Friday, 28 December 2012

2012 Wrap up ...

In less than three days, 2012 will bow out and bid us farewell. Our beloved Mother Earth, once again was spared from the much touted Apocalypse!

On the very day the Mayans predicted doomsday, my family were frolicking on a mythical island. Thank you God for sparing the mankind and the place called Earth.

The pictures below say it all about our year-end holidays.











Goodbye 2012...


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Thursday, 13 December 2012

People Who Made Lasting Impression on Me ...


Lots of us people like the rich and famous. A large number of us adore the stylish. Many more go for the royalties. But, it isn't the like of me. That group of people fail to leave indelible marks on me. They seem to pass unnoticed. They are never on my mind. None of them ever succeeded to make their way into my dreams.



I never thought of being rich and famous. I had never wished to be stylish. I had never dreamed of being born into royalties. A weird person I might be. Don’t fall off your chair as I would divulge more oddities. I might be the only one in a thousand or a million, and it unmistakably spells out my weirdness.

Whenever I surf the Net, I would head for the sites that serve books and the likes. I would browse for good reads, and more importantly the ones with great deals. The sight of a house or room scattered with books had never failed to fascinate me.

Thus, who made the lasting impression on me? They are no doubt the people who read widely. People with a treasure trove of knowledge enthral me ceaselessly. In a nutshell, knowledgeable people earn a place in my heart. The knowledgeable, in my dictionary is an individual who reads widely and extensively; he or she devours books as though they are Italian-gourmet delicacies!


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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

When Errors in Language Become the Norm ...

Do you have a social media account? Are you constantly updating your profile? Do you have many friends or followers? I hear you say YES to most of the questions. I'm not surprise if more than half of your friends are using English as the medium of communication since the language has become increasingly popular on this side of the world. 





And, you may have noticed these on your friends' status update or their photos caption:
Congrates friend!
Congratulation!
Colourful of ...... Festival
When the kids is sleeping...
ABC's 12'th Years Anniversary
Birthday MoMo
Our Branch - Delicious!
MuMu Birthday

In more severe cases, perhaps misspelt or misused words or phrases written or published by someone with credibility for all to see and perpetuate it as a proper norm.. This experience may have caused you brief annoyance, haven't they? To me, the errors have become an overpoweringly ubiquitous tick in the back of my mind.

Were they merely overlooked, or did some terribly misguided individuals produce those mistakes under the impression that they were correct? Does our student population of today have a lower literacy competence than we once assumed?

Social media are not to be blamed for all these mess. I strongly believe that the social media play zero role in the dissemination and preservation of common spelling and punctuation errors. As a matter of fact, the poorly written tweets and status updates are merely for the sake of conserving characters. In reality, it's a matter of people misusing punctuation or misspelling words in their status updates simply because they do not know the proper way. 

By rights, the importance of correctness in language is not to be shrugged off!

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

My Dad, My Hero ...

My dad turned 65 yesterday, December 10, and I would like to dedicate this great poem to my great dad.




He never looks for praises
He's never one to boast

He just goes on quietly working
For those he loves the most

His dreams are seldom spoken
His wants are very few
And most of the time his worries
Will go unspoken too

He's there.... A firm foundation
Through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold to
In times of stress and strife

A true friend we can turn to
When times are good or bad
One of our greatest blessings,
The man that we call Dad.

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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Big B...


Watched an eye-opener programme few days back, The River Cottage! There’s nothing new to most of us, but it hit me hard. It’s about the Big B. No...no...it’s not the legendary Bollywood heartthrob!

It’s BREAKFAST! Yes, you heard me right.


Breakfast to me (on a weekday) is a sip of warm plain water. Breakfast to my two teens is half a mug of warm choc drink. And, breakfast to my the other half is a mugful of oat drink.

In the programme, which featured largely English-style breakfast, the chef encouraged his viewer to “think outside the cereal box”! It’s not only catchy but inviting and challenging at the same time.

Cereal is no doubt the number one food on the breakfast table. Slothful moms would more often than not resort to the magic box, CEREAL when preparing for their kids’ breakfast. I used to be in this dreadful list. Believe it or not, cereal emerged the most popular food in the Brits kids’ breakfast list!

The industrious chef introduced the young school kids a very nutritious and super easy way to prepare food for breakfast. They were none other than pancakes and drop scones.

The show struck my innermost. It reminded me of my long-overdue motherly duty; of how I've shied away from preparing the most important meal of the day for my love ones. I’ve taken things for granted. I assumed that they would be fine of having breakfast at school and workplace; and they confirmed it. They (especially the kids) couldn't stomach any solid food before nine!

It’s never too late to start over, right? I've gathered a few simple yet nutritious recipes for breakfast. Let’s see...mmmm ....

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