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October 28: Over 1400 years ago, Chinese scholar Hiuan Tsang travelled thousands of miles from his home to reach the city of Nalanda in Bihar. His objective was to study precious Buddhist manuscripts at the University of Nalanda, which was famed in those days for its library of Buddhist manuscripts. In the process, he also recorded his observations of...

Simputer: The Low-cost Computer

September 23: For all those who thought computers were expensive items and not in the list of "essential buys", think again. A new computer is here, priced at an easily affordable Rs 9,000 (about $200)! And cheaper than a colour TV. Does that grab your attention? It is called Simputer. And it's the answer to your prayers. As the name suggests,...

Follow the Leader

Chimpoo has a balloon. It is a BIG balloon! It is a BIG, RED balloon! It is a BIG, RED, ROUND balloon! Chimpoo has a LITTLE dog. His name is Chutku. Chutku loves Chimpoo. Chutku loves to PLAY with Chimpoo. There is a BIG, BLACK cat! Chutku does not like the cat! There is a TINY, GREY mouse. The BIG, BLACK...

How to Write the Right Way

September 9 : These are days of the high-tech child. A child whose grasp of the computer is phenomenal and who knows how to handle the mouse better than he can handle toys. But in this rush to be computer whizzes at age fifteen and below, kids are forgetting how to hold pens and pencils. Or, to put it simply,...

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,"...

Is Bamboo a Grass!

If you look at a blade of grass and a bamboo tree they remind you of a mouse and an elephant. But unlike those animals, the grass and the bamboo belong to the same family. They are brothers! The bamboo is the largest member of the grass family. It grows in Asia, South America and Africa. It has about 500...

The Cat and the Cartoon

The mouse in the movie came out of the hole The cat watching the TV gave a low growl There were no more mice in the house She had seen to that Cartoons are so cruel, the tabby thought Why should they make me dream of the meals I no more have?

Internet in the Jungle

Why are you looking so sad?" Ullu, the wise old owl, asked Kabbu, the white pigeon. "You too would look sad if you were going to lose your job," snapped Kabbu. Kabbu was the head of the Postal Department of their jungle Olango, which was the biggest and most prosperous jungle around. Kabbu and his fleet of 21 pigeons carried letters,...

Town Mouse and Country Mouse

A town mouse and a country mouse were cousins. Now, as it usually happens in such cases, the attire and mannerisms of the two cousins reflected where they lived. But they were fond of each other. While the town mouse was a natty-dresser, a little brisk in her movements, and always in a hurry, the country mouse was the proverbial...

The Day Everything Went Wrong

On that day everything went wrong, I fell on the ground with a "BONG"! I hurt my elbows and knees And misplaced my cupboard keys. I dreamt of a horrible ghost, At breakfast I burnt my toast. I couldn't find my tie, I couldn't find my shirt And when I did find it, it was covered in dirt! I came to know, when I heard the clock's...

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