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A school for budding politicians

August 1: The 'Netagiri Vidyalaya' (Leadership School) in Ranchi gives the impression of being one of those 'dingy-lane' institutes that spring up like mushrooms during rains. What could a school situated in such premises possibly teach its students, you wonder. Apparently a lot, says a report in the India Today magazine. As the name suggests, the recently...

Bhagat Singh

March 23 is the death anniversary of one of the most heroic figures of the Indian freedom movement. Few people remembered it, though. Forget the rest of India, even the children of the village where he was born, do not know anything about him. And to think that the young man in question, Bhagat Singh, gave up his life for...

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Go For It, Bablu!

It happened on the day school started after a heavenly two months of summer holidays. Shankar refused to wake up at 6 am. He...

Where is Manbhavan?

"Where's Manbhavan?" Nitya cried. Her pudgy face showed great surprise. "Where is Manbhavan?" repeated Bhavna, peering into Nitya's cupboard. The cardboard box in which he...

Long bony fingers

Somu loved to read ghost stories. Every time he paid a visit to the library, he got back a teeth-chattering horror tale. It was...

What is Ham Radio?

Consider this, your state has been hit by a cyclone with wind speeds measuring 300 kilometres per hour. All modern means of communication -...

Schoolboy’s Diary – 4000 years ago

When I was in the fourth standard, I got my first real diary as a present from a cousin. It made me feel very...