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Teen Times

by a whisker story telling by ramendra kumar

LnC presents renowned children’s author Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) narrating a rib tickling story of a beautiful, fiery and very intelligent tigress Agni who manages to keep her lazy, dreamer tiger husband Arjun from marrying a donkey – but only by a whisker.

This tale of nuts & coconuts will have you ‘shaking’ with laughter. 😀

Salads, Samosas and Sprouts
Salads, Samosas and Sprouts
Sid needs to have sprouts and salads (S&S) in his diet as these healthy, power-packed foods will make him strong. But he doesn't like them at all. So his Mom strikes a deal with him to make him love his S&S.
The Unknown Heroes of New York
The Unknown Heroes of New York
Heroism lies not in strength alone but in the intention to do good and save lives. Enjoy Akash Nag's action packed story of unsung superheroes!
By a Whisker
By a Whisker
LnC presents renowned children's author Ramendra Kumar (Ramen) narrating a rib tickling story of a beautiful, fiery and very intelligent tigress Agni who manages to keep her lazy, dreamer tiger husband Arjun from marrying a donkey - but only by a whisker. This tale of nuts & coconuts will have you 'shaking' with laughter. :D
Friends Forever Chapter 29
Friends Forever Chapter 29
"He has been by my side during the best of times and the worst of times. If it wasn’t for him, I would be somewhere, smoking a joint and dying inch by inch, rather than standing here before all of you with this beautiful trophy in my hands. This young man is my best buddy, Aamir. I dedicate this trophy to him.” Ramendra Kumar's story ends; Avijit Sarkar's illustrations, too. Aamir and Sagar go their ways, but they've forged a friendship that lasts a lifetime. They are, after all, Friends Forever!
Friends Forever Chapter 28
Friends Forever Chapter 28
How does the match end? Is Sagar able to prove himself? And make Hyderabad Blues proud of him? Friends Forever and Sagar bowl the story to its end. The hugely popular serialized teen novel written by Ramendra Kumar and illustrated by Avijit Sarkar, reaches its climax!
Friends Forever Chapter 27
Friends Forever Chapter 27
THE MATCH that Sagar has been waiting for! Friends Forever by Ramendra Kumar, illustrated by Avijit Sarkar, takes you through each over!
Friends Forever Chapter 26
Friends Forever Chapter 26
There was silence at the other end. Aamir waited with bated breath. He knew he had taken a gamble. If it worked, there was a possibility that Sagar would be in the team or else it was the end of Sagar’s career as a cricketer. Will Sagar get a second chance? Ramendra Kumar's story is now at the base of its climax. Don't miss these last few chapters. With illustrations by Avijit Sarkar.
Friends Forever Chapter 25
Friends Forever Chapter 25
Sagar's challenges continue. “I was dreading this would happen one day – my past would catch up with me. Now my cricketing career is finished forever.”
Friends Forever Chapter 24
Friends Forever Chapter 24
Aamir's faces his toughest challenges - English Elocution and Shantanu - together. What will happen? Of course Sagar is there to cheer him on! Enjoy Ramendra Kumar’s serialized novel Friends Forever, illustrated by Avijit Sarkar, exclusively on LnC! :)
Friends Forever Chapter 23
Friends Forever Chapter 23
Sagar's rigorous camp. And then, back to school where a surprise awaits him. Do you think his troubles and challenges are finally over?
Friends Forever Chapter 22
Friends Forever Chapter 22
Aamir helps Sagar get help. And then, more people help Sagar turn his life around. Ramendra Kumar's Friends Forever proves you can if you want.
Friends Forever Chapter 21
Friends Forever Chapter 21
Never even in his wildest dreams or rather nightmares could Aamir have imagined Sagar— his best friend, the sports hero, the bright and ebullient Sagar— hooked on drugs! Is there any way Aamir can help him? If Sagar was your friend would you want to help him?
Friends Forever Chapter 20
Friends Forever Chapter 20
“Simply take a puff and let go. Don’t ask questions, Sagar. Just enjoy,” Sanya said, smiling at him and moving a step closer. Ramendra Kumar's story can happen with anyone. Be cautious!
Friends Forever Chapter 19
Friends Forever Chapter 19
Sagar begins his story. Why and how has his life become complicated? Enjoy the mint fresh episode of Ramendra Kumar's serialized novel Friends Forever, illustrated by Avijit Sarkar, exclusively on LnC every Wednesday and Friday! 😊
Friends Forever Chapter 18
Friends Forever Chapter 18
Aamir knows who the thief is. But the situation is more complicated than he can imagine. What will he do? Friends Forever moves forward.
Friends Forever Chapter 17
Friends Forever Chapter 17
A spate of thefts in school disturb everyone's life, puzzling everyone. Do you know who could be stealing from the students?
Two Little Babes and an Adventure
Two Little Babes and an Adventure
Two children, Charu and Raghu, dodge a dozing dad to skip out of the house on bright sunny afternoon and explore the world of animals all by themselves.
Friends Forever Chapter 16
Friends Forever Chapter 16
Over the next few weeks Aamir got busier by the day. Gradually Aamir and Sagar ended up spending less and less time together. Sagar seemed to have found a new friend. Friends Forever marches on exploring school life, friendship, bonding and challenges.
Friends Forever Chapter 15
Friends Forever Chapter 15
Aamir learns the art of public speaking from an expert Richa Tripathy. Ramendra Kumar's "Friends Forever" journeys on with Aamir and Sagar.
Friends Forever Chapter 14
Friends Forever Chapter 14
Nervously, Aamir removed from his pocket the sheet of paper on which he had written his speech and tried reading. How does Aamir overcome his challenges?
Friends Forever Chapter 13
Friends Forever Chapter 13
Everyone in the stands was on his or her feet. The roar was deafening. Aamir was standing on one leg, his heart acting like it would burst out of his rib cage and flutter around.
Friends Forever Chapter 12
Friends Forever Chapter 12
The cricket match hots up as Sagar faces the deadly Firdaus who is considered one of the fastest bowlers on the circuit.
Friends Forever Chapter 11
Friends Forever Chapter 11
He desperately wanted his friend to succeed. Cricket was Sagar’s life and his greatest ambition was to play for his school and then move on to greater heights.
Friends Forever Chapter 10
Friends Forever Chapter 10
Aamir had seen anger flash in Sagar’s eyes for a fleeting second. But after that momentary glimpse, it was back to the good-humoured Sagar. What if your best friend and you have different interests? Read on to read how Sagar and Aamir live together and follow different interests.
Friends Forever Chapter 9
Friends Forever Chapter 9
He picked up a pencil and scribbled a few words on a piece of paper. “Pehley waala funda ekdum extra hai, Ekta Reddy!”
Friends Forever Chapter 8
Friends Forever Chapter 8
Aamir found that he was getting busier by the day. What with his studies, the extra emphasis on English, teaching Gopal and his involvement in Literary Club activities, he had quite a lot on his hands.
Friends Forever Chapter 7
Friends Forever Chapter 7
The art of public speaking was now fascinating Aamir. During the Literary Club activities, he started using every opportunity to participate in Elocution to get rid of his stage fear.
Friends Forever Chapter 6
Friends Forever Chapter 6
In the next session of the Literary Club Sharma Sir divided the twenty members into four groups and conducted a literary quiz. Four questions pertained to Greek mythology. Thanks to Aamir’s new found knowledge he could answer all. His team bagged the top spot and Aamir was delighted.
Friends Forever Chapter 5
Friends Forever Chapter 5
They had reached a small bungalow surrounded by a fence. Sagar unlatched the gate and they stepped in. Aamir looked around. A pathway led to the veranda of the house.
Friends Forever Chapter 4
Friends Forever Chapter 4
It took a few seconds to register and then the shock hit Aamir – it was his essay! The essay he had been quite happy with, was now being read out as a specimen of pathetic writing.
Friends Forever Chapter 3
Friends Forever Chapter 3
A right hook, uppercut and a couple of left hooks - in a few minutes it was all over! The attackers disappeared into the shadows from where they had appeared. Aamir and Sagar examined each other in the moonlight.
Friends Forever Chapter 2
Friends Forever Chapter 2
What was Aamir's welcome like at this prestigious boarding school? Enjoy Chapter 2 of Friends Forever, the novel for teens by Ramendra Kumar serialized exclusively on LnC. Illustrations are by Avijit Sarkar.
Friends Forever - Chapter 1
Friends Forever – Chapter 1
Aamir was really excited since he knew how much he had slogged and how hard his parents had worked to make this dream come true...Two weeks later the results were declared. Aamir had topped and could now join TPS.
Friends Forever - The Serialized Novel
Friends Forever – The Serialized Novel
LnC is proud to present celebrated children's writer Ramendra Kumar's latest novel Friends Forever as an exclusive series, every Wednesday and Friday, illustrated with beautiful life-like art by renowned artist Avijit Sarkar.
Saare Jahan Se Achchha....
Saare Jahan Se Achchha….
An Independence Day Special Children's story by Ramendra Kumar that explores the richness of diversity, culture, traditions and values India stands for.
A Holiday Mystery
A Holiday Mystery
What happens when a horse is knifed and a gold bracelet stolen? Out on a holiday at Matheran, Aman finds himself in the middle of a chase to solve a theft. A suspense filled short story by Anantha. The sketches are courtesy 10 year old Varun.
Chu and Chi
Chu and Chi
What happens when two aliens run out of fuel and land on earth? Chu and Chi find a solution with their human friend in this sweet short story by Sutapa Basu.
Fairy Tale Country
Fairy Tale Country
A beautiful fantasy of a little girl's dreams that come true because of her golden heart and her love for her ailing naani. Children's Day Special Story by Ramendra Kumar.
Every star that twinkles makes me feel like you're watching me
Dau Saheb
A heartfelt wistful reminiscence of her Grandpa by 20-year-old Arshita.
Ramendra Kumar with a young reader of Against All Odds
Against All Odds: The Triumph of the Human Spirit – In Conversation with Ramendra Kumar
Against All Odds, the latest book for children by renowned writer Ramendra Kumar, is about three individuals, three obstacles and one passion – Football. Learning and Creativity caught up with this prolific and highly popular author for a tête-à-tête on his latest tome.
Ramendra Kumar with his enthusiastic bunch of learners
Bookaroo @ Bengaluru 2017: Books & Bliss with Story Telling!
Award-winning and best-selling children's books author Ramendra Kumar conducted a session based on Against All Odds, his latest book which was recently released, in Delhi Public School, Bengaluru as a  part of  Bookaroo’s School Outreach programme.
I was just trying to make do with an apologetic array of vegetables available in the swanky kitchen. Half an onion, three–fourths of a capsicum, and a couple of potatoes.
Yummy, Mummy! Anything for a Hungry Tummy
"I knew the concoction that I was trying to cook, was far from yummy, as I was just trying to make do with an apologetic array of vegetables available in the swanky kitchen. Half an onion, three–fourths of a capsicum, and a couple of potatoes." Santosh Bakaya muses over the challenges mothers face to serve up something yummy, something different for their demanding kids.
It was an old and small house, almost in ruins
Boundless Love
15 year old Maitri Singh pens a lovely story about humanity and compassion, tracing the travails of a Korean girl in the unfamiliar land of India.
I had a Monster In My Life
The Monster In My Life: A Short Story
It was purely my secret. Not even my mother knew of this monster’s existence in my life.
The dusty streets of Rotherham
The Game Of Royals
The very next day, at the stroke of seven, Daniel was out on the road for this dismal job of cocaine transfer.
In the year of 5010 Mm Grance was living on the planet of Neptune.
The Camatoz Comet
JD, 7, has never been able to experience life on Neptune. Her whole family believed that JD had gotten the Demaker's kiss.
Within a few hours of Shivaji’s escape, an informer reported to the kotwal
Chatrapati Shivaji and His Great Escape
Shivaji and his son hid themselves in baskets containing sweets and escaped. The question is how come sweets were served to prisoners in such huge baskets?
The upper regions wore the crown of white. The peaks of the Himalayan ranges sparkled with ice caps.
A True Tale of Valor
This realisation steeled their will further. “Do or die” became their war cry.
A Dream Come True
A Dream Come True
A touching short story by Ramendra Kumar set in a circus about how animals respond to compassion and cruelty.
The very next morning Sachin’s boxing lessons began in earnest.
The Real Winner
One whack and you’ll go flying straight into your mummy’s lap,” he jeered. Everyone burst out laughing.
Its roots pointed to the sky. Its branches dipped toward the ground.
Fooled by Illusion
It was of a tree. It hung upside down in space. Its roots pointed to the sky. Its branches dipped toward the ground.
Mr. Jayabalan was the drillmaster at Ganu’s school. He used his stick generously
Ganapathy and the Drillmaster
That night, Ganu could not sleep. He had frightening visions of Jayabalan dragging him off to Lanka and pounding him with his mace.
Our valiant soldiers are sacrificing their todays for our tomorrows. We are proud that among these real life heroes
The Real Hero
Sahil walked up to the dais. The Principal handed him a huge rolled-up drawing sheet. As he unrolled it and looked at it, tears sprang into his eyes.
I prepared myself for 'ANOTHER DAY' - another boring and hectic day
Another Day
I was crying with joy and pleasure. Yes! I would help make the impossible possible. Suddenly
Saira's mom put Saimma on her lap.
As soon as she came home from school, Saira let herself into the house and crept into her mother's room.
He noticed a red ball to the east. It was at some distance. It was the sun rising.
When Hanuman Tried to Swallow the Sun
He noticed a red ball to the east. It was at some distance. It was the sun rising.
Give him any thing, and soon he would balance one piece on
Building Blocks
“Oh, my God, Ankur, what have you done!” he cried in dismay.Mummy rushed in from the kitchen.“How could you have been so naughty!”
She looked more beautiful than the women residing in his neighbourhood
Exit of Wife — A folk Tale from Japan
Hikosaku was surprised to find that she looked more beautiful than the women residing in his neighbourhood.
Outside the phone booth, it was pouring. Delhi was experiencing the first spell of winter.
The Outlaw and the Cop
They dreamt of a new world order -- a world free of corruption. A new world where there was no rich or poor. Where everyone had equal rights and wealth
A gift – Brand new yellow beach ball.
The Yellow Beach Ball
As if the afternoon sun had taken a break from its duties and descended to the earth disguised as a beach ball.
“Mother, you betrayed me again. You went away when I wanted to hold on to you the most.”
Betrayal : An Emotion
All her emotions, her love, her feelings, pent up for so long rushed out…her eyes grew misty, sobs racked her body. She screamed soundlessly..
Bravery award every year to the boy who depicts exemplary courage.
Change of Heart
Atul couldn’t bear to hear anymore. He rushed to his room threw himself on his bed and cried his heart out.
A bang could be heard. It was clear that the hijacker had hit him.
The Hijack
I stared at the radio with amazement. What was there to panic? Then I heard sounds of gunshots from the cockpit. "Oh, My God!" I exclaimed, "Is it a hijack!"
A magical cat, just like the Puss in boots!!
The Cat that Talked
Heathcliff, it appeared, was no ordinary cat. The neighbourhood abounded with rumours that he could actually talk.
The strange peacock became the center of attraction in the forest.
The Foolish Prince
"Prince, I'm not above death. Tell me, how can you become immortal by eating a mortal?" asked the peacock
Deepak  returning from school
Deepak was returning from school he saw some children of his school following a man. Deepak started following them.
A cracked mirror can never be put together again
Cracked Mirror
A cracked mirror can never be put together again," Grandpa says in utter disbelief."Want to see the magic?" I challenge him.
A Cold December night in Calcutta
The Doctor-cum-Driver
It was a cold December night. I was returning from a party my friend had thrown on the eve of his first marriage anniversary.
by Almira Yoel

5th November 1998
The little girl looked bewildered. She was just 8 and she felt that she had been through all the ups and downs in her life. She could hear the voices again and knew her parents were at each other's throats again. She lay in her bed awake listening to the argument as the voices grew louder and louder. She could not make out what they were talking about. She was still drowsy from her sleep. She did not even care to hear what the argument was about. This happened far too many times for her to be interested any more.

She did not remember when and how the fights started but now it seemed to her like they went on forever. She had been through their many fights too terrified to even cry. When they first started fighting first she couldn't believe what was happening. She must have been around 3-4 years then. She was sitting in her mother's lap and tinkering with her toys when her father walked in. She smiled at him as she always did when she saw him. But he did not look at her. He was looking menacingly at her mother and then he was talking to her loudly. Her mother said something back to him and this seemed to have angered him more. He started shouting louder and her mother did the same. After 10-15 minutes of this, he stormed out leaving her mother in tears.

That was the beginning of the storm that raged on and off. Sometimes for days together everything would be fine. But one day they would be back at it again. Her father's shouts, her mother's screams, things being hurled, and finally her father walking out and her mother crying her heart out. She could not understand what was happening. Two people who loved her so much did not seem to love each another.

Once she heard her mother cry out to someone named God. She was pleading with him as to why this was happening. She did not know who this God was but if he could help her then she would ask him to she decided. But she did not know how to address God. Her mother seemed to look up when she referred to him. Maybe he was above the ceiling. She addressed him and asked him for his help. She told him that she loved her parents very much and that they were doing some bad things to each other. She appealed to him to take away the bad thing that was happening. She wanted to sleep peacefully.

No fights please!" she implored to God. As she was talking to God sleep overtook her and she drifted away. She woke in another hour hearing yet another heated battle going on. Maybe God could not hear her, being so far up!


17th May 2000
The little girl was 10 years old now. She was sleeping peacefully. No arguments disturbed her sleep anymore. She had been sleeping very well for so many days now. Sometimes she heard people whisper to each other as they passed by her. She did not know what they were saying but she knew that they were showing some sort of feeling towards her that she did not like one bit.
She tried to listen to what they were saying. Her aunt was telling her uncle how unlucky the girl was. That she must be going through hell after her parents' divorce. "Oh! I pity the poor girl," she heard her say with a sigh.

Once an old couple came to visit her. Her mother told her they were her grandparents. The old woman took her in her lap and started crying saying what fate had befallen her. That she must be miserable that her parents were separated.

After dinner, the old woman put her to bed and said, "Oh! Why did God have to do this to this small girl." The girl smiled to herself in her bed. She didn't think she was unlucky. Her parents gave her a lot of love. What if they did not live with each other? They took care of her. She liked visiting her father. He gave her so many things. Her mother took such good care of her. The house was quiet. There were no more fights. She slept peacefully. God had indeed listened to her!
The Little Girl
The little girl looked bewildered. She was just 8 and she felt that she had been through all the ups and downs in her life.
That marked the dawn of a new day; the dawn of insight that in meditation there is peace
Road to the Temple
That marked the dawn of a new day; the dawn of hope for the devas and the munis.
Kabhi Kabhi
Kabhi Kabhi
He had met her at his cousin's birthday party. She was working as a Public Relations executive in a Five star hotel.
Golden orioles, love to fly and rest in the mango groves but they never eat the fruit.
How the Mango Birds Were Born
Deep, deep in a dense forest, there was a small mango grove, just five or six trees on a broad ledge at the side of a hillock. Wild trees--no one had ..
"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning." ~ Brad Henry
Impact of Teachers in My Life
Interest in the past is natural, almost organic but interest in history has to be cultivated.
You enter the Examination Hall. Scenario is scary, situation is tight, stomach is in knots.
Cheating for Dummies!
What an irrelevant paper! It doesn't really help you understand the real world and real problems.
Although like all other kid's my age I can't wait to get out on my own, bunk classes and hang out with my friends all day long, I will definitely miss the cocoon of love and security which enveloped me all through my school days
A Roller-coaster Called School
As we passed the Bata shoe shop, my mom suggested I buy a new pair of school shoes, as the ones I had were pretty worn out.
A 'Family' of Strangers
A ‘Family’ of Strangers
Was this her home? A 'family' of strangers with nothing to say to each other? Dead people with dead dreams.
Technology: Can It Heal the World?
Technology: Can It Heal the World?
Man first used the power to hold back the calamities of nature, and then to bring under control, all the cosmic phenomena unpropitious to the mundane world.
A teenager always demands something his/her favorite hero/heroine wore in the recent box-office hit move.
Fashion Trends and Teenagers
The world of fashion is ever changing and fashion is all about glitzy, glitter and glamour.
Indian education system is like driving all with same stick.
Three Hours that Seal your Fate
As the Board exams near, the tension mounts, the long nights of endless studies and revisions stretch out.
Adolescence is a time  when a person finds himself at crossroads.
Navigating Adolescence
After entering the teenage years, at 14 years of age, surrounded by many coloured dreams, I too was ready to experience the heavy delight that the new life promised.

Today’s Motivation

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson