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Tea At The Dhaba

This story is from the book The Adventures of Rusty. Rusty is a 12-year-old boy and as you read on, you might think that he is very much a part of you! The book has two sections, and Tea at tha Dhaba is one of the stories of the second section called "Running Away".Running away from school! It is...

A Train of Villages on the Net

Most people have fond memories of train journeys, though some have unpleasant ones of being left behind at a station, while they waited for a steaming cup of tea or coffee. Many film directors, too, have been fond of shooting action-packed or emotional scenes at railway stations. The famous action scene at the end of the Hollywood Western 'High...

The Exotic Peacock

Portrait of peacock dancing with its feathers open
Come monsoons, and we immediately think about the beautiful peacock, dancing in the rain, with its luscious tail spread out behind it. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful birds in the world and a native of the Indian sub-continent, it is not surprising that the Peacock was anointed as the national bird of India in 1963.Hailing from the pheasant...

A Beautiful Ship in the Sky

A beautiful ship in the sky! Planet earth with translucent water of the oceans, atmosphere, clouds...
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...

How Does the Steam Engine Work?

A traction engine is a self-propelled steam engine
In 1804 the first steam-powered engine ran, carrying some iron in Wales, in Britain. But it was almost twenty five years later, in 1829, that George Stephenson, a British engineer, designed the "rocket" that paved the way for railways all over Europe, Asia and America.The steam engine is an example of a heat engine. Heat engines are those that...

What is a Tornado?

A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that is in contact with both the earth and the clouds.
If you ever happen to see a dark often greenish sky, wall cloud, large hail and a loud roar similar to a freight train then run to a safe place as it could be a tornado.Popularly known as twisters, tornado is derived from Spanish word ‘Tronada’ meaning thunderstorm and ‘Tornar’ meaning to turn.A tornado is defined as a violently...

The Lesson

It was on a rainy day last week that Ravi came running up to our third floor house, pretending he was a fast train. He rang the bell like it was the whistle of a steam engine. Acting as if I was loading a goods wagon, I handed him a bundle of clothes for ironing, with the usual reminder...

Far from Potty about Harry Potter

Harry Potter Series Written by J.K. Rowling Published by Scholastic Books (US) and Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)Two weeks ago, we had carried a book review by 11-year-old Sujit Thomas on J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. In his view, the Harry Potter series is far superior to Enid Blyton, or even Roald Dahl.But there are opinions and opinions on Harry Potter. We present...

What are Truffles?

Every year, between November and March, people in southern France and Italy are busy trampling the woods, sniffing the air and peering under the roots of elm and oak trees looking for truffles. Truffles? Hey, its no trifling matter - there are organisations in France and Italy which let you take part in truffle hunts!Truffles are a rare and...

From Prisoners to Teachers

July 1: Life in a prison can be quite depressing. Where prisoners are kept away from their near and dear ones. But now things in Delhi's Tihar Jail are changing. The prison authorities have decided to bring about some light into the lives of the prisoners.True, the prisoners are here because of crimes they have committed. But, if something...

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