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The Holiday

Hooty owl was puzzled. No one had come to the jungle school. "Maybe the little ones are late," thought the teacher. "I'll wait for a little while longer."Hooty owl did not know that her students had decided to miss school. They had started out for school but then changed their minds.``I am NOT going to school. I hate it,"...

Golu Rabbit’s Day Out

In the Kanha forest in India, lived a little bunny rabbit called Golu. He was called Golu because of his small round ball of a tail.Golu lived with his mother Molu in a deep burrow under the tall grass of the forest. The burrow had large rooms and many doorways and Golu loved to run from room to room...

The Jungle Contest

The Jungle Contest
"ROAR!" growled the lion. "Everyone is scared of me!""HRMPHH!" trumpeted the elephant. "Everyone is scared of me!""What about me?" purred the panther. "I, too, frighten everyone!""No one can run faster than me!" snarled the cheetah. "Everyone is scared of me!""GROWL!" growled the tiger, baring his teeth. "I dare any one to cross my path! I'll gobble them up!""HA! HA! HA!" sniggered...

Sundari

Sundari was my cousins' immediate neighbour. She lived with Lalit Kapoor and his German wife, Hazel, in their beautiful bunglow in Nizammudin East. This goes back many, many years, when I used to come to Delhi from Indore for my holidays. I must have been six or seven years old then. I saw her for the first time from...

The Friends

Two friends, Hemant and Vikas, planned to go hiking in the woods. They packed their knapsacks, lugged them over their shoulders and started out.One evening, while walking through the dense forest, they heard a bear growl. They were very scared and started to run away, but "Twick, twick", they could hear the twigs breaking with each step the bear...

Treehuggers

Treehuggers
Children of the fragile forest gather around Where bird song seems to be the loudest soundA place called Summer, green as you could please A place where we all proudly hug the trees.Hug trees for the walnuts and sweet apples For the shade above small country chapelsFor giving squirrel and crow a place to live For the priceless gift of oxygen they give.Follow...

How do Animals Camouflage?

Chameleons are known for their quick color-changing abilities.
Remember the last time you played hide and seek. You hid behind a bush while your friend tried to find you. If you were wearing a green dress, the chance of you being seen was automatically reduced as you could be mistaken for a bunch of leaves.Hide and seek is a very old game and it seems human beings...

The Spirit of Christmas

Tony counted the notes and coins. He had Rs. 163 in all.He put the money in his pocket, the money he had saved from his part time job. Today was Christmas eve and he had some important shopping to do.As he walked towards the market he thought of Christmas eve the previous year. How lovely everything had been. His...

Excerpts from Ek-kori’s Dream

Ek-kori’s Dream By Mahasveta Devi; Translated by Lila Majumdar; Illustrations by Judhajit Sengupta, Published by National Book Trust, IndiaThere was no other way but to take cover as early as possible. The village school would open as soon as it was light and Aunt would certainly send him to school today. The mango tree was outside the house, a huge fajli...

Waiting for the Rain

I hope it rains at least today," Velu thought, as he opened his eyes. Velu was a farmer.The sun was beginning to rise, glowing crimson like fire. Velu scanned the sky. There was not a cloud."It doesn’t look encouraging," he muttered to himself and got up.Rain or no rain, a farmer wakes up early. Velu worked hard. His piece...

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