In Focus

Earth Hour 2019

Earth Hour 2019

Earth Hour 2019 theme is "Reduce, Reuse, Change the Way We Live".

Earth Hour 2019 logo is:

Earth Hour 2019-1

Earth Hour 2019 is scheduled for March 30, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

Earth Hour is a global environmental event started in Sydney Australia by WWF in the year 2007 and went global with time.

Millions of people around the world take part in it every year by switching off their lights for one hour, making a substantial difference in the energy consumption and help reduce effect of global warming on this planet. The major landmarks of the world from Eiffel tower to Sydney Opera House and from Golden Gate to Birmingham Palace also go dark in support of Earth Hour.

However, it should not be confused with Earth day. Though both events are for the conservation and protection Earth, they are different events. Earth Hour is observed on the last Saturday of March every year whereas Earth Day is celebrated on 22nd April each year.

Let us all be a part of this noble cause this year and block our phone calendars for 30th March. Connect with our friends and family over a candle-lit dinner, plan a park party or simply just switch off our lights for an hour.

This will be our contribution to Planet Earth in our own way.

In Story

The Seasons of Life


There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn to not judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said no – it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed, he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfilment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but one season in the tree’s life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are – and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life – can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfilment of your fall.


Darpan Inani

Darpan Inani

"What's not tough in life? Life will be tough but you have to be tougher in life and that's when you will win," said Inani who wishes to be an international Grandmaster someday at Mahesh Drishtiheen Sansthan In Indore.

An inspiration to all Darpan Inani is a prolific blind Indian chess player from Vadodara. He was a bronze medalist at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Belgrade. He is the youngest player to have ever won the National blind chess championships and the only Indian visually impaired chess player to have ever won international first prize at the Creon Open Chess tournament in France in August 2018. He was honoured with the Yuva Ratna award by All India Marwari Yuva Manch in April 2018 in Siliguri, West Bengal. He is also the recipient of the Navratna Award – 2018 awarded by Yuma Television and has featured in HDFC life commercial.

Darpan Inani born to father Satish Inani and mother Vimala Inani lost his vision completely at a young age of 3 years when he was affected by the Steven Johnson Syndrome. He is an aspiring Chartered Accountant. He loves to plays the tabla and the harmonium. He has also taken vocal training in Indian classical music center and is a yellow belt in Karate.

He believes that Everyone has some strength and weaknesses, so instead of focusing on limitations, one must focus on their strengths and capitalise on them.



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In Formation


Silent Valley National Park In Kerala: Where The Wild Roam Free

Many times, in life we tend to get so tired of the daily routine that all we want is to run away to a secluded nature's enclosure. We wish for a place which is surrounded by green, just so that we can breathe clean air and observe mother nature playing her magic.

We crave to listen to the chirping of birds, buzzing of insects and a distant sound of an elephant's call. But a lot of times we fail to think of a single place that can offer seclusion, peace and green all at once! Put your worries at ease right away because we have just the place you are looking for!

Silent Valley National Park, is Kerala's second largest National Park located in Palakkad district of Kerala.

Rich in its biodiversity, this national park is home to the largest population of Lion-tailed Macaque, an endangered species of Primate, nearly 150 species of birds and 200 species of butterflies. The Silent Valley National Park also has plenty of herbs, medicinal plants and houses over 1000 species of flowering plants such as orchids,

It happens to be the only place where no traces of human intervention can be found in the history! It was named "Silent Valley" by the British simply because they heard no loud chorus of the cicadas. Therefore, it makes for a perfect haven for nature lovers.



Punch Balls with Cape Gooseberry/Rasbhari
Preparation Time: 30 Minutes



  • 25-30 Cape gooseberries
  • 500 g Crushed Marie biscuits
  • 100 ml Home-made red current juice, or any other according to choice and taste
  • 50 g Powdered sugar
  • 100 g Fresh Cream
  • 50 g Cocoa
  • 100 g Ground walnuts


  • 2 x 100 g Chocolate glaze
  • 1 x 80 g Chocolate garnish


Step 1:-Mix all the ingredients other than berries and knead into a dough. If necessary, add liquid (juice) or solids (biscuits, nuts) according to the consistency,
Make balls of the dough with one Rasbhari in the center.

Step 2:-Wrap the balls in melted chocolate glaze or chocolate decorations and place in paper cups.

Step 3:-Serve chilled.



Rasbhari / Cape Gooseberry

Indian Name: Rasbhari
Latin Name: Physalis peruviana

P. peruviana is an economically useful crop as an exotic exported fruit, and is favored in breeding and cultivation programs of many countries. It is also known as Golden berry, Inca berry, Ground cherry, Husk cherry, Giant ground cherry or Chinese lantern in various other countries. In India we call the fruit Rasbhari yet it bears no relation to the similar-sounding raspberry.

P. peruviana fruits are marketed in the United States as goldenberry and sometimes Pichuberry, named after Machu Picchu in order to associate the fruit with its origin in Peru.

Rasbhari or Cape gooseberries are one of the easiest berries to grow as they can adapt to numerous climates and elevations. These golden orange berries are round and smooth resembling a miniature yellow tomato 1.25–2 cm wide. Removed from its calyx, it is bright yellow to orange in color, are sour and sometimes bitter but sweet when ripe.

Cape berries have high amounts of vitamin A that protects the eye and strengthens the vision. They have soluble pectin fiber that helps prevent constipation and lowers bad cholesterol.

Cape gooseberries grow wild along India’s roads, back yards and open fields with porous soils. The fruiting season lasts from February through May, though, India’s commercialized efforts are concentrated in the north only.


The doubling up 1:1:1: spelling rule:

Before we start, do you know what vowels, consonants, suffixes, syllables are?

  • Vowels- a.e.i.o.u (y is sometimes classed as a vowel)
  • consonants- b,c,d,f,g,h,j,k,l,m,n,p,q,r,s,t,v,w,y,z (all alphabets other than the vowels)
  • suffixes are little words added to the end of a word: -ing, -s, -ment, -ed...
  • syllables: are bits of a word broken down with a vowel in them, and different bits can be stressed. e.g. qua/li/fi/ca/tion.

Do you know why we double up the last consonant?

Words of one syllable, ending in one vowel + one consonant, double the last letter before a vowel suffix.

With the 1:1:1 rule, we usually double the end consonant when we add the following vowel suffixes (-ing,-ed,-er, -est, -en, -ish, -ery, -y)

put - putting, big-bigger, stop-stopped, fat- fatten, run - running, thin - thinner, sit - sitting, get - getting, stop-stopping, hot-hotter, swim – swimming etc.

We don't double up the final consonant when it's w, x or y.

But that's not all: We also double up some words that are more than one syllable when the last syllable is stressed.

prefer ("preFER") - preferring/preferred (but not preference)

begin ("beGIN") - beginning, beginner

regret ("reGRET") - regrettable, regretting

occur ("ocCUR") - occurred, occurring, occurrence

Remember there are always exceptions to English spelling rules; Learn your spellings well!!!


Find the Differences
Mars; the Roman god of war

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