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His Master’s Voice

Over seventy years ago, a 15-year-old boy recorded an anthem, 'His Master's Voice'. He never recorded another song after that but the enduring appeal of the song ensured the immortality of the composer to be etched in memory forever.'His Master's Voice' went on to become an instant hit. Did the boy then go on to make a lot of...

Why Does Time Start in Greenwich?

Old sundial clock
Its six in the morning and the sun is streaming through the window of your home in Delhi. In New York, people are just packing up to go home as it is six in the evening!Nothing amazing about it. We know that the earth is round and that it revolves once in 24 hours. So while it is daytime...

Eastward Ho!

Britain wants Indian engineers to help modernise their London-Glasgow railway link, and that's a real about turn! Nearly 150 years ago, Britain was the first country to use steam locomotives.The British also built the first rail tracks in India and set up India's railway network with one purpose - they wanted to collect raw material such as cotton from...

Karl Marx

Karl Marx - German economist, philosopher, and revolutionist
German economist, philosopher, and revolutionist, Karl Marx’s writings form the basis of the body of ideas known as Marxism. As one of the most original and influential thinkers of modern times, Karl Marx produced, with the aid of Friedrich Engels, much of the theory of modern socialism and communism.Born on May 5, 1818, Marx lived in a period of...

Do Computer Games Make You Violent?

August 12: Four children aged four and five were suspended from their nursery school in New Jersey, US, for using their fingers for guns in a game of cops and robbers. The children were heard shouting 'I shot you' and 'Boom, boom' during break time."It may be just a game …but it can be taken differently by other children,"...

Boys’ cancer unites warring people

August 5: Thirteen-year-old Kemal Saracoglu does not have much longer to live. He suffers from leukaemia or what is commonly known as blood cancer, usually a fatal disease. There had been a brief moment of hope when it was thought that his life could be lengthened, if not saved. That moment passed as the British doctors looking after Kemal...

Rats

Excerpts from  'Rats'. First published by Vigyan Prasar, IndiaNow at this time there was a great plague of rats in the London Docks. They were specially fierce rats, whose ancestors had come on steamers from Hong Kong along with tea and ginger and silk and rice. These rats ate all sorts of food which are brought to London in...

Peru’s Barefoot Librarians

Twelve year-old Leonardo Herrera had never seen a book in his life although he knew how to read. He and his friends used to carve letters and numbers on cactus leaves after seeing their teacher do the same on small blackboards.He belongs to poor peasant family in Bambamarca in Peru. His family grows maize and potatoes in a place...

The Lame Groom and his English Bride

The Lame Groom and his English Bride
Kamini loved her dolls. She had three of them. Two of them were Indian and she had named them Rukmani and Ranjani, so that they rhymed with her name. Her uncle had gifted her another doll that he had brought from London, who she had named Jenny. Kamini's dolls were her babies. She brushed their teeth in the morning,...

Who Invented Traffic Lights?

Who Invented Traffic Lights?
Long before roads needed traffic lights, railways were using a system of signals to control train traffic. In the early railways, a single track was used for both up-going and down-going trains, and safety depended on spacing the arrival and departure of trains according to time intervals.These signals consisted of a ball and something that looked like a kite....

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