Benefits of Reading by Dharmendra Sheth

Reading leads to success and happiness. Period. But how?

First of all, reading widens your mental (what many call intellectual) horizons. The more you read, the more information you pick up about the world and everything in it. This leads to a solid core of knowledge that is useful to you in a wide variety of real-life situations.
Secondly, reading expands your word power or your store of vocabulary. And having more words at your command means greater ability to deal with and express more thoughts and clearer ideas. This enhanced ability greatly augments your chances of success in your field of work. No other activity builds your vocabulary and comprehension skills as effectively as reading.
     Thirdly, reading shows you how different writers present their thoughts, facts, logic, emotions, arguments, humour, etc., which, if you imbibe their techniques, will hone your own writing skills. Moreover, when you read important and serious works in different spheres of knowledge, you gain skills in dealing with complex ideas.
     Fourthly, research shows that avid readers can comprehend others’ situations and attitude better. If you are a voracious reader, you acquire the ability to separate essential from nonessential information. Also, you can often see how apparently unrelated ideas and facts are connected. As a result, you tend to be more flexible in your thinking and more open to new ideas. You develop or sharpen the ability to understand how other people think and feel, react positively to change and deal with various situations better.
     Finally, reading is enjoyable. It can provide you with enormous satisfaction and pleasure, and, not infrequently, a happy escape from harsh realities of life.
     In sum, reading helps you live a rich, meaningful and happy life.
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Say not the struggle naught availeth by Arthur Hugh Clough

Hi everyone,
This morning I recorded one of my favourite poems “Say not the struggle naught availeth” by Arthur Hugh Clough. I read it (and often aloud) when I feel down in the dumps… when I feel I haven’t got what I deserve… my efforts aren’t aptly rewarded… or I suffer for no faults of mine. Well, I hope you never have to go through such trying times, but in case you do, please remember this poem and it will boost your morale and lift your spirits. Click this link to watch the video.
Best wishes.
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You live and learn…

Hi everyone,

Here’s just a quick note.

We live and learn. Of course, you will agree with me. Well, we usually don’t (actually can’t) learn everything of anything. For instance, I have been using MS Word for decades. But in the last two days, I have come to know about so many features and tricks of the trade that I hadn’t used earlier. The same is true of this platform Blogger. If you remember the appearance my blog yesterday, you can compare it with today’s. There’s a world of difference, you will say. And I agree with you.

By the way, I have created a few websites earlier using WordPress, so you can expect frequent additions to this blog as well. Though Blogger doesn’t seem to have as many add-ons (gadgets) as the WordPress (widgets) has. I will do my best to keep this blog as user-friendly as possible. This is just the beginning.

Happy reading!
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World Teachers’ Day (5 October, 2018)

World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5. It aims to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world” and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching. This is what Wikipedia says.
Well, such days give us teachers a chance to look back at what we have been doing and to critically analyse our performance. I am doing so now. If there is anything significant, I’ll write a post about it–not necessarily immediately.
By the way, have you read my blog on Seven Essentials of Effective Teaching? Click this link to read it. 
Happy Learning, Happy Teaching!
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To be or not to be

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, here’s my first attempt at recording ‘To be, or not to be’, the famous soliloquy by Prince Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Click this link to listen to it.

In case you want the audio file via WhatsApp, please send me a message on 9825442418. I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

To be, or not to be

To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
the heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
that Flesh is heir to? ‘Tis a consummation
devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; aye, there’s the rub,
for in that sleep of death, what dreams may come,
when we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
must give us pause. There’s the respect
that makes Calamity of so long life:
For who would bear the Whips and Scorns of time,
the Oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s Contumely, 
the pangs of despised Love, the Law’s delay, 
the insolence of Office, and the spurns
that patient merit of the unworthy takes,
when he himself might his Quietus make
with a bare Bodkin? Who would Fardels bear,
to grunt and sweat under a weary life,
but that the dread of something after death,
the undiscovered country, from whose bourn
no traveller returns, puzzles the will,
and makes us rather bear those ills we have,
than fly to others that we know not of.
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
and thus the native hue of Resolution
Is sicklied o’er, with the pale cast of Thought,
And enterprises of great pitch and moment, 
with this regard their Currents turn awry,
And lose the name of Action. 
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