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Column by Israel Jayakaran
Some amazing discoveries on English grammar
1. We can divide every English sentence into two parts; Grammar part and Meaning part. The Grammar part will have just 3 elements – Subject, Auxiliary, Verb. And the meaning part - Object and. or Complement which may be in any combination. It is..read on

Something great about Adjectives and Adverbs
                  Introduction           There is much confusion in the mind of English users,  including..read on

All Females are Amma here
      The title “dear” is very common  in the West according to my  knowledge. Possibly it is used mostly for ladies;  ladies well known to you for that matter,  and not for every one.    ..read on

Why are many marriages going up in smoke?
The IT companies and Call centres may have given tremendous financial prosperity to many youngster in India. But they have also forced several young men and women to part ways. Once upon a time, marriage was con..read on

IT’S NOT A WASTE PRODUCT ANY MORE
             I am sure you would have heard about ‘pay toilets’ and also used it once in a while.  You won’t find them in small towns and villages in India.  Even in the cities t..read on

TONGUE RINGS, BELLY RINGS and ……… ?
         Imagine, you are walking on a city road all by yourself.  You see an young  woman coming towards you from the opposite direction and  is very close to you.  Would you look at her ..read on

HERE IS A NEW FERTILISER FOR THE WORLD
           The other day I saw a well dressed man urinating into the sewage canal right in  broad day light..                “Shame ..read on

THE RAGGING SEASON IS HERE
               Isn’t it strange that   while most  school children detest Monday mornings  because they have to go to school after a hectic week end, they look forw..read on

The Post Action Wisdom
           The other evening Victor charged into his house blowing fire and smoke while his wife stood wondering what could have happened.  Meantime, Victor was throwing curses at himself, “How..read on

To Kiss or Not To Kiss
 That news item that early  morning captured my attention whole sale and pinned it to my mind like a darted pin. Some British office workers have debated if they should kiss their customers or shake hand with them. After a serious discussio..read on

WHAT DO THE MONKEYS THINK ABOUT US?
          Well, according to the Darwin theory, the human race is supposed to be the descendants of monkeys through the evolution process. In which case, why do monkeys exist even now and  continue ..read on

A slow coach monkey learner
Right from my school days I had a great fascination for monkeys, at  their way of playing and fighting etc. Whenever there was a monkey show on the  roadside  I just couldn’t help stopping and watching the drama or skit executed by the..read on

Fast for better Health
           Fasting is one of the most popular forms of democratic protests in India.  The late Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, is perhaps the originator of this modus operandi   &nbs..read on

THE LOUSY, SILENT and FAST
         I don’t know about your country but in my India and in my Metropolitan city in particular, I am totally  disenchanted with the services provided by various tradesmen, such as plumbers, signboard..read on

Bald and Beautiful
           A man keeps his hair according to the existing style when young and according to the existing hair when old.  True or not?           &nbs..read on

Are you using the correct honorific titles?
           I was sure I hadn’t made any grammatical blunder when I said, “Collins told me to report here, Sir.”  Collins, a British national, happened to be the Vice Principal of my college. &..read on

The History of St. Thomas Mount, Madras, India
A Land mark One of the important landmarks in Madras city, India, is, "St. Thomas Mount" at the southern most end of the city, near the airport. It is a small hill feature about 300 feet high (91 meters). It was on this hill that Thomas Didy..read on

DO YOU KNOW THE HISTORY BEHIND VALENTINE’S DAY?
           Ah,  here is 14 February ! Another  Valentine’s day for the year 2008.  The world celebrates this day by sending cards, flowers and gifts to their lovers.    ..read on

A run-away at fourteen
         Some small incidents or encounters during your young age life, have a tremendous influence on your behaviour, philosophy of life, decision making etc in your later life. They become your guide stars to..read on

The price of instant friendship
            Call it a good or bad  or an  undesirable habit. But I can’t give  up  the practice of  stopping someone on a public road and talking with him.  “An in..read on

A Rejoinder on Cricket
            I am  inclined to pen this article, having read REECE PEACOCK ‘s piece in the Cheers about the second test match currently in progress in Australia between India and Australi..read on

DON’T SAY WHAT YOU MEAN
          What  is the hall mark of an honest person?  Answers  may vary. But according to me it is,  “To say what  he/she means”.  This axiom could be put in different forms ..read on

ARE YOU SCARED OF NUMBER THIRTEEN?
             Are  you really allergic to the figure Thirteen?  According to my information, people in most parts of the world consider 13 as an  unlucky fellow. Some peopl..read on

CHEATING GALORE ON THE INTERNET
           The world has been always on a ‘trend change’ mode for centuries.  Such changes don’t come about overnight but in small doses over a period of time.        ..read on

SCIENTISTS HAVE PROGNOSTICATED MORE DANGERS TO OUR LIFE
            There !  The scientific community of our planet are on their  warning mission once again.. The latest one is for the Lap top users. Their research has revealed that the he..read on

AN INDIAN CELEBRITY IN ENGLAND
          She was in the world of films.  For how long, one wouldn’t know without some research !  She is reasonably pretty, but prettiness isn’t the only criterion to get a role in a film.&nbs..read on

DON’T ALL OF US HARBOUR SOME CRAZY DESIRES?
               I am sure you too would have harboured some desires in your heart some time or the other  but felt helpless  to execute them.     &n..read on

A QUESTION OF ADJUSTMENT
Tamil, one of the 15 major languages of India, has borrowed many words from other languages, Sanskrit and English, in particular. These have been accepted with slight changes here and there. But one English word  - ADJUSTMENT- has stuck to ..read on

YOUR LUCKY DAYS ARE ON THE WAY
         If you are an unmarried young woman from India, read this article because it is meant primarily for you.            Cheer up, my girl. Something goo..read on

THE WALK IN INTERVIEWS
       As a retired man and since I have plenty of time on hand, I read through the daily newspaper from the first line to the last.  And that includes all the advertisements.  Of the hundreds of Ads for j..read on

AN EMPIRE LOST and RE-CAPTURED
          Once upon a time in India, ‘cooking’  used to be the  prerogative  of a woman.  In that era, a veteran bachelor got married only  for one main purpose – to eat  ..read on

IT IS CONTAGIOUS
          Here is  a  small riddle for you.  Try to get at the answer.           It’s a disease and yet not a  disease in the technical s..read on

YOU ARE INDEED A PRIVILEGED PERSON IN THE WORLD
             You have felt often dejected and despaired and rejected by many people around you all because nobody knows you by name or your designation.  Right or not?     ..read on

INDIAN MARRIAGES ARE SURELY IN THE REVERSE GEAR
                 Yesterday I heard an alarming news on the TV.  The ratio of Male to Female is terribly on the decline.  In several Indian States, for every 1000 ma..read on

HOW TO CATCH A ROMEO !
             Have you come across any anti-socials in your life?  There are millions of them in the world, you know?   Among them is, a Romeo.  Agreed?     &..read on

Is smoking going up in Smoke
          I don’t know why our Indian Government is after smokers ! Poor chaps. Some years back, the Finance Minister was so wild with these fellows that he  kept increasing the duty on cigarettes year af..read on

WANNA BE AN ASTROLOGER?
            I felt a jolt when Bob threw this question at me?  Bob is my morning-walk-companion.               “Don’t be silly ..read on


                                   WANNA  BE   AN   AST..read on

DO YOU KNOW THIS?
Do you know, till some 80-90 years back, people used  a quill pen for writing? The quill was taken from the back of a porcupine.  I wonder how they managed to pluck it away from this animal.;  probably after killing the poor thing. The..read on

A Difficult Son to Handle
I had been asking the same question daily on rising from my bed. "At what time did Dolfy return home last night?"   "Very late.  Around midnight. But, today at 5.30 this morning," my wife answered that particular morning..   Isn't..read on

A FORMULA FOR LONG LIFE
              Is there anyone who doesn’t want to lead a long life on our planet earth?  Only a madcap would say that he would love to die around 23 years of age.  What about othe..read on

LOTTERY TICKETS AND AN ANGEL OF LIGHT
                                   Some fifty years back, India introduced the Lotte..read on

SOME IRREPLACEABLE INVENTIONS
We are living in an era of changes and  frequent changes for that  matter !.         You know some 20 years back, we had a great novelty called “Video Cassette recorder/player”.  It was a revolutionary ..read on

A city of heavy contrast
The roads in all the Indian Metropolitan cities are flooded with people for at lest 20 hours in a day. So, Chennai which is my city of residence is no exception to this rule.  Often I have wished and also imagined a road without people.  Wh..read on

The sea-side magic
When Shakespeare wrote that  “The world loves a lover”, he must have had in mind a typical beach side panorama.  I am not talking about the vast ocean outline you watch standing at the shore but at the people who throng the grand beach ever..read on

Portrait of an Indian bride/bridegroom
Some three or four hundred years back, a marriage in India was solemnized at a very early age. Possibly the girl was five and the boy seven or eight.  The concerned mothers told their offspring at an age of understanding as to who she/had been m..read on

PAIN? ISN\'T YOUR NAME \'DOLS\'
              No, there is no spelling mistake in the title.  It is very much ‘dols’ and not ‘dolls’. And surely you would very much like to know what a DOLS is.   &..read on

No Lender Be!
I am sure you have lent something or other, some time or other to somebody or other, during your lifetime.  Have all the lent out items come back to you? Very unlikely.  Some would seldom return to you.   On several occasions I never..read on


                               THE   GREAT    PLAYWRIGHT   &nb..read on

THE GREAT PLAYWRIGHT
                                Have any of your jokes, given out in a social party, backfire..read on

The Reincarnation Theory
      Do you believe in reincarnation of souls and a new physical life on the Earth after your current life? Well, nearly 80% of our population in India do believe in the cycle of births and rebirths; and after a particular..read on

Do horses have a sense of humor?
They do, according to me. I cannot say for sure if they indulge in this game with other horses but certainly they display it in full measure with the human beings especially the novice riders, as witnessed by me early last Wednesday morning. ..read on

The Soliloquists
  What will you do when you have nothing to do for a few hours or when you are bored to death, not knowing how to spend the next couple of hours?  Most of the time, you will get out and go for a walk.  Some times walking can be monoto..read on

The New Trends
                                       The New Trends &nbs..read on

The Grand Ceasefire
THE GRAND  CEASEFIRE   Prodigies are born only once in a while and they are identified right in the Primary school level itself.  But Mona, a Baby class kid, was spotted out not for her brainpower but for her talkativeness in the Lit..read on

Tragedy of Errors
  Candy, twenty plus, was a simple final semester undergraduate staying in a hostel. She hardly made friends with anyone there or, for that matter, in her college class room.  Then one day she was bitten by the love bug.  The bug was ..read on

The Noise of Music
The  Noise   of    Music   Have you ever tried your throat at singing? Any kind of songs – light, film tunes, classical etc?   Even while contemplating on this thought, Vincent appeared before me  and ..read on

Love for gold
The Bible says the Angels in Heaven found the women of the Earth most beautiful and alluring.  So, they came down, took the form of Men and married them. What they produced were 'demons'.  These absconders have been imprisoned and are await..read on




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