August 19, 2009

Respledence of Learning: Darkness Vanquished

“Look, look the chimney is going out, perhaps running out of fuel.  Oops, electricity eludes like the sun in a cloudy day,” said a despondent voice from inside a room.
This is but a typical sentence.  And the consequence of such a sentence results in filling such chimneys with fuel.  But there is another light that shows no such problem and one would not hear typical sentence like the one quoted above.  Yes, haven’t you heard the famous phrase ‘[cÒjÐ cÐ ÒSÔÐ[ÞNàc¯Æ’ ‘From Darkness to light?’  Oh, come on, you’ve heard that.  Here the writer has compared the lack of learning or cerebral incapacity to judge, what is right and what is wrong in different contexts.  
Human being is bestowed with such amazing prowess by the Almighty to siphon the right from the wrong.  Among the creations of the Almighty,  human being is the only living being who has got not only the ability to express his thoughts to other fellow beings but also the capacity to make others follow suit.  In ancient time, we had some crude forms of languages like the language of signs, symbols, signals and picture.  But there were some important problems of such language of signals. There was lack of uniformity among people in using those signals or symbols.  Further, not every idea had signals or symbols, yet another lacuna. This lack of uniformity was the stumbling block in conveying a required meaning or command to other fellow beings.    Simultaneously, it was seen that various streams of signal language were being used by different people in the same society or a particular locality.  It was also seen that a particular sign meant different things to different people.  It was not also available in written form or we may say a written form was yet to be evolved.  
Oh, there was yet another problem, that of fading of ideas.  With the passage of time spoken words get erased from memory and we rue for the erosion.  In other words speaking, ideas were not available for back referencing or future reading.  As time elapsed, human being felt the need of some devices or some strategy to record their ideas for future reading or archiving for next generation.  In order to make such spoken ideas perpetual and not subject to erosion with the passage of time, written form was evolved.   
To institutionalize such learning process, we have got institutions that we all know as school and those who impart such learning are called Teachers.  This is not that easy as many think it to be.  A school, some teachers, a vast modern organizational and hierarchical set up to manage the teachers or tutors and pupils, really gigantic and far away from the simple thinking of common men. 

Till this phase of simplicity, the learning process was manageable but when the villain of Marks and Gradation system entered the scene, the complete set up received a setback and became complex.  No doubt, we have had enough discussions, arguments and counter arguments regarding the quality of Learning.  Do you think; a student scoring highest marks and declared as better than the best, has got learning of the highest quality?  Or do you think a student not among marks has not got quality learning?  This is a bit tricky question but not that difficult to answer.  Mark is but a criterion; remember a criterion among criteria, simply to judge a student’s level of learning.  But what if someone resorts to memorizing or taking the help of mal-practices, only to score higher marks in a prescribed examination?  Here the complete mark system earns the wrath and criticism of the Pro-quality group.  Memorizing or resorting to mal-practice is not learning in the right sense but a sham as well as a shame towards the magnanimous system of learning.  It is called temporary learning, as such knowledge and information tends to erase from memory faster than the process of memorizing.  That knowledge that becomes inherent part of brain, heart and body is the greatest learning that never fades from memory and always rescues someone in time of crises in every walk of the life.  We should rather inch forward towards such a system of quality learning that instills confidence in the mind of the learners.   
It is seen that Mark and Division have become our sole goals while in school.  But that should not be the only goals.  A complete package of learning that takes care of every part of a student from heart to mind is the need of hour.  What is the use of marks when one is incapable of judging right from wrong in different contexts?  What is the use of division or grades, when one is incapable of expressing one’s ideas forcefully to a crowd?  Learning that is imparted with practical examples through activities tends to be more fruitful and effective than learning by books.  Books are but a collection of imaginary or real examples.  In other words, we may describe books as ready examples in digest form.  The solution of a good and effective learning system lies, both in books and learning by doing or learning by examples.  
Our goal should be to develop a complete statue, embellished with all forms of knowledge to allow one to walk in the crowd distinctly, without any fear, with ready solutions for every occasion.   It is this form of light that never goes out, not subject to anything like the vagaries of time or nature, ravages, subjugation, suppression and slavery.  Knowledge or information that we gain or gather with the passage of time that we call experience, always helps effectively.  These experiences in written forms are compiled as a book.  
The precursor of the present day school that we call as Gurukula, was taking care of every part of life to make a man out of an ass, to make a man to live in the society and for the society, to make a man of character and knowledge.  Coming out from such an institution one was able to make living gracefully without any kind of problems.  
So it is again the journey from darkness to light.  Time has come to do a review and an overhauling of our entire system of drudgery that develops a student to land onto a job.  It is really, ridiculous and thought provoking that Teaching as a job is the last resort of people.  Everyone wants to be a man but no one wants to be a man-maker is really a matter of pondering.  Human resource development cell should take this sordid fact into account and come forward with a completely new system that would take care of all these aspects so that we can have quality human resources to serve our nation in different capacity.   
So let the light spread far and wide to every nooks and crannies of our world and benefit all and sundry.  Don’t let the light go out or demand a refill, otherwise the road to the dungeon of darkness will be crystal clear without light! Let the light spread and no one be left without letters.  Let everyone get enlightened by the eternal light of learning and let they light others.  Let this chain, relays to all and every one runs his part in the marathon of knowledge.  
Let ye scatter the resplendence of learning wherever ye can, to keep the flame of learning burning, before ye may have no one to show the iridescence.  Amen!
This article was published In January, 2009, in a souvenir entitled “Uchhab” brought out on the occasion of silver jubilee celebration of my High school. 

August 17, 2009

A Funny Conversation

 Here is a funny telephonic conversation between a Telephone operator and a caller. Interestingly, this blogger has collected this from a children magazine distributed by an English daily. When he first read he could not but laugh. So, here this blogger wishes you a bout of laughing.

Caller: Can I speak to Annie Wan, please? 
Operator: Yes, you can speak to me.
Caller: No, I only want to speak to Annie Wan.
Operator: Yes, I understand you want to speak to anyone.
Caller: I'm Sam Wan and I'd like to speak to Annie Wan.  It's urgent.
Operator: I know you're someone and you'd like to speak t anyone! But what's this urgent matter all about?
Caller: Just tell my sister, Annie Wan, that Noe Wan met with an accident.  Noe Wan got injured and Noe wan is being sent to the hospital.  Right now, Avery Wan is on the way to the hospital. 
Operator: Look, if no one is injured and no one has been sent to the hospital, then why do you say this urgent?  You may think it's funny but I certainly don't!

Caller: You're rude!  Who are you?
Operator: I am Saw Ree.
Caller: You should be sorry!  Now, tell me your name.
Operator: That's what i said.  I'm Saw Ree.

Caller: Oh, God.


August 13, 2009

Present Simple

Sub + Verb 1 (I drive)

We use the Present simple to describe the following situations.
(A) A present Event: 
• Chima passes the ball to Baichung and Baichung scores a goal. ( Sport Commentary)
• The managing director declares the meeting closed (Announcement) 
• I pick a card from this deck and place that under a piece of paper. (Demonstration) 
• I beg your pardon. 

N.B: Here the event begins and ends at the very moment of speech. 

(B) A present State: 
• I am thirsty. 
• Chinu’s brother is ill. 
• I have no time to go through your paper. 
• We live in the country side. • Do you know German? 
• I don’t like curd. 
(C) Present Habit: 
• He works in the Wipro BPO. 
• I often tour the country side.
• It rains a lot in July. 
• The Paper boy comes at 7 a.m. 
• She speaks French well. 
• How often do you use soap? 
A state is a condition that continues over a period of time. A habit is of repetition of events over a period of time. 
(D) Scientific Facts (known by experiment)
• Gas goes upward. 
• Water freezes at 0 degree C.
• Ice melts when heated. 
(E) General Truth 
• The Indian grow a lot of rice. 
• The Sun rises in the east. 
• The moon revolves round the earth. 
• The Narmada flows into the Arabian Sea. 
• Deer eats grass. 
In D and E the states or phenomena covers a period of time that includes the present moment and they are also true always.
We say: 
• Where do you come from? (Residential sense)
• Or where are you from? (Not where are coming from?) 
• What makes you so gloomy? • What brings you here? 
• He talks like a professional. 
This much for today. Thanks

August 07, 2009

Present Progressive

There are three kinds of tenses like Present, Past and Future.  Again these tenses are divided into four sub groups like Simple, Progressive, Perfect Progressive and Perfect. Let’s discuss about a short lesson on the Progressive form of present tense.  Present progressive is a popular form of tense. In this series of knowledge on tense, let me discuss about the present progressive or continuous.  
Am/is/are+ verb+ing or present participle.

The form indicates that an activity is going on now or at the very moment of speaking.
  • What are you doing? (Right now)
  • I'm writing a letter. 
  • Let's go out.  It is not raining any more.
  • Where's Harsh?
  • He is in the garden watering the plants. 
  • Don't disturb me.  I am trying to hear him carefully. 
 A series of actions has been started and is in progress (going on and around now) although the doer may not be performing the action himself at the time of speaking. 
  • They're building a new house near the institution.
  • Simple is five years old and going to school.
  • A.P.J is writing a new novel.
A series of actions or a temporary situation is being performed temporarily. (Something which is true at the moment of speaking, but which may be true later.) It is concerned with habitual activity but habitual activity over a limited period of time. 
  • We are staying in a makeshift house as our new house is under construction.
  • I am getting up at seven every day this week. 
  • He goes to work in train but he is now going to work by car these days. 
With Always/ Forever/ Constantly etc
This form is sometimes used with Always (More rarely with Continually, forever etc. ) to emphasize the frequency with which an action is repeated: the speaker wishes to show that, in his opinion, this action occurs more frequently than normal, and the feeling is usually one of Surprise, Irritation or Criticism. 
  • I am always watching this happen in restaurants.
  • Sophie is constantly making mistakes nowadays.
  • The postman is always delivering my letters to my colleague.
Changing situations: 
·         The weather is getting colder.
·         The population of India is rising very rapidly.
·         Your English is deteriorating day by day, what's the problem with you.  
In this series of Tense and their uses, this blogger will be writing a number of articles.  Wait and watch and keep tab.  For today this much only.  

August 01, 2009

A Commentary on Comment

“Good post, Keep it up, Nice post, Good work,” all blogger are more or less known to such comment clichés. Blog is nothing but a personal or professional statement and a medium of interactions among like minded people. It is like an informal forum for furthering knowledge, fun or research or friendship. Every blogger maintains a comment form for easy interaction or healthy dissenting arguments. A blogger with a lot of research comes up with a post on a given theme. Straightway, the URL or link of the same post is pinged to all social medium like Facebook, Twitter, friendfeed, blogcatalog, mybloglog, stumble upon, technorati and Google reader. All come to know that so and so blog has posted a new post. Then like minded people or friends come to the blog to go through the new post.

Many kinds of readers come to the blog and those can be categorized as Unserious or Whimsical and Serious. Serious readers read the post with right earnest and after grasping the content they leave their thoughtful comments. They happen to be sincere and always follow their favorite blogs. They also bookmark the post in various sites. Some serious readers write long and relevant comments related to the post and these kinds of comments enhance the contents of the blog post. Sometimes, they also resort to Delicious spamming and leave such a comment. Some also analyze the post from a critical angle and provide extra or additional materials related to the posts are always welcome. 

Comments like good post, keep it up, good work, congratulation are called Delicious Spamming as they happen to be sweet and don’t in any way enhance the interaction or irritate the blogger. These kinds of comments also can be said as neutral, doing nothing substantial other than generating a bubbly feeling in the minds of blogger. Some even try to register their comments in a hurry and end up with writing something with grammatical or spelling mistakes or leave their comments in vernacular language which is not understandable by the blogger or reader. (T9 errors is an exception) This kind of readers comes in the category of un-serious readers. 

Of course, in vernacular language blogs, vernacular comments are always welcome. But in English language blog vernacular comments should not be made. There is a valid cause for this. Comment after submitting becomes the property of the blog and its readers. If one’s comments written in vernacular languages other that of English then one will be breaking the interaction and the same comment will be left out by the blogger or readers. Further one’s link will not be chased by any readers. In that case one shall be doing a disservice to one’s blog as very often these traces become a source of traffic to a blog. One should ensure that what one says is understood by all. At times vernacular language is used to leave something irritating. 

Comments serve many purposes. Some of them are:
• Extempore statement or reaction. 
• Signature link or comment luv links for traffic. 
• A way for widening the friendship. 
• Back links for Google page rank. 
Comments can be both Negative as well as Positive. Positive comments are always welcome by all and sundry. But not all give equal treatment to negative comments. Positive comments to praise or cajole the blogger or to be in the good book of the blogger are nothing but a kind of spam that I referred earlier as Delicious spamming. This kind of comment is made to show that “I am also here, hey I am here, don’t forget me.” They don’t serve any purpose or in any way contribute anything to the blog post. 
Negative comments or that falls on the guillotine. 
• Placing nonsense links. 
• Selling furniture or erotica. 
• Promoting one’s blog arrogantly. 
• Writing something Greek and Latin. 
• User name without any name but a combination of numeric and Shift key characters. (2601\\*&^ %) 
• Promising huge number of hits or money or promoting affiliate links. 
• Leaving a personal or semi personal message to the blogger. (many bloggers don’t leave their mail id, or maintain a contact me/us link, causes this) If even after these alternatives available one writes personal message then the message should go to the guillotine right way. 

Comment in vernacular blog is vital as they don’t enjoy search engine traffic. They always rely on organic traffic. Friends, fellow bloggers or connoisseurs known to the blogger or college friends or others visit these blogs and leave their comments. People tend to search keywords in the global site and in that case their keyword fails to come in the first or second page. If the same keyword is searched in local search engines then chances are there for their links to come up. But culture cannot be changed as global search engines have become brand name. No doubt local sites are also faring very well. 

Literary sites don’t fare well as they cannot be content writing and focus on a particular keyword. Further keyword density cannot be increased for obvious reason of tampering with the essence of a short story of poem. 

‘You comment, I follow’ ‘Leave a comment on the Above Blog’ These kinds of pressure tactics are but sham as comments are but spontaneous reaction of a reader or person in reaction to a stimulant that is a blog post. The spontaneity is the essential factor. Comments are not made doing research on Wikipedia or other such sites like blog posts. Obviously, they happen to a sudden reaction to an action if spoken in Archimedes way. Comment cannot be driven or flogged or pushed by a master or ordinance and streamlined or bought or traded. If such things are done then certainly the veracity of such comments are questioned. 

Comments go a long way in encouraging a bloggers and it should be the culmination of reading. Reading without comments shows that either the readers didn’t like the post or they lack time like millions of readers. An age has come now as people complain to themselves, “Oh I lack time.” But they lack time is not the truth as they happen to surf the net for more than four or five or even 10 hours. People go to Facebook and do some farces. They go to Orkut, myspace, hi5 or other such sites and participate in threads like ‘One letter changing game.’ They twit a lot about their hobbies or daily chores. They also play games in the internet. But sadly they also complain about the lack of time. Placing nonsense links on others blog posts selling some erotica or furniture or calicos as if this is also a game or good time pass. 

Commenting is a healthy culture which should be encouraged and aroused in the minds of the readers. Blogs heavily rely on comments. But blog posts should be that appealing, qualitative and thought provoking. There would be no comments on Pay per post or eulogy of a nonsense affiliate link. Do write something valuable posts for the community and engage some like minded people or fellow blogger for a fruitful blogging environment. 

Comment but don’t cajole or coat your comment with sugar. Be polite in dissenting. One must leaves his foot prints on the sand of a post that appeals one. In writing a post or article a lot of time is devoted towards searching relevant materials and weaving them into a single thread. A blog owner should reciprocate the commentator personally and should provide the subscription link to the comment so that personal or subsequent views are mailed to all commentators. This enhances the chain and interaction. This also ensures the return of the commentators that is good for the health of the blog and an encouragement for the blog owner for blogging consistently. Now it is up to you to consider in which category you fall. 

Ask some questions to your self. 

• Do you want people to comment on your blog post? 
• Do you comment regularly? 
• If not then how you cherish comments. 
• If yes then good and feel elated. 
• If want comments on your posts. 
• Comments consistently.
• Write good original contents. 
• Visits others blog regularly. 

Don’t comment to attract comment but comment on the merit of the content. Don’t cajole any blogger. Read when you have got spare time so that you can grasp the matter and there will be a spontaneous and sagacious response or reaction in your mind. So, do comment and get comment. Good luck and good bye.