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Go For It, Bablu!

Boy going to school. Go For It, Bablu! - A story for kids
It happened on the day school started after a heavenly two months of summer holidays. Shankar refused to wake up at 6 am. He wanted to dream more about his visit to his grandparents' home. They lived in the picturesque city of Mysore in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. He particularly wanted to remember his two trips to...

Life inside a Public Transport Vehicle

It’s interesting how people make use of the time they spend in travelling from home to office and back, in Indian cities like Delhi and Mumbai - especially if they happen to travel by public transport.In buses and trains, packed tight as sardines, people manage to catch a few extra winks and even manage to reach the snoring stage....

Who’s the Brainiest animal of Them All?

The brainiest animals are chimpanzees,
The next time someone calls you an ape or a bird brain, ask her to think again. Brain scans of animals have revealed similar patterns of electrical activity in human and animal brains, so obviously humans aren't the only smart ones around.The brainiest animals are chimpanzees, which share 99 per cent of the human deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA as...

Bunty Rabbit Runs a Race Again

Bunty Rabbit Runs a Race Again
Bunty rabbit hopped home angrily."What happened?" asked Mama Rabbit. "No school today?""Why did great-great-great-great-great grandfather lose the race against the tortoise?" shouted Bunty tearfully. "Everyone laughed at me when Ma'am Owl told us the story.""Great-great-great-great-great grandfather rabbit was a proud rabbit," said Mother Rabbit sternly. "He was always boasting and never even thought once that someone could outsmart him....

The Holiday

Hooty owl was puzzled. No one had come to the jungle school. "Maybe the little ones are late," thought the teacher. "I'll wait for a little while longer."Hooty owl did not know that her students had decided to miss school. They had started out for school but then changed their minds.``I am NOT going to school. I hate it,"...

The Jungle Contest

The Jungle Contest
"ROAR!" growled the lion. "Everyone is scared of me!""HRMPHH!" trumpeted the elephant. "Everyone is scared of me!""What about me?" purred the panther. "I, too, frighten everyone!""No one can run faster than me!" snarled the cheetah. "Everyone is scared of me!""GROWL!" growled the tiger, baring his teeth. "I dare any one to cross my path! I'll gobble them up!""HA! HA! HA!" sniggered...

What Toothpaste did the Ancients Use?

Neem twig as toothbrush
One of my earliest childhood memories of Delhi is seeing morning walkers, milkmen, or shopkeepers chewing away at the neem stick, much like a cow chewing the cud. It seemed strange that they should go to all that effort when readymade toothpaste was available.The world was divided into four kinds of people: those who used toothpaste and brush, and...

The Cloud That Refused To Cry

It was a stifling hot day in the second week of June and the animals of Jhilmil forest were miserable. The bumblebees no longer droned but sighed. A tail heavy with perspiration made Billori, the squirrel, sit sadly on a patch of dry earth, as hard as a turtle's hide.In another corner of the forest, just outside his cave,...

Is the Red Colobus monkey extinct?

Red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus kirki)
Unbelievable but true! A large West African monkey has simply vanished from the earth. It has joined the Dodo, by becoming the first primate to vanish in the 20th century. After a six-year long survey, scientists and wildlife experts have declared the monkey, known as Miss Waldron's Red Colobus monkey, extinct.Primatologists (people who study the evolution of apes and...

How Monkeys Got their Red Bottoms

How Monkeys Got their Red Bottoms
Once upon a time there was a group of twelve boys and girls who lived in a village called Dancing. After dinner everyday they would light a fire and dance.One evening a monkey came and sat in a corner. He was wearing a smart safari suit with a stylish hat. He had a banjo in his hand, with which...

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