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Hidden treasure

Picture of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore This is only a feeble translation of a story by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. The objective is merely to exhort readers to read the original story, or a better translation. Mrityunjoy has inherited a treasure map from his father; the father had inherited the map from his father. Mrityunjoy's father and grandfather died in poverty while trying unsuccessfully to trace the treasure during their lifetimes. Mrityunjoy is determined to succeed. In order to reach the treasure, Mrityunjoy has to decipher the meaning of a verse, the meaning that had eluded his father and grandfather. In an eureka moment, the meaning comes to him in a flash, and Mrityunjoy discovers the treasure! But, Mrityunjoy finally realizes that the golden sunlight, the open sky, freedom, and all other natural gifts bestowed upon man are far more precious than all the gold in the world!

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What's in a name? Everything!

Funny picture of dog wearing a hat I have a friend; actually, I have several friends but Sudhanshu stands out among them for his quirky behavior. He is a good-natured soul. Time simply flies in Sudhanshu's company; he always has a fresh stock of jokes and humorous incidents to relate that leaves us clutching our tummies from non-stop laughter. But as I said he is quirky. In the simmering summer when everyone craves for a cold drink, he invariably seeks out a tea stall to have a steaming cup of tea. In the winter when all of us make for the nearest tea stall, he orders a cold drink!

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A painting job

A pair of painting brushes It was a mere coincidence. Amol had just finished reading how Tom Sawyer whitewashed the fence when his mother told him that their fence needed a few coats of paint. Amol picked up the pail of paint and brush, and set out to paint. His younger brother, Babul, offered to help. Babul takes five hours more than Amol to paint the fence if he were to do it all alone. Both of them start painting (from different ends, of course) at the same time. After working for some time, Babul takes a 30-minute break. Amol continues to work meanwhile. Babul comes back and resumes his work and Amol, now, takes a 30-minute break. Amol comes back after the break and both continue with the work. The brothers complete the job in 6 hours and 30 minutes. How long would each brother take if he were to complete the work all alone?

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