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Library Media Programme 2008-’09

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Proposed dates of activities for the year 2008-‘09

S.No.

Programme

Proposed dates

Remarks

01

International Children’s Book Day

02 April

Exhibition, Book reviews,Discussions

02

World Book Day

23 April

Exhibitions,Literary competitions,Meet the author programmes

03

Inauguration of Reader’s Club

23 April

Beginning of Reader’s Club activities for the session

04

Reader’s Club activities

Whole academic year

Seminars, Exhibitions, displays,competitions,

Meet the Author,Book discussions

05

Independence Day

11-16 Aug 2008

Exhibition of books on freedom struggle

06

Book Fairs

03 times in a year

By external agencies

07

Teacher’s Day

01-06 Sept

2008

Exhibition of books on or by Dr.S.Radhakrishnan

08

Hindi Fortnight

15-22 Sept. 2008

Exhibition of important Hindi books in the library & competitions

09

Gandhi Jayanthi

29 Sept-04 Oct.2008

Exhibition of books on or by mahatma Gandhi and Non violence

10

U.N.Day

20-25 Oct.

2008

Exhibition of books on United Nations and other International organisations

11

Children’s Day

10-15 Nov.2008

Exhibition of books on or by

Jawaharlal Nehru

Competitions

12

National library week

14-20 Nov.

2008

-Exhibition of rare books in the library

-Competitions

  1. Book review
  2. Designing book jackets
  3. Story telling
  4. Book reading
  5. Literary quiz
  6. Designing Bookmarks
  7. Assembly programmes
  8. Find the book
  9. Library cultural programmes, etc

13

Indira Gandhi’s Birthday

19-22 Nov. 2008

Exhibition of books on Indira Gandhi and other Indian Prime Ministers

14

Army Flag Day

03-10 Dec.

2008

Exhibition of books on Indian Army and warfare

2009

15

Republic Day

23-29 Jan.

2009

Exhibition of books on India

(Society and constitution)

16

Martyr’s Day

26-31 Jan

2009

Exhibition of books on or by freedom fighters

17

Kerala State Reading Week

05-11 Jan

2009

Book reading competitions

18

Other important days/events

Exhibitions/displays and other programmes

19

Know your Library Programmes

Once in a month

Tour to the library to understand its resources and activities

20

Screening of VCDs

Once in a month

Screening of Educational and issue based VCDs for children

21

Workshops and orientation programmes

Once in a year

For other School Librarians

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Cyber Quest

Questions

1. The last time Microsoft did this to Windows XP was on August 20, 2004 and it will do it again tomorrow i.e. April 29. What?

2. According to Market research firm Millward Brown Optimor’s latest world’s ranking of most powerful brands, as measured by their dollar value, which cyber-giant leads the pack with $86 billion?

3. Who is working on mobile platforms called Puma and Shrike (combining CPU and GPU)?

4. What is the ‘Spark Your Imagination’ initiative announced recently?

5. Apart from Chinese, in which other two Asian languages is the MacOS X available?

6. Where was Web 2.0 Expo, the ’global annual gathering of technical, design, marketing, and business professionals who are building the next generation web’, held recently?

7. Apart from its computers, name the three of its consumer devices for which Apple produces customised versions of OS X.

8. According to a recent study, how many hours of video is nowadays being loaded onto YouTube every minute: 6, 8 or 10?

9. According to its publisher Electronic Arts, which strategic life-simulation computer game has sold more than 100 million copies (including expansion packs) in 22 languages and 60 countries since introduction in 2000?

10. Name the group that became the first to release a new single through the popular game ‘Rock Band’.

Answers

1. Service Pack distribution. The Windows XP SP3 will be available for download via the Web from that date.

2. Of course, Google!

3. AMD

4. It is Microsoft’s developer program for hobbyists and academics.

5. Korean and Japanese.

6. San Francisco.

7. The Apple TV, iPhone and iPod touch.

8. Eight

9. The Sims.

10. Motley Crue.

Courtesy:V.V.Ramanan,Business Line

Filed under: YW-Cyber Quiz

Young World Quiz (April 22, 2008)

QUESTIONS

1. How do we better know Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, the current FIFA World Player of the Year, celebrating his birthday today i.e. April 22?

2. April 22 is observed by environmentalists as.?

3. In which European country would you be if you sailed down the Ebro?

4. Which is the largest living primate?

5. Which five-lettered word, identified with a genre of book, is originally derived from the Latin meaning “new”?

6. According to experts, what unique distinction does the Van Gogh painting `The Red Vineyard’ hold as regards his career?

7. What name connects the gang of criminals who constantly try to rob Scrooge McDuck and Charles Schulz’s Snoopy?

8. In which African country is most of the Kalahari Desert?

9. What would one do with an `ugli’?

10. In terms of area, which is the largest country with only one time zone?

11. In the Bible, who was the eldest grandson of Adam through Cain?

12. What was the nationality of J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan?

13. In which school is Tom Brown’s Schooldays set?

14. What does a conchologist study?

15. In which country would you be if the capital was Sarajevo?

ANSWERS

1. Kaka;

2. Earth Day

3. Spain;

4. Eastern Gorilla

5. Novel;

6. It’s considered the only piece sold by the artist while he was alive;

7. Beagle;

8. Botswana

9. Eat it. It’s a type of citrus fruit

10. China

11. Enoch

12. Scottish

13. Rugby School

14. Shells of molluscs

15. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Courtesy:V.V.Ramanan,The Hindu

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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

American Children

Published: April 6, 2008
New York Times

Quaint and antique, the cry for love of country that Sir Walter Scott made in his poem “The Lay of the Last Minstrel” is something schoolchildren quit memorizing a century ago. Its stirring theme rouses a patriot’s yearning: “Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, / Who never to himself hath said, / This is my own, my native land!”

It’s easy to forget, given the sensitivities that have been awakened in this country since 9/11, thrusting lifelong citizens under suspicion for having foreign-sounding names and subjecting visitors to the indignity of being fingerprinted, that America was conceived in a spirit of openness, as a land where people could build new identities, grounded in the present and the future, not the past. This dream, despite current fears, has in great part been made real. And the fact that America is still a place where the rest of the world comes to reinvent itself — accepting with excitement and anxiety the necessity of leaving behind the constrictions and comforts of distant customs — is the underlying theme of Jhumpa Lahiri’s sensitive new collection of stories, “Unaccustomed Earth.” Here, as in her first collection, “Interpreter of Maladies,” and her novel, “The Namesake,” Lahiri, who is of Bengali descent but was born in London, raised in Rhode Island and today makes her home in Brooklyn, shows that the place to which you feel the strongest attachment isn’t necessarily the country you’re tied to by blood or birth: it’s the place that allows you to become yourself. This place, she quietly indicates, may not lie on any map.

The eight stories in this splendid volume expand upon Lahiri’s epigraph, a metaphysical passage from “The Custom-House,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, which suggests that transplanting people into new soil makes them hardier and more flourishing. Human fortunes may be improved, Hawthorne argues, if men and women “strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.” It’s an apt, rich metaphor for the transformations Lahiri oversees in these pages, in which two generations of Bengali immigrants to America — the newcomers and their hyphenated children — struggle to build normal, secure lives. But Lahiri does not so much accept Hawthorne’s notion as test it. Is it true that transplanting strengthens the plant? Or can such experiments produce mixed outcomes?

As her characters mature in their new environments, they carry with them the potential for upheaval. Geography is no guarantee of security. Lahiri shows that people may be felled at any time by swift jabs of chance, wherever they happen to live. Uncontrollable events may assail them — accidents of fate, health or weather. More often, they suffer less dramatic reversals: failed love affairs, alcoholism, even simple passivity — the sort of troubles that seem avoidable to everyone except the person who succumbs to them. Like Laura, the well-meaning narrator of “Brief Encounter,” the men and women of Lahiri’s stories often find themselves overwhelmed by unexpected passions. They share her refrain: “I didn’t think such violent things could happen to ordinary people.” Again and again, the reader is caught off-guard by the accesses of emotion and experience that waylay Lahiri’s characters, despite their peregrinations, their precautions, their concealments.

Each of the five stories in the book’s first section is self-contained. In “Hell-Heaven,” the assimilated Bengali-American narrator considers how little thought she once gave to her mother’s sacrifices as she reconstructs the tormenting, unrequited passion her young mother had for a graduate student during the narrator’s childhood. In “Only Goodness,” an older sister learns a sharp lesson about the limits of her responsibility to a self-destructive younger brother. “A Choice of Accommodations” shows a shift in power dynamics between a Bengali-American husband and his workaholic Anglo wife during a weekend away from their kids — at the wedding of the husband’s prep-school crush. And the American graduate student at the center of “Nobody’s Business” pines for his Bengali-American roommate, a graduate-school dropout who entertains no romantic feelings for him, spurns the polite advances of “prospective grooms” from the global Bengali singles circuit and considers herself engaged to a selfish, foul-tempered Egyptian historian.

In the title story, Ruma, a Bengali-American lawyer, repeats her mother’s life pattern when she gives up her job and follows her husband to a distant city as they await the birth of their second child. “Growing up, her mother’s example — moving to a foreign place for the sake of marriage, caring exclusively for children and a household — had served as a warning, a path to avoid. Yet this was Ruma’s life now.” The nurturing force field of pregnancy shields Ruma from the sting this reflection might be expected to provoke, but it doesn’t protect her widowed father. When he visits her in Seattle from his condo in Pennsylvania, he asks her a very American question: “Will this make you happy?” Urging Ruma not to isolate herself, to look for work, he reminds her that “self-reliance is important.” Thinking back on his wife’s unhappiness in the early years of their marriage, he realizes that “he had always assumed Ruma’s life would be different.” But if his daughter chooses a life in Seattle that she could have led in Calcutta, who’s to say this isn’t evidence of another kind of freedom?

Ruma is struck by how much her father “resembled an American in his old age. With his gray hair and fair skin he could have been practically from anywhere.” Seeing his daughter, Ruma’s father has the opposite reaction: “She now resembled his wife so strongly that he could not bear to look at her directly.” Ruma’s identity, Lahiri suggests, is affected less by her coordinates on the globe than by the internal indices of her will. She is a creature of the American soil, but she carries her own emotional bearings within her. What are the real possibilities for change attached to a move? Lahiri seems to ask. What are the limits?

While tending Ruma’s neglected garden, her father shows his grandson how to sow seeds. The boy digs holes, but plants Legos in them, along with a plastic dinosaur and a wooden block with a star. Emblems of the international, the prehistoric and the celestial, they are buried in one garden plot, auguries of an ideal future, a utopia that could be anywhere or nowhere. How can it grow?

Lahiri’s final three stories, grouped together as “Hema and Kaushik,” explore the overlapping histories of the title characters, a girl and boy from two Bengali immigrant families, set during significant moments of their lives. “Once in a Lifetime” begins in 1974, the year Kaushik Choudhuri and his parents leave Cambridge and return to India. Seven years later, when the Choudhuris return to Massachusetts, Hema’s parents are perplexed to find that “Bombay had made them more American than Cambridge had.” The next story, “Year’s End,” visits Kaushik during his senior year at Swarthmore as he wrestles with the news of his father’s remarriage and meets his father’s new wife and stepdaughters. The final story, “Going Ashore,” begins with Hema, now a Latin professor at Wellesley, spending a few months in Rome before entering into an arranged marriage with a parent-approved Hindu Punjabi man named Navin. Hema likes Navin’s traditionalism and respect: “It touched her to be treated, at 37, like a teenaged girl.” The couple plan to settle in Massachusetts. But in Rome, Hema runs across Kaushik, now a world-roving war photographer. “As a photographer, his origins were irrelevant,” Kaushik thinks. But how irrelevant are Kaushik’s origins — to Hema and to himself? And which suitor will Hema choose? The romantic who has no home outside of memory? Or the realist who wants to make a home where his wife chooses to live?

Except for their names, “Hema and Kaushik” could evoke any American’s ’70s childhood, any American’s bittersweet acceptance of the compromises of adulthood. The generational conflicts Lahiri depicts cut across national lines; the waves of admiration, competition and criticism that flow between the two families could occur between Smiths and Taylors in any suburban town; and the fight for connection and control between Hema and Kaushik — as children and as adults — replays the tussle that has gone on ever since men and women lived in caves.

Lahiri handles her characters without leaving any fingerprints. She allows them to grow as if unguided, as if she were accompanying them rather than training them through the espalier of her narration. Reading her stories is like watching time-lapse nature videos of different plants, each with its own inherent growth cycle, breaking through the soil, spreading into bloom or collapsing back to earth.

Courtesy:The New York Times

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JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte

JANE EYRE

Charlotte Bronte

“Jane Eyre” is a well-turned tale spun exquisitely by Charlotte Bronte. This work of fiction is all about a young girl, Jane Eyre who is an orphan and who had the misfortune to spend some part of her life with her spiteful benefactress. The story continues with her finding a new life at a charity school, Lowood. Helen Burns, Jane’s friend at school, who has a divine nature, helps Jane get on with her hardships by making her believe that ‘she will be judged on her true inner goodness alone when she dies’.

After some years, Jane finds herself working as a governess at a distant house. It is a turning point in her life when she falls in love with Mr. Rochester there. At this juncture, one feels that this is where the real story began as the plot is entirely different from where we started. At long last, after disastrous as well as pleasant incidents in Jane’s life the novel ends with a happy note.

I was enraptured by the seemingly simple yet suspense-filled nature of the book. Not a moment passed when I was not reading each word with bated breath. I feel that Charlotte Bronte, who first published “Jane Eyre” under the pseudonym Currer Bell, is one of the best woman authors ever. It is a treasured book for all who have at least once tasted the consummate skill of Charlotte Bronte.

Reviewed by

Salini Johnson

Class: X-A

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Winners of Library Competitions

World Book and Copyright Day Celebrations, 2008

(21-26 April, 2008)

Literary Quiz Competition

Shift-I (21st April 2008)

S.No.

Group

Position

Name of the student

Class & Div.

01

Class VI-VII

I

Neema K.Saji

VII C

02

II

Kavitha A.F.

VI B

03

III

Malavika R.J

VI B

04

III

Aparna M.Thampi

VII D

05

Class VIII-XII

I

Thushara A.R.

VIII B

06

II

John Abraham S

X A

07

III

Sujith Verghese Mathew

X

Book Reniew Competition

Shift-I (22nd April, 2008)

S.No.

Group

Position

Name of the student

Class & Div.

01

Class VI-VIII

I

Mahima Unnikrishnan

VIII B

02

II

Neema K. Saji

VII C

03

III

Vishnu Mohan

VIII B

04

III

Parvathy H.L.

VIII B

05

ClassIX-XII

I

Anita Nair

XII B

06

II

Aparna R.

IX B

07

III

Nija Reddy

XII B

Jury Members

  1. Smt.L.Jayalekshmi, TGT(Eng)
  2. Smt. V.Reshmi, TGT(Eng)

Literary Quiz Competition

Shift-II (19th April 2008)

S.No.

Position

Name of the student

Class & Div.

01

I

Aswin Narendran

X A

02

Feroze M.B.

VIII B

03

Neeraj R

VII A

04

II

Muhammed T K.B.

XII B

05

Hemant S.

VIII B

06

Anantha Padmanabhan

VII A

07

III

Jai Krishnan

IX A

08

Rohn Verghese Sam

VIII B

09

Sreelakshmi

VIII B

Book Reniew Competition

Shift-I (21st April, 2008)

S.No.

Group

Position

Name of the student

Class & Div.

01

Class VI-VII

I

Shivani A Nair

VIII B

02

II

Sreelakshmi M

VIII B

03

III

Rosmin Joseph

VIII B

04

Class VIII-XII

I

Akhila V.

IX B

05

II

Subrahmani R

IX B

06

III

Kousthab Narayan

X B

Jury Members

  1. Smt.Suja Nair, PGT(Eng)
  2. Smt. Nisha Krishnankutty,TGT(Eng)

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How to Celebrate Earth Day

How to Celebrate Earth Day

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit

The celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd began in the United States in 1970 and was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson, who had long pondered about finding a way to “put the environment into the political ‘limelight’ once and for all” (his words). There are actually two Earth Day celebrations (the other one is held in March on the equinox, see “Tips”) but this article focuses on the April 22 Earth Day, which is now celebrated in most countries of the world. Earth Day is a perfect time to reflect about what you are doing to help protect the environment. There are many ways that you can celebrate alone and with others.

Steps

  1. Plant trees. As the date also roughly coincides with US Arbor Day, over time Earth Day has taken on the role of tree-planting. Planting trees helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean pollution, secure soil in place to prevent erosion, and provide homes for a lot of biodiversity.
  2. Make nature crafts at school or home. Get together with your family and build a birdhouse or make a birdfeeder to encourage the local bird population, which plays an important role in every ecosystem. Use objects that would’ve otherwise been thrown away to create beautiful works of art…Here, the possibilities are endless:
  3. Learn more about the environment. Earth Day is a good time to make a commitment to learning more about the environment and how you can help to protect it. Borrow some library books and read up on an issue such as pollution, endangered species, water shortages, recycling, and climate change. Or, learn about a region you’ve never considered before, like the Arctic, the deserts, or the rainforests. Think about the issues that concern you the most and if you haven’t done so already, join a local group that undertakes activities to help protect the environment in your area.
  4. Reduce, reuse and recycle all day long. Buy as little as possible and avoid items that come in lots of packaging. Support local growers and producers of food and products – these don’t have to travel as far and so reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Take your drink container with you, and don’t use any disposable plates or cutlery. Recycle all the things you do use for the day or find other uses for things that you no longer use. Carry a cloth bag for carrying things in and recycle your plastic bags.
  5. Get children to recycle their old toys and games. By giving their old toys and games to younger children who could make use of them, older children learn two lessons: One is about giving to others and the second is about reusing and recycling instead of throwing things away. Adults can also do this with clothes, electrical items, books and more. Learn about product exchange communities like Freecycle and other alternatives.
  6. Rid Litter Rid litter from our roadways. Many groups use the weekend of Earth Day to clear roadways, highways and neighborhood streets of litter that has accumulated since the last clean-up day. Many companies donate gloves and bags for clean-up groups and villages organize bag pick ups. Once the group has collected the trash and placed the recycled bags along the road, get the village public works department to pick the bags up. It’s a wonderful community project. Great for scout troops, rotary clubs and the like.
  7. Sing or listen to “Earth” songs. There are many Earth Day song lyrics available on the internet. Many follow well-known tunes. These make a fantastic classroom activity and help younger children to become interested in environmental topics. For listening, even iTunes has songs about the Earth for downloading: try searching for words such as “planet”, “Earth”, “endangered”, “pollution” etc.
  8. Hold an Earth Day fair. Maybe your school, your street, your local neighborhood is interested in getting together to have an environmental fair. Things to have at the fair include demonstrations of environmentally-friendly products, children’s artwork, healthy/locally grown foods to eat, animal care demonstrations (including wildlife rescue), games for the children made of recycled products, musicians and actors performing environmental music and skits, stalls which are recycling unwanted treasures and books, local environmental organisations presenting their issues and wares. Money raised can go towards a local environmental restoration project or to an environmental group agreed upon by all the participants running the fair.
  9. Teach others about the environment. Teachers, professionals, students, in fact anyone who cares about the environment and is willing to teach others, can all provide environmental lessons for others. Most schools already celebrate Earth Day in the classrooms with activities but there are many other ways you can teach about the environment. For example, give a speech at your local library on how to compost with worms; take a group of children down to the recycling center to show them how things are recycled; recite nature poems in the park; offer to teach your office colleagues how to make environmentally-friendly choices at work during one lunch hour. Everyone has environmental knowledge they can share with others.
  10. Wear green and/or brown. Dress in environmental colors for the day; think “tree”! Wear badges if you have them that carry pithy summaries of your environmental views.
  11. Engage others in conversations about your environmental concerns. Don’t be bossy or pushy, just tell people some facts and then explain your feelings about them. Encourage them to respond and if they have no opinions or they seem to not know much, help them learn some more by imparting your environmental knowledge in a friendly and helpful manner.
  12. Cook a special Earth Day meal. Plan a menu that uses locally produced foods, is healthy and has minimal impact on the environment. Favour vegetable and bean products, as these use less resources to grow than mass-farmed meat. If you still would like meat, look for locally produced, organic meat. Try and have organic food completely. Decorate the table with recycled decorations made by you and your friends.
  13. Consider buying a carbon offset to make up for the greenhouse gas emissions you create on the other 364 days of the year. Carbon offsets fund reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through projects such as wind farms, that displaces energy from fossil fuels.
  14. Remember: Every day is Earth Day. Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth Day and every day. Don’t restrict yourself to just one day a year; learn about how you can make a difference to environmental protection all the time. And put it into practice – every day!

Tips

  • The other Earth Day is celebrated usually on March 21, which is the equinox for spring in the Northern Hemisphere and for autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. This Earth Day is supported by the United Nations and the Japanese Peace Bell is rung at the New York United Nations to remind everyone of our place in the human family on our precious planet Earth. See International Earth Day Official Site for further information.
  • Simple things, such as asking young children to use less paper to dry their hands or asking work colleagues to turn the lights off when they leave the office at night are great “small starters” to encourage bigger changes. You don’t need to feel that you haven’t time to contribute; every little changed habit that benefits the environment adds up and you are setting a good example to others.
  • Use the internet for many more ideas. Earth Day is celebrated in many different ways. A really good way to find more information is to surf the internet and look at what other people have done. There is so much there that it cannot be replicated here!

Warnings

  • Cleaning up part of your local area can be a great way to celebrate Earth Day, but make sure all participants are properly attired or outfitted. Gloves are an absolute must and if you are collecting litter, sticks with prongs for picking it up are useful. Warn participants to be careful of sticking their fingers into dark places where biting animals might reside and to be careful of syringes and other dangerous items.

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What’s in a name? That which we call a rose

Juliet:

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet meet and fall in love in Shakespeare’s lyrical tale of “star-cross’d” lovers. They are doomed from the start as members of two warring families. Here Juliet tells Romeo that a name is an artificial and meaningless convention, and that she loves the person who is called “Montague”, not the Montague name and not the Montague family. Romeo, out of his passion for Juliet, rejects his family name and vows, as Juliet asks, to “deny (his) father” and instead be “new baptized” as Juliet’s lover. This one short line encapsulates the central struggle and tragedy of the play.

William Shakespeare


Courtesy:http://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes

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Library Quotes

***For every successful man there is a stolen book behind.
—Anonymous, Indian Proverb

***To read a book for the first time is to get an a new girl friend in a chat room; to read it for a second time is to chat with a boring boy. .
— Anonymous, Chinese saying

Francis BACON (1561-1626) says
***Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. .

Check our little Blady ready to practice..



***It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight a battle.
– Sutton Elbert GRIGGS (1872-1930) .

Really, Stefan prepares for his war

***There’s nothing to match curling up with a good book when there’s a repair job to be done around the house.
—- Joe RYAN

***He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.
– Anonymous, Arabic Proverb

*** A book may be compared to your neighbor; if it be good, it cannot last too long; if bad, you cannot get rid of it too early.
– Henry Brooke

*** Book lovers never go to bed alone.
– Unknown

***There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up.
– Rex Stout

*** Seventy million books in America’s libraries, but the one you want to read is always out.
– Tom Masson

*** Knowledge is free at the library. Just bring your own container.
– Unknown

*** Book — what they make a movie out of for television.
– Leonard Louis Levinson

*** On how many people’s libraries, as on bottles from the drugstore, one might write: “For external use only.”
– Unknown

Quotes About Borrowing Books

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other people have lent me. – Anatole France

Borrowers of books — those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes. – Charles Lamb

Hard-covered books break up friendships. You loan a hard covered book to a friend and when he doesn’t return it you get mad at him. It makes you mean and petty. But twenty-five cent books are different. – John Steinbeck

Courtesy:www.librarybooks4u.com

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World Book and Copyright Day – April 23

The Library Celabrates World Book and Copyright Day

on April 23, 2008

Programmes

  • Inauguration of Reader’s Club in the Library at 11.30 a.m. by
    Mrs.Lalitha Lenin,well known Malayalam poet, story writer and Former Reader, DLIS, University of Kerala.
  • Book review competition on 22 April 2008,Venue:the library
  • Quiz competition on 22 April 2008, venue; the library
  • Exhibition of books on or by William Shakespeare(21-25  April, 2008)
Meet the Author

Smt. Lalitha Lenin

Website: http://www.lalithalenin.netfirms.com/

She was born on July 17, 1946 at Thrithalloor, Thrissur district. Her parents were Kadavil Kunjumama and Kareepadathu Chakkikkutty. She is married to Mr. K.M. Lenin who is also a writer and columnist dealing with international affairs. Her son Mr. Anil Lale is a lawyer and is presently employed with Sony Entertainment Television (India) at Mumbai.

She has graduated in:

  • Chemistry in 1960, from the University of Kerala,
  • Education in 1967, from the University of Kerala and
  • Library Science in 1975 from the University of Kerala.

She got Dr. S.R. Ranganathan Gold Medal for securing first Rank in Master of Library Science Degree Examination from the University of Mysore in 1976. She joined as Assistant Librarian at Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur in 1977. In 1979, she became a Lecturer at Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kerala. From 1990 to 1995 she served as the Head of the Department. She retired as Reader from the Department on March 31, 2006.

Lalitha Lenin has been contributing poems, short-stories and articles to main-stream periodicals since 1971.

Poetry collections

  • Karingili (1976)
  • Karkidavaavu (1995)
  • Namukku Praarthikkaam (2000)
  • Kadal (poems for children) (2000)

Novel

  • Minnu (novel for children)

Television programmes

  • Lyrics for Mahabali, Thiruvananthapuram Doordarshan (1987).
  • Script for a documentary on Library Movement in Kerala, produced for Thiruvananthapuram Doordarshan(1988).
  • Stories for two television serials Oridathorikkal (1990) and Mookkuthiyum Manchadiyum (1998) in Thiruvananthapuram Doordarshan.
  • Presentation of the Television Programme Aksharam (16 episodes) in Thiruvananthapuram Doordarshan (1999).

General

  • Puthiya Vaayana, a book on reading for women.

Translations

  • Public Library Sevanam (2006) (Tr. of Public Library Service: IFLA/UNESCO Guidelines for Development, Munchen: K.G.Saur, 2001)
  • Bhoodaivangal (Tr. of The Earth Gods) in the Malayalam translation of Works of Kahlil Gibran. Kottayam, DC Books, 2002

Academic

She has 12 papers in the discipline of Library and Information Science to her credit

Awards

Minnu was awarded the Kerala Sahitya Award for children’s literature in 1994. She is also a recipient of the Abudhabi Shakti Award for poetry in 1996 and the Moolur Award for poetry in 2001.

Courtesy:Wikipedia

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World Book and Copyright Day – April 23

By celebrating this Day throughout the world, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.

23 April: a symbolic date for world literature for on this date and in the same year of 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.

The idea for this celebration originated in Catalonia where on 23 April, Saint George’s Day, a rose is traditionally given as a gift for each book sold. The success of the World Book and Copyright Day will depend primarily on the support received from all parties concerned (authors, publishers, teachers, librarians, public and private institutions, humanitarian NGOs and the mass media), who have been mobilized in each country by UNESCO National Commissions, UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations, Associated Schools and Libraries, and by all those who feel motivated to work together in this world celebration of books and authors.

To know more about the day

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Cyber Quiz

Questions

1. Which project, aimed at a freely available and redistributable UNIX-like operating system, was founded by Chris Demetriou, Theo de Raadt, Adam Glass and Charles M. Hannum?

2. In GUI lingo, which ‘musical instrument’ means an expanded view (by window or thumbnail) of a selected item inside of a list of items?

3. What is ‘Google I/O’?

4. According to a survey by desktop Linux advocate Novell, which application is the top non-Linux application that Linux users would like to have?

5. Name Yahoo’s first site targeting a specific audience and not just a topic, which was launched on March 30.

6. Expand WYCIWYG.

7. Name the veteran Hollywood producer and talent manager with whom Microsoft has entered into an agreement to produce shows for use on the Xbox 360 system.

8. Eurhythmics’ Dave Stewart is a founding member of which telecom’ giant’s ‘Artist Advisory Council’, an initiative created to foster an artist-friendly environment within the company.

9. What was officially dissolved as of March 28, 2008, and the Web site closed accordingly?

10. Name the ‘leading corporate backer of the Wine Project’ with the mission ‘to transform Mac OS X and Linux into Windows-compatible operating systems’.

Answers

1. NetBSD Project.

2. Accordion

3. It is ‘a two-day developer event focused on both Google developer products as well as other open initiatives for the web’. It is scheduled to be held at San Fransisco on May 28 and 29.

4. Adobe PhotoShop.

5. ‘Shine’, a Web site aimed at women (http://shine.yahoo.com/).

6. ‘What You Cache Is What You Get’. It is a URI scheme specific to the Mozilla family of web browsers.

7. Peter Safran.

8. Nokia

9. HD DVD Promotional Group.

10. CodeWeavers.

Courtesy: V.V.Ramanan, Business line

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

(International books and Copyright Day is celebrated on 23 April  every year to honour Shakespeare)

(baptised 26 April 156423 April 1616)[a] was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.[1] He is often called England‘s national poet and the “Bard of Avon” (or simply “The Bard”). His surviving works consist of 38 plays,[b] 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.[2]

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare’s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.[3]

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare’s.

Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare’s genius, and the Victorians hero-worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shawbardolatry“.[4] In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.

Courtesy:Wikipedia

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Young World Quiz (April 15, 2008)

QUESTIONS

1. In the world of animated TV series, how is Herschel Krustofski better known?

2. Name the most famous Italian Renaissance polymath – scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor – born on this date in 1452.

3. The birthplace of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism, is.?

4. Which recurring character does Thomas Andrew Felton play in the Harry Potter movies?

5. What is `biosonar’?

6. In a famous poem of his, what did William Wordsworth refer to as: “Continuous as the stars that shine and twinkle on the Milky Way.”

7. What would one do with a `cummerbund’?

8. In the Mahabharata, who was the sister of Shalya?

9. Which is the most abundant mineral in the Earth’s continental crust?

10. If one was flying the `Fighting Falcon’ the aircraft would be an F-14, F-16 or F-18?

11. Which luxury car maker, founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company, is now part of Tata Motors?

12. Which Royal and minister is the Congress MP from Guna?

13. The longest and largest nerve in the human body is the…?

14. In its normal natural surroundings, why would a polar bear never attack a penguin from behind?

15. What is the biggest contribution of Kirkpatrick Macmillan to the world of locomotion?

ANSWERS

1. Krusty the Clown (of The Simpsons fame)
2. Leonardo da Vinci
3. Nankana Sahib
4. Draco Malfoy
5. The biological sound navigating system used by animals like bats to locate objects
6. A host of golden daffodils
7. Wear it. It’s a broad waist sash often worn with single-breasted dinner jackets
8. Madri, the mother of Nakula and Sahadeva
9. Quartz
10. F-16
11. Jaguar Cars Limited
12. Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia
13. Sciatic
14. Polar bears live north of equator while all but one species of penguin live south of equator
15. The bicycle.

Courtesy:V.V.Ramanan,The Hindu

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NDA is looking for you

Just finished your Plus Two examination and ready to serve the nation? Take the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy Examination on August 17 for a career in the Army, the Air Force or the Navy as a class 1 commissioned officer.

The Union Public Service Commission normally conducts the examination twice a year.

The first this year is being held on April 20 for those who have already applied.

The examination later in the year is for the course starting on June 30, 2009. The number of provisional vacancies is 339 (195 for the Army, 39 for the Navy, 66 for the Air Force and 39 for the executive branch of the Naval Academy).

Applicants are required to give their preferences for the service they wish to join. However, the rank they secure in the merit list will decide where they can join.

Examination The NDA examination comprises a written examination, intelligence tests and group tests. The latter two will be conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB) for candidates who qualify in the written examination. A pilot aptitude test is conducted for Air Force candidates. A candidate who fails in this can never again apply for the Air Force wing.

Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than July 2, 1990 and not later than January 1, 1993 are eligible to take the examination. The minimum education qualifications needed for the Army wing is pass in 12th class of the 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent examinations conducted by a State education Board or university. A pass in the 12th class with physics and mathematics is needed for admission to the Air Force and naval wings and the executive branch of the Naval Academy.

Candidates who are appearing for the qualifying examination can also apply.

Last date Applications must reach the Secretary, Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi – 110 069, by hand or by post/Speed Post or by courier, on or before April 15. However, candidates residing abroad or in certain remote localities can send their applications by post or Speed Post, and not by hand or courier, so as to reach the secretary on or before April 22.

The written examination comprises a mathematics paper of 300 marks and a general ability paper of 600 marks, each of two-and-a-half hours. The questions are objective type. The general ability test consists of English, general knowledge, physics, chemistry, general science, history (Freedom Movement and so on), geography and current events.

For each wrong answer, one-third of a mark will be cut.

The SSB tests span five days. Intelligence tests will have both verbal and non-verbal questions. Group tests comprise group discussions, group planning, outdoor group tasks and brief lectures on specified subjects. These are intended to judge the mental calibre of a candidate.

A candidate recommended by SSB will undergo a medical examination by a Board of Service Medical Officers. Qualified candidates are sometimes rejected on medical grounds. Candidates are hence advised to get themselves medically examined before submitting their applications to avoid disappointment at the final stage.

The candidate must be in good physical and mental health and free from any disease or disability which can interfere with military duties. The minimum height required is 157.5 cm (162.5 cm for the Air Force).

The selected candidates for the three wings are given preliminary training, both academic and physical, for three years at the NDA.

On passing out, they will be awarded B.Sc., B.Sc. (computer) and BA degrees from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

The Army cadets then go to the Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehra Dun, Naval cadets to the cadet trainingship and the Air Force cadets to the Air Force Academy, Hyderabad.

For more details visit www.upsc.gov.in

Courtesy:The Hindu , Education Plus, April 17, 2008

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The Enchantress of Florence

By Salman Rushdie

368pp, Jonathan Cape, £18.99

The real uses of enchantment

Salman Rushdie’s sumptuous mixture of history and fable in The Enchantress of Florence is magnificent, says Ursula K Le Guin

Saturday March 29, 2008
The Guardian

From the sea of stories our master fisherman has brought up two gleaming, intertwining prizes – a tale about three boys from Florence in the age of Lorenzo de’ Medici, and a story of Akbar, greatest of the Mughal emperors, who established both the wondrous and shortlived city Fatehpur Sikri and a wondrous and shortlived policy of religious tolerance. Both stories are about story itself, the power of history and fable, and why it is that we can seldom be sure which is which.

Fabulous as his life was, Akbar was a historical figure, and one of the young Florentines is Niccolò Machiavelli, our byword for political realism. But Niccolò’s friend Argalia flies off on the peacock wings of the novelist’s invention to become the bosom friend of Akbar before returning to fight for a lost cause in Florence. Some characters are the inventions of other characters: Queen Jodha, and Qara Köz, the Enchantress, are Akbar’s daydreams of the Perfect Wife, the Perfect Lover, brought into existence by tale-tellers and artists and Akbar’s all-powerful desire and obsession. They are accepted by his people, “such occurrences being normal at that time, before the real and the unreal were segregated forever and doomed to live apart under different monarchs and separate legal systems”.

This brilliant, fascinating, generous novel swarms with gorgeous young women both historical and imagined, beautiful queens and irresistible enchantresses, along with some whores and a few quarrelsome old wives – all stock figures, females perceived solely in relation to the male. Women are never treated unkindly by the author, but they have no autonomous being. The Enchantress herself, who turns everyone into puppets of her will, has no personality at all, and exists – literally – by pleasing men. Akbar calls her a “woman who had forged her own life, beyond convention, by the force of her will alone, a woman like a king”. But in fact she does nothing but sell herself to the highest bidder, and her power is an illusion permitted by him.

In one marvellous scene Akbar’s wife and mother come to show his imaginary wife Jodha how to release him from the Enchantress’s spell, and in so doing are reconciled with Jodha in a moment of hilarious feminine solidarity – but the Enchantress materialises, Jodha vanishes, the women are defeated by the man’s obsession. Indeed, the men in the book are as hormone-besotted as adolescents. All their derring-do, their battling for cities and empires, comes down to little more than a desire for a bed with a young woman in it. Machiavelli becomes a disappointed middle-aged lecher whose middle-aged wife “waddles” and “quacks” while he looks at her, of course, with loathing. But then suddenly, for a page or two, we slip into her soul; we feel her anger at his disloyalty, her hurt pride as a woman, her unchanged pride in his “dark sceptical genius” and her puzzlement at his failure to see how he lessens himself by scorning what he has that is treasurable and honourable. For that moment I glimpsed a very different book, almost a different author. Then it was back to the dazzling play of fancy and the powerful dreams of men.

The swashbuckling Argalia’s adventures, which links the Florentine and the Indian strands of the double tale, are full of Rushdian charm and extravagance (descending sometimes into facetiousness, as in the case of the four giant albino Swiss mercenaries named Otho, Botho, Clotho and D’Artagnan). But Argalia’s exploits are less interesting than the misfortunes of Machiavelli or the mind of the Emperor Akbar.

Rushdie’s Akbar is imperial, intelligent and very likable, a marvellous spokesman for his author. Akbar tried to unite all India, “all races, tribes, clans, faiths, and nations” – a powerful dream indeed, though doomed to perish with him. What winds were blowing in the late 15th century to waken that emperor’s syncretic vision, even as Europe began to free itself from the church’s control of ideas? “If there had never been a God, the emperor thought, it might have been easier to work out what goodness was.” Goodness might not lie in self-abnegation before an Almighty but in “the slow, clumsy, error-strewn working out of an individual or collective path”. Lord of a theocratic, absolutist society, he glimpses harmony not as the enemy of discord but as the result of it: “difference, disobedience, disagreement, irreverence, iconoclasm, impudence, even insolence might be the wellsprings of the good”.

Akbar is the moral centre of the book, its centre of gravity, and provides its strongest link to the issues that have concerned Rushdie in his works and his life. It all comes down to the question of responsibility. Akbar’s objection to God is “that his existence deprived human beings of the right to form ethical structures by themselves”. The curious notion that without religion we have no morals has seldom been dismissed with such quiet good humour. Rushdie leaves ranting to the fanatics who fear him.

Driven from his magical city when its lake goes dry, Akbar gravely foresees his defeat: “All he had worked to make, his philosophy and way of being, would evaporate like water. The future would not be what he hoped for, but a dry hostile antagonistic place” where people would hate and kill “in the great quarrel he had sought to end forever, the quarrel over God” – the quarrel our fanatics now so enthusiastically pursue.

But there is another theme to the book: “Religion could be rethought, re-examined, remade, perhaps even discarded; magic was impervious to such assaults.” Akbar in his splendid city, and the Florentines in theirs, inhabited a world of magic “as passionately as they inhabited the world of tangible materials”. This is the great difference between them and us. We have separated the real and the unreal, put them in different kingdoms with different laws.

But, like all serious fantasy, Rushdie’s story erases this division by making us realists inhabit, for the span of our reading, the realm of Imagination, which is controlled by but not limited to observation of fact. This is the land of story: the child’s world, the ancestral, pre-scientific world, where we are all emperors or enchantresses, making up the rules as we go along. Modern literary fantasy is given a paradoxical intensity, sometimes a tragic dimension, by our consciousness of the other kingdom we inhabit, daily life, where the laws of physics cannot be broken and whose government was described by Niccolò Machiavelli.

Some boast that science has ousted the incomprehensible; others cry that science has driven magic out of the world and plead for “re-enchantment”. But it’s clear that Charles Darwin lived in as wondrous a world, as full of discoveries, amazements and profound mysteries, as that of any fantasist. The people who disenchant the world are not the scientists, but those who see it as meaningless in itself, a machine operated by a deity. Science and literary fantasy would seem to be intellectually incompatible, yet both describe the world; the imagination functions actively in both modes, seeking meaning, and wins intellectual consent through strict attention to detail and coherence of thought, whether one is describing a beetle or an enchantress. Religion, which prescribes and proscribes, is irreconcilable with both of them, and since it demands belief, must shun their common ground, imagination. So the true believer must condemn both Darwin and Rushdie as “disobedient, irreverent, iconoclastic” dissidents from revealed truth.

The essential compatibility of the realistic and the fantastic imagination may explain the success of Rushdie’s sumptuous, impetuous mixture of history with fable. But in the end, of course, it is the hand of the master artist, past all explanation, that gives this book its glamour and power, its humour and shock, its verve, its glory. It is a wonderful tale, full of follies and enchantments. East meets west with a clash of cymbals and a burst of fireworks. We English-speakers have our own Ariosto now, our Tasso, stolen out of India. Aren’t we the lucky ones?

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KV Web Directory

CHENNAI

S. No
Name of KV
Website

1

ADOOR SHIFT I

kvadoor.gov.in

2

ADOOR SHIFT  II

kvadoor.gov.in

3

AFS Akkulum

kvafsakkulam.nic.in

4

No.1 ARAKKONAM

kvarakkonamone.org

5

No.2 ARAKKONAM

kvarakkonamtwo.org

6

Aruvankadu

kvavk.org

7

No.1 Calicut (Shift I)

kvcalicutone.org

8

No.1 Calicut (Shift II)

kvcalicutone.org

9

No.2 Calicut

kv2calicut.org

10

No.1, AFS Tambaram

kv1afstbm.org

11

KV NO.2 Tambaram

kv2tambaramchennai.org

12

AFS,AVADI Chennai

KVAFSAVADICHENNAI.ORG

13

Anna nagar

kvannanagarchennai.org

14

Ashok Nagar

kvashoknagar.com

15

K.V CLRI Adyar

kvclrichennai.org

16

CRPF Avadi

kvcrpfavadichennai.org

17

DGQA Chennai

kvdgqachennai.org

18

Gill Nagar Chennai

kvgillnagarchennai.org

19

HVF, Avadi

kvhvfavadichennai.org

20

IIT Chennai

Kviitchennai.org

21

Island Grounds Chennai

kvislandgrounds.org

22

Minambakkam

kvminambakkamchennai.org

23

OCF Avadi Chennai

kvocfavadichennai.org

24

No.1 Kochi

kv1kochi.org

25

NO.II  KOCHI

kvtwonavalbasekochi.org

26

INS, Droancharya,Kochi

Kvinsdronacharyacochin.org

28

NAD Aluva

kvnadaluva.org

27

PT Kochi

Kvptkochi.com

29

Coimbatore

kvcoimbatore.com

30

Ernakulam

kvernakulam.com

31

No.1 Kalpakkam

kvkalpakkamone.org

32

NO.2, KALPAKKAM

kvkalpakkamtwo.org

33

Karaikudi

kvkkd.org

34

Kavaratti

kvkavaratti.org

35

Kayamkulam

kvntpckayamkulam.org

36

No.1 Madurai

kvnarimedumadurai.org

37

No.2 Madurai

kv2madurai.tn.nic.in

38

Malappuram

kvmalappuram.gov.in

39

MANDAPAM

kvmandapam.org

40

Ooty

KVINDUNAGAR.ORG

41

Ottapalam

kvotp.org

42

No.1 Palakkad

kv1palakkad.org

43

No.2 Palghat (Kanjikode)

Kvkanjikode.org

44

CRPF Pallipuram

Kvppm.nic.in

45

Pangode

kvpangode.nic.in

46

Pattom  ( I shift)

kvpattom.nic.in

47

Pattom  (  II shift)

kvpattom.nic.in

48

No.1, Puducherry

kvpondicherryone.org

49

NO.2, Pondicherry

kv2pondicherry.org

50

Rameswaram

kvrameswaram.org

51

R B, Kottayam

kvrbkottayam.org

52

AFS Sulur

kvsulur.org

53

Thrissur

kvthrissur.org

54

NO.1, TRICHY

kvtrichyone.org

55

NO.2, TRICHY

Kvtrichy2.org

56

Vijayanarananam

Kvvijayanarayanam.tn.nic.in

57

Wellington

kvwellington.org

58

Thiruvannamalai

New KV – Under Process

59

Sivaganga

kvsivaganga.org


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New Periodicals

KVS Quarterly Journal

Vol.III, Issue 2

January 2008

Click here for the pdf version of the journal_jan08

Visit Zonal Institute of Education and Training, Mysore

http://www.zietmysore.org/

_______________________________________

Digit, PC World, Electrinics For You, Scientific American India,

Science Reporter, Dream 2047

April 2008

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Curriculum-2010

Senior School Curriculum-2010(Vol.1)

senior-curriculum-2010-vol-1

Secondary School Curriculum-2010(Vol.1)

secondary-curriculum-2010-vol-1

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Telling Stories the Online Way

A novel told exclusively through Google maps, another through images on Flickr—a publisher tries retelling novels in ways exclusive to the Web.

A page from the online novel ’21 Steps’
By Barrett Sheridan | Newsweek Web Exclusive

Google Maps can do a lot of things, like find the nearest Starbucks or calculate the driving time to an amusement park. But can it tell a story?

Charles Cumming, a British spy novelist, hopes so. His latest project, “The 21 Steps,” is a re-imagining of a classic pre-World War I espionage thriller by John Buchan called “The 39 Steps.” Among the many differences between the two versions, however, is the unignorable fact that “The 21 Steps” is told entirely through Google Maps. There’s still plenty of text to read, but the fun of “The 21 Steps” is in clicking the colorful pointer bubbles—the same ones that show the nearest Starbucks—that mark each scene, and watching the path traced by the protagonist as he races from London’s St. Pancras train station to Heathrow Airport and then to Edinburgh. The experience is still much like reading a short story, but the impact of seeing real-world places in their context, and catching the sly changes in pace and scale as the protagonist passes through them, makes it unlike any book you’ve ever picked up.

Which, of course, is exactly the idea. In fact, “The 21 Steps” is part of a larger project by the U.K. branch of Penguin Books, in collaboration with Six to Start, an online media company. Dubbed “We Tell Stories,” the project’s aim isn’t anything so grandiose as the reinvention of the novel. But it is a conscious effort by authors and publishers to find new ways to tell stories in the age of Web 2.0. “We wanted to do something you wouldn’t have been able to create five or 10 years ago,” says Dan Hon, a cofounder of Six to Start. “This is about seeing what potentials lie in online publishing.”

The six-week-long project, which began March 18, debuts a new story every week, each loosely based on a different classic novel and taking a different form. In the second story, for example, Toby Litt‘s “Slice,” the main character uses blog entries and Twitter text messages to convey her discoveries about a haunted house. The third story, which will be released this week, is a customizable fairy tale, and future stories could utilize anything from Flickr photosets to online calendars (the publishers won’t say exactly what form the unreleased stories will take). In short, each week is a different exercise in imagining the future of storytelling.

So far, the experiment is popular—We Tell Stories received nearly 50,000 unique visitors in its first week, with little to no marketing push. That’s a reassuring sign for Penguin, which, like all publishers, has watched in dismay as people abandon print media and opt for the Nintendo Wii over Elie Wiesel. Most publishers have tried to capitalize on the Internet revolution by embracing e-books, digital editions meant to be read on special electronic readers like the Amazon Kindle. E-books, however, “are pretty much the same thing as the print book but delivered in a different way,” says Jeremy Ettinghausen, the digital publisher for Penguin Books UK, who came up with the We Tell Stories project. “We thought we’d try something a little more ambitious and actually develop stories designed for the Internet, not adapted to it.”

It’s not the first time someone has tried to modernize fiction-writing. In 2006, the online magazine Slate.com serialized a novel by Walter Kirn, which explicitly tried to utilize the advantages of the Internet, like hyperlinking and multimedia. In the last few years, Japanese readers have been swept away by a tidal wave of novels written and read on cell phones. And Penguin itself has a history of digital innovation: in early 2007, Ettinghausen invited people to participate in the world’s first “wikinovel,” a book-length story written by the masses.

Efforts like these usually end unsatisfactorily. Japan’s cell-phone novels fly off the metaphorical shelves—they made up the country’s top three best sellers last year—but critics deride the short, text-message-like prose and say they should be grouped with comic books, not serious literature. And the wikinovel is nearly incomprehensible, and most of its prose atrocious. (A sample sentence: “His CD began to jump, then skip, then play hopscotch.”) As Ettinghausen admits, “I think it’s safe to say that we didn’t produce a coherent work of fiction.”

We Tell Stories is the most ambitious project yet, although it too may end with a whimper, or achieve success only as an ingenious marketing device. But it may also uncover something about the way we’ll be telling stories to one another 10 or 20 years from now, especially as we dedicate more and more of our attention to electronic screens instead of printed paper. One fact that the project highlights is the increasing difficulty of compartmentalizing and segregating forms of entertainment. Six to Start, for instance, was founded to create “alternate reality games,” which blend multiple forms of media, both online and off, into interactive narratives. And, in fact, We Tell Stories includes a seventh, hidden story that works more like a digital scavenger hunt than an experiment in interactive storytelling. “Publishers aren’t competing against publishers anymore,” says Hon. “They’re competing against anyone who produces entertainment—they’re competing for your time.”

And what do the writers think of the attempt to update their medium? Both Cumming and Litt say they enjoyed the collaborative process of working with technologists and software engineers, a welcome break from the cloistered life of a novelist. And Litt says the hyperconcision of Twitter, which limits messages to 140 characters, helped him realize “just how little you need in terms of obvious storytelling if people buy into the characters.” But neither one worries that blogs or Twitter or online maps will render paperbacks obsolete. “I can’t imagine ‘War and Peace’ told in the style of a Google mash-up,” says Cumming. Of course, to Hon and Ettinghausen, that might sound less like a statement of fact and more like a challenge.

Courtesy:Newsweek

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CHILDLINE 1098 service is a 24 hour free emergency phone outreach service for children in need of care and protection.

CBSE Toll Free Tele/Online Helpline

Students can call 1800 11 8002 from any part of the country. The operators will answer general queries and also connect them to the counselors for psychological counseling. The helpline will be operational from 08 a.m to 10 p.m. On-line counseling on: counselling.cecbse@gmail.com

S. L. FAISAL
Librarian
Kendriya Vidyalaya (Shift-I)
Pattom
Thiruvananthapuram-695 004
Kerala India

Mail: librarykvpattom at gmail.com