The image on the left is the cover of a book that explains a fascinating phenomenon and I hope that some of my interested readers will read it to understand why I find it so.
My employer during most of my working career was an English company and all communication was in English. All our customers spoke local languages and were also most uncomfortable with English. Among the many innovations that I had brought in during my career as a Manager was to let reports from field personnel be simple and mostly statistical in nature with the narrative kept in minimum because most of the salesforce were not comfortable with English either. I even encouraged the reports being written in local languages if important enough, so that the content could be conveyed accurately. We had to use translators to understand and take action but, that was a small price to pay for effectiveness.
India is a country with 122 major languages and 1599 other languages. However, figures from other sources vary, primarily due to differences in definition of the terms “language” and “dialect”. Barring the Hindi belt the all the other states, have different languages as their official languages and most schools teach in the local language.
English has a unique place in India thanks to our colonial days and higher education particularly in Engineering and Medicine has been in English. Many students struggle with this arrangement as they have to learn English in addition to their other subjects.
Under the circumstances, I found this news item fascinating and unlike our snobs welcome this development. I hope that the rest of the country follows suit.
Hinglish is actually a local name for the combination of Hindi and English. You can also have Tamlish for Tamil and English, Maratish for Marathi and English and so on and so forth. Purists usually are appalled at the usage but I for one encourage it as the idea is to communicate effectively and not be snobbish about the correct use of language.
Among other things, I find it quite interesting as to how American English and English English are different and also the various accents around the world when speaking in English.
Language is fascinating. Here is another instance to lighten my readers up. This is a sign board for the office of a Law Firm.
The lawyers do not seem to mind. I suppose that the clients understand what the sign says. Only snobs will find find fault with it.
One of the jokes that my Guru was very fond of sharing during his talks was how nature has a sense of humour. He would then add that man would throw nets to catch big animals, fish and birds but, would hide inside nets to save himself from the tiniest of creatures, the humble mosquito.
My war against mosquitoes continues and I got this machine from Amazon India earlier today. This will be installed in the living room where I sit and read or solve crossword puzzles. I can’t do either under a mosquito net and so have decided to experiment with this gadget.
This is what Amazon India has to say about this mosquito killing machine.
Charger: Not Applicable, State: Solid, Applicable Area: 50-100 square meters, Feature: Eco-Friendly,Stocked, Pest Control Type: Traps, Power Source: Sun Battery, Design: Regular, Fragrance: Scentless
In the box: 1xpcs Mushroom Shaped Mosquito killer Lamp , ( AV LIABLE COLOR WILL BE SENT )
Dehydrate them and kills them, Put at meter height from ground for best results
6 LED lights lures in mosquito up to 300m radius 360 wide-opening trap for maximized effectiveness.6 LED lights lures in mosquito up to 300m radius 360 wide-opening trap for maximized effectiveness.
The Motor Is Efficient , Saving And Quiet : No Noise And Unpleasant Odor When It Works , To Make You Feel At Ease And Sleep.
I look forward to more relaxed reading time with this around.
The door bell rang at 11.30 am this morning and I found a courier from Amazon with a parcel for me. First, this is the first time that I received a parcel from Amazon on a Sunday and secondly, I had not ordered anything from them. I checked to see that it was indeed addressed to me and opened it to see if either Ranjan or Manjiree had ordered something for me.
This is what I found.
Bingo! The light went on and here is a flashback to last Thursday.
A young couple, very dear to me who for some strange reason, has adopted me into their family called up to invite me to have lunch with them. I readily agreed and we had a great lunch at a favourite restaurant close to my home. Before the lunch GP told me that she would not order anything as she was on a diet plan which had enabled her to lose six kilograms in just as many weeks through a fasting programme. She said that she would help herself to little bit of what I ordered for myself and from her husband KS’s plate as well.
I was curious about this fasting programme and she explained it further to me by telling me about the above book which was recommended to her by another mutual acquaintance who had lost ten kilograms in six weeks. She believed that by following the programme listed in the book, I should be able to improve on my breathing condition and promised to send the book across for me to read. (I also suspect that she wants me to shed some kilograms!)
Instead of sending her copy to me, she had simply ordered a copy from Amazon for me! What a delightful surprise gift! I rang her up to remonstrate and thank her, and she sweetly suggested that instead of thanking her, I do the same for someone else. What a lady!
I started reading the book and completed reading the introductions by Dr. Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore. I am quite impressed with their approach to the subject of fasting. I intend going back to reading the book after I finish my daily session at the computer to attend to my mail, blogging, facebook etc. I shall write another post once I finish reading it.
Thank you GP.