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The story of

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LAXMI BAI FOLKTALEPanchatantra: Two Fish and a Frog

Along time ago, two sh named Sahasrabuddhi and Satabuddhi used to live in a lake. They were friends with a frog whose name was Ekbuddhi. One day, as the three friends were having a good time together, they saw some shermen near the lake. They were taking amongst themselves about coming to that lake the next day with their nets and catching the sh. The frog was very disturbed to hear the conversation of the shermen. Ekbuddhi, the conquer. Even the great Chanakya had single frog asked Sahsrabudhhi, “Dear friend, you just handedly killed the entire army of Nandas.” heard about the shermen’s plan. Now, what Then, Ekabuddhi, the frog, said, “Friends, I am should we do? Should we remain in the lake or not as learned or brave as you are. The only go somewhere else?” thing I know is to leave the place where there is Sahsrabuddhi replied, “Dear Ekbuddhi, you an impending danger. So, I and my wife will should not be scared by just words. The learned leave this place tonight itself.” have said: ‘The world is still safe because the Accordingly, the frog left the lake immediately. dreams of snakes and wicked men never come Next day, the shermen arrived early in the true’. The shermen may not even come morning near the lake. They cast their net and tomorrow! Even if they do, we will think of caught a lot of sh, frogs, crabs, turtles etc. something to save you and ourselves. There is Satabuddhi and Sahasrabuddhi were also no need of unnecessarily getting panicked.” caught and killed by the shermen. Satabuddhi said, “You are a genius, Ekbuddhi, who was watching all this from the Sahsrabuddhi! What you say is correct. There is distance mourned over the death of his foolish nothing that accomplished men cannot and overcon dent friends.

1 Find the Ten Hidden Animals in the Picture

Silly Rhymes The Carp

There once was a chubby carp Who wanted to play on a harp, But to his chagrin So short was his n That he couldn’t reach up to C sharp.

2 Discover a new place Sam Visits Thor's well On the Oregon coast, there is some- thing that seems to be from a fantasy movie – a huge hole in the sea that seems to endlessly drain the Paci c Ocean. In fact, Thor’s Well is also called the drainpipe of the Paci c Ocean! Thor’s Well lies along the coastline of Cape Perpetua, a forest headland projecting into the Paci c Ocean. The land is managed by the U.S Forest Service and along the coastline are many bizarre and beautiful sights to see. Thor’s Well is one of them. It’s a natural fountain that sucks in water from the sea and then spouts it right back into the air, 20 feet up, which is also how deep it is. It’s pretty dicult to spot when it isn’t doing its fountain thing, because it’s basically a hole in the rocks. But once you do nd it, the terrifying and exhilarating magic begins. Thor’s well is a sight to behold, but not for the faint of heart. It is incredibly dangerous to around here with the waves rushing in, to be drained into this seemingly endless hole. So be extremely careful if you aim to approach it! Although the hole oers its best views in times of high tide, those also happen to be times when the well is at its most dangerous. So always approach with caution!

Your Eyes Say A Lot!

3 spot ten differences

4 Q: What do you call a sad frog? A: Tickle Unhoppy your funny Q: What kind of pole is short and oppy? bone A: A tadpole

Q: What do you get when you cross a frog and a bunny? A: A bunny ribbit

AMUSING NEWS stories from history

Rani Laxmi Bai

Rani Laxmi Bai, the Rani of was the queen of the Maratha-ruled princely state of Jhansi, situated in the northern part of India. She was one of the leading figures of the and a symbol of resistance to the rule of the British East India Company in the subcontinent. Her father worked at the Peshwa court of Bithoor and because of his influence at court Laxmi bai had more independence than most women, who were normally re- stricted to the zenana. She studied self-defence, horsemanship, archery, and even formed her own army out of her female friends at court. Rani Laxmi Bai was married to Raja Gangadhar Rao at the early age of 7 to the Maharaja of Jhansi in 1842, and thus became the queen of Jhansi. She gave birth to a son, Damodar Rao, in 1851. However, the child died when he was about four months old. After his death, the Raja and adopted Anand Rao. Anand Rao was the son of Gangadhar Rao’s cousin, and was later renamed Da- modar Rao. It is said that the Gangadhar never recovered from his son’s death, and died on 21 November 1853. When the Maharaja died, Rani Laxmi Bai was just eighteen years old, but never lost her courage and took up the responsibility of protecting the interests of Jhansi. Lord Dalhousie, the Governor-General of India at that time, tried to take advan- tage of the misfortune of Jhansi to expand the British Empire. The British did not accept Damodar Rao, as the legal heir of Rani Laxmi Bai and her late husband. In March 1854 Rani of Jhansi was granted an annual pension of 60,000 and was or- dered to leave the . She was firm on the decision not to give up the do- minion of Jhansi to the British. To strengthen the defence of Jhansi, Rani Laxmi bai assembled an army of rebel- lions, which also included women. For this great cause she was supported by brave warriors like Gulam Gaus Khan, Dost Khan, Khuda Baksh, Sunder-Mundar, Kashi Bai, Lala Bhau Bakshi, Moti Bai, Deewan Raghunath Singh and Deewan Jawahar Singh. She assembled 14,000 rebels and organized an army for the defence of the city. On May 10, 1857 the Indian Rebellion started in Meerut. This began after the rumour that the new bullet casings for the Enfield rifles were coated with pork and beef fat and unrest began to spread throughout India. During this chaotic time, the British were forced to focus their attentions elsewhere, and Rani Laxmi Bai was essentially left to rule Jhansi alone, leading her troops swiftly and efficiently to quell skirmishes initiated by local princes. Rani Laxmi Bai had always been hesitant about rebelling against the British. Her hesitation eventually came to an end when British troops arrived under Sir Hugh Rose and laid siege to Jhansi on 23 March 1858.

Along with the young Damodar Rao, Rani Laxmi Bai decamped to Kalpi along with her troops, where she joined other rebel forces, including those of Tatya Tope. The two moved on to Gwalior, where the combined rebel forces de- feated the army of the Maharaja of Gwalior and later occupied a strategic fort at Gwalior. However, on 17 June 1858, while battling in full warrior regalia against the 8th (King’s Royal Irish) Hussars in Kotah-ki Serai near the Phool Bagh area of Gwalior, she was killed in battle. The British captured Gwalior three days later. In the British report of the battle, General Sir Hugh Rose commented that the Rani, “remarkable for her beauty, cleverness and perseverance”, had been “the most dangerous of all the rebel leaders.”

7 Pondering Corner How can some animals hide in plain sight? Some animals are able to mimic plants, ground cover, or even other animals. Deer, squirrels, rats, and many other animals have brownish or 'earth tone' colours that match the colour of the tree trunks and soil. Leaf butteries are able to successfully pass themselves as a dead leaf because of their ‘dead leaf’ like shape and colour. They even have fake leaf veins! Walking sticks, with their dark skinny bodies and swollen joints, smartly dupe their predators with their striking resemblance to dry twigs. Turtles and tortoises use their rock-like appearance to blindside their prey and hide from large predators like crocodiles and alligators. Sharks, dolphins and many other sea creatures have a greyish-blue colour that helps them blend in with the water. Some animals have tiny pigments in their external skin called ‘bio- chromes,’ that can absorb ambient light and produce the colour combinations the creature needs. An octopus can change the colour and texture of its skin in a jiy, so that it can hide in the ora of the ocean oor. The chameleon can match the exact colour of its surroundings. Chameleons also use camouage to express their mood; they turn yellow, dark blue or even black when they are annoyed. An Arctic fox chang- es the colour of its fur according to the seasons. In summers, the Arctic fox grows brown fur to hide in the trees and in the winters, it grows white fur to hide in the snow.

Name The Forest Animals The little green frog had spent his afternoon hop- ping from one lily pad to another, enjoying the wonderful weather. He has been warned that the overcast skies were soon going to turn into rain, Complete but he ignored everyone and went to the river the Story... anyway. There was a loud crack of thunder and the rain began to pour heavily. He felt the river surge and was washed downriver, as he clutched desperately to his lily pad.

fun facts with HamletTo know orthe not Hamster to know, that is the question! Well, wouldn’t you prefer to know?

Facts about Frogs

The golden dart frog is the most poisonous frog on earth and the skin of one frog could kill up to 1,000 people.

The smallest frogs in the world are less than half-an-inch long.

Frogs absorb water through their skin so they don't need to drink.

Many of the most brightly coloured tropical frogs are coloured in this way to warn preda- tors that they are poisonous. 9 Get the Frog to his Friend and Help him Catch some flies on the way.

10 The Team Editor Assistant and Copy Editor

Aryaa Naik Dalmiya Lavanya Khare

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