When you live in one place for as long as I have, you get to know everyone in the locality. I have lived in one house for 25 years now. When we moved to this house, the first person I met was Tara. Her parents lived in the next block. I think she was about eight when I first met her. Tara had wavy black hair, big mischievous eyes and a ready smile on her face all the time....
The summer sun smiles a scorching smile
The smile sends shivers
through the stoutest hearts
A summer smile is reason to sweat
But the potter’s back with his cool lifeline!
Earthen pots of every size
Are piled under a tarpaulin sky
Waiting to find new homes
And soothe thirsty throats!
Their water has a magical taste –
The sweet smell of wet earth
Or soil that comes alive after
The first seasonal shower!
The Potter [Illustration by Shinod AP] Some pots are small, like a baby’s song...
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 of land never failed him. Season after season he cultivated it, harvesting jowar one season and dal the next....
Did you hear the wind
As it brushed past the neem tree
The wind met an eagle ready to
What’s the matter?
Smile – at least
Said the wind to the eagle
I’ve hurt my wings, I can’t
That’s why I’m ready to
The Eagle’s Tale [Illustration by Shinod AP] Said the eagle to the wind
Is that all? What are we here for
Said the neem and the wind with a...
It was a stifling hot day in the second week of June and the animals of Jhilmil forest were miserable. The bumblebees no longer droned but sighed. A tail heavy with perspiration made Billori, the squirrel, sit sadly on a patch of dry earth, as hard as a turtle’s hide.
The Cloud That Refused To Cry [Illustrations by Kusum Chamoli] In another corner of the forest, just outside his cave, was Gabru the lion, his tongue hanging out....
Smile! A smile actually brightens up your entire face and is the most striking part of your face. But sometimes you are ashamed to smile. Why? Because you have buckteeth? Your teeth are crooked, stained? Have you seen some kids with a mouthful of metal? These are called braces.
Today, doctors can work wonders with your teeth. They can straighten your teeth and put a sparkle on it. All this without dentures, mind you!
Just as you go to a doctor with an upset stomach or an eye doctor to test your eyes, your teeth also requires attention and care....
There once lived a brilliant student. He was on a quest to acquire more
and more knowledge. Then he heard of a great Zen teacher to whom he travelled long to meet.
On arriving at the teacher’s feet, he said, “Master teach me.”
The Zen master received the student with a smile. He inquired about him. He asked in detail all that the student had learnt till then.
Learning to Act [Illustration by Anup Singh] Later, he asked his assistant to get tea for the two of them....
A June morning. Holiday morning. “Fun! fun!” Runu thought as she woke up. No school, lots of cartoons on TV, computer games, and surely, a trip to the ice cream parlour. Fun, fun indeed! Runu gulped down her chocolate milk.
Mom and Dad came in to pet her. Dad said, “Sorry baby, but we have to go see someone who is ill, can’t take you out today.” Seeing Runu pull a long face, Mom said, “I’ll leave the computer on for you, and your favourite CDs....
Let others cheer the winning man,
There’s one I hold worthwhile;
‘Tis he who does the best he can,
Then loses with a smile.
Beaten he is, but not to stay
Down with the rank and file;
That man will win some other day,
Who loses with a smile
A Smile [Illustration by Sudheer Nath]
Do you send E-mails to your friends? E-mails in which you write in words how you are feeling — happy or sad?
Do you want to surprise your friends by sending them an e-mail in a new language? The language of the Internet? If so, then read on to know what Chintu and Pintu write. Then, impress your friends!
Chintu : Hi! 🙂
( I like this big net smile )
Pintu : Hullo! 😉...
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