I recently read an article which said that the literary skill of this generation is almost nil. It said that the development of technology has hampered the traditional ways of expression and that its very difficult to find people who will sit down with a piece of paper and a pen and jot down some thoughts. That article kind of shocked me. I mean, I consider myself a budding writer and hopefully someday a published one. But all I ever do is post articles on my blog and of course the occasional article in my college magazine. for almost a year now i have only used my computer to write because with MSWord i do not need to do a manual spell check and i can always get help when i can’t remember certain words. but yeah, i can no longer be called a traditional writer and upto now i had thought that this was for the best. but now, i’m not so sure. also – bloggers. who are bloggers? are we writers or photographers or publishers or normal people who just have something to say? bloggers don’t really have a separate status like writers, musicians, artists etc. we are just a group of people thrown in together, who’s only common interest is probably voicing their opinions. for those of us who are writers – well, like i said, we aren’t traditional writers and we aren’t exactly the most compatible with technology either. so what are we?? the ‘in-betweens’??? is there any such thing as the right mix between traditional and modern writers? though i believe (and hope) there is, i have to admit that the so called ‘writer’s block’ is more apparent now and we do have a lot of distractions on our computers, which do not give us much space to concentrate on our work. so what is this is new breed of writers who fall into both categories of being traditional and modern? who love and hate the new technology? who have a lot more ideas but sometimes don’t have the time? the right mix? what is that?
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Tagged Arts, Blog, bloggers, Microsoft Word, modernization, Organizations, postaweek2011, Publish, traditionality, writer, Writers Resources, writing
my cpt economics text says, while discussing if economics is an art or a science, that science teaches us to know and art teaches us to do. science is theoretical, whereas art is practical. i find that so ironical because most of us associate science with practicality and arts with theory. the main reason i am even doing my c.a. is because i am supposed to be good with practicals. and yet i find the above sentence to be true because c.a. being more of a science than an art is very theoretical. so what put it into people’s minds that science and commerce is more practical than art? is it because of the existence of maths in science and commerce? or is it that most people are not familiar with the subjects in arts and hence find it to be complete theory? physics, chemistry, biology and electronics we know to be theoretical. yes, they do have practical problems but that does not make a subject practical. it is the essence of the subject that counts. for example, statistics. we count that as a practical subject because we only have practical problems in p.u.c and we can score a full 100 in our exams. but the essence of statistics is to keep records, to measure, to compare, to analyse and to communicate required information for the prediction of future trends and making of decisions. isn’t that pure theory now? computation of the matter is mere clerical work. similarly – accountancy. accountancy being divided into book-keeping, accounting and accountancy, is part science and part art. book keeping is again of a clerical grade. accounting, though of a slightly higher level, still counts as computation of the matter. and accountancy by itself is purely analytical – which again is theory. business studies/commerce is also a theory subject and economics no doubt is theory. subjects like psychology, sociology and journalism on the other hand, (as far as i know) concentrate on studying the subject in college which might come across as theory, but out there, in the real world, these subjects serve more as practical. they deal more with doing than thinking. but yet, our disorganized minds associate science and commerce with practicality and arts with theory. that just goes to prove what Kabir (i think) said..
“jo dikhta hai, woh hai nahin. aur jo hai wo dikhta nahin.”
(what seems to be there, isn’t really there. and what is there, doesn’t seem to be.) – its a rough translation.
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Tagged Alternative, Arts, commerce, confusion, Economics, education, Kabir, life, Philosophy of science, Physics, Theory
a while ago i was cleaning out my dashboard. you know – links, widgets,polls etc. and when i was going through my links i realized that there are so many good blogs out there with so many good writers. and these are my favorite 5 blogs.!!
what i love about her is her advice on writing. i mean yeah, thats what the whole blog is based on, but the way she does it just inspires me somehow. it has actually helped me in a lot of places and she puts her thoughts in very simple words and the beauty of that is amazing!!
The Good Old Days
completely different from the first blog. this one makes you wonder after every post. a wonderful meaning hidden behind those heavy words. it may be a little intense, but thats exactly what i love to read.
this guy i love!! he is funny, and smart ans successful and a great writer!! his contact form actually says other forms of communication, including psychic signals and carrier pigeons seem to be less reliable, so stick to the above methods just to be safe.
this is sheer genius. i mean, the concept is simple enough, its usually nothing out of the ordinary. but, the way she puts her thoughts into words is just wow!! that is some very powerful writing!!
what i love about this blog if the originality. his ideas, thoughts, articles etc are so intriguing. he has this 51 minute lecture on his website (and i hate online videos that are very long) but i still watched it because i didn’t feel like closing that window!!
how to be a free thinker
i was in a pretty romantic mood some time ago. and i decided to make my own ‘best romantic movies’ list. and after putting myself through the tedious (:P) task of watching the following movies, i have decided that these are simply amazing. you may not understand a few of the movie names or the languages that they are made in but please look into the story, get a version with subtitles and watch it!! there is a reason why i put these here.!!
- letters to juliet
- a lot like love
- sweet home alabama
- maid in manhattan
- 27 dresses
- 50 first dates
- a walk to remember
- 10 things i hate about you
- Vinnai Thandi Varuvaya
- jab we met
- shakespeare in love
- love aaj kal
- someone like you
also these are the movies which i couldn’t watch but their trailers looked pretty interesting. so watch them and let me know what you think of them:
- the next best thing
- then she found me
- new york minute
- the rebound
- the holiday
- the ugly truth
- the break up
- bounty hunter
- wedding crashers
i will keep updating this list, as and when i feel like it. especially to bring in more regional movies which are really good but do not get the credit they deserve.
[ also the movies aren't necessarily in that order. i just put them in the list when i remembered them]
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Tagged 10 Things I Hate About You, 27 dresses, 50 first dates, a lot like love, a walk to remember, Arts, Film, jab we met, just married, Letters to Juliet, love aaj kal, Maid in Manhattan, movie, postaweek2011, Relationships, Romance, shakespeare in love, sweet home alabama, the wedding singer, Vinnai Thandi Varuvaya
2.watch a movie
3. take a nap
4. engage yourself in a sport
6. post something on your blog
7. try cooking
8.also try painting/sketching/drawing
9. clean your room
10. learn a new language
11. research a new topic
12.listen to new songs
13. look through old photographs
14. make an album/collage out of your old and new photographs
15. write in your journal
16. read your old journals
17.text someone you havent texted in ages
18. take a walk
19. make up your own what do i do when i am bored list
21.read a new book
22.go to the local museum
23. study(bad idea.. i know)
24.paint your face
26. re-arrange your wardrobe
27.volunteer for a social cause
28. make your own home movie
29. watch old home movies
30. count all the loose change you have in different bags,pants,wallets etc.
31. read my blog..
32. play games online
33.take different personality tests online
34. try a new hairstyle
35. learn sewing or knitting
36.learn to make chocolates
37. learn baking
38.read the newspaper
39. solve puzzles
40.make greeting cards
41.make your own calender (new year‘s on its way)
42.go online on a social networking site
43.eat something really unhealthy!!
44.click random photographs
this i all i could think of.. if you have anything else please let me know..
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Tagged Arts, bored, Classroom, fun, Holidays, list, New Year, Personality test, silly, Social network service, Social Sciences, YouTube