World Englishes – a way to respect other cultures while maintaining one’s

Recently, the Rhetoric Department of Ohio University propagated the concept of ‘World Englishes’ instead of the ‘Standard English’, in one of its MOOCs on Coursera. It suggests that English is different at different parts of the world. Thus, English in India is different from English in China or Japan or Africa. Though basically it is English, yet each of these languages is unique and different from each other in vocabulary and the accent.

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Save the Innocence

A young girl! Not even 5 years old, was sexually abused by an instructor at the school. It happened not in some corner of an unknown village but within the vicinity of our own city Bangalore.

This distressing incident reminds me the rape of a 5 year old girl at New Delhi, by a neighbour. The girl was found in blood soaked clothes, with injuries to her lips, cheeks, arms and anus area. The most shocking news was that the doctors found the pieces of bottles and candle inserted in her vagina.

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Capital Letters and Small Letters

English is a peculiar language. It is amazing how English has become so popular through out the world in spite of not having its own script. Yes. English doesn’t have its own script and it uses Roman Script. It is like writing Hindi in Kannada letters. In addition, unlike Indian scripts, English has uppercase letters and lowercase letters. While uppercase letters are called capital letters and the lowercase letters are known as small letters. Continue reading

Helping the child adjust to school

Every parent looks forward for the day when the child is dressed up in that cute school uniform, with tiny little shoes and a fancy snack basket in hand. Every parent is anxious whether the child adjusts with the school, whether he starts crying, whether he is punished by the teacher or bullied by other children. This anxiousness is completely normal. This very emotion in the parents protects the offspring. It is similar to the instinct in animals which protect their babies fiercely.

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History of Counting


We use counting in our day to day life. We count, the number of idlies we eat, number of glasses of water we drink. We count the money to buy a chocolate in the shop. We count the number of eggs the hen laid. We count the number of books to take to school. We count the number of kilometers to reach the city. We use counting so much that we take it for granted. We forget that the method of counting we use today has to be invented. It took many centuries for counting to reach the present form.

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