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How did the Pineapple get its Name?

How did the Pineapple get its Name?
What prompted people to call banana a banana and a pineapple a pineapple and not something else?Actually there is a reason behind the names given to each and every thing; be it a fruit, vegetable, an animal or inanimate objects like stars, planets, etc. However, sometimes the names are misleading, Take the example of pineapple: no it doesn't come...

Tree Rings tell many Tales

Scientists can use ‘dendrochronology’ or the study of tree time, to learn about past climates by studying the patterns of very old trees.
Examining ancient trees helps scientists get an amazing picture of Earth's life, for trees are a record of their life time. By looking closely at the rings of a tree, scientists can not only tell how old it is; they can also tell you that in one summer in 1453 and again in 1601, there were freak cold spells.Tree...

The Story-tellers

What could be a better way to get to know a country than through its folk-tales and stories? And if you love collecting stories anyway, as Madhu Gurung does, nothing could be more wonderful. Here, Madhu, presently based in Myanmar's capital, Yangon, talks about the Myanmarese duo of mother and daughter who have enlivened her days by weaving...

The Puppy that wanted to Play

Bruno, the little, brown puppy wanted to play! He needed a friend."Come play with me!" said Bruno to the white cow."No! No! No!" replied the white cow, shaking her head. "I have work to do. I have to give milk for Tinnu and Minnu. Milk for their family, too. Go away. I have WORK to do! MOOOOOOOOO!"Bruno went to the brown...

Veerappan’s Folly

In the forests of South India lived an infamous rogue called Veerappan. There was no marksman who could shoot as well. His gang was known for its acts of cruelty. Mothers would frighten their kids with tales of Veerappan and how he kidnapped naughty children.The entire gang was high on the government's wanted list, for Veerappan and his gang...

Heading For Trouble!

Dadaji (grandfather) comes visiting during summer holidays. And stays on till Diwali, which makes it half a year of fun. I'll tell you why. First, he arrives with bundles of gifts. Stuff that no one ever brings me. Homemade laddoos bumpy from fingers that shaped them, sticks of sugarcane that smell of his fields, papads rolled out in his...

Which is the Most Abundant Fruit in India?

Mango orchards cover roughly 33% of the total area under fruit cultivation in India making it abundant fruit in the country.
Did you know that in India, mango orchards cover roughly 33 percent (1.08 million hectares) of the total area under fruit cultivation? In a hectare of land you can grow thousands of trees. And each tree bears, thousands of fruit! I will leave it to you to calculate how many mangoes the country produces! It's no wonder that the...

The sportive lemur gets its name because…

The sportive lemur gets its name because, if attacked, it raises its fists like a boxer and punches its enemy. It feeds on Somy tree flowers. The tree is covered in sharp spikes but the lemur does not seem to hurt itself as it leaps from stem to stem.

Back to School

The day I joined as a teacher at P.S 18 (Public School 18) in New York was a decisive day for me. I came from a small town in Buffalo and New York really awed me. My friend, who was teaching at a nearby institute, had warned me about the big bad city and the kids at my school.They...

The Misfortunes of Kera..la

December 9: What are the images that come to mind when one hears the name - Kerala? Beaches, backwaters and… coconut trees. Rows and rows of coconut (kera) trees swaying in the breeze along the coastline, a picture perfect sight in this coastal state in South India.But this image might be in danger of disappearing. A very poor demand...

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