This world is a big mystery with all the hidden facts about the world which are not yet popular. Mysterious world facts for kids are like an adventure sport which help them to expand their wings and start exploring this beautiful world at their own end. Moreover, kids are often keen observers and hence naturally curious, to understand what is going on around them. They are like these little question banks, full of queries and follow ups and then some more. So parents often search for several details like world fact and countries, world fact and history, world fact encyclopedia, world trivia facts and many more.
So to help parents satisfy the curiosity of their children about our world, especially about the cultures of India, foods of India, drinks of India etc., Chimes Radio brings World Trivia an original podcast series which offers interesting and lesser known facts about random but important things. These will not only help improve their general knowledge but also make them sound extremely smart and well read while conversing with their friends and peers. These short byte sized podcasts will be fun to listen to and might at times leave your mouth watering for the topics we discuss in these.
Holi Around the World
Holi is the festival of color. And just like Holi in India, there are several other festivals all across the globe in which color plays an essential part. In this podcast, Chimes Radio will introduce our young listeners to some of these great and fun festivals which might not be known to many.
South Korea: The Boryeong Mud Festival is an annual festival which takes place during the summer in Boryeong, a town in South Korea. The first Mud Festival was staged in 1998 and now it has become a popular tourist attraction.
Italy: The Battle of the Oranges is a festival in the Northern Italian city of Ivrea, which includes a tradition of throwing of oranges on each other. It is the largest food fight in Italy and after the fight, all the people swim in pools of orange juice.
Spain: La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, in the East of Spain. Participants throw tomatoes and have immense fun in this tomato fight. It is held in the last week of August every year for entertainment purpose. This event is a highlight in Spain’s summer festivals’ calendar.
Australia: Chinchilla Watermelon festival is a held in a place called Chinchilla in Queensland, Australia which is also known as “Melon Capital” of Australia. There is a melon festival in every second year in February where they host interactive and unique events such as melon skiing, melon bungee, melon bulls-eye, melon iron-man, melon chariot etc.
Thailand: Songkran is the Thai New Year's national holiday. Songkran is on the 13 April every year, but the holiday period extends from 14 to 15 April. Songkran festival is all about throwing water at each other where everyone from kids to adults carry water guns and buckets filled with ice-cold water. While its origin lies in the historic practice to revere and clean Lord Buddha statues with water and sprinkling it on people for purity and prosperity.
Greece: Clean Monday Flour War festival in Greece is an annual tradition where people paint their faces and throw a fist full of colored flour. It takes place around March every year and this has been going for last 200 years. It is also called as Ash Monday.
Enjoy all this information in this short kid’s podcast.
International Foods of India
Food is a core part of any culture and when you talk about India, this is even more obvious. In this mini-podcast, we talk about some popular Indian food recipes which we assume to have originated locally but were actually brought to India by foreigners over many centuries. These dishes are now so ingrained in our social fabric, it will be impossible to think of them otherwise.
We Indians love having Naans along with our favorite paneer dish but this much loved bread is not a “Made in India” and originally came from Persia and Iran. Now all the tea lovers will be shocked to know that this much loved beverage, tea, came to India via the British people. Not only just tea but coffee also is not an Indian beverage. Originally it was developed in Arabia and Africa which was then transported to other countries of the world.
Samosa with green chutney tastes out of the world, isn’t it? But this loved snack also doesn’t have its humble origins in India and is actually a Middle-Eastern dish which was brought to India by an Iranian scholar.
When Indians talk about desserts, the first image that strikes our mind is the mouth-watering hot Gulab Jamun. But this is a Mediterranean dish which was accidentally made by the chef of Shah Jahan, the 5th Mughal Emperor.
Hope you enjoy this podcast on not-so-important yet very interesting trivia and continue to relish these great dishes.
Endangered Animals of India
Endangered animals are the species of animals which are likely to be extinct in near future due to their decreasing count. And in this Chimes Radio Original podcast, we bring to you an overview of 5 endangered animals from the land of India - Asiatic Lions, Bengal Tigers, Blackbuck, Red Panda and Snow Leopards. In fact, these animals are not only endangered in India but across the globe.
Count of Bengal Tigers, the National animal of India and Bangladesh, has been decreasing over the years due to poaching and the human-tiger conflict. In 2011, there were approximately 2000 Bengal Tigers left in India.
Lion, the King of the jungle, is also marked as endangered species. In May 2015, the 14th Asiatic Lion census was conducted in an area of 20,000 sq km, in which lion population was estimated to be about 523. In August 2017, another survey was done in which pleasantly the population has increased to 650.
Snow Leopards are the large cats, native to the mountain regions in Central and South Asia. Only 524 snow leopards are left in India.
Count of Blackbucks, one of the fastest runners, is only 7000 that are left in India and is continuously decreasing due to large scale conversion of their natural habitats into agricultural fields.
Red Pandas, also known as lesser pandas or red bear cat, are mostly found in the Himalayas and its population is on decrease again. In India there are only 6000 red pandas left.
Let's hop on to our knowledge express and enjoy this kid’s podcast.
World's Top 5 Chocolate Brands
If we try and do a survey of world’s most favorite snack, there is a high chance that chocolates will come out as clear winner. There is a whole range of this confectionery item which is available starting from milk and white chocolates to pungent dark flavored ones.
So in this special kid’s podcast, we talk about the top 5 global brands of chocolates which have made a mark for themselves and trust us, their fan following is so huge that it may be bigger than some of the country’s entire population.
Starting with Ferrero Rocher - an Italian chocolate originally made in France. It is crunchy white chocolate made with hazelnut, sugar, palm oil, buttermilk etc.
Guliyan is our second pick for its premium quality Belgian chocolate and has been manufactured since 1958. It comes with variety of fillings and tastes completely different from other chocolates because it is made with 100% pure cocoa butter.
Lindt Chocolate is made in heaven of Earth i.e., Switzerland. Chocolate factories for these are probably the largest in the world and these contains cocoa and hazelnuts.
The Lebanon based chocolate, named Patchi Chocolate is the leading chocolate brand from the Middle East. These chocolates are found both in dark and white flavors and contain cocoa mass, cocoa butter, hazelnuts and palm oil among main ingredients.
The last global premium chocolate is Ghirardelli started in 1858 first time and is prepared as intense dark chocolate squares to caramel chocolate squares.
So next time you go out shopping or travel abroad, you will know which brands to look out for if you feel like trying something new.
Summer Drinks For Kids
About 60% of the human body is water and it is very important to keep ourselves hydrated especially during the summer season. Therefore it is the best time to enjoy some refreshing drinks in order to keep our body cool and hydrated. Let's listen to this podcast to find out which are the most loved summer drinks by kids in India.
Across the nation, we Indians are a big fan of mojito, which is also called as lemon water in simple language or nimbu paani in Hindi. Nothing is more healthy and powerful than a glass of fresh lemon water on a hot sunny day.
Research has found that milk is much better re-hydrating drink than water because of its longer retention capacity. It contains protein and sodium which helps our body to regain lost energy. Milkshakes and smoothies are some popular summer drink made from milk to make it interesting for kids.
Coconut Water is undoubtedly another favorite drink, especially in coastal states of India. Being low in calories and rich in potassium, coconut water is considered to be more beneficial than a normal glass of water. Even sportsmen consume coconut water to gain their energy.
Cucumber juice is the excellent choice as a hydrating juice as cucumbers are known to contain 90% of water and are one of the most nourishing vegetables.
Finally, fruit juices like orange juice, beetroot juice are a great choice too as they are rich in electrolytes and are natural blood purifier. Natural fruit juices are often recommended by nutritionists for kids to keep them active and away from fizzy drinks.
Digital Photography Basic for Kids
Want to introduce your kids to photography but wondering where to start? Let's kick start their photography journey with Chimes Radio's 'Digital Photography Basics' where we explain different types of close up shots, mid shots and wide shots. The perfect way to introduce them to this beautiful skill and who knows, they might be the next big thing?
Mobile phones or mini cameras or DSLRs, photography can be done anywhere as long as you have a lens. To do it, one needs to know a few basic shots and boom you get a beautiful picture that is worth remembering.
Close-up is a type of shot where the camera is placed close to the subject to get a close view from shoulder to top of the head, like in the case of a portrait. This shot is used to capture facial expressions. In the extreme close-up shots, the frame includes only one body part of the subject.
Mid-shot or medium shot is used when the body language is required to be captured along with facial expression. A medium-long shot shows the subject’s body from mid-thigh to top of the head and also little sneak peeks of the background.
Long Shot shows the full body of the subject. It is used when we need to show the background as well as the subject.
Hope these basic tips help to spike your interest in this beautiful skill and you are encouraged to pick up a camera and have a go.
In this episode of World Trivia, we are going to talk about some very interesting Indian Inventions that have become part of day to day lives all over the world, so much so, that sometimes we don’t even bother to think that where do they originated from?
Let's start with the most ancient invention "0"( in words: zero). This number has no value in itself but surely gives weight age to another number when placed at last. This digit was introduced to the world by the famous Mathematician Aryabhatta, who is also known as "Man of Mathematician & Astronomical Talent”. The digit zero was formerly introduced in the Common Era and was used by Indians in their mathematical calculations.
The next invention we talk about is by the famous computer architect, Ajay V. Bhatt. He invented the lifeline of modern day data transfer - Pendrive or USB (Universal Serial Bus). USB or Pendrive is the most efficient data transfer device which is easy to carry owing to its small size and with rapid technological developments, has sufficient storage space.
Moving on to board games, this invention has been our true friend in the lockdown period of Covid-19. Be it chess or snake and ladders, they both originally invented in India. Chess, the game of intellectual was invented in the 6th century which was earlier called "Ashtapada" and Snake & ladders which is now also played digitally was introduced in the 13th century by a poet which was then referred to as "Moksha Patam". This game later became very popular in England during the British rule and got its English name too.
Yoga, an art of healthy living and fitness was also introduced to the world by India. It is said that yoga credit for Yoga goes directly to Hindu God, Lord Shiva, who is considered the first yoga teacher. Yoga has even got itself a special day which is celebrated as International Yoga Day on 21st June every year. Did you know that the shampoo which we use to wash our hair was originally invented by Indians? Shampoo was invented in 1762 as “Champoo”, meaning massage, in the eastern parts of the Mughal empire and was used as a product for head massage with no fragrance at all. But after several developments and several name changes, it came to be known as shampoo, as we call it today.
We often use the phrase "Necessity is the mother of inventions." Many inventions have surely turned our world upside-down and are a part of our daily life now. In the last episode we came across various Indian inventions and today, we are going to throw light on some brilliant and interesting American inventions.
Starting with Lunar Module, it is that lander spacecraft that helped Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to first step on the moon. The Lunar Module made its first landing in 1969. It was built with the help of 7000+ engineers, technicians, and mechanics. This brilliant invention was directed and designed by Thomas J. Kelly who head the entire project.
The next interesting invention is the object what we all find in our computer table, the Mousepad. These mousepads help us to move the cursor from one place to another very smoothly. These were invented in 1968 by Jack Kelly, a very good friend of Douglas Engelbart, the inventor of computer mouse.
Talking about the computer, did you know even printer was an American invention and was first invented in the same year when the lunar module was invented, 1969. The printer was invented by a Xerox engineer, Gary Starkweather. Earlier printers were only able to print two pages and were very rare but now we all know the abundance of printers everywhere and also the magic of "Ctrl+P".
Running shoes is also an American invention from the track and field coach, Bill Bowerman in 1971. Bill was in search of a light and strong grip shoe so one day he poured a little amount of rubberized liquid in a waffle maker and came up with the rubber sole and that's how he introduced waffle sole shoes. Do you know, Bill Bowerman is the founder of the famous shoe and sportswear brand Nike?
The last invention we are going to talk about is the Video Game Consoles. The inventor of video game console is Ralph H. Baer and he named his first console as "Magnavox Odyssey" in 1972. He was the man who turned the boring Television sets into an exciting video game system to which we are hooked on till today. So these were some of the interesting inventions from America, and we will continue to talk about more such inventions in our subsequent episodes.