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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...

Rediscovering a Smoke-less Diwali

Think of Diwali and firecrackers start exploding in the mind - that is how strong the association of crackers is with the festival of lights. Legend has it that on Diwali, the sound of firecrackers resounds through the universe, announcing the homecoming of Lord Rama after a long period of exile. Another legend says that people began exploding crackers to...

Colourful Streamers

A simple way to make shining, colourful streamers. The things you need: 1. Sheets of thin, coloured paper 2. Scissors Step 1: Make three folds in the paper as shown in the figure. Step 2: Make slits at regular intervals all along the length of the paper (L1) without cutting the opposite length (L2). Step 3: Now repeat the same procedure making slits from L2...

Christmas Decorations

Decorations for a Christmas tree can all be made at home, with simple, inexpensive, and easy-to-find things like threads and ribbons, sweets, old bulbs, empty matchboxes and lots of popcorn. Here are some of the things you should collect to get your tree going. 1. Christmas tree 2. Coloured paper (preferably one that shines) 3. Popcorn 4. Paints and paint brush 5. Scissors, thread,...

Glove Puppets!

Take out those old socks that have been lying in your cupboard. With these puppets you can actually hold a puppet show for your friends and family. The things you need: 1. Old sock 2. A needle and thread 3. Poster colours 4. Brush 5. Red coloured paper Step 1: Put your hand inside the sock, take hold of a part of the front of the sock...

Game of Shapes

If there is a party in your house then you can make a game yourself and play it with everyone. The things you need: 1. Coloured paper (Any two colours). 2. Adhesive. 3. Scissors. 4. White card sheet. Step 1 Take the two sheets of different colours (blue and pink). Place them on top of each other and cut out at least 15 shapes. You...

The Kite-Maker

The night was pitch dark. A street lamp shone dimly, creating pools of shadows along a tiny lane in Bareilly city. Sitting beneath the light was Imran. His nimble fingers were busy pasting thin sheets of coloured paper. He was making a kite. Even though he could barely see, he didn't fumble in his work. He could make these kites...

Decorate Eggs for Easter

Don't let this Easter pass by without enjoying an egg rolling competition. And for more fun, decorate the eggs. The things you need: 1. Paints 2. Paint brushes 3. Wool 4. Coloured paper 5. Scissors 6. Glue Step 1: Pierce the egg at one end and drain the egg white and the yolk. You will have a hollow egg shell to decorate. Step 2: Paint the egg in...

Shake a Shaker

Do you want to belt out a song, but need an instrument that will keep the rhythm and add to the effect? Why don't you try making a 'shaker' that will do the trick? Just remember, you will be making a valuable addition to the range of percussion instruments that are used for their rhythm and the texture of their...

One Act Play

Maharaja Krishna Chandra was the king of Bengal during the middle ages. It was customary for kings in those days to patronise talented people. So every king had his own court poets, artists, singers, town planners, architects. And every king had a court jester. The jester was a very important person for his ability to make people laugh and...

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