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Story Hours

Story Hours

Class V A

Date : 24/4/2012

Master. Rahul Santhosh – Mini and the Farmer

Kumari.Ashwitha – Snow white and the seven dwarfs

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World Book Day Celebrations

World Book Day Celebrations at KV Narimedu, Madurai

Date :23/04/2012

Venue : Common Assembly Stage ( During morning assembly time)

1. World Book Day- An Introduction by Kum.S.Aarathi of Class X A

2. Know more about William Shakespeare by Kum. B.Priyanka of Class X A

3. The Wonder by name E-Books by Mas.V.Mukesh Kanna of Class X A

Compering by Mr.K.Ramasamy, Librarian

Snaps of the Programme

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Dr Mallia, Chairman of the National Book Council – World Book Day,2012

 The meaning of books in our lives

There is definitely a reason why the world celebrates a Book Day! It is not because books are as indispensible as food or medicine. We can easily live without books but the question I need to ask here today is: Do we want to?

I dare say the answer is no. But I am biased. I happen to thrive on books. They fill my life with a lot more than I can personally experience every day in a reality that is often mundane and not massively exciting. They give me insights into the minds of other people, enriching my own and helping me problem solve those occasions I have not encountered in life. And they are also an infinite amount of fun.

So we celebrate World Book Day to remind people of just how much books can mean to their lives.

The first World Book Day was celebrated in 1995 when Unesco decided this should be a worldwide reminder of the importance of books. However, the tradition had started decades before in Catalonia, Spain, when, on April 23, in memory of the death of the writer of Don Quixote, Cervantes, the men would give a rose to the women, who, in their turn, would give a book to the men. Even today, half the books sold inCataloniaare bought during this day.

A tradition but one which means a lot more than a simple tradition because, where the book is concerned, there is life itself: education, entertainment, information. The wisdom of the world between two printed covers.

It is difficult to think of the book with anything less than total respect. And anyone who loves reading knows exactly what I’m talking about and understands me straight off.

It was a pleasant surprise for us in the National Book Council when research we commissioned indicated there are many Maltese who love to read, though not all love to read books. We were also happy that a high percentage of these like to read in our language, Maltese. And this is also corroborated by the hundreds of books published each year inMalta. In a country of a few hundred thousand, with a very limited market, it is truly a wonderful thing that we have so many hard-working writers, illustrators and book producers. And no less so that we have courageous publishers who, most probably, go against the advice given to them by their accountants and publish so many books of a level that is comparable and at times even better than those of countries with gigantic markets.

How I wish that those who like to read newspapers, magazines and the internet will also develop a love of books – not even necessarily in the traditional format, because the e-book is quickly making inroads into our country and for me it too is a book.

But I have to admit a particular love for the traditional book that can be carried everywhere and does not need batteries and an internet connection. That is made of a material you might enjoy touching, feeling. That is a desgined packet and not just text.

I read somewhere recently that if the e-book was the original technology and someone invented the paperback afterwards, the chances are it would fly off the shelves because it is so versatile. It does not need electricity, you can wet it, you can write on it, you can bend it and it continues to work. The book is resilient and it is still strong. In our country too, although most certainly not as much as I would like it to be. The book has become almost a symbol of wisdom. But saying it is a symbol might mean to some that it is an abstract concept that does not have a concrete presence and there is nothing further from the truth than this.

Books are tangible vehicles that hold well beyond their small volume. And they fill our world in ways that very little else can, even in a society so dominated by information and communication technologies. The book is the most basic of technologies and, yet, in many ways, the most essential of them all.

On this World Book Day, may I again say how I wish that whoever is reading my words today will go and buy or borrow a book. On any subject, providing it’s one that s/he likes. And read it. And get lost briefly in it and understand, not briefly, just how important books are in our lives.

Dr Mallia is chairman of the National Book Council

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Tamil New Year (13/4/2012)

Puthandu
Puthandu or better known as Tamil New Year or Chithirai Tiru-naal, is the celebration of the first day of the Tamil new year in mid-April by Tamils in Tamil Nadu, in Pondicherry in India, in Sri Lanka and by the Tamil population in Malaysia, Singapore, Reunion Island and Mauritius. On this day, Tamil people greet each other by saying “Puthandu Vazthukal” or “Iniya Tamizh Puthandu Nalvaazhthukkal” The festive occasion is in keeping with the Hindu solar calendar.
Origin and significance
The Tamil New Year follows the Nirayanam vernal equinox and generally falls either on 13 or 14 April of the Gregorian year. 13 or 14 April marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar and is a public holiday in both Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Tropical vernal equinox fall around 22 March, and adding 23 degrees of trepidation or oscillation to it, we get the Hindu sidereal or Nirayana Mesha Sankranti (Sun’s transition into Nirayana Aries).
Hence, the Tamil calendar begins on the same date observed by most traditional calendars in India as in Assam, Bengal, Kerala, Manipur, Mithila, Orissa, Punjab, Tripura etc. not to mention Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The 60-year cycle is ancient and is observed by most traditional calendars of India and China, and is related to 5 revolutions of Jupiter, or to 60-year orbit of Nakshatras (stars) as described in the Surya Siddhanta.
The traditional Tamil year starts on 13 April 2012, Kaliyuga 5114. Vikrama and Shalivahana Saka eras are also used. There are several references in early Tamil literature to the April new year. Nakkirar, the author of the Nedunalvaadai writes in the 3rd century that the Sun travels from Mesha/Chitterai through 11 successive Raasis or signs of the zodiac.[2] Kūdalūr Kizhaar in the 3rd century refers to Mesha Raasi/Chitterai as the commencement of the year in the Puranaanooru. The Tolkaapiyam is the oldest surviving Tamil grammar that divides the year into six seasons where Chitterai marks the start of the Ilavenil season or summer. The 8th century Silappadikaaram mentions the 12 Raasis or zodiac signs starting with Mesha/Chitterai. The Manimekalai alludes to the Hindu solar calendar as we know it today. Adiyarkunalaar, an early medieval commentator or Urai-asiriyar mentions the 12 months of the Tamil calendar with particular reference to Chitterai. There were subsequent inscriptional references in Pagan, Burma dated to the 11th century CE and in Sukhothai, Thailand dated to the 14th century CE to South Indian, often Vaishnavite, courtiers who were tasked with defining the traditional calendar that began in mid-April.
Celebration
Tamil people celebrate Tamil new year either on 13 or 14 April. Every year in the month of Chitterai (the first month of the Tamil solar calendar in April), in the temple city of Madurai, the Chitterai Thiruvizha is celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple. A huge exhibition is held, called Chitterai Porutkaatchi. In some parts of Southern Tamil Nadu, it is called Chitterai Vishu. The day is marked with a feast in Tamil homes and entrances to the houses are decorated elaborately with kolams. In most parts of India, one can see neem trees blooming with their flowers and the first batch of mangoes hanging prominently. This day is celebrated by some communities with neem flowers and raw mangoes to symbolize growth and prosperity.
Puthandu
Puthandu or better known as Tamil New Year or Chithirai Tiru-naal, is the celebration of the first day of the Tamil new year in mid-April by Tamils in Tamil Nadu, in Pondicherry in India, in Sri Lanka and by the Tamil population in Malaysia, Singapore, Reunion Island and Mauritius. On this day, Tamil people greet each other by saying “Puthandu Vazthukal” or “Iniya Tamizh Puthandu Nalvaazhthukkal” The festive occasion is in keeping with the Hindu solar calendar.
Origin and significance
The Tamil New Year follows the Nirayanam vernal equinox and generally falls either on 13 or 14 April of the Gregorian year. 13 or 14 April marks the first day of the traditional Tamil calendar and is a public holiday in both Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Tropical vernal equinox fall around 22 March, and adding 23 degrees of trepidation or oscillation to it, we get the Hindu sidereal or Nirayana Mesha Sankranti (Sun’s transition into Nirayana Aries).
Hence, the Tamil calendar begins on the same date observed by most traditional calendars in India as in Assam, Bengal, Kerala, Manipur, Mithila, Orissa, Punjab, Tripura etc. not to mention Nepal, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The 60-year cycle is ancient and is observed by most traditional calendars of India and China, and is related to 5 revolutions of Jupiter, or to 60-year orbit of Nakshatras (stars) as described in the Surya Siddhanta.
The traditional Tamil year starts on 13 April 2012, Kaliyuga 5114. Vikrama and Shalivahana Saka eras are also used. There are several references in early Tamil literature to the April new year. Nakkirar, the author of the Nedunalvaadai writes in the 3rd century that the Sun travels from Mesha/Chitterai through 11 successive Raasis or signs of the zodiac.[2] Kūdalūr Kizhaar in the 3rd century refers to Mesha Raasi/Chitterai as the commencement of the year in the Puranaanooru. The Tolkaapiyam is the oldest surviving Tamil grammar that divides the year into six seasons where Chitterai marks the start of the Ilavenil season or summer. The 8th century Silappadikaaram mentions the 12 Raasis or zodiac signs starting with Mesha/Chitterai. The Manimekalai alludes to the Hindu solar calendar as we know it today. Adiyarkunalaar, an early medieval commentator or Urai-asiriyar mentions the 12 months of the Tamil calendar with particular reference to Chitterai. There were subsequent inscriptional references in Pagan, Burma dated to the 11th century CE and in Sukhothai, Thailand dated to the 14th century CE to South Indian, often Vaishnavite, courtiers who were tasked with defining the traditional calendar that began in mid-April.
Celebration
Tamil people celebrate Tamil new year either on 13 or 14 April. Every year in the month of Chitterai (the first month of the Tamil solar calendar in April), in the temple city of Madurai, the Chitterai Thiruvizha is celebrated in the Meenakshi Temple. A huge exhibition is held, called Chitterai Porutkaatchi. In some parts of Southern Tamil Nadu, it is called Chitterai Vishu. The day is marked with a feast in Tamil homes and entrances to the houses are decorated elaborately with kolams. In most parts of India, one can see neem trees blooming with their flowers and the first batch of mangoes hanging prominently. This day is celebrated by some communities with neem flowers and raw mangoes to symbolize growth and prosperity.

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Free E-Fairy Tales 4U

Free E-Fairy Tales 4U

1. Fairy Tales of H C Andersen

2. Fariy tales of H C Andersen Set 2

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