Heights by great men reached and kept

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.”       — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   I have known and believed in this quote ever since I came across this in 1990. But now when I look back, after about three decades, and think about lives of some people, I feel like questioning my belief. I don’t know whether this thought is a passing phase or is it going to nag me for a long time. Only time will tell…

IICE GATE Students’ Felicitation Programme — Speech

Good morning friends, Recently, on a result day, I heard two students talking. They both got above 90 percent marks. One said to the other, “Congratulations”, and the other said, “Shame to you”. Suppose someone comes to you now and points at a chair near you and tells you, “Can I shit here?”, what will be your response? I suggest you change your place. Well, I come across hundreds of such sentences. They prove that most people need to improve their English. Some more examples.  I go for a morning walk in the evening. I take breakfast in the evening around 5 and then go for a morning walk. He returned back at 6 o’clock. I asked a student at a school, “Where’s the principal?” He said, “He has just passed away.” Actually, the principal was having tea in his office. Well, coming to the point, let me thank ICE team in general and Dr Bhavin Desai in particular for inviting me and my Fluentlingua team. I have come here to have a tête-à-tête, a heart to heart talk. I have come here to tell you three things. English is important in every industry and at most places in the …