January 2016


Book This is a feeble translation of "Lalu", a story by Sharatchandra Chattopadhyay. The objective is merely to exhort readers to read the original story or a better translation. This is a delightful tale of a naughty boy, Lalu. Lalu's head is always full of schemes to scare people. Once he placed a rubber snake near his unwary mother and scared her so much that she sprained her ankle and walked with a limp for seven-eight days. Mother was angry and wanted to appoint a tutor for Lalu, thinking that thus engaged the boy would stay out of mischief. Lalu's father came to the boy's rescue by objecting to the suggestion. Though Lalu escaped unscathed on that occasion, he was cross with his mother. Please read the story to find out what he does next.

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Raining garbage!

Laughing face Mr Thakur was in a dilemma. He was admiring the beautiful flowers in his small garden when his brows creased into a frown. There were bits and pieces of egg shells sticking to the petals of the flowers; there were skins of potatoes, tiny slices of tomatoes, scraps of all kinds of vegetables, and tea leaves marring the beauty of his cherished flowers! It was raining garbage from above!

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Math in playing cards!

Playing cards The problem with my friend, Ashish, is that he sees the world in terms of numbers - he tries to find math inside everything! Now he came to my house on a Sunday armed with a standard deck of playing cards. He wanted me to play cards but I was in no mood for it. So, he chose to test my math skills instead. He dealt some cards to me and himself from the deck and laid the rest aside. He then said to me, "If you give me certain number of your cards I will have four times as many cards as you have. If I give you the same number of cards, I will have thrice as many cards as you have." He wanted me to tell him how many cards each of us had.

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Climate change warming lakes

Lake Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new NASA and National Science Foundation-funded study of more than half of the world's freshwater supply. Using more than 25 years of satellite temperature data and ground measurements of 235 lakes on six continents, this study -- the largest of its kind -- found lakes are warming an average of 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit (0.34 degrees Celsius) each decade. The scientists say this is greater than the warming rate of either the ocean or the atmosphere, and it can have profound effects.

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Some useful links for
your career:

  • Union Public Service Commission - www.upsc.gov.in
  • IIT-Kharagpur - www.iitkgp.ac.in
  • Indian Statistical Institute - www.isical.ac.in
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras - www.iitm.ac.in
  • Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad - www.iimahd.ernet.in
  • Indian Institute of Mass Commission - www.iimc.nic.in
  • IIT Bombay - www.iitb.ac.in
  • Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad - www.ismdhanbad.ac.in
  • Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi - www.bitmesra.ac.in
  • Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training - www.cifnet.nic.in
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (Deemed University) - www.iiita.ac.in
  • Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi - www.cmfri.com
  • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai - www.tiss.edu

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