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A Boy and a Frog

November 3, 2016

One day, a boy was walking down a road when a frog called to him, “Boy, if you kiss me, I will turn into a beautiful princess.”
The boy picked up the frog, smiled at it, then placed the frog into his pocket. A few minutes later, the frog said, “Boy, if you kiss me and turn me back into a beauti…


Lady Gets on a Bus

October 22, 2016

A lady gets on a public bus. Without saying a word, she gestures to the bus driver by sticking her thumb on her nose and waving her fingers at the driver.
The driver acknowledges the lady, turns to her and uses both hands in the same type of gesture and waves all his fingers at her.
The woman hol…


The great fire and the little water

October 20, 2016

Among the Aztec people of Mexico, it is said that a long time ago there was a great fire in the forests that covered our Earth. People and animals started to run, trying to escape from the fire. Our brother owl, Tecolotl, was running away also when he noticed a small bird hurrying back and forth bet…


Health is Wealth

October 18, 2016

“Diabetes is not an easy condition to manage. It is often frustrating and taxing, especially when my sugars are bouncing up and down all day. But with the education from my healthcare team, I can understand the factors causing these fluctuations and take proactive measures to get back on track. This…


A Pregnant Deer

October 16, 2016

In a forest, a pregnant deer is about to give birth.
She finds a remote grass field near a strong-flowing river.
This seems a safe place.
Suddenly labour pains begin.
At the same moment, dark clouds gather around above & lightning starts a forest fire.
She looks to her left & sees a hunter with…


The pencil's tale

October 15, 2016

An old pencil maker took his newest pencil aside, just before he was about to pack him into a box. Imagining the little fellow as a person he recalled a few things about the pencil.

“There are five things you need to know,” he said to his pencil, “before I send you out into the world. Always reme…


The View From A Hospital Window

October 14, 2016

It isn't everyday that I go to the hospital but there are times when I want to and not have to. 

One of these days came recently when we received a call from our son who proudly announced that a new baby girl had been born into the world. 

It wasn't that we weren't expecting the call either …


They Both Had Dreams

October 12, 2016

Their conversation usually centered on all the things they were going to achieve. They both had many dreams and they loved to talk about them. 

This particular Saturday when they met, when sensed that IF was not in a great mood. As usual they sat at the table reserved for them and ordered thei…


The lure of the exotic and esoteric

October 8, 2016

If “wonderful discoveries happening in biology” had acted as a trigger for Nobel Laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan to switch from physics to chemistry, the nearly matured and well-established field of chemistry failed to enthuseYoshinori Ohsumi, and he shifted to biology. Autophagy — a fundament…


A Nobel push for peace in Colombia

October 8, 2016

In a long year of war and strife, it is a silver lining that the Nobel Committee in Oslo was spoilt for choice in deciding upon the recipient of the 2016 Peace Prize. A landmark nuclear deal brought a peaceful closure to Iran’s purported nuclear weapon ambitions and paved the way for better relatio…


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