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Why do we Blink?

How many times do you blink in a minute? Weird, who knows! Well, mostly people blink around 15 times a minute (Reader's Digest - Why in the World). Blinking is an involuntary action that protects the eye. Most of our eye is enclosed in a bony socket covered with a layer of fat, which forms a protective cover. But when...

The Taziyas of Old Delhi

I was wandering in the crowded streets of Chandni Chowk, the heart of purani Dilli or Old Delhi. Until India gained independence in 1947 and a new Delhi came up, it was the 'only' Delhi. For close to 300 years, it had been the seat of Mughal power and culture, especially when it came to cuisine. And that is...

An Unforgetful Trip

The Thunderbirds - This was the name that Namrata, Pooja, Kajari, Latika, Ayesha, Moni, Geetika, Ritu, Parul and Priyanka had given to their gang of 10. Everyone in St. Anna Girls' School knew them. They were always seen together. "Guys!!!!! The list of places for the mid-term trip has been put up on the notice board," announced Namrata, who in...

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 wanted to do was sleep. But, that remained a dream since we were always packed with classes after lunch. Lazily, I dragged myself to the textile laboratory. "Today we are going to learn the technique of...

Make your Own Trophy

Whether you are playing games, organising a painting competition or giving titles to all your friends, design trophies for all occassions. The things you need: 1. Thermacol sheet 2. Plain paper 3. Adhesive 4. Colours 5: Cutter 6: Scissor 7: Colouring brushes Step 1: Take a thermacol sheet and cut it out in any shape you want to make the upper half of the trophy. Step 2: Stick a...

Instant Bunny

Fine towel material or flannel is is best for making bunny rabbits. However, you can use any cloth. Here we have used a handkerchief. The things you need: 1. Handkerchief 2. Rubber band 3. Three black and one red bindi or buttons Step 1: Take a handkerchief and start rolling it diagonally from one end. Step 2: Once completely rolled, fold into half and tie...

Decorate Bindis

Look for old bindis lying in your house and give them a new look. The things you need: 1. Plain bindis of different colours and sizes 2. Tiny beads of different colours 3. Adhesive Step 1: Since bindis are small, you will have to decorate them very carefully. Choose the beads that go with the colour of the bindi and stick them in a...

How are Stars Named?

Till now we have only seen roads, railway stations, airports, places etc. being named after famous people. But imagine paying money to get a star named after you. If that can happen, then anything is possible in this world! Well, there are organisations in different parts of the world that sell names for the stars in the sky. All you...

Jumbo Mask

The theme for your next birthday party is Jungle Book and you want to have animal masks. Do you know it is very simple to make these masks at home, from material that is easily available at home. Try it out. The things you need: 1. Paper plate 2. Chart paper 3. Scissors 4. Adhesive 5. Paints 6. Paint brush 7. Ribbon Step 1: From the chart paper cut...

Weave a Thread

This beautiful design board is perfect for your drawing room wall and extremely simple to make. The things you need: 1. Pin board 2. Small size nails 3. Hammer 4. Different coloured threads 5. Black cloth 6. pencil Step 1: Take a soft board and cover it with a black cloth. You can take any size you want. Step 2: With the help of a light coloured pencil...

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