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In exchange for: Teenagers who are part of Student Exchange Programmes are richer by experience and wisdom

If nations were to appoint ambassadors, they needn’t look any further; teenagers from Hyderabad, who are part of Student Exchange Programmes, can teach a thing or two about ‘How to Influence and Win Friends’. With more schools jumping on the bandwagon of exchange programmes, there’s a whole new world that’s ...

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From Mont Blanc to Mount Lobuche, the journey of a part-time mountaineer

“Each step would be so exhausting that I had to breathe six times before the next one,” says Varun Gunaseelan, for whom it’s moments like these that stand out. He has trekked, hiked and climbed to the top of 68 mountains in various continents — including Mont Blanc, the highest ...

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From Mont Blanc to Mount Lebuche, the jorney of a part-time mountaineer

“Each step would be so exhausting that I had to breathe six times before the next one,” says Varun Gunaseelan, for whom it’s moments like these that stand out. He has trekked, hiked and climbed to the top of 68 mountains in various continents — including Mont Blanc, the highest ...

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Horn please: Ostrich ahead – The Hindu

Cameras ready Steel sculpture in Midlands Meander   Here’s what you can look forward to in the 48 hours dotted with Nature, wildlife and memories of two great freedom fighters — Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. 6 am I wake up to the staccato ‘ker-ker-ker’ of the fat guinea fowl ...

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Road trip to bird haven

What do birders do during a pit-stop at a highway restaurant when out on a birding trip? They look out for birds, even if it means walking outside holding their plates of food. This is what Arulvelan Thillainayagam, K Selvaganesh and Hareesha A S did during the Pongal Bird Count ...

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The making of the Mahatma

“Well, we’re coming up to the station,” announces tour guide Shiney Bright to the people eagerly awaiting to disembark. It might be unique that a group of Indian travellers wants to see a railway station — of all places. But then, this is Pietermaritzburg. The platforms of the station are ...

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A season of balloons – The Hindu

Hot air balloons at the festival in Araku Valley   | Photo Credit: K R Deepak Craig Michelle Farrell, a balloonist from Australia, looked downat an excited bunch of children running through the farmlands of Araku gesticulating at the balloon overhead. Farrell was sailing 4,500 feet above them. “The balloons ...

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Palace hopping in God’s own country | travel

Ancient forts and palaces are often considered to be portholes for travelling back in time. Standing strong since centuries, they take us on a visual expedition through the many journeys that have shaped history. During a recent trip to Kerala, we decided to explore the lesser-known palaces of the Kingdom ...

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Students of Lady Doak College along with Iragukal birding group have recorded over 120 species of birds in Ramanathapuram district as part of Pongal Bird Count

“Our last birding trip was to Valparai and Kodaikanal,” says A Varsha, a first year student of Zoology, Lady Doak College. “And this year, when it was announced that we were being taken to Ramanathapuram, none of us were happy about it. We wondered how we would find beautiful birds ...

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Kimchi in a museum – The Hindu

Test your appetite Despite what its name might suggest, the intention behind the newly-opened Disgusting Food Museum, is not to judge. The museum showcases some of the most bizarre food offerings from around the world, in an effort to highlight different perceptions of food in different cultures: what some may ...

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