In Focus

Lal-Bahadur-Shastri

Remembering the man who is epitome of integrity and humility and who gave the slogan 'Jai Jawan Jai Kissan'

2nd October is celebrated as birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi all over India, but as the time has passed few people know that another great freedom fighter was born on this day. Yes, we are talking about the man who gave the slogan 'Jai Jawan Jai Kissan' and who was the first person to be posthumously awarded Bharat Ratna - Lal Bahadur Shastri, the second Prime Minister of Independent India.

Lal Bahadur Shastri was born on October 2, 1904, to Ramdulari Devi and Sharada Prasad Shrivastava, in Mughalsarai, Uttar Pradesh. Lal Bahadur was against the prevailing caste system and therefore decided to drop his surname. The title "Shastri" (a "scholar" or a person, adept in the "Holy Scriptures") was given after the completion of his graduation at Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi in 1925.

Before Independence, young Lal Bahadur was inspired with the stories and speeches of national leaders, and played a crucial role during the Gandhi’s 'Salt Satyagraha'.

Post-independence Lal Bahadur Shastri as the Minister of police in Uttar Pradesh recommended the use of "water-jets" instead of lathis to disperse the unruly mob. Later he joined the Union cabinet and as the Minister for Home he formed the "Committee on Prevention of Corruption" headed by of K. Santhanam.

A mild-mannered and soft-spoken Lal Bahadur Shastri succeeded Jawaharlal Nehru as the Prime minister of India on 9 June 1964, after the sudden demise of Nehru.

As the Prime Minister of India, he tackled many elementary problems like food shortage, unemployment, and poverty. He was also instrumental in promoting the famous "Green Revolution". and the 'White Revolution'.

During Pakistani aggression of 1965, Shastri showing his mettle, granted liberty to the Security Forces to retaliate and said, "Force will be met with force". He signed the 'Tashkent Declaration' in Russia on Indo-Pak ceasefire on 10 January 1966 with his Pakistan counterpart Ayub Khan.

Lal Bahadur Shastri died of a cardiac arrest on 11 January 1966. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award posthumously in 1966.

In Story

Buddha

AN OFFERING

Lord Buddha sat under a tree and his devotees gathered around him with their offerings. It was the appointed day for the collection of alms.

The king and the princes brought precious stones, gold, silver and riches. The landlords brought sackful of food grains, large baskets of fruits and vegetables. Wealthy merchants brought valuable gifts. Landowners placed deeds of land at the feet of Buddha. The village folks brought food and clothes. Lord Buddha sat there with a serene smile on his face. He extended his right hand as a mark of acceptance for each offering.

An old beggar woman slowly walked up and stood in front of him. "This is all I have, Tathagat,: she said, holding half a pomegranate in her hands. "A few moments back, I saw people coming here with their offerings. I was told that you, my Lord, have come to our village. But, by then, I had already eaten half the pomegranate. This is all that is left and I want to offer it at your feet. Will you accept my offering, O'Lord?" She fixed her pleading gaze on the serene and kind face of Buddha.

At once 'Tathagat' got up from his place and extended both his hands to accept the pomegranate from the old woman. Astonished were the wealthy and powerful present there.

"Getting up to receive a half-eaten pomegranate and that too with extended hands!" someone wondered aloud, "what is so special about it?"

"I am grateful to all of you for having shared with me your wealth. You have all offered me only a part of your belongings. But this poor woman's offering is different. She is giving me all that she has. She hasn't kept back anything for herself. When someone offers you her everything how can you not honour the gift,” said Lord Buddha.

Remember:

When giving a gift it is an offering you make. You are not forced to give it. You are giving out of choice, so give happily.

Most importantly, don't judge the value of a gift only by its worth.

Source : The Joy of Living (A Series for Value Education)

UNSUNG HEROS

I must help

I MUST HELP OUT

Mumbai school girl, Hardini, deeply cared for her mentally challenged sister, Rujuta. Rujuta went to a school for the handicapped. Most such schools did not have enough funds. They were ill-equipped and teachers were seldom paid their salaries in time. Hardini was very upset by her sister's plight.

"I must help out," Hardini resolved one day in 1998. But what could a 10-year-old do? But since she was determined she thought of a plan.

Hardini could paint well and that year she spent her entire summer vacation painting. Sometimes she painted up to 10 hours a day. In the month of July, she held an exhibition at her school, Maneckji Cooper, and raised Rs. 2, 18,000.

In May 1999, Hardini's efforts won her an award in an international competition for youngsters who have made a significant contribution to their communities. The Award Ceremony was held in the U.S. Hardini also exhibited her paintings in New York while she went to receive her award and raised $15,000 (Rs. 6, 60,000)

Hardini distributes all the money that she raises among schools for the handicapped. These schools thank Hardini and shower accolades on her. Hardini is a special girl for she set herself a great goal of service and is moving towards it with great determination.

Source : The Joy of Living (A Series for Value Education)

INTER ACTIVITY

CROSSWORD

CROSSWORD
Across:
1.We learn English _____ the Community College.
2.23 comes __________ 24.
3.Water flows ________ a bridge.
4.Fish swim ______ the ocean.
5.Dinner comes __________Lunch.
6.Alyosha is going _____ the shop.
7.The temperature in Vostock, Antartica can fall to 124 degrees __________ zero. That's cold!
8.A synonym for "close to".
9.The computer sits _____the desk.
10.It's a good idea to look both ways before you walk __________ the street.
Down:
1.Cho is taller ______ Ferry.
2.The mouse is __________the computer.
3.The mall doesn’t close ________ 8:30 pm.
4.The lights shine ______ us.
5.We used our windshield wipers as we drove ____________ the pouring rain.
6.Everyone stood __________ the fire to get warm.

FIND THE DIFFERENCES

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BRAIN TEASERS

BRAIN TEASERS
BRAIN TEASERS

In Formation

PLACES TO BE PROUD OF IN INDIA

Taragarh Fort Bundi
HIDDEN GEMS OF INDIA -
TARAGARH FORT, BUNDI RAJASTHAN- WHERE RUDYARD KIPLING WAS INSPIRED TO WRITE KIM

Rudyard Kipling is remembered in Bundi as Mowgli man who stayed there, but the book that is associated with Bundi is Kim not The Jungle Book. Kipling is said to have got inspiration for writing Kim in Bundi and once you visit that place you will know why.

The entrance to the fort is marked by three gateways, followed by tunnels and many battlements along with ramparts. These exhibits are also of great interest to the tourists, such as the famous Grand Canyon or the 'Garbha Gunjan'. The Rani Mahal, which was built exclusively for the wives and concubines of the rulers of those times is located in the same area, and is a great and famous attraction for the tourists. The place is at its peak of beauty when the sun sets and the entire city is immersed in the fading light of the setting sun. The Phul Sagar Lake behind the Palace is the most exquisite site you will ever see. It gets filled with lotus flowers in September.

Visit this place once if you are in Rajasthan and want to explore Rajput art from the C1800 and of course amazing views over the town of Bundi.

RECIPE

RECIPE

Cool down this summer with this delicious Popsicle
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes + Freezing Time

INGRIDIENTS:

  • 3 medium ripe peaches, pitted and quartered
  • 1 medium banana, diced
  • 1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice

PREPARATION:

Step 1:- Mix all ingredients together in a blender and make a smooth paste.

Step 2:- Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze. If you don’t have Popsicle molds, you can freeze the mixture in ice cube trays or small paper cups. When your smoothie mixture is slightly frozen, just stick ice cream stick or wooden Popsicle stick in each serving and continue to freeze.

Step 3:- Remove popsicles from their mold. Serve and enjoy!

PEACH

FRUIT

PEACH

When you hear the word Peach what comes first to your mind, the colour or the fruit? English uses the same word -"peach" for both the colour and the fruit. If we look into the goodness of this delicious and colourful fruit, you will definitely include this fruit into your diet. Peaches are abundantly rich in dietary fiber, low carbohydrate, vitamin C, A, E, and niacin, as well as minerals, such as, potassium, cooper, manganese, and phosphorous.

HEALTH BENIFITS:
Let’s take a bite out of these 5 healthy benefits of Peaches:
  • It helps in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
  • 2. This healthy fruit is low in calorie, rich in fiber, has no fat. This fuzzy fruit will make you feel full and keep you from overeating.
  • 3. Peaches contain phosphorous, which helps strengthen bones and teeth. Phosphorous also aids in the prevention of some bone diseases, like decalcification.
  • 4. Peaches are a great source of zinc, which has anti-ageing properties.
  • Peaches have been shown to decrease neurodegenerative disorders, such as, Alzheimer's disease.

INGLISH

PROVERBS

Proverbs are the traditional (historic) sayings of a country. They are short, clever sentences that usually offer life advice. Proverbs can teach you more about a country’s culture than any textbook. They show what’s important to the group of people, what is considered good and bad behaviour. Proverbs can also tell you the history of a place.

  1. It’s no use crying over spilled milk.
  2. This proverb advises you to stay calm during small problems. Don’t waste time worrying about little things that cannot be changed rather clean up the mess and go find a way to solve your problem.

  3. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.
  4. If you have a problem but never talk about it, no one will help you. How could they? But if you tell someone, things will get better. This proverb is about someone who complains a lot (the “squeaky wheel”) because they get more attention (“the grease”).

  5. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  6. Rome is a great city. However, it took many years to be completed. The builders did not rush to complete their work and neither should you. If you wish to create something wonderful and long-lasting, you will have to spend more than a day working on it. You will probably have to spend several days, weeks or even months to do a good job. Take your time and do it right!

  7. Beggars can’t be choosers.
  8. If someone gives you free things or offers to help you do something, you can’t ask for a different color or choose the perfect time in your schedule. When you receive free help or goods, you should accept what you’re offered, you can’t be picky (a “chooser”) because you’re not paying!

  9. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
  10. If you eat your cake, you won’t have it anymore, will you? So you can’t do both. This proverb is about having two opposite desires, and how it’s impossible to get both.

ANSWERS

CROSSWORD
CROSSWORD
FIND THE DIFFERENCES
Find the Differences
BRAIN TEASERS
Savvy: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.

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