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24 Hours on Mt. Everest? Oh, Brother!

Where: Kathmandu, NepalFebruary 16, 2009 : Three Nepalese brothers, Pemba Dorje Sherpa, Nima Gyalzen and Phurba Tenzing plan to stay on Mt. Everest for 24 hours to establish a new world record. The current record is 20 hours on the peak. Between them the brothers have made 16 ascents to the top, mostly as climbing guides. Two more...

Where Did Shoes Come From?

Where Did Shoes Come From?
Ooh, aah, ouch! People in ancient times must have yelped like this when they walked on rough ground without any shoes on. And it was probably the pain and discomfort that propelled them to cover their feet for protection.Footwear has a history which goes back many thousands of years, and has long been an article of prestige for people...

Gandhi’s School is Dying

Where: Wardha district in the western state of Maharashtra, IndiaOctober 6 : Every year, October 2 is observed as Gandhi Jayanti in India. Both children and adults look forward to this day, but not to commemorate the birth of 'the greatest Indian since the Buddha, as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has been called. It is more to enjoy the national...

Madhubani Magic of Gangadevi

Aditi De of the 'Women's Feature Service' writes about a meeting she had in the 1980s, with Gangadevi, the gifted painter of Mithila. Gangadevi is largely responsible for placing an ancient art, practiced for centuries by the women of her village, in the artistic map of the world.Face to face, Gangadevi, seemed shy at first glance. She...

King of Fruits – History of Mango!

Mango, in its original wild form, came from the forest of Assam in north-east India and Myanmar
It is a tree that is green at all times of the year. But it bears fruit in the height of summer. The hotter it is, the sweeter it becomes. And, it seems we humans cannot have enough of this juicy, fleshy fruit, for there are almost 1000 varieties of this king of fruits around the world to please...

The Boy and the Magic Brush

A folktale from Myanmar, it will acquaint readers with a new word called 'Nat'. Nats are spirits, good or bad, and they are believed to have supernatural powers. The Buddhists believe that everybody goes through the cycle of life, death and rebirth - all determined by the person's 'karma' or deeds. Being a Nat is just one of the...

Banaras The Eternal City

Banaras The Eternal City
City of many names, Banaras as it is most commonly called, was officially renamed in 1956 as Varanasi, a name from antiquity. It was first known as Kashi, the city of light, when it was the capital of the kingdom of the same name about 500 BC.For over 2000 years, Banaras the eternal city has been the religious capital...

Children’s Museum says no to Dolls, Yes to e-games

June 17: For many years, the Nehru Children's Museum in Calcutta, has been a popular place for children and adults. It has a huge collection of rare Indian and foreign toys. Many of them are handmade and depict characters from the epics of Mahabharata, the Ramayana, or the Jataka tales (or tales of the Buddha). It has toys from...

Buddha Purnima

The festival of Budh Purnima
Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists, and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Every festival has its own rituals which provide an insight into the lives and beliefs, customs and culture of the people observing them.One may well ask why is Buddha Purnima observed only by...

Tawara Toda

In Japan, in 365 AD, the Yamato Empire flourished, gaining strength and fame with each passing year. The emperor Nintoku was a fierce warrior well-known for his conquests.In Nintoku’s army, there was a soldier named Tawara Toda. He was a poor and simple villager who was devoted to his land and emperor even though he was considered the joke...

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