Written by Laraba Murey

Short Story: The missing sweet meat

One fine day Divya woke her mother up and said, “Mummy it is so long since you made my favorite coconut barfi – please make it today!"






Mummy was in a good mood and so she smiled and said, “All right dear, I will keep it ready for you by the time you are back from school."

Divya went to school with a big smile on her face and spent the entire day dreaming about the delicious coconut barfis.

Meanwhile that afternoon, her elder brother, Dhruv came home with his friends. Mummy had gone to the market and he found a plate full of freshly made barfis on the kitchen platform. He decided to give his friends a treat and within minutes the plate was empty!

Just then mummy rang up and told Dhruv to give Divya a barfi when she came back from school. Poor Dhruv how was he to know that the barfis were made especially for Divya? A naughty idea struck him and he left his pet frog on the plate and placed a lid over it. He left the house chuckling.

Divya got home in the evening, eagerly went into the kitchen and opened the plate. A pair of eyes glistened at her. Four-year-old Divya was shocked. She went to her mother and asked “Mummy, do barfis have eyes?"

“Certainly not", said mummy “Go on and eat the barfis!" This time when she went and removed the lid, a frog jumped right at her! The poor little girl jumped back in fright and went crying to her mother. She told her mother about the frog who consoled her and waited for Dhruv to get back that night. When he came she took him to task and made him apologize to Divya. The next day mummy made some more coconut barfis and this time little Divya more than got her fill!!


What Is Dehydration?

When it's hot outside and you've been sweating, you get thirsty. Why? Thirst can be a sign of dehydration (say: dee-hye-DRAY-shun). Dehydration means that your body doesn't have enough water in it to keep it working right.

Aperson gets water by drinking and eating. You lose water when you sweat, urinate (pee), have diarrhea, or throw up. You even lose a little water when you breathe.


Our bodies need water to work properly. Usually, you can make up for the water you lose — like when you come in from outside and have a long, cool drink of water. If you don't replace the water your body has lost, you might start feeling sick. And if you go too long without the water you need, you can become very ill and might need to go to the hospital.



Why Am I Dehydrated?

Many times kids get dehydrated when they're playing hard and having fun. Have you ever gotten really sweaty and red-faced when you've been playing? This often happens when it's hot outside, but it can happen indoors, too, like if you're practicing basketball in a gym.

Kids also can get dehydrated when they're sick. If you have a stomach virus, you might throw up or have diarrhea (say: dye-uh-REE-uh) or both. On top of that, you probably don't feel very much like eating or drinking.

If you have a sore throat, you might find it hard to swallow food or drink. And if you have a fever, you can lose fluids because water evaporates from your skin in an attempt to cool your body down. That's why your mom or dad tells you to drink a lot of fluids when you're sick.


What Are the Signs of Dehydration?

Being thirsty is the top clue. Here are some other signs that a person might be dehydrated: feeling lightheaded, dizzy, or tired, rapid heartbeat, dry lips and mouth


Another sign of dehydration is not peeing as much or having dark or strong-smelling pee (pee usually is a pale yellow color).


What Should I Do?

If you can, try not to get dehydrated in the first place. If you're going to be going outside, it's a good idea to drink water before, during, and after you play, especially if it's hot. Dehydration can happen along with heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

So do you have to drink eight glasses of water a day? No, but you do need to drink enough to satisfy your thirst, and maybe a little extra if you're going to be exercising. Also, it's smart to dress in cool clothes and take breaks indoors or at least in the shade.

If you're sick, keep taking small sips of drinks like water or diluted juice, even if you're not that thirsty or hungry. Eating an ice pop is a great way to get fluids. Other foods, such as fruits and vegetables, contain water too, but if your stomach is not feeling well you might not be ready for them.

Limit soda and other sugary drinks, such as fruit punches, lemonades, and iced teas. These drinks have a lot of sugar that your body doesn't need. Some also contain caffeine, which can make you pee more a lot. In other words, it tells your body to get rid of fluids. And as you now know, that's the opposite of what you need to do if you're dehydrated!



1. What three numbers have the same answer when added together and multiplied together?


2. What bone has a sense of humor?


3. I fasten it and it walks. I unfasten it and it stops. What is it?


4. What walks all day on its head?


5. It stands on one leg with its heart in its head. What is it?


6. What is it that you will break every time you name it?




1. 1, 2, 3 2. Humorous 3. A sandal 4. A nail in a horseshoe 5. A cabbage 6. Silence



Did you know?

1.      Sloths cannot shiver to stay warm, and so have difficulty maintaining their body temperature on rainy days.


2.      One million earths could fit inside the sun!



3.      Like Niger, Nigeria is named after the Niger River. This is the longest and largest river in West Africa.


4.      The footprints on the moon will be there for 100 million years.


5.      Nearly 10 percent of all of a cat's bones are in its tail.


6. If you sneeze too hard, you could fracture a rib.



1. From what tree do acorns come?

2. What year did Nigeria take its first loan from the World Bank?

3. How many colours are in a rainbow?

4. Great works in iron, wood ivory and terra cotta which kingdom is known for this?

5. Who invented the telephone?


ANSWERS: 1. Oak 2.1977 3. 7 4. Benin kingdom 5. Alexander Graham Bell









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