Saturday, August 26, 2017

Usha Uthup: Skyfall in a sari

For over 45 years now, Usha Uthup has spread a message of love and unity, peace and harmony, tolerance and integrity, and happiness -- through music. From discotheques to concerts, across India and the World, she has addressed the youth about the values of music that makes us human. She lives as she believes, presenting even the most contemporary songs dressed in traditional attire projecting the fact that India is a true melting pot of cultures, with its own distinctive cultural identity.

Born in 1947, or Didi as she is fondly called, comes from a traditional middle class South Indian family and her career began in 1969 at a Chennai nightclub called Nine Gems and she has recorded more than a hundred albums in sixteen Indian languages, sung un several thousand concerts, performed in all major countries and has been on television since its inception in India. Usha has served as a role model for generations of young Indians and has been an unwavering ambassador for traditional Indian values.

Usha Uthup's music has charmed generations of Indians, young and old. People smile, tap their feet, clap their hands, and forget their worries when she performs. Usha's melody speaks a universal language and transcends religion, race, nationality and caste. She has given people in far-flung cultures an unexpected image of an Indian woman: strong, independent, humorous, intelligent and loaded with talent.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Words difficult to Pronounce

Some Hard to Pronounce Words in English



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Oscar Wilde’s Quotes

Quotes about Men
“No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”
“Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.”
“Men become old, but they never become good.”
— “Lady Windermere’s Fan”
“I delight in men over seventy, they always offer one the devotion of a lifetime. ”
— “A Woman of No Importance”
“How many men there are in modern life who would like to see their past burning to white ashes before them!”
— “An Ideal Husband”
“A man who moralizes is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralizes is invariably plain.”
— “Lady Windermere’s Fan”
“Nowadays all the married men live like bachelors and all the bachelors live like married men.”
— “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
“I don’t like compliments, and I don’t see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn’t mean.”
— “Lady Windermere’s Fan”
Quotes about Women
“One should never trust a woman who tells one her real age. A woman who would tell one that, would tell one anything.”
— “A Woman of No Importance”
“Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.”
— “Lady Windermere’s Fan”
“Men know life too early. Women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women.”
— “A Woman of No Importance”
“Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”
— “The Sphinx without a Secret”
“It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing.”
— “Lady Windermere’s Fan”
“I don’t know that women are always rewarded for being charming. I think they are usually punished for it!”
— “An Ideal Husband”
“I don’t think there is a woman in the world who would not be a little flattered if one made love to her. It is that which makes women so irresistibly adorable.”
— “A Woman of No Importance”
“My dear young lady, there was a great deal of truth, I dare say, in what you said, and you looked very pretty while you said it, which is much more important.”
— “A Woman of No Importance”
“Women give to men the very gold of their lives. But they invariably want it back in such very small change.”
— “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
“I am sick of women who love one. Women who hate one are much more interesting.”
— “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
“I prefer women with a past. They’re always so damned amusing to talk to.”
— “Lady Windermere’s Fan”
Quotes about People
“People who count their chickens before they are hatched, act very wisely, because chickens run about so absurdly that it is impossible to count them accurately.”
— Letter from Paris, dated May 1900
“The more one analyses people, the more all reasons for analysis disappear. Sooner of later one comes to that dreadful universal thing called human nature.”
— “The Decay of Lying”
“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.”
— “The Soul of Man under Socialism”
“Most men and women are forced to perform parts for which they have no qualification.”
— “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime”
“It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one’s back that are absolutely and entirely true.”
— “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
Quotes about Life
“Life is much too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it.”
— Lady Windermere’s Fan, 1892, Act I
“The Book of Life begins with a man and woman in a garden. It ends with Revelations.”
— “A Woman of No Importance”
“Life is never fair…And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.”
— “An Ideal Husband”
“You must not find symbols in everything you see. It makes life impossible.”
— “Salome”
“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”
— “The Duchess of Padua”
“The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.”
— “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime”
Quotes about Love
“Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humor in the woman – or the want of it in the man.”
— “A Woman of No Importance”
“One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.”
— “A Woman of No Importance”
“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”
— “An Ideal Husband”
“A kiss may ruin a human life.”
— “A Woman of No Importance”
“A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.”
— “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
“Young men want to be faithful and are not; old men want to be faithless and cannot.”
— “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

“Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect – simply a confession of failures.”
— “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Origin of the French word Renaissance

Please refer the following:

The word Renaissance, literally meaning "Rebirth" in French, first appeared in English in the 1830s. The word also occurs in Jules Michelet's 1855 work, Histoire de France. The word Renaissance has also been extended to other historical and cultural movements, such as the Carolingian Renaissance and the Renaissance of the 12th century.

Origin of Renaissance Expand
1830-40; French, Middle French: rebirth, equivalent to renaiss- (stem of renaistre tobe born again < Latin renāscī; re- re- + nāscī to be born) + -ance -ance

Word Origin and History for Renaissance Expand

n. "great period of revival of classical based art and learning in Europe that began in the fourteenth century," 1840, from French renaissance des lettres, from Old French renaissance, literally "rebirth," usually in a spiritual sense, from renastre "grow anew"(of plants), "be reborn" (Modern French renaître), from Vulgar Latin *renascere, from Latin renasci "be born again, rise again, reappear, be renewed," from re- "again" (seere- ) + nasci "be born" (Old Latin gnasci ; see genus ).

Online Etymology Dictionary
"great period of revival of classical-based art and learning in Europe that began in the fourteenth century," 1840, from French renaissance des lettres, from Old French renaissance, literally "rebirth," usually in a spiritual sense, from renastre "grow anew" (of plants), "be reborn" (Modern French renaître), from Vulgar Latin *renascere, from Latin renasci "be born again, rise again, reappear, be renewed," from re- "again" (see re-) + nasci "be born" (Old Latin gnasci, from PIE root *gene- "give birth, beget").

An earlier term for it was revival of learning (1785). In general usage, with a lower-case r-, "a revival" of anything that has long been in decay or disuse (especially of learning, literature, art), it is attested from 1872. Renaissance man is first recorded 1906.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

O.Henry's After Twenty Years Short film


"After Twenty Years" tells the story of two friends who made a pact to meet at a specific time and place. Bob, a noted criminal from Chicago, arrives on time and speaks to a policeman who happens to be walking by. Later, it's revealed that this policeman was Jimmy Wells, Bob's friend.
Bob and Jimmy were friends when they were younger. Before Bob left to try his luck in the West, he and Jimmy made a pact to meet again exactly twenty years later.
At the appointed time, Bob waits outside a hardware store. A policeman walks up and asks what he's doing. Bob explains, boasting about how well he has done for himself.

Later, a man claiming to be Bob's friend arrives. It turns out that this man is a plainclothes police officer sent to arrest Bob, a known criminal from Chicago. The original policeman, Jimmy Wells, didn't have the heart to arrest Bob, because Bob was his friend.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Break, Break, Break by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Break, break, break, 
         On thy cold gray stones, O Sea! 
And I would that my tongue could utter 
         The thoughts that arise in me. 

O, well for the fisherman's boy, 
         That he shouts with his sister at play! 
O, well for the sailor lad, 
         That he sings in his boat on the bay! 

And the stately ships go on 
         To their haven under the hill; 
But O for the touch of a vanish'd hand, 
         And the sound of a voice that is still! 

Break, break, break 
         At the foot of thy crags, O Sea! 
But the tender grace of a day that is dead 
         Will never come back to me.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Once upon a time…
On the banks of a great river in the north of Germany lay a town called Hamelin. The citizens of Hamelin were honest folk who lived contentedly in their Grey stone houses. The years went by, and the town grew very rich.
Then one day, an extraordinary thing happened to disturb the peace.
Hamelin had always had rats, and a lot too. But they had never been a danger, for the cats had always solved the rat problem in the usual way- by killing them. All at once, however, the rats began to multiply.
In the end, a black sea of rats swarmed over the whole town. First, they attacked the barns and storehouses, then, for lack of anything better, they gnawed the wood, cloth or anything at all. The one thing they didn’t eat was metal. The terrified citizens flocked to plead with the town councilors to free them from the plague of rats. But the council had, for a long time, been sitting in the Mayor’s room, trying to think of a plan.
“What we need is an army of cats!”
But all the cats were dead.
“We’ll put down poisoned food then . . .”
But most of the food was already gone and even poison did not stop the rats.
“It just can’t be done without help!” said the Mayor sadly.
Just then, while the citizens milled around outside, there was a loud knock at the door. “Who can that be?” the city fathers wondered uneasily, mindful of the angry crowds. They gingerly opened the door. And to their surprise, there stood a tall thin man dressed in brightly colored clothes, with a long feather in his hat, and waving a gold pipe at them.
“I’ve freed other towns of beetles and bats,” the stranger announced, “and for a thousand florins, I’ll rid you of your rats!”
“A thousand florins!” exclaimed the Mayor. “We’ll give you fifty thousand if you succeed!” At once the stranger hurried away, saying:
“It’s late now, but at dawn tomorrow, there won’t be a rat left in Hamelin!”
The sun was still below the horizon, when the sound of a pipe wafted through the streets of Hamelin. The pied piper slowly made his way through the houses and behind him flocked the rats. Out they scampered from doors, windows and gutters, rats of every size, all after the piper. And as he played, the stranger marched down to the river and straight into the water, up to his middle. Behind him swarmed the rats and everyone was drowned and swept away by the current.

By the time the sun was high in the sky, there was not a single rat in the town. There was even greater delight at the town hall, until the piper tried to claim his payment.
“Fifty thousand florins?” exclaimed the councilors,
” A thousand florins at least!” cried the pied piper angrily. But the Mayor broke in. “The rats are all dead now and they can never come back. So be grateful for fifty florins, or you’ll not get even that . . .”
His eyes flashing with rage, the pied piper pointed a threatening finger at the Mayor.
You’ll bitterly regret ever breaking your promise,” he said, and vanished. A shiver of fear ran through the councilors, but the Mayor shrugged and said excitedly: “We’ve saved fifty thousand florins!”
That night, freed from the nightmare of the rats, the citizens of Hamelin slept more soundly than ever. And when the strange sound of piping wafted through the streets at dawn, only the children heard it. Drawn as by magic, they hurried out of their homes. Again, the pied piper paced through the town, this time, it was children of all sizes that flocked at his heels to the sound of his strange piping.
The long procession soon left the town and made its way through the wood and across the forest till it reached the foot of a huge mountain. When the piper came to the dark rock, he played his pipe even louder still and a great door creaked open. Beyond lay a cave. In trooped the children behind the pied piper, and when the last child had gone into the darkness, the door creaked shut.
A great landslide came down the mountain blocking the entrance to the cave forever. Only one little lame boy escaped this fate. It was he who told the anxious citizens, searching for their children, what had happened. And no matter what people did, the mountain never gave up its victims.

Many years were to pass before the merry voices of other children would ring through the streets of Hamelin but the memory of the harsh lesson lingered in everyone’s heart and was passed down from father to son through the centuries.