Different strategies for different results

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.”  Nobody actually knows who said that, but it’s one of those truths that everyone knows but not many can really put it into practice. Most people do the same things again and again, year after year, and expect different results. I can only sympathise with them.

Big white cars with films on windows

Big white cars with dark films on windows Yesterday evening while going from my home in Pal to my institute in Adajan, Surat, I saw three big white cars; two without number plates and one without a number. Incidentally, each of them had a black film coating on windows, so nothing inside was visible. As far as I know, a dark film coating on windows is not allowed. And it’s obvious that each vehicle has to have a clearly written number. Moreover, I was disgusted by the audacity of one of the drivers when he whizzed past me through the traffic and stood in front of the line near the traffic police.

Keep it up… ignoring your critics

There’s an old African proverb: The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks. Interesting, isn’t it? Please do remember it when you are on a roll. [Note, especially for my language learners: “on a roll” means “experiencing a period of success or good luck: Cambridge Dictionary]

Be Happy

If you can’t do everything perfectly well and on time despite all your best efforts, you’re in good company. — Dharmendra Sheth [Note, especially for my language learners: “to be in good company” means “to have the same problem as many other people” Cambridge Dictionary]

Let’s pay compliments, shall we?

Hi everyone, Let’s pay compliments. Let’s find “good” things in people and tell them what you like about them. Let’s make today “better” for people around you or connected with you in some way. And please share your experience with me or anyone else you choose to. Best wishes, Dharmendra. Founder, Fluentlingua, Surat Some expressions that you can use are given below. It’s a small set—you can add many more to this list when you are free. 1 You have a melodious voice. 2 I admire your skills. 3 I wish I knew how to work/write like you. 4 That’s a really cute outfit. 5 Your selection is amazing. 6 I wonder how easily you do this. 7 You have a pretty face. 8 I love to listen to you. 9 You look absolutely stunning in this dress. 10 What a spiffy suit you have worn! 11 You have an amazing sense of humour. 12 Not many can do as efficiently as you do. 13 You look great today. 14 You are a sight for sore eyes. 15 You have an enviable command of language. 16 You are a gifted artist. 17 You look charming. 18 I have a high …

Lecture on Business Writing at the ICSI, Surat

I was invited by the The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) to conduct a session on “Business English” at The Lords Plaza on Wednesday 30 January 2019. It was a great experience. I began with a diagnostic test to generate interest in business writing. The activity clicked as expected. I discussed some apparently simple but grossly neglected areas of writing. The participants were curious to know how English is used in international business contexts. They wanted to know if there were some tips they could use right away. I discussed quite a few conventions of writing letters, emails and reports. The most interesting part of the session was an activity to learn editing. The participants had a hands-on experience of editing a slipshod mail. They realised that apart from grammatical accuracy, one has to aim at style and elegance. Though the focus was on written communication, I did have a few question about pronunciation in different varieties of English. The session ended with a short but sweet speech from a participant. Thank you ICSI for inviting me. I look forward to more such sessions.