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The Gift of Wonder

Eleven years ago, under the sequinned sky on a warm summer day, on the roof of his palatial home in the town of Vrindaban, my grandfather introduced me to wonder. As I lay on a mattress surrounded members of the family, my grandfather or “Nana” as I used to call him, asked me to look at the sky and...

Which Insects Live the Longest?

Take a look around. Which insects do you see? A fly sitting on your computer screen, a mosquito buzzing in your ear just as you drop off to sleep, a butterfly flitting about in the garden outside, or how about the ants that made off with the remains of a dead moth? Most of the insects we see around us...

Why do Doctors Examine the Pulse?

If you place the first three fingers of your hand on the inside of your wrist, a dull throbbing reverberates through your hand. Da-dub, da-dub, da-dub. Very reassuring, these gentle thuds, that remind us that our bodies are kicking along, and that, at least at last touch, we're alive and well. By pulse we mean the regular throbbing of arteries...

Makar Sankranti

The colourful kite-flying festival of Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan, which falls on January 14 each year, marks the end of a long winter and the return of the sun to the northern hemisphere. Hence the name Uttarayan. According to Hindu astronomy, it is on this holiest day in the Hindu calendar, that the sun enters the zodiac of Makara or...

What is Physiotherapy?

If you've ever been laid up in bed because of a broken leg, or with an arm in a cast, you'll know how limp that limb feels when it is finally out of bandages. That's because the muscles in that particular part of the body have not been used for so long that they've 'forgotten' how to function. They...

R.K. Narayan

Nearly 70 years ago, India's greatest living writer in English, took out a brand new exercise book and wrote in it: "It was Monday morning." With those four words, Rasipuram Krishnaswamy Narayan (just R.K. Narayan to most) took off on a journey to that oddly populated fictional continent called Malgudi, with the young boy Swami and his eclectic mix of...

Underground Rivers

From ancient times, people have settled down along the banks of rivers, since they provide water to drink, to irrigate their fields, and to use as waterways to go from one place to another. But hidden away, below the earth, are rivers that we rarely see, until they surface near the sea, or when they merge with another river. Some...

Why are Human Voices Different?

Imagine a scenario. A criminal is being tried in court. He denies saying something. The prosecution brings a recording, saying they have his confession on tape. As the accused vigorously denies the voice being his, an expert shows just why the voice could be no one else's. A fictional scene? Perhaps, but it is a reality that no two persons...

Stage Surprises – A Party Game

Here’s a great game when you have several kids around. Whether it's two children at home or ten at a birthday party, Stage Surprises is great fun. Write the names of animals or objects on slips of paper. Put the slips in a shoe box. Place the shoe box in the centre, with the children seated around in a circle....

Rainbow Flowers

Here’s a great way to see where all that water in your vase actually goes. Items required: You’ll need a jug of water, four clean glasses, four different coloured inks or food dyes, scissors & white flowers (carnations work out very well, try tuberoses too.) What to do: Pour one inch (about half a finger high) of food colouring/ink into each glass (Each...

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Raju and Savitri lived in Tanjore in the state of Tamil Nadu. Raju worked in the rice fields of a local landlord or zamindar...

Batik: Ancient Art of Painting in Wax

A routine college day. We had to go for textile practicals after lunch. Going for any class post lunch was a pain. All we...

The Adventurer

I am sure all families are interesting. But I like to think that my family is especially interesting. I have such great nephews and...

Where Did Numerals Originate?

We deal with numbers all the time. Not just while doing math lessons at school, but also while counting money at the shop, memorising...

Babolito

Mohanty ma'am was teaching the class five students of Arya Wonderland about similes. "As beautiful as?" she asked, looking at the students. "The rose, the Taj...