Competition has always been something in schools and also in life. From a young age children are exposed to the idea that it’s good and even healthy to have a little competition in their daily lives. Schools encourage competition through sports, contests at schools, and pitting kids against each other to see who will get the best exam results or the most stars at the end of the term. Competitiveness is something that is always encouraged by governments and many people as being good for self-esteem and an important thing to get used to as competition exists in the workplace. But is it really such a good idea to have competition at schools and what happens if some kids never get to the top of the class?
How competition starts in schools
I grew up in the UK state education system. I went to an average primary school and an…
Air pollution is turning Mother nature prematurely grey.
Humans can live three weeks without food, three days without
water and just three minutes without air. Air is an indispensable part of our
life. It is because of air that life has been possible on Earth. Yet, we humans
are polluting that very essence of our lives. And that too simply for hoarding wealth, which
will be rendered useless if we cease to exist.
We have been polluting the atmosphere in the name of development. Is it really development, if it snatches away pure air from a new born child? We must question our priorities. Which is more important for us and our children? Pure air and water or money?
Pollution should never be the price of prosperity.
Definitely, every sane, intelligent person would choose the latter. In spite of our knowledge and our understanding, we are failing our children. We are busy in our rat race to provide more than needed for ourselves. Becoming more isolated each day and refusing to share. Now-a -days, each family member prefers to drive his or her own vehicle rather than share. The end result is more production, more waste generation and emissions, leading to increased pollution.
Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.
Air pollution is a global killer. An estimated 7 million
people die due to diseases related to air pollution. Respiratory infections,
asthma, stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, obstructive pulmonary disease- all
are related to air pollution.
The main pollutants are nitrogen dioxide(NO2),
sulphur dioxide(SO2), carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) , Ozone (O3), molds, particulate matters (PM).
The particulate matters of less than 10 and 2.5 microns can penetrate into
blood through the lungs and affect the whole system.
The short term as well as long term consequences of
pollution on human health is immense. Polluted air affects our lungs, heart, brain,
liver, spleen as well as the nervous system.
The effects are more on children and elderly as they are more susceptible
to damages due to their low immune levels. Children breathe more than adults
and breathe in more pollutants because of their short heights.
The Paris climate summit laid down rules for the global community to combat climate change. They aimed at keeping the global rise in temperature below 2 degrees, and take it to below 1.5 degrees within this century. There has been a 3 degrees rise in Arctic temperatures in the last century leading to massive melting down of glaciers. The emission of green house gases has been the prime cause of the rise in temperatures. (Green house gases like – CO2, NO2, O3, CH4, absorb and emit radiant energy within the thermal infrared range)
We are the perpetrators of air pollution, so the onus is on us to find the solution.
We must avoid unnecessary use of vehicles and use
public transport and car pools.
We must avoid burning of leaves etc and make compost
Farmers should refrain from burning stubble and use
modern methods to turn them into compost.
Plant trees and keep indoor plants. Indoor plants are
great air purifiers.
Use a bicycle or walk as much as possible, every step
Jogging and exercise should be done in pollution free
Children should be picked up in traffic congestion so
that they are not at the same level as the emissions.
Regular indoor cleaning is a must as indoors are often
more polluted than outdoors because of dust mites and molds.
Air pollution is a great equalizer. It does not differentiate between the rich and poor. Every person in a particular place will have to breathe in the same air. It is for us to see that the atmosphere remains unpolluted. God has provided us with everything that we require to live. Let us not spoil the best things in our lives due to wrong perceptions and thinking pattern set by the society at large. For the truth is… we all need fresh and clean air simply to exist.
Water and air the two essential fluids on which our life depends have become global garbage cans.
I’ve often written about ways to boost your creativity, including even tips on using AI to do so. But can certain foods help get the creative juices flowing? There’s research which suggests that yes, there are. So, what should you be eating and drinking to help you overcome the dreaded writer’s block?
Eating your Way out of Writer’s Block
As I’m sure many of you know, writers suffering from writer’s block find that their creative process slows to a crawl. Every new idea just doesn’t seem right, and this situation can be extremely stressful.
Each writer processes his/her creative flow differently and there’s no getting around it. From speaking to close friends or going for a walk, most of us treat writer’s block differently.
While there isn’t a foolproof way to get over it, you can take steps to help your mind overcome it. As anyone can tell you, your…
At the moment, over half of my income comes from writing-related activities such as my freelance article writing. Mind you, it did take three years and a whole lot of hard work (and praying, aka luck) to get to this point! As they point out in their article, online jobs are fundamentally no different from traditional jobs. Effort is required to seek out perfect roles. Your ideal position won’t necessarily be on offer on the day you start your job search.
If you love writing and enjoy working from home, you may appreciate…
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In my last post on sentences I had written about the basic elements of a sentence. I had also briefly mentioned that sentences can be divided from different aspects. The aspects being i) Functional ii) Structural iii) Polarity iv) Voice and v) Pattern. In this post I shall elaborate on the types of sentences based on functions.
A sentence that makes a statement or
assertion is called a declarative or assertive sentence.
It simply declares, asserts or makes
E.g. It is a
bright and sunny day.
She likes to watch action movies.
It is a Ming vase.
Narrating – I saw an UFO last evening.
Stating – ‘He returned home a happy man.’
Giving reason – ‘He was late as he had a small accident.’
Demanding action – ‘I demand action against the culprit.’
Expressing doubt – ‘I am unsure of her arrival.’
Protesting – Cutting trees must be banned.
Describing – The rainbow is beautiful.
Expressing apprehension– I won’t be able to pass the exam.
Giving information – Sharon has passed the exam.
Expressing opinion – I think it is going to rain.
Comparing – Ron is shorter than Harry.
Giving warning – There’s a snake behind you.
Confirming – Yes, I’m coming.
Contradicting – ‘No, that’s not right.’
Arguing – ‘You are wrong, I’m right.’
Apologising – ‘I’m sorry ; I should not have said so.’
Assuring – Of course, you will pass.
Addressing – Hello, Miss Muffet.
Answering – Yes, I am a doctor.
Classifying – There are two types of voice: Active and passive.
Comparing – Feather is lighter than wool.
Defining – A sentence is a group of words that makes complete sense.
Hesitating – But, I can’t give you the whole cake.
Illustrating – Latin is the mother of most European languages.
A sentence that expresses a command
or an entreaty is called an imperative sentence.
E.g. Please close the door.
You must not watch television for more than two hours.
Study hard to get good marks.
Have mercy upon us.
Alerting – Look out!
Directing – Go straight and then turn left.
Giving advice – Plant a tree.
Giving order – Get out
of the room.
Giving permission – Yes, you may leave.
Instructing – Draw a straight line.
Inviting – Please come and grace the
Reminding – Don’t forget to take your
Prohibiting – Don’t get up till you finish your homework.
Instant commanding – Halt! Fire!
A sentence that asks a question is
called an interrogative sentence.
do you live?
Have you finished your work?
When did you visit Paris?
How much did it cost?
Asking for permission – May I speak?
Asking for opinion – Is this dress looking good?
Asking for reason – Why have you come late?
Asking for confirmation – You are the doctor, aren’t you?
Asking for information – How do I go there?
Enquiring – Will you have another apple?
Expressing doubt – Will it be sunny tomorrow?
Expressing disgust – Who the hell does he think he is?
Threatening – Who dares to challenge me?
Making request – Will you please help me?
Interrogating – When did you discover the theft?
A sentence that expresses strong
feeling or surprise is called an
E.g. How very cold the morning is!
What a beautiful scenery!
What a shame!
What a selfish boy he is!
Elation – What a pleasant surprise!
Expressing wonder – What a beautiful scenery!
Expressing joy – Hurrah! We have won.
Expressing sorrow – Alas! My dog is no more.
Expressing hatred – Fie! How horrible of you.
Expressing disgust – Ugh! What a stench.
Expressing compassion – Poor thing! She is so lonely.
Encouragement – Bravo! Encore!
Greeting – Hi! Nice to meet you.
Bidding farewell – Goodbye!
Optative sentences express a wish, a
prayer or a blessing.
May you be
Wish you a
Let it be
Praying – May God bless you.
Greeting – Wish you a Merry Christmas.
Expressing Desire – May you succeed in all you do.
Expressing good wishes– Long live the Queen.
Expressing final wish – May his soul rest in peace.