Saturday, 19 August 2017

Learning English Has Never Been Better Than This!

All of us are social beings who love to share our views and feelings among one another. Though we also need to overcome certain barriers to effectively communicate with one another. The most important among these barriers is the barrier of language. We often fail to express our views, wishes, feelings, thoughts and ideas just because there is a language bar. A language bar is created when the person with whom we want to share our views, wishes, feelings, thoughts and ideas hardly understands the language in which we speak. Such lack of proper knowledge of language also creates issue when we fail to understand the views, wishes, feelings, thoughts and ideas of others.

With increasing grips of globalization, knowledge of English language has become a must for everyone. According to a recently published report by K-International, close to 840 million people across the world are English speaking, that is a very significant part of the world. English today is not limited to those who speak them as their first language. The number of people who speak English as their second language is more than those who speak it as their first language. Thus, knowledge of English has become a quite significant for everyone in the present globalized and connected on network world we are living in.

Nevertheless, it is not easy for everyone to become proficient in English. Some people don’t even have sufficient and reliable sources to assist them in acquiring the knowledge of this eminent language.

This is a real big problem for those who have been to such condition ever in life. However, I would ask you not to feel dishearten because of such inability. After all, where there is a will, there is a way.

Here, I am blogging about Pathshala Funwala by Nihar Shanti Amla Oil in association with BlogAdda, which has come forward to help such children who want to learn English but are unable to learn because of unavailability of accessible sources to them. Nihar Shanti Amla, that has always been concerned about the education of children, has now come up with a toll-free number, that is 8055667788, to help such children in learning English. This initiative has been named as Pathshala fun Wala. It is a toll-free number, it is affordable for everyone who wants to learn.

It could not have been better than this for children to learn by calling on this number as it is really very simple and fun to learn with 8055667788.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Captured Patriotism

This independence day, somewhere around 11.30 in the morning when I went online on facebook to upload my picture with the national flag to flaunt my patriotism, I noticed a post in which few people were saluting the national flag standing in waist deep water in front of a primary school building. I just hit a like, as it was not at all ignore-able but I thought somebody might have intentionally created such a scene to fetch thousands of likes on social platform. However, this morning the news paper front page with the same picture helped me understand that it was not artificial. 
This picture was taken by Joydev Roy who is Assistant Teacher in Naskara Lower Primary school. The other four personalities in the picture are Tazem Sikdar (the Headmaster of the school), Miznur Rehman (a teacher in the school) and two of the third standard students of the school. They all are standing inside water due to school premises affected by flood in the state to celebrate the national day. According to credible sources, these are not the only two students of the school attending to the remarkable function on 15th August in the school, there are other students who are made to watch the ceremony from a nearly road as they don’t know how to swim and it may be dangerous for them to go in such deep water.  

Assam is a north eastern state in our country which is in news due to flood almost every year I remember. I don’t really understand why the government does not make sufficient arrangements in the state where lakhs of people suffer deserter every year. Many people look at north eastern as foreigners in other states of the country and a news from this state hardly matters for most of the news channels. Despite all this, the picture shows us an example of true patriotism for the country. Many people hesitate in standing for 52 seconds in cinema hall. Many people sit at home on 15th August as it might be raining outside. But there are many who perform the ritual against all odds.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Six Things That make 'Toilet-ek prem katha' a Film Below My Expectations


This independence day, I was exited to watch this social message film starring Akshay Kumar the last years’ best actor national award winner. Last night I watched the film in spirit of my expectations, but found it quite unable to leave its impression the way I had expected. Here are the points that caused the film remain as unimpressive I had not expected:

1) Weak love story: A man of 36 years who already has 18 affairs found his right girl out side a train toilet in a seen that fails to convince me that it was love at first site. Similarly, a girl who had no soft corner for the over-aged man suddenly starts loving her after he deletes his number form her phone. But what made them fall in deep love remains an unanswered question for me!

2) Overacting: I found most characters doing more overacting than fitting inside their character. Specially, the grandmother of Keshav (Akshay Kumar), Shubha Khote. Shubha ji somehow put no impression of a real village women in the film though the climax is burdened on her shoulders. I found only divyansu Sharma and Sana Khan fit in their roles. As younger brother and outgoing girl friend of Keshav.  

3) Untouched issues: The film that revolves around sanitation facilities for women in village revolves around only the problem of going far away in the grounds where sitting in open is a matter of shame for women. But this is not the entire thing that matters. Someone, who had already been in a village where there is no toilet, but there are many other things that matter. There may be rains faced by people at their fixed place and in their fixed time. Andno body can actually sit on the same point of place everyday, people need to look for new sitting space everyday.

4) Failure to replicate the real rural people: The level of films has upgraded to a point where every set of the film convinces to be real in itself. However, Toilet is shot around sets with people who fail to represent the real mentality of rural people. Surprisingly, no one in the village could support Keshav and Jaya’s demand for closed in-home toilet. However, by the climax all the women start feeling this need all of sudden.

5) Lack of perfect story telling: The ten minutes story line shown in more than two hours film fails to tell us any magnificent intellectual rationally justified actions of people willing to establish there sanitation need as important as it actually is. What, by the end, makes all the village people accept toilet in the home premises seems just the wish of director/producer.

6) No enduring social message left: The film does not set Keshav or Jaya as intellectuals to be followed by any village man or women. The hero boasts of his capabilities of moving the mountains if he really wishes to something becomes helpless crying surrendering man when he really comes across his fight against the mind set of people around him.

All in all, for me, Toilet- ek prem katha leaves an impression of some Nukkad natak instead of being a bollywood movie that could have left me clapping on any dialogue or seen reinforcing a neat social message.

The Independent People

The independence day is here and we are all celebrating it our way. The retail stores are expecting more shelf space with increased sales. The movies are going to attract good business. The malls are expecting increased foot fall. The schools are expecting splendid performances at events. Some offices are expecting at least a few to come and perform the formality of flag hosting. People who have a complete day off have plans for day out or late wake up. Some others have to work as they have to be on duty to serve those opt for day-on, on their day off. 


Independence day, for all generally aware educated people, is the day when our country got freedom. So we express joy in our freedom and remember our martyrs on this day. But, is this all we should do for the nation?

In a country where people are still fighting against prejudices, castism, gender bias and baseless superstitions, we all need to give a better salute to the national flag. Freedom does not mean merely having our own election commission and democratic government. Freedom, for me, is the permission to take off unnecessary fetters out of our legs. Freedom means the power to perform with complete potency. Freedom certainly does not mean chasing a fearless DJ while drunk and driving on road just because what she was wearing or what the clock was sticking at. 

Freedom means being able to convince our parents that opting for a profession that is rarely meant for the weaker gender. Freedom means lodging an immediate complaint with cops without worrying about their reaction of the society after reading the next morning news paper. 

To all those who are celebrating this 70th anniversary of freedom for our country, I urge to know and feel what the freedom actually means for them. People, I believe, must know that their freedom is restricted just from where the freedom of anyone else starts. Let us take a pledge not to hurt the freedom of anyone else at the same time not compromising with the situation when someone else tries to abdicate our personal freedom. If we do so, wishing happy independence day to each other would become even more meaningful then.