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Is Bamboo a Grass!

Is bamboo a grass?
If you look at a blade of grass and a bamboo tree they remind you of a mouse and an elephant. But unlike those animals, the grass and the bamboo belong to the same family. They are brothers! The bamboo is the largest member of the grass family.It grows in Asia, South America and Africa. It has about 500...

Candle Stand

This candle stand is simple and it can be made by children as young as four years.The things you need:1. A few earthen lamps 2. Glitter 3. Transparent adhesiveStep 1: Spread a newspaper sheet and keep the glitter and lamps on it.Step 2: Put some adhesive on the earthen lamp and sprinkle the glitter on it.You can make different patterns and...

Oh, Summer!

Oh, Summer!
Summer can be killing but it can also be fun the trick is to stay cool despite the hot, hot sun.Think of iced lemonade in a pitcher cold ice-creams and kulfis of the fruit salads mother makes with melons, bananas and berries.Summer is sultry hot days and sudden evening showers when the night air is sweetened with the fragrance of jasmine flowers.Summer's the time to catch up with...

The Prasad

The Prasad
In a small village in South India lived a poor farmer. He had two children, Uma, an eight-year-old girl, and Gopal, a baby boy.When his wife died, his daughter Uma took over the responsibility of looking after her brother. A few years later the farmer also died, and the two children became orphans.Uma was very mature for her age....

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...

Why are Moths Attracted to Light?

A beautiful Luna Moth (Actias luna) on purple clematis flowers.
Have you seen moths zoom into a flame and die? It looks as if they are pulled by some unseen force.It is an unseen force that attracts the moth -- the ultraviolent light in the flame, which is invisible to humans. The moth finds it irresistible. It is driven to the light by its mating instinct.Ultraviolet vision helps moths...

The Three Butterflies

The Three Butterflies
Neeli, Peeli and Lali were three brothers. And they were butterflies. The most handsome butterflies in all the land, and best friends, too. Their mother, Rangberangi, had taught them all they knew. She told them many things, "But", she said, "the most important thing of all to remember is that you must always depend on and support each other....

The Best Storyteller in the World

The Best Storyteller in the World
Bajai," as we called grandmother, was the best storyteller in the world. Her tales of jewelled ladies and brave warriors, of civilisations that ended due to famine, floods, war or volcanic eruptions, filled our young lives with fantasy.Nestling in the foothills of Mussoorie is a tiny village called Johri Gaun (Johri village) where we spent part of our summer...

Excerpts from ‘A Parcel for the Postmaster’

Dak Babu had first come to Panarsa on transfer several years earlier. He had liked it so much that he stayed on. For the town he came from was noisy and crowded and he was never really happy in that hustle-bustle. In Panarsa there was perfect peace; it seemed as if the mountains which enclosed the little valley had...

Why do Flies have Compound Eyes?

A macro portrait of the compound eye of a fly
Just like a man woos the woman he loves, takes her to nice restaurants, buys her presents, and courts her to impress her before marriage, animals too choose their mates through courtship.Since animals cannot do all these, they do it differently. Some animals put up a colourful display, while others give little gifts to their beloved - a choice...

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