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It All Began with Drip Drip

A tiger was caught in a storm, he had wandered into the fields looking for something to eat. He huddled close to the wall of Naini’s hut for shelter. Naini was an ill-tempered old woman who lived on the outskirts of the village. She was feeling especially ill-tempered that day, because her roof leaked badly."This drip-drip!" she muttered, pushing...

Best Day of the Term

As I sat down to work out a page of sums on the first school day of 2001, I couldn't help but think of that lovely day, the best day of the term, just three weeks ago."Surbhi, give me your number! Hey, Aradhana! Wait for me, will you? Seen the ice cream man?"It was the last day of school...

Basket-making in India

Weaving of baskets in India is an art as ancient as the making of pottery. Even the nomadic food gathering cultures wove reeds together to prepare baskets. Later, different materials and cultures developed a variety of basketry for domestic use, as well as for ritual purposes. They developed special patterns based on local traditions and techniques.Baskets as we know...

A Roaring Shame

A Roaring Shame
Once upon a jungle In a land not far awayThere was an awful bungle In a den where lions lay. There were two mighty lions... I’ve made a mistake there... One was a mighty lioness, Now, that’s being right and fair.These two awesome beasties Were parents fond and proud Of a litter of loitering lion cubs That called out clear and loud.The lion cubs, they grew on, And soon they...

Joy of Making Indian Toys

Introduction The best thing a child can do with a toy is to break it. The next best thing is to make it. This book is about toys which children can make and break freely. The low cost or rather no-cost toys documented in the book are the everyday playthings of millions of Indian children, past and present.Strictly speaking, most...

The Mango Charm

The Mango Charm
A wandering youth once met Bholu, an illiterate villager, who knew how to perform a miracle. Everyday Bholu would go into the forest, stand under a mango tree and utter a charm. The tree would immediately become heavy with fruit. The next moment the mangoes would ripen and then they would fall to the ground. Bholu would collect them,...

The Wise Doves

The Wise Doves
Once upon a time, there lived many doves in the jungle. One day they went out in search of food. They flew long distances but did not get anything to eat. All of them were now completely exhausted.A young dove asked the King Dove, "Your majesty, please permit us to take some rest."The king replied, "Have courage, my dear...

Toy Gang

Nina got down from the school bus and looked around. Sarala was nowhere to be seen. She was surprised. This had never happened before. Sarala would always be standing at the bus stop waiting for Nina. The moment she saw Nina she would rush forward, give her a big hug, take the school bag in one hand and grasping...

The Wheel

The wheel is perhaps man’s greatest invention. Simple as it seems, it is the very basis of movement. The cart, the cycle, the motor-car and the railway train move on wheels. Even aircraft which fly thousands of kilometres through the air need wheels for taking-off and landing. It is not only for transport that the wheel is vital. Machines...

War Drum

Mukabla, the Jackal was very sad. He had not eaten for many days. He had travelled all over the jungle searching for food, but with no luck. Now, he was hungry and tired too.It was a hot afternoon, so Mukabla decided to rest under a tree. The tired Jackal immediately fell asleep. Soon it was dark.Suddenly, Mukabla was woken...

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