10 Badly mispronounced English words (in India) – A rant and a guide

Dad being a Professor of English, we’ve always loved this language. I do have vivid memories of him giving lengthy lectures on the intricacies of the language. Right from how words are spelled to how differently they are spoken or referred to in the US as against the UK as against Australia to also their Hindi equivalents – he had such a passion for the English Language.

Coming therefore with this background, any wrong pronunciations tend to blow me off. Let me clarify – it is in fact, not the person’s ignorance, I mean since English is only a second language to almost all of us – mistakes are excusable. It is actually the “attitude” mostly that annoys me – the ‘pride’ with which people correct me for pronouncing them rightly!

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Pardon me?

Here we go therefore – A list of some of the most rampantly mispronounced common English words – with also how you might hear people talking about them.  Continue reading

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Email Marketing – 3 Rock-Solid Reasons Why You Should Be Starting With It Today

Most email service providers will tell you why you should be doing email marketing. From delivering the highest return on investment [email has constantly returned an average of $50 for every dollar spent on it] to being the perfect add-on for social media marketing – email marketing benefits are varied. However, if all the amazing stats and figures fail to make you sold on the idea of email marketing – consider three rock-solid reasons as to why you should be starting with it today:
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The many side-effects of owning a two-wheeler in Bangalore!

Having recently purchased a two-wheeler to commute, I can’t help but write about the agony that is to travel on a motorbike in Bangalore. Here you go, therefore: The many side-effects of switching to from travelling by public transport to your own two-wheeler

  • You’ll miss out on your Tweeting/reading/WhatsApp/blogging or on anything-productive-you-used-to-do-on-your-commute time
  • “Potholes” will become a much-used word in your vocab.
  • In fact, potholes will replace any other monster you’ve ever dreaded in your life.

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11 Things you’ll miss most when your dad is gone

  1. His stupid jokes. Which weren’t risible enough back then but seem SO ludicrous now!

Such are dads


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19 ways to overcome

And before I knew it my baby, my blog was abandoned by me :(.  It’s been a heck of a March & April for me. For mostly good reasons thankfully :). How was yours? Here’s another set of self-talking shit. Let me know in the comments below if anything makes sense to you as well. If not – read again. I bet you’ll find something useful. Hehe.

How to overcome a loss, setback or adverse situations in life

It helps to decide what and who matter.

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What a great beginning to 2014 (Touchwood!)

So the new year has begun with rather a bang.
Consider this:

  • My sister found her lost (highly cherished) wallet (which was, chances are high pick-pocketed in a BMTC bus) through a Good Samaritan who called on our card kept in the wallet after he found it lying on the road. (The money was gone but at least the cards were in tact.) There had to be a Facebook status update about it. (Click to view enlarged image)

Found lost wallet

Found lost wallet


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Live Tweeting for #CoCo2014

The much (personally!) awaited CoCo (Coalition against Corruption) Summit concluded recently. Needless to say, the conference was a big success in terms of seeing some remarkable interaction among renowned experts in the field of corruption.

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Coalition against Corruption, Bangalore

The two-day conference held in Bangalore, co-hosted by The Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University, Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, and Sunlight Foundation, Washington DC saw over 26 speakers from around the globe exchanging ideas  on:  Continue reading

6 Resolutions every Bangalorean MUST make this New Year

Save water: Following the major water shortage crisis Bangalore faced earlier in the year, it goes without saying that saving water should top the list of resolutions of ALL Bangaloreans. While places like Koramangala were among the worst-hit areas, a lot of residents throughout the city could feel the pain of water shortage. Whether we blame it on inefficiency of BWSSB to check excessive water leakage or on unplanned urban growth in the city or even on overexploitation of groundwater resource, the solution is only one – water conservation. Sounds easier said than done? Well, not exactly. Here’s how simple it is to install Rainwater Harvesting in your home or office.

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6 Resolutions everyone who loves Bangalore should take

Clean after your dog: Yes, the footpath is no longer your dog’s toilet. Dog Owners at National Games Village are learning some lessons on hygiene as the trees along the footpath are carrying messages like “Footpath is not your dog’s toilet” from over two months. Posters reading “Please carry a shovel and a bag for your dog’s shit” and “You are responsible for the dog and its shit”, adorned the trees along the pavements. Joggers and walkers finally teach the dog owners a lesson.  Continue reading

Janaagraha wins the Global Impact Award

Well, Im writing about this pretty late. Almost a month later that is :P But the great news is – Janaagraha won the Global Impact Award by Google. What I enjoyed most while campaigning about the event was – reaching out to celebs on twitterverse – who were generous enough to reply back or retweet and even VOTE (yay!) for us (see Amisha Patel’s tweet below) 

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Google’s Global Impact Challenge 2013

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Notes to self / All in a day

  • Be grateful. It could (always) have been worse.
  • Smile. The day is over.
  • Smile. Tomorrow is another chance.
  • Sometimes criticism can open eyes to totally different aspects you’d never even thought of.
  • Measure it. And Google Analytics is all you need.
  • Shit happens. Keep calm. Maybe  you can turn that shit into a hit. Hehe
  • Don’t try too hard.
Lifes lessons

Sounds sane.

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