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They Don’t Listen To Us

June 8: We have all heard of adults doling out that fearful thing called a report card to children year after year to remark on their academic performance. But as the school year comes to a close in the US, the Uhlich Teen Report Card, released in Chicago, is bound to raise many eyebrows. Here adults don't give grades,...

To measure sunshine, weathermen use a Campbell…

To measure sunshine, weathermen use a Campbell Stokes sunshine recorder. This is a glass ball which concentrates sunshine on to a thick piece of card. The sunshine burns a mark on the card which shows the number of hours of sunshine in the day.

Why Father’s Day

Father's Day, contrary to what many people believe, was not established in order to help greeting card manufacturers sell more cards. It began in the US about a 100 years ago when cards were not as common as they are now. It was started by Sonara Louise Smart Dodd who lived in Spokane, Washington, in 1909. Her father, William Smart, a...

Schoolgirl: Do you think anyone can predict…

Schoolgirl: Do you think anyone can predict the future with cards?Friend: My mother can. I only have to show her my report card and she knows exactly what will happen when my dad gets home!

The Beast

Ten-year-old Preeti looked at the computer screen. She had received an email from the editor of the site Natkhat informing her that her story had been accepted for publication. The editor wanted to create Preeti's home page and had sent her a questionnaire asking her to list out her favourite things. The very first question was - who is your...

Chetak’s Descendents

September 9: Rajasthan's Maharana Pratap was a legendary warrior who fought many battles astride his favourite horse, Chetak. The beautiful Chetak was loyal, brave and extremely fast. Chetak is probably one of the few animals famous in history for their legendary qualities. Chetak belonged to a special breed of horses called Marwari or Rajasthani. These horses are known for their...

Ramu: My father wants me to have everything…

Ramu: My father wants me to have everything that he did not have when he was small. Peter: And what didn't he have? Ramu: All As in his report card.

Make a Card of Webbed Veins

The leaves of the peepal tree have a beautiful shape - they taper to a needle-point. And when these green leaves brush against each other, they constantly make a rustling sound and attract everyone's attention. Even when the leaves dry, leaving behind a webbed skeleton of veins, they look grand - grand enough to be made into greeting cards. The things...

Bookmarks

Bookmarks are very easy to make and you can make use of the things lying at your home. The things you need: 1. Old greeting card. 2. Crayons. 3. Pencil and eraser. 4. Scissors. Step 1 Take an old greeting card. On the inside, draw a carrot on it. Now cut it in the same shape. Use a greeting card that is made of thick...

The Minister who Couldn’t Add

July 22: I want to say it simple and clear: I am bad at arithmetic. In school I could not even add up my marks in the annual report card. I could never figure out figures at all. So I have a sneaking sympathy for Miroslaw Handke for what happened to him recently. He lost his job because he...

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The Birth of Christ

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Everyone knows that. Do you know the entire story of his birth? Let me narrate it in brief....

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...

Iftar: The Meal that Breaks the Fast at Ramadan

It is the month of Ramadan (Ramzan) in the Islamic calendar and, for those who believe in it, each day of the month follows...

The Scent of an Enemy

It seems the fish were always a smart lot. Only, humans took some time to realise the fact. Some years ago, scientists had discovered...

Do You Like Fruits?

Apples in the winter time Chikoos in the fall Mangoes in the summer time I like it best of all! Oranges and kinnows bright Sugar-cane so sweet Melons and the...