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A Royal Diet of Mangoes

 Jungle and Backyard Written by M. Krishnan Published by National Book Trust, New DelhiA thirsty, sweaty summer is here. You can see dogs with their tongues hanging out in the heat. Some of us would have done the same, but our tongues are busy tasting the king of all fruits - the mango. In fact, what makes summer bearable, is the...

The Final Glacier

A Journey to Gaumukh Written by Sheila Sharma Translated by Shama Chowdhury Illustrations by Reenie Kaur Published by National Book Trust, New DelhiExcerpts from the book:Devyani and Aditya were so tired that they could hardly keep their eyes open and at Harsil they couldn't wait to fall into bed. But Grandpa insisted that they eat some nuts and a little food first. He...

Romance of Postage Stamps

In earlier days the stamps of British Guiana were printed by a British printer, Waterlow & Sons. In 1856, the stock of stamps was exhausted but a fresh supply had failed to arrive. So the postmaster hurriedly had 4-cent stamps printed locally using the existing designs, the seal of the colony – a ship and the motto ‘Damus Petimusque...

The Flood

Where: New Delhi, IndiaEvery day, Indian newspapers carry reports that large parts of Bihar, Bengal and north-east India are flooded, causing loss to human and animal lives, and property. This happens year after year. What is the reason for these floods? An indepth report from 'Gobar Times', a children's magazine on the environment brought out by the...

Gems of Indian Literature

Excerpts from 'Books Forever' Written by Manoj Das Published by National Book Trust, New DelhiIndia's literary past is indeed great. It's a known fact that many of the parables of the Bible, the fables of Aesop of Greece, the folktales collected by the Grimm brothers of Germany and the tales retold by Hans Andersen of Denmark had their origin in India.We...

A Soldier’s Death is a Soldier’s Death

Where: New Delhi, IndiaMay 16, 2000: Today's newspapers must have given some relief to Indian Army men. For, George Fernandes, the Defence Minister of India, has finally agreed to their demands. Their demand was that the family of every jawan, or soldier, killed in action must get the same compensation amount of Rs 1 million ($23,255) from the Government...

Indians: Masters of Junk

Where: New Delhi, IndiaIn the last couple of years, in the Indian capital, Delhi, and in many other parts of the country, schoolchildren have led a very effective campaign against plastic - the material that is choking the earth.But why do we Indians store so much junk? Well known sociologist Shiv Visvanathan tells us the reason in...

Puppets on a String

June 10: Who is that mousy lady in a sari? What is the clown doing with a huge ball that looks like the sun? And what is this -- a man with the heads of two big-eyed cows in his hands? All of them look like they want to tell a story. Their story. And that's exactly what they...

AHA! Books: Arvind Gupta

An individual booklist is found to reflect the compiler’s own interests and biases. To that extent this booklist does not lay claim to any objectivity. It contains some extremely fine books on education, popular science, maths and children’s stories. Over the years, I have been actively involved in translating and popularising many of these books. At times we have...

A Teacher Remembers

Divaswapna, An Educator's Reverie
Excerpts from the book: Divaswapna, An Educator's Reverie Written by Gijubhai Badheka; Translated by Chittaranjan Pathak Published by National Book Trust, New DelhiI waited eagerly for the school to begin. I was eager to take my class and start my work; eager to put my new plan into practice; eager to bring about peace and order in the class; eager to...

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