Quote of the week

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world” – Malala Yousafzai

Laugh Out Loud!

What goes up and down but doesn’t move?


Last week’s answer: ‘Hi’ school

Author of the week


Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet and philosopher.  He is known for being a part of transcendentalism, a religious and philosophical movement that was developed in the United States between the 1820s and 1830s and his notable works include “Walden” and an essay titled “Resistance to Civil Government”. Thoreau was born on 12 July, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and was educated at Harvard College, from which he graduated in 1837.

He taught at a school before graduating from college and upon his graduation, returned to his hometown, where he met famed American poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson encouraged young Thoreau to contribute his essays and poems to a periodical known as the “The Dial”. Emerson acted as his mentor and in 1841, Thoreau even moved in with the Emerson family.

Several years later, he returned to his hometown and worked in the pencil factory owned by his family before moving into a self-built house situated near Walden Pond in order to concentrate more on his writing. After two years of living in his small hut, Thoreau left Walden Pond and moved back into the Emerson house, where he wrote “Walden, or Life in the Woods”(1854).

Later on, Thoreau showed a great interest in natural history and travelling ; he worked as a land surveyor and wrote natural history observations. During his later years, Thoreau contracted tuberculosis and bronchitis and his health began to decline. He passed away on 6 May, 1862, at the age of 44 in Concord, Massachusetts and was buried in the Dunbar family plot, before being moved to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

Notable Works

Resistance to Civil Government / Civil Disobedience (1849)
Walden (1854)
A Plea for Captain John Brown (1859)

“ Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
– Henry David Thoreau –

beeCreative Corner

Calling out all the Bookworms across the country!
Welcome to Creative Corner where all creativity and fun exist. Each week we’re giving you the opportunity to write a short story or a poem related to the given topic and the best story or poem will be featured in our page next week (or the week after). So grab your pens, notebooks and thinking caps and let your imagination do the rest. And don’t forget to send it to The Nation when you’re done.
Happy writing Bookworms!
Topic : 7 Billion Stars
Deadline : July 20th 2015

Cartoon Corner


Kids’ Corner

Fun book to read

bookAccidentally Famous
– Lisa Papademetriou


Book of the week

An Abundance of Katherines
– John Green


Teens’ Corner

World Population Day

world2World Population Day is celebrated every year on the 11th of July to raise awareness on the world’s population growth and its problems regarding the poverty in some countries,gender equality and human rights, which are constantly increasing day by day. This day was first established in 1989 by the United Nations Development Programme. Celebrations include competitions, educational programmes and more which are organised by different institutions and workplaces. This year’s theme for the World Population Day was ‘Greening the Blue’.


Fun Fact
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, situated in Concord, Massachusetts, USA  is the burial site of a number of famous writers, notably, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott.