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The Luckiest Men?

St Pierre was a town of some 30,000 inhabitants, lying in a mile-long, crescent-shaped strip in the Martinique Islands, in the Caribbean or West Indies. The city had a grand backdrop: the 4,430 feet high Mount Pelee or 'bald' mountain. The mountain lives on but the town has become a part of its fiery history. Mount Pelee is a...

What is Vetiver Grass?

The Amazing Vetiver Grass
If you ask someone what vetiver is, chances are that you might get a blank look. But mention the word khus, and most people will be all-smiles. For this grass have the sweetest and coolest fragrance that beat the summer heat. That is why for centuries Indians have had vetiver or khus mats and screens in their homes. A...

How did the Pineapple get its Name?

How did the Pineapple get its Name?
What prompted people to call banana a banana and a pineapple a pineapple and not something else?Actually there is a reason behind the names given to each and every thing; be it a fruit, vegetable, an animal or inanimate objects like stars, planets, etc. However, sometimes the names are misleading, Take the example of pineapple: no it doesn't come...

Q is for Queue and not Queen any more

July 22: Ever found your school uniform displayed on the pages of your textbook?Well, students of schools run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), did. In a colourful English primer brought out by MCD a few days ago. It is called 'My First Book', says a report in 'The Times of India'.These students saw a picture of their...

Conquering Britain!

Where: Birmingham, UKNovember 25, 2000: A few weeks ago, we wrote about Indian-born Roshan Doug, who has been selected as the poet-laureate for the city of Birmingham in Britain. Close on the heels of that news comes another: Birmingham councillors will be giving an Indian name to a few suburbs in the city.Birmingham's Apna TownApna Town (our town) will...

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