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7Aug2018

Dronacharya Award was instituted in 1985 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, for excellence in sports coaching. This recognition of the extraordinary contribution of coaches comprises a bronze statuette of Dronacharya, a scroll of honour and cash of Rs.5,00,000. […]

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7Aug2018

Zamindars are people from the Muslim Rajput castes who settled in rural areas of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, from Pakistan to Bangladesh.

A Zamindar is a holder or occupier (dār) of land (zamīn). The root words are Persian, and the resulting name, ‘landowners’ was widely used wherever Persian influence was spread by the Mughals or other Indian Muslim dynasties. […]

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7Aug2018

Isn’t it interesting that a structure that was first used over 3000 years ago continues to be used for transportation even now? The Kettuvallam is a house boat widely used in the state of Kerala. They are huge and slow-moving and have thatched roof covers over wooden hulls. Kettu means “tied with ropes” and vallam means “boat”. […]

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7Aug2018

Rishi, 7 years, tiptoed to his room, opened his cupboard, made sure no one was watching, lifted a heavy book from the bottom rack and gazed through his prized possession. His collection of bank notes, coins and stamps! Rishi had always observed his father collecting a lot of stamps, and decided to follow that path, except that he kept looking for notes and coins strewn on the floor or lying on the road. […]

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7Aug2018

If you plan on bringing a puppy home, you need to get your home ready to welcome the little furball.

You first need to pick up all the basics. These include a collar and leash, bowls for water and food, a bed and some toys. Consult a vet about what kind of food your puppy needs and stock up on that too. […]

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7Aug2018

The word yoga is one that is now so popular everywhere. You must have surely seen videos and pictures of our Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi leading thousands of people in the international day of yoga celebrations in the last few years. Maybe some of you are also learning yoga in school or elsewhere.
Let us try to understand what yoga is, where it comes from and why we must do yoga. […]

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6Aug2018

Onam is an annual Hindu festival that originated in the state of Kerala. A festival connected with the harvest, Onam falls in August or September, known as the month of Chingam in the Malayalam calendar. […]

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6Aug2018

Kailash Sharma was no ordinary child. He once noticed a little boy, the son of a cobbler, sitting with his father outside his school compound. He asked his teacher, the Headmaster, and even the cobbler himself, why the child wasn’t in school. He was told that the cobbler couldn’t afford the school fees, and that some children are ‘born to work.’ Young Kailash was not satisfied with these answers. […]

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6Aug2018

When you wash your hair, what do you use? Shampoo, of course. Many of the shampoo brands available today are made by companies based abroad, but did you know that the word ‘shampoo’ was derived from Hindi? […]

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6Aug2018

Kho-Kho, a popular traditional sport of India, is based on the format of running and catching. The game is said to have originated in Maharashtra. In ancient times, the game was played on ‘raths’ or chariots, and was thus also known as Rathera. […]

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6Aug2018

Puttu, which is made by steaming rice flour, is a popular breakfast dish in South India. The dish is made from coarsely ground white or red rice, grated coconut, water and salt. Spiced such as cumin may be added for flavor as well. The rice flour is mixed with water, salt and spices (if any), then layered with grated coconut and put into cylindrical tubes made from bamboo or metal. The tubes are then put into a steamer, so that the food is cooked through the steam and without the use of oil or any other fat. This makes it a healthy breakfast option. […]

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6Aug2018

One spice that has always been part of our grandma’s kitchen is carom seed or ajwain. Our grandmas cured every digestive problem or abdominal discomfort with concoctions made from ajwain. Called Ugragandha in Sanskrit, ajwain seeds are produced by a herb plant that originated in India. […]

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6Aug2018

Every day when you button up your school uniform, do you wonder how buttons came into existence? Who first thought about this simple yet handy way to hold clothes together? […]

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6Aug2018

A beautiful doll with lovely long hair, a super cool toy car, a bicycle etc might just be few of the many things that attract you instantly, so much so that you might not even think twice before demanding the same from your parents, or worse even fight with them for the same. More often than not we tend to get so attracted to the outer look of things, that we ignore everything else surrounding it. Now, is that right? Well, definitely NOT. […]

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