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The First Notes of Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived just 35 years. But he filled those years so totally with 626 musical works that the world today recognises him as one of the greatest composers ever. Among his works were 50 symphonies and 19 operas, including much-loved works like The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. Mozart was born in the Austrian city of Salzburg, known for its salt mines, in 1756. His father, Leopold, was the choirmaster to the Archbishop of Salzburg....

Finger Puppet

Finger Puppet

Finger Puppet [illustrations by Kusum Chamoli] Make a finger puppet for your little sister, and watch her squeal with joy. Things you need: Bits of card sheets or thick paper. Sketch pen or crayons. Fevicol. Scissors. Step 1: Draw the outline of a figure that you want to make a puppet of. It could be a human puppet, an animal, a bird or even inanimate objects like a time piece, or a bucket....

From Cave Drawings to Floor Drawings

From Cave Drawings to Floor Drawings

See this drawing? It was painted by our early ancestors on the walls of the caves in which they lived. Often they would draw bulls and bisons. These were the animals they went out to hunt. Drawing them was a way of getting the courage to go and hunt successfully. They knew that if the animal did not die, there was a chance that one of them might. Drawing the pictures of bulls and bisons was a way of overcoming fear to get what they wanted: food and a long life....

Champion of a 2300-year-old game

Champion of a 2300-year-old game

It was a lazy summer afternoon, and the buffaloes had gone to sleep in the village pond, at Hassangarh, in Haryana. They had been given a vigorous rub by little Bhola and his gang of four, ranging from six to 10. All they wanted to do was doze. The creatures moved their ears slightly when the boys clambered onto their backs. Each one of them held a flower stamen as if he was holding a sword....

Mind the Manners!

Mind the Manners!

Neeru and Shama were planning a trip to Europe for a holiday. They had been through all the travel catalogues, Lonely Planet series, and Michelins to plan their travel and stay. From friends and foren returned relatives they knew the weather backwards and had both warm and arctic-wear clothing. The final stop was this book on etiquette that friends were raving about: How Not to Say Yes While Meaning No. They sat in a group with their friends....

Make your own Cards

Make your own Cards

Things you need: Vegetables like potatoes and lady’s finger. A few bottles of bright poster colours. Painting brushes, one for each colour you want to use. Some drawing sheets, or ivory or poster paper. A knife. A water container. Make your own Cards [] What to do: Step 1 Take a potato and slice it into two. Then draw any design on it with the pencil. Take the knife and run its tip over the motif, making a shallow cut....

The Magnetic Knife

The Magnetic Knife

The Magnetic Knife [Illustrations by Shiju George] A knife magnetically clings to your hands! All you need is: One table knife. Step 1: Interweave your fingers as in Figure 1, but don’t pick up the knife yet. Step 2: When you interweave your fingers, secretly leave the middle finger of one hand loose (Figure 2). If you arrange your fingers right, no one will be able to tell one finger is loose when looking at your hands from the other side!...

Reaching the Top of the World

Reaching the Top of the World

May 23: Looks can be deceptive. At 16, Temba Tsheri Sherpa looks like any ordinary schoolboy from Kathmandu. But look closely. He is the youngest person to scale the world’s highest peak – the 8,848-metre-high Mount Everest, The Telegraph newspaper reported. Reaching the Top of the World [Illustration by Anup Singh] By climbing the peak 16 days after his 16th birthday, on May 22, he broke the record set by another Nepali climber, Shambu Tamang, in 1973, at the age of 17....

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