Non Fiction for Kids

Non Fiction for Kids

Features and articles for kids on festivals, customs, traditions, art, craft, cultures, ways of life, history, cinema, sport, champions, rare feats, artists, education, thinkers and much more. This is a virtual magazine of features for kids focuses on unusual and interesting write-ups on the world we live in.

Crafts kits for kids

Crafts kits for kids: Butterfly in the garden
I live in a neighbourhood of Delhi which is full of children of all ages, shapes and sizes. In the evenings, the quiet of the place is shattered by the blood curdling cries of boys and girls let loose in the park. They play games that are certainly not for the fainthearted! Ishaan and Tarini are no different. This brother-sister...

Programmed to learn

Computer Hardware Quiz
Two boys and two girls. They were to be found at one of the busiest traffic signals in south Delhi. The boys were about five or six years of age. The girls looked older, about eight or nine. As the traffic zipped along on the road, the four of them would play their own games on the divider. As...

The Day Mother raised the Flag

Indian flag fluttering in the wind
On August 15, at the stroke of midnight, the Indian flag replaced the Union Jack of the British Empire. And millions of Indians went to sleep in a state of excitement. For, they would literally wake up in a free country. Among them was a five-year-old girl called Amrita Rangasami. She lived with four siblings and a young widowed...

The Boy Who Could Do Nothing Right!

Portrait of a child performing yoga asana
Do you know of anyone who stumbles on a flat stretch of road, or walks into chairs and tables all the time? I knew one such boy. His name was Tarun. I met him in the hill retreat of Shimla in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. I had gone there for a holiday some time ago. For...

Dad and the Dog

Man walking dog
If you happen to come across a man talking to a large, brown dog, carrying on a realtime, honest-to-god, heart-to-heart conversation, although the dog doesn't appear to be saying very much, what would you think? Is the guy a candidate for the nut factory, has he lost what little was left of his mind, or is he just another...

The Greek Barber

Portrait of a couple dressed in old greek style
I wonder what others think of when they hear a mention of Greece. I think of the first Olympics and I think of the poison Socrates the philosopher was forced to drink. But I want to see something different today. Athens, here I come! My machine says we have reached the Athens of 2005 years ago (5th century BC). I...

Aristotle can’t remain Ignorant!

Aristotle the great greek philosopher
The Greeks were a passionately curious lot. When Alexander the Great set off in 334 BC on the famous expedition that took him over the Hindukush into Tashkent and Kashmir, he was accompanied not only by navigators, guides and surveyors, but historians and philosophers as well. Alexander had been taught by the philosopher Aristotle, and we are told that he...

Roman Holiday

Suitcase - checked. Diary - checked. I am writing my last lines before I take off in the time machine. Time machine - checked! This time it's going to ancient Rome at the height of its empire. Only this morning I read somewhere that when in Rome, do as the Romans do. If you want to accompany me, sit...

When Grandma challenged British Rule

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi salt march
Whenever I go to my ancestral home in Nainital, I never forget to brush my hand across an engraved name-plate and feel the name on it. The name belongs to my great grandfather who used to work for the British Empire. For his loyalty, he was rewarded with the title of 'Rai Saheb'. Having worked with the British for years,...

From Heaven To Hell

A post nuclear apocalyptic scenario
Kaz Suyeishi will never forget the quiet peace of the cloudless August morning in 1945. The 18-year-old was in the front garden of her home in Hiroshima. She was chatting with a friend, when a gleam of silver in the sky caught her attention. "It looked like an angel," she said. "It was the most beautiful airplane. It looked...