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By TalktoMe / October 11, 2018

Lesson 73 – Swiss Time Bank (Level 2 +)

St Gallen is the first Swiss city to introduce a novel banking scheme in which retired care volunteers “deposit” hours worked looking...

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By TalktoMe / September 23, 2018

Lesson 72 – The Stray Puppy

Laila was sleeping when she heard a soft whimpering sound outside her window. I wonder who is making that sound, she thought. She got...

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By TalktoMe / September 23, 2018

Lesson 71 – Vinay Kumar and the Thieves

Vinay Kumar was a taxi driver for many years. Recently, he became a bus driver. He does not regret switching...

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By TalktoMe / September 23, 2018

Lesson 70: Alexander Graham Bell (Level 2+)

Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on March 3, 1847. His father was Professor of Elocutionand the Art...

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By TalktoMe / September 23, 2018

Lesson 69: Natural Disasters (Level 2+)

A natural disaster is an adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth. Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes...

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By TalktoMe / September 11, 2018

Lesson 68: Maya Angelou – Words to Live By (Level 2)

If life teaches us anything, it may be that it’s necessary to suffer some defeats. Look at a diamond: It...

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By TalktoMe / September 11, 2018

Lesson 67: A Green Fuel-Jatropha (Level 2+)

National newspapers on August 28, 2018 carried exciting news. A blend of oil from jatropha seeds and aviation turbine fuel powered an...

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By TalktoMe / August 17, 2018

Lesson 66: The Potato Story (Level 2+)

The Inca Indians of Peru prized the potato as food. When they first started growing potatoes 10,000 years ago in the...

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By TalktoMe / August 17, 2018

Lesson 65: The Importance of Trees (Level 2+)

Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. Each year...

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By TalktoMe / July 15, 2018

Lesson 64: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The sun shone down for nearly a week on the secret garden. The Secret Garden was what Mary called it...

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By TalktoMe / July 8, 2018

Lesson 63: Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata (JRD) (Level 2+)

J.R.D.Tata, the man who made Tata Group one of the most prestigious and successful industrial groups in India, was a visionary....

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By TalktoMe / June 11, 2018

Lesson 62: The Paperboy

The morning headlines were full of the usual sad stories. "No good news again!" Rajesh’s father said. “Kidnappings! Murders! Earthquakes! Floods!”...

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By TalktoMe / June 11, 2018

Lesson 61: Identify your own Mountain (Level 2+)

If you want to climb a mountain, perhaps the tallest mountain in the world, what do you think you would...

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By TalktoMe / May 30, 2018

Lesson 60: The Farmer’s Well

Once upon a time a man sold his well to a farmer.  The next day when the farmer went to...

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By TalktoMe / May 28, 2018

Lesson 59: The Ant and the Dove

On a hot day in summer, an ant was searching for some water. After walking around for some time, she...

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By TalktoMe / May 18, 2018

Lesson 58: Corruption (Level 2+)

Corruption is the abuse of public resources or public power for personal gain. Corruption is a serious social issue that...

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By TalktoMe / May 9, 2018

Lesson 57: Electricity reaches Leisang in Manipur

At 10 pm on April 28, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that Leisang in Manipur had become “powered and empowered.”...

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By TalktoMe / May 6, 2018

Lesson 56:  Stress And How To Deal With It (Level 2+)

When you are stressed, your body releases many hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. Cortisol is the main stress hormone.These hormones...

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By TalktoMe / May 2, 2018

Lesson 55: Organ Donation – Rivyani’s Story (Level 2+)

(FOR ADULT MENTEES ONLY) On April 18, 2018, seven- year-old Rivyani Rahangdale was hit by a motorcycle near her hometown...

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By TalktoMe / April 19, 2018

Lesson 54: Dr. Verghese Kurien – The Story of Amul (Level 2+)

Arriving in Anand in 1949 as a government employee to manage a dairy, Dr. Verghese Kurien went from helping farmers repair...

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By TalktoMe / April 12, 2018

Lesson 53: Sumit Gunjan – An Unsung Hero (Level 2+)

Two events were to set Sumit Gunjan on a journey that would not only change his life but that of...

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By TalktoMe / April 12, 2018

Lesson 52: ‘Chota Masterji’ (Level 2+)

  At an age when most of his classmates spend their time watching cartoons, playing video games, and preparing for exams,...

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By TalktoMe / April 6, 2018

Lesson 51: Love the Trees as You Love Me (Level 2+)

Mohan loved his Baba. He loved his mother and father too. But he was happiest when he was with Baba,...

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By TalktoMe / April 2, 2018

Lesson 50: Calories

Food gives energy to the body to keep you alive, growing, and active. This energy comes from calories found in...

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By TalktoMe / April 2, 2018

Lesson 49: Costa Rica (Level 2+)

Costa Rica, in Central America, is known for not having an army. In Spanish, costa rica means “rich coast”. With the Pacific...

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By TalktoMe / April 2, 2018

Lesson 48: The Loneliest Schoolkid in India

Yuvraj Sangle is eight years old, and is the only student at the village school. He lives in a small village...

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By TalktoMe / March 19, 2018

Lesson 47: Stephen Hawking (Level 2+)

Stephen Hawking was born on January 8, 1942, in Oxford, England. At the age of 21, he was diagnosed with...

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By TalktoMe / March 19, 2018

Lesson 46: Dear Diary (Level 2+)

Why do people keep diaries? How do you decide what to write about? Diaries are not merely books in which...

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By TalktoMe / March 19, 2018

Lesson 45: International Women’s Day (Level 2+)

International Women’s Day is a celebration of women’s social, economic, cultural and political successes worldwide. The observance falls on March 8. International...

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By TalktoMe / March 9, 2018

Lesson 44: Pushkar Camel Fair

In the various states of India, there are many different languages and dialects, dance forms, music, architecture, food, customs and festivals. The Pushkar Camel...

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By TalktoMe / March 9, 2018

Lesson 43: Depression

Why Is My Mother Sad? My mother used to smile more. Now she has sad days. She said she has...

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By TalktoMe / March 7, 2018

Lesson 42: W.I.N.G.S.

A few days ago, I accompanied my friend to a seminar, rather reluctantly. I wasn’t looking forward to sitting on a...

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By TalktoMe / March 1, 2018

Lesson 41: Learning from a Teenager

Instead of just going out with friends, fifteen-year-old Amina spent most of her spare time taking care of her father. Javed...

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By TalktoMe / February 27, 2018

Lesson 40: The Generous Female Sheep

She was a very generous sheep. Do you know what it means to be generous? It is to enjoy giving...

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By TalktoMe / February 27, 2018

Lesson 39: The Drummer Boy 

There once lived a young boy called Gopal, with big, kind eyes that lit up when he smiled. He lived with his...

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By TalktoMe / February 24, 2018

Lesson 38: Gulli-Danda

“I consider gulli danda the king of all sports. Even now, whenever I see children playing gulli-danda, I have a great...

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By TalktoMe / February 24, 2018

Lesson 37: Valuing Yourself

A colleague whispered to me, “I heard you were in the school race yesterday.” I nodded and smiled. I hadn’t come...

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By TalktoMe / February 19, 2018

Lesson 36: North America

The continent of North America extends from just south of the North Pole to just north of the equator. North...

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By TalktoMe / February 19, 2018

Lesson 35: Lifelong Companion 

Though it is a faded memory today, there are times when I remember the dog’s face clearly, especially his unusual...

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By TalktoMe / February 12, 2018

Lesson 34: The Taste of Life

An experienced and wise master grew tired of his apprentice complaining. One morning he sent the apprentice for some salt....

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By TalktoMe / February 8, 2018

Lesson 33: An Exciting Transport Solution

Idiom: Necessity is the mother of invention Nowadays, everybody likes to do more than one thing at any given time,...

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By TalktoMe / February 8, 2018

Lesson 32: Phoolwalon Ki Sair

Phool Waalon Ki Sair meaning "procession of the florists" is an annual celebration. It is a three-day festival, generally held in the month...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 31: The Nursing Profession

Nurses are often the first health care professionals that a sick or injured person sees, whether in hospitals, schools and...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 30: Rooted in Nature

The river was roaring like an angry cheetah. About a hundred feet below, the water was churning with force as...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 29: Nature and Saving the Environment

Nature surrounds us wherever we are. Even among all the buildings of a big city like New Delhi, a red...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 28: My First Pay Cheque

I like to visualize things – particularly happy situations, like receiving my very first pay cheque. What a wonderful day...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 27: My Family

My family is a small nuclear family, comprising four members - my father, mother, my younger sister and I. We...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 26: My City, My Responsibility

When I take a look around me, I don’t always like what I see and hear. The garbage on the...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 25: How Well Do I Know Delhi?

Although I have grown up in Delhi, there are still many local attractions for me to discover. Last month, my aunt’s...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 24: Guess What Grasses Do?

No matter where you live you use grasses every day. Cows eat grass. Chickens eat the seeds of some grasses....

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 23: Good Days, Good Ideas.

I had a very good day today. Maybe it was because I woke up feeling very refreshed. I went to...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 22: Coyote – The Survivor of North America

The coyote is a relative of the dog, wolf and jackal. Like its relatives, it is a predator and mostly eats...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 21: Anger Management

There once was a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father decided to hand him a bag...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 20: Geography of India

India is the seventh biggest country in the world and the second most populous. It shares its borders with six...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 19: Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879, in Germany. He is known as the "father of modern physics." Not...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 18: An Act of Kindness

The bus was very crowded today. People were squeezed together, pushing each other for an inch of space. I was beginning to get...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 17: A Group of Frogs

 As a group of frogs were travelling through the woods, two of them fell into a deep pit. When the...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 16: The Beauty Parlour

I can say for sure that one business that is flourishing is the beauty business. I seem to come across...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 15: Kindness and Sharing

The Story of Stone Soup Three monks travelled along a mountain road. "What makes one happy?" asked the youngest monk....

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 14: Mount Everest

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Where is the highest place in the world? It’s the top...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 13: Vasco da Gama

Vasco da Gama (1460 - 1524) was a Portuguese explorer. He was born in a small coastal town in Portugal...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 12: Europe

The continent of Europe is the second smallest in the world. Europe is densely populated and is made up of...

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By TalktoMe / January 8, 2018

Lesson 11: Different is Good

Have you ever thought about how many different people there are in the world? Or how many languages are spoken...

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By TalktoMe / January 7, 2018

Lesson 10: Dengue

Dengue (pronounced DEN-gay) fever is an infectious disease caused by the dengue virus. People get the dengue virus from female mosquitoes. Dengue fever is...

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By TalktoMe / January 7, 2018

Lesson 9: Cleanliness

In a village there were three best friends – Sam, Khursheed and Sahil. They studied in the same school. All...

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By TalktoMe / January 7, 2018

Lesson 8: The Armed Forces

Our country’s army, air force, and navy, all comprise its Armed Forces. I feel a great sense of pride whenever...

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By TalktoMe / January 7, 2018

Lesson 7: Africa

The second largest continent is Africa. Africa is also the second most populous continent with a population of over a...

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By TalktoMe / January 7, 2018

Lesson 6: The Story of a Butterfly

A butterfly lays a tiny green egg on a leaf. The egg sticks to the leaf even in the wind...

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By TalktoMe / January 7, 2018

Lesson 5: A Visit to the Doctor

One morning I woke up with a sore throat. When I swallowed, I felt great pain. I had a terrible...

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By TalktoMe / January 7, 2018

Lesson 4: Importance of Reading

Before the invention of printing, books were hand-written. They were very few in number and difficult to get. Popular novels...

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By TalktoMe / January 7, 2018

Lesson 3: Friendship

Harry’s Restaurant Gulzar loved telling jokes that were not too funny, but his friend Harry thought that they were hilarious....

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By TalktoMe / January 7, 2018

Lesson 2: The Story of Edmund Hillary

Edmund Hillary was born on July 20, 1919 in Auckland, New Zealand. As a young child, he lived in a tiny...

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By TalktoMe / January 7, 2018

Lesson 1: City and Village

Sushma lived in the city. Each night, she fell asleep listening to different sounds. Loud music played outside her window....

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