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Weekend Getaway – Visiting A Strawberry Farm | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here! Welcome to my ‘Places with Sara‘ section 🙂

 

I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out once the pandemic exits from our lives. Until then let’s read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

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!
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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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Free Hand Drawing – Bright Colours To Cheer You | Bookosmia

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Read with Sara essay on river Dhakshitha from Chennai BookosmiaWhat’s the best thing about art? 7 year old Dhakshitha C, a Bookosmian from Chennai, loves bright colours! Check out her lovely art pieces!
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 I always love bright and cheerful colors.So I tried painting and I loved it. This painting is called ‘Mountains in the dark’.
Free hand drawing - Bright colours to cheer you
Painting is lots of fun and every stroke is fun for me. This is my special cup cake.
Free hand drawing - Bright colours to cheer you
Another reason why I like painting is that we can do anything we want and be creative. This painting is called ‘Colourful world behind bars’.
Free hand drawing - Bright colours to cheer you
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Environment – Tall Trees In An Enchanted Forest | Bookosmia

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Art by Rishita KhemkaForests are fascinating, aren’t they? 9 year old Rishita Khemka, a Bookosmian from Bangalore, certainly thinks so! Check out her art work!
She goes to Greenwood High International School.
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Environment - Tall trees in an enchanted forest
This is a painting of trees in an enchanted forest. Next to the trees is a river! The reflection of the trees is shown in the river. I used cardboard, a toothbrush, earbuds, paintbrushes and paint to make this painting. I really enjoyed making the trees! I had quite a pleasant experience making this painting!
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Wonder Woman 1984 Movie Review – An Inspiring Female Superhero | Bookosmian

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Movie review by Drea SujeetWho is your favourite superhero? 11 year old Drea Sujeet, a Bookosmian from Mysore, cannot stop raving about Wonder Woman, and the message she conveys through her powerful character in the movie. Have you seen it?
She goes to Delhi Public School, Mysore.
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  Movie: Wonder Woman 1984 

Released: 2020

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

Wonder Woman 1984 movie review - An inspiring female superhero

Recently, I watched a DC movie, Wonder Woman 1984. I liked this movie very much. It portrays woman power and the fact that even women can be superheroes, just like a Batman and Superman.

 

I have very few comic books of Wonder Woman, but I have watched the movies. I like DC superheroes so much that I also have all their action figures, out of which Wonder Woman is my favorite. She is a superhero that stands by truth, love and wonder. I found the movie very inspiring.

 

The basic plot revolves around Diana a.k.a Wonder Woman who has to fight against two people, Maxwell Lord and Barbara Minerva, a friend turned foe. Barbara is upset with her life because nobody pays attention to her and is not popular amongst the people. Hence, she desires to be like her new friend, Diana Prince, who is very talented, confident, beautiful and positive, not as a superhero, but in normal life. But as they say ‘be careful what you wish for’.

 

Wonder Woman 1984 movie review - An inspiring female superhero

 

Barbara gains powers like Wonder Woman. However, Barbara uses her powers to side with the evil, Maxwell Lord.

 

Juggling between two villains isn’t easy, but Diana does it. The movie was indeed slow, but the inspiration and messages from the movie are unforgettable.

 

Wonder Woman 1984 movie review - An inspiring female superhero

 

The moral I got from this movie, is that you have to work very hard to achieve something. For instance, Maxwell Lord just wishes to be a wish granter and gets carried away with it. He gets so lost in his wrong doings that he creates nuclear bombs and even declares a war on Russia.

 

The phrases I liked in the movie are ‘nothing good is born from lies’, ‘the truth is bigger than everyone, ‘the world was a beautiful place just as it was, and you cannot have all of it. You can only have the truth. Truth is beautiful’ and, last but not the least, ‘you have a strong power in you. Stop doubting yourself. These inspiring words were spoken by an inspiring superhero. I loved the way Wonder Woman convinces Maxwell Lord to be on the good path, especially for his son.

 

Wonder Woman 1984 movie review - An inspiring female superhero

 

In conclusion, truth is a bigger hero than any of us. In the end, the truth shall always win, no matter what.

This movie is the best example of the power that women hold. This sheds light on the most needed topic today, truth.

We should thank god for creating such a great world and shouldn’t destroy it with lies, cruelness and disarray. Just imagine a world, full of happiness, truth, unity and love. Can you believe how much this world is going to change? As Diana once said ‘sometimes you can’t see what you’re learning until you come out to the other side.’

Wonder Woman 1984 movie review - An inspiring female superhero

I give this movie 4/5 stars and recommend it to ages 10+.

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Doodle Art – Circles, Spirals And Lots Of Fun | Bookosmia

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Art with Sara Saanvi Agarwal Kolkata BookosmiaWhat’s better than masala noodle? 11 year old Saanvi Agarwal, a Bookosmian from Kolkata, tells us in this cute poem and art work! So cool!
Congrats to Wings Preschool and Activity Centre for nurturing her creativity.
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Doodle art - Circles, spirals and lots of fun

You know how much I love to doodle
Hmm..a little more than masala noodle

A circle that moves into a swirl
Best describes the doodle world

Spirals, packed circles, flowers galore
Each design I separately adore.

Triangles,zigzag crisscross lines
Do whatever that comes to your mind

Doodling relaxes my brain
And throws all my boredom in the drain

Doodling is my passion, it is an emotion
Someday I aspire to take it as a profession.

 

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Mother’s Day Digital Art

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Hey friends! Sara, here. Love digital art?
Do check out this fabulous display by 11 year old Vaishnavi Vinod Kumar, a Bookosmian from Sharjah.
Digital Art by Vaishnavi Vinod Kumar
Vaishnavi chooses the digital art medium to express her gratitude for mothers.
Made an artwork for your mom? Send it to us!
She goes to Delhi Private School, Sharjah.
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For Mother’s Day in May, I made two drawings showing a mother’s love for a child.
Digital Art mother
A mother’s love is what  establishes trust and intimacy in a child’s life.
We cannot underestimate the power of a mother’s love.
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Simple Joys – Fly Away Kite! | Bookosmia

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Art by BaivabWhat makes you happy? 7 year old Baivab Pattanayak, a Bookosmian from Cuttack, paints the sight that fills him up with joy.
He goes to DAV public school, Rajabagicha.
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Simple joys - Fly away kite!
I don’t know how to fly kites but feel very happy to see it flying….
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Doodle Art – Making Alphabets Fun | Bookosmia

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Art by Navya KyalHave you tried alphabet doodles? 10 year old Navya Kyal, a Bookosmian from Kolkata, loves detailing them. Check it out!
Congrats to Wings Preschool and Activity centre for nurturing her creativity.
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I did my doodle of the alphabet N, a few months back when I just joined my mandala classes. I had a lot of fun doing it and had to be focused to make the smallest details in that doodle.
Doodle Art - Making alphabets fun
As my name starts with an N and I love doing letter doodles, I really wanted to do a N doodle. When I showed everyone my N doodle they were shocked! They didn’t know that I could draw so well.
I started making even more doodles and mandalas which were getting better and better!
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Dinosaur Species – The Humming Dino | Bookosmia

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Art by Riddhima JainPresenting a new species of dinosaur – The Hummingsaurous! Check out the note on this innovative dinosaur along with art work by 8 year old Riddhima Jain, a Bookosmian from Delhi. Can you invent your own species? Tell us!
She goes to Gyan Bharti School, Saket.
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Once there lived a stegosaurus. It was different from others. It liked humming birds. One day, when it woke up early morning, its’ mouth turned into a beak.

Next day, it’s long tail became long feathers, but its’ size did not change. It was now a rare species of dinosaur!

Everyone called it the hummingsaurous. But the only problem was it could only suck nectar off flowers, but that could not fill its tummy.  Sadly it remained hungry most of the time.

Dinosaur species - The humming dino

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Flash of Fiction – eBook by Kids | Bookosmia

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Read with Sara icon BookosmiaDear readers,

This is exciting! We have always believed that creativity can strike anywhere and here is an example of that. Taking a photograph as a story prompt, the young writers of this book (who are all less than 12 years old) impress us with their interpretations and tightly-packed story telling that keep us engrossed throughout.

 

This book is testament to what youngsters, if given mentorship and the right platform, can deliver. We congratulate and thank Tale Spin, our partner on this project, for their efforts and support. Many thanks to the brilliant photographer, writer and RJ Nishant Gadhavi for writing a foreword for this book.

 

So what are you waiting for? Dive in and enjoy the book! Read it as a flip book below or download Flash Of Fiction.

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Big Blue Ocean – The Secret Treasures It Holds | Bookosmia

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Art by LakshayaaWhat secrets do you think the ocean is hiding? 12 year old Lakshayaa S, a Bookosmian from Bangalore, shows us her thoughts through a colourful painting. Can you guess what all she has drawn?
She goes to Little Flower Public School.
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Big blue ocean - The secret treasures it holds
The ocean is filled with secrets and treasures.
I wish to show those treasures to you all by my drawing.
Can you identify what secrets I have drawn?
Hope you like them!
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Drawing For Kids – Dinosaur Crayon Art | Bookosmia

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Art by Ayaan GuptaAyaan Gupta, a Bookosmian from Delhi, is a budding artist at age 5! Check out his beautiful crayon paintings!
He goes to Springdales Dhaula Kuan.
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I love dinosaurs.
Drawing for kids - Dinosaur crayon art
All colours are beautiful.
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‘Prince with a Paintbrush’ Bookosmian’s Review

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Children’s books are crafted with a lot of love and excitement by authors. And while reviews for the book come from other authors, media, publishers and even parents, very rarely do they come from the kids themselves, for whom the book is written.
As a ‘for kids, by kids’ platform, Bookosmia likes to complete this feedback loop. Having published over 1800 kids from 120+ locations worldwide, we firmly believe that young readers and writers deserve to be heard.
It was a delight to have the author Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan interact with our young readers in the Bookosmia room on Bakstage app and answer their unfiltered questions in the most endearing way. Here is a compilation of unfiltered reviews by young readers of Bookosmia who have chosen to use their love for reading and talent of writing to share their feedback.

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Nature Drawings – The Magic Of Imagination | Bookosmia

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Art by ShambhaviI love to admire the art work of my friends and read the interesting reasons why they chose to do them. Here is one such fascinating collection of art and messages by 7 year old Bookosmian, Shambhavi from Bangalore. Send me yours!

 

 

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I imagine a world where cars are flying, colourful trees, flying fish, purple sun and orange clouds. I imagine a world filled with my own choice of colours where everything is clean and magical.

 

Nature drawings - The magic of imagination

 

This art is my imagination of the magical secrets of the ocean.  I have used watercolours and oil pastels to create this effect.

The magic of underwater has always attracted me. I sometimes imagine myself diving into deep water and watching it all myself. I dream of colourful corals, fishes, octopus and many different type of creatures.

In this painting I have tired to imagine and create the underwater world scene.

 

Nature drawings - The magic of imagination

 

This art work is inspired by the beauty of nature which is filled with so many colours.

I collected all these nature elements and have created a colorful landscape to celebrate colours scattered all around us on our earth.

Nature drawings - The magic of imagination

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Doodle Art – Colourful Collage | Bookosmia

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Art by S Vignesh 13 year old S Vignesh, a Bookosmian from Chennai, loves doodling. Check out this beautiful pop art. Do you doodle as well? Send us!
He goes to NSN Memorial school.

 

 

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I like doodling cartoon characters.
Art-Doodle art - Colourful collage
Art-Doodle art - Colourful collage
My favourite APJ Abdul Kalam quote is “You have to dream before your dreams come true.”
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Art Ideas For Kids – Bubble Calligraphy | Bookosmia

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Art by UjjalSara here. Almost 6 year old Ujjal Bothra, a Bookosmian from Kolkata, tried bubble calligraphy and loved it! Do you also enjoy doing it? Tell us!
He goes to Birla High School.
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I loved making this art work.
Art ideas for kids - Bubble calligraphy
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The Secrets Of The Ocean | Bookosmia

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Art by Ritisha GhoshWhat secrets do you think lie in the ocean? 8 year old Ritisha Ghosh, a Bookosmian from Hyderabad, expresses them through her art!
She goes to World One School.
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The ocean is filled with treasures. Here’s how I imagine it to be.
The secrets of the ocean
Using the above painting as a prompt, can you think of a story taking place in the ocean? Send it to us at sara@bookosmia.com
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Autistic Pride Day – My Neurodiverse Friend And I Are Not That Different | Bookosmia

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Sara and Madhav Not that differentHey, Sara here with my new friend, Madhav.

Madhav is on the autism spectrum. He does certain things differently that get me thinking, but I realize that we are ‘not that different’ after all!

 

Read with Sara stories for kids by kids R.S.Anandita Chennai BookosmiaToday is Autistic Pride day! 12 year old R S Anandita, a Bookosmian from Chennai writes a powerful essay about what it means to have a friend on the autism spectrum.
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Autism is not any kind of superpower! Autistic children are not that different.

 

I have a friend who is different from me and I don’t treat her any differently. We both do the same kind of stuff that neurotypical friends would do.

Autistic Pride Day - My neurodiverse friend and I are not that different

 

Since my friend is on the spectrum, I would:

 

• Not judge her actions
• See her as real
• Not urge her to enjoy whatever I do because if I do she will start to feel like an impostor
• Be there for her
• Raise hope for her future

I want to tell you about my friend who is on the spectrum.

 

I met her in my 2nd grade, but since I wasn’t cognizant about autism those days, I didn’t give much importance to her. I frequently saw her sitting quietly in one corner and not talking to anyone.

 

Autistic Pride Day - My neurodiverse friend and I are not that different

Once I reached my seventh grade she was in my class again! Coincidence, of course! As days passed I came to know a lot about autism and special children.

Then I started conversing with her and liked her a lot! Days went on and my half yearly exams were nearing and my teacher asked me to pair up with her and help her study. I agreed enthusiastically! We both studied together in the free time and had a great time.

Autistic Pride Day - My neurodiverse friend and I are not that different

Sadly, the exams got cancelled due to covid but I am hoping that she is empowering herself and making use of this lockdown.

During certain days, I would see her getting bullied by the children in my school and she would start to cry. My friends and I would console and confront the children and make them understand her situation.

Autistic Pride Day - My neurodiverse friend and I are not that different

I also remember my birthday where she gifted me a sweet note with a photo of both of us! I revere that gift!

Here’s to many more years of our everlasting friendship!

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Drawing For Kids – Transport and Scenery | Bookosmia

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Art by Arthavit Mohanty7 year old Arthavit Mohanty, a Bookosmian from Cuttack, is a bright young artist who takes inspiration from his surroundings.
He goes to DAV Public School, Rajabagicha, Cuttack, Odisha.
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A scenery on my TV:- I see the world through these two remotes.
Drawing for kids - Transport and Scenery
Mama and I – We went on a boat ride in Chilika Lake.
Drawing for kids - Transport and Scenery
My blue train – It has so many wheels that I could not count!
Drawing for kids - Transport and Scenery
My green aero plane – It is Google’s aero plane. So its’ color is green, blue and red.
Drawing for kids - Transport and Scenery
Peacock- The peacock with beautiful wings is sitting on a branch.
Drawing for kids - Transport and Scenery

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Bookosmia Magazine Jun’21- For Kids, By Kids

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Dear readers,

We are thrilled (nope..that’s not the word), super duper deliriously rapturous (yup), to present to you…drum roll please…the first ever issue of ‘Bookosmia’ – A magazine for kids, by kids!

Yes, you heard it right! Right from ideas, content, illustrations, photographs to design – this magazine is being brought to you by young Bookosmians who are taking the world by storm with their creativity.

An issue brimming with unputdownable content, we hope this will bring joy to you during these trying times.

Stay safe, dear readers! Read below or download Bookosmia magazine 

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Art Showcase – The Werewolf On A Full Moon Night | Bookosmia

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Art by Kavin Kumar10 year old Kavin Kumar from Delhi discovered his love for painting and sketching during the pandemic and he shares his beautiful art work with us. Have you also been making art? Do share!
He goes to OPG world school, Dwarka.
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I was a bit hesitant to do artwork in the beginning because of how it could go wrong or how much time it takes but I started to enjoy it after some time. 
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Now, I like to draw once every week because it is so much fun.

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I choose something different in my artwork every time.

 

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It gets boring creating the same thing again and again. So if I do a bird drawing one day, the next day I will draw something like animals.

 

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While creating my artwork,I tend to feel bored as it takes a lot of time.

 

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When half of it is done, I start to get excited and when finished, I am very proud of what I have achieved. 

 

Art showcase

 

One of my artworks that, I think, tells a story is ‘The Wolf’ – The wolf is howling, trying to find his pack on a full moon night. He can be a person who was bitten by a werewolf and turned into one.

 

Art showcase

 

My favourite artwork is the cat and the butterfly artwork (Titled ‘Friends’). It was the first animal drawing I made, it was really detailed and I had a lot of fun creating the butterfly, filling it with patterns.

 

Art showcase

 

But my favourite painting work with colours was the sea painting which was filled with lots of colours. It was my first drawing of the sea and I liked making the waves in a different form.

 

Art showcase

 

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Lockdown Learning – Art From Online Tutorials | Bookosmia

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Art by Kavya Agrawal8-year-old Kavya Agrawal from Goa utilized the lockdown time to learn oil pastel work from videos online! How cool! Do check her art!
She goes to the King’s School.
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When lockdown was announced, we had to stay in a hotel for 68 days as my father was working there. Immediately we bought a 3×3 Rubik cube and one Hula hoop ring from the shop. I thought I will learn them in the hotel to pass my time.

I also learnt art work like drawing / Sketching / 3D Art / Oil Pastel art work during this time.

 

Lockdown learning - Art from online tutorials

Lockdown learning - Art from online tutorials
Lockdown learning - Art from online tutorials
Lockdown learning - Art from online tutorials
Lockdown learning - Art from online tutorials
Lockdown learning - Art from online tutorials
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Flower Drawings – Why I Love Them | Bookosmia

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Art by Ayaan Agarwal6 year old Ayaan Agarwal, a Bookosmian from Kolkata, has a keen interest in art and his favorite subject is flowers! What’s your favourite thing to draw?
He goes to La Martiniere for Boys.

 

 

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These are colourful flowers and shrubs from my backyard.

Art- Flower drawings - why I love them

 

 

I call this painting – Chirps and Blossom.

Art- Flower drawings - why I love them

The beauty of a rose.

Art- Flower drawings - why I love them

 

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Nature Art – Sunsets, Rocks And The Blue Ocean | Bookosmia

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Art by Advik 9 year old Advik Gupta from Jaipur has made some wonderful art during the lockdown and shares it with us. Would you like to share your work too? 

He goes to Teoler High School.
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Nature Art - Sunsets, rocks and the blue ocean
Nature Art - Sunsets, rocks and the blue ocean
Nature Art - Sunsets, rocks and the blue ocean
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Toy Truck – Easy Drawing For Kids | Bookosmia

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Poem by Wrishik Ghosh5.5 year old Wrishik Ghosh from Kolkata draws a cute picture of a truck full of toys! What’s your favourite toy? Send us your drawing!

Wrishik is a student of Birla High School

 

 

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This is a big truck carrying toy boxes for all of us.
Toy truck - Easy drawing for kids
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Sunset View At The Beach | Bookosmia

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Art by Spoorthi12 year old Spoorthi Shenoy B, a Bookosmian from Bangalore paints a picture we all want to see – a sunset view of the beach!
She goes to Little Flower Public School.

 

 

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This is a drawing of the blue waters of a beach, the red sand, at sunset. That’s where I want to be right now!
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Kolkata – Painting The City Of Joy | Bookosmia

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Art by Anaisha DagaGive it up for 7 year old Anaisha Daga from, a Bookosmian Kolkata who has a keen eye for details. Check her art out!
She goes to Modern High School for girls.

 

 

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Enjoying the sunset view of my beautiful Kolkata- City of Joy, as I sail down the river Ganges.
Kolkata - Painting the city of joy
Enjoying a summer afternoon in my garden.
Kolkata - Painting the city of joy
Hello Cherry Blossoms!
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Painting The Seasons Of Nature | Bookosmia

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Art by Rishita Khemka9 year old Rishita Khemka, a Bookosmian from Bangalore is a painter in whose hands, nature comes alive! Check out her art and her thoughts.
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I tried my hands at perspective art. I really enjoyed using the different shades of green colour and the effect of light on the painting. It’s a beautiful countryside winter morning which I have tried to capture in my painting.
Painting the seasons of nature
This one is one of my favourite paintings. It shows the fall season in the United States of America. It was a great experience exploring the fall colours and the reflection of the sun on the river.
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Thank You Eric Carle | Bookosmia

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Book Review with Sara of Harry the dirty dog by K.S.Rithik ChennaiThis week, the world lost Eric Carle, the author-illustrator of beloved children’s book, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. 8 year old K S Rithik, a Bookosmian from Chennai pays him a special tribute with his painting.

He is a student of NSN memorial senior secondary school, Chitlapakkam.

 

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Thank you Eric Carle for your wonderful books especially ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ which I read in school.
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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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Butterflies And Flowers – Art work | Bookosmia

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Art by Urjita Saha11 year old Urjita Saha, a Bookosmian from Kolkata loves butterflies! Check out her drawings and her thoughts about them! Do you also love butterflies? Tell us!
She goes to Ashok Hall Girl’s Higher Secondary School.
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This drawing is done without using any pencil. This is one of my best drawings. Flowers are one of the most beautiful gifts given to us by nature.
Their different colours and the beautiful fragrance is what makes flowers desirable to human beings.
Butterflies and flowers - Art work
This is also a beautiful drawing done by me. Butterflies are very beautiful in appearance. A butterfly is born as an egg.It is found in many colours. Butterfly is my favourite insect.
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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?
Congrats to Word Munchers for nurturing his creativity. He goes to La Martiniere for Boys.

 

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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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Telling My Stories Through Art | Bookosmia

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Art by AmeyaPrepare to be stunned by the art work of 13 year old Bookosmian from Hyderabad, Ameya. Read on to check her art work and her thoughts about creating them.
She goes to Sri Sathya Sai Vidhya Vihaar, Hyderabad.
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I love to draw and express my thoughts through my art. I like to work with different color combinations, mediums and styles. I wish to be a good artist.
Telling my stories through art
I really like to use colour pencils to draw. I also draw cartoons. I am fond of water colours and have made many works using watercolours.
Telling my stories through art

Art gives me pleasure and it helps me feel relaxed and happy. If I start a drawing I get immersed in the drawing until my arm starts to ache!

I like to try different mediums and explore many techniques. I have done many acrylic paintings but I really want to do an oil painting one day. I really want my art to be realistic and proportional.

Telling my stories through art

 

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Something About Me by Aditi Sowmyanarayan | Not That Different | Autism Awareness

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Art by Aditi15 year old Aditi Sowmyanarayan, a Bookosmian from Bangalore opens up about the way she sees the world. Three cheers for our beautifully diverse world! #NotThatDifferent
She goes to Ishanya India foundation – Center for Individuals with special needs.
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This is me … looking at the world around me with wonder just like the girl looking at the moon.
Something about me
Sometimes I get it all, at other times I am confused, but for the most part, I am in between, hoping to find the horizon where our worlds meet.
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The Bengal Tiger- A Prayer for you | Bookosmia

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to show our care for nature.

 

Here is a powerful poem that all of us must read and think over.

SaraReads GratitudeDuringCovidYoung author Prabhgeet

11 year old Prabhgeet Kaur from Kolkata makes a compassionate plea to save tigers . I am with her. Won’t you join us too? 


Prabhgeet goes to Loreto House School,  Kolkata.

 

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It is groaning for help as loud as it can,
Begging for mercy from the strong and cruel man.
The Bengal tiger’s home is the forest, not the zoo,
It is missing the trees and its friends too.
bengal tiger poem kids
Some tigers are killed for their skin,
Used to decorate bags, dresses and fashion whims.
bengal tiger poem kids
Around hundred tigers are killed every year,
The world belongs to them too, so is killing them fair?
Fear God, we are killing his children,
Save tigers as they are God’s voice from heaven.
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Read a moving story about a tiger who spoke, Call of the wild by 12 year old Neha from Chennai.
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Easy Drawings of Landscapes by 5 year old | Bookosmia

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In how many ways can you draw a landscape for different occasions? 5 year old Shiv Gupta from Vibgyor School, Bangalore has the answers.

easy drawing kids Shiv Vibgyor

5 year old Shiv from Bangalore loves everything about art- his drawing classes , safekeeping his colours and the time he spends with his Mumma colouring. Shiv has also joined keyboard classes.

 

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I love drawing landscapes. My mother helps me at times with drawing and choice of colours.

easy drawing kids Shiv

This is something I made for Diwali- with firecrackers and lights.

I added a flag to my drawing when I made it for Independence Day.

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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!
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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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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!

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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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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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My Special Robot | Bookosmia

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Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

 

Art by Chezhiyan If you had a chance to design anything in the world, what would you create? 7 year old Chezhiyan Balaji, a Bookosmian from Bangalore has a cool idea for a robot. Check it out!
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I like robots because they are so cool.
They look amazing and they help humans.
My special robot
This robot is called Weyland. He has four legs and a special camera to see.
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Jagannath, Saraswati, Ganesh…From My Imagination | Bookosmia

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Art by Adyasha Mohapatra6 year old Adyasha Mohapatra from Cuttack is a talented young artist. Check out her beautiful art work! Do you also draw? Send it to us!

Adyasha is a student of DAV Public School, Rajabagicha, Cuttack, Odisha.

 

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This is a drawing of Lord Jagannath. Isn’t it beautiful?
Jagannath, Saraswati, Ganesh…from my imagination
I tried to draw Maa Saraswati by seeing a YouTube video.
Jagannath, Saraswati, Ganesh…from my imagination
This is my favorite Ganu baba ji.
Jagannath, Saraswati, Ganesh…from my imagination
This is me and my little cousin sister Selvy.
Jagannath, Saraswati, Ganesh…from my imagination
This is what I drew in an online class.
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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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Art Makes Me Happy | Bookosmia

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Read with Sara book review by Maukthika 9 year old Maukthika Mari, a Bookosmian from Chennai feels that art has helped her improve her imagination and creativity. Check out her drawings!
Maukthika is studying in N.S.N Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chrompet, Chennai.
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I like art because it makes me happy. Art has helped improve my imagination and creativity.

 

I’ve always enjoyed art. I love to draw things related to nature and space, but I also like to draw other things.

This is one of my 3D drawings. It’s a 3D cube.

Art makes me happy

 

 

I love making scenery. The below is one of them, titled ‘The day and night.’

 

Art makes me happy

 

The day scenery has coniferous trees and the night scenery has mountains and a waterfall.

 

Outer space is another topic I love. This is a sketch of the solar system.

Art makes me happy

This is my imagination of two birds sitting on a tree.

Art makes me happy

City – This is one of my favourite drawings.
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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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Drawing Makes Me Happy | Bookosmia

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Art by Nithwin6 year old Nithwin S, a Bookosmian from Chennai loves to draw cartoon characters and he does them so well! Do check out his cute paintings and write-up!

Nithwin is a student of NSN Memorial Senior Secondary School.

 

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Anda, The Poisonous Red Ant – Book Review | Bookosmia

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Book Review with Sara of Harry the dirty dog by K.S.Rithik Chennai 8 year Rithik, a Bookosmian from Chennai loves reading about animals and is excited to share his review of the book ‘Anda, the poisonous red ant’. He recommends it for ages 5+!

Rithik is a student of NSN memorial senior secondary school, Chitlapakkam.

 

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Book:  Anda, the Poisonous Red Ant
Publisher: Angel Publishing House
Anda, the poisonous red ant

I knew this story would be interesting when I saw the cover page. The writing style of the author matches with the illustrations.

I bought this story book because the cover page is very colourful. This is a fictional story.

In this story,Anda the ant and Rutty the snake were living in a cornfield. Every night Rutty would spit venom and drink it in the morning. Despite being told not to, one night Anda drank the venom which Rutty spat. So, he felt dizzy and went out of Rutty’s house. Then what happens to Anda? Will he suffer because of Rutty’s venom? To know that you’ll have to read the story.

My favourite part in this story is when Anda drank the venom but still did not get angry. The lead character in the story is Anda.

The main idea of the story is how one must be careful and should not do things if we are told it could be dangerous.

I recommend this story to the age group 5 +.

My review rating for this story is 4.5 / 5.

Anda, the poisonous red ant

 

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Charity Begins From The Heart | Bookosmia

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Digital Art by Vaishnavi Vinod KumarIt’s been a difficult time for many people as they have lost their jobs and are struggling to pay hospital bills. 11 year old Vaishnavi Vinod Kumar, a Bookosmian from Sharjah makes a digital art urging us to do our bit.
Vaishnavi is a student from Delhi Private School, Sharjah in UAE.
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I have created this digital art called Heart-In-Hand. It is a symbolic gesture of charity given from the heart.
Charity begins from the heart
It also displays a link between friendship, love and truth,  something we need right now, more than ever.
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‘I want to grow up fast! I can’t wait to be an adult!’ with counsellor Karishma Mehra

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Sara thinking iconHey, your best friend Sara here. Remember the adorable song from The Lion King, where Simba says he ‘just can’t wait to be king!’ I think he speaks for all of us when he dreams of a time when no one will tell him to do this and do that.

So why do all kids dream of growing older? Find out in this wonderful write up by Karishma Mehra, a counseling psychologist, family therapist and a parenting coach.

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‘I want to grow up fast! I can’t wait to be an adult!’

This was my own mindset while growing up. As a child brought up in a conservative Indian household, all my life I was only instructed and directed, time and again, about how I was SUPPOSED to behave and to be.

A while ago, while doing some research on schools and how this system of education and child development began, I was amazed and shocked to find out that schools were only created in the 18th
century to teach factory workers certain skill sets, in order to boost productivity and output.

factory education

Structuralism was strongly embedded in the schooling system– in fact, classrooms today are still based on the Prussian Model of education, focusing more on the ‘year’ of study  rather than on ability.  A documentary released on Netflix called Batch of 2020 aptly portrays how structuralism is so deep rooted in children’s  culture.

school taught us

In fact, our children’s lives are often being limited to assessment,  management, intervention and treatment, while conveniently marginalizing the knowledge and skills the children may possess for their own lives. Problem-saturated stories of children often make them feel, “the problem is me and I am the problem!”

I am the problem

As a therapist, I explored the understanding and expression of  individuals about their experiences in life.  Very frequently childhood memories and issues often show up in conversations, evidently having profound effects in shaping the lives of young people.

let Children grow Therapy

 

As parents, interestingly when we make decisions, there are intended consequences as well unintended or undesired  consequences of  these decisions. Culturally, the power dynamic has evidently been one sided. We sometimes tend to authoritatively feel responsible and take
the liberty to decide for children. A child’s perspective is never given much weightage in our structured society. Adherence to typical ideas about ‘growing up’ and conformity is  expected from a child.

 

In my pursuit to make a few teenagers in my workshop comfortable with each other, I once asked them to write down what stops or hinders them from truly relating to others in a group. I was amazed to learn how the fears and conditioning of our structured childhood and culture stood out in showcasing how they felt about themselves. Interestingly, a lot of them voiced how they felt bad about not being asked or consulted about their major life decisions by parents and elders. The power imbalance in our relationships is more than evident, and needs to be worked upon.

balancing stones

The children’s culture definitely struck a chord with me; I think it has a great deal of influence on parenting practices, which are also passed down and followed through generations of structuralism and  normativity.

 

I observed the power of allowing children to give feedback to parents. When I dwelled on it within a workshop, I was amazed at the kind of compassion and empathy they held for their parents; but because we are so politically restricted and culturally controlled in our responses, the entire group of teenagers refused to actually approach their parents with the feedback. The power imbalance in our  relationships is more than evident, and needs to be worked upon.

 

The words and actions of adults can leave a permanent mark on the identities of children and adolescents with impressionable minds.  However, still, most of them voiced the same idea– of wanting to grow up as soon as possible to be free from these authoritarian relationships. Through deliberations and active reflections about observed parent-child relationships as well as from personal experience, I have come to realise that involving children and dealing with them as individual souls – not controllable kids – can be an
invaluable tool for parents to build a rapport with their children. Truly connect with them and with their inner voices.

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Karishma is a counseling psychologist, family therapist and a parenting coach. She is a mentor to the young and a life-coach for women and children. Her centre, Happiness Quotient in New Delhi, is designed to enable people to explore and enhance their inner potential. A Masters in Psychology, Karishma is certified to practise Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Behaviour Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Mental Space Psychology. She is also a practicing graphologist. Karishma is keen to actively combine psychology and education, and is currently associated with Max Hospital, Delhi, and schools such as Sardar Patel Vidyalaya.

I Never Give Up Till My Art Is Perfect | Bookosmia

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Art by Purvi9 year old Purvi Agrawal, a Bookosmian from New Jersey has always loved art. Do check out her lovely paintings and her absorbing thoughts about art. Read on!

Purvi is a student of Robert B Jaggard Elementary School.

 

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I have always loved art, and I still love making it!
 I never give up till my art is perfect
The reason I started making art was that my art teacher introduced me to it and I became so interested that I started searching more about it on the internet.
 I never give up till my art is perfect
But on the internet, there were so many different types of paintings, with different supplies.
 I never give up till my art is perfect

I chose to work with paint, markers, and oil pastels because I feel like I can make the best drawing out of those supplies.

 I never give up till my art is perfect

I also chose those items because I feel very comfortable using them.

 I never give up till my art is perfect

I’ve made some paintings where I didn’t like my first copy so I made another copy and I loved it.

 I never give up till my art is perfect

I would make another one because I wanted the painting to be perfect and until it wasn’t perfect I would not give up.

 I never give up till my art is perfect

 I never give up till my art is perfect

 I never give up till my art is perfect

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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!

Saaketh is a student of Talespin.

 

 

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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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Remembering The Fun Moments At Holi | Bookosmia

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Story by KrishivThis month some of us celebrated Holi in a low-key manner due to the pandemic. 8 year old Krishiv Kedia, a Bookosmian from Kolkata recalls his memorable moments of the festival from previous years. What fun!
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Remembering the fun moments at Holi

Holi is the festival of colours. People celebrate Holi to welcome the beginning of spring. It is one of the most popular Hindu festivals in India. Usually, we wear white clothes on Holi so that when we play with colours, it can look very beautiful.

 

On the previous day, a huge fire is lit and we worship the fire. Holi signifies the victory of good over evil.

 

Last year, I celebrated Holi with my full family and friends. My mother got a white Holi t-shirt made for me with my name printed on it.

 

In the morning, I filled a tub with water and mixed colours in it. My brother and I filled hundreds of balloons with water.

Remembering the fun moments at Holi

 

 

I brought big water guns and herbal colours. I threw water balloons on my sisters. I shot water guns at my friends and completely coloured their face in a way that we could not recognise each other.

 

Then we all had delicious snacks and Thandai after colouring each other.

 

I also had my favourite ice golas of different colours. I started feeling cold as we played with water practically the whole day till the evening.

Remembering the fun moments at Holi

 

Then me and my brother scrubbed and had a long bath session to remove all the colours. Thereafter, I got tired and slept off for the next day.

The best thing about Holi is that it is full of fun and happiness. It unites everyone.

Remembering the fun moments at Holi

 

We should play Holi with only herbal colours as other colours in the market have lots of chemicals which is bad for our skin. This is one of the most memorable festivals for me as I really enjoy playing Holi a lot.

 

I keep waiting throughout the year for this festival to come fast.

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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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Pierre Le Poof- Review Of A Delightful Dog Book | Bookosmia

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Book review by Kamalini Here’s a book review on ‘Pierre Le Poof’, a story about a dog named Pierre who is torn between staying with his kind owner or escaping into the wild. Read this review by 11 year old R.S Kamalini, a Bookosmian from Chennai to know more!

Kamalini is a student of NSN Memorial Senior Secondary School.

 

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Book : Pierre Le Poof
Writer and illustrator: Andrea Beck
Pierre Le Poof- Review of a delightful dog book

I got this book from Magic Blox. This book is about Pierre, a dog who likes to think independently. He is no ordinary dog! He is a show poodle in training. Show poodles are dogs who train to do tricks and participate in dog shows.

He is owned by Miss Murphy who is devoted to him. But despite his good life he is always dreaming of running wild in the park.

One day he sees an open door and he escapes. But this spunky little pooch gets more than he bargains for and learns a surprising lesson. Do read this book to know all the troubles he gets into.

Pierre Le Poof- Review of a delightful dog book

I got this book to improve my knowledge of grammar but also learnt that home is the best place of all. The writing style is simple. My favourite part of the story was when the door opened and Pierre ran out.

I like reading about dogs but this is the first story I read about a dog and I really enjoyed it. This is the first book in the Pierre Le Poof series.

Pierre Le Poof- Review of a delightful dog book

I recommend this book for ages 8+ and give the book 5 stars.
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My Memorable Vishu Celebration | Bookosmia

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Read with Sara stories for kids, by kids Aaryan Vittal Bangalore BookosmiaLast week some of our friends celebrated ‘Vishu’. 7 year old Aaryan Vittal , a Bookosmian from Bangalore had a wonderful time celebrating the festival at his Aachi’s home and writes all about the love and pampering he received!
Aaryan is a student of Ekya School, JP Nagar, Bangalore.
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This year Vishu was celebrated on April 14th . We reached Aachi’s home on 13th morning itself. I pranked her saying we will not be coming this year due to covid rules everywhere and she sounded upset and said she would prepare a lot of yummy food for Vishu and send it to us. So I told Amma not to inform Aachi and Thatha (grandmother and grandfather) that we are joining the festival.

So we got ready for 13th morning packed some flowers and fruits and started. Aachi kept calling Amma to ask my favourite foods to be sent and prepared but we had planned not to answer the call and surprise them in person when we reached Aachi’s home.

My memorable Vishu celebration

 

We could smell the aroma of yummy food across the street I jumped out of the car and slowly entered home and rang the doorbell hiding behind the gate. Thatha was reading the newspaper. He came and asked, “Who is it?” then I screamed and jumped and hugged him he almost had happy tears.

“How did you come, sir?” he said. He calls me sir when he is happy. I ran inside to see Aachi running towards me with all smiles “Acho thangame vanthdutiya raja?” (My dear you came!). She calls me Raja.

She told me the festival would be boring without us, though she had already prepared my favourite bakshanam. I asked Aachi I can smell my favourite food, stomach is grumbling. She was so happy and ran inside and came with yummiest dosa with all ghee and we spoke and ate happily together.

 

My memorable Vishu celebration

 

Aachi and Thatha celebrate all festivals elaborately and narrate stories every time. I saw Aachi prepare obbattu my favourite, Thatha, Amma and I also helped in preparing it.

We all had a good lunch and afternoon nap. When I woke up the entire home smelled of sambrani. Aachi was doing pooja, Thatha told me its Moondram pirai- third day after new moon day and if we see moon and pray, all our wishes will come true.

I was so excited to hear it, and we all went to the terrace to see the moon, it was so much fun. It was like a race to see the moon first. We saw the moon and Aachi had a plate full of coins, fruits, flowers and a Ganesha photo to be seen after seeing the moon.

My memorable Vishu celebration

 

Next, Aachi was preparing for Vishu kani arranging mirror, jewels, fruits, coins, diya, seeing ourselves in the mirror the very first thing on the new year to remind us we are the most special part of it.

We all woke up and ran to see vishu kani as soon as we woke up before seeing anything else, followed by a bath, Pooja and kaineettam- my most favourite part of all festivals – where elders give blessings and money to younger ones in the family.

My memorable Vishu celebration

I have safely kept all my money in a blue purse. I hugged Aachi, Thatha and happily played and took pictures with all and by evening we started back home.
As always, Aachi and Thatha packed so many things for me with love. I always love festivals and most importantly to celebrate with my Aachi and Thatha. My Vishu wish is to see everyone smiling and happy.
My memorable Vishu celebration

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I Wish I Had A Dog | Bookosmia

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Art by Vani Baid7 year old Vani Baid, a Bookosmian from Kolkata loves dogs and hopes to have one someday. Meanwhile, she loves drawing and writing about them. Read on!
Vani is a student of La Martiniere for Girls.
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I wish I had a dog

I love dogs.

I wish I had a dog.

I love pets.

Dogs are soo cute!

I love to pet, look at and draw dogs!

 

I wish I had a dog

 

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My Unforgettable Kenyan Safari | Bookosmia

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I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then let’s read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

 

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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Art by Isha Suman15 year old Isha Suman, a Bookosmian from Jamshedpur loves making Madhubani art and shares her beautiful work with us. I love knowing more about vibrant Indian art. Do you enjoy it too?

Isha is a student of S D S M School for Excellence, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.

 

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My recent art work is of Radha Krishna and it is also a Mithila painting.
I love making Madhubani paintings
I have been drawing since a very young age. I never really hesitated as in the beginning people around me were really encouraging. And any kind of artwork helps people to understand you in a better way.
Every time I choose to take different subjects as there are a diverse range of artforms.
I love making Madhubani paintings
I love making Madhubani paintings as it tells the story in different frames majorly about the rituals and culture of festivals and special occasions of Mithila.
These paintings are made of bright natural colours and are famous for their geometrical patterns. And they also have very defining figures also.
I love making Madhubani paintings
When my brain gets filled with thoughts I just pour them on the paper. And then it feels nice and light. But seriously, when I start working on any painting I just think about when is it going to complete!
I love making Madhubani paintings
While making it, my art becomes my world for me and every time  I make anything different from the previous one, it lets me think from a different perspective.
I love making Madhubani paintings
I make sure every picture I draw should have a story. So that whoever sees it, should know its base and what it is trying to depict.
This is also a reason I chose to make Mithila paintings primarily.
For instance, my recent Radha Krishna painting tells us about the true love and connection they have.
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“Science is not just about learning, but doing,” says cool woman in science, Mala R

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Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here!
You know how we read a lot of stories these days about women in science?
What if we could know them and better still ‘be them’? I got lucky and managed to chat up with an accomplished scientist and an uber cool person, Mala Radhakrishnan who had the most refreshing answers to so many of our questions.
Mala Radhakrishnan Wellsley
Mala is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Wellesley College and an alum of Harvard and MIT. Mala has a refreshing approach of combining creative writing with chemistry and has published Atomic Romances, Molecular Dances, a book of poetry that humorously teaches chemical concepts. Read on.
Sara: In the 120 years of Nobel prizes in medicine, physics and chemistry, prizes were awarded 601 times to men and 23 times to women.* What do you make of this glaring gap?
Mala: The gap shows that we have a lot of work to do to make sure that anyone who wants to be a scientist can become one! 
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Science is human-created, so WE are in charge of making it what it is.  The tools and models we use in science reflect the perspectives and experiences of the scientists who develop it.  In other words, if we bring more people into science – each with their unique perspectives and ways of thinking , we will make science better through more diverse ways of understanding the world around us. 
We need to do a better job to help budding young scientists like you see that science is not something you just  ‘learn about’ but rather it’s something you DO and CREATE.  It therefore requires creativity, working together, exploration, and perseverance, and everyone can bring something valuable to its progress.   
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Much of the problem is who we “see” around us as scientists.  If I ask you to draw a picture of a scientist you will most likely draw a man.  It is hard for young women to see themselves as scientists because so many of the scientists they see around them in the media and in history books are men. This is because of how history happened, but that does not mean this is how it OUGHT to be.  Change is difficult because this history gets reinforced through our experiences.  But now,  we are in a moment of change and we need to take advantage of it.   By making sure that women scientists have a prominent voice and that young children can see consistent images and read numerous stories about women scientists, we can make the concept of a female scientist more central and soon, any young child will automatically know that she can be a scientist if she wants to! 
Winners of 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Winners of 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
A few months ago, my daughter wrote a story about how her “Mommy” was a scientist and now she says she wants to be one too (she’s 6 so that might change!). It made me realize how important it can be to see examples of other people like you who are doing something you wish to do.
Sara: Your qualifications read A.B., Harvard University and Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology and you are  Associate Professor of Chemistry at Wellesley College. How achievable is it for a young girl in India to follow your path? Would you have any advice for her?
Mala: I will actually put this question back to you, Sara, and challenge the idea that someone else ‘should’ follow in my exact same path. There are countless number of ‘paths’ to become a scientist and one’s journey is what makes them who they are. I actually don’t think that there is one best path in an absolute sense. That being said, I think it’s important to find one in which you are surrounded by intellectually  curious people, are encouraged to learn new things through exploration, and have good teachers and mentors throughout.  That can be anywhere in the world, and you can be any age when you take this path.  It will take different amounts of time and different sorts of obstacles along the way for different people, but that’s ok because you’re learning every step of the way.  
At Harvard, MIT, and Wellesley, there are many, many amazing women from India, and I have enjoyed working with many of them throughout the years.  That is certainly a possible path for someone from India and there are programs that can also make it financially possible for young girls who may think it is financially not within reach.  Having good teachers and mentors who can find ways to help connect you with information and resources is an important part of learning more about such opportunities, and starting early on definitely helps. 
That being said, this path to becoming a scientist is by no means the only one, nor the best one, depending on who you are.  If everyone followed the same path to becoming a scientist, then we wouldn’t have the many diverse perspectives we need to make science great. 
So wherever you are, whether in a village or city, keep being curious, learning and doing science, asking questions, surrounding yourself with good teachers, mentors, and peers, and take advantage of opportunities that get you to explore new places, people, and experiences.  If you do these things, you are already a budding scientist, and if you keep doing them, you will be able to forge your own path and, if you do take a nontraditional path, you can maybe even help redefine and reshape what it means to be a scientist and help science progress even more than you ever expected!
Sara: As an alum of Teach for America program, you would have good exposure in engaging with the young. Over here at Bookosmia, we have creative and articulate youngsters who desire to give back to the society but do not know where to start. Could you share some tips? 
Mala: If you love science or really anything (arts, music, writing, history, sports),  share your love with others who are younger or older! Inspire others and have fun doing it too through organizing a club for youth, or creating videos or other resources you can share with others.  Become a mentor or pen pal for someone younger so she can see an example of the benefits of pursuing one’s passions. 
There are many organizations that provide opportunities to people interested in helping others be a ‘big sibling’ or serve as a role model, either in a specific capacity (like science or writing) or just in general.  Some of these opportunities involve more formal teaching roles or are parts of highly structured non-profit organizations.  But others can be as simple as volunteering to go visit a mentee once a week and doing some simple science experiments with her. 
science experiment
No positive effect is too small. Very small differences can add up over time, and what might seem like a small task for you might mean a lot to someone who sees you as a role model. Passion for some discipline + an interest in helping humanity + creativity + perseverance = positive change in the world!
Sara: Your book ‘Thinking, Periodically: Poetic Life Notions in Brownian Motion’ has been widely covered for its refreshing approach in combining everyday humour with chemistry. How do you think science can be made fun for the average 12- 18 year old student?
Mala: People understand and enjoy learning new things better if they can connect to it personally.  By relating scientific concepts to themes we all encounter in everyday life, like friendship, family, or overcoming obstacles, you can fit new concepts into your current ways of  understanding the world In other words, the concepts aren’t so ‘new’, but are rather familiar and comfortable. 
thinking periodically
Also, science can be made fun by not only exposing students to creative and funny presentations of it but also by having THEM creatively express and communicate it . By writing poems about science, you can come to understand it in new ways while having fun at the same time.  Finally, science is most fun when you are doing it in a hands-on way- exploring nature, gathering your own data from doing your own experiments or simulations. Even if it is a simple one that doesn’t require any fancy equipment. 
doing science
The key is to ‘do’ science – to create your own models, visuals, or ways of communicating ideas, to explore and come up with your own hypotheses and gather your own data, and build upon your own understanding of the world.  Also, what’s more fun than doing science with your friends?  Science is a group effort and you can make friends along the way too!

My New Friend Has Autism And I See Her | Not That Different | Autism Awareness

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Sara and Madhav Not that differentHey, Sara here with my new friend, Madhav.

Madhav is on the autism spectrum. He does certain things differently that get me thinking, but I realize that we are ‘not that different’ after all!

 

 

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It’s Autism Awareness Month and I am so proud of my friends for their wonderful write-ups on neurodiversity.
Here’s 14 year old Akshita Yadav, a Bookosmian from Nagpur with a thought provoking poem about how we need to ‘see’ people with autism.

Akshita is a student of Bhavans B.P Vidya Mandir, Trimurti Nagar(Nagpur).

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My new friend has autism and I see her

I saw her,
sitting, hesitating, on the first day of school;
while others flaunted their eyebrows,
they appeared cool.

I beckoned her with a cheer, but her body language told a ”no”.
Her eyes were awfully beautiful, I marvelled at them.

She noticed me, a little annoyed ’cause of my recent attempts;
I was curious,
to listen to her voice was my only tempt.

I wandered back home,
“‘It isn’t just autism,
the society isn’t cooperative too’.”

I felt in my bones.

I do not know about others but;
I saw her.

My new friend has autism and I see her

 

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How I Celebrate The Bengali New Year | Bookosmia

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read with Sara poem by Ishani Ghosh9 year old Ishani Ghosh, a Bookosmian from Kolkata tells us what a celebration for the Bengali New Year is like and it sounds so awesome! Did you also celebrate the new year in your state? Tell us!
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Bengali new year is a day to mark the beginning of the Bengali calendar. It is celebrated by the people of West Bengal, Tripura and Assam.

 

On Bengali new year we spend time with our family and friends for a day of enjoyment. On this day we offer puja to God Ganesh and Goddess Lakshmi.

How I celebrate the Bengali new year

 

People go to temples and offer prayers. People wear new clothes and seek blessings from the elders of their family. The people exchange and eat sweets. Certain shops also offer pujas to mark the beginning of a new year.

 

I too, celebrate this day with my family and friends. I wear a saree and offer puja with the rest of my family members. I distribute clothes and sweets to the needy.

How I celebrate the Bengali new year

 

I visit my friends, sing, dance and watch special television programmes on this day. The day flies by in a good sprit.

Last year I celebrated this special day very differently. Everyone met on a virtual platform due to Covid-19 pandemic. Technology had bought us together even though we were in our own houses.

How I celebrate the Bengali new year

This year we will all celebrate it once again and pray together so that Almighty helps us to overcome this pandemic situation and bless everybody with good health, safety and happiness.

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Ishani Ghosh, 9, Kolkata

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Read with Sara Elfchen by PratithiA very happy Bengali new year! 12 year old Pratithi Das, a Bookosmian from Kolkata writes a lovely essay on the significance of the day and the grand manner in which Bengalis celebrate festivals.
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Bengalis often utter a proverb called “Baro mashe, tero parbon.” The word ‘parbon’ means festivals and ‘mash’ means months in Bengali. The proverb simply means that there are more Bengali festivals than there are months to fit them in.

It is quite funny that even though there is a shortage of room for certain festivals yet the Bengalis celebrate every festival with equal grandeur.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

Bengalis and Durga Pujo have become quite synonymous but then Poila Boishakh or Bengali New Year is a festival which is no less than Durga Pujo. Bengalis are all smiles during this time. It’s the season of joy, laughter, happiness and most importantly togetherness in Bengal.

 

During this time, all Bengalis return to their hometown irrespective of the place they are settled in. They do all of it just to start the year with their near and dear ones around.

 

Happy Bengali New Year

 

Bengalis are born foodies and thus, every festival of Bengalis have a connection with food.

Lakshmi and Ganesh are considered as gods of wealth and luck. Due to this reason, they are worshipped by the Bengalis during the beginning of the new year.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

Poila Boishakh or 1st Boisakh marks the beginning of the economic year for all Bengali business men and women. Thus, on this priests perform a Lakshmi and Ganesh puja and then a ‘swastik’ sign is drawn using vermillion by the priests on a new notebook. An impression of a one rupee coin is also made on the notebook. This tradition is called ‘Hal Khata’. The one rupee coin is considered to be lucky and prosperous for the business community for the year ahead.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

The new year is also often welcomed by singing Bengali songs such as ‘Esho Hey Boisakh’ in many institutions and gatherings.

 

All Bengalis greet each other by saying Shubho Naboborsho and everyone wears new attires during this happy time. It will be the 1428th Bengali year this Poila Boisakh . May the new year bring prosperity, happiness and good luck to everyone’s household.

Happy Bengali New Year

 

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I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then let’s read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

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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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Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Art by Keya MalhotraPrepare to be stunned by this stippled (art made by small dots) art work that comes with an equally powerful write-up on never giving up by 14 year old Keya Malhotra, a Bookosmian from Delhi. Must-read!

Keya is a student of The Heritage School, Rohini.

 

 

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Exhausted but not given up

One of the only things we can unambiguously say about life is that it is constantly changing.

Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down.
Sometimes you flourish and sometimes you crumble
Sometimes you’re efficacious and other times you’re debilitated.

But it’s when you’re exhausted… despondent… too enervated to carry on, that you grow and thrive.

Everybody can be fulfilled and happy when life goes their way… the real challenge of growth comes when life knocks you down.

The lessons you take from your mistakes and obstacles are often fundamental to later success.

So when you’re backed against the wall, don’t cripple yourself and hide away… push back harder!

It may seem pointless at first, but you can never connect the dots looking into the future, you can only make sense of life looking back at the past. Later on in life, you will be grateful that you didn’t give up! That you stood back up no matter how many times you fell! True life is hard… but compared to what?

Just because you’re exhausted right now, doesn’t mean this is the end… its life giving you a chance to grow…

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My Beautiful Journey With Oil Pastels | Bookosmia

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Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Art by Hardik Agrawal12 year old Hardik Agrawal, a Bookosmian from Evesham loves to make oil paintings. Have a look at his fabulous collection and his interesting ideas on the art process. Do you also paint? Write to us!

Hardik is a student of Marlton Middle School.

 

 

 

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The reason I made this artwork is that when I was sitting in quarantine, I went online, and saw many different images of the kind of artwork I made. The artwork is mainly composed of oil pastel mixed with some colored pencil shading around the edges.
My beautiful journey with oil pastels
I also love making artwork because I have not always enjoyed it as much as I do now. In the beginning, I was very hesitant and didn’t know if I could make art at all.
My beautiful journey with oil pastels
The paintings I saw online were so exquisite and beautiful. So I decided to make my own original version of these paintings with my own imagination. I thought it would take me many hours, but I seemed to get it on my first or second try!
My beautiful journey with oil pastels
I think that my picture does tell some sort of a story; it may be that in the first painting, a photographer took a picture of the sunset. The one with the swing with the colorful background might be that there was a swing in the rainbow!?
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There are many different possibilities as you can imagine!
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Why We Celebrate Easter | Bookosmia

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Story by Riddhima MishraYesterday was Easter and a few of you wanted to know more about this festival. Here’s 8 year old Riddhima Mishra, a Bookosmian from Kalyan, Maharashtra giving us the answers to all the questions we had!
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Easter is a festival that is celebrated majorly by Christians all over the world. This festival is always celebrated on Sundays between March 22 and April 25 every year. The festival is also known as Easter Sunday; or resurrection Sunday.

Easter was derived from the word “Eastra” which means goddess of springs. It is a Christian holiday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ which occurred on the third day after he was crucified on the cross.

Why we celebrate Easter

 

40 days prior to Easter, Christians follow lent, which is supposed to be 40 days of prayer, penance and fasting. The week before Easter is known as the holy week.

Jewish Christians were the first who celebrated Easter around the middle of the second century in Jerusalem. Churches are specially decorated on Easter day. On this day, prayers are done for the welfare of the whole world in the church. Along with this, candles are lit in the church and at the same time candles are lit in homes.

 

Chocolate-filled eggs or brightly painted eggs with sweets inside (Easter eggs) are common gifts exchanged on Easter. Churches and homes are decorated with white lilies also known as Easter lilies.

Why we celebrate Easter

 

The symbol of Easter is ‘the Easter bunny’ depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. The day also witnesses lavish feasts and a variety of traditional dishes being cooked and served.
Why we celebrate Easter
Happy Easter to all my friends at Bookosmia!

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Let Me Tell You About Easter | Bookosmia

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7 year old Rajveer Chowdhary, a Bookosmian from Kolkata writes a sweet little essay to tell us all about the Easter festival.
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Easter is one of the most important festivals for Christians. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It is celebrated on a Sunday. On this day, people wear new clothes and go to church. After the prayer, there are family reunions and large meals to celebrate the occasion.

Let me tell you about Easter

 

Eggs are also associated with Easter since they are a symbol of rebirth. Many children participate in Easter egg hunts. They search for hidden decorated eggs with tiny candies or toys.

 

Let me tell you about Easter

 

Easter bunnies are another favorite among children, as they get rewarded for their good deeds and they get surprise gifts from easter bunnies!

Easter symbolizes the opening of heaven with the gift of eternal life to everyone.

In India Easter is celebrated with carnivals and dancing. Oh, and another yummy sweet that is eaten is jellybean!

Let me tell you about Easter

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Madhav is on the autism spectrum. He does certain things differently that get me thinking, but I realize that we are ‘not that different’ after all!

Today, I am delighted to share the vibrant digital artwork by Shagnik who is on the autism spectrum.

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10 year old Shagnik Sett is from Bangalore. He
is a student of Perseverance School, Sahakara Nagar Branch, Bangalore.

Congrats to Shagnik and his mom Sujata for his wonderful art work and we may he go far with his love of coding.

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Shagnik’s mom, Sujata describes him as adorable, caring and cheerful and a music lover

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Shagnik is a self learned digital painter who uses MS-paint, Tux Paint and Paint 3D to create art

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Shagnik does only train paintings as he is fascinated by them and has tremendous knowledge of trains too.

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Shagnik loves everything related to numbers. He is a budding coder  and is about to complete creative coding course of 10 levels

 

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Meeting A Tiger And Sloth Bear At Kabini Safari | Bookosmia

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I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

 

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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Hey everyone! Your friend, Sara here. Hope you are enjoying celebrating Holi. 9 year old Aarshiya Agarwal, a Bookosmian from Kolkata writes a sweet essay about her organic holi celebrations during the times of the pandemic. Waiting to hear about yours!

Essay by Aarshiya Agarwal
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Holi is a festival of colours.Holi is celebrated because of the death of Holika, Hiranyakashyapu’s evil sister.

 

She was killed by her nephew, Bhakt Prahlad. Every year according to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated but on different dates. It is usually celebrated in March in the spring season. One day before the festival, there is a puja held called Holika Dahan.

An organic holi with my loved ones

On the day of Holi, we play with water and colours. We throw water balloons and put colour on each other. We also play with water guns. After playing, when we go for our bath instead of using soap on our body, we apply a body scrub to get rid of all the colors.

 

An organic holi with my loved ones

 

We eat sweets with our friends and family. This year it is going to be my 2nd holi with my little brother. Nowadays, some people make colours which have bad chemicals. These ruin our skin and cause infections and irritations. So that’s why people have started using natural and organic colours.

 

An organic holi with my loved ones

 

I celebrate Holi with my parents, little sibling, grand and great grandparents and cousins. This year because of the coronavirus, we will not be able to celebrate it properly. I am going to reuse my old water guns because it is not safe to buy new ones from outside. I wish you all a very happy and safe holi!

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Why Holi Is The Best Festival Ever ? | Bookosmia

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It’s Holi! And here I am, your best friend Sara, bringing to you festive stories from across the globe. 8 year old Swara Bhandari, a Bookosmian from Kolkata loves playing water and colours and has a few pranks up her sleeve too! Tell us about your celebrations!

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Holi is the festival of colors. Holi marks the end of the spring season and the beginning of summers.

I love playing Holi because I get to play with water and colors. A day before Holi, we go to a park and see lots of fire. My parents told me that this fire is lit, to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Why Holi is the best festival ever

Every year, I get new water guns from my parents and this year they brought me a swimming pool too. On the morning of Holi, we put colors on all our gods.

My sisters and I play pranks on each other. My cousins and friends too come to enjoy with us. My sisters and I fill small balloons with water one day before Holi.

Why Holi is the best festival ever

We throw these water balloons at all our cousins and friends. Then we put colors on each other and play with water for the whole day.

Why Holi is the best festival ever

Playing Holi is lots of fun. I love playing with water and colors. Holi is the best festival ever.

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Happy Holi everyone! Hope you have a colourful day! 9 year old Navika Kharbanda, a Bookosmian from Noida tells us the story of Holi and why we celebrate it. How are you celebrating? Tell us!

 

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Holi is a festival of joy and enthusiasm. It is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil.

Holi is completely celebrated for two days. The first day is celebrated as Holika Dahan. On this day, Lord Hiranya Kashyap‘s sister Holika sat in the fire with his son Prahlaad as his father did not like his son’s devotion to Lord Vishnu.

 

Why we celebrate holi

 

Holika had taken a boon from god that she would not burn in fire. But, to their surprise Holika got burnt and Prahlaad was seen worshipping Lord Vishnu.

 

Why we celebrate holi

 

It is named Holika Dahan as; Holika is the name of Hiranya Kashyap’s sister and Dahan means ‘burning.’ So, that is how Holika Dahan came into existence.

 

On Holika Dahan people throw groundnuts, popcorn and tilkut into the fire. The next day morning people prepare thandai (dry fruit milk), gujia and the festival is incomplete without the delicious regional delicacy, Rasmalai.

 

Why we celebrate holi

 

On this day children fill balloons with coloured water in it. They also use pichkaris (water guns) to throw coloured water on adults. Our family always celebrates a chemical free Holi.

 

My plans for this year’s Holi is that I will make organic colours at home and help my mother prepare gujia and other Holi delicacies.

Why we celebrate holi

It is also known that Lord Krishna celebrated Holi with marigold flowers with the Gopis.

My most awaited festival has arrived. Happy Holi!

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Picture Stories For Kids, By Kids – Free eBook | Bookosmia

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I am so thrilled to bring you Picture Stories by Young Writers, a collection of stories both written and illustrated by talented under-10s. This free eBook was compiled as part of the much-loved Be an Illustrator – Junior’ workshop organized by Bookosmia.

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The Gopi Diaries – Coming Home by Sudha Murty – Book Review | Bookosmia

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Sara reads stories for kids by Seeyona Bookosmia10 year old Seeyona Guha, a Bookosmian from Hyderabad loved the book ‘The Gopi Diaries – Coming Home’ by Sudha Murty. She recommends it for all animal lovers. Have you read it? Tell us!

 

 

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Since the lockdown began last year, reading has become a habit for me and I love reading books now.

Every few days, I find myself searching for a new book. One day, when I was looking to read a new story, I came across a book called “The Gopi Diaries” by Sudha Murty.

The Gopi Diaries - Coming Home by Sudha Murty

 

The cover of the book caught my attention instantly – a beautiful illustration of a lady in a blue saree cuddling a cute little puppy.

This book is called “Coming Home” which is the first part of this series – a story of a small puppy coming home to a lovely family.

How does it feel to a Labrador puppy to be adopted and welcomed into a new home full of humans?

The Gopi Diaries - Coming Home by Sudha Murty

 

From how he gets chosen to come home, meet Appa (Dad), Ajji (grandma), Tachi Ajji (grandma’s sister), Ajja (grandpa) and other family members, the story takes us through his funny but confusing journey of finding his attachment with them and the human world. Getting the name Gopi, knowing what it is to ‘burp’ after drinking milk, going to see the vet
for the first time … this is all a surprise to little Gopi.

Gopi is actually the name of Mrs Sudha Murty’s pet dog and this is kind of her life’s real story.

 

The Gopi Diaries - Coming Home by Sudha Murty

 

The book has really beautiful illustrations done by Sandhya Prabhat with lots of photos of the real Gopi at the end.

To find out more about his adventures in his own words, you should read the book.

I would especially recommend this book to those who own pet dogs or someone like me who wants to get a dog. It tells us how dogs feel after coming into a whole new world and their understanding of the human language.

The book is written in simple words for 7-10 years old kids. But I think even grown-ups will enjoy it equally.

I would not change anything in the book because I think it is lovely the way it is. In fact, I have read the book thrice already!

I give this book 5/5 stars for the story and +5 stars for the illustrations.

And now that the second part, “The Gopi Diaries – Finding Love” has been published as well and I am looking forward to reviewing that soon.

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The Lure Of The Extraordinary Peacock | Bookosmia

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature.

 

 

Festivals With Sara With Prachi Kothari10 year old Prachi Kothari, a Bookosmian from Mumbai can’t help gushing about the magnificent peacock in this lovely poem. What is your favourite bird? Tell us!

Prachi is a student of Children’s Academy Group of Schools(Malad).

 

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A blue glow,

That makes everyone say “Ooo”,

The peacock’s feathers when spread look like they give to the ground, blue light,

Which brings to the watchers, a charming smile.

The lure of the extraordinary peacock

When the wet rain with the ground together clap,

This scene is extraordinary, incredible, fab,

The peacock starts dancing exceptionally arresting,

We feel around us an ecstasy fencing,

Golden green rays emit from their feathers,

That we can’t stop to gather,

For perceiving this wondrous sight,

It would be more marvellous if it could take a sky-high flight,

When looking at it our eyes pounce out and magically stop,

The peacock is so magnificent from bottom to top.

If it comes dancing on the road,

Everything from cars to people would be on hold,

It spreads out its wings with valor,

In us, we need to imbibe that gleaming colour.

 

The lure of the extraordinary peacock

 

Learn that,

We shouldn’t just sit and perch on the tree,

Do something outstanding that makes everyone feel glee.

Animals should be given importance and cared,

Don’t let them become extinct and rare.

The lure of the extraordinary peacock

Increase the number of animals and birds,

Build national parks and sanctuaries where they can freely and happily run,

Store the peacock’s beautiful sights in your mind and heart,

So that these pleasant sights keep coming repeatedly and ever last.

 

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Fun Fact 1: Peacocks can emit sounds humans can’t hear

When a peacock fans its ornamented train of feathers for the peahen during mating season, its feathers quiver, emitting a low-frequency sound inaudible to human ears. Depending on whether they want to attract females from far away or up close, they can change the sound by shaking different parts of their feathers. Peacocks make “infrasounds” at low frequencies (below 20 hertz) that are totally inaudible to us—but very pertinent to peafowl. Just think of it as bluetooth for birds, says Audubon article here.

The lure of the extraordinary peacock

 

 

Fun Fact 2: Peacocks, peahens, peafowls? getting the name right
Only the males are actually “peacocks.” The collective term for these birds is peafowl. The males are peacocks and the females are peahens. The babies are called peachicks. A family of peafowls is called a “bevy”. A group of the birds is also sometimes called an “ostentation,” a “muster,” or even a “party.”

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My world is very different and yet it is the same… Art by kids | Autism Special | Bookosmia

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Sara and Madhav Not that differentHey, Sara here with my new friend, Madhav.

Madhav is on the autism spectrum. He does certain things differently that get me thinking, but I realize that we are ‘not that different’ after all!

I am delighted to share the wonderful artwork and equally beautiful thoughts of my neurodiverse friends, in this section.

15 year old Aditi Sowmyanarayan is from Bangalore and is on the autism spectrum.

Aditi goes to Ishanya India Foundation.

 

Aditi says, “My head is full of thoughts and words that do not necessarily get expressed the way I wish it to. My world is very different and yet it is the same world we live in.


They say a picture says a thousand words. My art is the window to my mind and my world.”

Aditi’s mom Shwetha Srivathsan shares, “Aditi goes to a learning centre called Ishanya India Foundation in Bengaluru. The year 2020 was a very unique one which took away Aditi’s understanding of structure and replaced it with something new. She has been a part of online classes which have ensured continuity in learning. Attached artwork are from her online art class at Ishanya.”

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Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets – Book Review | Bookosmia

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I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

 

 

Book Review by NavoneerPotterheads will love this one! 8 year old Navoneer Bhattacharyya, a Bookosmian from Kolkata writes a detailed review on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. What was better, book or the movie? Do read to find out what he thinks.

Navoneer is a student of Birla High School (Junior), Kolkata

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Title: Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets

Author: JK Rowling

The cover page shows the Chamber of Secrets where Harry is holding the sword of Gryffindor and behind there is the Basilisk fighting with Fawkes the Phoenix. Behind that, there is a gigantic statue of Salazar Slytherin, under which lies the small figure of Ginny Weasley. This whole picture (especially the Basilisk) made my spine tingle!

I got this book from my mother for doing well in school.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

 

Here is the gist of the story :

 

‘Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magic flying car! Back at Hogwarts for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through the empty corridors – and then the attack starts. Students are found as though turned to stone… Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.’

 

This gist at the back cover of this book makes the reader’s spine tingle. It is a kind of suspense.

The writing style of J.K Rowling is absolutely fantastic. So, I have nothing more to say about it. There were no illustrations, so I read and visualized all the scenes in front of me.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

 

Everything was fine but some points were a bit disappointing. Like perhaps the part when Dumbledore asked Harry, “I must ask you, Harry, whether there is anything you’d like to tell me.” Harry could have easily answered, “I can speak Parsel tongue.” I know there is a secrecy about the myth but lying does not make him any different from Tom Riddle who lied to his headmaster Armando Dippet. I know Ron told him  hearing voices in the wizard world aren’t a good sign. But Albus was his headmaster and the greatest wizard of the age. He surely would have warned Harry about the danger that awaits him because he was the Transfiguration teacher in Hogwarts last time the chamber was opened.

 

I loved the whole book a lot but there is a special part that I loved the most. Harry never hides anything from his best friends Ron and Hermione. In most books, I have seen that if something supernatural is happening the lead character generally hides that from their friends.

 

I thought that there was a lot of darkness in this story like killing muggles, giant spiders etc. I would surely change it if I was given a chance.

 

There was a movie based on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and it was as good as the story. But they missed some parts like teachers wandering in pairs to find the Heir of Slytherin while Harry and Ron are going to visit Hagrid.

 

Age group-I think the age group for this book is 8 and up because only they would be able to feel the essence and the eeriness of the story.

Rating-So while rating the book I would give it 5 STARS and for the movie, I would give it 4.5 STARS because the book describes everything with the tiniest detail which the movie doesn’t.

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Weird little Robots – Book Review | Bookosmia

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Hello book lovers, your friend Sara here!

I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

Nature with Sara stories for kids by Shreeda Germany BookosmiaAny robot fans here? You will love this review by 9 year old Shreeda Thakkar, a Bookosmian from Hannover, Germany of the book ‘Weird little robots’. Do read the review to know more about it!

Shreeda is a student of International School of Hannover region, Germany.

 

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Weird little Robots
Book: Weird little Robots
Written by: Carolyn Crimi
Illustrated by: Corinna Luyken

When I saw the front cover of this book I said, “I like robots, why don’t I try it”? This book is my birthday gift.

11 year old Penny Rose is the new girl in town. With her scientific knowledge, she makes five robots. After long, she gets a friend called Lark. One day, Penny Rose sees that her robots have come alive. Together, Lark and she make Robot Town( it looks amazing)!

Weird little Robots

 

A few days later, Penny Rose gets a letter. It says she has to pass some tests and it also says not to tell anyone about it. Penny Rose passes all the tests and one day Lily (her classmate) comes and says she is a member of the secret science club!

Due to an unfortunate incident, she is forced to choose between her best friend and the secret club. What does she choose and what happens to the robots? You have to read to find out but it is all pretty interesting.

Lark and Penny Rose are the main characters. They’re interesting because they make weird stuff, wear weird stuff and both help each other with kindness.

My favorite part of the lovely story is when Lark comes to Penny Rose’s shed every day and they both made Robo Town. And when the robots come alive.

This book teaches me to be helpful. The illustrations are amazing.

This book is recommended for 9+ years.

I give this book 5 stars.

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Spring Is Here! So Is My Art! | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! How’s your weekend art coming along? Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Sara reads Covid Story from Bookosmian Prisha MoitraThere is a ‘spring’ in my step as spring has arrived! 9 year old Prisha Moitra, a Bookosmian from Kolkata feels it too as she puts down her happiness on canvas and sends us a beautiful write-up about art too!

Prisha is a student of Word to Word Consulting and goes to Indus Valley World School, Kolkata.

 

 

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Art and I go a long way back. As a toddler, I loved to scribble with varieties of colours on the walls, bedsheets, paper. I remember having used my hands and legs as an easel too and painting them with different hues. My favourite back then was hand painting, which we did at school.

 

When I was five years old, my parents decided that I needed a proper tutor to nurture this hobby that was close to my heart. I soon realised that I was someone who couldn’t draw following a set of rules. Like, my colours always seemed to disobey me; they always slipped out of the dotted border my tutor drew. One more thing that I found out was that all my paintings had to have a personal touch. I didn’t always draw the way my tutor taught me. If I did not connect with my art, I ended up not liking it.

Spring is here! So is my art!

 

Soon I was able to draw all sorts of animals, trees, houses, sceneries, fruits and veggies, birds and many more!!

I love to take inspiration from real-life things to draw as well. Like, I try to draw birds that come and sit on our balcony. And the stray dogs that roam the streets.

Spring is here! So is my art!

 

Whoever made birds had a good sense of colour. Birds, with their fluorescent and vibrant feathers and gregarious nature, have always fascinated me. And, I also believe that when they sing their sweet songs, it is a signal that Spring is arriving!

 

Spring is here! So is my art!

 

When I first thought of making these pictures and sat down to do so, I was immensely excited and a bit confused since I did not know where to start from.

 

Which colours to pick? Which birds to draw? These questions occupied my mind I even thought deeply about how to make the perfect picturesque spring.

 

Creating the art that fits the theme just right can be really difficult sometimes. I had to draw several rough sketches before I finally felt like these are the birds, I know will describe spring the best. I even found the right colours for my trees and flowers. When I had the final work in front of me, I felt satisfied and happy. In my mind, I had always pictured this happy place with a lot of foliage and all the colours of Spring. The hues that my birds had on their plumage was a perfect complement to the scenery I had drawn.

 

My favourite was the eagle that seemed to have popped out of an imaginary world where everything seemed young, fresh and radiant.

 

Spring is here! So is my art!

 

Each drawing I believe has a persona of its own and together they narrate the absolute tale of nature’s beauty and change. While I filled my birds’ drawings with colours, I could not help but wonder how imaginative the creator of the real birds and everything around must be.
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Welcome Back, Spring! | Bookosmia

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Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Art by Urjita SahaBeautiful spring has arrived and 11 year old Urjita Saha, a Bookosmian from Kolkata welcomes this wonderful season with an art work and a write-up. What do you think about the spring season? Tell us!

Urjita is a student of Ashok Hall Girl’s Higher Secondary School.

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Welcome back, Spring!

 

Spring is a season of flowers that arrives after winter and before the summer. During the spring season, the weather becomes pleasant and the days grow longer. It is the season of fragrance, beauty, fresh leaves, and flowers.
I am excited about the season. Hope you are too and hope you like my painting!
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Outspoken- A Special eBook On Opinion Pieces By Young Journalists

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Read with Sara icon BookosmiaHey friends, Sara here !

This is a very special e-book compiling the stunning opinions of some of the most articulate young writers in the world post their experience of being trainee journalists for a weekend.

During the experiential ‘Be a Journalist’ workshop conducted by Bookosmia, they learnt how to separate fact from fiction, do research, investigate and to never trust everything they read on social media!

As veteran journalist K R Guruprasad says, it teaches them to treat every bit of information with responsibility. Whether a youngster goes on to become a journalist or not, the way the person looks at news and processes information will undergo a big change.

On popular demand, we are rolling out a journalism workshop for juniors, a session of great fun and takeaways for 8-11 year olds.
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“Have strong self- belief and stay persistent,” says Tina Sequeira, award winning author and blogger Tina

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Read with Sara icon BookosmiaHey everyone, your best friend Sara here!

Exam season is around the corner but close on its toes will be the vacations and a perfect time to relax, read and write. Want to make use of this time to explore blogging? We have the perfect summer workshop for you here. But before that lets head over for writing tips and success mantra to award winning author and acclaimed blogger Tina Sequeira.

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Sara: Hey Tina. Congrats for your many awards and accolades! As a unique writing platform for young writers (under 16s), we at Bookosmia (smell of books) often hear talented young writers lament that they aren’t taken seriously, let alone be eligible for awards just because of their age. What is your advice to them? 

Tina: Thank you so much! I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts with Bookosmia. I think it’s fantastic we have so many talented young people who enjoy reading and writing. That’s a good sign. The world needs more artists with imagination and empathy to lend beauty and hope to our world today—my advice to my young and bright writer friends to stay persistent. We live in a digital world, and I’m sure there are avenues and opportunities that you can keep a watch on, now or later. You have the advantage of age on your side. Please make the most of it! Read diverse books and write passionately on a subject you feel most connected with. Don’t bother about whether others take you seriously or not. You must have strong self-belief first, and then the rest will all fall into place at the right time. Stay persistent!

Message for Bookosmians from Tina Sequeira

 

Sara: You won the Rashtriya Gaurav Award (2019) for Bhumi-an anthology of 21 short stories on female issues like infanticide, menstrual tabboo, gender discrimination etc. We have also published some powerful writing by young girls on these topics. What do you think is the right age for forming and voicing opinions on serious issues?

Tina: That’s an interesting question! There is no age bar.

I took to writing during my adolescence. It was therapeutic back then to help me tide over that very confusing phase of life. I had and still have vociferous feelings and opinions on gender equality. I call myself a born feminist because I was always one, much before I had heard of the term. I’d question the gender discrimination within the home and outside.

Gender equality

Today, I’m glad more young girls and women are voicing their opinions even though there is still a section in our society that’s medieval in its mindset.

One welcome change is the participation of boys in the gender equality movement. That’s a good sign and a step in the right direction. I don’t think it’s a man’s world, and that statement is exclusionary and reeks of entitlement.

 

Sara: ‘The Tina Edit’ is among the Top 100 Writing Blogs & Websites for Authors in 2020 in the world and Top 100 Indian Lifestyle Blogs by Feedspot. What do you think is driving this amazing achievement? Do share some tips on how young writers can maximize the audience for their stories. 

Tina: Passion coupled with consistency. It’s always been a childhood dream to become an author. Once you enjoy something or you’re good at something, and you pursue it with determination and perseverance, it opens up several doors of opportunities. Be on the lookout for various contests for young writers – city, state, national, and international level. Social media is a powerful medium to connect to your audience, but you have to use it to your advantage and strategically. Too much can be addictive. Too little can render you to become anonymous or unforgotten. Consistency matters!

Persistent

Sara: If you could say something to your 16 year old self, what would it be?

Tina: To pursue your dreams! I didn’t do it back then! I am doing it now. Better late than never, as they say!

I wish you all the very best in your writing journey!

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Know  Tina better: Tina Sequeira is a marketer and moonlighting writer.

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Winner of the Rashtriya Gaurav Award (2019) in association with the Government of Telangana for ‘Bhumi,’ the Orange Flower Award (2017) by Women’s Web, Literoma Nari Samman Award (2020), GrandQueens Leadership Award (2020) by Lions Clubs International, and Women Lit of the Year Award (2020) by I.N.S.P.I.R.E Beyond Motherhood Awards, Tina has published several short stories, poems, and essays in international anthologies and literary journals. Tina featured among the ‘Top 35 writers of 2017’ and ‘Top 20 Writers of 2020’ by Youth Ki Awaaz, India’s leading online platform for Social Justice. Tina is the founder of ‘Write Away.’ WOW Hyderabad magazine listed the ‘Write Away’ program in the Aug 2019 edition. Her blog ‘The Tina Edit’ is among the ‘Top 100 Writing Blogs & Websites for Authors in 2020’ in the world and ‘Top 100 Indian Lifestyle Blogs’ by Feedspot. Find her at thetinaedit.com and on most social media spaces @thetinaedit.

Start painting | Bookosmia’s art for kids, art by kids

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! How’s your weekend art coming along? Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

 

Art by Nisarga Sandeep 9 year old Nisarga Sandeep Rambhatla, a Bookosmian from Bangalore has an interesting story about how she started painting. Don’t forget to check out her lovely paintings.

Nisarga is a student of Winmore Academy, Jakkur, Bangalore.

 

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To be honest, I was bad at painting. I would never paint but I did like art and craft. I was looking for ideas on my iPad.
Then I saw a wonderful painting and my mother told me to paint it so I did. When I finished, I looked at it and it felt like the best painting I had ever done.  Looking at it, I knew I had to do more!
Taking baby steps into the world of art
Here are a few paintings I have made since. Tell me which one you liked best?
Taking baby steps into the world of art
What do you think of when you look at this painting?
Taking baby steps into the world of art
Have you drawn something like this?
Taking baby steps into the world of art
What do you think about the colour combination here?
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Berrynut, The Little Squirrel – Book Review | Bookosmia

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here!

I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

Book Review with Sara of Harry the dirty dog by K.S.Rithik Chennai8 year old K.S Rithik, a Bookosmian from Chennai sends us a review of ‘Berrynut, the little squirrel’, a part of the Enchanting animal tales series. He thinks it’s best for 6+ ages. Have you read it? Tell us!

Rithik is a student of NSN memorial senior secondary school, Chitlapakkam, Chennai.

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Berrynut, the little squirrel Book review
Book: Berrynut, the little squirrel
Publisher: Angel Publishing house

 

 

 

 

I knew when I saw the front page of the story that it would be interesting.

This is a fictional story. This is one of my favourite stories.

In this story, there lives a squirrel named Berrynut. He likes to eat berries and nuts. One day by mistake Berrynut tramples a snake and the snake starts to chase Berrynut.

Berrynut thinks that snakes cannot climb trees and so he climbs the nearby tree. But that snake was an expert in climbing trees so Berrynut jumped on the nearby tree. To know whether the snake managed to catch Berrynut or whether Betrrynut managed to escape, you will have to read the book.

 

Berrynut, the little squirrel Book review

 

My favourite part of this story is when Berrynut became an expert in jumping.

My favourite character in the story is Berrynut.

The main idea of the story is if we practice something more times we will become an expert in it. If I could change something in this story I would have made Berrynut into a bird because I love birds.

I recommend this story for the age group 6+.

I rate this story is 4.5 / 5.

 

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Celebrating Mahashivratri -Know about the festival | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone! Your friend, Sara here.

Today is #Mahashivratri, a night celebrating Lord Shiva.

 

Here is 10 year old Saanvi Agarwal from Kolkata telling us about its significance along with sharing a beautiful drawing.

Saanvi Agarwal Kolkata Bookosmian

Saanvi goes to La Martiniere for Girls, Kolkata and is student of word Munchers.

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Maha Shivratri literally means the night of lord Shiva.
It is a prominent Hindu festival celebrated with great glory all over the country. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married on this day.
It is also believed that on this day Lord Shiva saved the world from destruction by drinking the deadly poison.
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People observe fast, sing bhajans and perform Yajnas to please the lord.

On this auspicious day, I pray to Lord Shiva to bless us all with good health and save the world from the destructive coronavirus.

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Falling In Love With Pencil Shading | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! How’s your weekend art coming along? Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

 

Art by YogithaWe all love to dabble in art don’t we? 13 year old Yogitha S, a  Bookosmian from Chennai has recently started doing pencil shading. Do you also like to do them?

Yogitha is a student of Rosily Matriculation Higher Secondary School.

 

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I love to do drawings especially pencil shading.

Falling in love with pencil shading

 I started doing them from when I was 12 years old.

Falling in love with pencil shading

I started drawing by seeing my cousins drawings.

Falling in love with pencil shading
I was so excited to see them that I wanted to try as well.

Falling in love with pencil shading

And that’s how I started my drawing.

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Exploring And Learning at Auroville | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here! Welcome to my ‘Places with Sara‘ section 🙂

 

I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

 

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!

Diya goes to Ascend International School and is a student of Word Munchers.

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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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Pencil Sketches During Lockdown | Bookosmia

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! How’s your weekend art coming along? Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

 

10 year old  R MahimashreeArt by Mahimashree, a Bookosmian from Chennai has been polishing her pencil sketches. Do check them out!
Mahimashree is a student of N. S. N. Memorial Senior Secondary School.
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I love to draw pencil drawings. Here I share some of them with you.
Pencil sketches during lockdown
 I started pencil drawings during the lockdown.
Pencil sketches during lockdown
I got a lot of time to work on them during the lockdown and I really enjoyed them. I hope to continue working on my skills going forward.
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Picture Book for Kids – free ebook by under 10 writers at Bookosmia

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Young writers illustrating their own stories , how exciting is this idea! No one can tell our stories better than us and so we are thrilled to bring you a free ebook for children ‘ Picture Stories by Young Writers‘ – a collection of children stories both written and illustrated by talented under 10s and published by Bookosmia.

All these young writers enjoyed their learning at the Be an Illustrator Workshop for young writers by Bookosmia.

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‘Young voices against Discrimination’ A Powerful eBook by young Bookosmians

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We are proud to present ‘Powerful Young Voices’, a compilation of stunning writings by young writers of Bookosmia who have chosen to use their talents to call out prevailing discrimination in the world, from the stigma around menstruation to  the refugee crisis, these bright youngsters tackle the issues with passion and an optimistic view that can only come from the youth.

And we couldn’t have asked for a more credible person than the wonderful Yosha Gupta to compliment the use of Indian art for illustrating this book. Yosha is a serial entreprenuer and Founder & CEO of MeMeraki, a company on a mission to revive Indian art.

We hope you will resonate with the sentiments expressed in this book and join us on our quest to make the world a more inclusive place.

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‘Why Doesn’t God Get Chocolate’ A delightful eBook by a 12 year old Bookosmian

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Presenting our first ever book written by an individual young writer and what a stunning story it is! We all love chocolates but what about God? Isn’t the creator entitled to a divine piece of chocolate?

Do read this lovely little book by 12 year old Varnika Agarwal from Delhi. She is a student of KathaVachak Khushboo of Not Just Tales.

No surprises that this deliciously creative tale was republished in the prestigious  international journal Borderless.

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

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Hey everyone, Sara here! Welcome to my ‘Places with Sara‘ section 🙂

 

It’s the weekend! And here I am, your best friend getting you a virtual tour of beautiful places, courtesy our friends!

 

 

#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.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

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.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

 

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.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

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.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

 

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.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

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.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

 

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.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

 

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.

Place with Sara by Atreyo from Kolkata

 

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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“Drawing Helps Me Discover, Reflect On, And Express Myself” Says 11 year old Bookosmian from Sharjah

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah Prepare to be blown over by the art work of 11 year old Ema Anand from Sharjah. And do check out her thoughts about her art too! Do you also paint? I am waiting to see your paintings and thoughts!

 

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Drawing has had a profound impact on my life. Without drawing, I don’t know who I would be, where I would be, or how I would deal with everything that happens in life. Drawing is the most powerful tool I have.

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

Drawing helps me discover, reflect on, and express myself. It helps me feel happier and more confident and has given me an extra sense of identity and purpose in life. It keeps me honest with myself.

Almost every time I sit down to draw in my sketchbook, what comes out is a direct reflection of how I’m feeling at that moment. My sketchbook becomes a visual diary that can illuminate feelings I didn’t realize I had. I turn off my thinking brain, move my pen across the paper and would start drawing.

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

Not only does drawing help me become motivated and inspire me, it also helps me clear my head by reflecting on and clarifying those thoughts and feelings.

When I begin a drawing feeling agitated, grumpy, and stressed out, I almost always finish a drawing feeling more relaxed, content, and at peace. I draw my stress and worries.

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

Many people have trouble choosing what subject they want to draw on.

The subject should be one you are interested in – genuinely interested and engaged in.
Give new ideas a little time and thought before deciding to make them the subject of a work of art.

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

There are many art mediums you can choose from. They include:
– Watercolor
– Acrylic paintings
– Oil paintings
– Sketches
– Coloring
– Markers

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

Painting/Drawing is not a theory. It is not a media where you take notes and do it within a limited time. Art is something that you have to practice. It is where you have to be patient enough to finish it. It may take days, weeks, month or even years in certain paintings.

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

One image attempting to capture the essence of the written story sharing its page is called a painting/drawing in my point of view.
For example, the painting which I drew, the man drinking tea from the saucer, tells a short story.

Can you figure it out?

Art with Sara by Ema Anand from Sharjah

 

Another great example is the painting of “The last supper” drawn by Leonardo DaVinci.

The painting represents the scene of the Last Supper of Jesus with his apostles. Leonardo has depicted the consternation that occurred among the Twelve Apostles when Jesus announced that one of them would betray him.

That is all I have for now readers. Have a wonderful day ahead!

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‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ Book Review by 13 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here!

I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

13 year old Gofiaa from Chennai shares the review of the widely popular book ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’  known for the importance of financial literacy.

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Gofiaa is a person who loves to explore new things. She always likes to be unique in whatever she does. Her hobby is learning new languages. She is a student of NSN Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chitlapakkam

 

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Title- Rich Dad, Poor Dad


Author-  Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter

Rich Dad, Poor Dad book is an autobiography written by Robert Kiyosaki which was originally published on 2002. I love reading articles or books related to economics and this is must read book for everyone. This is one of the best
books I have read so far. After reading this book Robert Kiyosaki became one of my inspirations.

This book is one of the bestselling books around the world which I am not
surprised about having read this book . This book is about Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads where he mentions his real dad as poor dad and his best friend’s dad as rich dad. He takes lessons from his rich dad about money and becoming rich since he was 9. This story is categorized into chapters, each chapter unlocks a valuable lesson.

The lead character is the Robert Kiyosaki who is a billionaire now. He explains each and every situation clearly, that we can imagine the scene in our mind. He reveals many tactics, tricks and secrets for becoming a billionaire.

My favourite part was when the author and his best friend were nine years old and melted toothpaste tubes  made of lead at that time and poured into coin moulds and made money but they didn’t knew that it was illegal.

What I learned from this book is ‘HAVE MONEY WORK FOR YOU, DON’T WORK FOR THE MONEY.’

I would recommend this book for all people 13+

I would give this wonderful book 5/5 *
*on a scale of 1-5 where 5 is the highest.

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‘May Goddess Saraswati grant us wisdom on Vasant Panchami’ says 10 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Basant Panchami went by a few days back but there is never a bad time to ask for a little extra wisdom from the Goddess of wisdom, Saraswati, right?

 

Here is 10 year old Saanvi Agarwal from Kolkata sharing a beautiful artwork on the occasion of Basant Panchami.

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Saanvi goes to La Martiniere for Girls, Kolkata and is a student of Word Munchers.

 

 

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I am sharing my artwork for Goddess Saraswati, on the occasion of Vasant Panchmi.

I developed a keen interest in doodling during lockdown. It takes away my boredom and makes me happy. Whenever I want to relax, I doodle.

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I pray to her to grant us with wisdom and knowledge.

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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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I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

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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Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here! Welcome to my ‘Places with Sara‘ section 🙂

 

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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.

Places with Sara by Aisha Mehta from Gurgaon

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

Places with Sara by Aisha Mehta from Gurgaon

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.

Places with Sara by Aisha Mehta from Gurgaon

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

Places with Sara by Aisha Mehta from Gurgaon

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

Places with Sara by Aisha Mehta from Gurgaon

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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‘Books don’t speak, but they say a lot!’ Book recommendations by Jyotsna, Rabbit Hole Children Bookstore in Sara Chats

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Read with Sara icon BookosmiaHey everyone, your best friend Sara here!

Exam season is around the corner but close on its toes will be the vacations and a perfect time to relax and read. But which books to choose for the willing and unwilling reader? Not to worry, the wonderful Jyotsna Dilip, founder of Rabbit Hole Children’s Bookstore is here with a ready list and useful suggestions.

Starting off our conversation, with this beautiful message for each Bookosmian, by Jyotsna–

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Sara: The content industry has lined up a host of options for parents to choose from in the Covid era: Online workshops, digital books, virtual storytelling. How do parents browse through this sea of options to make the right choice for their kids?

 

Jyotsna: True. There is a plethora of options to choose from. In the real, physical world parents would choose based on the proximity, not just the child’s interest or price. However, the online world has decimated travel and parents now can choose between workshops across the globe. But this has also put us in a quandary over the quality of content that such workshops offer. Though there are plenty out there, quality or the value these workshops offer is something we need to give a thought about. As a parent, I usually discover these via social media and I choose workshops that my child shows an inclination to or those that may supplement what they are passionate about.

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Sara: Reading is a one-way activity. For our young readers, how can it be made as enjoyable and interactive as a screen?

 

JyotsnaWell, reading may seem like a one-way activity where the reader only reads. But I’d say books interact with you at a much deeper level. When a child reads a book alone, the book talks to them about the story – the child imagines the story and this kindles readers to reflect. This is an interaction between the reader and his/her inner self.

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When parents read out to a child, the parent gets an opportunity to interact and bond.

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When children read as a group, like in a book club, books enable children to understand another perspective or opinion. So I would say, books don’t speak, but they say a lot! Young readers find books enjoyable in families where reading is practiced as a pleasurable activity. We should get children to read and think about what they read, this will surely encourage a thinking reader who can interact in a multitude of ways.

 

Sara: Many people say “writing is a talent.” What do you think about young minds expressing their thoughts on a global writing platform like Bookosmia?

Jyotsna: Writing is a talent? Well, that depends on what you are writing for or about. But any child can write to expresses his/her thoughts. This kind of writing should not be measured by the choice of words, or spellings and grammar used. The writing a child does to express what’s on their mind opens a window into their world of ideas, thoughts, and feelings. And this should be encouraged. This will encourage them to pick writing and they will eventually become “talented” in writing! And while on the topic of writing, I must mention the book reviews by children on your website. Each one was so well articulated. I absolutely loved the way the children had reviewed the books. What more proof do we need to show that writing more makes you talented in writing!

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Sara: What is a well balanced mix of books for young readers? Indian Vs Western, Fiction Vs Non- Fiction, Humour Vs Other Genres. Please share your recommendations for under 8, 8-12 and 12-16 age groups 

 

Jyotsna: I feel everyone should read what they “feel” like reading and would definitely encourage children to pick a variety of books. They can start reading a book and drop it mid-way if they don’t like it. But they should give it a try. How else would you know if they like it or not? I have observed that children like to read a certain genre of books at a certain age and there is nothing wrong with that but as a parent, I would definitely pique their interest in other genres by, maybe, reading it out to them or talking about it, without enforcing it, of course!

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My recommendations! This part is really difficult since every child imbibes something from every book and it is very tough to narrow it down to a few. Here are a few that are perennial favourites at my home. I have added in series or authors or genres as recommendations too.

Under 8 8-12 12-16
The book with no pictures by B J Novak Roald Dahl Books Harry Potter series
The game of light by Herve Tullet (We love all Herve Tullet books) Ruskin Bond Books A Series of Unfortunate Events 

 

Amazing Machines series by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker Classics & Fractured fairy tales Chronicles of Narnia 

 

KNOCK! KNOCK! By Kaori Takahashi Graphic Novels – The Arrival

by Shaun Tan

 

Inside Out & Back Again

by Thanhha Lai

NatGeo – KIDS books The Strange Case of Origami Yoda series

 

Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book

 

Eye to eye – How animals see the world by Steve Jenkins (another author whose books are all lovely) Wonder

by R.J. Palacio

 

A Wrinkle in Time series

by Madeleine L’Engle

 

Ranganna by Arti Anand Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Patterson

Number the Stars

by Lois Lowry

 

Snoring Shanmugham by Radhika Chada (We love all the books in this Baby Bahadur series) Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

by Judy Blume

The Gita for children by Roopa Pai
Annual Haircut Day by Rohini Nilakeni The Little Prince

by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

‘The History of India for Children’ by Archana Garodia Gupta & Shruti Garodia

 

Dinosaur-Long-As-127-Kids by author Geeta Dharmarajan

 

The Land of Stories

by Chris Colfer

 

Ramayana and Mahabharata by Arshia Sattar
Mo Willems books I Will Save My Land by author Rinchin 

 

 
Peter H Reynolds books The Mystery of the Secret Hair Oil Formula by author Asha Nehemiah 

 

 
Aaron Becker books Aru Shah and the End of Time by author Roshani Chokshi 

 

 
   Tiger Boy by author Mitali Perkins   
  Goosebumps

Amar Chitra Katha

 

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Know  Jyotsna Dilip better: Jyotsna is a passionate woman entrepreneur and founder of  a travelling bookstore for children called, ‘The Rabbit Hole’.

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Jyotsna has been in many roles before starting her own bookstore. An MBA with a career starting in IT industry spanning over 10 years of experience, before she decided to become a full time mom for her two kids.  She is certified in facilitation and child development and freelances in writing educational content for children. Jyotsna also runs a reading program for children called, Seed a Read.

‘Vasant Panchami – The Festival Of Scholars’ Essay by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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Hey everyone!

Happy Basant Panchami to you all.

 

 

 

 

 

Read with sara stories by kids Srivats Kolkata BookosmiaHere’s 9 year old Shrivats Nathany from Kolkata telling us about the day’s significance. Do read!

 

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Saraswati Puja or Vasant Panchami is the festival of scholars. On this day, goddess Saraswati is worshipped. She is considered to be the goddess of knowledge, art and music.

She holds the veena (a musical instrument) and also referred to as ‘Veena Vadini’. This festival in India follows an another important festival-Makar Sankranti.

Vasant Panchami marks the onset of the spring season. It is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the Indian month of Magh. In the southern part of India, this festival falls on navaratri. This festival is followed by another major festival – Holi.

It is believed that on this day goddess Saraswati was born. She is the companion of Brahma, also revered as his Shakti (power). It was with her knowledge, that Brahma created the universe. This festival is celebrated in temples, homes schools, colleges and educational institutions. Goddess Sarawati’s favourite colour is white. She is seen as the serene Goddess wearing a crescent moon on her brow riding a swan or seated on a lotus flower.

There is also a custom of ancestor worship, known as ‘Pitri-Tarpan’ in many parts of India during Vasant Panchami.

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“I Enjoy Colour Mixing In Painting” Says 9 year old Bookosmian from Bangalore

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Hey everyone, your friend Sara here! Welcome to my vibrant ‘Art with Sara’ section for kids.

 

Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

Read stories with Sara for kids by kids Aayush Bangalore Bookosmia9 year old Aayush Bhattacharjee from Bangalore loves nature and you can see that in his paintings too. What do you like to paint?

Aayush is a student of Orchids International School, Bangalore.

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I have chosen nature as the theme for my artwork.
In this theme, I have painted a beach and a bird sitting on a tree.
Art With Sara by Aayush Bhattacharjee from Bangalore
I love the chirping of the birds early in the morning.
Art With Sara by Aayush Bhattacharjee from Bangalore
And on a sunny day sitting near a sea beach and enjoying the breeze is really awesome. I enjoy the colour mixing part of painting wherein new colours emerges out by mixing different colours. I enjoy my artwork very much.
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‘A camping trip to Lansdowne’ Place review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Gurgaon

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Hey everyone, your best friend Sara here! Welcome to my ‘Places with Sara‘ section 🙂

 

I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

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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‘Dear Mrs.Naidu’ Book Review by 11 year old Bookosmian from Bhubaneswar

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

 

 

Sara reads poems for kids by young writers Pratichi Bhubaneshwar BookosmiaToday is the birthday of Sarojini Naidu, the nightingale of India. Do you know about her? 11 year old Pratichi Satpathy from Bhubaneswar sends us a review of ‘Dear Mrs Naidu’ to help us know more about her. Read on!

Pratichi goes to Sai International School and is a student of Word Munchers.

 

 

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Book Reviews with Sara by PratichiBook: Dear Mrs Naidu
Author: Mathangi Subramanian

 

 

 

 

On this occasion of Mrs Sarojini Naidu’s birthday, I would like to share a review of the book – ‘Dear Mrs Naidu’authored by Mathangi Subramanian.

In an era where children like me are attracted to sci-fi and fantasy, this book about daily life had me hooked until I finished.

In the book, the author shines a spotlight on the unglorified side to urban life. The main character, named Sarojini, lives in a basti with her best friend Amir and attends the dilapidated government school.

When Amir starts attending a posh private school, Sarojini’s life changes and she thinks that there are no more similarities between her and her best friend.

When she learns about the Right to Education at school, she thinks that she has a chance of attending Amir’s school. But, when she is denied a seat there, she realises that it is time to take matters into her own hands along with Deepti, a new friend from the construction site.

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Sarojini takes inspiration from Vimala Madam, a lawyer and her own namesake Mrs Sarojini Naidu, who is also her secret pen pal.

Read the story to find out whether Sarojini wins the battle she is fighting – the battle for her family, her friends and her education.

Recommended Age Group: 10 + Years

Rating: *****(5/5)

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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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‘Rangeela Finds A Home’ Book Review by 6 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Read with Sara essay on river Dhakshitha from Chennai Bookosmia6 year old Dhakshitha C from Chennai reviews ‘Rangeela Finds a home’, a book that is sure to delight animal lovers. Read on!

Dhakshitha is a student of N.S.N Memorial Senior Secondary School.

 

 

 

 

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Book Reviews with Sara by Dhakshitha CTitle: RANGEELA FINDS A HOME

Author: GITA.V.REDDY

 

 

 

Plot:

​I bought this book from Kindle. This is the first book from the series ‘Rangeela Tales’. At first, I thought the book would not be interesting but I liked it a lot.

 

​Navjyot was a ten year old boy living with his grandfather and cousin Nimi who was 8 years old. Nimi had a naughty cat named Robber who was very interested in hunting.

 

​One day, Robber was trying to attack something on the ground. Nayjyot found out it was a parrot and took care of it because it was hurt.

 

​Since it was very colorful, he named it Rangeela. He liked Rangeela so much. He spent most of his time talking to Rangeela. One day, Navjyot was surprised to find out that Rangeela could talk like human beings.

As Rangeela talks, we get to know its story and its thoughts about human beings.

 

​The characters in this book are Rangeela, Navjyot, Nimi, Robber and Navjyot’s grandfather.

 

My favorite character is Navjyot because he is gentle and kind.

 

​The story takes place at Navjyot’s grandfather’s house and the lake nearby.

​My understanding from the book is that we must be kind to animals and not hurt them. The book was very interesting, and I will recommend this book to my friends.

Recommended Age Group: 6 To 12 Years
Rating: *****(5/5)

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‘The Bird On The Tree’ By 5 year old Bookosmian from Katy, Texas

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Here I publish the works of young artists who share their beautiful work and their passion for artwork in form of a write-up!

 

Art with Sara by Naksh 5 year old Naksh Jariwala from Katy, Texas spotted a bird on the tree and sent us this lovely picture so we can enjoy nature’s wonders too!

 

 

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I am Naksh. I love playing all sports and I love robotics. I love to travel and I love all Indian food. My favourite colour is yellow.
I want to share the beautiful scene I saw. It was a sunny day and a beautiful bird was sitting on the tree. Do check the clouds and flowers too!
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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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I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

 

 

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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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‘Chakravarthy Investigates’ Book Review by 12 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Do you know what realistic fiction is? It is a genre of stories where the characters and the settings seem real and feel like they could happen to anyone in real life. 12 year old F Kaitlyn Breena from Chennai reviews one such tale by award winning author Sowmya Rajendran.

Kaitlyn is a  student of NSN Memorial Senior Secondary School.

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Title: Chakravarthy Investigates

Author: Sowmya Rajendran

 

 

 

 

I got this book when I was studying in 6th grade in my old school Olive Public School.

This book is about a young boy and his fascination for detective work.

Let me tell you a little bit about the plot of the story.Chakravarthy is a young boy who is inspired by detectives. He even dresses like one.

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Once during festival time, the whole Patel street is crowded. He does what he does best- observe people through his binoculars. While he does that, he sees something unusual- a woman crying and speaking to a police officer. It’s time for Chakravarthy to put his detective skills into action. Does he manage to find out the woman’s problem and help her with a solution? For that you will have to read the story, but let me tell you that the ending is a real interesting one!

 

The lead character Chakravarthy is well written. He may not be a real detective but he doesn’t let that discourage him.

The central idea of the story is how we can use our intelligence to find solutions like how Chakravarthy does. The writing style of the story is very elaborate.

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My favorite part of the story is the climax when Chakravarthy buys himself something to further establish his look as a detective.

 

The best age group for reading this book is 10-14 years.

I would rate this book 4/5 

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‘Open up ..to the many different kinds of people in the world,’ says Priti David, editor PARI Education

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Read with Sara icon BookosmiaHey everyone, your best friend Sara here!

This chat is a little extra special because it opens up our eyes to a whole new India- rural India. It is one that some of us may never see. But one, that we SHOULD know about. It is big and beautiful in so many ways.

No one better suited than Priti David, Editor at People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) and her author friends who recently published the PARI-Karadi Tales series for children , to tell us more about it.

Starting off our conversation, with this beautiful message for each Bookosmian, by Priti –

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Sara: So many kids in India grow up in curated housing societies, attend private schools and take up jobs in metros or outside India. Why do you think they need to know about rural India?

 

Priti: Rural India is a place where most of our country lives and works. Our food is grown in rural India, our water and electricity, people who work for us and much of what we use comes from rural India, so it’s definitely a place which we should know about. 

Those of us who live in housing societies and go to school in private transport belong to a small minority; most of India does not have these advantages and it’s important that we learn about the wider world around us – the different kinds of knowledge that we don’t read about in books.   

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Aparna adds: Maybe all of you: the younger generation, will set this world right. But for that, you need to know what is wrong with it. Nandhini’s story tells you a little bit about one occupation, an important one, that puts food on your table and mine. 

 

Vishaka says: Learning about life in rural India is important because many stories from there show us how much beauty there is if only we look.  

 

Subuhi adds: This India is as much a part of our country as Bollywood, IPL and cities. But we probably don’t learn much about this at school. Learning about this India will help us understand our country, our cities and ourselves.      

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Sara: How has the lockdown affected children in rural India? Are there some key takeaways for urban kids to understand and compare their lives?

Priti: Rural India does not have the same speed of internet or even the same smartphones and laptops. So it’s difficult if not impossible to study online, browse the net or even play games. In some rural homes, or even in slums, there is only one phone in the house, and the working parent needs it for their work, so they take it with them when they leave in the morning for work. 

In your home, when you need help with home or classwork, you can ask your parents. But for many children in rural India, especially those in the higher classes, their parents may not know the language in the textbook or may not have attended school. So rural children often get stuck while studying on their own.

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During the lockdown, many parents lost their jobs. So children’s school fees could not be paid and they had to drop out of school. Many of them started selling vegetables and so on to earn some money and help their families buy food.  

 

 

Sara: PARI Education has been consistently working with kids across the country to help them voice by publishing their writing. How does it help your mission and is there a way you can measure the benefits?

 

Priti: The People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) is like a big library of stories and photographs of the many different people and places in rural India. Our country is so big and people do many different kinds of jobs climbing coconut trees, weaving, farming, herding animals, making musical instruments, honey hunting and ship building among others. 

In PARI Education, students are also contributing to this collection. Some are making posters and comics based on these stories and you can check them out at this link: Inspired by PARI. 

When kids work with us to build this library, they learn something about people who are otherwise invisible to them. They get to walk in their shoes, to feel their joys and hear their dreams. You can learn a lot from the everyday lives of everyday people. 

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Sara: PARI Education recently released a set of 5 books for 10-15 year olds, published by Karadi Tales. How did you shortlist these from the  innumerable themes possible? 

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Priti:  My book Coming Home is the story of a young boy Selva, who comes up with an idea which sounds impossible – and I really shouldn’t tell you any more! It is based on a few stories I wrote about a community of farmers who live and work in a small valley in Tamil Nadu. As a reporter I travel to some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the country. I thought the idea of ‘home’ was something all of us can relate to. Writing this story showed me how whether you live in a village or a big city, our day to day lives are really no different. As young children, we go to school, enjoy art and craft classes, help at home, look forward to outings with friends but in the end we always want to come back home. 

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Aparna says, “My book No Nonsense Nandhini is about a woman farmer and her children. Farmers are in the news and I’m sure children are puzzled. Why, you might wonder, is farming a problem? Aren’t there farmers everywhere? And if it is so hard, why can’t they just do something else? Nandhini’s story – actually tells you that it is not so easy to drop everything and do something else.  But that doesn’t mean people sit around and wait for others to come to their rescue; they are heroes, they do it themselves. Plus, Nandhini inspires children – and not just her own – to take up farming.” 

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Vishaka says, “In my book, The House of Uncommons, I write about a young orphaned boy, Krishnan, and his friends who live in a boarding school in rural Tamil Nadu. While they learn and play just like all other young kids do, there’s one aspect of their lives that’s different. They have a virus called HIV. 

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Many people in this world aren’t very kind to those with HIV.  They’re afraid of them and treat them poorly. This is unfortunate because they know so little about how it’s contracted and how it can be treated.  In my book, I write about how big problems sometimes land on small shoulders. But kindness, strong friendships and love can help them get through the toughest of days.”

Subhuhi says, “I wrote No Ticket will Travel – a story about migrants, mostly farmers and labourers who are forced to leave their homes in the villages and move to the cities to look for work. Why do people leave their homes and villages? We see many people from different parts of India in our cities, but we often don’t know why they have come here. This book tries to answer these questions by narrating the stories of six people, including a young girl and a teenager.”

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Don’t miss sending me your thoughts on rural India at Sara@bookosmia.com. And now-

Know Priti David better: Priti reports for the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) and is Editor of PARI Education where she works with schools and  colleges to bring rural issues into the classroom and curriculum, to document  rural lives and to bring diverse student voices on these issues.

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An Economics Honours graduate from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi, she began her career with The Economic Times in 1989,  reported for India Business Report on BBC World and has worked in publishing and as a high school teacher.

 Priti, Aparna, Vishakha and Subuhi are the four authors of the PARI-Karadi Tales series for children. They write on rural issues and have published in the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) an online journal on rural India.  

At PARI Education you can read what students your age are reporting and writing about the wide variety of people around us. Meeting them, learning about their lives and opening our eyes, mind and hearts to the many many different kinds of people in the world. It’s a treasure of stories, films and photos on parts of India that we all should know more about. And you can contribute. What are you waiting for?!

 

‘Spectacular Spectacled Eiders’ by 12 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata + Cool Facts

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Nature with Sara activities for kids BookosmiaHello hello, Sara here! Thanks for pouring in your entries to my ‘Nature with Sara’ section, in which we find a beautiful way to enjoy nature.

 

Today’s write up is an epistolary work, which means in the form of letters, by 12  year old Laksha Khanna from Kolkata.

Read with Sara story on menstruation periods by 13 year old Laksha from Kolkata on BookosmiaLaksha is a 12 year old , studying in class 7 in Sushila Birla Girls School, Kolkata. She is a student of Word Munchers.

Laksha is passionate about writing from an early age. She is also fond of dramatics. She enjoys being on the stage and  performing for an audience.

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Dear Pamela,

Hope you are doing well. I came to know about your obsession with birds. Recently we had a school trip to Russia and I was a volunteer to accompany a bunch of seventh graders. I am writing to you to tell you about our encounter with the Spectacled Eider, an endangered species.

Nature with Sara Epistolary by Laksha Khanna

 

It was a Saturday morning and we had a free day before we left for home. I took a bunch of seventh graders to a park to spend the day there. There was a tranquil lake nearby and a lot of ducks were merrily swimming in it. My juniors bought a loaf of bread from the nearby bakery and started feeding the ducks. I would have never found the Spectacled Eider if one of the kids hadn’t pointed out that one of the ducks was wearing glasses. All the children gathered around the lake and started pointing and gasping at the duck. I came closer and I found out from one of the locals that it wasn’t a regular duck but it was a Spectacled Eider who has a large white patch around their eyes, outlined with black which makes it appear as if it is wearing spectacles. It had a marvelous white and black body, a green neck and an orange beak.

 

Suddenly it swopped down and grabbed a mollusk in its mouth. The children watched carefully how the mollusk fought for its life and how the eider was fighting for its food. Later that evening, one child was really fascinated by this bird so he started telling us all about the eider. He told us that the Spectacled eider was an endangered species because it was a common prey for predators if they didn’t travel in large groups.

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Overall it was a rare experience viewing an endangered species in a park. Hope to hear from you soon. 

 

Yours lovingly,

Laksha 

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Hey, Sara here again. Did you enjoy Laksha’s epistolary work? How about some cool facts on Spectacled Eider now?
Cool Fact#1: The male and female Spectacled Eiders look significantly different
Males have a unique olive green head with white goggles and a carrot-orange bill. Females are brown overall with pale goggles.
Nature with Sara Epistolary by Laksha Khanna
Read more about the bird at Audubon
Cool Fact #2:  Spectacled eiders are rare and poorly known birds.
Can you believe that no one knew where these birds spent the winter months up until 1995! Lets make up for it and spread awareness about this and other birds.
 
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‘Best Friends’ Book Review by 14 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.
Today’s review is by 14 year old A. Rakshana Thrinetra from Chennai.
Rakshana likes reading books, singing and drawing. She is a student of NSN Memorial Senior Secondary School, Chitlapakam.
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Title: Best Friends
Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Illustrator: Nick Sharratt 
              I found this book when I went to my grandma’s house . I just read the first page of the book. Recently I visited them again. That time I got the book from them.
The story is about Gemma and Alice who have been best friends since they were born. They see each other every day. It  never seems to matter that Gemma loves football while Alice prefers drawing  or that Gemma never stops talking while Alice is more likely to be listening. They share everything. Then one day Gemma finds out that there is something Alice isn’t sharing. A Secret. And when Gemma finally discovers what it is, can she and Alice stay best friends forever?’
I think there is nothing to change in this story except the number of illustrations. They were very few.
The friendship between Alice and Gemma was my favourite part in the story.
I recommend this book for all the best friends in this world. Especially to those who are close at the age of 8-15.
 I rate this book with ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐   5/5
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‘Amazing Abu Dhabi’ A Travel Review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Kolkata

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I can’t wait to pack my bags and head out. Until then lets read through these wonderful travel memories from kids. Let’s keep our wish lists ready!

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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‘Howzzat – India’s first sports journal for kids!’ Book Review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Mumbai

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here!

I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

Woohoo! I am super duper excited by the review today.

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Today’s review has been sent across by 9 year old Nikhil Girishankar from Mumbai. It’s a review of Howzzat – India’s first sports journal for kids!
Check out  his awesome writings and order a copy for yourself here, if you do not already have the uber cool Howzzat Journal.
Nikhil is a student of Podar International School, Powai (CAIE).
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Concept by – Archana Mohan

Design – Aayushi Yadav

Publisher- Bookosmia 

 

Howzzat journal is for every young sports fan. It has loads of exciting activities related to sports, helping us relive our favourite sports moments. It is a very fun journal, and it also improves our writing tremendously. There are many interesting activities which provide us a space to pour our imaginative thoughts.

Some of my favourites were, ‘my dream team’, ‘which match I would go back to with a time machine and what changes I would make,’ and ‘the rapid fire round questions.’ Whenever I used to be done with the activities for one day I would always be even more excited to do the next activity the following day.

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I loved using the Howzzat journal and I would highly recommend it to my friends.

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It’s a must-have for every sports enthusiast out there!

The recommended age group is 6 – 12 years old.

I would definitely give it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

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‘The Mahabharatha : A child’s view’ Book Review by 9 year old Bookosmian from Bangalore

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Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

 

 

Sara reads stories for kids by young writers Aashritha Bangalore BookosmiaCan an epic like the Mahabharatha be reviewed? 9 year old Aashritha Surya Prakash from Bangalore gives it her best shot in this lovely review of the children’s version of the book by Samhita Arni.

Aashritha goes to Vidya Niketan School, Hebbal, Bangalore and is a student of Tale Spin.

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Author: Samhita Arni

 

As I sat on the couch, reading my very first version of the great epic the Mahabharata by Samhita Arni, completely lost in the glorious world of the ancient epic, I would often witness miraculous scenes; Shantanu talking to Ganga Devi, or Bhishma taking the princesses of Varanasi back to Hastinapura.

Once in a while I would look up and stare at the ceiling, daydreaming away.

Have you ever become so absorbed in a book that you get lost in it and everything you see or hear seems to be an incident in the book? Well, that was how I felt as I heard Bhishma’s words of wisdom to Yudishtira or Surya deva granting the Akshaya Patra to Dharmaraja.

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I remember how I felt watching the movie version of the Mahabharata for the very first time. So, what are the things in common between the movie and the book? Well, I think nothing is the same as these epics have been passed down the generations by word of mouth and so every version will be unique in its own way.

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No wonder Rahi Masoom Raza, director of the Mahabharata, said that “No event in this world will happen unless it has already occurred in the Mahabharata”.

Recommended age group: 7+

I would rate this book 5/5 

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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!

 

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

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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.

Places with Sara story by Vivaan

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.

Places with Sara story by Vivaan

The interesting place I saw there was a temple in Mayapur, though one part was under renovation. We went to the other part an