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Did You Know India Qualified for FIFA World Cup in 1950?

The FIFA fever has already begun and India has a huge population of football fanatics, who can't wait to back their favourite team for the FIFA World Cup.

From Cristiano Ronaldo to Lionel Messi's being the best striker to Gerard Pique being the best defender in the world right now!

But one thing is common among all the fans—the desire to see India perform on the world stage.

But do you know that dream almost came true in 1950? Yes, it did. India had qualified to play in the FIFA world cup that year, which was schedule to take place in Brazil. It was the first world cup after the Second World War.

India never withdrew nor confirmed their presence. Many speculations were made; one among them was FIFA told India that they would have to wear shoes for the World Cup, and this did not go down too well with the team.

However, according to one of the best defenders that India has produced- Sailen Manna, this was untrue and the real reason for India not participating in the FIFA was not taking the world cup as seriously as the Olympics.

Even after 68 years of the incident, we want history to repeat itself as we all want to be proud spectators, who are waiting to see India in the FIFA world cup.

In Story

building your house


An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the pay check each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go & asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favour. The carpenter said yes, but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.

When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, "This is your house... my gift to you."

The carpenter was shocked!

What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.

So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then, with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we would do it much differently.

But, you cannot go back. You are the carpenter, and every day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Someone once said, "Life is a do-it-yourself project." Your attitude and the choices you make today, help build the “house” you will live in tomorrow. Therefore, build wisely!

Vallathol Narayana Menon


Vallathol Nagar is a small town located on the banks of Nila in the Kerala state of India. It is named after Vallathol Narayana Menon, who was a triumvirate poet of modern Malayalam language, which is spoken in the south Indian state of Kerala.

The honorific Mahakavi (great poet) was applied to him in 1913 after the publication of his Mahakavya Chitrayogam. Chitrayogam conformed to all the principles of a traditional Mahakavya and was divided into 18 Sargas.

He started writing poems from the age of twelve. Kiratha Satakam and Vyasavataram were his earliest published works. He won Bhashaposhini magazine's poetry award in 1894. His poems began appearing in Bhashaposhini, Kerala Sanchari and Vijnana Chintamani magazines. His first major literary ventures were a rendition of Valmiki's Ramayana into Malayalam.

In addition to subjects from nature and the lives of ordinary people, he wrote against caste restriction and orthodoxies. Vallathol's opposition to the indignities of the caste system and the injustices suffered by the poor form the themes of many of his poems.

He was awarded Padma Bhushan title, India's third highest civilian award, in 1954.

Vallathol is credited with revitalising the traditional Keralite dance form known as Kathakali. He played a prominent role in setting up the Kerala Kalamandalam at Cheruthuruthy, near the banks of Bharathapuzha River. He stimulated the world's interest in this art during his tours abroad between 1950 and 1953.

Vallathol is regarded as the greatest nationalist poet of the language. He actively participated in the Nationalist movement. He attended the all India Conferences of the Indian Congress in 1922 and 1927 and rejected a royal honour bestowed upon him by the Prince of Wales during his India visit in 1922. Vallathol remained a great admirer of Mahatma Gandhi. At the same time, he felt attracted by the Communist ideology and wrote poems praising the achievements of the Soviet Union. He wrote several patriotic poems hailing India's nationalist movement.


Spot 6 Differences in This Picture



So, in this maze, there are numbers in each of the cells. As you go through, add the numbers that you pass. Can you find a way through with a total of exactly 100? Remember, you cannot go through a cell more than once.


In Formation



Oldest Dam in India - Kallanai Dam

Kallanai Dam is also known as Grand Anicut. It is the fourth oldest dam in the world and oldest in India. The dam was constructed by King Karikala Chola of the Chola Dynasty in the 2nd century AD. It still serves the people of Tamilnadu, India. The dam is located on the River Kaveri, approximately 20km from the city of Tiruchirapalli. Around 400,000ha of land along the Delta region is irrigated by the water provided by Kallanai dam.



Preparation Time: 15 Minutes


  • 1 cucumber thinly sliced and peeled
  • 4 slices white-bread
  • Cheese slice
  • Sandwich spread / Butter, cream or hung curd
  • Salt to taste
  • 6 finely chopped mint leaves / mint chutney


Step 1:- Apply sandwich spread on bread slices, place them on a flat surface and divide them into two sets.

Step 2:- Place 6 to 8 slices of the cucumbers on one set of slices of bread and place a cheese slice on top of it. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper powder.

Step 3:- Sprinkle some mint leaves or spread the chutney on the other set of slices.

Step 4:- Cover and put together both the sets of slices.

Step 5:- Slice the sandwiches into 2 or 4 pieces. Serve as it is with ketchup or chutney of choice.




Guys have heard the idiom 'As cool as a cucumber', and do you know its origin? This idiom is derived from the cool attributes of cucumber. Cucumbers always feel cool, green and fresh even in hot conditions. They are made up of 95% of water, which makes them an ideal hydrating and cooling food.

Cucumber is originally from South Asia, but now grows on most continents. Many different types of cucumber are traded on the global market.

  • Cucumbers help you to stay hydrated and keep your skin radiant and glowing
  • They contain antioxidants that reduce the risk of cancer, heart and lung diseases
  • They are rich in nutrients like Protein, Fibre, Vitamin C and K, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese. Eating cucumbers with the peel provides the maximum amount of nutrients
  • Helps in weight loss
  • Cucumbers may help to cool the inflammatory response in your body i.e., fight inflammation



  1. Are you coming to ___ party next Saturday?
  2. I bought ___ new TV set yesterday.
  3. She was wearing ___ ugly dress when she met him.
  4. He thinks that ___ love is what will save us all.
  5. Do you study in ___ University?
  6. Swati can you come to my house for ___ hour?
  1. The definite article 'the' is used before a noun to indicate that the identity of the noun is known to the reader.
  2. Indefinite article 'a' is used before a singular noun beginning with a consonant sound.
  3. Indefinite article 'an' is used before a singular noun beginning with a vowel sound like a,e,i,o,u.
  • In 'an honor', though honour starts with a consonant 'h', it is pronounced with a vowel sound ‘o’ so we should use ‘an’.
  • Similarly, in 'a uniform', though uniform starts with a vowel 'u', it is pronounced with a consonant sound of ‘u’ (you) so we should use ‘a’.


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