Kanaklata Barua giving a call to freedom in Gohpur, Assam

Kanaklata: The golden girl of India’s Freedom Struggle

The Indian Freedom Struggle threw up many leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Abul Kalam Azad and Jawaharlal Nehru. However, there were a number of other unsung heroes who fought and gave up their lives for freedom. One such hero is Kanaklata Barua from Assam. This is her story…
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Shivaji Maharaj and the milkmaid

This story is a retelling based on historical events Jui was excited. It was her 11th birthday. Her parents were taking her to the fort.Jui lived with her parents in a village at the foot of a hill in the Sahyadri mountain range. The hill was called Rairi. There was…
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The hares that were running suddenly turned back at their predators.

The brothers who founded a kingdom

Hakka and Bukka were brothers and warriors. The brothers wanted to build their own kingdom where people could live without fear. They collected a band of young men and trained them in warfare. They lived in a forest hideout on the banks of the river Tungabhadra in South India. One…
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Porus the fearless

King Paurava, also known as Porus, ruled the region between the rivers Jhelum and Chenab in North India. One day a messenger arrived in his court. He had a fair skin and spoke a foreign language. His message was simple: Submit to King Alexander or be ready for war. Porus…
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Alexander and Porus

King Paurava, also known as Porus, ruled the region between the rivers Jhelum and Chenab in North India. One day a messenger arrived in his court. He had a fair skin and spoke a foreign language. His message was simple: Submit to King Alexander or be ready for war. Porus…
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When Jatin stopped running

Little Jatin was afraid of stray dogs. One evening, when a street dog barked at him, he turned and started running. The dog ran after him barking loudly. The only safe place, Jatin thought, was home. He ran even faster. Jatin’s mother saw the dog chasing her son. She called…
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Shivaji’s great escape

Two men walked out of a bungalow carrying huge baskets. Guards stopped the men and ordered them to open the basket covers. Inside, were a variety of sweets. “Who is this for?” barked a guard. “Don’t we answer this question every day?” one of the men answered. The soldier glared…
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Totaka and Shankaracharya

The guru and the silent disciple

Adi Shankara was loved and respected by his disciples. Three of his disciples were intelligent and spent most of their time studying. Their classmate, Totaka, hardly studied. He made himself busy by washing the guru’s clothes, collecting flowers for his worship, making his bed and pressing his feet. The other…
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The water man

It had not rained for two years in the state of Maharashtra. Lakes, wells, tanks, and even small rivers dried up. Without water, plants had withered. Many animals moved to far off places in search of water. Eknath decided to go to Benaras on a pilgrimage to Varanasi and pray for…
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Bahubali Gommateshwara

Bahubali ruled over Podanapura in South India. His elder brother, Bharata, ruled over Ayodhya in the North. The other brothers had their own kingdoms given to them by their father, Rishabhanatha. Bharata wanted to be known as the King of Kings. He was blessed with a dazzling, divine wheel called…
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