Proverbial study tips!

So the term break is over and everyone is back in school. Things would have begun accelerating this term, as the examinations are just slightly more than a month away. So, we thought that everyone could use a little bit of inspiration to ‘get in the zone’- hopefully in time to prevent any last minute cramming! But don’t worry; we are not going to bore you with a simple list of study tips. Instead, we will be turning to some age-old wisdom for inspiration! Here are 5 Tamil proverbs that will present you with some nuggets of wisdom for learning : 1. ஆறின கஞ்சி பழங் கஞ்சி. Meaning: Porridge should be consumed when it is hot, for if not, it will seem stale upon cooling down. One should complete

Are you a fan of FANS?

An air conditioner is a vital installation in most Singaporean homes nowadays; however one must not forget the times when we heavily depended on the electric fans to keep us cool in our sweltering weather. If not for the heat, we needed a fan to at aleast stir the air to keep the humidity at bay! So, how did our ancestors keep cool in countries such as ours before the discovery of electricity and electric fans? Why, with the hand fan of course! Talk of hand fans will usually trigger memories of geishas gently fanning themselves and batting their eyes; but hand fans can actually be found all over the world. This includes India, which has a rich hand fan making tradition. India boasts a wide v

Language Learning and Games

Do you remember the times when your teacher used to play fun games with you in school, usually during the periods after examinations when you were awaiting the year-end holidays? They were real fun weren’t they? Better still, most of us would not have noticed that we were continually learning something whilst playing these games! This is probably why teachers are increasingly being encouraged to incorporate games into their lesson plans. These can range from off-the-shelf games like Hangman and Boggle, to more customized activities such as scenario reenactments and quizzes. Some educators and learners, whom we interact with, seem to encounter a few problems when traditional teaching methods

Handful of Henna

Many of us who have attended an Indian wedding, would have seen the bride’s hands beautifully decorated with reddish-hued, intricate designs. But did you know that these detailed handiworks, hide a secret amongst their lines and curves? It has long been a tradition for the husband’s name to be hidden amidst the wedding Mehendi and for the couple to play a game that gets him searching for it. While this tradition was mainly upheld in North India, it has slowly trickled down to the south as well. Mehendi uses a paste made from the leaves of the Henna plant. This botanical paste was mostly used for medicinal reasons such as treating dandruff, headaches and soothing skin problems at first. The a

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