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Street Cricket in Calcutta: Out, Caught!

July 1: Calcutta. A city without playgrounds. But still, a city that has learnt to have fun with what there is - the streets. And street or 'para' cricket is one of those inventions. Cricket during the day, under the sun, and cricket under streetlights and floodlights once the sun is down. Cricket played to the cheers of the...

Something Special

The children were very excited about it. Early in the morning they woke up to the bird songs. Before the sun’s rays could peep in through the treetops they were ready in the jeep. This was their first visit to the jungle with their parents and the guide who knew the jungle well.Welcome to the National Park said the...

So Many Monkeys!

They are an amazing lot, they really are! They are absolute monkeys!The Squirrel Monkey has a long and slender tail. The tail serves many purposes. It helps the animal to keep its balance when it monkeys around, I mean, jumps from branch to branch. It also acts like a blanket during the night for, the monkey wraps itself cozily in...

Why do Beavers Build Dams?

Picture a giant rat with a flat tail and webbed feet. That's what the beaver looks like.There are two kinds of beavers: the American and the European. The European beaver, found in Norway, Poland, Germany and France, lives in burrows.But the American beaver builds a dam across a stream or lake to construct his home or lodge. The lodges...

Myths & Legends Related to Eclipses

Since time immemorial, eclipses have been interpreted in various ways by different communities all over the world, reflecting many a time the working philosophy of the religious denominations they belong to. The lunar and solar eclipses have, by and large, been held to bring in their wake calamities like epidemics, wars etc. It has been a common practice to...

The Horse’s Revenge

The Horse's Revenge
Once upon a time a horse and a buffalo lived in a beautiful meadow up in the mountains. There was plenty of grass to eat and water to drink, and the two had become good friends. But one year, there was no rain. The meadow stream dried up and the grass turned brown. Soon the horse and buffalo found themselves...

The Fairy Doll

Not that!" screamed Sheila. "Yes not her!" repeated Anna. "She will stay with us." Sheila snatched Matilda from her maid and they ran to their room.In case you are wondering what I am talking about or who is Matilda? Well, Matilda is Sheila and Anna's favorite doll and the children, along with the maid, were sorting out their old...

Why are Eggs Oval?

Have you ever climbed a tree and peeked into the nest of a crow or a sparrow? Or looked into that flowerpot where the noisy pigeon decided to lay its eggs? The sight of a mother hen sitting on a bunch of fresh white eggs is great, though most of us see them only when they land on the...

Mushir and the Magic Rickshaw

This story took place many years ago... not in a kingdom, not in a village, but in a small town called Kalpanagar. This is not a story of a prince, nor a farmer, but of a young school boy named Mushir, who, quite to his surprise, became a very special person for the townsfolk of Kalpanagar.Now we listen to...

The Grateful One

Appa, how did you become a Police Inspector?" Kartik asked his father. The two of them were sitting in their little garden on a lazy Sunday afternoon."Before I tell you that let me tell you a story," his father said."Please Appa make it a long one. Your stories are always very short.""Okay son, now listen. This is a tale...

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