It’s sticky, it’s messy and it’s just the thing to eat at a fair. Children or adults, most people do not consider a mela or fair complete without the giant-wheel and the fluffy cotton candy wrapped around a stick. Or budhiya ke baal (old woman’s hair), as it is popularly known in parts of northern India.
And do you know what it is made of? Well, next time, don’t gobble up the whole of the candy....
There was once a hunter who, on the seventh birthday of his son, decided to go hunting to get something nice for the feast. But as he reached for the gun on the wall, it slipped from the pegs, hit the stone mortar below and alas, its barrel was bent like the letter L.
“Father, that’s a bad sign,” cried the boy, “please don’t go hunting today.”
“You are silly!” said the father. “That’s a good sign....
If you wish to make a toy at home that does not take much time, then try this. It looks cute and can be added to your soft toy collection.
The things you need:
Fused bulb Cotton Adhesive Black pepper corns Velvet paper or the Indian ‘Bindi’ Scissors Step 1: Take a bulb and stick cotton on it, covering it completely. Give additional padding of cotton for the mouth of the rabbit.
Step 2: Cut out the cotton in the shape of rabbit ears and stick them to the rabbit’s head....
The things you need to make a Santa Claus mask are:
White card sheet and red glaze paper
Adhesive and scissors
Pencil and eraser
Santa Mask [Illustrations by Shinod AP] Step 1: Draw the face of Santa Claus on the card sheet. Colour it first and then cut on the outline.
Stick cotton to make the beard, moustache and eyebrows of the Santa....
Whether it’s your birthday party or your grandfather’s, it’s an ideal occasion to make the conical caps at home. Making them can be more exciting than buying them.
The things you need:
Chart paper (12 inches x 18 inches)
Cone Caps [Illustrations by Shinod AP] Step 1: Use the 12 inch side of the chart paper as the height and the 18 inch side as the base....
Cotton Wool Doll
You thought cotton could be used only in bandages, or to clean wounds? Well, we found another use for it. We made a doll out of a roll of cotton.
Things you need:
One roll of cotton (ours was
Stick ‘em stones, or sticking ‘bindi’.
A pair of scissors.
Doll-making  Step 1:
Take the roll of cotton and unfold it.
Cut off a length of 12 inches, which is five-and-a-half inches in height....
A North Indian folktale retold
Shyam was a worried man. He had to go to Rampur on work. It happened to
be his in-laws village. Shyam intended to stay with them. But being newly
married he hardly knew his in-laws. His wife, too, was not accompanying him. Shy Shyam was really worried!
He thought hard for a while. Then he smiled. He would force his friend, Karan, to accompany him!
“Of course I’ll come with you!...
Everbody has used this product at some time or other in some form or other. Sometimes it is used to clean the wax from your ears, and sometimes to clean dust from delicate instruments. Many kick themselves for not patenting it when they knew about it.
So what are Q-Tips? It is such a simple silly thingummy – a piece of thick plastic or cardboard with cotton wrapped at each end! Q-Tips are today, a registered trademark of Chesebrough-Ponds, Inc, USA....
“I did not see the face of my child: I passed into unconsciousness after her birth. My neighbours told me she was beautiful. My mother and the nurse buried her alive. I did not even hear her cry."
A doll depicts a girl child and the words alongside it, movingly tells the tale of a new mother’s anguish at the brutal killing of her baby girl.
The doll has been made by Belgian-born Francoise Bosteels, who made India her home over 25 years ago....
Line up a few of these dolls on a windowsill or mantel, and you’re guaranteed to spread cheer to family and guests alike.
Sock Doll [Illustrations by Shinod AP] The things you need:
Cotton socks Pieces of foam A few rubber bands Red and black paint Scissors Step 1: Fill a cotton sock three quarters of the way with the foam pieces. Secure it by tying a rubber band at the end of the filling....
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