Atrocities of ‘CC’

Hello everybody!

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As promised, I’ll be talking about the atrocities of coaching classes today (this will, probably, be the last post on teenagers and their mental status in India).

In India, 99 out 100 school kids attend a coaching institute (CC or COACHING CLASSES) right from the age of 6 or probably less! (Millenials, hold on, I’m talking about THIS generation! The alphas!)

So, it’s like out of 24 hrs, 6 hrs are spent in school, 8 hrs of sleeping and 4 hrs are spent in the coaching institutes. The rest of the 6 hours are spent eating, bathing and doing the enormous amounts of homework given by these coaching institutes. It’s not like they charge a feeble amount or something. Their fees shoot up to a lakh or more per annum. And that definitely is ridiculous!

But the funnier part is yet to come. This amount is paid by the hard working parents to the institutes NOT for a better career guidance to their kids but to provide RECREATION to the kids!

The situation today is something like this : The coaching registers are neat whereas we don’t even have a register for school. The coaching homework is done sincerely whereas we don’t ATTEND school. We have a 100% attendance throughout the year in the coaching classes, whereas we strive to complete the 75% compalsurized (is there such a word?) by school. Why?

Because, of course, coaching is more fun! You meet different people, have  no disciplinary actions taken against you and you’re waited on hand and foot there! You think this will help you get into your favourite college? Lol! I mock you poor ridiculous kids! Ever thought about those village boys who got into IIT and made news the previous year? What about the super 30?  They didn’t have a lakh to pay! Yet they’re doing better than you.

Now to those who manage to finally get into the IITs by getting tutored by these centres of education : How successful are you in life? If you think money is success and since you earn a good amount you’re successful, lemme clarify that you’re wrong. Of course everybody has a different definition to what success is, but basically it’s the good outcome of an undertaking. And money is not it.

Success is when you do something other than filing papers in a huge company. Success is when you construct a building that’s flawless, success is when you make a medicine that eradicates the need to go to a doctor often, success is when you find means of saving lives, success is when you THINK and make a change, success is when you make this world a better place.

The coaching centres are giving us knowledge without understanding. You think doing 150 numericals an hour is education? No! The proof that you’ve truly learnt something isn’t getting all of those 150 answers right. The actual proof comes when you can EXPLAIN the concept of at least one of those numericals to a complete lay person. But I know that half of the times you yourself don’t know it!

I agree I myself go to coaching classes, 4 hrs a day. Why you’d ask, eh? Just keeping up with the fad!

I haven’t joined a fancy air conditioned famous academy where I gotta pay a lakh per year, but I definitely have joined an academy. And trust me, it disheartens me to see the state of students there. Basically, to fulfil my dreams and somehow beat those ‘over smart’ pieces of printed encyclopaedias (I mean the students who can do 150 questions an hour),  to my favorite college I NEED to cheat. And hence I find myself in these classes.

Recently, there have been a number of issues regarding these classes. A boy A (check my previous posts ) committed suicide recently. His well wishers claim that it’s the physics teacher who forced him to join his private tuitions and the pressure eventually killed the child. The city calls him a ‘dalal’  (never mind the translation – just that it’s not a kind word). Well, to those city dwellers I question, who encouraged the rise of coaching classes? This physics teacher killed one student (I hope it’s not true), but the other ‘dalals’ like R and M (I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about and to my foreign friend’s I’d say these are some great coaching institutes down here) are DESTROYING thousands of students. They’re ruining their career. Do you guys do anything about it.

The other day a boy claimed it isn’t abnormal for teenagers to drink and smoke now. To that boy I’d say : It IS abnormal man! It isn’t the age! Look where it landed poor A. It causes lack of emotional and mental stability! And these coaching centres are where bad habits breed!

Some of you would say that it’s purely on the teen to be a good child or a bad one. But I’d oppose that. Teenagers are emotionally imbalanced and have little say when bad habits are enforced on them. Trend is something they tend to adopt and when addiction is the latest trend, you can’t blame the teen !

As aware citizens of democratic India, it is OUR responsibility to stop this business called coaching (sounds so much like poaching!). Bug your school teachers, take the help of books and internet. Raise YOUR standards and not the amount you pay. I call out to those revolutionaries out there participating in candle marches : march against these ‘dalals’. Student force has a lot of power, if only it’s directed towards the right issues!

Wake up. Make this place a better one. Get a life. Dance, play, live, learn. Don’t mug up.

Enjoy life because you only live once.

The suicide – A suicide!

On 8th of march, a 16 yr old boy commited suicide. For discretion, I’d refer to him as A In his note he wrote “No reason just don’t want to live”. The parents and other well wishers of A claim it’s his physics teacher’s fault. They say that the teacher forced him to take private tutions from him or else he’d fail A in the final exams. Just a day before the physics paper , A hung himself.
He’s dead now, dead and gone.
But the media and those WELL WISHERS aren’t gone. They’re still bugging the physics teacher and the school. The whole education system is being questioned.
These were facts. And now I’ll start with my point of view on this matter as a teen myself.
For those who blame the physics teacher. Darn you.  A failed throughout this academic year. Sources say he used to drink and smoke …and maybe indulged in other bad habits too.
For those who think physics was a pressure : guys you all are indirectly trying to say that the guy was too weak to handle life!!
Hundreds of students fail every year, the school doesn’t do anything to them !!
If at all he commited suicide because of studies, it was his parents fault ! They failed to provide him with support. They couldn’t make him belive that even if he failed, they’d be with him. For all we know, maybe they were the ones who pressurised him !!
To those who were outside the school shouting out slogans against the school and suggesting that “shoes should be rained ” on the school : You guys call yourselves ex students ? Heck! You don’t even deserve to be called students, you busted fickle minded rowdies ! This is what the school has taught you ? To disrespect your teachers and school ? To disrespect the temple of education ? Wow guys you all are doing good !
Won’t you all rest on peace until somebody has been blamed ? What if the guy had personal issues ? What if the guy was on drugs and in desperation (when he was deprived of it) he hung himself! What if it was love or betrayal ?
90% of those banging the doors of the school asking for justice dint even know A ! What is our society coming to ?
We are all playing a game called life and A decided to quit this game and so he did. If he had issues with somebody he would have mentioned it but since he didn’t , I’d say we shall leave it at that. The game’s on and we’re still playing it. We need to complete it instead of worrying about players who’ve left.
Blaming the education system is not the solution. Hundreds fail but they’re still alive !
And teachers ? They’re people who do their best to make our careers better …and all they receive in return is a meagre salary n such morons trying to blame them for everything. Even if that physics teacher has forced him to join his coaching (that too 4 days before the exam lol !) , he was doing it for the good of the child’s career !
To all the teachers : stop being so good , the society won’t give you anything except rude comments !
A : rest in peace chap ! I wish you wouldn’t have created such a mess after you.
I’m sorry if I just hurt anybody …and I’m sorry School on the behalf of the students who think you guys are to be blamed.
Sorry, A’s parents for you lost your lad but please don’t blame people who aren’t responsible !

Power Lunch Etiquettes – Choosing the Right Restaurant for Business Lunch

Power lunches are one of the best ways to impress your business acquaintances into finalizing a deal. But at the same time, choosing the right restaurant which will appeal to your dealing acquaintance is a hard job. Proper power lunch etiquettes are necessary here! There are quite a number of aspects we’ve got to pay attention to before zeroing in on one restaurant or food joint.

You have to find a restaurant that will tick off all your needs and will be especially pleasing to your client because in the end your deal being successful rests, to a certain extent, on the lunch date. How pleasing you turn out be, decides your long term relations with the person.

Food Restrictions and Preferences

You should, well in advance, inquire about the person’s dietary needs and choices. If the person is a vegetarian, taking him to an American steak centre wouldn’t turn out to be fruitful in the least. Or if the person is allergic to spices, taking him to a Thai cuisine restaurant would certainly not be recommended. A situation may arise where you don’t know what your associate likes. In those cases, you should either run your guest with two to three choices and ask her which one he/she likes, or you should take him/her to a place where they provide you with a number of cuisines. This will prevent unintended humiliation.

Service

Check on the service provided by the place you’ve decided on. Good food is a must but good service is equally important. If the service irritates the guest, your ideas of buttering him/her up would whoosh down the drain. There are restaurants which are frequented by business diners and the waiters there are well aware of when to leave the table for uninterrupted discussion and when to check on them. You can call and check if the place holds frequent business parties. If it is a known joint, you can always check the net for reviews.

Variety

It is a good idea to find out the dinning history of your guest. If the person has already been twice to the same place in recent past, it certainly won’t be as enjoyable for him/her the third time. On the other hand, a new food place would certainly lighten his spirit.

Also, it’s always a good idea to choose a local hot spot. Though a 5 star hotel mostly does the trick, there’s no compulsion you’ve got to choose that. You can very well go in for a local famous place which will acquaint your guest with the flavors of your town. If the guest is a foreigner, take him to a national place of fame, i.e., to a place where cultural specialties are served.

Ambience

Last but not the least; you have to watch out for the atmosphere of the place. If you are taking your client to a usual hang out spot for teenagers, he/ she may not exactly be appreciative of your choice. The ambience provided should be powerful and impressive. A professional setting and an elite atmosphere can play an important role in deciding your business success. A quite place with subtle frill is always a top choice!

Now we come to some preferred places by food critics and bloggers in major entrepreneur cities.

New York: In this business centric city you can always opt for Cipriani Wall Street, Gotham Bar and Grill or Balthazar. You can also check out The Grill Room at the Four Seasons Restaurant.

Los Angeles: Moving on to this high tech city of wonders, you can see Spago, Pizzeria Mozza, The Grill on the Alley, or Craft Los Angeles.

Chicago: Here, you can go in for Blackbird, Keefer’s, and Sepia. Prime Steak & Stone Crab and Joe’s Seafood is also a good choice!

London: Hardwood Arms, The Hawksmoor, The Ledbury, or Corrigan’s Mayfair are one of the hits!

If you are dealing with a vegetarian, the extra pointer may help that ethnic places like Chinese, Italian and Mexican eat outs are preferred.

Have an awesome day! Stay blessed! Happy blogging ! 😀

Learning English Basic Grammar – what Is Grammar?

Expressing ourselves effectively to the second person is the key to successful communication. Whether it’s verbal or written, in French or English, it is very important to follow the set of rules pertaining to the particular language. One must be aware of the syntax of the language get one’s thoughts across effectively and efficiently and grammar is exactly what is meant for this purpose!

Echoing David Crystal, “Grammar is the structural foundation of our ability to express ourselves. The more we are aware of how it works, the more we can monitor the meaning and effectiveness of the way we and others use language. It can help foster precision, detect ambiguity, and exploit the richness of expression available in English. And it can help everyone–not only teachers of English, but teachers of anything, for all teaching is ultimately a matter of getting to grips with meaning.”

Grammar in olden days was a glamorous subject or so is pertained by the fact that people in Scotland pronounced grammar like ‘glamour’ and associated it with enchantments and wonderful magic. Though, today the situation is such that grammar is a phobia for many students and not at all glamorous for anyone whatsoever.

Types of grammar

Grammar is divided into two broad categories for better usage: Descriptive and Prescriptive grammar.

Descriptive grammar is the actual study and understanding of a subject and is the way it is spoken and written.

Prescriptive grammar is a set of rules as aids of learning that language and refers to the language as certain people think it should be.

This was just the beginning. Furthermore, grammar has ten types.

Comparative grammar: This refers to the study and comparison of structures of linked languages. As R. Freidin puts it as, “a faculty of language that provides an explanatory basis for how a human being can acquire a first language . . . In this way, the theory of grammar is a theory of human language and hence establishes the relationship among all languages”.

Generative Grammar: This refers to the set of rules that the speaker accepts as belonging to the language originally. In other words, it is the speaker’s inbuilt or rather subconscious ability of producing utterances in a particular language using pre requisite knowledge.

Mental Grammar: This kind of grammar is right there in the brain and persists within all humans. It is the generative grammar that helps formulate sentences that makes sense and carries your thoughts and ideas to other human beings.

Pedagogical Grammar: These are the set of rules designed for students who have the language as their second language, if you get what I mean. As D. Little said about perspectives of this, “Pedagogical grammar is a slippery concept. The term is commonly used to denote (1) pedagogical process–the explicit treatment of elements of the target language systems as (part of) language teaching methodology; (2) pedagogical content–reference sources of one kind or another that present information about the target language system; and (3) combinations of process and content.”

Performance Grammar: This is a description of the set of rules of English in a way that is used by dialogue speakers. This deals with the production of the language. The beauty or sharpness of the language is altered properly if you refer to this syntax.

Reference Grammar: This gives explanations and directions about construction of words, sentences, phrases, clauses, etc. How they are formed and their types are included. Modern reference Grammar books include A comprehensive grammar of the English language by Randolph Quirk.

Theoretical Grammar: This is the study of the vital aspects of any language spoken by humans. This is concerned with clearing the rules of the language and displaying them to all.

Traditional Grammar: This is a kind of perceptual language. It creates distinction between what people are doing with the language and what they should be doing instead. It models historically pure grammar.

Transformational Grammar: This kind of grammar can be referred to as a set of unwritten laws or something alike. These are not pre defined rules but something that are kept in mind while interpreting.

Universal Grammar: This initially organizes the state f mind of the language learner, i.e. organizes human faculty.

Understanding College Transfer Process

So now you’ve taken it to your heart that you’re going to change your college but you have no idea what to do next! Well, it’s your career we’re talking about so no jokes are to be cracked here. What I advice is, firstly you should consult your counselor and have a look at the list of colleges you’d like to apply for. It’s necessary to be sure of the fact that your purpose would be solved while transferring and the college provides you with the course you want to opt for and the majors you want to do in future.

A majority of students decide to transfer mid-session or while they are in the process of education. Many have reasons as genuine as better career opportunities and better affiliation. Others leave the college for bad culture and stuff. Mark my words, there is no guarantee that the new college would work out for you. Try your best to solve the issues regarding the old institute itself instead of leaving it and going off to a whole new environment. Also, whatsoever, this experience is quiet unsettling and would slow down your studies a bit for a while. So keep that in mind.

If you still need to or want to switch colleges, you need to pay attention to a number of things. Before transferring, take a look at these bullet points and verify:

  • Send for the catalogue of the college and check out the requirements like the degree needed and criteria to be followed. Also see what the college has to offer in terms of study materials and courses.
  • Before you apply for a transfer, you need to make sure that you qualify for the college, that you have the degree required with their cut off marks or grades.
  • You need to check out if the new college accredits the degrees of the old one.
  • Check out on the special schemes like scholarships, etc and on the rules adhered to and deadlines followed in the college you’re going to apply for.
  • Prefer colleges which have a transfer agreement with your current one. This will ease the process and cut down on the work you’ve got to make up for.
  • Check out the expenditure in your new college, including travelling charges incurred, accommodation, food, books, and fees of course, etc.
  • Follow up the programs you need and the ones with the highest job placements.
  • See what courses from your current college can be transferred and also note how they are transferred. Is it alright? Ask yourself
  • Try your best to get the credits transferred in subjects you’ve scored good grades, it’ll be beneficial.
  • Also know what credits are transferrable and be sure you get them transferred.Finding a career job-red man and arrows_0_0
  • Check on the authenticity of the college, the formalities to be complete and things alike well in advance

Do your best and shine high. May this transfer prove fruitful for you and all the best for your future and career.

Understanding the Difference between College and University

College and University are taken to be synonyms nowadays. The difference between them is very compact and is not recognized by all. The word, however, like all English words, differ in meaning when the context it’s being used in is changed or the location and situations they are used in are changed. To stand in a better light, we’ll check out the difference between a college and a university and compare the two. Let’s trace out the two words right from the beginning, from their origin to how they’ve come to be used in various countries.

College has a Latin origin, and comes from the word ‘collegium’ meaning a group of people living together for a common purpose.  With time, this word has come to denote educational institutes offering degree level courses. College describes an educational institution offering diplomas and 2 year or four year degree level courses. It is known to be something between schools and universities. In other words, they focus on undergraduate programs. They are smaller than universities and students receive more personal attention.

University, coming from Latin ‘universitas magistrorum et scholarium’ that stands for a group of teachers and students living together in pursuit of knowledge, nowadays stands for higher educational institutions offering a platform to pursue higher educational qualifications and research. Universities offer a broad spectrum of courses belonging to various field and career streams. They offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Right from bachelor’s degree to Ph.D.s are covered by some universities. Some universities have divisions like the ‘College of Engineering’ etc. that means some colleges are under larger universities.

This was the basic perception. But all over the globe, various regions refer to colleges and universities in different contexts. Let’s have a look at that.

USA

In the United States of America, colleges and universities are used almost synonymously. There are a few colleges here that offer a wide range of subjects including doctorates. Here the colleges aim to prepare a person for his or her career. Universities here are quite famous all over the world like the Harvard University.

Canada

In Canada, the difference is quiet clear between the two units of education. Colleges, being focused on teaching short vocational courses in particular trades, offer basic degrees in science and arts whereas universities, having a wide range of varieties of subjects, offer the higher education degrees. Colleges are not research directed as opposed to universities. All in all, both are well defined in different words in Canada.

UK and associate commonwealth countries

In United Kingdom and the nations included in the commonwealth league, the difference between the two is very well defined and to the mark. Colleges are affiliated and subsidiary to universities. The courses are provided by the colleges, but the degrees are issued by the university that particular college comes under. University is the commanding body and colleges are the small fishes. So a university would have divisions under it by the name of ‘College of Liberal Arts’ who would teach the course but the degree would be granted by the university. The researches would be, however, directed by universities themselves, which will have its departments on different subjects.

Do comment your views! What about the place you belong to?

Feel free to suggest topics you’d like to see disscussed in future!


All in all, colleges are the centers of learning whereas the universities are more research oriented. If we talk about the stage, universities definitely offer a much more esteemed stage as compared to colleges, but one may argue successfully that a student gets more personal attention in a college rather than a university.

But it all depends on the institution and your power of grasping. Both are the abodes of knowledge after all, right?

How to Choose Right College?

If you’re all set to go in for higher education and boost your career and personality, choosing a college is the foremost step. But it’s not as easy as it may seem. Choosing the right college amongst thousands present in the air can prove to be a challenging job. Even if you do decide on certain options, one never knows if it’ll turn out to be of help or a total disaster. One can’t guarantee you success but if you do take a bit of pains, you would most probably never face a time of regret. So let’s have a look at a few pointers indicating how to choose the right college.

Classify the colleges as good, better, best

So you’ve got the names offering the particular course you want or fulfilling your requirements. Now, divide them into groups of colleges that are the best – he ones that are difficult to get into but provide elite education, better than good – the ones that are not as good as the best colleges but not too bad, and good – colleges that are easy to get into, if you don’t have an option you can easily opt for them. Now try your best to get into those elite colleges, make them your first preference.

Explore the infrastructure

Check out the size of classes, labs and fields. See if the labs are well equipped. Check out on the living facilities – whether students commute or live on the campus. If on the campus, see if it’s suitable because you have to spend four or more years in those surroundings. Make sure the dorms are modernized and if you want an attached bathroom, see if they provide it well before applying for a residential facility. If you are a privacy freak, find out before hand if there are compromises to be made.

Gender problem

Well, many girls are uncomfortable studying in a co-ed atmosphere and similarly many colleges do not accept applications from male students. So it’s advisable that you choose a college according to your comfort zone.

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Remember, it doesn’t matter how old or young a college is, what counts is the quality of education imparted and the reputation of the college. So don’t turn down a college just because it’s young or opt for one just because it’s ancient.

Check on college directories

You may like to know about certain numbers like the population of the college, activities; number of fresher’s recruited each year, etc. For this, the best is college directories like their booklets and websites. They’ll equip you with all the technical information you need, however they won’t provide you with the updates on the college campus and its atmosphere and culture. For that you need to contact people actually living there.

Trust yourself

Sometimes you may get an intuition that a particular college would be best for you. Try it out, explore the college and it may prove to be the best deal. Some students have successfully lived this experience, now your turn to try!

Attend college fairs or talk to representatives and counselors.

Brochures and websites are a good start to know more about the college, but what the final step needs is interaction with real people. Most high schools sponsor college fairs where representatives are present to have a one-on-one with applicants. So don’t be shy and approach them, clear all your doubts and ask everything. If your high school does not organize such fairs, don’t fret, the National Association for College Admission Counseling always holds one around fall. Just go online and get the details required.

Magnet schools

Magnet school, true to its name, attracts bright students from all over the world or country. The term is popular in the United States. All over the world, these schools are becoming popular day by day and are known as Special Schools.

Children generally attend schools lying in their zones and regions. And magnet schools are what compel these students to join them – they attract students! It their specialized curriculum, better exposure and opportunities that make these public schools popular. Having their funding by the state, local or federal funds, these schools have a limited number of seats that have made the need of a selection procedure to be prevalent a necessity. Tests are conducted by the schools and the students scoring good marks are given the privilege of gaining an admission – that amounts to about 20% of students who apply each year.

Strict, stringent, disciplined and tougher, these schools have always attracted parents and students with their principle of equality amongst all races and castes.

Advantages

Magnet schools provide a better stage for a teacher-student relation as the number of students is kept in check. More attention can be given to the evolvement of an individual. The rigorous activities initiate the child’s creativity, helping him or her become an all-rounder. The school provides for an atmosphere that promotes a greater family like bonding between the teachers and students. A sense to uphold the schools dignity and pride drives the students to give their best.

Disadvantages

It is a general notion that these schools receive generous funding as compared to the traditional home schools (important to take note that home schools and home schooling are two different terms). Well, it is a duty of the parents to find out if these funds are used adequately. For instance they need to be sure that the school has a well equipped lab with a proficiently qualified teacher. Secondly, magnet schools selectiveness is a thing to question. To maintain their reputation, they chose a set of students that are already privileged. In the bargain, the more motivated, disadvantaged students are left behind. A good magnet school should actually select those students to whom it would do good to have an experience of such a school.

All in all, it is perceivably difficult to get enrollment in a magnet school. But if you do get into one of these wonders, it is a treat for your scholarly life. The opportunities and platforms one gets here is beyond imagination. But another point put forth by the critics is, if parents want to enroll their students here because of their good qualities, why not make all traditional public schools as competent? Now that’s a question that needs to be pondered on, right?

But till then, the fact remains that magnet schools have a class unbeatable! If you want to get into one, just make sure you make the necessary inquiries as pointed above to have an unfaltering experience.