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Mahavir Jayanti

You must have often wondered about the monks with shaven heads, a white robe and a fine muslin cloth covering their mouths and noses. They are monks who follow the Jain religion. They cover their mouths and noses to avoid any involuntary killing - even of germs. Sometimes they also carry small brooms to remove any small creature out of...

Snake People

The Snakes Around Us Written by Zai and Rom Whitaker Illustrations by Shekar Dattatri Published by National Book Trust, New Delhi This fascinating book gives us glimpses of the lives of the Irula tribals of Tamil Nadu, who are great snake catchers. The authors, who run a snake park in south India, have worked with these "snake people" for over a decade,...

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Batik: Ancient Art of Painting in Wax

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Iftar: The Meal that Breaks the Fast at Ramadan

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What is Cloning?

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