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My Bookshelf

I love reading and have a lot of books in my collection, but they were getting very unorganized, so I decided to do something about it. I have a rack, in which I keep my books. At first, I had organized my books according to the colors of the spine, and I arranged them very nicely and they were very beautiful to look at. It seemed as if there was a rainbow in my rack! It was very good looking, but it wasn’t practical to always keep the books in the exact same place as before. I managed it for a few days, but then it started to get very tough afterwards because after I read a book, I would just put it anywhere in my rack and sometimes when I needed a book, I would have to look for it all over the place and sometimes I couldn’t even find it. I was looking for a book named ‘Ambushed’ and I had thought I had forgotten it somewhere, only to find it buried in a mess of books and magazines after 4-5 months! So, this time I decided to think of a better way of organizing my books. I browsed on the web and these were some of the ideas:

Arrange the books alphabetically
Arrange the books according to size
Arrange the books by color
Arrange the books by genre
Arrange the books by date

I did a quick question-answer session in my mind.

Q. Shall I arrange the books alphabetically?
A. Do you think you can manage that? No way!

Q. Shall I arrange the books by size?
A. Hmmm, maybe.

Q. Shall I arrange the books by color?
A. You already tried that, it looked beautiful, but didn’t work very well for you.

Q. Shall I arrange the books by genre?
A. I can, but maybe in a different way.

Q. Shall I arrange the books by date?
A. I don’t think so.

I liked the sort by genre idea best, but I decided to change it a little. It said, sort the non-fiction and fiction first, and then you can sort them into smaller groups like fantasy, mystery, horror etc. I had mostly fictional books and just 4-5 books which were non-fictional. So instead, I decided to sort them according to moods. For instance adventurous mood, cheerful mood, kinda serious mood and quiet mood. I also made groups like short stories, tell me whys and magazines. Oh, and I also reserved an area for my favourite books like, some of them were by my favourite authors, like E Nesbit’s ‘railway children’ and ‘five children and it’, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s ‘the secret garden, and ‘a little princess’, and all the books of Dr. Suess that I have. I also kept the books, ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio, and ‘One and the only Ivan’ and ‘Crenshaw’ by Katherine Applegate. I also kept the books according to size, in each of the genres. I labeled the genres and it all looked great!

I started by removing the books from the top shelves and categorized them. Then I removed another shelf of books and did that. I did it one shelf at a time because I knew if I removed all of them at once, I would get lazy to do all the work and postpone it. The top three shelves were done and I was very pleased with myself. (Not bragging.) I cleaned off the layer of dust that had settled on the shelves and rearranged the books neatly. I still managed to make a tiny rainbow in the cheerful mood genre with the books! I also made a category yet to read, for books that I hadn’t read yet. There were about 15 books waiting to be read. I would have been very happy to give some of them to my brother because some of them were not exactly my kind of books. But still, I’ll try to read them. When I came to the 2 lower shelves, I kinda started to get nervous and asked myself if I should remove the books from the shelves because I would usually do a little bit of cleaning on the upper shelves, but never bothered to work on the lower ones and they were getting really messy and were filled up with mostly magazines and papers and craft books. I told myself I can do it, and I took the shelf out and all the mess fell on the ground. I cleaned it up and arranged my books and then on the lower one I arranged magazines and craft books and it looked so good. I was really happy because it really needed cleaning and now it is very neat and functional. But there is still a lot of mess on the floor ( I had put it out of the way while I took the photos,) and I still have to clean it!

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It seems that I am on a quilling spree!

This is the hair band I made for my friend

It seems that I’m on a quilling spree!
Quilling is an art that involves rolling long strips of paper to form different shapes and patterns.
I loved quilling and used to make lots of coils and make flowers and butterflies but I did not finish making anything as it took a lot of time to roll all the long strips so my mother bought me an automated quilling machine that quills all our coils in a jiffy! It is called the super quiller. She bought it from a website named Quill On. And then, as soon as I got my hands on the super quiller, I could not keep it down! I made a pink hair band on the first day and wore it when I went to play. All my friends admired it and I thought of making another one. This time, I made it entirely with shades of green. My friends loved it and the next day 3 of my friends came at my home with their quilling strips and hair bands! We all sat and made those together. One of my friends made a rainbow themed hair band and another made a food themed one! One of them asked me to make it and I’m still working on that. One auntie asked me make one for her almost two year old girl and one friend is still asking me to make a  pair of quilling earrings for her. I am so happy and want to go on for forever!

second doll I made

earrings for my friend

the green hairband

close up of the rainbow hairband

 

a crimped flower

a Malaysian flower

food collection

 

earrings for my mother’s friend

earrings for my mother

my quilling hairbands

this is the first doll I made

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It’s Malala day!

It’s Malala day! Do you know about Malala?

She is the youngest Nobel peace prize winner at the age of 16 years.

She promotes education for all and fights for human rights

On her birthday 12 July, we celebrate Malala day to raise awareness on education rights.

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Book review: Ambushed

Ten-year-old gadget geek, Tara is happy sitting and playing angry birds on her Ipad, but her father has other plans for her and her family. An ardent lover of nature, he wants to picture tigers and takes unwilling Tara with him to Ranibagh forest where Tara thinks nothing happened at all. She finds herself mistaken when she stumbles upon a tiger poachers cave hideout. It was then that Tara finds out about tigers and their plight, and meets Satya, a wily teen and an ex-poacher. He wants to lead a better life and wants to do some good for his family who has no other job but tiger poaching.
Together the duo, with the help of Mr Rathore, will they be able to save the tigers? Dive deep inside Ranibagh forest, in the world of tigers, and go on to a crazy adventure with Tara and Satya.

Written by Nayanika Mahtani, this book has a wonderful narrative and is targeted at ten-year-olds and above. Published by Penguin books, it is priced Rs. 199. Grab this copy now and go on to a crazy ride!

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Story: A safe and happy Holi!

It was a beautiful sunny morning. As the first sun rays hit the red brick house on the edge of the lake, Radhika burst in the door to wake up her younger brother Raj. “Wake up, come on, be quick you sleepy head, it’s Holi!” she said. Raj and Radhika shared the room and Radhika had to fuss with Raj every day in the morning because he was such a late riser.

But how could Raj be late today, it was Holi! He woke up after a while. Both of them raced downstairs, ate their breakfast quickly, and drank up their milk with a gulp! Their mother was so surprised at that. They sprang up, took their buckets and water pistols and ran out. “Bye Ma, we are off to play Holi!” Radhika shouted as they ran off to the ground. All their friends– Meena, Pranav, Sunita, Sahil and Anu were there. They exchanged mischievous smiles and jumped on each other with water pistols and colours. It was fun. Then they gathered in a circle to discuss the next move. They decided to go to the colony nearby.

Equipped with shiny new equipment, the team marched to the colony. They coloured everyone on the way, even if the person was not willing.  So naughty were those kids! Reaching the colony, they threw colours on the kids there. The team made quite a scene. Meena gave the colours to Pranav who mixed the colours into the water to make different shades. Then Sahil and Sunita filled the water into their water pistols and attacked other kids. Anu and everyone else made the water balloons and threw them around. Radhika loved bossing everyone around and Raj kept running to and fro, bringing more colours from home.

It was going well, but a boy from the other colony was too mischievous. He came from behind and threw balloons even on younger kids. When he broke Sunita’s water gun, the children got angry. “That’s the limit!” said Radhika. They huddled up and made a plan. Raj quickly went up the stairs onto the terrace of a building with a bucket of water. Other children kept balloons in their hands. Pranav went up to the boy and said, “Hey, I know where those kids from other colony have kept their water balloons hidden. I will show you the hiding place if you come with me.” He took the naughty boy to a place near the terrace building and pretended to sneeze. That was the cue! He ran away, and the boy was attacked with water balloons from all sides. A chilling spray of gushing water fell on top of him.  He ran away home crying and shivering. “Hooray!” A cheer of triumph was let out by the team and they too headed back to their homes.

After having a warm bath, Radhika and Raj ate the special Holi lunch. Then they discussed all the activities of the day. After some time the chatty maid came to wash the dishes. She told their mom about a boy Monu who was hurt badly when some kids threw water balloons on his head. He was taken to the hospital because of his injury. When Radhika and Raj heard it they gasped, it was the same boy they had attacked with water balloons! They told their mother it was because of them that Monu was hurt.

Mom immediately took them to the hospital where Monu was admitted. Their other friends were there too. They all went to Monu’s bed to wish him well. “We are sorry Monu, we shouldn’t have done that”, said Radhika. “It’s okay friends, I also shouldn’t have been so naughty”, said Monu.

Doctor uncle said, “Playing Holi is fun but you should play it safely. Always use natural colours to play Holi as chemical colours can do harm to our skin. You should not play Holi with those who don’t want to play.” And then he said, “Never play Holi with water balloons, Monu is not alone, many other kids are hurt as well.”

“We are very sorry”, said Raj. “We will always play a safe and happy Holi.”
“That’s like it kids”, said the mother, “Now how about a box of sweets?”
All kids shouted, “Yes! Holi Hai!”

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A Happy Holi!

Happy Holi to you, all my friends!
After a long wait, the festival of colours is finally here! I love Holi because of all friends and families come together, the colours, joy, happiness and snacks of course! Altogether it is a festival to have fun!                                                                                                                                        But there is one thing I do not like about Holi. The wastage of water. The problem of water shortage is very high in our country, crops of farmers are withering and drying, and the children are crying with thirst. We all are aware, about it but are still wasting water just for fun. Why don’t we all join our hands together and do whatever we can to save water and the earth, and play a waterless Holi! After all, little drops of water make the sea!
Also, this time instead of buying chemical colours from the market, I made my own Holi colours at home. They are non-toxic, and not only they rub off quite easily, they are very safe for, us and the environment.
I made two colours, pink and orange. I made the pink by adding Araroat powder with kum kum, and the orange one by one mixing a bit of kum kum and turmeric powder with Araroat.The colours are not so vibrant as the colours available in the market but they are worth a safe and happy Holi.

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friends poem: Yellow

This a poem written by a little friend Urvax, who won my book “My little world” in a contest. He got inspired by my poem “Go Green” and wrote this poem,
Great Urvax, keep it up. I am publishing your poem on my blog “My Little World”.
Yellow.

Where are you, YELLOW?
YELLOW says, What do you mean;
I am in the lemons, mangoes, pumpkins and papayas and
sometimes I am in Octopuses too!
What do you Do YELLOW?
I give Mother Earth it’s Sunlight and I fight the Dark.
I make your Mouth sweet and sour and isn’t that great?
I also help octopuses to hide and it saves their life.
O YELLOW, you are the best colour for me I love you very much

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Happy Vivekanand Jayanti!

Today is Swami Vivekanand Jayanti, it’s his birthday! This day is also known as national youth day. Swami Vivekanand was a great man who went into countries and gave speeches about India and Rajyoga. He spread the name of Rajyoga and India to all the world and explained what God meant to the Hindu mind.

Here is his story:

He was born in the nineteenth century, to Vishwanath Datta and Bhuvaneshwari, in Calcutta. He was named Narendranath. He always liked to sit in a quiet corner and meditate. One day he went to Dakshineshwar , to a guru named Shri Ramakrishna. A question always occupied his young mind. He asked that question to Shri Ramakrishna. “Have you seen God?” To his surprise, the answer he gave was, “Yes, I have seen god”.

From that day, Narendranath became his disciple. After Shri Ramakrishna died, Narendranath decided to set out on a pilgrimage. He wore a monk’s garb and set out. He went and traveled all around India from east to west, north to south. Then he saw a vision. In that vision he saw his guru, Shri Ramakrishna, urging him to go to the parliament of religion. He made up his mind to go. From that day on, he was known as swami Vivekanand. He went to the west and gave speeches in different places. He became famous. When he returned back to India, he helped the poor and needy and the sick. He took the work of his guru, forwarded and devoted himself to the needy and fed the poor. He helped revive the spirit of India, he inspired the countrymen to be proud of their heritage, he urged them to be fearless.

He was a real hero.

Here are some quotes of Swami Vivekanand:

You cannot believe in God,  until you believe in yourself.

“Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.”

“You are the creator of your own destiny.”

“They alone live who live with others.”

“Be a hero, always say I have no fear.”

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A Happy Thanksgiving!

A happy thanksgiving!

Thank the people

With whom you are living.

Swing and sing

Make them happy.

Give them a gift,

Right now,

Be swift!

Take them somewhere

Take them on a tour.

Reach a friend’s heart

Go in through the door

Make them feel happy,

When they are feeling sore.

Give it a start,

Do it with all your heart.

A happy thanksgiving,

Thank the people with whom you are living!

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My experience of Santagaatha.

Yesterday, I went to a show of dance-drama Santagaatha in which the students of Nalanda Nritya Kala academy were performing Indian classical dance on tales of great writer-sages. I loved the show, the dances were nicely choreographed, the costumes were colorful, and the dancers were great.

I love dance and so I enjoyed the show greatly. I know how much efforts these dancers take, but the way they smiled and danced, it seemed as if they were enjoying the dance.

As the stories and work of the great sages, I learned about them, although I had read about some like Tulsidas, Meerabai, and Kabir, I learned about Purandara das, Rahim, and among the others. As for the dancers, I felt how it would be like if I was on stage instead of them. If I would have been given a chance, I would have chosen to perform in Kabir, because I liked it the best, the costumes were vivid and, it also delivered a message to the audience. In short, I would like to say that I enjoyed watching the show, and it was a one of a kind experience.capture

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