10 Things to Do This Week (June 15 to 21, 2017)

1. Read a Book
The Gory Story of Genghis Khan by Nayanika Mahtani and Tapas Guha
Gear up for an exciting read as this book tells you all about one of the most fearsome rulers in history, Genghis Khan. Packed with humorous dialogues, time-travel commentary and knockknock jokes, the book is engrossing and makes for a fun read. The language is simple and the dialogues, captivating. The dates and facts, which are a part of all history books, come rolled in with interesting anecdotes, making them easier to remember. The stories also reflect Mongolian culture, traditions, practices and beliefs. What’s more? The book includes Genghis Khan’s family tree, which tells you how the great Mughal emperor Aurangzeb was related to him! While the wacky illustrations add to the excitement of the book, its witty chapter titles complete the zaniness! Published by Puffin Books and available on Amazon.in.

2. Workshops
Creative Path is conducting art and craft classes for children.
Date: Regular batches
Age: 5 years and above
Locality: Dadar west
Call: 09619892370
Website: www.creativepath.in

Craftis Corner is conducting workshops on 3D paper-folding.
Date: Regular batches
Age: 3 years and above
Locality: Marathahalli
Call: 09741666711
E-mail: nidhigoyel2@yahoo.com
Website: craftiscorner.blogspot.in

New Delhi

The Learning Club is conducting Tanjore painting, music and dance workshops.
Date: Regular batches
Age: 3 years and above
Locality: Sector 29, Faridabad
Call: 09650121188
Website: www.thelearningclub.in

Do Re Mi Fa is conducting guitar classes for children.
Date: Regular batches
Age: 4 years and above
Locality: Kodambakkam
Call: 09840797407
E-mail: amarnathmusic@gmail.com

3. Watch It
Despicable Me 3
The adventures of Gru and Lucy, their adorable daughters and the Minions continue with this movie where Gru meets his twin brother Dru! The movie starts off with Gru being fired from his job as a secret agent due to his failed mission to capture villain Balthazar Bratt! However, everything goes upside down when Dru walks into their life and entices Gru to join the dark side! Watch this amazing movie that’s set to release on June 30!

4. Learn Something New
Whether you’re a nature-lover or into sports, photography is an acquired skill that can be practised and learnt by everyone. You could use your mobile camera, a DSLR or a mirrorless camera to shoot your pictures. If you’re using a handheld camera, learn how to fine tune the settings using the manual mode to get the best shot. For more information, log onto www.photographycourse.net and do a free online course on photography.

5. Bitten By the Travel Bug
Place to Visit: Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram, also known Mamallapuram, is a town between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake in Tamil Nadu. It’s known for temples and monuments that were built by the Pallava dynasty in the 7th and 8th centuries. The town is not only known for its rich artistic and architectural creations, but also for its beautiful white sandy beaches. Some of the important structures include the Pancha Rathas or five chariots, a set of rock temples that resemble Buddhist shrines and monasteries, Thirukadalmallai, a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Shore Temple and Varaha Cave Temple.

6. Log On!

Learning to code is the new craze and children as young as 8 years are learning this skill! If you’re interested in learning coding, Codecademy is the perfect place to start off. The site has interactive projects and quizzes that give learners a hands-on experience. There are separate courses for each topic—you could start out with Make a Website or Learn HTML and CSS, and progress to JavaScript, SQL and more. Codecademy also provides forums for discussion, programming language glossaries and blog posts and articles to solve your problems as you learn the basics.

7. Product of the Week
Speedo recently launched a new collection of products that range from swimwear to goggles, animated caps and training aids. Speedo provides the finest swimsuits for girls and boys in UPF 50+ fabric. It is built to last in chlorine water and is resistant to strong sunlight. Speedo swimsuits also aid in swimming. They have introduced four new ranges, of which the Sea Squad range comprises of interesting float suits, vests, arm bands and kick boards. Products are available at Speedo stores across the country.

8. Little Green Fingers
Meet a New Plant: Dracaena cinnabari
Dracaena cinnabari is native to Socotra archipelago--the four islands in the Indian Ocean. The tree produces dark red sap and is thus also known as dragon blood tree. The tree grows in harsh, arid region that is rich in limestone. It usually grows to a height of 32ft and has a huge canopy that resembles an umbrella or a giant mushroom. Dragon blood tree is used to treat various medical conditions.

9. Pay It Forward
Concern India Foundation
Concern India Foundation is a non-profit organisation that was launched in 1991 with an objective to help the disadvantaged become independent. The foundation reaches out to destitute, orphaned children, deserted women, tribal, disabled and the aged. It supports NGO’s working in the areas of education, health and community development. Visit www.concernindiafoundation.org

10. Music for Your Ears
Know Your Instrument: Flute
Pronunciation: floot
Originated In: Unknown

The flute is the oldest instrument to produce pitched sounds. It was originally made from wood, stone, clay or hollowed out bamboo. Modern flutes are made of steel, silver or platinum. A standard flute is about 2ft-long. Flutes are played by blowing air into the mouthpiece and allowing it to split through the holes, creating a whistle-like sound. While most flutes are held vertically, transverse flutes can be held horizontally.

(Stock image courtesy ThinkStock)

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