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5 Types of Amazing Tennis Shots

08 Aug 17

A kind person once advised that one has to master the tennis shots to be a world best player. Each of these shots has variations that may be easy or tough depending on each player’s strengths and weaknesses.

Here are few important shots such as forehand, backhand, serve, volley, lob and drop shot. Each shot has a positive time. Also, the shots have to be played whether it is to win the point or simply to keep a rally going. 


Known as an easiest and probably the basic shot learned. This amazing form is made swinging the tennis racket across the body on the same side as the main hand which the racket is held.

Most tennis players use a single hand to hold the racquet for the forehand. However, some players use a two handed grip. Players like to use different styles of grips as per their style when executing the forehand. Some well-liked forehand grips contain the Western, the Eastern, and the Continental.


This form of the action is different, in fact opposite of the forehand. It is made by swinging the racket away from the body on the opposite side to the strong hand. Many players use a single hand to perform the backhand. However, there are many players that use a two-handed backhand.


As the name implies during this shot tennis players have no option to master, they have to be able to produce a service to commence a point. The serve is hit from behind the baseline and on one side of the court into the service box diagonally from the server. The tennis player usually throws the ball in the air and hits the ball at its maximum height in order to get the best angle possible.


The volley is an aggressive shot that is normally shaped to force the competitor back or to win a point. The shot is performed before the ball bounces and the idea is to return the ball before the opponent has time to adjust. The classic players’ master serve and volley, where a player will charge to the net and then volley the ball quickly back at their opponent. Half volley is another type of volley where the ball is hit on the rise after the ball bounces.

The Lob & Drop Shot

One of the difficult shot Lob is a tough technique to master as it is based on skills. It also includes quite a high degree of practice. The lob is a very high shot, it is usually played hit for two reasons such as to hit the tennis ball just out of reach of an opponent or to gain time to get back into position on the tennis court. On the other hands, Drop Shot is used when the opponent is at the rear of the court or out of position. The tennis ball is hit softly and just over the net to try and get it to bounce twice before the opponent can reach the ball.

These are the basic shots a player will commonly use in a game. There are many other trick shots that can be adapted into a player’s overall game.

By: Priyanka Negi

Content: Wikipedia

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Meenakshi Amma - Kalaripayattu

19 Mar 18

Meet Meenakshi Amma, Kalaripayattu expert and exponent in wielding the urumi. At 76, she received the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award during the year 2018. Amma's tryst with the art began from a very tender age, when she was hardly of five years.

Even then, VV Raghavan (or Raghavan master as he was called), the founder and teacher at the Kadathanadan Kalari Sangham school, sensed the innate talent of his young student. Despite his reputation as a tough task master, he was impressed by her nimble footwork, rhythmic movements, agility and dedication. Meenakshi supported her Master Raghavan in running the school and work there as his assistant. This art of Kalaripayattu is a male dominated domain and women clad wrapped in a saree generally avoid the hassle but Meenakshi Amma at 76 have broken the myths with her expertise. Her agility, fitness, defense techniques, counter attack, and swift movement generated million fans.     

Every year, Amma's school trains around 200 students from various parts of the world and does not charge students. Only donation or dakshina is obtained from students that are offered on completion of the course. Amma reveals how Raghavan begin his journey by starting the school by his own and teaching the local boys free of cost. Since then, Amma is following his footsteps.     

As revealed by many of the trainees, dedication and hard work is the key to Meenakshi Amma's tremendous success as a Kalaripayattu trainer. Though Amma is the proud recipient of one of the highest civilian award, she still remains a simple kind-hearted lady who will always inspire and make us proud.    

By: Subrata Dey

Content: https://scroll.in/magazine/827834/how-a-kerala-grandma-went-from-kalaripayattu-exponent-to-internet-star-to-padma-shri-winner

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Stationery Items that Every Kid in the 90’s Can’t Forget

20 Mar 18

Childhood is the most beautiful and innocent phase of life. It is a phase when the mind is without fear and the heart is without greed. Kids in the 90’s used to surround themselves with fancy stationary items. Indeed that was one all a kid in those days desired. But today’s scenario is somewhat different. Today, due to technological advancements the scenario has quite changed. Ever since the child becomes a little mature, they are exposed to Iphones and Ipads. These things mean a lot to the kids in the present day than anything else. If we look back, there are a number of amazing things that kids in the 90’s craved. Some of these items are as follows: Multi-purpose pencil box - The multi purpose pencil box was the most wanted item among the children; Rocket Pencil - It used to be the most fancy thing available; Ink Eraser - Often used to erase ink but most of the times it used to tear the sheet of paper itself; Scented Erasers- These erasers were available in different shapes and scents. They were not so efficient in erasing though; Fancy Sharpeners - These sharpeners were available in different shapes and sizes and there used to be a lot of competition among kids concerning who shall have the best sharpener; Pencil Tops - The beautiful trendy pencil tops were another trend among the kids; Pop-a-point pencils - Also referred to as the magic pencils, these were indeed a blessing in the childhood days. Apart from these some other amusing stationery items of those days include: Mechanical pencils; wing sung fountain pens; correction fluid pen; pen pencil; glitter pens; geometry boxes; multi coloured pens; wax crayons, sketch pens, magic pens etc.

By: Anuja Arora

Content: https://www.scoopwhoop.com/stationery-items-every-90s-kid-will-remember/?   ref=latest&utm_source=home_latest&utm_medium=desktop#.va9u2amkf

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Djokovic Lost at Indian Wells Whereas Roger Won

20 Mar 18

The Indian Wells Masters, also known as BNP Paribas Open due to sponsorship reasons, is an annual tennis tournament. It is held in March at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, United States.

Novak Djokovic, who is a Serbian professional tennis player, is currently ranked world No. 13 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Five-time winner Novak Djokovic lost to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel after suffering a three-set defeat in the BNP Paribas Open this year. Daniel triumphed by 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-1. Baffled Djokovic, stated that he is feeling very weird. His bad health over the last few weeks just puzzled everything for him.

Although he is grateful that he could come back to the field so quickly after undergoing a surgery but he feels bad at the errors that he made. He made four double faults, and 62 unforced errors in total. On the contrary, Roger Federer did not prove as unlucky as Djokovic. He won four games that he needed to defeat Federico Delbonis. Juan Martin Del Potro took just under 70 minutes to beat Australian Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-1. Frenchman Gael Monfils survived before beating big-serving American John Isner 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3) 7-5.

By: Anuja Arora

Content: http://www.skysports.com/tennis/news/12110/11286853/novak-djokovic-loses-to-taro-daniel-at-indian-wells

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How to Deal With Maths Phobia

19 Mar 18

Ever wondered why kids are afraid of Maths? Have you ever come across people in departmental stores/market place/busy street calculating their bills on phones? Worldwide, this Maths Phobia is discussed and these days, inspite of so many modern techniques coming including Abacus, the issue still remains unresolved.

Go back to your own time, specially the ones who finds difficulty in Maths, you'll held a plethora of issues responsible. Today, we will discuss a few issues that can be taken well care of our elders and mentors.

Highest Pedestal: People often place Maths at an unreasonably high pedestal that when children cannot fulfill it, they run away from it. Comments like "You have to score very good marks in Maths", "You have to score full marks" weakens the confidence of children.

Unnecessary Tension/Thinking: Parents/teachers/children often make Maths more challenging than it really is! It's often a custom to do all the easier subjects first and then solve Maths problems. It is as if a rule to resolve complicated issues later on that kills the fascination for doing Maths.

Maths phobia is a never-ending issue and its better to resolve it at a very early stage rather than to wait and watch.

First of all, take baby steps while teaching the subject, be it teachers or parents. Start by making them solve sums that are below their standard. This way, self-confidence will get enhanced.  Never let down the children even if they are not able to understand at one go. Try to bring in practical examples around you while teaching the subject.


By: Subrata Dey

Content: https://flintobox.com/blog/parenting/why-kids-dislike-math

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Cumin: History, Origin and Uses

19 Mar 18

Cumin is an aromatic spice with a strong, warm aroma and distinctive bitter flavor. Cumin is widely used in various cuisines and places such as Middle Eastern, Asian and Mexican cuisines. The spice can be sold whole or ground and is available in 3 colors: black, amber and white. The seeds are harvested from the tiny dehydrated fruit of an yearly plant that is part of aromatic plant family.

Cumin has been used since ancient times. The Egyptians were the first to have used it in culinary purposes. Greeks and Romans used cumin for its medicinal properties. Cumin is also pointed in the Bible in the both the old and the new testament. Today, it is most commonly grown and used in Malta, India, China, Iran, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

Apart from adding flavor to whatever food it is added to, cumin is also known for its great medicinal properties. Cumin, along with other spices and ghee, holds a very important place in Ayurvedic medicine. The seeds are rich in iron and can help in strengthening your immune system. Studies have also shown that cumin can help in preventing development of stomach cancer, can prevent diabetes and has strong liver detoxification properties. Cumin’s contribution to wellness has really fascinated scientists and those involved in holistic nutrition. It is regularly used in seasonings and curry powders. Cumin seed oil is also used in the perfume industry to add that perfect touch of aroma.


By: Neha Maheshwari

Content: http://www.indianmirror.com/ayurveda/indian-spices/cumin.html

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