quick reads

The big news: How is Aadhaar mandatory despite our order, SC asks Centre, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The EC has frozen the AIADMK name and symbol until June 16, and the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a Paris attack.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. How can you make Aadhaar mandatory when we said it was optional, Supreme Court asks Centre: The bench questioned whether making the unique ID number compulsory was the only way to tackle PAN card fraud.
  2. AIADMK name, two-leaves symbol will remain frozen till June 16, rules Election Commission: The poll monitor asked the two warring factions of the party to iron out their differences.
  3. French policeman killed, two others injured in Central Paris shooting claimed by the Islamic State: The suspect, who was known to intelligence services, was gunned down.
  4. Nirmala Sitharaman hints at Centre retaliating to new US policy on H-1B visa: American companies make profits in India as well, the commerce and industry minister said.
  5. Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad booked in Latur for misbehaving with the police, says report: Officers said he and his supporters created trouble outside an SBI branch after finding an ATM empty.
  6. Centre plans ‘Project Cow’, which will have sanctuaries to protect the animals: While details of the proposal are currently unavailable, Union minister Hansraj Ahir said they had been working on it for some time.
  7. Donald Trump says he is great friends with opera legend Pavarotti, who has been dead 10 years: The US president went awkwardly off script during a joint press conference with the Italian prime minister.
  8. Mulayam Singh Yadav told he has Rs 4 lakh in unpaid electricity bills for UP home: Officials visited the Samajwadi Party leader’s sprawling Etawah house as part of a surprise inspection.
  9. Ensure that Kashmiris are safe in your states, Rajnath Singh tells CMs: The Union Home Ministry will issue an advisory about this, the minister said, after students from Jammu and Kashmir were attacked in Rajasthan.
  10. Actor Sathyaraj apologises after Kannada groups threaten to block Baahubali’s release: Kannadigas have been protesting against him for comments he made against the community during Cauvery agitations in 2008.
We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

Children's Day is not for children alone

It’s also a time for adults to revisit their childhood.

Most adults look at childhood wistfully, as a time when the biggest worry was a scraped knee, every adult was a source of chocolate and every fight lasted only till the next playtime. Since time immemorial, children seem to have nailed the art of being joyful, and adults can learn a thing or two about stress-free living from them. Now it’s that time of the year again when children are celebrated for...simply being children, and let it serve as a timely reminder for adults to board that imaginary time machine and revisit their childhood. If you’re unable to unbuckle yourself from your adult seat, here is some inspiration.

Start small, by doodling at the back page of your to-do diary as a throwback to that ancient school tradition. If you’re more confident, you could even start your own comic strip featuring people in your lives. You can caricaturise them or attribute them animal personalities for the sake of humour. Stuck in a boring meeting? Draw your boss with mouse ears or your coffee with radioactive powers. Just make sure you give your colleagues aliases.

Pull a prank, those not resulting in revenue losses of course. Prank calls, creeping up behind someone…pull them out from your memory and watch as everyone has a good laugh. Dress up a little quirky for work. It’s time you tried those colourful ties, or tastefully mismatched socks. Dress as your favourite cartoon characters someday – it’s as easy as choosing a ponytail-style, drawing a scar on your forehead or converting a bath towel into a cape. Even dinner can be full of childish fun. No, you don’t have to eat spinach if you don’t like it. Use the available cutlery and bust out your favourite tunes. Spoons and forks are good enough for any beat and for the rest, count on your voice to belt out any pitch. Better yet, stream the classic cartoons of your childhood instead of binge watching drama or news; they seem even funnier as an adult. If you prefer reading before bedtime, do a reread of your favourite childhood book(s). You’ll be surprised by their timeless wisdom.

A regular day has scope for childhood indulgences in every nook and cranny. While walking down a lane, challenge your friend to a non-stop game of hopscotch till the end of the tiled footpath. If you’re of a petite frame, insist on a ride in the trolley as you about picking items in the supermarket. Challenge your fellow gym goers and trainers to a hula hoop routine, and beat ‘em to it!

Children have an incredible ability to be completely immersed in the moment during play, and acting like one benefits adults too. Just count the moments of precious laughter you will have added to your day in the process. So, take time to indulge yourself and celebrate life with child-like abandon, as the video below shows.

Play

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of SBI Life and not by the Scroll editorial team.