Sunday, 20 August 2017

Pathshala Funwala: English English

#PathshalaFunwala #English


Although our mother-tongue is not English, in my case it is Hindi, but English plays a rather crucial role in our lives. People judge us based on our fluency and accent. And they rate our knowledge and level with the usage of big words. The more you mouth bigger words, the better your English is -no matter if they understand you or not. Yes, this is the current mentality of India and I have faced similar situation.

My mother tells me that she fought our elders to place me and my sister in an English-medium school. She didn't want us to face similar issues she faced when she was growing up. For the record, my mother is a successful gynecologist and she states that lack of proper English caused many hurdles for her. So, yes, she got us in the best English medium school Agra city had to offer. However, the biggest problem was, despite being an English medium, no one spoke in English in our school -not even English teacher. The system failed her and though I knew better English in comparison to other kids in my neighborhood, I failed her. Well, the system failed her. I was too little to understand the importance back then, so I didn't put any efforts in learning good English. I could read and write but my fluency was zero. Problems with us Indians is that, we think in Hindi or our mother-tongue, translate in our minds and blurt English words. And during this translation, we lose our vocabulary, grammar and everything else. I realized this problem when I started giving interviews for colleges.
Even the worst colleges gave preference to fluency in English. Sadly I am not of any any reserved category, so I had to face the harsh reality. Despite passing with flying colors, I failed to get admission in two colleges -it depressed me and gave me a sense of reality. The interview of third college was two months later and it was my preferred college -closer to home and with good placements. I knew my chances were very slim because there were only twenty seats in 'General category' and students from all over India applied to this college. I lost all hopes! How can I get in this college when others wont take me? At this time my mom came to my rescue. She explained me what I had informed her -I failed because of my fluency, so I need to work on it. 

I didn't know what to do, so I found the best available option. I started reading. In a span of two months I read more than fifty English books and two complete -page to page English newspapers daily. And without even knowing the magic happened!

In the interview, as I started answering words came automatically. I didn't even realize. After ten odd minutes I felt a sudden jolt -I still remember that I had abruptly stopped mid-sentence because I had realized that the words coming out of my mouth were in English and they was flawless. Interviewer had asked - 'is everything alright?' and I had smiled, more to myself, and continued.

Yes, I had gotten the admission that day and it was the best day of my new life. I never ignored my English post that.

I am sure, just like me there are many kids out there who want to learn good English and be proud, just like I am. And Nihar Shanti Amla has taken a wonderful initiative of helping children take first step. They even have a toll free number 8055667788 which provides all necessary details. 


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Love and Cheers


Friday, 18 August 2017

Book: The revenge of Gandhi's followers - A Story that Motivates

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Title:  The revenge of Gandhi's followers (LEADER OF MILLIONS Book 1
Author: B P Senapati, Durgesh Nandini Das
Publisher: Blackeyes publication
Pages: 188
Price: Rs. 58 (Kindle Edition)
My Rating: 3.75/5

Blurb:
Nobody is going to remember your mark, people only remember your work. 
Without innovation mark is meaningless, without creativity knowledge has no value, without vision and goal a man is nothing more than a dead body . 
Only human can innovative things, discover something, write a book, and create marvelous paintings. By a business idea can give employment to thousands of employee. Try to create or innovative something, if you get success then it's great. If you become a failure then what's the big deal? 
It's thought of Vijay, he was a man with different thought, he had every symptom of a great man, still he lived with his mediocre dreams to get a job and then marry his childhood sweetheart. After few years of job experience wanted to establish his own business like millions of other, but fate had some different plans. Our corrupt system forced him to enter into the dirty game of politics. He gained power to avenge his antagonists, but being a Gandhian, his strategy was something unusual . . . his revenge wasn't ordinary . . .

Review:
As I came across this title, my first thought was - politics or what? Is it based on Gandhi's life or is it the revenge of Gandhi's murder... however it is none. Though my expectations were different but I was definitely not disappointed with what I read.

Revenge of Gandhi's followers is a thriller that has strong elements of romance to it. It is one of those books that force you to think about the world we live in and motivates you to do something to make it a good place. 

The story revolves around key five characters, Rakesh, Vijay, Priya, Ishita and Rashmi. Rakesh is the narrator of the story and this book is his narration of lives of all five friends, however, it is primarily dedicated to Vijay. Vijay is the key character, who after a brutal incidence decides to clean the system by taking the plunge into it.
His ambition takes him to politics and he takes India on a new route. I don't want to spill the beans here, but he built a rather ambitious system... If it truly happens, well, no one can stop India.

The narration of the plot is very good and engrossing. While reading you can relate to everything that is happening. The characters are well-built too -especially of Vijay's. He is a true hero of the nation.

Overall, I liked the book and would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a good romance tale with motivation.

Hope you enjoy reading it too.

Lots of Love
 

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Have you watched 'Good Witch' TV Show?

#GoodWitch  #TVShows

It says it is a supernatural drama, well with the name being 'Good Witch' but apparently it is not. It is a sweet Rom-Com which just brings smile to face.

Simple yet beautiful, it is show about newly widowed Cassie Nightingale, played by Catherine Bell, and her life and her 'feelings'. When I say feelings I mean she has very strong intuitive sense and she uses it to help all other people in the quiet town Middleton. Her daughter Grace, Bailee Madison, inherits her intuitive sense and discovers her gifts with help of her mother.
The show also revolves around Cassie's developing relationship with her new neighbor Sam, James Denton. Sam is the only doctor in Middleton and it is exciting to see their beautiful chemistry.

The other characters of the show bring about a charm too. The mayor Martha, Bistro owner Steph and few others add life.

Every episode has a beautiful message to convey and after watching all episodes that have been aired, I highly recommend this show to anyone who just wanna watch something simple and adorable.

Do give it a try. Click here for its Wikipedia page.

Lots of love.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Book: Moon in the Sun - A Novel in Poetic Form

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Title:  The Moon in the Sun: A Novel in Poetry of Love, Life, Soul & Wildlife
Author: Sanjay Kumar Singh
Publisher: Notion Press
Pages: 198
Price: Rs. 340
My Rating: 3.75/5

Blurb:
When Narayan Sambhan's world fell apart at a very tender age, the time he spent in the forests that lay ample around his village resuscitated him. No one knew the forests and the tiger better than Narayan Sambhan. But the forests are mercilessly cut down and increasing loneliness invades his life. As he struggles to carry on, a remarkable incident takes place.
The Moon In the Sun is a tale in poetry set in the Himalayan Terai replete with mesmerizing sights, bliss and beauty as also nerve-wracking experiences that the jungles alone can provide and bestow. It is also a touching tale, in poetry, of the wonderful journey that life can be when the soul attempts to break free.

Review:
A story of love, life and freedom, 'The Moon in the Sun' is a beautiful story in form of poetry. It is the first book I have come across in this form and it is rather impressive.
I know how hard it is to write poems - especially finding rhymes... and Sanjay -the author- has done it wonderfully.

The story revolves around Narayan Sambhan and his experiences in the wild. He loves forest and everything that comes with it and when he is hired to spot a tiger, everything changes. Set in Himalayan Terai, you are bound to fall in love with the surroundings.

The cover of the book is interesting and though at random title may seem a bit weird, but it totally makes sense when in context of the book.

The only drawback of the book is that too much poetry can also prove to be a monotonous. I am not an avid poem reader hence reading this book in one stretch was a bit taxing. Had to finish it in multiple sittings. Also, it is way too expensive... It would be better go with kindle version.

My overall rating is 3.75/5 (points added for wondrous Himalayas and poetry). 

You can also grab your copy and share your opinions.

Lots of love

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