One summer, Kutti’s house was being renovated. She sat watching in fascination at the carpenter’s work. As she saw the carpenter drive in a nail and screw it in tightly to fix the door of her new, colourful wardrobe, she thought, ‘I will be a carpenter when I grow up’. […]
If you look up at the sky on some clear nights, you will see what looks like a shining red star. That’s the planet Mars.
Ever since humans invented telescopes, they’ve looked at Mars and wondered: what is it like on Mars? Is there life up there? […]
It was early in the morning when Parvati and her
brother Laxman entered the monastery through the tall
gates. Their father was a potter and they had come to
deliver earthen pots, plates, bowls and glasses.
Putting down her basket, Parvati looked around the
courtyard, which was surrounded by a row of small
rooms, and asked, “Is this where the Buddhist monks
One special Friday Yusuf ’s
father gets dressed before a
flicker of light brightens the
sky. He pulls on his heavy
weather-proof jacket and the
green woollen cap that covers
his ears. […]
Pabu loved to spend time with animals. He had a family of four dogs, five
cats and a horse named Saffron. He loved Saffron the most.
Every morning, Pabu brushed Saffron’s mane and coat.
Then he saddled Saffron and rode into the desert, far beyond his
village in Rajasthan. […]
Seema and Reema were twins. While in appearance they were identical, they were quite the opposite in nature. Seema was studious, honest and hardworking. Reema enjoyed playing the fool and trying to get out of work. […]
Sarnitha was waiting excitedly for her friends. They were visiting her house. Then they planned to go to a nearby park to play. Her parents were at work and her grandmother was resting. […]
There was a pretty meadow on the outskirts of a village which had a huge pond. The creatures there like dragon flies, bumble bees, butterflies, lady bugs and ants were indeed happy with the fresh water, green grass and plenty of sunshine and food to eat. The only problem they faced was from a frog who lived in the pond. This frog was not ordinary. He was huge and was very vain about it. He had a huge sticky tongue and could catch a dozen insects at a time. He declared he was the king of the meadow and all the creatures had to obey his commands. […]
Diya and her friends, who lived in apartments on the same street, went to school together. Their school was close by and they all walked to it every day. Surya and his friends, who were in a higher grade, were also from the same apartments and school. […]
A wrestler climbing up the hill saw a man trying to move a huge boulder. The man was doing it very slowly and the boulder appeared to be moving only an inch at a time. […]
Goluram owned the only grocery store in the village. He made his own rules and his customers had no choice but to listen to him. He often cheated them too. […]
Mary was a devoted teacher. She taught lessons in a style that children understood and enjoyed. She was also very creative and would always think up if ways to teach new things to the children. She believed that children had to be taught not just lessons from the books but lessons of life as well. […]
An elephant, a monkey and a deer, living in the forest, were fast friends. They spent all their time together, climbing hills, resting under shady trees, playing in the river and feasting on fruits and grass. […]
A villager, Gopi, earned his living selling salt in a nearby town. He had a donkey and he would load a sack of salt everyday on the donkey’s back and they would walk to the town, crossing a canal. The canal had no bridge, so they had to walk in the water but the water was not deep. After he sold all the salt, he would return home on his donkey. […]
Neeru always had plenty of questions. She wanted to know why the earth was round, why the sky was blue, why she had to eat vegetables, why she could not get ice cream on trees and thus the questions never ended. Her mother patiently answered her but most of the time she said, ‘Neeru, everything has a reason. God knows best, so He planned the world this way.’ […]
Rita found a purse containing money when she was returning home from school. She took the purse to her father, Praveen. He asked her, ‘Where did you find it?’ Rita answered that she had found it under the neem tree near Babu’s sweet shop. Praveen counted the money and found that it contained thousand rupees. […]
Once a bull came across a cave in the forest. He decided to make it his home and settled in it with his family. They all loved the cave and spent their days happily. […]
Karna and Raju were friends. Well, actually Raju followed Karna everywhere as he was in awe of him. Raju was short for his age and he was always looking up at boys who were tall. Karna was a tall boy and deeply proud of his height. He knew Raju looked up at him and felt rather important about it. He made Raju feel that he was doing him a favour by letting him be his friend. […]
Ronnie loved playing with his ball. He was always bouncing it or throwing it up in the air and catching it. As long as he played outdoors, it was fine. But his mother drew the line about playing indoors. She said he would end up breaking many things placed in the house including the lights and artefacts. […]
Somu was a thief. He kept a watch on houses to find out if the inhabitants were travelling and any house was going to be left locked up for a few days. And that is when he made his strike. Somu had grown very deft with his thieving skills and had managed to make a handsome amount of money with his burglaries. […]
Gautham and his friends were playing football in the playground of their neighbourhood. They did this every evening. A tea shop was nearby and a boy, Shankar worked there. While cycling back and forth delivering tea to the many shops in the neighbourhood, Shankar would stand for a while watching the boys play. […]
A woodcutter was finding it difficult to carry his heavy bundles of wood to the market. He thought that it would be a good idea to buy a donkey.
One morning, he set off to the market and bought a grey donkey. He led the donkey by a rope tied to its neck and started to walk back home. When he passed a lonely stretch, two cunning boys spotted him. They thought of a plan to rob the woodcutter’s donkey. […]
Two neighbouring villages, Rampur and Sompur, were suffering from severe drought. In both the villages, there was a well each, which was the only source of water. The village heads announced that only one family can draw water from their respective wells every day. By taking turns they hoped that they could save the well water from drying up and sustain till the monsoon season. […]
Nine year old Meena was everyone’s favourite. She was sweet and helpful but for one flaw, she was always forgetting things.
She forgot to turn off the switches when she left the room. She forgot to turn off the tap when she left the bathroom. She forgot where she had left her books and stationery and her mother had to always keep a check on her. Once when her grandfather handed over his glasses to her to keep them on his desk, she forgot where she had left them. Her grandfather had to forgo a meeting at his club that day as the glasses could not be found until the next day. Another time, she forgot about the library book she had borrowed from her friend, Radha, and poor Radha had to pay a fine. […]
‘I have only fifty rupees in my piggy bank,’ said Nisha counting the coins she had spread out before her.
‘And I have seventy-two rupees’, said Nitesh. The two siblings stared at each other, the same doubt in their minds- ‘Will the money they have be enough to buy anniversary gifts for their parents?’ […]