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Karva Chauth: The Story Behind The Festival

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Today began like any other Karva Chauth. Tia woke up early in the morning before sunrise, bathed, dressed and went downstairs where other women in the house, her sisters-in-law and mother-in-law, would collect to eat sargi, the special meal prepared by her mother-in-law.  Continue reading

Glitter and Gloss Vibha Batra Review

Story Review: Glitter and Gloss by Vibha Batra

Edward Cullen – Bella Swan

Christian Grey – Anastasia Steele

Akshay Agarwal – Misha Chaturvedi

What is common among the couples listed above – each of them has a sauve, drop-dead gorgeous looking guy who is talented and rich, and a bumbling, tripping-over-her-own-feet (in this case, words), middle class girl; both of whom are drawn to each other and eventually fall in (forbidden) love with each other. Vibha Batra’s ‘Glitter and Gloss‘ takes this age-battered story a step further. Continue reading

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Meet The Storytellers: Sarita Shetty from Little Reader’s Nook

Stories have the power to fire up a child’s imagination. They can also help in building up their vocabulary; they are able to comprehend better, their creativity improves, and best of all – the kids become storytellers themselves, quite a holistic way of development for the child. Stories also, very easily, bridge gaps that no other human interaction can hope to achieve. Continue reading

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Creating Story Educators: Meet Storyteller Devaki Bhujang of Little Readers’ Nook

Experience woven into characters created tales that became the first ever medium of passing on knowledge. Stories evolved much before the written word did, and remained the most popular method of teaching for a long time. Somewhere along the way, storytelling and storytellers got lost in the myriad of social and economic changes that hit the world, becoming limited to practitioners of theater and fine arts. The last decade has seen a revival and people are rediscovering the storyteller in them, in the process rediscovering the stories from their country’s legends, folklore and literature.

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Delhi NCR Celebrates Gandhi Jayanti with Stories and Storytelling

Long speeches, special prayer services, commemorative programmes, tributes and two minutes of silence, skits and long plays; these are some things we all associate with Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday observed in India. But storytellers in the capital city had something different in store for the people of Delhi NCR this year. Continue reading

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5 Books To Read About Teachers

When Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan became the President of India, some of his students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday – September 5. He replied, “Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teachers’ Day.” And rightly so. Dr. Radhakrishnan was one of India’s most distinguished twentieth-century scholars, known for his critical study of Indian philosophy and religion, in addition to various academic accolades.

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September 5th is, since then, observed as Teachers’ Day in India. We put together our favorite books about teachers. How many of these have you read? Continue reading

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Krishna and Govardhan Giri Save Vrindavan From Indra’s Wrath

5000 years ago, Krishna – an incarnation of the supreme Lord Vishnu – lived in Vrindavan. He took birth to cleanse the Earth, which was crumbling under the burgeoning weight of sinners and their sins. Stories from Krishna’s childhood inspire children to be brave and stand up for what is right. Krishna had many interesting encounters with evil forces and with those who did not recognize that he was an incarnation of the supreme lord Vishnu. This is one such story. Continue reading

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5 Things You Did Not Know About Elephants [Video]

Elephants have been a muse for many a storyteller. There is something about the long trunk, the big ears, and the slow and heavy tread that appeals to the storyteller and the listener alike.

But did you know that behind the cool and jumbo exterior (pun, intended), an elephant has many qualities which are rarely spoken about.

Watch the video below to know what these are: Continue reading

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The End of Demon Keshi by Lord Krishna

This is the second story in a series of stories about Lord Krishna and his exploits as a young kid in Vrindavan. Soon after Krishna was born, his father quietly took the newborn infant out of the evil King Kamsa’s palace in Mathura in the middle of the night, by hiding him in a wicker basket, crossed the mighty river Yamuna and left him at his sister Yashoda’s house in Vrindavan. When Kamsa came to know that Krishna had escaped, he sent many demons to kill the small child. However, each of these demons was slayed at the hands of Krishna, who was an incarnate of Lord Vishnu. The fiercest of these demons was Arishtasura, the bull demon. But for Krishna, slaying Arishtasura was child’s play. Read on to know what happened next…. Continue reading

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A Path of Creative Learning: Meet Nidhi Bagaria of The Creative World

The world around us contains countless stories, each of these presenting countless learning opportunities. Add a dash of creativity to that and the learning becomes fun as well. This is what storyteller Nidhi Bagaria of The Creative World has set out to do. The Creative World is a storytelling and creative expressions venture which concentrates on the child’s language skills, imagination and confidence – all of which are very important in later years of life. It was started in the year 2013 with a center at Ghatkopar, Mumbai. Currently it has two more centers – in Chembur and Mulund, in addition to holding guest classes in Nairobi, Kenya.

We spoke to Nidhi about her love for storytelling and her experience with The Creative World. Continue reading

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The Undersea Adventure of The Blue Diamond

Dear friends! Today we are going to read an underwater story about finding treasure and a delightful fish named Tory. Like stories? Let’s begin then….

Once upon a time, there was a mermaid, a crab, a sea-lion, a sea-horse and a sea turtle. They all lived together in the Great Pacific Ocean. One day as they were taking a nice cold swim, they came across a map to a treasure chest. On it was marked the Great Castle of Gold (GCG). But…there were no directions! So all the friends set off to find the Great Castle of Gold, prepared for a long swim in the ocean. Continue reading

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How Lord Krishna Killed Demon Arishtasura

The stories of the exploits of Kamsa, and his attempts to kill his nephew Krishna are many. One such story is that of the demon Arishtasura (arishtasura means bull demon in Sanskrit)

Kamsa. the evil king of Mathura, wanted to kill his nephew Krishna because it was prophesied that Krishna would be the reason for Kamsa’s death. Kamsa called the demon Arishtasura and ordered him to kill Krishna. Arishtasura transformed himself into a bull and went in search of Krishna towards Vrindavan. Upon reaching Vrindavan, he saw many kids playing. In order to identify which one of them was Krishna, Arishtasura started creating havoc by uprooting trees, destroying houses and scaring away villagers. He knew Krishna would present himself and challenge him. Continue reading

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5 Books with Tiger Stories for Kids

Kids love animal stories, and what’s better than a story that has a big, fierce, ferocious cat at its heart. Countless stories have been spun around the magnificent tiger. They have been the subject of fantasy, fiction and folklore for an immeasurable amount of time. Here are 5 tiger story books which are a must-read for every child (and adults too!). Continue reading