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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...

Tilak and Sudhir

Tilak and Sudhir
"Guess what, Tilak!" his mother said, a week after they had moved into their new house. "I’ve discovered that one of my old friends lives nearby and her son is your classmate at school. Isn’t that nice?" "What’s his name?" Tilak asked. "I think he is Sudhir," said his mother. "Isn’t he your friend?" Tilak shook his head. "Oh! Sudhir? That chap...

Adal-Badal: The Exchange

Adal-Badal: The Exchange
It was the hour of twilight on the day of the Holi festival. A group of village boys, gathered under a neem tree, were playing, throwing dust at one another. Amrit and Isab came walking arm-in-arm and joined them. Both were wearing new clothes stitched that very day, identical in every respect: colour, size and material. The boys were in...

Divaswapna – An Educator’s Reverie

I waited eagerly for the school to begin. I was eager to take my class and start my work; eager to put my new plan into practice; eager to bring about peace and order in the class; eager to make classroom teaching interesting and win over my pupils. I felt my pulse throbbing. The bell rang. The boys entered their...

The Prasad

The Prasad
In a small village in South India lived a poor farmer. He had two children, Uma, an eight-year-old girl, and Gopal, a baby boy. When his wife died, his daughter Uma took over the responsibility of looking after her brother. A few years later the farmer also died, and the two children became orphans. Uma was very mature for her age....

My Robot Robbi

My Robot Robbi
Have you ever seen a robot? No? Meet my robot friend and philosopher, Robbi. To be precise, its name is Robbi-999XHA. You may wonder what is Robbi-999XHA. Just as cars, washing machines or xerox machines are of different models with different names, does this strange name also indicate something similar? Yes, you’re absolutely right! It is a particular domestic model of...

Bashir Leaves Home

Bashir Leaves Home
Bashir was leaving home. No one in the family understood him anyway. And he was sure no one would miss him. Not his Ammi or Abbu, nor his bhaijaan Khalid. Only his dog Chand would think of him, so to save him the pain, Bashir was taking Chand along with him. In this big wide world, there must be...

Small Business

Small Business
Shobhan ran to his father who was just leaving for work. ‘Papa! Papa!’ he called, ‘Jeetu Chacha is my best friend next to you.’ ‘He is! That is fine. What has he done?’ ‘He just phoned to say he and I are going to Delhi for one week.’ ‘Well, are you telling me or asking me?’ Said Papa laughing. ‘Both. You are my best...

Chinese Sparrows

Once there was a merchant who happened to acquire six sparrows from China. "They'll make a fine gift for my lord," thought the merchant. But knowing the lord to be very superstitious and always concerned about omens, he suspected that His Lordship might not like the number 'six'. In order to make the number a lucky 'seven', he added one...

The Chair

Once the mountain kingdom of Nepal was ruled by a liberal and kind-hearted king. He liked discussing problems of the state with important people of his kingdom. This practice made him popular and successful. In one such meeting, he noticed that no one except himself had a comfortable seat. Being kind-hearted, he was concerned. He decided to get suitable seats...

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