25Aug/16
Krishna Lifting Govardhan Mountain

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

20Aug/16
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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

20Aug/16
Krishna killing demon horse keshi

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

11Aug/16
Nidhi Bagaria The Creative World Mumbai

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

10Aug/16
undersea fish

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

02Aug/16
Lord Krishna killing the demon bull arishtasura

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

29Jul/16
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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

29Jul/16
library bookshelf workshop

Stressing the “Importance of Reading” – A Workshop at DPS South, Bangalore

The importance of reading cannot be stressed enough. With the easy availability of reading material thanks to the Internet and digital boom, reading is no longer the privilege of a select few. But in spite of the easy access to good quality material, reading as a habit is on the decline.

Teachers play a huge role in reinforcing the habit of reading among children. Recognizing the need to sensitize teachers towards the role of reading in education, Delhi Public School Bangalore South in association with Tell-A-Tale, organized Continue reading

21Jul/16
retelling of mahabharata

9 Re-tellings of Mahabharata You Cannot Miss

Mahabharata is an epic, known world-over for the profound knowledge it contains and for a wisdom that is so relevant to this day and age. It has been dissected endlessly, translated into multiple languages, and retold countless times from different perspectives. Here are 9 such Mahabharata re-tellings that are must-reads.

Update: Based on inputs from our readers, we are expanding this list to include more re-tellings of Mahabharata. A big thank you to all those readers who contributed these names! Continue reading

19Jul/16
Secret Passages Geetanjali Kaul

A Story for The Soul: Meet Storyteller Geetanjali Shetty of Secret Passages

Stories have known to be powerful tools when it comes to healing the mind and soul. Recent research has shown stories to be a highly effective medium to counter depression and anxiety. And Secret Passages is right on track, telling stories to nourish the hearts of the young and the old. We spoke to Geetanjali Shetty Kaul of Secret Passages about her tryst with the mystic, stories and storytelling. Continue reading

05Jul/16
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15 Thought-Provoking Quotes from Literature

(This post was published by Readers.com here as an infographic tabulating 15 memorable and though-provoking quotes from some of the most popular and all-time favorite characters from literature.)

Oscar Wilde once said, “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” This is especially true for the great books that are immortalized in paper and print for countless generations to enjoy.  Continue reading

30Jun/16
Frittata Egg

An Eggstraordinary Obsession and The Perfect Frittata – “Cook Me A Tale”

An egg is one of the strangest food items that man sought to eat. It sits delicately atop the wall that separates the vegetarian from the non-vegetarian (not unlike Humpty Dumpty). For hardcore non-vegetarians, it is the one food which is not meat, yet they do not turn their nose up at. For vegetarians like me, who are on the brink of transgressing to the “other side”, primarily to satiate the foodie inside who wants to explore the much larger palette available, it is the one thing that helps us convince ourselves that we are better off than those who are pure vegetarians, since we have at least a wider variety of options to choose from than them. For the “pure” vegetarians who cannot allow meat of any kind to set foot into their house, egg is the exception – a harmless entity that Continue reading

29Jun/16
Kashmiri cuisine recipes

A Kashmiri Tale – “Cook Me A Tale”

This post is for my parents – my dad who was almost a Kashmiri himself, been born and brought up in Srinagar, (may his soul rest in peace), and for my mother, because of whom I am what I am today.

Most of my ancestors had lived for some time or the other in the Kashmir Valley, and as long as I can remember- despite being a typically Punjabi family, Kashmiri cuisine had firmly interwoven itself in the weft and warp of our lives. I made Kashmiri Dhaniwal Korma for the first time when I was 11yrs old!  Continue reading