Learning English the Fun way!

English is the language of every latest business in the world. With the rapid advancements in technology, English has not only increased employment, but has also helped a lot in communication. The basis of every relation is communication and English has become a window to global communication.

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Importance of English

It’s impossible to imagine the world without the two ‘e’s : Electronic Communication and English. English is all over the Internet, books and all media. English language is followed by almost all the developed and developing countries today.

English in India
A lot of Indian personalities have won many global awards for creative literature in English. In 1997, an Indian author, Arundhati Roy, won the acclaimed Booker Prize for fiction, for her book “The God of Small Things”. Millions of copies of her book were sold all over the world.

Over the last 30 years, English language has emerged out to be one of our key strengths in procuring international acclaim for a number of films made by Indians in English language. In 1998 a famous Indian film director, Shekhar Kapoor’s film “Elizabeth” has received 7 nominations for Oscar Awards. In 2007, the sequel to the same movie again received 2 Oscar nominations. Thus we can’t deny the fact that English language has brought India to an international level.

THE NEED
English is everywhere. Globalization and the Internet have made English an important aspect of our lives. The finest and the most advanced innovations in science and technology are made in the United States of America, where English language is the primary means of scientific communication.

If we live in India and have the knowledge of English, we can learn from the experiences and mistakes of the people living in other developed countries. We can reject the unacceptable and accept the justifiable. Using English, we can also promote our theories among the global audience.

English has thus become an effective means sharing experiences and strengthening our cultural identity all across the globe.

Importance in India
Here’s how English is important in India:

Jobs

Knowledge of English opens up a large number of employment opportunities in almost every business domain. Almost every employer expects his employees to have basic to excellent English speaking skills.

Travel

If you were supposed to travel to another country, either for business or as a tourist, imagine how you would communicate with their natives. English, being a global language and spoken by more than 950 million people all across the world, certainly can make your life easier when you travel. Knowledge of English can let you communicate with people anywhere you travel.

Education

English is the major medium of education in India. English medium schools are

Those students who are interested in higher studies from universities and colleges abroad, they are supposed to clear exams like IELTS and TOEFL. These test your proficiency of English in usual day to day verbal and written communication.

Language of Science and Technology

English is the language of Science and Technology. Scientific innovations or discoveries in other developed countries cannot reach India without English.

All the latest technologies are now at our fingertips but to be able to access to this technology we need to develop English language skills. The syntax of most of the existing computer programming languages is also made up of English keywords.

Internet

Though there are several websites in various other languages, English will always be the primary language for internet access. Almost more than 50% of the internet is in English. So to gaining access to this vast information, knowing English becomes a prerequisite.

Official Language of India

Although English is just one of the official languages of India, but it would perhaps be the only language that can be understood across the country. It is the primary language used in international affairs. It is used in building international relations through the involvement of professional diplomats with respect to issues relate peacemaking, global trade, economy and culture.

Globalization

Apart from general communication, knowledge of the English is an added advantage to help in communicating at the global level. Many global companies have outsourced their operations to India which led to the IT and ITeS boom a few years ago. Many Indian companies also have their offices in English speaking countries. Being able to communicate in English helps interact with your global colleagues as well as advance your career prospects.

Every business with an international client base uses English language as the prime source of communication. A good knowledge of English along with strong interpersonal skills can not only get us employment in the global business world but also brings a lot of opportunities for self-employment as well. Some of the common self-employment careers in English include English teachers/trainers , content writers, bloggers etc.

So while learning and enriching your local and vernacular languages is just as important, today it’s a well accepted norm that English has become the language of professional communication and being able to express yourself and your ideas in English is not just a skill, but also an art!

How to Learn?

Now as we have seen the need for English in all aspects, how do we learn it in a simpler and fun way? That’s where Nihar Shanti Amla’s Pathshala Funwala comes to the aid. They have introduced a toll free 8055667788. Just by dialing the number free of cost, we can learn English in a simple and fun way. So why wait? start sharing and help everyone learn English !!

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I am blogging about Pathshala Funwala by Nihar Shanti Amla Oil in association with BlogAdda

Bucket List

Just came across this  question in a Indiblogger prompt “Tell us about the top 5 things on your Bucket List that you would do if you were #BefikarUmarBhar“.

Well here is my response:

1) Send this resignation letter to my BOSS

Dear Mr. Boss:

I’m thrilled to inform you that I’m resigning.

I have been waiting for what seems like forever to inform you that I’m resigning. I’ve hated working for the company since the day I was hired. I don’t like the work, I don’t like my fellow employees, and I don’t like you.

I am tendering my resignation effective immediately and I know you would like me to help you with a transition, but I won’t. Have fun figuring out the files on my computer. I can’t even figure them out most of the time.

Oh, speaking of computers, you’ll need to figure out the passwords to all our online resources. I forgot to keep a list of them, so have fun with that.

I’m sure you’d like to have a going away party for me. However, I’m not interested in stupid story about how cool the ambiance is in that restaurant where you went earlier.

Don’t worry about writing me a reference, even though I’m sure you’d be glad to recommend my work. I don’t need or want one. I don’t need references where I’m heading. So, consider our bridges burnt.

See ya,

Happy To Be Gone

2) Travel all around the world

Traveling around the world is the best activity that will expose me to new cultures, broaden my mind, help me move out of comfort zone, allow me to meet new people, and experience the wonders & beauty of the world.

3) Fly in a hot-air balloon

As I listed in one of my previous post, I would love to visit and explore Melbourne to travel in a hot air balloon. It would give a splendid birds eye view of the beautiful valley beneath.

4) Do public speaking in front of 1,000+ people

Speaking before a crowd has always been my fear. I get lot of sweats before getting on to a stage. Even though its highly tough from my perspective, still its one of the most exciting things to do in a lifetime. Not only does addressing a large crowd help to train me in my communication and body language, I also get the opportunity to share a message I care about to a large crowd of people, hence getting the opportunity to impact their lives.

5) Throw a Super Cool Party

Being an ardent Hollywood fanatic, I have always wondered about throwing a wild house party like they do it in movies. Non stop fun with music, games, pranks, drinks and enjoyment.

Well these points may seem like an impossible dream, but it can turn to reality if I can stay #BefikarUmarBhar.

I stumbled upon the link http://bit.ly/BefikarUmarBhar and found how I can make my life #BefikarUmarBhar just through an insurance. It may sound cheesy, but its true. IDBI FEDERAL offers life insurance which covers all aspects so we can live our whole life care free.

Check out the promotional video given below for more information.

 

To live life #BefikarUmarBhar just visit http://bit.ly/BefikarUmarBhar & www.idbifederal.com/Pages/Lifesurance

Road Safety – Be the Change

Road safety is one of the  major social concern in our country. India being the second largest road network in the world also accounts for 10 percent of fatal road accidents worldwide. And the social cost of these accidents in INDIA alone is expected as $11,000 USD. We lag behind the safety norms of international standards.

What is the cause of it?

We  humans take everything for granted and misuse it. We mostly don’t wear helmets while driving two wheelers. Even when its mandatory, we are okay with paying 50 to 100 rupee fine for not wearing it, as it will make our hair look unkempt/sweaty.

We don’t use subways and bridges to cross the road and instead walk into the traffic as we are always in a hurry.

We also use footpath to drive our two wheelers when in traffic because that saves us a lot of time.

And when we walk also, we walk in the middle of the road as footpaths are dirty and even shout at people who drive near us.

When it comes to driving a car, we don’t bother wearing the seat belt as its treated as a hindrance. We also proudly say ‘I don’t even wear seat belts in flights’

How do we fix this?

As Mahatma Gandhi said ‘Be the change you want to see in the world“, the responsibility lies with us. We must start to follow the rules and let go of the chalta hai attitude.

Our Government has taken multiple steps to up the safety norms but we still find loopholes in order to misuse it.

Rash Driving, not using proper safety measures can take life in an instant.  We only get one life and we must not waste it by our silly mistakes. When we drive, its not only our life , other drivers and pedestrians life is also in our hands. So we must take complete responsibilities while driving.

When I went for getting my license in RTO office, that day around 40 to 50 people came. But only few (around 10) were asked to drive bike and car in the morning. When I went to collect the printed license in the evening I saw around 30 people came for it. I asked a guy who came in the morning but dint drive anything, he replied with a bright smile “I have paid 1000 extra machi”.  He had this sense of superiority about himself being able to get the job done with bribing. These things leads to bad drivers, who doesn’t have any sense of road rules and regulations.

The road safety rules and regulations shouldn’t be taken lightly as its a matter of life and death. These laws are for our benefits. So as long as we obey it, we wont be needing luck to be on our side.

Few pointers from my side:

  • Start early so you don’t have to accelerate and do rash driving.
  • Slow and steady wins the race. Drive slowly and smoothly as long as you are not in a race 😛
  • Always check for safety measures while buying vehicles (such as airbags etc).
  • Keep safe distance from front vehicles.
  • Wear helmet always while driving two wheelers.
  • We wear belts to keep our pant intact, why not seat-belts to keep our life intact ? – wear them always.
  • Follow the lane while driving in highways.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Use dim/dip lights in high way and night driving.
  • Stop using headphones and listening to songs while driving as its the only time to hear songs.
  • Stop answering calls and using mobile while driving.
  • Use Zebra crossing , subways and bridges when its available.
  • Obey the rules and follow the signals.

Your Life is in your hands, take good care of it by following these 🙂

This Post is part of SAFETY BEGINS WITH ME campaign by Nissan Safety Driving Forum (NSDF) in association with Indiblogger.

About the Campaign:

The Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., conducts the Nissan Safety Driving Forum (NSDF) in India as part of its safety driving promotion activities. The program began as an annual activity in 2012. In its initial phase it covered three main Indian cities – New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai – and since then has gradually expanded to several additional cities across India.

This year, NSDF would reach 8 new cities – Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Vadodara, Nagpur, Chennai, Mangalore and Kochi. The overall reach and engagement levels have phenomenally grown and NSDF has effectively reached close to 2 lakh citizens. It continues to stay committed to its core objective of promoting safe driving behaviour in India. Nissan seeks to support reducing fatalities and injuries caused by traffic accidents, and NSDF represents the company’s commitment in contributing to young, vibrant and mobile India.

For More Detailed info: Check Here

CLEANATHON – Lets make INDIA Cleaner

The title of this post might have intrigued you to ask “I am Clean.I am keeping my home clean. Why make India clean?, Isn’t it Government’s Job to keep it clean using taxpayers money?

We the humans can’t stand to see our home/work place dirty or untidy. At least once in a week we mop and clean our house. We take so much care as we spend most of our time there. Similarly INDIA is our home so it becomes our social and civic duty to keep it clean. Public Transports, Parks, roads, railway stations, malls, Bus stops all these are pride of our home called INDIA. These are part of our day to day activity, yet we spit and litter all over as if it doesn’t even matter. And finally we play the blame game and blame it on the Government.

Lately most of us have been either hearing/speaking about the Swachh India and similar campaigns but forget it later after voicing just our opinions. If we want a Change to happen, it has to start within. That is why Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

Now you may ask “How does cleaning it help” ?

Well Cleaning helps in raising awareness about sanitation and hygiene. Cleaning helps to maintain hygiene and prevents us from catching deadly diseases. Yes, being unhygienic can lead to lot of health problems. In Many rural villages there are still no latrines used. Even in developed city like Chennai there aren’t proper disposal of sewage or wastewater. This causes ecosystem for mosquito’s and leads to malaria etc.  When trash is not properly disposed and waste water joins  fresh water, it poisons it and disrupts the balance in nature and causes havoc for other creatures too. So proper cleaning, sanitation and hygiene goes a long way. It creates a ripple effect and creates lots of benefits for us and makes earth sustainable.

Being an ardent fan of Team Arsenal in EPL, I made myself a part of a Community called “Arsenal Chennai Fans Community” in Facebook. It was all fun and troll at the start.  During the FIFA world cup match between Ivory Coast & Japan, something just caught our attention (Not only ours, whole world too). The Japanese fans who came to watch the match, even though their team lost, they stayed and cleaned the whole stands after the match. It was such a wonderful gesture . When ISL came to Chennai, few folks in the community posted about doing the same deed in Chennai Nehru Stadium. Many included me were hesitant to join at first, but it become a huge success with many volunteers joined from second match onwards. Even though I couldn’t join that effort due to work timings and restrictions, I felt really proud seeing my friends and community mates following a good deed and leaving a legacy. I have pledged to myself to take part in such initiatives in future and  it gave me the courage to join a similar initiative in my work place.

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A Small spark set by Japanese fans has become a wildfire with so many people following the same.  Let this Cleanathon spark lit up and make way for brighter and cleaner INDIA.

What is Cleanathon?

RB (Reckitt Benckiser) and NDTV have partnered to launch “Dettol – Banega Swachh India” – a 5 year ambitious program to address the rising need of hygiene and sanitation in India.

The campaign will aim at creating awareness about the importance of hygiene and sanitation, and also work with NGO partners to support infrastructure for construction and maintenance of toilets. RB India has committed to spend a sum of Rs.100 crores towards this program over a period of the next 5 years.

As a part of this initiative, NDTV & Dettol are organising a 12 hour LIVE televised CLEANATHON on 14th December, 2014, which will bring together the entire nation towards better sanitation & hygiene. Mr Amitabh Bachchan is our campaign ambassador and will be the host of this event. The show will include LIVE ground events from different parts of the country which will bring citizens together to engage in a mass Cleanathon all day from 9:00am to 9:00pm and will see participation from Chief Ministers, other government voices, corporates, opinion-makers, PM’s Swachh Ambassadors, Bollywood & Sports personalities & other celebrities.

For More info: http://swachhindia.ndtv.com/

Let us follow what Our Beloved Michael Jackson sang and Heal the world together 🙂

“Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me”

Flying High in Awe

Ever since my childhood I have always wanted to fly among the clouds and feel it. I think many of us felt the same. I wonder that is what made wright brothers to invent and master the first flight of human history in the year 1905.

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Their first made airplane was huge but could afford only two people in it and they had a huge task to pilot the plane too.  Only in the year 1908 the first passenger has successfully made his first flight in human history. Technology has increased leaps and bounds in the past 10 decades that we have space shuttles and vehicles which can even go to neighboring planets. But still the passenger limit per commercial plane was limited. Then came the Airbus A380 a humongous flying machine which has 40% more seating capacity than the next big commercial airliner. It began its first flight in 2005 with a seating capacity ranging from 525 to 800. Now when it takes off its like a mini village flying around 🙂

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We all know Lufthansa the German Giant is the largest airliner in Europe. They carry over 100 million passengers to over 200 destinations world wide per year. They also sponsor one of the biggest football club in the world Bayern Munich. India is the second most populous country in the world with a population of 1.2 billion. Now all these points to things which are BIGGER.

Bigger is Better:

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We often heard the saying that Bigger is better. Now let us see how that applies in here. INDIA being one of the biggest country in terms of population and Lufthansa being biggest airliner in Europe and Airbus A380 Biggest commercial flight in the world. When all these three join together its becomes more than BETTER, it becomes the BEST. Let me jot down some points so everyone can come to same conclusion.

  1. It offers more people to travel at the same time without having to bother about connecting/multi stop flights.
  2. Airbus offers world class comfort paired with Lufthansa’s luxury and class the passengers get a class apart hospitality and experience.
  3. Indian families are huge, and with 500 to 800 seating capacity, now everyone can travel together. (Eg: Ziona  Family from Mizoram , India has 181 members in total and counting)
  4. Bigger the plane, the more the legroom is. Its all about comfort and convenience.
  5. Bid Goodbye to Jet-lag & Body pains.
  6. The ticket cost for Economy class is only around 35k to 40k. Its dead cheap when you think of the luxury you are getting. For Business Class its around 80k to 90k and for First class service its 130 to 140k.
  7. Its LUFTHANSA – they offer the highest level of comfort and lets you travel elegantly.
  8. We INDIANS love BIG in everything, be it discount, home, salary etc 😛

Lufthansa has graced us with the launch of Airbus A380 in India from 8th of November 2014. It now operates from Delhi – Frankfurt and vice versa.

This is surely a dawn of new era in Indian Aviation for above stated reasons.

Look at the excitement during the inaugural flight of Lufthansa’s Airbus A380 in India beautifully captured in the time lapse video.

 

Why waiting? Check the timetable,  book your tickets , fly in luxury and start exploring Germany 🙂

Its time to fly in this Green Giant #LufthansaA380. Come Be a part of it !!