Confessions

Hi everyone, Here are a few confessions. 1) Writing: Let me confess that it is not possible to write a meaningful post every day. Writing takes time. Sometimes you have a thought but no time to put it into words. And sometimes your thought is too difficult to be clothed in words. 2) Punctuality: I am usually “in time” (i.e., early) or at least “on time” for most of my appointments and commitments. However, I find it hard to be on time all the time, especially in the morning. Sometimes it is the body who doesn’t listen to your mind or logic. It has its own weird and not-so-regular clock. I hope you understand what I mean. 😉 3) Diet: I often plan to eat “this” only or “that” only, but at the end of the day when I look back, I have usually eaten what I am not supposed to eat. 4) Reading: This is perhaps my consistent failure. I always plan to read at least 30 pages of a novel every day. My teachers, the Marathes, keep harping on about it. No doubt I understand its value. No doubt I often read. But I don’t think there was ever a whole …

Wanna improve your pronunciation?

Wanna improve your pronunciation? Learn to speak clearly and effectively in standard British English. Last workshop before Diwali. And that too on “Vak Baras” day (not “vag”). It’s a day when we in India worship Saraswatiji, the Goddess of learning. “Vak” is related to “speech”. Many speak it as “vag”, a tiger. I’d prefer to take it as “vak”, as in “vak-chaturya”. And hence this workshop. Learn to speak clearly and effectively in standard English.

Drive safely

You are risking your life and others’ if you 1) drive on the wrong side or 2) talk on the phone while driving.

Benefits of Reading by Dharmendra Sheth

Reading leads to success and happiness. Period. But how? First of all, reading widens your mental (what many call intellectual) horizons. The more you read, the more information you pick up about the world and everything in it. This leads to a solid core of knowledge that is useful to you in a wide variety of real-life situations.       Secondly, reading expands your word power or your store of vocabulary. And having more words at your command means greater ability to deal with and express more thoughts and clearer ideas. This enhanced ability greatly augments your chances of success in your field of work. No other activity builds your vocabulary and comprehension skills as effectively as reading.      Thirdly, reading shows you how different writers present their thoughts, facts, logic, emotions, arguments, humour, etc., which, if you imbibe their techniques, will hone your own writing skills. Moreover, when you read important and serious works in different spheres of knowledge, you gain skills in dealing with complex ideas.       Fourthly, research shows that avid readers can comprehend others’ situations and attitude better. If you are a voracious reader, you acquire the ability to separate essential from nonessential …

Say not the struggle naught availeth by Arthur Hugh Clough

Hi everyone, This morning I recorded one of my favourite poems “Say not the struggle naught availeth” by Arthur Hugh Clough. I read it (and often aloud) when I feel down in the dumps… when I feel I haven’t got what I deserve… my efforts aren’t aptly rewarded… or I suffer for no faults of mine. Well, I hope you never have to go through such trying times, but in case you do, please remember this poem and it will boost your morale and lift your spirits. Click this link to watch the video. Best wishes.