Features for Kids

Feature stories for kids that focus on on unusual and interesting write-ups on the world we live in. About its customs, ways of life, about cinema, sport, champions, rare feats and artists. Cool reading for kids.

Life inside a Public Transport Vehicle

It’s interesting how people make use of the time they spend in travelling from home to office and back, in Indian cities like Delhi and Mumbai - especially if they happen to travel by public transport.In buses and trains, packed tight as sardines, people...

Champion of a 2300-year-old game

It was a lazy summer afternoon, and the buffaloes had gone to sleep in the village pond, at Hassangarh, in Haryana. They had been given a vigorous rub by little Bhola and his gang of four, ranging from six to 10. All they wanted...

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,...

The Shoe-shine Women

Ludhiana, the industrial capital of the state of Punjab in northern India, is like any other prosperous Indian city but for one interesting difference. Its cobblers are largely women.A trip to the inter-state bus stand, outside the railway station, at roadside corners, in the...

Many Ramayanas

Once, Aristotle, the famous ancient Greek philosopher, asked an old carpenter how long he had used his knife. Thirty years, the carpenter replied. He had changed a blade a few times and the handle a few times, but the knife was the same, added...

Rabi, the Budding Poet

When Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his poems in Gitanjali , he was the first Asian to be so honoured. We've seen pictures of him with his flowing grey beard and smiling eyes, clad in a long saffron...

A Train Journey beyond Childhood

The year was 1938, and the fear of war was looming before Europe. Hitler's Nazi Germany was becoming more and more arrogant, with its fearful philosophy of the superiority of their (Aryan) race and the inferiority of the impure Jewish race, which made them...

Francoise’s Dolls

"I did not see the face of my child: I passed into unconsciousness after her birth. My neighbours told me she was beautiful. My mother and the nurse buried her alive. I did not even hear her cry."A doll depicts a girl child and...

Dancing to Glory

It was a children's dance-drama festival with a difference. At New Delhi's LTG Auditorium recently, a group of 'disabled' children left the audience spellbound with their natural, joyful performances. Some of the children could not hear, others could not see or had difficulty walking....

Instrument with a Human Tone

A family of musicians in the city of Mysore, in Karnataka, has a unique family heirloom -- a beautiful 300-year-old veena. The veena is India's most ancient Indian stringed instrument.The veena is a poly chord instrument, that is, it is made of several strings....

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