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When Everyone Counts

March 28: Have you been counted yet? But you must have been! There's one head count that cannot afford to leave anyone out. It is the Census 2001.Census is a small Latin word meaning register. But to the people responsible for conducting it, it implies a marathon task. Census means counting each and every person in the country and...

Cruising in the Sky

December 9: You remember how plush and huge the Titanic was? It was a ship any one would want to travel in. Don't you wish travelling in an aeroplane could be made as comfortable instead of you being crammed into a place where you can't even stretch out to sleep? Well, very soon you will actually be able to...

Where Holi is the Talk of the Town

Krishna and Radha Celebrating the Holi Festival
Think of Holi and you think of two places in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh where the festival has a special status. First, the area known as Brajbhoomi comprising Mathura, Vrindavan, Govardhan, Gokul (all connected to Lord Krishna's birth, childhood and early youth) and Barsana (Radha's village). Here Holi is a robust enactment of the legends of Radha...

Holi in Fiji

March 19: Before it was Holi in India, phagua, as Holi is called by the Indo-Fijians, was already being celebrated. The Fiji Islands, in the Pacific Ocean, are six-and-a-half hours ahead of Indian time and the Indo-Fijians were already singing chautal, an oral tradition of celebration.For the community, memories of India go as far back as 120 years, when...

Camel’s Milk and Pet Registration

November 24: Hey, how about trying camel's milk instead of buffalo's or cow's milk with your porridge? Not very keen on the thought? Doesn't sound appetising?Did you know that many mothers, particularly in the rural regions of Rajasthan and Gujarat, offer camel's milk to their children? Unlike cow's milk, a camel's milk is rather salty and very thick. But...

The Friends

Two friends, Hemant and Vikas, planned to go hiking in the woods. They packed their knapsacks, lugged them over their shoulders and started out.One evening, while walking through the dense forest, they heard a bear growl. They were very scared and started to run away, but "Twick, twick", they could hear the twigs breaking with each step the bear...

Appearances are Deceptive

Appearances are Deceptive
One day Bina the ant was scurrying about in search of food. Summer was almost over and autumn was approaching. Soon it would be winter and food would be difficult to find. Bina knew it was necessary to stock as much as possible so that her ant colony could have enough to eat during the difficult months ahead.She had...

Preparing for Winter

Preparing for Winter
Autumn was coming to an end. All the insects and animals were working very hard to stock their larders with enough food to last them the winter. They all knew that winter time would be tough - it would be cold and food would be scarce. As it would get dark really soon, it would be difficult to go...

The Eagle and the Arrow

Eagle was a strange creature. He got his fun out of teasing and frightening the little birds. Even when he was not hungry, he would soar through the sky and swoop down on some unsuspecting birds and pretend to prey on them. The poor little birds would cower with fear and try to fly away.Eagle would then burst into...

The Favour

There lived a wolf called Lalu in the Himalayan forests. Lalu was very mean and selfish. He thought only about himself and none of the other animals liked him.The rest of the wolf pack also avoided meeting him. At most, they would say a polite 'Hello' and then go their own way. After all, when they were hungry, Lalu...

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