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YOU ARE A LEGEND!

Do you know, YOU are making history by staying at home! If you haven't moved out of your home for the past 10 days, then YOU ARE A LEGEND, so feel proud. In difficult times like these, what matters the most is what we do for our people, and the best possible thing you could do now is to stay at home, take care of your health and pray for the World. It will be great if you can help people who do not have safe homes, but inside your home, if you can help your mum with the chores, your contribution will be counted-in too.
This is possibly the best time to care for your family and friends whom you live with and give them all you can. If not much, do one thing a day that brings a smile to their face. Be a reason for their happiness!
In these difficult times, when the world is full of negative news, we will come to you and knock your door daily, only to fill-you-up with positive vibes! Our quick reads will make you smarter and the positivity will definiitely take away all your insecurities.
This 14-Day Series is absolutely free for you and your friends. So don't shy away from sharing. This is how we will do our bit in making the world a happier place to be in.
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What's The-Indian-Connect with April Fools' Day?


Can you think of the possibility of April Fools' Day having a link to the Hindu Calendar? Not really? Then you need to go back to history.com. The oldest origin of the celebration of this day goes back to AD 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. If we go back and dig a little, in AD 1532 the Julian Calendar began on April 1, which was the Spring Equinox. Does it ring a bell?
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Hopefully, you would know that in the Hindu Calendar, Vaisakhi or Baisakhi is marked as a regional New Year in most parts of the country. And do you know when does Vaisakhi fall according to the scientific linkages of the hindu calendar? It is the Spring Equinox! So on the First of April, 1582, in India, it was Vaisakhi, the New Year!
But jokingly, the people of france ridiculed their friends who did not know about the change of Calendar to January 1st for celebrating the New Year on April 1st. They became the butt of jokes and hoaxes and were called “April fools.”
Strange, but it is again note worthy to know that in the same year, Makar Sankranti, another important Hindu Festival fell on January 1st. Somehow, such indications direct us to the fact that Hinduism, as a culture is not isolated and has deeper roots than what we generally think.
Next time, before you do a prank, quiz your friend about it! Credits: @HISTORY.COM
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Know everything about Camouflaging!
USE OF COLOUR IN SURROUNDINGS
Camouflaging as we know is merging the presence of a person, an animal or an object with its surroundings.
There are four types of basic camouflages, namely concealing through coloration, disruptive coloration, disguise and mimicry.
Do you know how animals play hide and seek to catch their prey or disguise themselves to hide from their predator!
Let’s look at the most interesting camouflages:

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• Camouflaging allows the animals to blend with certain aspects of their surroundings and increases their chances of survival by hiding from predators.
• It also helps the animal to successfully reproduce and carry on the species.
• It is also used by some predators as a tool for hunting .
• Do you know the polar bear which is white in color blends with white color of snow on which it has to move constantly.

FLAT FISH
THIS FISH LIES ON THE OCEAN FLOOR WAITING FOR ITS PREY AND IT JUST BLENDS IN WITH GRAVEL OR SAND FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA TO AVOID PREDATORS. THIS IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE ITS COLOR BLENDS WITH THE OCEAN FLOOR AND THIS MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR IT TO BE DETECTED.

WHAT IS MIMICRY?
TO save itself from falling prey , the tasty viceroy butterfly mimics the bitter monarch butterfly.
With mimicry, one organism has adapted to resemble another. The harmless king snake (sometimes called a milk snake) has adapted a color pattern to keep predators away.
Zebras have stripes to confuse big predators, an identity signal to other zebras and a kind of wearable air conditioner.
The stripes also ward off biting flies that carry deadly diseases.
Adapation in animals means physical attributes that help survival of animal in its harsh surroundings.
Adaptations to the desert climate:
• Large thin ears
• Long limbs to help spread heat
• Thin silky fur.
• Mostly active at night.
• Long eyelashes to ward off sand storms
• Go without water and food for many days.
• More elongated body shape.

Adaptations in penguins
• Significance of coloration in penguins
• If a predator looks down on penguin, the dark feathers on its back help it to blend-in with the dark depths of the ocean below.
• Hunches its head into the shoulders, why ?
• A penguin hunches its head into its shoulders to maintain its streamlined shape , to ease in swimming with least efforts.
• Its keeps its feet pressed close to the body against the tail to aid in steering.
• Paddlelike flippers for swimming !
• Solid dense bones and well developed breast bone
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A responsible educationist with excellent communication skills demonstrated by 12 years of teaching experience. Her specialisation is in managing audience effectively and maximising learning opportunities in diverse classroom settings. Tell Anupama if you liked the Article: mahajananupama68@gmail.com; 08826781138
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Do you often get Goose Bumps?

It happens with a lot of us that when we are cold or frightened, we get goose bumps. Actually there is a little muscle attached to every single hair on our body. When we feel cold or afraid, as a reflex action, each tiny hair muscle contracts, or shrinks, and pulls the hair straight up. As the hair rises up, it pulls on the skin and forms a little bump. We call this a goose bump because it looks like the skin of a goose.

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Students' Blogs

The Mystery of a Lost Planet

If you ask me do I like adventures, I’d say a big no as I’m a bookworm. But one day something happened that totally changed my conception. It was a fine winter morning. I cuddled myself up in my cozy bed more than before. Everything was calm and composed when suddenly I heard a deafening ‘BANG!’ I nearly jumped out of my skin. Initially I thought it was a gunshot or something but then I realized that my little brother might have been stealing cookies and would accidentally have dropped the jar, I crept towards the kitchen. When I entered the kitchen, I saw something that made my heart skip a beat. There in the middle of the kitchen floor lay a gigantic spaceship and inside it was a rather tiny alien.

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The roof had caved in and some crockery had been smashed to pieces. I’d almost got a heart attack when the alien came out of the spaceship and told me that I needn’t be frightened. I was confused. Was I in the middle of a dream? How could the alien speak English? I somehow gained my courage and asked him what his problem was. He sadly told me that he had lost his way and crashed on Earth. Though I’m afraid of aliens but at that point of time, I felt a pity for the alien and decided to help. I entered the spaceship and was dumbstruck to see so many controls in it. I sat beside the alien and before I could ask where the alien lived, he drove off at the speed of light. I gave out a cry and held the seat firmly. Before long, we’d reached space and the alien told me his name was ‘Gogo’ and he had come from the planet ‘Bora-Bora’. I suggested that we started our hunt from the ‘Ogratogle’ belt where many aliens lived. We sped off towards the belt. I was just eating a hamburger when a large monster attacked our spaceship. It started swaying the spaceship from side to side. I was feeling like puking when an idea struck my mind. We loaded ourselves onto the mini UFO at the far end of the spaceship and escaped out of it. It was a narrow escape. We drove off for some miles when I saw light coming from a place. The alien’s happiness knew no bounds when he found out it was his planet.

I was delighted but my happiness flew away when I spotted a large group of asteroids speeding towards our UFO. To add to the problems, our UFO started moving opposite to the direction of Bora-Bora due to some gear-related technical problem. I was just thinking of a solution when my gaze travelled to some dusty pillows kept on the ground. We wore our spacesuits, got out of the UFO and tied some pillows to the front part of it. We had just entered our UFO when suddenly a massive rock hit the pillows. Our UFO was pushed backwards towards Bora-Bora. The UFO didn’t break either. Our plan had worked! Eventually we were pushed to the planet and before the UFO could go any farther, we jumped off it with our parachutes. We landed in a crowded city. The alien gradually found his house there. He thanked me for helping him and gave me a souvenir of Bora-Bora as a token of friendship. I was just asking him where the food shops lay in the city when suddenly a huge stream of water flowed upon me. I immediately got up from my bed, still thinking if it was really a dream.

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APPS THAT MAKE LIFE EASIER

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By: Anunjay Chauhan

What better than having apps that help you organize well and make life easier? There are umpteen apps at a student's disposal if one takes the stand to try and utilize them in a virtuous way. Here are some exemplary apps which may prove to be the most important tools in a student's life.

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1. CamScanner: Sharing class notes, assignments and projects can be simplified with the help of this user-friendly app. CamScanner converts an image into PDF format. One can compile documents from various sources by taking its pictures and ultimately attain it as a PDF file. Also, the pictures are cropped and automatically enhanced so that the text & graphics in the document become more clear and sharp. OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technique, adopted by the app lets the user to extract the texts from an image and export it as a text document. 2. Colornote: For a student, this app is like sunshine in the storm. Colornote is a handy notepad app which allows you to take notes on 8 different backgrounds of lined virtual paper. It facilitates features like checklist, and to-do-list. You can protect your memos, journals/ diary using the password feature. Colornote syncs your data online and supports ColorDict add-on, which is truly a lifesaver. Its homescreen widgets, calendar and a particularity to sort the notes by their colors are simply convenient. 3. WPS Office: Just like the Microsoft Office for PC, WPS office is able to replicate almost all of its basic functions. Creation of a text document has become a way more accessible due to WPS Office. PowerPoint presentations and all sorts of documents can be viewed on your Android?s screen. Its night mode, mobile view and support for Bluetooth and USB keyboards for documents makes it advantageous to keep. What distinguishes this app from others is its small size, simple UI and lag-free operation. 4. All in one calculator FREE: Math is a prominent part of a student's routine and to rescue yourself from such difficulties of math, All in one calculator FREE is here. Its services will help you to make the arithmetic simpler. Supporting over 50 Calculators, Unit converters and Currency converters of over 160 countries, this app is also able to take math formula as an input. Unlike the dull & boring in-built calculator app, this app has 40 vibrant color themes which adds a charm to arithmetic.
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