Is there a perfect story?

Balvihar March 2020 “Ashita is so funny”, Ruhaan remarked.” So yesterday, you saw the tamasha too. I knew it was wrong to laugh, but it was indeed very funny” Shaurya burst out laughing as he recollected what had happened.“No I don’t know what you are talking about. I always see her with a book in …

My squeaky friends

Balvihar January 2020 Counting sheep to fall asleep? I always thought it was easier to count the squirrels in the tree outside my window. It looked like, or so I thought, that they always engaged in one-side conversations, because each one’s screeching lines, their own.I often caught them by surprise when I walked upto the …

Stink to Scent

Balvihar November 2019 – By Vihaan Once there was a family called “ The Scents”. They did not want to work and were too lazy to even scrub themselves clean. They were completely the opposite of good scents. Each one wanted the other to pick up things, cook, wash or clean. All they did in …

Toilets ki Katha

Balvihar November 2019 (50th year of Balvihar) I was having a bad headache. I was already late from work and was just sitting down for my dinner when my brother Shiv called. “You won’t believe what I am about to say” Well,  I could never be rude with him. You know why.. because our calls were …

Gratitude = Great Attitude

Balvihar September 2019 Paati’s pulse quickened, and her heart rate skyrocketed as she watched her granddaughters rushing up and down the corridor. It was already 7 am and by now the school bus must have left.The girls had missed the bus twice that month and her daughter in law Vijayahad to take them to school …

Be an Angel

Balvihar August 2019 Have you ever met an angel?If your answer is no…think again.You will realise what you weren’t noticing, and this story is all about that.If your answer is yes…who is an angel and what makes you think they are one?You come across so many of them in a day, they are thoughtful, gentle, …

Amma, Appa I love you

Balvihar July 2019 “The boy stood on the burning deck…” Ravi kept reading the poem loud so many times that his mom Aarti wondered whether he was doing it mechanically.“Is everything okay with you Ravi? Are you feeling hungry or tired?”“I am okay Ma.” he answered hastily.Aarti switched off the kitchen lights and came to …

Ecovillages in India

Balvihar June 2019 Are we still in rhythm with the natural world? This is a question that often crops up in our minds as we get surrounded by concrete jungles that take up most of our vital natural living spaces. We fail to think before we act.. the consequences of which we face later.And we …

Birds, here, there, everywhere

“A is for Artic Circle” Arjun quipped. ” E? Ok..hmmm..E is for England” replied Isha.”Now it’s D for you.What my little birdies…flying across the world, are you? Renu asked the two of them.”We are playing the game ATLAS, Aunty. “That’s interesting. Tell me more about it”Renu sounded enthusiastic. Now see, Arjun said England, so I need …