4Jul2018

It used to be said, that an idle mind is a devil’s workshop. In the olden days, this applied a lot to the child who, due to sheer boredom or for want of anything else to do, would resort to naughty or mischievous ways and, duly get into trouble. But then, those were days when gadgets didn’t occupy his mind, when the three R’s would keep him busy and, only if his leisure hours were not planned well, the ‘devil’s workshop’ would get into an overdrive mode. […]

4Jul2018

Begun by Raja Rama Varma in 1798, Thrissur Pooram is one of the most popular festivals in Kerala. It is centered around the Vadakkunnathan Temple, with a group of temples from the vicinity sending their processions to pay obeisance to Shiva, the main deity. […]

4Jul2018

In the formative years of a human being, there are many aspects that must be taken into account, to ensure that, in later years of adulthood, the foundation so laid, will form a strong combination of body, mind and soul for a healthy life.
While it is possible to see the ‘body’ and how the physical form develops into a seemingly healthy shape, the other two unseen aspects of the trio – ‘mind’ and ‘soul’ are elements that can only be tuned by proper training, tutoring and discipline. […]

4Jul2018

Known as pallanguzhi in Tamil, ali guli mane in Kannada, vamana guntalu in Telugu and kuzhipara in Malayalam – this ancient South Indian game is played by two people at one time. They sit on either side of a wooden board that has 14 pits (2 rows and 7 columns) and play with shells, tamarind seeds or small pebbles. […]

4Jul2018

Many people think that the word tandoori refers to a recipe or ingredients used but it is actually the method in which it is cooked – that is, food made in a tandoor. […]

4Jul2018

Summer time is here and so are the holidays!  And every hour should be spent in enjoyment, isn’t it? This is the time for lazy mornings, games, milk shakes and ice creams. And absolutely no time to waste by falling sick or tired. Right? To ensure health filled holidays you need not go far. Just step into your kitchens! […]

4Jul2018

It’s 4am and the alarm goes off in the Venkatraman household. Amma is the first to get up and vigorously wakes up Paddu. In half an hour, they are ready to go to the ground, no, not for a walk but Cricket Coaching.

This is a familiar scene in many households in Chennai and I am always fascinated to see that boy riding pillion on the scooter holding on to his cricket kit bag tightly as the father concentrates on the road! Many of them dream to hold the MRF bat like Sachin and Virat or a Spartan bat of MS Dhoni. […]

4Jul2018

Every time we get into our car, what is the entertainment we reach out for? The radio. With umpteen number of channels to choose from, a long and tedious drive becomes shorter and a stressful day turns relaxing. […]

4Jul2018

Once, there lived on a huge mango tree, two little sparrows named Mini and Sini. The two were the best of friends and were always seen together. They stayed together, flew together over the farms and were never seen away from each other. They were famous in the village as the “inseparable friends” and everyone loved them for that, except Khemu, the wicked crow. […]

4Jul2018

School life has its share of competitions. Some are more challenging than others but fun to participate in all the same. The competitions require skill, smartness and patience but what gives competitors an edge is, thinking out of the box. Just like how Birbal did when Akbar threw him a challenge. Want to know how? Read on. […]

4Jul2018

Once in a jungle was roaming a little mouse,
Running here and there, in search of a house.

The mouse ran fast, and suddenly heard a thud,
Not realizing what it was, he just fell on the mud. […]

4Jul2018

The noisiest room of the house, the kitchen, was silent only because it was night time. The stove-top sighed, “Now I can rest for some hours. My steel top is scalding with all the cooking today.”

The vessels from the cupboard clanked, “Our insides are hurting with the food being constantly stirred and scooped.” […]

4Jul2018

Summers in India are unbearable not just for humans but our furry friends too. As a dog owner, you need to take precautions to ensure that your dog stays healthy and well hydrated during the blistering summer months. Here are some pointers: […]