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Children’s Theatre of the World

August 5: At this very moment in Japan, a city called Toyama is hosting a very interesting event -- the 6th World Festival of Children's Theatre. The purpose of this year's theatre festival is to encourage children of the future to create a new theatre. Through which they will foster new values and a new culture for themselves and others...

Why were the 1904 Olympics Such a Disaster?

The 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney were a millennium extravaganza unparalelled in the history of the Games. Techno-wizardry was at its best and the spectacular pageantry and the actual Games thrilled millions of viewers worldwide. Hosting the Games is big business. What the host country spends is trifling compared to the amount of money it receives by way of advertising...

Which Film Stars were Inventors Too?

Most movie fans have seen or at least heard of Hollywood legends Hedy Lamarr and Steve McQueen. But how many know that these two were inventors who have significantly changed our lives. Nobody? Not surprising. But it's true. Hedy Lamarr and Steve McQueen were both Hollywood stars and inventors. Hedy Lamarr thought of torpedoes guided by radio signals and Steve...

Child: Mother, today I came second in the…

Child: Mother, today I came second in the race. Mother: Very good. How many children were there? Child: Only two.

The Ride to Bondage

Chintu and Gullu were very, very excited. They were going to ride camels! Both of them worked in a fireworks factory where they made firecrackers for Diwali and other festivals. Their meagre earnings helped their families to make life worth living. Now their lives would totally change. Mr. Ali had seen to that. Mr. Ali was Chintu's father's new friend. He...

A Beautiful Ship in the Sky

In the boundless ocean of space, a beautiful ship sails serenely around the sun. Our earth – Lovelier than the moon, this fragile ship travels one hundred and sixty thousand kilometres every hour. Space is full of countless such ships. But our Earth is special. It is the only ship which carries life – the only ship with voyagers on board. Four hundred thousand different kinds...

The Black Hole of Social Weights and Measures

William James Sidis could speak five languages and read Plato in original Greek by the age of five. At eight he passed the entrance for Harvard but had to wait three years to be admitted. Even so he became Harvard’s youngest scholar and graduate in 1914 at the age of sixteen. Frequently featured in ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’,...

Take Care

Look out for the traffic! Be careful! Don't fall into the drain!" "Oh, Mum! I'm only going to the shop to buy you a loaf of bread. The way you're going on, the neighbours will think I'm cycling all the way to London! You know there's very little traffic on our quiet estate roads… and anyway, the drains are not...

The Walnut Tortoise

The tortoises are simple to make and you can have great fun playing with them. The things you need: Walnut, card sheet, pencil, eraser, scissors, glue and colours. Step 1. Break a walnut into two. Atleast one shell should be perfect.   Step 2. Put the shell, dome side up on the card sheet. Draw out the legs, mouth and tail of the tortoise.   Step...

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As day breaks, a reddish-white ball of light that we call the sun, rises. This red haze gives way to a golden-white sheen as...

Meaningful Flowers

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Summer music of the trees

I always used to think that the drive across a four kilometre stretch from my house to the main road was a pain. Actually,...

Is Tomato a Vegetable or a Fruit?

We think the tomato is a vegetable, but it is actually a fruit. Because it is not sweet and is used for providing flavour...

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...