Thursday, March 31, 2011

One day--Many lives

One day--duration of the Earth's single rotation. But it's a single day of life of every single living being on this planet. And for a mayfly it is its entire life.

One any given human day... 
  • Someone is born. Someone dies. 
  • Someone was waiting for it. Someone was dreading it. 
  • Someone is happy. Someone is sad. 
  • Someone is laughing. Someone is crying. 
  • Someone is sound asleep. Someone is wide awake.
  • Someone is waiting. Someone just arrived. 
  • Someone falls in love. Someone breaks up.
  • Someone is getting married. Someone is getting divorced. 
  • Someone is tensed. Someone is relieved.
  • Someone is enjoying. Someone is suffering.
  • Someone is wasting food. Someone is hungry.
  • Someone is thankful. Someone is complaining.
  • Someone is mean. Someone is kind.
  • Someone is praying for the sun. Someone is praying for rain.
  • Someone gets promoted. Someone gets fired.
  • Someone passes. Someone fails.
  • Someone wins. Someone loses.
  • Someone makes peace. Someone fights.
  • Someone is living a fairy tale. Someone is living a war.
  • Someone loves. Someone hates.
  • Someone forgives. Someone avenges.
  • Someone is running from family. Someone is longing for one.
  • Someone is lonely. Someone wants to be alone.
  • Someone is charmed. Someone is disgusted. 
  • Someone wins a lottery. Someone loses every penny.
  • Someone sees a ray of hope. Someone loses all hope.
  • Someone starts believing in God. Someone turns an atheist.
  • Someone is praying for another day of life. Someone can bear no more.
And when it ends, it had been one day and millions of stories.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sea of Words

A year back, a colleague and friend sent me a gift subscription of AWAD (A.Word.A.Day), a web Newsletter of Wordsmith.org

It sends one new word everyday to my email.It gives the word, its pronunciation (with an audio file), meaning, etymology, earliest documented use, usage and a thought for the day. The newsletter takes me to a world of new, most unusual and intriguing words. Every week, words of a particular theme (it might be common origin, certain forms, double identities, etc.) are introduced. It's a whole sea of words and makes me realize how less such words are actually used. I shall cite a few examples and restrict to their meanings only:
  1. Usufruct-- noun: The right to use and enjoy another's property without destroying it. 
  2. Taradiddle or Tarradiddle--  noun: 1. A petty lie. 2. Pretentious nonsense. 
  3. Triskaidekaphobia--noun: Fear of the number 13. 
  4. Pedigree--noun:
    1. Lineage or ancestry.S
    2. A distinguished ancestry.
    3. The origin or history of a person or thing. 
  5. Schwarmerei-- noun:
    1. Extravagant enthusiasm.
    2. Excessive sentimentality. 
  6. Lebensraum--noun: Space required for living, growth, and development. 
  7. Seadog--noun:
    1. A veteran sailor.
    2. A harbor seal.
    3. A pirate or privateer.
    4. A faint rainbow-like formation seen in foggy conditions. Also called mistbow, fogbow, and white rainbow. 
  8. Tautology--noun:
    1. Unnecessary repetition of an idea, especially in different words, for example, a good-looking beautiful woman.
    2. In logic, a compound statement that is always true, irrespective of the value of its components, for example: Tomorrow either it will rain or not rain. 
  9. Excommunicate--verb tr.: To formally exclude someone from a group or community, especially from a religious community.
    noun
    : A person who has been excluded in this manner.
    adjective
    : Having been excluded. 
  10. Sidereal--adjective:
    1. Relating to the stars.
    2. Measured with reference to the apparent motion of the stars. For example, sidereal time. 
  11. Jejune--adjective:
    1. Dull; insipid.
    2. Lacking maturity; juvenile.
    3. Lacking in nutrition.
Previously the newsletter used to send 7 words a week, but recently it decided to bring it down to 5. It says that they are getting complaints of over information and subscribers are asking for more applicable words. Whatever it is, for me personally, wordsmith.com is enhancing my knowledge and vocabulary base. I have a separate folder in my mailbox where I store all the words emails so that I can go through them again in future.
I thank my friend who introduced me to this vast sea of words. Ironically, he  himself does not  go through the newsletter anymore for the same reason, over information. 

Anybody who is interested can click on the link mentioned below.

http://wordsmith.org/awad/index.html 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Animated Lessons

Most people generally have the notion that animated movies are made for children and they are the ones who are meant to watch it. But anybody who watch animated movies will testify that the movies have lessons and morals for everyone. 

I am an animation movie freak and can watch them all day long. I am often teased about it and told that I am still a little girl. But I don't really mind . If people don't watch them just for the sake of being grown-ups, they are missing out on valuable and forgotten lessons. Last night I watched 'How to train your dragon' and it was simply amazing. It talked about pressure of expectations, parent-child relationship, friendship between man and animal and mostly about believing in oneself. Any given animation never fails to teach us a lesson. I will share what such movies have taught and reminded me:
  • Spirit---  to have an indomitable spirit and never give up
  • Toy Story series--- friendship. teamwork and cycle of life
  • Shrek series--- love, never giving up, value what we have
  • Ice Age series--- friendship, kindness, respect for all living beings
  • The Wild--- parent-child relationship, setting examples, overcoming our fears
  • Finding Nemo--- love of parents, inter-dependency of beings
  • The Incredibles--- importance of family, coming out of shell and teamwork
  • Madagascar series--- friendship, leadership, courage
  • Lion King series--- lineage, courage and leadership
  • Wall-E--- effects of human activities on the Earth and nature, importance of protecting the environment, spirit of the human race
  • Despicable Me--- everyone has a soft side and goodness inside
  • How to train your dragon--- pressure of expectations, parent-child relationship, friendship between man and animal, believing in oneself, listening to our heart, be what we are
  • A nightmare before Christmas--- everyone has individual roles to play and reversing roles only lead to disasters
  • Up--- love, companionship, spirit of life
There are many more instances. Such movies amuse and bemuse me at the same time. They neither fail to teach me a lesson nor fail to lift up my spirits. Being an ardent fan of animated movies, I prefer this kind over real people movies any given day. Be it children or grown-ups, there are animated lessons for all in all animated movies.