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The man who knows Ramanujan
Prof. Bruce C. Berndt of the University of Illinois talks to HEMA VIJAY about his research on Ramanujan's theorems and the enigma in his lost notebooks

Triumph over odds
PEOPLE Differently-abled K.Chinnapillai is the star of her school, writes SOMA BASU

Ask Shahnaz

Beautician Shahnaz Husain offers tips and answers queries. Send your queries to

My skin is oily. Can I use curd mixed with rice powder daily on my face? Suggest a suitable facial mask. — ...

Too many subjects

These days, children learn too many subjects. Students carry a big bundle on their back that seems to outweigh them. They look exhausted with shrunken eyes, drooping shoulders and a prominent hunch. Learning should be made practical and ...

Bulky bags

Most children carry heavy bags to and from school each day, and the load increases as they reach higher grades. More so it does physical harm to the backbone and posture of the children. Daily burden can lead to lower back pain, poor posture ...

Make education fun

These days, even students in lower classes carry huge bags on their back. In many countries, this burden has been reduced with digital pads. At least half the books must be left in the classroom cupboard. Excessive weight may cause a child to ...

Causes health problems

Heavy school bags can cause health problems in the long run. Too much weight causes back pain, slouching and poor posture. Loose sheets can be used for homework instead of note books. Individual lockers should be provided so that the class ...

Reduce the burden

With nine periods a day and at least three notebooks per subject, children carry too much load on their back. If kids are put to such burden regularly, they may suffer from health problems. The burden can be reduced by giving lockers or desks ...

Use teaching aids

Our education system and the way of teaching are to be blamed for the burden of school bags on kids. Physical and mental stress on students can be reduced by using teaching aids like flash cards and audio visual means of instructions. Activity ...

Affects academic performance

We often find school children of lower grades carrying heavy bags. This can cause sever damage on their spinal bones. Students can leave back few books and other stuff in the school itself. Students may be allowed to share books. If a student ...

Introduce lockers

Schools are trying out methods to tackle the burden of schools bags on children. But nothing seems to reduce the burden on children. Schools should introduce the locker system which has been a success in all countries and even big cities in ...

Smart classrooms

Remedy for the burden of school bags must be found by school managements. Schools should provide smart classrooms with cupboards so that students can store their books and copies and carry home only the needed ones. The prescribed content ...

Kids become humpbacks

A recent study states that most of the students carry 30 percent of their body weight in their school bags everyday. Heavy bags tend to put pressure on discs between vertebrae causing back-pain and over the time, children become humpbacks. ...
Beauty And Wellness

Think before you eat
Namita Jain in her two new books tells you that following a diet to lose weight is a mind game

Here comes Disney Junior
New channel for kids to be launched on July 4

Those comfort foods
Why do we reach for chocolates during stress?

Kids fare halved

Emirates Airline, the Dubai-based international airline, has launched its summer bonanza offer ‘Summer Smiles in Dubai' offering families with children under 12 years an offer while they visit Dubai this summer.

Passengers who book ...

Croc tales and more…
Twenty-five years in forests have brought biologist R. Arumugam up-close with wild animals. He narrates a few of his adventures

Wood stock!
Self-taught artist B. Seran brings to life driftwood sculptures with a touch of imagination

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