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More fuel to the CNG fire

August 16: It's a nightmare either way. Too little, and we have thousands of autorickshaws and bus drivers in Delhi waiting for their turn to fill their fuel tanks with the new eco-friendly CNG or Compressed Natural Gas. Too much, and we have the gas pipe of a bus bursting when a careless attendant over-filled a tank at the...

Prisoners Ride on Fried Snack Success

September 30: It all began with 'bhajiya' (fritters). A few years ago, prisoners of Sabarmati jail in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, began a 'bhajiya' corner. They sold crispy 'bhajiya', a favourite snack of Gujaratis, in the shop. Predictably enough, the snack was a big draw among people. Sales touched Rs. 20,000 per day. Inspired by the runaway success of...

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The Adventurer

I am sure all families are interesting. But I like to think that my family is especially interesting. I have such great nephews and...

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...

Meaningful Flowers

When you want to convey your feelings, you say it with flowers. Do you know that humans have attached different meanings and values to...

How are Stars Named?

Till now we have only seen roads, railway stations, airports, places etc. being named after famous people. But imagine paying money to get a...

Architectural Wonders

Today when we look at our ancient structures, we cannot help but wonder how they ever got created. Though thousands of years old they...