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Buddha Purnima

Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists, and is celebrated with great enthusiasm. Every festival has its own rituals which provide an insight into the lives and beliefs, customs and culture of the people observing them. One may well ask why is Buddha Purnima observed only by...

Chun Mun’s Friends

There was once a little girl called Chun Mun. She lived in a village close to the forest. Everyday Chun Mun would go into the forest and learn music from her friends there - the birds and animals. But one of her friends Chintu, the black ant, would always be very busy and would have no time for such...

Finding a Match for an Elephant

Where: Rome, Italy July 1, 2000 : Calimero, a twenty-year-old African elephant, who has been pining for his lost love, may soon find a new love. But romance may not come easy for this lovelorn jumbo because he will have to travel across the Alps in order to find his dream girl. Calimero was brought to the Rome Zoo when...

The Three Ms for Freedom

Chandu wait. Let's celebrate our victory," Abdul requested. "I'll just be back - I must tell Baba the news. It was his training that helped me win against the New English School Giants in the Kabaddi finals," screamed Chandu. "I know, it was your stamina and speed that really worked," Abdul said, "Thanks to Baba." Chandu rushed home, "Baba, Baba! we won!...

Excerpts From ‘The world of trees’

This is a remarkable book on trees – trees which are not just ‘described’ to you in words as having branches, leaves and sweet-smelling flowers, but trees which you can actually ‘see’ as you read. Big trees, tall trees, stately trees….all come alive with the cries and activities of the numerous birds and insects living on them, the age...

Don’t Throw the Seeds Away…

It makes you healthy, It gives you energy, An apple or a guava An orange or a papaya Eat a fruit everyday But don’t throw the seeds away. Here’s a simple thing you can do You could tell all your friends too! Plant the seed in the soil (It doesn’t take much time or toil) Pour a little water there A young shoot will soon appear. In time it’ll become a...

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...

Little Toys

Introduction : It is an irony of modern consumerism that junk products are packed in tough cartons. While the frail human body consumes and digests the junk, it is the environment which has to grapple and reckon with the tough, non-biodegradable waste. And, in the process, humans become sick and the environment decays. Today we can see city parks littered and...

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Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

Thinker, statesman and nationalist leader, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi not only led his own country to independence but also influenced political activists of many persuasions...

Double it up!

Raju and Savitri lived in Tanjore in the state of Tamil Nadu. Raju worked in the rice fields of a local landlord or zamindar...

Why can’t the Sun melt Snow?

There are some things in nature that have a great capacity to toss back or reflect a great deal of the sun’s light that...

What is the Software for Life?

We all use computers. If you use Windows on your machine, like me, you will have a small button at the the bottom of...

Who’s the Brainiest animal of Them All?

The next time someone calls you an ape or a bird brain, ask her to think again. Brain scans of animals have revealed similar...