Saturday, November 3, 2018

Diwali Song

Happy Diwali, everyone! It’s time to light up your house, dish up some sweets and spread all kinds of goodies around. Here is a song that tells you all about this sparkling festival.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Exile by R Parthasarathy

Exile by R Parthasarathy, a video made by Zaheer Abdul Ghafoor.Y.A for the students of The New College, Chennai-14


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

English Grammar Non Finite Verbs

A non-finite verb is any of several verb forms that are not finite verbs; they cannot perform action as the root of an independent clause. Most non-finite verbs found in English are infinitives, participles and gerunds (They sometimes are called “verbals”, but that term has traditionally applied only to participles and gerunds).

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Noun Clause

This animation teaches the learner to define, identify a noun clause in given sentences. It also teaches the learner how to use noun clause as subject of a verb, as object of a verb, as object of a participle, as object of an infinitive, as object of a preposition, as complement of a verb of incomplete predication, as adjective complement, in apposition to a noun or pronoun. And the leaner can also learn to identify noun clause as subject of a verb, as object of a verb, as object of a participle, as object of an infinitive, as object of a preposition, as a complement of a verb of incomplete predication, as an adjective complement, in apposition to a noun or pronoun in given sentences.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Glossary Gandhi

Adivasi: original inhabitants, indigenous people
Ahimsa:  nonviolence
Anna:  one sixteenth of Indian rupee
Ashram:  spiritual community
Bania:  third highest class in Hindu social hierarchy, Gandhi’s caste.
Bapu:  father
Bhajan:  devotional song or hymn
Bhangi Bustee: weeper colony
Baisakhi : A festival marking the beginning of a solar year.
Bhoodan:  Gift of land, associated with Vinoba’s Bhoodan movement
Bustee: colony
Brahmacharya: celibacy
Charkha: spinning-wheel
Chipko: to cling or hug,
Crore: a sum of 10,000,000
Dalits: the oppressed, ‖ formerly called the untouchables, ‖ or harijans‖ as Gandhi called them, scheduled castes, under the Indian constitution.
Darshan: to see, to pay homage
Dharma: duty, ethics, moral law
Dharana: sit-ins, a sit-down strike.
Diwan: prime-minister
Dhoti: cloth covering waist down to ankles
Durbar: royal court
Hartal: cessation of all economic activities
Harijans: children of God, a term Gandhi used for the untouchables
Jain: follower of Jainism, a sixth century BCE religion in India
Katha: story
Khadi: home-spun cloth, made famous by Gandhi
Khudai Khidmatgars: Servants of God, the nonviolent soldiers of Islam
Lathi: stave, steel-clubbed stick
Mahatma: the great soul, the title Tagore gave to Gandhi
Mandir: sacred space, a temple
Mantra: sacred formula
Metta: amity, friendship
Moksha: salvation, final goal in Hinduism
Mullah: religious leader in Islamic traditions
nai taleem: new education, holistic model aimed at the development of mind, body and spirit.
Panchayat: village council, a form of local self government in the villages
Pandal: a temporary or permanent structure made for an event
Patidars: land-owning farmers
Pranami: a syncretistic sect of Hinduism that venerates the Quran
Prarthana: prayer
Poorna swaraj: complete freedom, freedom for all
Pugri: turban
Raj: British rule in India, literal meaning is rule.
Ryot: tenant-farmer
Sabha: organization
Samadhi: memorial
Sarvodaya: welfare of all, awakening of all
Satyagraha: insistence on truth, firmness in a true cause
Satyagrahi: one who observes satyagraha
Shanti sena: peace brigade
Shramadana: gift of service or physical labour
Sthitha-prajana: the one who maintains equanimity
Swaraj: self-rule, self-government, freedom
Swadeshi: pertaining to one’s own country
Tilak: auspicious mark or symbol of devotion marked on forehead
Tinkathia: an exploitative system in which fifteen percent of the land rented by ryot had to be planted with indigo for the landlord
Vaishnava: Belonging to the sect which worships Vishnu, a Hindu God

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Improve Your English Writing Skills

How to improve your English writing skills? - Free English lesson

I will share easy and quick tips that will improve writing in formal and academic settings.

• Avoid using contractions – Do not use contractions while constructing your sentences, esp. if you  are writing a business email or formal letters i.e. words like don’t, can’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t, wouldn’t, isn’t, haven’t should be avoided.

• Avoid there are/ there is – It will make your sentence more lengthy and boring to read. e.g

There are many problems in her class (incorrect)
Her class is facing many problems. (Correct)
There is an exhibition at the hotel. (Incorrect)
The hotel is holding an exhibition. (Correct)

• Avoid using unnecessary words in your sentences like   very; really, a lot instead use better vocabulary. It will definitely not change the meaning of your sentence but will make it sound interesting.

                Students think literature is very hard.
                Students think literature is difficult.

• Make use of strong verbs – It will make your sentence sound more appropriate and concrete.

                  He gave assistance to my friend. (weak verb)
                  My friend assisted him. (Strong verb)


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Proverbs and Their Meanings

1. One flower makes no garland - A single person cannot be powerful.
2. Waste not want not - Do not waste, be frugal.
3. Pen is mightier than the sword - Words can be more powerful than the wars.
4. To err in human - No one is perfect.
5. Haste makes waste - Hurry makes worry.
6. United we stand, divided we fall - Union is strength.
7. Work is worship - Be conscious of your duty.
8. Truth alone triumphs - Always speak the truth.
9. Blood is thicker than water - Your relatives are more interested in you.
10. Covet all, lose all - Do not be over ambitious.
11. All that glitters is not gold - Do not be misguided by appearances.
12. As you sow as you reap - Accept the result of your actions.
13. Look before you leap - Think well before taking any action.
14. Make hay while the sun shines - Act in the right time.
15. Too many cooks spoil the broth - A work should not be entrusted to many people.
16. Birds of the same feather flock together - Like minded persons always help one another.
17. Better late than never - Even if delayed attend the meeting.
18. No pain, no gain - One cannot succeed without hard work.
19. Seeing is believing - Do not believe in rumours.
20. Strike while the iron is hot - Make use of every opportunity.
21. Honesty is the best policy - Always speak the truth.
22. Empty vessels make much noise - People who talk more will achieve nothing.
23. Many a drop makes an ocean - Small saving makes one rich.
24. Manners maketh a man - You should learn good manners.
25. Even Homer sometimes nods - Even perfect people fail some time.
26. Reading makes a perfect man - Try to read as much as possible.
27. Borrowed garments never fit well - Don’t imitate others.
28. Rome was not built in a day - Nothing can be achieved at once.
29. Brevity is the soul of wit - Be short while speaking and writing.
30. Where there is a will, there is a way - Strong will power is needed to achieve anything.
31. Health is wealth - Take care of your health.

Diwali Song

Happy Diwali, everyone! It’s time to light up your house, dish up some sweets and spread all kinds of goodies around. Here is a song that ...