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The Girl who Squeezed a Peacock

Last year, a strange thing happened at a zoo in Beijing, China's capital. When the day started, no one had any idea of what would happen some time later. As usual, there were many visitors to the zoo, especially children.All of a sudden, a six-year-old girl caught hold of a peacock and squeezed it hard. She said she would...

Rats

Excerpts from  'Rats'. First published by Vigyan Prasar, IndiaNow at this time there was a great plague of rats in the London Docks. They were specially fierce rats, whose ancestors had come on steamers from Hong Kong along with tea and ginger and silk and rice. These rats ate all sorts of food which are brought to London in...

Peru’s Barefoot Librarians

Twelve year-old Leonardo Herrera had never seen a book in his life although he knew how to read. He and his friends used to carve letters and numbers on cactus leaves after seeing their teacher do the same on small blackboards.He belongs to poor peasant family in Bambamarca in Peru. His family grows maize and potatoes in a place...

Where did the Yo-Yo Originate?

Where did the Yo-Yo originate?
Yo! Man! Know where the yo-yo comes from? No, I am not asking you to name the local toy store. Sorry, let me rephrase it. Gimme its history, guys. You thought the yo-yo was created by Donald Duncan, huh? Forget it! The yo-yo is nearly a millennium old!So, it wasn't called the yo-yo then. But for want of a...

Modesty Pays

There once lived a proud driver in Qi, a state in China. He was the driver of the Prime Minister of the state. One day the Prime Minister happened to drive through the street where the driver lived with his wife. Some neighbour's saw him drive the Prime Minister and were excited.One of the neighbours ran to the driver's...

The Colour of China is Red — Henna Red

July 31: Madonna, the international pop star, was among the first to use henna as an international fashion. But young people around the world are using more and more of it to beautify their bodies or their hair. And now even the Chinese have adopted it in a big way.Call it henna or call it 'mehndi', that coffee-coloured extract...

A Salty Life

It is one of the most common scenes in Bollywood films. There has been a jewel robbery in the house of a rich man. He comes walking down a long staircase and asks all the servants to gather. Then his eyes fall on the oldest servant. The servant falls on his knees and says Sarkar aapka namak khaaya...

‘Panda Seeks Mama Dog’

August 19: How does the idea of taking your pet dog for a visit to the zoo strike you? Well, dogs in Beijing, China, got to do just that. They were taken to meet their distant cousins in the city's zoo -- all for a cause. The Beijing zoo recently gave a red carpet welcome to pet lovers who...

Chinese Sparrows

Once there was a merchant who happened to acquire six sparrows from China."They'll make a fine gift for my lord," thought the merchant. But knowing the lord to be very superstitious and always concerned about omens, he suspected that His Lordship might not like the number 'six'. In order to make the number a lucky 'seven', he added one...

Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh, leader of the Vietnam revolutionary nationalist party of Indo-China, which struggled for independence from France during and after the second world war, was born Nguyen Sinh Cung on May 19, 1890 in a village in central Vietnam. The French through a puppet emperor indirectly ruled the area during that time. Inheriting his father’s rebellious bent, Ho...

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