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To an aficionado of archaeology and for a good archaeology read, the first book that comes to mind is Agatha Christie’s Come, Tell Me How You Live. In her own words, she said that it was not meant to be taken seriously. She said that it was a ‘light-hearted and frivolous’ read and that she meant to relive the ‘poignant remembrance of our days in Arpachiyah and Syria’; however it also set an interest in archaeology among children in several p...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
  Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804, in Salem, Massachusetts. His author's great-great-great-grandfather, William Hathorne, was the first in the family to emigrate from England to Salem.   William's son, John Hathorne, was one of the judges who oversaw the Salem Witch Trials. When Nathaniel got to know of this, he is said to have added the letter ‘w’ to his surname. It is said that he wanted to dissociate himself from his ‘n...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
  “I dislike feeling at home when I am abroad.” -      George Bernad Shaw George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was a popular Irish playwright. He wrote more than 60 plays and his writings concentrated on social problems. His works had a streak of comedy that made the stories more palatable. Shaw looked at education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege. Shaw eventually...
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  BookChums is celebrating the lost art of letter writing all this week. As you can see, we are commemorating it with a display of a blank page of parchment and a black feather quill beside the BookChums logo. How do you revive a lost art whose time is up? In the age of technology and instant messaging, where messages can be sent anywhere and everywhere on the planet at the press of a button, the right question would be - Is there a need to resurrect letter writing...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
          Ezra Jack Keats needs no introduction in the world of children’s literature. His characters emerged from a world of colors and a ray of sunshine. He was a child prodigy. Despite a childhood filled with hardship and little encouragement to carry on, he began to leave an indelible mark in his creations right from his childhood. His father discouraged him to paint saying that artists lived lives of penury. However Keats would ...
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scandal skan-d(u)l 1. Disgraceful gossip about the private lives of other people 2. A disgraceful event   Gossip has its roots as one of human beings’ favourite pastimes, and it still persists and flourishes. While gossip has long been considered a female trait, changing social systems have deemed us to say that it is no longer be attributed to a gender. With the coming of technological advancements and new tools of communication, the latest gossip can...
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