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Quote of the week

‘Do not judge me by my successes; judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.’ – Nelson Mandela


Laugh Out Loud!
Where did the music teacher leave his keys?
Find out the answer next week!

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Last week’s question: What goes up and down but doesn’t move?
Answer: The temperature


Author of the week

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William Makepeace Thackeray was a 19th century English novelist, who is best known for his satirical work Vanity Fair. Thackeray was born on July 18, 1811 in Calcutta, India to Richmond Thackeray, secretary to the board of revenue in the British East India Company and Anne Becher. Following his father’s death four years later, the young boy was sent to England and was educated in Southampton, Chiswick, at Charterhouse School and later on, at Trinity College, Cambridge, which he left just one year after his enrollment.

Thackeray spent the next few years in semi-idleness during which he lost most of his fortune, but after his marriage to Isabella Gethin Shawe, he turned to writing to support his family. He worked for several magazines and newspapers, including “Fraser’s Magazine”,” The Times”, “The Morning Chronicle”, “The Foreign Quarterly Review” and “Punch”. Though his literary career flourished, Thackeray’s family life did not, as his wife went into depression following the birth of their third child, which resulted in her being detached from reality permanently.

Thackeray published two travel books in the early 1840s, followed by “Vanity Fair”, the satirical novel that garnered worldwide recognition for the writer, in 1847-48. His fame continued to grow with the publication of several novels, which included “Pendennis”, The New comes” and “The History of Henry Esmond”. Thackeray passed away on 24th December, 1863 at the age of 52 in London, England and was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery in London.

‘The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face.  Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion.’ – William Makepeace Thackeray


Creative Corner

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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!


Cartoon Corner

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Kids’ Corner

Fun book to read

Over Sea, Under Stone
– Susan Cooper

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Evernight – Claudia Gray

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Teens’ Corner

Mandela Day

nelsonMandela Day, a day established to honor one of the greatest leaders and political figures in the world, namely Nelson Mandela, is celebrated on his birthday which is on July 18. This day was officially declared at the United Nations General Assembly in 2009. After all the struggles that he had been through during his lifetime, and his ‘Long Walk to Freedom’, Mandela Day also spreads the word that the world is in our hands, the leaders of the future, and that we should try to improve it little by little. People celebrate


 

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Happy Birthday to You! – Dr. Seuss

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