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Ralegan: The story of a rural dream come true

Social activist and Gandhian Mr Anna Hazare.
Ralegan is a small village with a total population of around 2,300. It has developed by leaps and bounds in a period of 20 years. The five principles adopted by this village are nashabandhi (non-addiction), nasbandhi, charbandhi, khurabandhi and shramadan. This village has attained worldwide recognition. During the 70’s, Ralegan was beset with a number of problems. Since it is...

Magic of Kondapalli Toys

Wooden toys
Did you know that animals, birds, reptiles and humans learn the lessons of life through play? Any object can be used as a toy. Lion cubs even play with their parent's tail! Human children play with objects of daily life, like spoons and cardboard boxes. But toys remain the favourite playthings of most children. In India, the oldest toys...

Here Comes Pujo!

Durga Puja is the most important festival for the people of West Bengal, the Eastern Indian state that has been home to three Nobel Laureates - Rabindranath Tagore, Amartya Sen, and Mother Teresa - as well as Oscar awardee Satyajit Ray. Durga Puja, or Pujo as it is usually referred to, ushers in a sense of well-being, with Diwali following...

Why are Zebras Striped?

Why are Zebras Striped?
As a child I was always full of questions. I remember asking my parents why zebras were striped or why did giraffes have such a long neck. Most of the time the answers were elusive and I used to be very irritated. I could never get the right answer to satisfy my curiosity. I now realize why my parents...

Chakram

All the animals: Charm - A story for kids
Chakram was a happy-go-lucky donkey who lived in the Rumpum Jungle. In the brains department he was sadly lacking, even as donkeys go. But on the scale of contentment he rated very high. He was a happy, carefree sort of fellow who wanted nothing but tender grass to chew on and the shade of a leafy tree under which to...

The Story of Diwali

Deepavali or Diwali as it has come to be known as, means many things to many people. It means holidays from school, shopping expeditions for clothes, sweets, gifts and crackers to children. To the office-goer it means an annual bonus that can make all this happen. To the businessman Diwali means brisk business just as to the clay potter, Diwali...

The Truth about Zoos

A group of wild animals
Last week we carried a piece about the relevance of zoos as the last refuge of endangered species. But in India it appears that zoos should be the last place for animals of any sort, let alone the endangered variety. It is no secret that most Indian zoos are in a bad state. Although zoos claim to educate people and...

The Holiday

Hooty owl was puzzled. No one had come to the jungle school. "Maybe the little ones are late," thought the teacher. "I'll wait for a little while longer." Hooty owl did not know that her students had decided to miss school. They had started out for school but then changed their minds. ``I am NOT going to school. I hate it,"...

The Jungle Contest

The Jungle Contest
"ROAR!" growled the lion. "Everyone is scared of me!" "HRMPHH!" trumpeted the elephant. "Everyone is scared of me!" "What about me?" purred the panther. "I, too, frighten everyone!" "No one can run faster than me!" snarled the cheetah. "Everyone is scared of me!" "GROWL!" growled the tiger, baring his teeth. "I dare any one to cross my path! I'll gobble them up!" "HA! HA! HA!" sniggered...

The Cloud That Refused To Cry

It was a stifling hot day in the second week of June and the animals of Jhilmil forest were miserable. The bumblebees no longer droned but sighed. A tail heavy with perspiration made Billori, the squirrel, sit sadly on a patch of dry earth, as hard as a turtle's hide. In another corner of the forest, just outside his cave,...

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