September

29Sep2018

‘I am tired of writing exams,’ wailed Vivaan, ‘I wish we had an exam-free year.’

‘Well, exams are getting over tomorrow. So what’s the use of your wish now?’ grinned Arjun.

‘I don’t know if an exam-free year is feasible. But at least we can have an exam-free term,’ pondered Aarav. […]

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29Sep2018

With so many things happening in our lives on an everyday basis, it might not only be difficult, but almost impossible to keep a control on everything.  And when situations aren’t favorable, it is always better to look at the positives than cry over it unnecessarily. As the famous Hindi proverb goes, “ab pachtaye hoth kya, jab chidiya chug gayi khet,” literally meaning, what is the point of crying, when the birds ate all the farm. Or in other words, why cry over something when the damage is already done or why cry over something that has already happened. […]

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28Sep2018

Golu (also known as Kolu, Bombe Habba, Bommai Kolu or Bommala Koluvu) is the practice of setting up a display of dolls in homes (primarily in South India) during the Navaratri festival. […]

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27Sep2018

Satyagraha can be described as a ‘weapon’ developed by Mahatma Gandhi to fight unfair laws introduced by the British for people of India and other places. It is not a weapon like a gun or a knife, but a force used to correct something wrong without causing any harm. India won Independence from British rule using this idea. […]

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27Sep2018

If you are a comic buff (especially Marvel), you would know of Cain Marko or the ‘Juggernaut’. The gigantic man with superhuman strength, who is unstoppable once he starts to run, and can smash mountains and skyscrapers with ease.

The character’s name is derived from an English word – Juggernaut – which is used to describe something or someone who is powerful and dominant. […]

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26Sep2018

Once upon a time, on a hot sunny day,
A thirsty crow went flying, looking for water on the way

Suddenly his small eyes fell on a long jar,
Without thinking once he flew afar […]

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25Sep2018

Chinnu loved her pet puppy Browny more than anything in the world. she was a gift that her parents gave her for her fifth birthday last year. Chinnu enjoyed playing with Browny in her big garden. Browny was just a little more than a year old. For Browny too Chinnu was the most special friend. The two never got tired in each other’s company. Mithu, the parrot who stayed in one of the orange trees in the garden often enjoyed seeing the two friends play. Mithu too became a good friend and a well-wisher of the two best friends. […]

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22Sep2018

It has often received a rap as being the last resort – the easy to make dish that people turn to when they are short of time or resources. Upma, primarily a breakfast or tiffin item in South India, is never seen in a glamorous light. But this humble dish rose to worldwide acclaim when Mumbai-born chef Floyd Cardoz cooked it in the Top Chef Masters contest in Los Angeles (2011) – and won the top prize of USD 100,000! […]

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21Sep2018

This game of hopscotch is also known as Nondi in Tamil Nadu, Tokkudu Billa or Tangidi Billa in Andhra Pradesh and Kunte Bille in Karnataka. While no one knows of its exact origin, it is believed to have existed in early centuries, and is said to have been mentioned in ancient Tamil literature.

The game needs only a relatively even surface, and a flat stone. It can technically be played by one person alone, but is more fun when played in a group. […]

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20Sep2018

Black pepper is known as the king of spices and with good reason. When added to a recipe, this unassuming ingredient not just enhances the taste of the dish, it also provides a host of health benefits. A fruit of the black pepper plant belonging to the Piperaceae family, black pepper is used as both, spice and medicine. The best feature of black pepper is that it grows through the year. So you can use it freshly the year-round. Grind a few peppercorns into your salads, sprinkle them over your curries or add them to your tea. Use them in your diet every day and reap the following health benefits- […]

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12Sep2018

Puppies are adorable. But can you commit to looking after one?

When you see a squishy, furry cute little puppy, chances are you want one for yourself. Many people take home pups, not realizing that taking care of a pup is a full-time job. They need affection, devotion and loads of care. When they are young, they are going to poop and pee all over the house. Toilet training needs patience and time – your pup will be toilet trained usually by the time he is six months. […]

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12Sep2018

Ramya came back from school all excited. She had just been given a new Tamil book by her best friend and couldn’t wait to start reading it. Anticipating this, her Amma sighed as Ramya sat down with the book.

“You need to wash up and eat something before you open that book!”, said Amma. But Ramya had already plunged into the book; such was her love for the written word! […]

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12Sep2018

Minnu was a sweet, lovable and beautiful girl, aged six years. She was an adorable kid as she always obeyed her elders. Minnu’s parents loved her for her amazing behavior.

One day, Minnu’s mother took her for grocery shopping. As they passed the shops, Minnu noted a cute plastic pearl necklace in dazzling pink! She asked her mother to buy her the necklace. Her mother told her that it cost quite a few pennies. She asked her to do some chores, so that for every completed piece of work Minnu would get some money and she could buy the pink necklace. […]

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12Sep2018

The tradition of hand weaving fabrics has been a part of Indian knowledge systems for over 5000 years. However, the “Khadi” movement got a great stimulus when Mahatma Gandhi revived the ancient hand weaving tradition as part of his freedom movement. […]

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12Sep2018

What does it take to prepare food for thousands of people every day? Is it state-of-the-art machinery? A lot of manpower? An endless supply of groceries or is it just pure hard work and dedication? Well, the answer is, all that and more. Here’s a sneak peak into one of India’s mega kitchens that will give you some perspective the next time you struggle to cook instant food for 5 of your friends. […]

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