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Gappu – The Brave

In a busy town in south India was a zoo. In it lived a hippopotamus whose name was Gappu. Gappu was a kind and gentle creature who loved children. However the children always made fun of him and this made him very sad. "See how ugly that creature is.""Yes, it has such a thick, oily skin and such a...

Who’s Who at the Zoo

"Who’s Who at the Zoo" is an amazing book of animals by Ruskin Bond. Published by National Book Trust, India.Each animal is special; none too stupid or ugly, says the author. Out of 24 animal friends talked of in the book, here are some for you.The Zoo is For YouIn an overcrowded world, where the forests and...

Buddha Purnima

The festival of Budh Purnima
Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists, and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Every festival has its own rituals which provide an insight into the lives and beliefs, customs and culture of the people observing them.One may well ask why is Buddha Purnima observed only by...

India’s first Underwater World

June 24: If you have ever visited an aquariam you would have noticed that the fish look plain bored. Their homes are not very exciting. Nor are the visitors terribly charged up. True, some aquariums are fairly well maintained, but the fact remains that they rarely attract hordes of visitors.The government of Maharashtra has suddenly woken up to the...

They Make you Swallow a Fish for a Herbal Cure

June 17: As the northwest monsoon strikes India in the first week of June, people from all parts of India, and abroad, make a beeline for Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh. They all have one thing in common: they suffer from the disease of asthma and gather in Hyderabad for a unique herbal cure. The medicine is stuffed...

India Quiz : India Quotient

This is a quiz about India. Find out some interesting things about this huge country. Every question is followed by 4 options. Click on the most appropriate answer. So just do it! START

Finding a Match for an Elephant

Where: Rome, ItalyJuly 1, 2000 : Calimero, a twenty-year-old African elephant, who has been pining for his lost love, may soon find a new love. But romance may not come easy for this lovelorn jumbo because he will have to travel across the Alps in order to find his dream girl.Calimero was brought to the Rome Zoo when...

A Soldier’s Death is a Soldier’s Death

Where: New Delhi, IndiaMay 16, 2000: Today's newspapers must have given some relief to Indian Army men. For, George Fernandes, the Defence Minister of India, has finally agreed to their demands. Their demand was that the family of every jawan, or soldier, killed in action must get the same compensation amount of Rs 1 million ($23,255) from the Government...

The Three Ms for Freedom

The Three Ms for Freedom
Chandu wait. Let's celebrate our victory," Abdul requested."I'll just be back - I must tell Baba the news. It was his training that helped me win against the New English School Giants in the Kabaddi finals," screamed Chandu. "I know, it was your stamina and speed that really worked," Abdul said, "Thanks to Baba." Chandu rushed home, "Baba, Baba! we won!...

Excerpts From ‘The world of trees’

This is a remarkable book on trees – trees which are not just ‘described’ to you in words as having branches, leaves and sweet-smelling flowers, but trees which you can actually ‘see’ as you read. Big trees, tall trees, stately trees….all come alive with the cries and activities of the numerous birds and insects living on them, the age...

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