Writing

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man. Francis Bacon I am no means an authority in writing or even close. I scored only 6.5 in IELTS in writing and was only an average student. 

Having said that, I like to learn and have improved over time. Credit goes to giants like William Zinsser (On Writing Well), my high school English teacher Gushminder Singh and people at copyblogger.com (God bless them). Gushminder Singh got me so interested in the English...

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Proud Punjabis not proud of Punjabi

My cousin, still in middle school, gets punished and fined if he speaks Punjabi. They are allowed to speak Hindi and English though.

There is a very odd wave against Punjabi language running in Punjab, at least in the cities. People who want to appear cultured and modern are shunning Punjabi as it is too crude for them. 

This is happening at a time when Punjabi cinema is getting popular and Punjabi songs are being played throughout India with reverence because of their...

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Happiness is

Happiness is:

Walking for the first time. Being tall enough to touch switches for the first time. Being able to tie shoelace the first time? when your feet finally fit into your mom’s sleepers, then your dad’s. Getting your first salary. Happiness is - a state of mind.

What’s happiness to you?

 

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Unbiased writing - How to write for an intelligent audience

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts. Bertrand Russell Expressing ideas and opinions with conviction: This is something I have battled with for a long time and still do.

In college, when evaluated for group discussions, I would be told many times "You are not confident in your sentences, therefore your argument appears weak." I used lots of "can, could, may, might, about,...

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