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Weekend Getaway – Visiting A Strawberry Farm | Bookosmia

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Nature with Sara stories for kids by Shreeda Germany BookosmiaHave you ever been to a farm? 9 year old Shreeda Thakkar, a Bookosmian from Hannover, Germany went to a strawberry farm and seems to have had a berry berry happy day!
She goes to International School, Hannover region.
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I woke up in the morning I was so thrilled to skip to the strawberry farm and pick up some strawberries, my friends were coming too!

My parents and I took the train and then we jumped on the bus and we marched along the pathway for 10 minutes heading towards the farm. As we walked we saw beautiful trees and houses. Now we were on the bridge and we saw a strawberry on the path!

Weekend getaway - Visiting a strawberry farm

Finally we crossed the bridge and waited for my friends to come, but then I was bored and clicked some pictures of a strawberry cow and I even made a riddle out of it ” Who poops strawberry poop and gives us fresh strawberry milkshake?” and the answer is a strawberry cow.

Weekend getaway - Visiting a strawberry farm

I sat on the strawberry cow seat. It was quite hot.

I was patting a strawberry cow I wanted to hop on it but the cow was wobbling as it was not made out of strong material like wood.

Being with the cow was so fun even though it was not real. I wanted to pick the strawberries so I grabbed the two clean baskets and gave one to my mom and we started walking between the strawberry bushes to pick the strawberries.

Weekend getaway - Visiting a strawberry farm

I filled my basket with the strawberries and thought I had many but I looked in my basket there were very few and I looked at my mom’s basket it was full of them!

Look at the big juicy strawberries! There were so many strawberry bushes.

This is my basket but the good thing was it was empty so I could take more time and enjoy the strawberries and my mom was eating the strawberries then after some time she went back to play with my baby brother and talk with my dad.

Weekend getaway - Visiting a strawberry farm

I ate so many strawberries until my tummy was saying “I need no more”, hahaha! I was having lots of fun.

Finally, one of my friends came, his name was Arnav and couldn’t find any strawberries ( just like me) so l helped him out along with that we chatted through the way. After five minutes my other friend came, his name was Rohan. Soon all our baskets were full. Then we played so many games!

We were walking over the bridge and we finally reached to the bus stand and we were in the bus after couple of stops we hopped off and jumped on the train and finally we reached home.

My mom made strawberry jam and…

Weekend getaway - Visiting a strawberry farm

strawberry cake …….

Weekend getaway - Visiting a strawberry farm

and strawberry milkshake , l drank it all up .

They were all tasty.

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Scuba Diving At Maldives | Bookosmia

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travel story by Vaibhav Giani14 year old Vaibhav Giani, a Bookosmian from Kolkata tried out scuba diving at Maldives and encountered a reef shark! 😱 Do read to know what happened next!
He is a student of Word Munchers and goes to La Martiniere for Boys.
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Scuba diving at Maldives

My sister and I reclined on the sun lounges sipping coconut water in a Maldives resort. About half an hour was left before we had to go to the dive shop, put on our diving suits and plunge into the ocean for our first ever dive.

Both of us were very excited but nervous at the same time. After having a short conversation, we took our cycles and rode off across the island to the diving centre where we met our instructor who was preparing our oxygen tanks.

 

We quickly put on our dive suits, took our diving equipment and hopped on to the local hand made boat which was beautifully decorated with native colours.

 

Scuba diving at Maldives

 

 

We first had to do a practice dive near the shore to get accustomed to the equipment.I quickly jumped into the water where my instructor was already waiting. He made me understand a few signs through which we could communicate inside the water and told me to wear the regulator which would allow me to breathe underwater.

 

He then adjusted the pressure of my diving suit which allowed me to slowly go deeper into the water. We went down to about 2 metres where he further gave me instructions and taught me how to manage my suit underwater and what to do in case of an emergency situation.

 

We then came back on the boat for a long twenty minute ride which would take us to our diving spot. During the boat journey, my instructor and I struck an interesting conversation about fishing and how the Maldives government had banned large scale fishing of whales which had become an endangered animal.

 

We soon reached the diving spot and that’s when my heart started beating at 100 miles an hour. My legs started shaking and my throat dried out. I quickly gulped down some water and stood at the edge of the boat.

 

I closed my eyes, took God’s name and just jumped into the water. I quickly put on my oxygen regulator, adjusted the pressure of my diving suit and started going down

 

Scuba diving at Maldives

 

 

As I went below the surface, I saw a whole new form of life. I was mesmerized by my surroundings. Fish of all kinds were swimming with me. I had just started to admire my surroundings when suddenly I felt a pain and pressure in my ear. I had completely forgotten to equalise my ears and the trainer had specifically told me to do so.

In less than a second, the pressure just increased exponentially and it felt as if my ears were about to burst any second. I grabbed my nose as fast as I could, blocked it and then tried to breathe through it, which allowed my ears to equalise to the pressure underwater. I felt a sigh of relief.

 

Scuba diving at Maldives

 

 

I continued to go deeper and deeper until I reached about 17 metres below sea level. The surroundings were just mesmerising. Corals of all shapes and sizes, both poisonous and non poisonous ones swayed from side to side with the ocean current.

 

Fishes shimmied around me gently touching my body which made me feel a tickle through my body. The pop and click sounds which the fish made while eating also seemed extremely tranquil.

 

I was just looking around when suddenly I saw a reef shark heading straight towards me. I was briefed about this earlier and was told to stay as calm as possible in such a situation as reef sharks are not interested in harming humans. Staying calm when a shark is approaching you is much easier said than done.

 

Scuba diving at Maldives

 

 

My body twitched and became stiff, I felt as if my heart was sinking and I closed my eyes.I could feel as if the shark was right next to my body. I was shaking. After a few seconds, I opened my eyes slowly and saw that the shark had changed direction and was not interested in me anymore.

 

I was just about to come back up to the surface when I saw a school of manta rays swim right past me which also sent shivers down my body. Slowly, I started to come back to the surface from where I climbed up on the boat and went back to the island.

Scuba diving at Maldives

 

This experience of mine while travelling was definitely one that would remain with me for the rest of my life. The peace and calmness I experienced underwater was serene.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of scuba diving and hope to dive many more times again.

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A Holiday To Bangkok | Bookosmia

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Book Review by Atharva Agarwal Kolkata Bookosmia6 year old Atharva Agarwal, a Bookosmian from Kolkata recalls some memorable moments spent with his family on a holiday in Bangkok. What’s your favourite holiday?
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A holiday to Bangkok

 

My favourite holiday was a trip to Bangkok with my loving parents in the year 2017.

 

Excited as I was, I helped my parents pack the luggage. We reached our destination in two hours by aeroplane.

 

The hotel car escorted us from the airport to the Novotel Hotel. It was a luxurious hotel and we enjoyed staying and relaxing there.

 

A holiday to Bangkok

 

Our Bangkok trip was a well organised guided tour.

First, we visited the famous and much awaited Dinosaur Park. It was a thrilling experience to see the animated dinosaurs roaring and learning about them.

A holiday to Bangkok

Next morning, we went to the water park to enjoy water rides, playing and splashing water the whole day.

A holiday to Bangkok

Then we went to the amusement park, laughing and giggling on the rides.

 

Watching the aquatic life in the theme park was also quite fun.

 

My father and I enjoyed munching on snacks while my mother was busy shopping.

 

I like to go on such adventurous trips with my family.

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Chennai – Great Food, Frolicking Waves And Fun | Bookosmia

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Travel Story by Akshaj Kar 8 year old Akshaj Kar, a Bookosmian from Cuttack travelled to Chennai to participate in the spell bee and what a lovely time he seems to have had there! Send us your travel story!
He goes to D.A.V. Public School, Sector-6, C.D.A., Cuttack.
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I am going to share one of the most memorable days of my life. I got selected for the national round of the Spell Bee competition for which I visited the beautiful city of Chennai.

 

I started my journey by train. The workers on the train gave us very tasty food. I liked that food very much.

Chennai - Great food, frolicking waves and fun

 

After an exciting and equally tiring journey of two days, we arrived at our destination.

 

We stepped out of the train and took a taxi to a hotel. It was not something luxurious but was good to stay. It was already nighttime so we had our dinner. The food served was very tasty.

 

Chennai - Great food, frolicking waves and fun

 

The next day, I went to my Spell Bee competition. We took a cab to the venue. Children from many states were there. I gave my best and the competition was very challenging. I was awarded too.

 

Chennai - Great food, frolicking waves and fun

 

It was already night by the time the competition ended. We returned, had our dinner and slept.

The next day, we had our breakfast and then took a taxi for sightseeing. It was exciting.

First, we went to a rose garden. It was very beautiful. There were different colors of roses like white, red, pink, yellow etc. It took about 45 minutes for us to see all the flowers. My parents clicked photos of me.

Chennai - Great food, frolicking waves and fun

Then we went to the chocolate factory and tea factory. We tasted the chocolates and tea there. They were very tasty. We bought a packet of chocolates.

It was already afternoon. We were very hungry. It was time for lunch. We went to a restaurant and ordered food.

 

The food served there was very tasty. We ate chapati, rice and chilly paneer.

 

Then we went to the boat house overlooking a beautiful lake. There, we took a ride on a boat. It was very big and beautiful. Many people were sitting in the boat.

 

Chennai - Great food, frolicking waves and fun

 

In the boat, we were given life jackets. We wore that. It was a very thrilling experience. We rode for 30 minutes.

Then we went to a fair. We rode on a mini train and the most exciting experience for me was riding a horse. The horse was big and cute. There were many stalls there also.

Chennai - Great food, frolicking waves and fun

The next day, we went to a temple. It was huge. It was very beautiful. There were many statues of gods. We prayed to the god. There were statues of Lord Shiva, Ganesh, Vishnu and many more. Many people were in the temple.

In the side, there were two big black statues of lions. That was one of the most beautiful temples I had ever seen. It took about one hour for us to see all the statues and pray.Then we returned to the hotel.

Chennai - Great food, frolicking waves and fun

We ate lunch at the hotel. We ordered rice, dal and cauliflower curry. Then I watched TV and painted for a while. Then we ate dinner and slept.

The next day, we booked a taxi and went to the beach. There we ordered an item which was a glass filled with juicy fruits like watermelon, apples, banana and many more.We sat on the sand and I made a beautiful sand castle.That day was our last in Chennai.

Chennai - Great food, frolicking waves and fun

After spending such a beautiful time in Chennai, it was time to travel back to Odisha. This time we traveled by flight – a faster and easier way to travel but I liked the journey by train because I enjoyed the scenic beauty of nature while traveling.

This was one of the most memorable trips of my life. Hope you all enjoyed my little travel story.

 

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Akshaj Kar

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Museum Day – My Trip To The Indian Museum, Kolkata | Bookosmia

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#SaraReads #GratitudeDuringCovid Young Authors AtreyoToday is International Museum Day! 9 year old Atreyo Bhattacharya from Kolkata writes about his memorable visit to the historic Indian Museum in Kolkata which includes a close-up look at an Egyptian mummy! Do you love museums too? Tell us!

He is a student of Word Munchers and goes to The Heritage School.
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It was a beautiful and radiant Sunday. I went to the Indian Museum with my friends and my local sports club. We were extremely excited to visit the two hundred year old museum whose stories I had heard  many times from my parents during bedtime.

 

When we reached our destination, we got down from the bus and stared at the giant white colossal building. We were flabbergasted!

Museum Day - My trip to the Indian Museum, Kolkata

We stood in a queue and ate ice-cream while our Sir bought our entry passes. Just after entering the museum, we took a look at the map of the whole premise.

We all got puzzled after seeing the huge map as there were so many different things to explore in a day.

Our Sir came to the rescue and became our tour guide for the day.

We started our museum journey with the Egyptian wing. It was a giant twilight room with a spotlight at its centre.

Museum Day - My trip to the Indian Museum, Kolkata

As we took a step forward, I saw a ‘mummy’ inside a glass coffin for the first time. It looked like a dead body wrapped with a white Egyptian cloth.

We all got scared at that moment. We came out of the room with heavy hearts as someone had died and was mummified and had been on display for us to see.

There was an exhibition going on outside the museum about Egypt. I even bought a papyrus book from there to cherish this memorable trip.

Museum Day - My trip to the Indian Museum, Kolkata

Soon after covering the Egyptian wing, we went to the archeological section and saw a giant skeleton of a reptile. We took a lot of snaps in front of that and later on learnt that, the skeleton was of an extinct crocodile which has now became a fossil.

Museum Day - My trip to the Indian Museum, Kolkata

Throughout the whole day, we explored every corner of the museum including the preserved sea animals, old aged coins and weapons of different metals.

Museum Day - My trip to the Indian Museum, Kolkata

In the process, we also had fun together. The trip will always be in my good memories for the rest of my life.

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Atreyo Bhattacharya

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Ooty- A Must-Visit Hill Station | Bookosmia

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travel review by ShrivikaWhat’s the best way to learn? Travel, writes 12 year old Shrivika R from Bangalore. Check out her amazingly detailed travel story from her trip to Ooty!

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I had holidays for ten days. My exams had just finished. My parents and I decided to go for a trip as the COVID-19 cases were less. We hadn’t visited hill stations, so we decided to visit Ooty as it was near Karnataka and beautiful.

 

We flew to Coimbatore International Airport which is the nearest airport to Ooty.

Ooty- A must-visit hill station

 

Then we booked a cab and drove to Ooty. It took around 3.5 hours to reach. We stayed at a nearby hotel called ‘Rose Valley.’ It was a 4 star hotel. The rooms were spacious for us.

Ooty- A must-visit hill station

The weather was rainy most of the times. Because of the fog, the city seemed to levitate in the clouds.

 

The next morning, we visited three places. They were:

 

• Nilgiri Mountain Valley

It has the Toy Train. The train had cartoon characters on it. My dad and I took a ride on it. It was wonderful.

 

All the seats were full with lots of enjoyment. I was looking out of the window and eating a double scooped ice cream. ​I could see the mountains and valleys covered in the mist.

 

Ooty- A must-visit hill station

 

Next we visited,

• Ooty lake

It is one of the most visited tourist places in Ooty. The scene from far is very picturesque.

There was a boat house in which there were many boats. We decided to do boating under the supervision of an expert. Next, we went to see a boat race. The crowd was cheering for various participants. I recommend visiting this peaceful place.
Ooty- A must-visit hill station

Lastly, on that day we visited,

• The deer park

I had always wanted to visit this as I am a wildlife enthusiast. I adore deer. There were a variety of deer in the park such as Sambar deer. I loved it and touched one too.

Ooty- A must-visit hill station

It was 7 in the evening and it was time to return to our hotel. It took 30 minutes to reach the hotel and it was snack time. Mother gave me a sandwich. I enjoyed it. Father said, “We’ll have more fun tomorrow but get some sleep now.” We switched off the lights and went to bed.

 

It was morning, another day of excitement. I brushed my teeth and took a bath. It was 10AM. At 12 noon we again set off to see something new. We visited four interesting places that day. They were:

 

• Doddabetta Park

It took 30 minutes to reach this spot. It is the highest peak of the Nilgiris. It is a fabulous spot for trekking. I was happy to visit this place. It was huge. There were signs of ‘Do not pluck flowers’ and ‘Do not litter.’ This is a sign which everyone needs to follow. We spent an hour there.

Ooty- A must-visit hill station

• Rose Garden

I love roses and I had landed on the rose garden! It is said to be ‘The Heart of Ooty.’

It had multiple colours, varieties and scents. I begged father to buy me a bouquet and he finally bought me one. It was one of the best places I liked.

Ooty- A must-visit hill station

Next,

• St Stephens Church

This place was very peaceful. I liked its architecture and design. Its carving is praiseworthy. It was simple and beautiful. The timber was of a good quality.

Ooty- A must-visit hill station

Lastly,

• Thread Garden

I was amazed by this place. The flowers and plants here were made of thread! It was a real artful creation. We took infinite pictures here. At first I was doubting it, but when I touched it, I got to know that it is true.  It is one of the most recommended places to visit in Ooty.

Ooty- A must-visit hill station

The best moment of my visit was a wind that came from the window while I was in the toy train and my hair went in all four directions!

 

Flights were booked and the next morning we flew to Kempegowda International Airport. I learnt various things in my visit like art, religious beliefs and the food practices over there. The journey was awesome.

Travelling is a great way to collect knowledge.

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Shrivika R

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Jaipur – A City You Must Visit | Bookosmia

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Read with Sara Ocean Sanvi Kolkata Bookosmia10 year old Sanvi Atul Sharma, a Bookosmian from Kolkata is pink with excitement as she writes a super travelogue on the Pink City – Jaipur! Have you been there?
Sanvi is a student of Word Munchers and goes to Modern High School For Girls, Kolkata.
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Jaipur - A city you must visit

It was a bright and sunny morning, and I was excited to be travelling with my mother to Jaipur- known as the ‘Pink city’ where my maternal grandparents, uncles-aunts and cousins live. I had not been able to sleep at night as I was enthusiastic for the trip to start.

 

We reached the airport and boarded the flight. Finally, we reached Jaipur, and my face was turning pink with excitement.

 

My uncles and cousins picked us up from the airport and during the ride back home, I was busy talking with my cousins.

 

When we reached home, my grandparents and aunts hugged me and my mother.

 

The next day we went to the City palace museum and Albert hall museum. We had lots of fun looking at artifacts, a large Egyptian mummy (which gave me nightmares later on) and old paintings.

Jaipur - A city you must visit

 

The following day we all, decided to go to Nahargarh Fort which was nearby. We had to climb all the way up.

Jaipur - A city you must visit

While we were climbing up, we heard that a black panther had been spotted a few days ago. I felt scared, but we moved on. At last, we reached and fortunately, we did not find a panther anywhere near us.

On top of the fort, we saw a fascinating panoramic view of the city.  Everyone was amazed.

In the morning, after eating Dal- Bati –Churmaa (an appetizing dish); we went to Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and a temple in a garden which is said to have fairies in it!

Jaipur - A city you must visit

My memory was itself the souvenir I got from the place.

 

I would recommend this city to other travellers because it has so many monuments, different types of yummy food and kind people living there.

 

Jaipur - A city you must visit

 

This place will always be special to me as it holds many memories.

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Sanvi Atul Sharma

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Dear Sara, I Dream Of Visiting Shimla | Bookosmia

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Story by Travel review by Divya Darshini12 year old Y Divya Darshini from Chennai has one dream destination- Shimla and she wrote a lovely letter about it to me. What’s your dream destination?

Divya is a student of NSN Memorial School.

 

 

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Dear Sara, I dream of visiting Shimla

 

Dear Sara,
A place that makes me wonder a lot about is Shimla.
Everyone knows that Shimla is such a beautiful place.
The reason that I admire Shimla is because I love snow. Let me tell you a secret, I have never been to Shimla, not even once!
I’ve once dreamed about Shimla and about its wonders and when I see pictures I get transported to Shimla. Who doesn’t love snow! My favourite part when it comes to playing in the snow is building snowmen.
Dear Sara, I dream of visiting Shimla
My dearest wish is to visit Shimla with my friends.
Shimla is settled on the top of seven hills. Shimla is considered as one of the most beautiful hill stations in India.
If I go to Shimla once it will be the most memorable moment of my life. There are no words to describe the wonders of Shimla. It has a natural ice skating rink!
Dear Sara, I dream of visiting Shimla
Shimla is best discovered on foot. Shimla is surrounded by the majestic snow-capped Himalayan mountains and green valleys.
If I visit Shimla, I would also like to go on an underwater expedition. Shimla is a place full of natural beauty and the best part is it’s not polluted at all!
Dear Sara, I dream of visiting Shimla
If I visit Shimla I will definitely ride on the horses and also climb mountains. Paragliding is also very famous in Shimla and I desperately want to try that.
Dear Sara, I dream of visiting Shimla
In Chennai, all the places that we live in are mostly polluted so I would love to experience the natural and non-polluted Shimla.
Without seeing Shimla even for once I am talking so much about it, if I visited Shimla, my letter would have been very long!
Sara, I would love it if you too get to experience Shimla and have fun!
Your friend,
Divya Darshini

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Charming Chikmagalur | Bookosmia

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Read with Sara poem by 8 year old SAANVI BAHETI Bangalore Bookosmia8 year old Saanvi Baheti, a Bookosmian from Bangalore went to charming Chikmagalur in Karnataka and tells us about that trip through an equally charming poem! Share your travel story too!

Saanvi is a student of Greenwood High, Bannerghatta branch, Bangalore.

 

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Charming Chikmagalur

 

When I went to Chikmagalur,
I didn’t even wait for a tour.

I tried to cross the Burma Bridge with all my might,
Ouch! The zipline’s hook was toooo tight.

The paddle boat was very old,
Brrrrrr! The lake’s water was very cold.

 

Charming Chikmagalur

I got scared of a spider in the lake,
They all shouted “Oh, for goodness sake!”

My mom made me rock,
When I was relaxing on the hammock.

As we ate french fries by the bonfire,
I wish I could go and touch all the stars…
That was my first desire.

Next day, I ran around the sprinklers and fell twice,
That was definitely not nice!

All day long the pups and I played,
And as we left, my smile faded.

Charming Chikmagalur

 

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Summer Vacation At Grandpa’s Farm | Bookosmia

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Sara's activities for kids Saaketh from Bangalore limericks Bookosmia13 year old Saaketh KS, a Bookosmian from Bangalore is living it up at his grandpa’s lush farm in Kerala. What’s your most favourite place in the world? Tell us!

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Summer vacation at grandpa’s farm

 

It’s a beautiful sunny day at grandpa’s farm. The grass is shiny from the rain last night, the trees are beautiful and have dew drops on their leaves.

My brothers and  I are because it is our summer holidays. My brothers are out playing dodgeball. Oh! I  forgot to introduce myself. I am Saaketh.K.S , a 13 year-old.

 

The farm has so many things to do – green grass to play in, a river to swim in, fruits to pluck and eat, trees to climb and a farmhouse. The farm has many animals like horses, cows, goats, sheep, dogs, cats, and clutch of hens and roosters.

Summer vacation at grandpa’s farm

 

 

My best friend among the animals is a horse named Bob. She is a one of a kind thorough-bred horse that saved three people from a fire. At the farmhouse, we get to eat lavish lunches made by my grandpa. We play cards also. Most days end with a pleasant walk down the river followed by a good night’s sleep.

Summer vacation at grandpa’s farm

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Exploring the beauty of North-East India | Travel Review | Bookosmia

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13 year old Tatvi Shah from Vadodara visited the famed Kaziranga National Park in Assam and tells us all about her adventure at picturesque North-East. How exciting!

Tatvi goes to Delhi Public School, Vadodara.
Exploring the beauty of North-East India 

I went to my cousin’s place in Kolkata after my exams. We decided to go further to Assam and Meghalaya for a holiday as there were not many cases of COVID-19.

 

On the first day, we flew to Guwahati and travelled 5 hours  to reach Kaziranga National Park which is  home to the famous one-horned rhinoceros.

The next day we did the elephant safari and spotted many Rhinoceros nearby. We also saw wild elephants, wild buffaloes, barasingha deer and roughly 30 species of rare migratory birds. In Kaziranga, we were hypnotized to see the mighty Brahmaputra, the lifeline of Assam, flowing gracefully.

Rhino spotting in Assam

 

We visited the Kaziranga National Orchid Park  which is also the largest orchid park in India and abode to more than 400 species of wild orchids. They have been collected from all across the north-east India region.

 

Kaziranga National Orchid Park
Kaziranga National Orchid Park

 

From Assam we then moved to Cherrapunji in Meghalaya. Cherapunji had beautiful waterfalls which we explored during our stay.

During our stay we also went to the Double-decker Living Root bridge. The bridges were made from the roots of rubber trees. We had to climb down 3500 steps to reach the bridge and then up too. I enjoyed this trek as it was a challenging task. I was tired but was so elated on reaching the bridge which rejuvenated me.

hanging roots cherrapunji

After that, we further trekked to the blue lagoon of Rainbow falls, where the water was very clean and with all shades of blue which was so picturesque that we didn’t want to return. This blue lagoon is one of the must-see sites in Meghalaya.

After the stay at Cherrapunji , we went boating, kayaking and did camping at one of the cleanest rivers of India, Dawki River. which is at the Indo- Bangladesh border.

Dawki River

 

 

I was rejuvenated by the cool climate and natural surroundings of North-east India. I learned to adjust with the food when the food was totally of a different variety.

I also learnt to adapt to the dirty toilets of highways. I got an opportunity to understand that I am capable of climbing  7000 steps up and down in a day, and nothing is impossible.

As Kaziranga National Park is a UNESCO Heritage, the citizens of Kaziranga were keen on keeping the area spic and span.

Education is not preparation for life but it is life itself. I truly believe that travelling is one of the most important educators of our life. Finally, I want to end with the thought, we should not think about the destination but we should savour the journey and enjoy the journey of life.

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Exploring The Diamond City Of Surat | Bookosmia

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Travel Review by Meher12 year old Meher Gandhi, a Bookosmian from Vadodara introduces us to the diamond city of Surat and its sparkling sights. Do you also have a travel story? Tell us!

Meher goes to Navrachana International School Vadodara (NISV) and is a student of Centrestage Young Orators.

 

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My parents had four days off from their busy and hectic schedules. My brother and I had our winter vacations. Mom and dad made quick decisions. And Voila! Here we were on our way to Surat.

Exploring the diamond city of Surat

 

We drove down. The weather was quite pleasant and we enjoyed our journey so much that even a one-hour traffic jam could not dampen our high spirits.

We stayed at a local’s place, in their apartment, as a guest. Though the room was a little cramped for the four of us, we still managed well. The hosts were caring and made sure every possible thing we needed was made available to us.

We started exploring Surat and we began with Gopi Tadav ( Gopi Lake). I would recommend this place, as it is great fun for all age groups. It is a beautiful waterfront, with exciting adventure rides and scrumptious food counters. All the rides were super fun.

Exploring the diamond city of Surat

The next morning, we visited the aquarium. It is a must-visit place and I highly recommend it. The aquarium is massive and covers more than 25,000 square metres. It houses a wide variety of fish and more than 1000 species of marine creatures. Right from teeny tiny fishes to humungous whales, sharks and dolphins.

Exploring the diamond city of Surat

There are informative placards provided and each tank which tells you a lot about the fish. One of the main attractions is the shark tank. It is huge and has seven sharks. It is definitely worth visiting because of its scenic beauty. I assure you, you will immediately fall in love with the aquarium and marine life!

Exploring the diamond city of Surat

Surat is a city that is known for its diamonds. How could we miss visiting its famous diamond museum? The diamond museum had a lot of information on how the diamonds were discovered and their significant history behind them.

Exploring the diamond city of Surat

I found that a little boring but seeing the lustrous diamonds was fun. Next, we also visited the science centre, although it was a hurried visit I found it very fascinating. We could perform fun experiments and see visual representations. We also saw the planetarium there. I would recommend visiting this place especially for science lovers like me.

Exploring the diamond city of Surat

We visited the Dumas beach. While there are a lot of beach activities like banana rides, para sailing etc, I really wish it would be cleaner and more hygienic.

We also went to the Surat fort. I would highly recommend this place. It was a lot of fun seeing places inside it like trapdoors, massive rooms and learning history through movies and placards.

 

Exploring the diamond city of Surat

 

Food is the highlight of Surat city. No tourist can leave Surat without trying out its lip-smacking food and the various multi-cuisine restaurants it has.

And that’s how a spontaneous trip to a nearby city turned out to be a lifetime experience for my family and me.

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My Unforgettable Kenyan Safari | Bookosmia

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travelogue by Ananya VengurlekarSo excited to bring to you, a travelogue of a Kenyan Safari by a 7 year old Bookosmian Ananya Vengurlekar from Mumbai. Rich wildlife, a rhino attack, tent stay.. this is a must-read!

Ananya is a student of Parle Tilak Vidyalaya .

 

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Due to covid 19, there was a ban introduced on air travel. Unfortunately, my father got stuck in Kenya where he works and we got stuck in Mumbai, where I study. When the travel ban got lifted, due to online school, we got a chance to go to Kenya and stay with him for 6 months.

 

Kenya is a beautiful country with a lot of national parks having wild animals, mountains and valleys, dense forest, lakes and white sand beaches. My father took us to several such places. While studying “animals around us” in my online classroom during the week, I got to see real animals like lions, cheetahs, leopards, rhinos, giraffes, zebras and elephants roaming freely in the grass during a safari on the weekends.

My unforgettable Kenyan Safari

 

My favourite place in Kenya is Ol Pajeta national park because it is the only place in Kenya that offers a night safari, is located on the equator, has the tallest mountain in Kenya –Mount Kenya in the background and is home to many rare animals like white rhino and chimpanzees.

My unforgettable Kenyan Safari

 

After attending my online school in the morning, we set off on our journey from our house in Nairobi to Ol Pajeta national park. Our driver Antony uncle was driving our big car. The journey was beautiful. On the way to Ol Pajeta, we saw the rainy mountains of Aberdere and the tallest mountain in Kenya-Mount Kenya, the peak of which is covered with snow. I slept a bit because I wanted to stay awake for the night safari. We completed the 4 hour journey and reached Ol Pajeta at 4 pm.

 

Our first safari-the rhino attack

After paying the park fees, we started our first safari in our own car. We saw some deers and zebras crossing the kutcha road. We went further inside the park to see many more animals. While going towards elephant dam our car got stuck in the mud. Antony uncle pushed the car out of the mud with great strength. I was scared a bit but we continued the safari.

 

I saw a huge animal at a distance. We went closer to see who it is. When we went closer, guess what it was? A huge rhino with her baby. They were eating grass. We decided to park our vehicle and observe them. They kept coming close to our car and we couldn’t move.

My unforgettable Kenyan Safari

 

But when they came at a touching distance to the car, we had to drive away. But while we were driving away, the Mumma rhino felt that we would attack the baby rhino and she came charging at our car.

Thanks to Antony uncle, we just managed to escape the rhino charge by a whisker. I was very scared and told my parents to go to the resort.

I learnt that every mom cares about her baby. I hugged my mom and we went to our resort within the national park. While going back, we saw a fox killing a rabbit. This was a rare experience.

Back to our tent

We reached back to our resort – Sweet Waters Serena camp. The hotel staff welcomed us, checked our body temperature and checked us in. The resort was very beautiful with a garden having trees with a lot of flowers.

My unforgettable Kenyan Safari

 

 There were many animals coming to drink water at the water hole. We saw deers, sambars and zebras near our tent.

The night safari

At 9 pm we reached the resort gate. It was very cold at night. I was wearing thermal, sweater and muffler. For the night safari, we had to take a safari vehicle as our car is not allowed in the night.

Animal eyes shine in the night and that is how our driver was spotting a lot of animals. She spotted giraffes, zebras and deers. I waited for the African big 5 (lions, buffalos, leopards, rhinos and elephants). I was a little scared because the animals were very active. My father spotted a group of buffalos. I was surprised to see the buffalos were still eating in the night as well.

Good Morning – At the equator

We woke up early in the morning at 6 am to see the sunrise. The sunrise was very beautiful with the sky having many colours. I was brushing my teeth just outside our tent, while the Sambars were grazing around. I walked on the equator line and joined my class and showed the equator to my friends and teacher on the video call.

My teacher told me that we will learn more about the equator in the 3rd standard. We saw Mount Kenya from the equator point as the clouds had completely cleared.

An afternoon with endangered animals – white rhinos and chimpanzees

Then we visited a part of the park endangered animals are protected. First, we visited the blind rhino – Baraka. Sadly he could not see with both eyes. It was a rare experience to feed Baraka. My father fed him but I was scared.

Then we left for Nairobi as I had to attend online school. It was a lovely trip to Ol Pajeta as I liked the animals in their home. I will never forget the trip and tell my friends in India and Kenya to visit Ol Pajeta.

 

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read with Sara radhika nathany word munchers kolkata BookosmiaBonjour means hello in French. To know more about French and France, do read this lovely travelogue by 12 year old Radhika Nathany, a Bookosmian from Kolkata. Bravo!

Radhika is a student of Word Munchers and goes to Modern High School for Girls.

 

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I started jumping with joy when my mother told me that we were going to France. France has always been on my bucket list.My parents, younger sister, maternal uncle and I were going on this trip. We went during the Puja vacations in 2017.

We took a flight to Paris and stayed at Hotel 4etoiles Royal Garden, near Champs-Elysees.

The best thing about France is its vibrant art and architecture.

The Louvre, a famous art museum in Paris houses amazing artworks, some of them are also inspired by the Egyptian and Middle Eastern culture. French museums and art galleries have always attracted hoards of people.

 

 

Mona Lisa and Liberty Leading the People are a few of the paintings which have made France the center of the art world. Young, talented people can be seen on the streets doing a variety of art works to earn a living.

Gothic-architecture can be seen all around France. French architecture is known for its great shape, detailing and characteristic designs of the roof.

Arc de Triomphe is an example of Roman architecture. It has a variety of famous sculptures carved on it.

 

The distinctive features of French architecture on houses are that the tall second story windows are often arched at the top with steep hipped roofs and they look stately and formal.

 

This trip was enjoyable yet enlightening. I learned the various art forms practiced in France and the amazing style of architecture.

 

 

It also made me aware of French vocabulary like tableau means painting and toile means canvas. The word‘crayon’ is actually a French word. I am eagerly looking forward for the pandemic to end so that I could visit France again.

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Meeting A Tiger And Sloth Bear At Kabini Safari | Bookosmia

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Travel review by Yohaan MardaWondering where to go for your vacations? 11 year old Yohaan Marda, a Bookosmian from Kohlapur, knows the perfect place for a nature lover – the wildlife safari at Kabini, Karnataka. Have you also been to a safari? Tell us!

Yohaan is a student of Tale Spin and goes to Doon School.

 

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I was six when we saw this magnificent sloth bear with her cubs. We actually had stopped there to see a Brahminy kite. But out of nowhere, the sloth bear turned up.

Meeting a tiger and sloth bear at Kabini Safari
It was an amazing moment and the first time I had ever seen a sloth bear. Seeing the sloth bear with her cubs was very rare because sloth bears are shy animals and tend not to bring their cubs out so much.
As we were seeing the sloth bear, the guide yelled “Tiger! Tiger!’
We all looked around and there she was! We all got so excited. Then as soon as the tiger saw the sloth bear she went charging towards the sloth bear.
Meeting a tiger and sloth bear at Kabini Safari

This trip to Kabini was a family trip and about 55 of us went. Kabini is a wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka, about 200 kms from Bangalore. It is an amazing place for a nature lover with activities like safari, trekking, boating and plenty of animals and birds to see.

Meeting a tiger and sloth bear at Kabini Safari
We did not expect much when we booked the safari but we were lucky to see these majestic animals. At the time I thought seeing a sloth bear is not a big deal.  I thought it was a common animal but how wrong was I!
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Exploring And Learning at Auroville | Bookosmia

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Read with Sara Diya B BookosmiaAuroville is an experimental township in South India like no other. 15 year old Diya Barmecha, a Bookosmian from Mumbai tells us the fascinating aspects of living here and how it has impacted her way of thinking. Have you visited it too? Tell us!

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Travel is a process of self-discovery. When we travel, there is mostly a destination. However, this travel I am reminiscing about is different because its destination was internal.

While my feet were rooted in the town of Auroville, in Southern India, my mind was exploring new depths of myself.

 

Exploring and learning at Auroville

 

While I saw the beauty of the city of dawn, I learned so much more. Auroville is a place where everyone can live as an equal. The main goal of this city is to realize human unity.

Exploring and learning at Auroville

 

There is no concept of having a servant. In my stay there, I was asked to wash my own dishes, harvest my own crops, and a plethora of other things that I had never imaged doing.

In my everyday life, there was always food on the plate and always a clean plate when I asked for it. But in my trip to Auroville, I learnt that behind one piece of bread there is a long process.

Exploring and learning at Auroville

 

When we did workshops of building a mud house and learned about unschooling, my mind was pushed to the limit on understanding. My mind curious as ever grasped every bit of knowledge. My knowledge was not about the place itself but how I could implement the teachings of this place in my home.

The people living in Auroville are content with what they had and don’t think of what they don’t have. They don’t have cars or a normal toilet. They don’t have dryers or washing machines but they do have their human will.

 

Exploring and learning at Auroville

 

My stay there was a travel within. I went with a dependent and curious mind and emerged as someone more independent.

Exploring and learning at Auroville

I understood so much more and felt even more uncertain of what I knew. But I was positive of one thing, that was – travel showed me another dimension of this earth and this dimension has changed my life.

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‘Jaisalmer – A trip I Will Never Forget’ Place review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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#SaraReads #GratitudeDuringCovid Young Authors AtreyoHere’s 9 year old Atreyo Bhattacharyya from Kolkata telling us all about his visit to Jaisalmer.

Atreyo is a student of Word Munchers and goes to The Heritage School.

 

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Last year, my family and I went to Jaisalmer.

Jaisalmer is a fascinating city because it has historical palaces, monuments and forts.

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So we went to the airport and boarded a flight. It took about 3 hours to reach there.

When we went there we hired a car and then went to our hotel.

The hotel’s name was Priyadarshini. It was very big where there were games such as lawn tennis, tennis, badminton, basketball.

There was a guide with us and a driver uncle. That day we stayed in the hotel.

The next morning, my family and I woke up and after some time we were ready. So we got inside our car went for sightseeing.

The people were very polite and kind. We also saw people playing musical instruments on the streets.

We clicked pictures and videos of the people playing musical instruments. After sightseeing, we went shopping.

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After 1 ½ hours our bags were full, so we went back to our hotel and rested for some time. By now it was afternoon, so we went to the dining room and ate Papad ki subzi, Dal baati churma and Rabri.

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After lunch, we went to “Sonar Kella”. While I was entering the gate, I looked up and to my surprise, I saw many bats hanging on top. I stared at them in surprise for a few seconds.

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Inside I saw that everything was made out of yellow sandstone. Even there were wall paintings drawn on the walls.

Then I went to see the majestic rooms where kings and queens used to live. They were very big and spacious, some of them were even made of glass and some of them were half broken.

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After exploring all the rooms, we went to see the view from the topmost part of the fort. When we went there, we saw that the whole city was visible from the top. And I was dumbstruck with amazement because all the buildings were made out of yellow sandstone. Then we clicked pictures of the whole city from the top.

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The next day we got inside the car and went to the Thar Desert. When we went there, we kept our car near a cottage.

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From the cottage, we could see many camels, and the people were greeting us to ride the camels. We even clicked pictures of the camels. Then my father and I had a wonderful ride on one camel and my mother on another camel. The camel stood up with a sudden jerk.

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After riding on the camel for some time, we were tired.

I will never forget the beautiful sunset in the Thar desert. We sat on the sand and watched and listened to the music of the musical instruments being played by the local people.

 

The weather was cold and chilly. We spent the night there. The next morning we woke up and started our journey back home. I will always cherish this memory of the big forts, the food and above all, the camel ride.

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‘Odisha : A Mix Of Heritage And Natural Beauty’ Place review by 10 year old Bookosmian from Bangalore

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Places with Sara place review by Divyanshi from BangaloreThe Konark Dance festival starts today in Odisha! No sweat if you don’t know much about Odisha. 10 year old Divyanshi Das from Bangalore is here to tell us all about it!

Divyanshi is a student of NPS, Kalkere, Bangalore.

 

 

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Odisha is a truly impressive and​ spectacular place, famous for its heritage sites, unpolluted beaches, pilgrimage etc.

 

 

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Odisha provides a lot of sightseeing opportunities which attracts tons of tourists yearly.
So, let me introduce you to two astounding festivals from the state.
The first is the sand art festival of Konark usually held from 1st to 5th December at Chandrabhaga beach, Konark, Puri.
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Sand art is the art of making sculptures using sand. The artists who participate are expected to follow certain rules. They can only use the beach sand, water and hand tools. No machinery tools are allowed.
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Artist are supposed to start their work on the first day (morning) and they should be ready with their sculptures by the evening when the festival is inaugurated.
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The festival is for five days so the artists have to make a new sculpture every day. Artists have to keep in mind that their sculpture should not hurt the religious sentiment of the people in any way.
The second festival I want to tell you about is the Konark Dance festival which is going to take place from 19th to 23rd February at Konark.
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Have you heard of the Sun Temple at Konark? It is a world heritage site. This is where the dance festivals happens.
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Some of the best dancers of the country come to perform here. The aim of the festival is to promote Indian classical dances.
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 Hope you liked reading about the festivals.  Do visit the wonderful state of Odisha!

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‘My First Visit To The Taj Mahal’ Place review by 8 year old Bookosmian from Gurgaon

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Places with Sara by Aisha Mehta from GurgaonThe Taj Festival begins today! It is a 10 day festival celebrating our country’s cultural heritage. To warm us up for the festivities, here’s 8 year old Aisha Mehta from Gurgaon telling us about her trip to the Taj Mahal.
Aisha is a student of Word Munchers and goes to  Shri Ram School Aravali, Gurgaon.
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It was very exciting to hear about a sudden plan of a day trip to see the Taj Mahal. Everything got planned so the trip would be seamless.

We drove down the expressway, reached the Taj Mahal precisely on time. We had pre-booked our entrance and within one hour we saw the entire monument and got to know about its historical facts.

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Unique architecture with perfect symmetry and exceptional artwork, it was my first experience to visit a wonder of the world.

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At the entrance gate, there were 22 rooms that represented the number of years it took to build the Taj Mahal. Carrying food items was strictly forbidden and so the entire place was spic and span.

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It was a pleasant, sunny, winter afternoon for outdoor lunch. We had a relaxing lunch followed by a local sweetmeat ‘Petha’.

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We took a stroll around the town and got to know that the city is popular for leather crafted products.

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We wanted to reach Delhi before dinner time, so we started our return journey on time.

In about a while, we reached the National sports club Delhi to have dinner. Within a short drive, we reached home.

Everything went as planned and it was quite a memorable trip. It was a completely new experience for me and I truly enjoyed it.

We are hoping for a future trip to Agra again, to visit the Agra Fort.

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‘A camping trip to Lansdowne’ Place review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Gurgaon

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Today’s travel review is by  9 year old Shivpriya Bhargava from Gurgaon who went on an exciting camping trip to Lansdowne, Uttarakhand and tells us all about it! So cool!  Shivpriya is a student of Word Munchers and goes to Amity International School.

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I went for a camping trip to Lansdowne, a hill station. I went with my family which included  my  grandparents and cousins.

 

First we all gathered at New Delhi railway station to board the train. It was an overnight journey and we reached in the morning by 7:00 am. We felt very refreshed in the morning.

Finally, we reached our destination! We went to camp near a lake.

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Now the most difficult task was to pitch a tent, to live in! My parents built it and I also learnt how to do it.

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At night, we all lit a bonfire and roasted marshmallows! There were leeches and bugs and because of them we had to put insect repellent everywhere around us.

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Then we woke up and my father and I, did some exercises. After that, I read a story book in the tent and my father went for a walk in the forest.

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In the evening, around 7:30 pm we all laid outside on the grass and started counting stars.

We enjoyed the fresh breeze near the lake, and it was really fun!

In the morning, everyone took a bath in the stream. As we were taking a nature walk, we heard the sound of barking. We turned back and saw a little puppy injured. We took him to the tent, fed him and tended to the injury.

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My father gave first aid to the puppy. He was very cute, furry and small.  After two days he was very energetic and started playing with us!

The next day we came home.

I learnt so much from the camping trip like how to pitch a tent. I spent great time with family and really enjoyed nature. I had lots of fun! And I would love going to more such camping trips. Everyone loves to go to camps right?

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‘Karwar : A Fun-Filled Holiday’ A Travel Review by 10 year old Bookosmian from Bangalore

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Read with Sara Travel review by Srishti 10 year old Srishti Haridarshan from Bangalore sends us a lovely travel story from her holiday at Karwar, Karnataka. Did you also go on a holiday? Tell us!

Srishti goes to The Samhita Academy, Bangalore and is a student of The Hobby Place.

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My favourite holiday is Karwar. It is a coastal plain of India and has the coast on one side and land on the other side.

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It lies on the west coast of southern India at the mouth of the Kali river in Karnataka. It is also a Defence Naval Base.

 

I went there from December 26 to 30 December 2020 with my family.

 

We made a road trip from Bangalore to Karwar via Haveri, Ranibennur, Davangere, Chitradurga and Shimoga by car. It took us almost 11 hours and it was a beautiful drive through the Western Ghats.

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Karwar has hot summers from March to May where the temperature may reach 37 degrees Celsius. Because of the very hot and humid climate, people wear light cotton clothes.

 

The major livelihood of the people of Karwar is fishing and fisheries, followed by farming of locally grown crops. Fishing villages concentrate around the wharfs and have their own community of fishermen and engage in deep sea fishing and fishery-related activities.

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Konkani is the native language of Karwar. The currency used in Karwar is Indian Rupee. Seafood is the most common food eaten here.

 

Some of the amazing delicacies of Karwar are: Karle Ambat (Crab masala), Bangada fry, Oysters, clams, Masli kadi(Fish and coconut gravy), Sukhe Masli (dried and salted fish), Chilly Squid, Rice and dosa.

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Some of the interesting places in Karwar are: Kurumgad Islands, Kali island, Kali River Bridge, Devbagh Beach, Fish Market, DudhSagar Falls, Rock Stone Garden, Warship Museum and Oyster Rock Lighthouse.

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The fish market was one of the cleanest places. I saw a variety of fish, prawns, crabs, oysters and clams.

We went on a cruise on the Kali river. We visited the Kali temple on the Kali island. Karwar is famous for the Kali river estuary.

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From the Kali island we went to the Oyster Rock Lighthouse and on our way we saw the Elephant Rock island.

Trekking up to the Lighthouse was fun and a new experience for me. The view from the top was breathtaking because there was so much water all around with islands scattered all around. On our way back we saw baby dolphins jumping up and down in the water! I was surprised because it was so close to our boat.

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Fine muslin cloth is quite famous in Karwar along with carved sandalwood and incense sticks. You can also buy some colourful and beautiful silk sarees here.

This place is famous for under water diving and para sailing activities. Kayaking, nature walks and bird watching are very famous activities here.

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Karwar is a beautiful place to have a fun filled holiday and spend time with family and friends.

 

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‘Bhutan – The Best Place I Have Ever Visited’ A Travel Review by 7 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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On a cold Monday night, we went to the airport to go to Bhutan. After the flight landed, we took a bus to Paro.

It was a family trip; we hired a private bus and a tour guide to help us around the town. The scenery was very charming and pleasant to watch.

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The hotel was very big, and there was a fountain outside my room’s balcony. There was a big garden in front of our hotel. The next day we went to the market place which was bustling with people.

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We also visited the monastery and prayed. We wore traditional clothes and got our picture clicked which was such a nice memory.

One morning I woke up and I saw snowfall, I was very excited.

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We also tried parachute flying, it was an amazing experience and I thanked my father for it.

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The full place was covered with snow, it was looking like paradise.

Although Bhutan is one of the most expensive places in the world, one should still visit at least once.

The local people are always ready to help people from other cities. It is a very peaceful and calm place to visit.

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‘Amazing Abu Dhabi’ A Travel Review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Today’s  review of Abu Dhabi is by 9 year old Dhruv Arora. He studies at Don Bosco School Park Circus, Kolkata and is a student of Word Munchers. He likes reading books and watch videos related to world maps.

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In the middle of December, 2019, I visited Abu Dhabi with my family and some of my family friends. I travelled there by airplane and stayed there for one day. I stayed in ‘The Novotel’ in Abu Dhabi.

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Our bedroom had a TV, bathroom, desk, closet and a comfortable bed. There are a lot of interesting places in Abu Dhabi but I think Ferrari World was the biggest and best place of all. There were so many things to do there and it had the fastest roller coaster in the world! It also had full real Ferrari models from the beginning of the Ferrari company.

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We kept on eating different kinds of fries and yummy chicken shawarma. My brother’s favourite colour is yellow so he loved seeing all the Ferrari cars that were yellow. I think that is the best feature of the city.

There is also a building shaped like a boot! How crazy do you think that is?

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Now, let’s talk about food. There are special dates grown across the UAE and the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula! But these aren’t ordinary dates. They taste very sweet and chewy.

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I would recommend visiting Abu Dhabi because it is a beautiful city and there are many attractions there. So, please pay a visit and you definitely won’t regret it !

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‘Maheshganj – A Home Away From Home’ A travel story by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Read with Sara stories for kids by kids Vivaan Kolkata9 year old Vivaan Sanghvi gives us a super account of his holiday at Maheshganj, which is near Kolkata. Have you been there too? Tell us!

 

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The one place I would recommend people to visit is Maheshganj, which is about four hours away from Kolkata. I went there two years ago in December.

I went with my brother, my mother and my father. My father’s friend, Prithvi Nath  Tagore also came along with us. We went there by car since it is not too far. We stayed at a place called Balakhana.

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Balakhana is very nice. It is a big house with lots of trees and plants. Two dogs live there called Tuppy and Johny. It has a very nice swing too.

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The interesting place I saw there was a temple in Mayapur, though one part was under renovation. We went to the other part and it was beautiful, it had lots of paintings on the roof.

The most fascinating place there were the shops because they were all in one line and they sold many different things made by the local artists.

The souvenir I got from there was a cup with the picture of the ‘Balakhana’ estate and spoons made from the bark of trees.

The food I would recommend there is the green salad and the vegetables because they feel like magic on your tongue as they are all home grown.

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I recommend this place to people because it is beautiful, there is a lot to explore, vast gardens with colourful flowers and numerous fruits, nature walks, the animals, ruins of a building on the other side of the plants which gives it a mysterious look.

It is a little piece of heaven on Earth. It is a great place, which gives a ‘home away from home’ feeling.

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‘A Memorable Tour Of Incredible India’ A travel story by 9 year old Bookosmian from Delhi

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9 year old Arunava Sengupta from Delhi brings to us a fascinating and an in-depth tour of India as experienced by a royal couple. Do not miss it!
Arunava goes to Manava Bharati India International School and is a student of Jabberwocky-Speech and Drama.
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Dvaita, the son of God, married a priestess of Korea, Isabel. She was a wonderful and intelligent girl. She had heard a lot of things about India from her grandfather, who had came from India.

Her dream was to visit the whole country. This was her chance. Isabel, one day, told her husband about her dream.

Dvaita said, “Of course, I’ll take you on a tour.”

They ordered a carriage and set off. They first stopped at the Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert.

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Dvaita said “This desert has fertile soil and is good for the inhabitants here. This famous dessert is located in Rajasthan. Several animals survive the hot sand, including the camel.”

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They spent the night in an oasis, where the people told them about many things in the desert. The desert is not an easy place to survive, and life is very difficult there.

Isabel gave them some water to drink and even installed a tank the next morning.

After three days, they departed to go to the Northern Plains. When they reached there, Dvaita said “These plains are the rice bowls of India. They grow wheat, fruits, berries etc and it is inhabited by many people. These plains cover many states, including Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. It is also religious, as it covers the Brahmaputra and Ganga basins.”

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They stayed for 4 days and departed for the Deccan Plateau.

“Tell me, Isabel, what is a plateau?”

“A plateau is a hill with a flat upper part” Isabel replied. “Correct, dear. These parts have many railway stations and hill stations. These places are also covered with forests and big cities, like Bangalore.”

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They stayed for 6 nights and on the 7th day, Dvaita said to Isabel, well, Isabel, we have visited many places, where do you want to go now?

“I want to go to the Lakshwadeep Islands I have heard so much about it.” “Well, okay, but we will have to stay in the coastal plains for a few days, and then we shall depart for the Islands.”

They went to the coastal plains. Isabel said “Wow, the sea is so beautiful, now I know why they are called coastal plains. They are close to the seaside”. Dvaita said Malabar is at the southern part of Western Coastal Plains. It occupies some parts of Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. The Coastal Plains are famous for its trading of oil and other substances.

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The next day they hired a ship and sailed towards the Lakshadweep Islands. When they reached Lakshwadeep, the husband explained “ The Lakshadweep Island is one of the union territories of India. The other is Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Lakshwadeep is one island, where we will stay. It has 27 Islands. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are divided into two parts, Andaman Islands and the Nicobar Islands. The island has 350 small parts and is filled with many wildlife creatures. We will be staying at its capital, Kavaratti.”

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They stayed for a month there and finally went back home. Later, Isabel had two sons, Mark Chaterjee and Barsana John. They both became writers and they wrote a diary about all the places their parents visited.

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‘Bonjour Paris: Exploring City’ A travel story by 8 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Read with Sara story by Viaan BaidBonjour means ‘hello’ in French. I learnt this word from my 8 year old friend Viaan Baid from Kolkata who visited beautiful Paris. Here’s his travel story from there!
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I went to Paris in the year 2017 with my parents and younger brother. After reaching Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport we booked a cab to Tim Hotel. It was a beautiful hotel having a café and a bookstore.

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The most fascinating feature of the city was the lighting of Eiffel Tower during the evening which we saw when we went on the cruise at the River Seine. We also went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and saw the whole city of Paris.

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There is a bakery named Lindt where we ate chocolates and croissants. The local people over there are very helpful. Once when we forgot the way, they helped us reach where we intended to go.

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We took a ride on the red big bus.

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We went to Disney Land for two days where we enjoyed the big slides. It was very beautiful. I met the real Mickey Mouse. We saw the live show of many Disney characters. I liked it very much.

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This was the most memorable trip. If I close my eyes, I can recall the places I went to. I would like to go to Paris again.

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‘Coorg- the Scotland of India’ Place Review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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9 year old Vanshika Jain from Kolkata shares a wonderful review, of a wonderful place. Check out this travel piece on the Scotland of India- Coorg.

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Dear Travelers,

If you’re looking for a hill station with surreal beauty and misty hills ,I have a  great recommendation for you- the Scotland of India, COORG!

In this piece I am going to share my experience there.

 

I gave a sigh of relief, followed by a shriek of delight! Mummy, Daddy and I had just reached our resort, Evolve Back. After taking a flight to Bangalore and  then a long drive, we finally reached our destination. In the drive, I saw towering mountains in contrast to their misty tops.

Our resort had a breathtaking setting, with luxurious rooms. That day was  spent in exploring the resort and then buzzing off to sleep. Early next
day, we went on a nature walk. We also went to see Coorg’s famous coffee plantations! Let me tell you that Coorg is one of the highest producers of coffee in India. Later, we went to Coorg’s famous ‘Raja’s Seat’. This place  offered a panorama of lush-green valleys.

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After watching the sunset, we went and had dinner. Being vegetarians, we had  scrumptious dishes like Akki Roti and bamboo shoot curry. The next day, we visited Abbey falls, one of Coorg’s famous waterfalls. The rumbling of the Abbey Falls was deafening. As it tumbled down, it merged with river Kaveri.

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After having a picnic, we went back and the next day our two- night trip was over. I took back a few tins of coffee as souvenir. Then we went back to  Kolkata.

This trip was an exhilarating experience. The best part was the beauty of  nature everywhere. This place is a must-visit for any nature-lover.

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‘The Great Wall of China’ A must visit place by 10 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Today’s write up by 10 year old  Aaditri Paul from Kolkata is of a must visit place that is hailed as one of the monumental wonders of the world.

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One of the must visit tourist spot in this world is The Great Wall of China. It is  one of the wonders of the world.

 

The Great Wall of China is mainly located in the Northern China. It is made up  of millions and millions of brick and is also known as, one of the longest man- made structure in the world. It is one of the greatest and longest architecture  of the world.

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The Great Wall of China was built by Qin Shi Huang, who was also the first  emperor of China. He was also the founder of Qin dynasty, the first dynasty of  imperial China. Qin Shi Huang was also known as Shihuangndi.

 

The Great Wall of China was a huge construction which took a period of over 200 years to be completed. The reason behind constructing this wall was to protect China from intruders.  Many workers worked very hard to make this wall and it took tons of money to construct it.

 

It is believed that about hundreds of thousands of people died during the  construction of The Great Wall of China and many of  them were buried within the wall. The Great Wall of China, frequently billed as the only man-made object visible from space, generally isn’t, at least to the unaided eye in low Earth orbit. It certainly isn’t visible from the Moon, as confirmed by NASA.

 

The Great Wall of China is over 2000 years old but still is a very famous  tourist place and gets lots of tourist every year. The Great Wall of China also became an UNESCO world heritage in December 1987.

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I would recommend everyone to visit The Great Wall of China after this Covid  situation as it is one of the best places to visit. A famous quote on The Great  Wall of China is that “Enemy at the gates! – soldiers below the Great Wall.”

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‘A Visit To The Notorious Alcatraz Prison’ Essay by 8 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Check this beautiful travelogue of Alcatraz Island by 8 year old Harshika Khanna from Kolkata and you will want to visit prison too!

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During our last vacation to the U.S.A, we went to many museums and the one that fascinated me the most was the prison museum on Alcatraz Island.

 

We took a ferry to the island from San Francisco Bay. The rather large prison could be spotted from a distance. We were given a device with earphones attached to it, that would tell us facts about the prison.

 

I was really excited to explore what was there inside the prison, now converted into a museum.

 

As we entered, we came across some well-preserved jail cells, a library and some old pictures with information related to it. It was fascinating to see the reading material which was provided to the prisoners in those times.

 

There were provisions for outdoor sports as well as recreational activities, which clearly explained that the Government was much concerned about the well-being of their inmates. Dummies were placed inside the cells to give the tourists a real life feel of the prison.

 

There was a separate shower area which could accommodate over twenty prisoners at once. In the cells, they had towels, a sink, a table, a toilet seat and the bed. They had a large dining room were all the staff and the inmates would have three meals a day. All their rations were stored in a large granary. There was a special visitor room where the visitors could come and visit the inmates. However, they could only see each other through a glass window and communicate via an intercom. All their conversations were monitored by the officers.

 

Sometimes, prisoners tried to escape but none of them was successful because the prison was heavily guarded. Even if the prisoner managed to break through his cell, the only way out of the island was through a ship or air because the water was very cold for swimming and the prisoner would die of the strong water currents. All this information left me restless as I was wondering what kind of a life the prisoners were living here.

 

The prison had finally closed down in 1963 because it was too expensive to run. My visit to Alcatraz Island was very informative. The island has a very interesting past and everyone should visit this place once in their lifetime.

 

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‘Dubai – My Definition Of Paradise’ Poem by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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What a wonderful sight I see right now,
Nothing like this in my small humble town.
Such pretty scenes the habitants see everyday,
Why would these Dubai dwellers ever frown!

Multi-storied buildings overlooking the bay,
Looking like tall missiles jutting into the sky.
This is my definition of paradise, oh Jesus,
What the view must be from up so high!

It looks like strings of lights drape these buildings,
Studying here is better than wearing the crown.
I’ll take a job in Dubai only, no matter what,
And never go back to my quaint little town.

What a wonderful experience it would be,
Doing my MBA here will be absolute bliss.
Imagine seeing this magnificent sight daily,
I’m very sure the entire Dubai is like this.

 

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‘The Forests of Kanha’ Place Review by 15 year old Bookosmian from Nagpur

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Places with Sara Kanha National Park MP by Ritwik Vastani Ooty Bookosmia

Ritwik is a Ninth grader studying in Lawrence School , Ooty. He is a simple, friendly, organized and peace loving  boy. He  loves to play all kinds of outdoor sports, however his forte is cricket .His sincerity and dedication in everything that interests him, is commendable. Ritwik is a student of Young Orators.

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If you are wondering what gave Rudyard Kipling the idea of writing the epic The Jungle Book, then the answer is the Kanha Tiger Reserve, also known as  Kanha- Kisli National Park.

 

The Kanha Tiger Reserve is one of the most famous tiger reserves of India and the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh. Kanha National Park was created on 1 June 1955 and was designated a tiger reserve in 1973 under project tiger  launched by then Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi.

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Today it encompasses an area of 940kmsq in the two districts Mandla and  Balaghat together with a surrounding buffer zone of 1067kmsq and the  neighbouring 110km sq Phen Sanctuary, it forms the Kanha Tiger Reserve,  which is one of the biggest in the country. This also makes it the largest  national park in Central India.

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The park has a large variety of flora and fauna. The park is home to the
fearless Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, sloth bear and the rare Barasingha amongst others. It is also the first reserve in India to have its official mascot,
Bhoorsingh, the Barasingha.

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Kanha also hosts around 300 species of birds and the most commonly seen birds are the black ibis, bee-eaters, white-breasted Kingfisher among many more. The flora here includes over 1000 species of flowering plants. The lowland forest is a mixture of Sal and other mixed-forest trees. A notable Indian ghost  tree can also be seen in the dense forest. The view here is breathtaking and it  is always a pleasure to be here among the dense and beautiful forests of Kanha Tiger Reserve.

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‘Oh my city of Joy – Kolkata’ Place Review by 17 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Today’s write up by 17 year old Shritij Beriwal from Kolkata is about his own home town and the beautiful, city of joy- Kolkata!

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Shritij is fond of reading books and writing essays. He is an honest person and loves to explore different places. He is a student of La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata and Word Munchers. 

 

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Kolkata or Calcutta is the second largest city in India and one of the four metros in India. It was the capital of India during the British rule from 1772 to 1911. 

 

Kolkata is nicknamed as the city of joy and how true that is! Each day in Kolkata is a festival. Durga Pooja is the most important festival where people light their houses with bright lamps and get dressed in new clothes. They go to the pandals, worship the mother Durga and pray for the betterment of their family. 

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In Kolkata, each person can afford food at a minimum rate of Rs 4 compared to other megacities.

Kolkata has various modes of transport, from hand pulled rickshaws to autos to buses and taxis, metros and the unique trams.

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It is also famous for delicious desserts and sweets such as Sandesh, Mishti Doi and Rossogullas. People can also buy mouthwatering jhal muri and puchkas at just Rs 10. I recommend Russell Street for this.

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The river Ganga flows through the city. It provides for its people. If you like shopping you will enjoy our many markets like Newmarket, AC market, South City mall and Quest mall. People also visit Park Street and Bara Bazaar and enjoy a delicious variety of restaurants. 

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In the field of education there are many schools such as La Martiniere, Don Bosco, Modern High School and many more which have excelled in academies as well as school curricular activities. Kolkata has also produced many great writers such as Rabindranath Tagore.

 

Places such as the Botanical Garden, Science City, Nicco park, South city mall, the Howrah bridge and the Victoria Memorial are a must-visit.

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For the fitness enthusiast, there are many clubs in Kolkata for swimming, table tennis and lawn tennis. The food of these clubs is also very delicious. Our IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders is one of the best teams in the competition. 

 

I like living in Kolkata not only because it is my hometown but also because of it being a hub of culture. My Kolkata is a city like no other! 

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‘Perfect Perth’ Place Review by 13 year old Bookosmian from Bangalore

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Today’s place review is by 13 year old Nikhitha Sristi from Bangalore. Nikitha is studying in class 7, Delhi Public School Whitefield, Bangalore.

 

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I always look forward to summer vacations with my family as they enrich me  with amazing experiences. Every vacation I go to some or the other place, last  year I visited the best place ever! It was Perth, a city located in Western Australia.

 

I was too eager to visit an enjoyable a unique place. Perth is the most  spectacular place I have ever gone to. This city attracts us towards it, through  its natural beauty and amazing sceneries. All of it making the city worth visiting.

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We went there on a plane. It was a pretty long journey. However, it was an amazing experience. There was even a transit at the best airport in the world, the Changi Airport in Singapore! Then, at last, we arrived in Perth.

First few days, my family and I had a few glimpses of the streets of Perth and discovered new places near our hotel, like The Pedestrian Street. The first few glimpses of this street made us fall in love with it, as it is a shopping area and  one can enjoy street performances while walking down the street.

 

Then we went on to explore further to the amazing wildlife park called the Kohunu Koala Park to meet the galloping kangaroos and the little koalas. My mom cuddled the cute bear and we even fed the kangaroos. It was an amazing experience.

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Then we had an incredible time walking through the fabulous  coast of The Bathers Beach. It was fun splashing in the waters and playing with the ocean waves.

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We visited another wildlife park called the Caversham Wildlife Park which was much bigger compared to the other one. There were enormous kangaroos around. It was awesome feeding them and taking selfies with them.

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Later, we went to visit a science museum. Visiting this museum was a fascinating experience as we could do several science experiments and also  experienced a wonderful planetarium. Then we visited the magnificent Elizabeth Quay, which had all amazing stuff,  from eating ice cream to boating, camel riding and so on!

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This twenty days trip was nothing but an unforgettable experience, with all
sorts of places I had never visited before. This city has its unique specialties, which made me fall in love with it. If you really want to spend some time with  kangaroos and koalas, and want to have natural and beautiful experience this  place is a must in your travel destination list.

Mostly when  we visit Australia our first preferences are Sydney or Melbourne,  but Perth is also an amazing place to visit. I highly recommend this place for  visiting.

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‘Dubai: A must visit place’ Review by 8 year old Sidharth Dharewa

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Today, 8 year old Sidharth Dharewa from Kolkata shares his recommendation of a must visit place, Dubai. He is student of La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata. Sidharth is a reader and loves to read a lot of story books and loves travelling a lot.

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I have visited a lot of places in and outside India. Let’s start out with one of my favourite place – Dubai.
We went to Dubai during winter holidays on 18th December. We went by  Emirates plane which took us four hours. I was lucky to get the window seat in the plane. Finally we reached Dubai airport at 10 p.m.
We booked the car which took us to Hyatt hotel. I liked the hotel because the room was very spacious and it was adjacent to the sea, for the visitors to swim and watch the beautiful view of the sea in Dubai.
We went to Warner brothers which was one of my favourites, as it was full of Avengers figures and rides on it. I was amazed to see such figures and rides that I had never seen in India before.
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Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world is a great attraction. Other tourist spots were Legoland, sand dunes, Museum of Illusion and the list goes on.
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I always look forward to go here during my holidays especially to see my favourite Avengers.

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‘Andaman- A Beach Paradise…’ by 13 year old Satvika from Bangalore

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13 year old Satvika from Bangalore loves reading books and drawings.  She shares this essay on a dream holiday we can all use now!

 

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People don’t remember years, they remember moments.

Also, life is a journey. Travelling helps you live twice. You get so many  unforgettable moments and so many stories to tell. It is a very crucial part of life, as it gets us out from our busy schedules. It keeps one strong and healthy- both physically and mentally.

Now, I’ll be telling you about one of the most amazing holiday spots of India- the Andaman Islands. This place is a must have on your holiday destination list.

 

Firstly, Andaman is an island. So road travel is not an option. You can either  reach there by plane or a ten-day cruise. I went there on a plane, and it was awesome. I could actually see the ocean waves from the plane! We landed in Port Blair, the capital of Andaman.

 

The temperature there was pretty high. This place has historic significance, as well as beautiful views. The Cellular Jail is the main attraction in Port Blair. This jail has a lot of importance, as the Indian revolutionaries were held here as  prisoners during the British rule. It was also one of the largest jails in Asia. The main attraction here is the museum which shows the hardships Indian  freedom fighters faced when they were held captive. The cell where Sri Veer Savarkar was held captive is also here. He was, and continues to remain one of the bravest freedom fighter. Later in the evening there is a light show which  gives us a detailed account of life during the 19th century in the jail.

 

From here, we headed off to Havelock.

Havelock is a beautiful place. The beaches there are a sight to behold. From  Port Blair, we had to take a ferry to Havelock. Once we reached Havelock, the  first thing on everyone’s mind was beach. And the beach in Havelock, Radhanagar beach, is amazing. Especially the sunset. It was so beautiful. The  water was also in all its spirit and the waves were so huge and awesome.

 

We  also went scuba diving. The sea world was so beautiful. We could actually go all the way down to the sea bed and touch the corals! It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There is no way anyone can forget the feeling of scuba
diving. And near the beach, we have ice cream and chat shops. What is more amazing than ice cream, after playing on the beach?

 

After all this, we went back to our hotel and rested for the day. In the same  place, we have Elephant beach. Here, you can enjoy your day with water sports. You have banana boat rides, water bikes and many more. Honestly, if  you ever visit Andaman, Havelock should be there on your list.

 

From here, we set off to Neil Island. It is the perfect place to get your souvenirs. You can get pearls, spices, wooden idols, shells, ornaments, home décor and a lot more. Here, we visited rock arch. We had to walk our way up to the top most rocks, on rocks! From the top, the sight was amazing. We could see the whole sea from up there!

We also went to Bharatpur beach which was very calm. Then we did our souvenir shopping and came back to the hotel.

Overall, Andaman was fabulous. Anyone who likes the sea will love Andaman.  In fact, not only people who like the sea but everyone will like Andaman! It is so
amazing; I didn’t feel like coming back home.

 

This paradise is a must have on your travel destination list.

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  • What made you decide on your holiday destination
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  • What were the highlights and best moments in the holiday
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‘A trip to Mumbai’ by 8 year old Shay Agarwal from Kolkata

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Read with sara stories for kids by kids Shay Bookosmia8 year old Shay Agarwal from Kolkata talks of his memorable trip to Mumbai, packed in with things he enjoyed! Shay is a  cricket-lover and interested in dance. He wants to become a
scientist, and make medicines for people to help him. He feels blessed to have a loving family

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What a hurry to Mumbai! It was already 8 in the morning and my bag was still  not packed. I was feeling so miserable because I had a flight at 12noon.My sister was hurrying me to pack.

 

My mom packed our breakfast so that extra time does not get wasted. My dad was trying to call up our driver, who had no plans of dropping by. We somehow  managed to leave on time, and reached the airport. There were only a few  minutes before the security check closed and we rushed across the airport. As we sat on our seats, I felt so tired and just wanted to sleep.

It was beautiful as we saw the sun setting before our eyes. We had reached Mumbai, and I was feeling extremely happy. We went to our hotel and rested that night. The next day was horrible! All my mom and sister wanted to do was go shopping, shopping and shopping. Dad and I were dragged around the
Chor Bazaar. All we had to do was stare at each other and dad had to pay out some money, not much, as my mom was a bargaining expert.

Another day we went to Juhu Beach and chilled for a bit. My sister and dad  went in the ocean and I made a castle at that time. It was so much fun, and later we ate Vada-Pav’s and other street foods!

 

The day we had to leave was miserable, as none of us wanted to leave. But we enjoyed ourselves a lot!

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“My experience in Paris” by 11 year old Sai Shaunak M S from Bangalore #WorldToursimDay

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Activities with Sara Places to visit BookosmiaHey everyone, Sara here! While travel is out of question, it is such a delight to read write ups from kids about their favourite travel memory, on World Tourism Day.

 

 

Here is 11 year old Sai Shaunak M S from Bangalore, take us on a virtual trip.

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Sai Shaunak is very helpful and passionate about his dreams. He is good at math and his hobbies are to build with bricks and drawing. Congrats to The Hobby Place for nurturing his creativity. Sai Shaunak is a student of The Brigade School, Bangalore. 

 

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My favourite tourist spot is Paris.  I have liked many places but Paris is my favourite.
We had an overnight journey in the aero plane. When we arrived at the airport, our tour manager was calling us. We went in the bus to our hotel room. We kept our luggage and had a brief  look at the city.
I got to know that Paris is called ‘The City of Light.’
It was a clean and organized city. For dinner we went to an Indian restaurant called ‘ The Bombay Villa.’ We had a lovely dinner and returned to our hotel room. The second day we needed to wake up early so that we could see everything. We had breakfast in the hotel itself.
Our sightseeing spot for the day was the Eiffel Tower. We bought some keychains and some miniature models of the tower too. Where ever in Paris we went, we could still see the tower!
The third day was my best day in the trip because we went to Disney Land! We were very excited to go there. But sadly we could not go to the Disney castle because we got late in a roller coaster.
Why did we get late in the roller coaster? That in itself is a story. We got late in the roller coaster because my mother stayed with me. Why? I was too short to go to the roller coaster so I had to wait out alone, but I was scared to be alone. That is why I asked my mother to stay with me. When my father and sister returned, my mother wanted to go on the roller coaster too but it had some technical issues so she could not go. We also went on other rides and even met Mickey Mouse! This was it on the last day of the trip.
I enjoyed this beautiful city and the experience.

 

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“Agra, my favourite tourist spot” by 9 year old Navika Kharbanda from Noida #WorldTourismDay

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9 year old Navika Kharbanda from Noida refreshes all of our holiday memories by sharing a write up of her favorite travel!

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Navika is a very kind, creative and compassionate child. Her hobbies are dancing, baking, art and craft. Her creativity can be seen not only in her hobbies but also in her written and verbal expression. Her favourite book series is Junie B Jones by Barbara Park. She is a fun loving child who enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Navika is a student of Amity International School, Noida.

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Once I went on an excursion to Agra with my family. We went
by car. I carried a backpack on my back. We started our trip early in the morning. I and my brother slept in the car.

 

When we woke up we saw the breath- taking Taj Mahal in front of us. The Taj Mahal in Agra is world famous. We learnt more about this fascinating place from our guide.

 

By the time we were exploring this ‘wonder of the world,’ we felt hungry. We had sandwiches and went to buy the souvenir of the famous inlay artwork, wall hangings and coasters carved on marble.

 

It was almost bed time. My father had booked us in a luxurious hotel and we  rested there. As the next morning arrived, we freshened up and went to Agra Fort expecting a show, but unfortunately the show was cancelled.

 

We utilized the opportunity by experiencing the local delicacies and shopping. It was dusk already. We returned to the hotel and slept.

 

The next day it was time to bid goodbye to Agra. Soon after breakfast we started our return journey. It was the most memorable holiday ever!

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Kahaani Box Children’s Library, Bangalore & Their Book Recommendations

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About Kahaani Box:

The Library , Bangalore was started as a library in 2017 by Founder & Owner, Neha Jain. Though a Chartered Accountant & a Company Secretary by  qualification with specialization in Taxation, it was her love for books that made her start her own library.

 

 

What all does Kahaani Box offer:

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It is helping hundreds of children,it is transforming the way  people look at books. Kahaani Box indulges kids in storytelling and activities for hands on learning so that we can nurture  reading and literacy developments in all forms.

 

Book Recommendations from Kahaani Box:

Less than 8 years – Mercy Watson, I Can Read series, Bad Guys, Dogman,  Pratham Books, Julia Donaldson’s books, Karadi Publications, Gajapati  Kulapati & many Tulika publications Rainbow Magic Fairy, Dragon Masters,  Judy Moody, Hole Books, Hook Books etc.

 

8-12 years – Rick Riordan, Goosebumps, Lucky Series by Nalini Sorensen, Geronimo & Thea Stilton, Adventures of Mooli series, Yaksha by Archana Mohan, My Weird School, Books by Shabnam Minwalla, Emperor who vanished, Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, Sonia Mehta off to States series, Malgudi Days, Middle School, Sudha Murthy, Amar Chitra Katha, Captain Underpants, Big Nate, David Walliam, Neil Gaiman etc.

 

12+ years – Wonder, Cassandra Clare, Ruskin Bond, The selection series, Subhadra Sen Gupta, Raina Telgemeier, Harry Potter, Suzanne Collins, Graphix Novels, J.R.R. Tolkien, etc.

 

 

Bookosmia congratulates Kahaani Box for its amazing efforts in making reading an exciting proposition for kids.

We are proud to have been a part of Kahaani Box Library’s launch in a new setup, with a storytelling by Author Archana Mohan and Yakshagana performance for our book Yaksha.

Read a detailed interview with Neha in Sara Chats on how to get your child into reading.

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