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Madhubani Magic of Gangadevi

Aditi De of the 'Women's Feature Service' writes about a meeting she had in the 1980s, with Gangadevi, the gifted painter of Mithila. Gangadevi is largely responsible for placing an ancient art, practiced for centuries by the women of her village, in the artistic map of the world.Face to face, Gangadevi, seemed shy at first glance. She...

Alcoholics Beware!

November 24: After centuries of subjugation at the hands of their men, Indian women are fighting back. We have been featuring news stories of how women across India, especially village women, are charting their own routes, learning to stand up for their rights and scripting their own successes.For instance, the women of Nyala village in Rajasthan, who have received...

How Is Jelly Formed?

How is jelly formed?
Had a good dinner? Now how about some cool custard with jelly on the side for dessert? Doesn't the jelly look inviting, a transparent red-coloured blob sitting pretty on the plate, making you long to dig your spoon into it?Called Jell-O in the United States of America, jelly changes shape with the change in temperature. It stays sets at...

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. goes down in history as one of the principal leader of the civil rights movement in the United States and a prominent advocate of nonviolent protest. King's challenges to segregation and racial discrimination helped convince many white Americans to support the cause of civil rights in the United States.King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and...

High-tech Crane Migration

Sandhill Cranes in flight at sunset
As winter sets in, millions of birds leave their nests in the northern hemisphere and head towards warmer lands in the south. During spring, they once again wing their way back to their original nesting grounds. This yearly ritual is known as migration.While some birds are great travellers, flying from one country to another; others merely flap down from...

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin
All of us are very familiar with the mustachioed Little Tramp with the bowler hat and cane _ Charlie Chaplin. But behind this little fellow lurked an extremely creative film maker who scripted, directed and starred in some of the best films of the century.Charlie Chaplin was born Charles Spencer Chaplin in London, England on 16 April 1889. His...

Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi

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 throughout the world with his methods and philosophy of nonviolent confrontation, or civil disobedience.Born in Porbandar in Gujarat on October 2, 1869, his actions inspired the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore to call him "Mahatma"...

The Smart Polluters

A chicken running scared
Health officials in Canada are very busy these days. They are placing chickens at fixed points all along their border with the United States of America. That's an enormous distance of 2,500 km.It's not a practical joke, nor have the Canadians gone mad. They are using these chickens to see if the deadly West Nile virus is lurking around....

A Monster in Tokyo…

It happened one evening in May, 53 years ago, in 1947. Many people in Tokyo had switched on to the American Armed Forces Radio Station. It was two years since the Second World War had ended and Japan had been defeated. But the Americans were still around. And so was their radio station.Around 7 pm, the radio programme was...

Different Colours of Honey

Different colors of honey
Honey comes in a variety of colours, flavours and fragrances. While some are amber, others are red, brown or yellow. Have you ever wondered why the honey made by the same bees have different colours?Simple. It is made from different kinds of nectar, or the juice that the bees suck out of flowers. Different flowers have different kinds of...

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