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. […]

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? […]

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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? […]

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. […]

6Aug2018

Do you like to share food or stuff with your sibling or friend? Or do you always feel the other gets a bigger share or better stuff? Well don’t, or you will feel as sorry as these two dogs, Timmy and Johnny. […]

6Aug2018

Chinnu was a very hasty boy. He was always in a rush to do things. He drank his milk too fast and ended up spluttering and coughing. He gobbled his food without chewing properly and have indigestion afterwards. He left books behind at home in his haste to pack his bag. Whenever he went out of the house, he never bothered to strap on his slip-ons or if he were to wear shoes, he never tied the laces as he was always in a rush. […]

6Aug2018

Mini and Myna were two 6-year-old, identical twin sisters. They were not just very cute looking but were quite naughty too. As the girls mostly wore similar frocks, many often mistook them for the other twin, and the little girls always had a good laugh about the same. One day it was their friend Ritu’s birthday. Ritu had brought chocolates for all her friends in the playground. That is when Mini came and asked Ritu for another piece of chocolate. “Did I not give you a chocolate already?” “No, you didn’t Ritu. You might have given it to Myna,” said Mini. Ritu not realizing that Myna had not come to the park that day, gave another chocolate to Mini. […]

6Aug2018

The normally green slopes of the Nilgiris in south India turn bluish-purple once in 12 years, when the Neelakurinji shrubs blossom. Many plants have flowers throughout the year, some have them once a year. But Neelakurniji flowers come out only every 12 years, all the shrubs blooming together. In fact, the name Nilgiris – meaning Blue Mountains in Tamil – came from the Neelakurinji. […]

6Aug2018

The Ramayana has an exciting story about how Lord Rama managed to cross the sea from India to reach the island of Lanka. He wanted to get there to rescue his wife Sita who had been kidnapped by the Demon King Ravana. The story goes that 10 million monkeys, supervised by the monkey architect-engineer Nala, built a bridge from the tip of India to Lanka. They used huge trees, rocks and other material and built it in five days. […]