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Basket-making in India

Weaving of baskets in India is an art as ancient as the making of pottery. Even the nomadic food gathering cultures wove reeds together to prepare baskets. Later, different materials and cultures developed a variety of basketry for domestic use, as well as for ritual purposes. They developed special patterns based on local traditions and techniques.Baskets as we know...

In a Minute

There's a flower found in the jungles of Africa that changes its colour seven times in one minute! It is known as the 'Rainbow' by the people there.Light travels a distance of 18,00,00,000 kilometres in one minute, which means 30,00,000 kilometres in a second!There's a fish found in the waters of the Amazon river which can gulp down 250...

How the Donkey Came To Be

Long ago when the world was brand-new, the sun rose in the sky and brought the first day. Flowers jumped up and stared, astonished. Then from every side, from under leaves and from behind rocks, creatures began to appear. To begin with, all creatures were very alike - very different from what they are now.They had no idea what...

Excerpts from ‘Everything has a History’

Haldane's books are the best for communicating science to a layperson. He wrote almost 300 brilliant articles on popular science for ordinary workers, many of which were later collated into books such as 'Everything has a History', 'Science in Everyday Life' and 'On Being the Right Size'. Here are two chapters from 'Everything has a History'.How Bees Communicate:Eight...

A Baby Lion Learns To Roar

Once upon a time, in a faraway jungle, there lived a Papa Lion with his son, a cute and cuddly Little baby Lion. Papa Lion loved him very much. But he was also very worried. The baby Lion had still not learnt to roar. For that matter he could not even growl.One day Papa Lion decided to appoint a...

Chiku’s Birthday

It was little Chiku’s third birthday. So Akki the ant bought a balloon Blue as the sky, Round as the moon.But who is Chiku? He is Dinku donkey’s friendly neighbour -- The creepy and crawly little caterpillar. Chiku’s grandmother and grandfather, Eeku and Meeku, Were there too -- With candles, cake, And a big cauliflower!Who were the other guests? Elephant Shakti with her fat twins -- Gablu and Bablu, And their sixteen...

Gems of Indian Literature

Excerpts from 'Books Forever' Written by Manoj Das Published by National Book Trust, New DelhiIndia's literary past is indeed great. It's a known fact that many of the parables of the Bible, the fables of Aesop of Greece, the folktales collected by the Grimm brothers of Germany and the tales retold by Hans Andersen of Denmark had their origin in India.We...

Why Do Turtles and Tortoises Live So Long?

Turtles and tortoises have been on planet Earth even before the dinosaurs. They are that old. The difference between a turtle and tortoise is that the turtle stays in water while the tortoise stays on land. But both creatures have one thing in common: they live to a ripe old age, from 120 years to almost 200 years!Some of...

Mutual Aid Societies

Everywhere in Nature the small, weak and apparently helpless manage to survive by parasitism -- sponging off hosts who may in their turn protect and help these hangers-on. Worms, ticks, fleas and various kinds of bacteria are common examples. But there are more spectacular cases among fish and other sea creatures.On riverbeds, a species of fresh water clam tosses...

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