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A Glider at the Railway Station

Where: Sarnath, India December 11, 2008 : Passengers at the Sarnath Railway Station noticed that a paper box, left abandoned near a railway track, was behaving a little oddly. They alerted the railway authorities, who found that the box carried the inscription, "It is a rare animal, please send it to the zoo". It was a Flying Lemur, a...

Summer music of the trees

I always used to think that the drive across a four kilometre stretch from my house to the main road was a pain. Actually, not all of it was a pain. The car bounced up and down a few bumpy patches the first kilometer, then zoomed across a smooth 2.5 kilometre slope before struggling in a three-legged hurdle race...

Crafts kits for kids

I live in a neighbourhood of Delhi which is full of children of all ages, shapes and sizes. In the evenings, the quiet of the place is shattered by the blood curdling cries of boys and girls let loose in the park. They play games that are certainly not for the fainthearted! Ishaan and Tarini are no different. This brother-sister...

What is Artificial Intelligence?

If you touch a hot metal object, you will yank your hand away immediately. When this happens to you the first time, the sequence of events and the result (the burning of your hand) gets stored in your brain. This is what we call an experience. When you see a hot metal object next time, you will not touch it....

Easter’s Here

Go out into the market on Easter and you cannot miss the Easter egg on the shop counter - filled with sweets and chocolates, it is irresistible. Several people also paint eggs or emboss chocolate eggs with sugar flowers to gift to friends and relatives. But what is Easter? Easter Sunday falls on the Sunday after Good Friday and on...

Seeing the City

I have a friend with whom I argue a lot. No, that seems as if I am the one who does the arguing all the time. Half the time it is he who says something ridiculous, and then we start arguing! There is one topic that we keep coming back to argue upon. I have stayed in one city all...

The Song of Hori or Happiness

Braj mein hori khelat Nandlal. Kesar rang ki keech bhai hai, Chahun or udat gulal, Nachat gopal. Braj mein hori khelat Nandlal. Baajat jhanjhar, dhol, majari aur khartal, Braj ki nari sangh hori khelat, Nachat dede taal, sakhi. Braj mein hori khelat Nandlal. (This song sung by women describes Nandlal, as young Krishna is called, playing hori with the women of Brajbhoomi - the area comprising Mathura, Vrindavan,...

A Friend in Need

It happened not very long ago. But when you're a snail, days move at snail's pace, too. So, if you were to ask our friend the snail when this happened, she'd tell you, it was y-e-ars ago... Well, to get on with our story. In the shade of a cool, damp log, snoozed a shy snail. She wasn't alone in...

Egg Carton Flowers

  There are times when you want to give a special gift to a friend or family member and want them to know that you took a great deal of trouble to make it yourself. On days when you feel like that why not try making flowers that always bring a smile to the sternest of faces! How's this for...

Here Comes Pujo!

Durga Puja is the most important festival for the people of West Bengal, the Eastern Indian state that has been home to three Nobel Laureates - Rabindranath Tagore, Amartya Sen, and Mother Teresa - as well as Oscar awardee Satyajit Ray. Durga Puja, or Pujo as it is usually referred to, ushers in a sense of well-being, with Diwali following...

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Fish That Live in the Desert

We all know that fish live in water. But, there is a kind of fish which lives in the desert. Difficult to believe? Well, there...

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...

Dress like an Egyptian

I am writing this as I am travelling in my time machine. I know how important it is to keep a diary of happenings....

Why do Plants Lean Toward Sunlight?

Plants kept inside a room always grow in the direction of the window. In woodlands where there is a thick canopy of trees and...

How do Ducks Stay in Water and not Get Wet?

When you get out of the swimming pool or bathtub, you are soaking wet. Had you been a duck, you would be swimming in...