Words related to likeness and shapes


Ape like – Simian

Ass like – Asinine

Bell shaped – Campaniform

Bird like – volucrine

Bone like – Osteoid

Cat like – Feline

Cloud like – nubiform

Cresent shaped – Liniform

Dog like – Canine

Egg shaped – Ovoid

Hook shaped –Unciform

Mushroom shaped – fungiform

Needle shaped – acicular

Sheep like – Ovine

Shell shaped – Acicular

Skin like – dermatoid

Socket shaped – Glenoid

Spindle shaped – fusiform

Tree like – dendriform

Wedge shaped – cuneifrom

Moulding Minds

Photo by Suliman Sallehi

Dream big, think high,
Endeavour to reach the sky.
Put in your best in what you do,
To conquer peaks with just a few.
Success comes to those who try,
And use their inner wings to fly.
So, strive hard and say with pride,
I’ll take the world in my stride.

Ozymandias – by Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

The theme of Shelley’s ‘Ozymandias’ is the ravages of time. The sonnet is therefore Shakespearean where the poet challenges the master on his favourite ground.
The poem was written in 1815. Here the poet speaks of meeting a traveller from Egypt who had described to him a wrecked mammoth stone statue standing on a stone pedestal in the desolation of the desert (the desert of Thebes).It was the statue of a king. At the foot of the stone pedestal was a stone face lying half sunk in the desert sand. The statue was trunkless – only a pair of legs poised in a commanding stance. The broken face bore the stamp of arrogance and contempt. The puckered lips, the scornful eyes, the frowning brows; symbolizes severity of character. The most interesting thing was however, an inscription on the stone pedestal declaring the statue to be of the king Ozymandias (perhaps in reality it was that of King Rameses II of Egypt) and declaring him to be the king of kings. It also warns the other brave and mighty to give up any hope of rivalling him. The great irony is that a king so mighty is now reduced to two broken legs and a shattered visage that lies in the dust. The ravages of time spare none and treats everyone equally.
The poet in a few succinct lines brings out the futility of man’s pursuance of worldly glory. Nothing in this life is everlasting. The name ‘Ozymandias’ itself suggests that time –the great destroyer, devours everything. The motif of transience of earthly pomp, power, grandeur and glory is driven home through vibrant images. “The wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command.’ ‘the vast trunkless legs of stone’, ‘the shattered visage’ paints a vivid picture of the ruins in the desolate place. Shelly is poetically philosophising the vanity of human endeavour to achieve immortal glory and the annhiliative and corrosive influence of time. The poem is out and out impersonal and is immune to the poet’s personal emotions.
The form of the poem compliments the theme. The visual images used to fill in the detail of the scene gives concreteness to the poem. The point that the earthly power is thoroughly ephemeral and vaunting tantamounting to meaningless fury – is tangibly manifested not only in its superficial meaning, but also in its tone and temper. Time is a great leveller. The irony and utter fruitlessness of human glory lies in the ruggedness of the following lines:-
“Nothing besides remains
Round the decay of that colossal wreck: boundless, bare.
The lone and level sands stretches far away.”

Twenty-five Tips To Make You A Better Writer — Becoming the Oil and the Wine

We all want to be a better writer and so we read many books and practice our writing skills to improve writing styles. Yesterday I received in my email from Jerry Jenkins an article entitled Twenty-five tips to immediately make you a better writer. I decided to share this article with you. Jerry Jenkins is […]

Twenty-five Tips To Make You A Better Writer — Becoming the Oil and the Wine

Hymn to Father


Baba, I do thank you.
For all that you have done.
Baba, I do miss you.
Now that you are gone.

All those years of caring,
All those years of love;
All those years of food and fun,
Are in my treasure trove.

I look back on those moments,
And think how good you were;
As a father and a guide,
You are past compare.

I wish to tell you baba,
You were a loving dad.
I’m thankful for those lovely days,
With you that I have had.

Wherever you are Baba,
Be happy and be well.
You are one in a million dad,
With certainty I can tell.

Which Writing Style Should You Choose in 2021?

Nicholas C. Rossis

I recently discussed the Oxford comma and Singular they. Both these are typical examples of style in writing. That is, there is no right or wrong answer concerning their use; it all depends on personal preference. So does the question of the writing style you choose: Associated Press, Chicago Manual, MLA, etc. This handy guest post by EllenRoyce describes the various styles and their differences. Ellen is an experienced marketer, copywriter, and entrepreneur. Having started several small businesses online, she knows the importance of effective content marketing in building companies.

Which Writing Style Should You Choose in 2021?

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If you’ve got a digital product that keeps growing, you need to start increasing your number of content creators. And to make sure they all maintain the same voice and tone in their writings, you need to provide a content style guide. But which writing style formats should you prefer in…

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Timeless Mystery


Days have passed and are passing by,

Swiftly or gently they gradually fly.

A mute spectator with glazed eyes,

I do not even question why.

Why do changes occur here?

Why do people love and care?

Why the hate, why the greed?

Why such cruelty? What’s the need?

Since times immortal people came.

Each had come to play their game.

Some were good, some were bad;

Some were happy, some were sad.

Such pain, such pleasure, they did feel;

But none could lift time’s veil.

Where did they come from? Where did they go?

Each put up an intense show.

Alas! The mystery remains unsolved,

Cause, keeping it a secret is God’s resolve.


Photo by Daria Shevtsova

“There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart.”

– Jane Austen

Our heart is the most amazingly beautiful and priceless thing that God has gifted us. It is our heart that guides us through our lives. It helps us feel the wondrous rainbow of experiences – the sum total of which is called life.

The most important thing in life is to take care of those hearts that care for you. The more the number of hearts that care for us – the richer is the quality of our lives, irrespective of our financial conditions.  It is not enough to be surrounded by hearts that care, for in the long run this number is directly proportional to the number of hearts that we care for.

“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is the foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love and wellbeing.”

James E. Faust

We must take care of the people who matter in our lives. There will be problems, troubles, stress which will create obstruction in the path of caring for these people, just as we find obstacles on our way to success, but if we are willing, there will always be a way.

“It’s easy to fool the eye but it’s hard to fool the heart.”

–Al Pacino

The hearts around us must be made to feel that we really care for them, and everything is all right. This is the true wealth of our lives. The thing is, it costs very little to create an atmosphere of wellness and peace. A little bit of tolerance and tactful avoidance of unnecessary demands can do the trick.

“True wealth is not of the pocket, but of the heart and of the mind.”

– Kevin Gates

It is not necessary that everyone will reflect the happiness and peace emitted by you. There will be toxic people who will try to create a toxic atmosphere. These people are best avoided or ignored and their attempts to create a negative atmosphere must be nipped at the bud. By and by, their toxicity will cease to poison the surrounding atmosphere.

“A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.”

– Washington Irvin

When the hearts you meet in your life’s journey are made to feel contented and cared for, that contentment will have a ripple effect on the lives of many. In the long run it shall take humankind to a higher and better level of existence in the spiritual world.

Photo by Trinity Kubassek

Paraphrasing Sentences for Writing Responses/Answers


It is important to paraphrase a sentence for writing tasks in IELTS exams as well as for other exams. It gives an impression of having good grasp over the language and hence paves the way for a better score in the exams.

Paraphrasing means rewriting something in your own words, while retaining the correct and absolute meaning of the sentence.

There are several ways of paraphrasing a sentence.

  1. Re-ordering the sequence of words.
  2. Replacing words with synonyms
  3. Replacing voice of the sentence
  4. Replacing the part of speech

Paraphrasing by-


Sentences can be paraphrased by changing the order of words.

One of the major causes of unemployment is mechanisation of industries.

Paraphrasing by changing word order-                                                                                                

Mechanisation of industries is one of the major causes of unemployment.

Here we have changed the sentence by changing the sequence of words by putting the words at the end of the sentence in the front. It is an easy way of paraphrasing but we must be careful that the sentence is grammatically and lexically correct.


In this method we replace the keywords with words having the same meaning to paraphrase the sentence.

One of the major causes of unemployment is mechanisation of industries.

Paraphrasing by using synonyms-

One of the main reasons of joblessness is automation of commercial enterprises.

In the above sentence the words ‘major’, causes’, unemployment’, mechanisation’ and ‘ industries’ have been replaced by the synonyms ‘main’,’reasons’, ‘joblessness’, ‘automation’ and ‘commercial enterprises’.


Sentences having objects can be changed into passive voice. Academic writers frequently use        passive voice and hence it can be used for paraphrasing academic responses.

A large number of people lost their jobs, as a result of the pandemic.

Paraphrasing by changing into passive voice-

As a result of the pandemic, jobs were lost by a large number of people.

Paraphrasing by changing into active voice-

Exquisite cuisine was enjoyed by the people attending the wedding.

The people attending the wedding enjoyed exquisite cuisine.


Sentences may be paraphrased by changing the form of words, like nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs may be replaced by another part of speech that would be suitable and appropriate. Care must be taken to ensure that the meaning of the sentence remains unchanged.

She has made her family proud.

Paraphrasing by changing the form of word-

 She is the pride of her family.   

In the first sentence proud is used as an adjective, whereas in the second sentence pride is used as an abstract noun.  The second sentence has retained the meaning of the first sentence while being paraphrased. 

Paraphrasing tips-

You may use any of these methods for paraphrasing your sentences, or may use a combination of methods that best suits your purpose. The most important thing is to maintain the correctness of the sentence along with grammatical accuracy. The most used methods are – paraphrasing using synonyms and changing the word order. However do not use a synonym unless you are 100% sure of its correctness. The same goes into using the other methods too. The trick is to go on practicing unless you master the art of paraphrasing.