Just Dance

Just Folk Dance in India

Dance. That instinctive response to an elemental beat that every single one of us has felt at one time or the other. Be it the dhaaki’s frenzied drumming, that soulful Rabindrasangeet, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, or the latest Bollywood number, who among us has not wanted to just get up and dance?

April 29—International Dance Day—is a day when people all over the world look at dance and how it enhances our lives. Dance remains a part of the school curriculum for primary school children in almost all countries. Just Dance Education is known to have a range of benefits for primary school children, from teaching them communication through movement, improving balance and posture to enhancing multi-factor intelligence. Read More


Tips to Cope up with Exam Stress

Tips to reduce exam stress

Very often it happens that when exams start knocking at your doors you tend to panic. You tend to think about the terrible consequences if you do badly often triggering off situations like sleepless nights, restlessness, and loss of appetite. Exam Stress can even create negative impact on your studies. Here are some beneficial tips which will simply help you to chill out or deal with exam related stresses. Read More


The Earth Day

Today is April 22. From Google Doodle to Facebook updates, from special events in schools, colleges and probably even your neighborhood association, everyone is talking about Earth Day.

Yes, it is a day of celebration, a designated day when people in more than 192 countries around the world show their commitment to protecting the environmental. There is much to celebrate – the first decade of this century was full of discoveries about the animal kingdom. Discovery of new species, path breaking research on animals, as well as some species being saved from the brink of extinction.

But, the question remains, can we ever look towards the future if we do not recognize the mistakes of our past? Today, as we renew our commitment to the earth and all our fellow creatures, let us also remember a few of the species which have died out in the last 15 years.

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1.The golden toad: Also known as the Montverde toad or the orange toad, this species lived only in the Montverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve in Costa Rica. Not a single specimen has been sighted since 1989 though this was once a common species. Their breeding sites were well-known and closely watched. In 1988, eight males and two females could be found, and in 1989, only a single male was located. Extensive searches since then have failed to locate another golden toad and the species was declared extinct in August 2007. Airborne pollution and global warming is thought to have contributed contributed to the species’ demise.

2.The Baiji dolphin: The last documented sighting of China’s Baiji Dolphin was in 2002. Though the species is still listed as critically endangered, scientists think it may already be extinct. In 2006, scientists traveled up the Yangtze River for more than 2,000 miles but were unable to detect any surviving dolphins. It is thought that the Baiji Dolphin population has declined because of a combination of overfishing, boat traffic, habitat loss, pollution and poaching.

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3. Spix’s macaw: Remember the 2011 animation film, Rio? Though Blue and Jewel, the main characters were referred to as Blue Macaws in the film, the species is actually known Spix’s Macaws. As of today, 71 of these gorgeous birds are known to exist in captivity. But, the last known bird in the wild disappeared in 2000 and no others are known to remain. The species’ current listing is “critically endangered” instead of “extinct in the wild”. This is because all areas of potential habitat have not yet been thoroughly surveyed. The Spix’s macaw population is supposed to have died out because of hunting and trapping, habitat destruction and the introduction of Africanized bees, or “killer bees,” which compete for nesting sites.


The book story

Its ‘School time’- time for new classroom, new teachers and new friends. Its also time for new textbooks. As a student, I always had mixed emotions with text books. The sight and smell of a new book always brought a sense of renewal in me. It helped me overcome the vacation blues and look forward to my new class. There was a time when text books were the only source of knowledge for us.

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Today, we have access to additional resource on the internet, which we may refer to build on a chapter or a concept written in the text book. New book formats like e-books and reading devices like Kindle have introduced new ways of reading. The convenience of navigation and instant cross reference is often looked at as a convenient way of reading books.  Now comes the big question. Are the days of traditional books numbered? What does the paper books offer that the modern inventions don’t? There is only one word that comes to my mind. Distraction. The lure of getting lost in a maze of hyperlinks has already been proven to be a major contributor to attention deficit in children and adults alike. The discipline of navigating a subject in a linear fashion is sometimes helpful in navigating through the progressive difficulty levels in a subject. In essence, if traditional textbooks and newer internet based knowledge resources , are used intelligently, students can benefit from the best of both worlds.