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Where do I belong?
She is a second generation Indian studying in the tenth grade, in New Jersey, U.S.. She visits Chennai every year. A first person account of what it means to be caught between two worlds. More


Replica of a wonder
At Aurangabad, in Maharashtra, is the fabulous Bibi-ka-Maqbara, a replica of the Taj Mahal at Agra. This mausoleum was built by Prince Azam Shah, son of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb, for his mother, Rabia-Durrani between 1651 and 1661 ... More
Dancing in the sky
On January 14, the sky is adorned with something other than the usual clouds. A spectacular show of vibrant colours unfolds high in the sky. The most colourful festival of Gujarat is the festival of kites and it is known as Uttarayan. It ... More
On the turtle trail
The Chennai sea coast is a breeding ground for the endangered Olive Ridley turtles. Student volunteers go in search of their nests at night, retrieve the eggs and take them to a hatchery. What happened during the turtle walk one moonless night... More
Toon stars in story book
The stars of the Cartoon Network, including Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, the Powerpuff Girls and Scooby-Doo. The Flintstones and The Jetsons will feature in the pages of comic, colouring and storybooks for children, thanks to a licensing ... More
Mammoth encounters
In 1994, the Republic of Congo issued a set of stamps showing the development of elephants. The earliest ancestor of the elephant was the moeritherium, a pig-sized animal with a tapir-like snout, found in Upper Eocene deposits (about 60 ... More
Sound can hurt
The word `decibel' was coined in honour of Sir Alexander Graham Bell who invented the telephone. The lightest sound - that of a butterfly landing - would register zero on the decibel scale. Leaves rustling in a breeze would show 10 ... More
The hip, cool one
She entered their lives like a whirlwind. For one thing, they changed their food habits. More was to follow... ! More
Jungle parachute
Plants are both prisoners and shapers of their environment. Most of them adapt themselves to the conditions and develop peculiar mechanisms for their survival. Indian birthwort, botanically Aristolochia indica (Fy: Aristolochiaceae), is ... More
For love of animals
Join the PFA and let the world know you care. For membership details, write to PFA,
114, Vepery High Road,
Chennai-600 003 or
call 5384330, 6432348 or
email pfa_Chennai@yahoo.com Adopt a homeless animal. Call our adoption ... More
Snail mail, the best?
There's much to be said for the handwritten letter, however convenient and quick email may be. Each letter contains a part of of the person who writes it. More
Cats of the night
Civets are the nearest relatives to the cats. A little weasel-like in appearance, a civet is long in body and short in limb. The civet lives partly on vegetable matter and is also a good hunter. It is nocturnal in its habits and feeds on small ... More
Sense & Nonsense
Sip and be glad!
With their tall, slender trunks topped by a crown of gigantic leaves, palms are among the most graceful of trees. Of them, the Fish-tail Palm, a native of south and south-east Asia, is perhaps the most elegant. Palms not only have huge leaves, ... More

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