognise the signs now. The days on which the slim boy's...

Guddu’s Lucky Day

Pink envelope: Guddu's Lucky Day, a story for kids
The sun shone through Gayatri's window. It teased her eyelids open. She yawned, stretched and got out of bed - things she had done a thousand times before. For Gayatri, today began like any other day.Gayatri Verma was a bright, 12-year-old girl with sparkling eyes and dimpled smile. She was an eighth grade student in a local school, forever...

Egg Carton Flowers

 There are times when you want to give a special gift to a friend or family member and want them to know that you took a great deal of trouble to make it yourself. On days when you feel like that why not try making flowers that always bring a smile to the sternest of faces! How's this for...

The Cookie

The dining table was loaded with goodies - cake, pastries, pies, halwa, laddoo and yes, her favourite cookies. Nina wanted to eat them all. The 10-year-old stuffed a couple of cookies in her mouth but the cookies tasted a little different. No matter how hard she tried, she couldn't gulp them down.The dream broke at that point.Nina woke up...

The Frog Prince

This frog may not be a prince, but he is certainly charming! So be ready to be wooed by this jumpimg jack's charm.The things you need: 1. Paper plate 2. Green and black paint3. Brush 4. Scissors 5. Red felt paper 6. Green and white chart paper 7. GlueStep 1: Paint the paper plate green. When it's thoroughly dry, fold the plate in half.Step...

Sand Flower Vase

Have you ever seen an empty glass bottle lying in one corner of the kitchen or store room? It makes you feel like giving it a new life. Make it a flower vase and then see it take its place proudly in the house as a precious object.The things you need: 1. An empty glass bottle 2. Sand or pebbles 3. Glue 4....

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