Friday, 21 August 2015

Airtel 4G anyone?

In a household where there are multiple users for the same Wifi broadband, the connection becomes painfully slow. My toddler screams when his cartoon videos buffer. Poor thing, he thinks I have done something to make the videos stop. I can’t make him understand that the culprit is slow internet.

I feel put off to log onto facebook, linkedin or twitter when the internet connection is slow. Waste of time it becomes. That which would have loaded within seconds takes minutes to load and it is very frustrating to the core.
High-speed 4G internet at the price of 3G, that is the new promise from Airtel. I think it is an amazing and tempting offer. Just tweet with #GetAirtel4G and the sim will be home delivered. Isn’t that great?

I like browsing the net to update myself about the latest technologies in construction, the latest electronic technologies and also check out new places to visit. Though I am caught up in my work, I am planning for a vacation soon. Hopefully for that I want to decide on a place that will fit my budget and needs. The many travel websites that provide video feeds about the locations and packages are one of my most checked sites.

I can use the connection to book tickets for plane, train and taxis easily and don’t worry about hanged pages or PCs. There is always an ease in surfing and clarity when the internet speed is high.

Travel requires Google map and I rely heavily on Google maps while driving in the city for smooth travel. I know it is very hard to find a shop or other locations when every other street looks the same.

The quality of the YouTube videos are high when the internet speed is high. I can listen to many songs while I travel to work. During leisure time, I can catch up with the latest news from around the world or brainstorm about a new idea with my friends on Whatsapp or facebook.

There are many meditation videos which I like to watch and they calm me down after a hectic day. I prefer to start my day by listening to sacred chants while I do my morning prayers. I get irritated when a video starts to buffer while I am chanting along while I pray. So a high speed internet will help me find easy access to my spiritual routines as well.

I am going to buy one SIM right away. I can use it to pursue my many online interests without any disturbance. And that too at such good rates. It is highly valuable for my money and time. I will definitely try this out and I can’t wait to see the ease with which my favorite sites load. So it is time to change to 4G internet.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Honey Diet

Image of  Dabur Honey

Everyone loves honey. Kids, young boys, girls, men, women and grandmothers find different uses for it. It is a proven medicine according to Ayurveda. It is considered as an elixir according to Vedas. It is one among the five amritas, the Panchamrita.

In today’s world honey can help with Weight management. It can replace sugar as a sweetener; it aids digestion and fights minor ailments like cough and cold. It is an active ingredient in many beauty treatments. Honey is an essential item in almost every household in India.

Honey being a plant based sugar is proven to be a healthy replacement for all kinds of sugars.

But this honey often undergoes adulteration and we end up consuming unwanted calories in the name of honey. Often the adulterer uses glucose, dextrose, molasses, corn syrup, sugar syrup, invert sugar, flour, starch, or any other similar product to create artificial honey. The pure honey that is created by the bees is rich in antioxidants and is easily digestible.

In this era, we struggle with obesity, diabetes and heart disease and we have the root cause of all this in our sugar consumption and lazy eating habits. Our ancestors were aware about the benefits of honey and were always careful in using honey in place of sugar. We use sugar excessively and our kids get addicted to it as well. But if we begin early, we can teach them the benefits of honey diet.

A healthy habit learned in childhood stays with them their entire life. And health is a very important factor in everybody’s life.
We can replace sugar with honey in almost all our food items and also can teach our kids to do so.

Benefits of honey:
·        Honey is a healthy option unlike sugar and is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and has strong antibacterial properties. One unique antioxidant called "pinocembrin" is only found in honey.
·        It is even said that honey can fight cancer!
·        Drinks made with honey can fight hangover, sore throat and insomnia.
·        Honey is a great skin care product well known for its anti-aging properties. A facemask made with honey moisturizes the skin and also tightens the pores making the skin supple and glowing.
·        Raw honey cures nausea.
·        Honey is very stable and can last for literally centuries when stored properly because it contains only 18% water and has a pH of 3-4.
·        It is easy to digest as it contains sugars in its lowest form.
·        It burns our fat deposits faster than other sugars.
·        Researchers all over the world finally agree that honey is a safer remedy for cough in children. And the children love it too.
·        Pure honey is completely natural and isn’t man made or processed and hence have great healing properties.

Find my trusted brand of honey at check out their Honey Diet.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Zenith: ending with Z

I have reached the Zenith of my A-Z of my journey on Grammar and punctuation. It was a journey which I had begun with doubts but it has helped me learn tremendously. I am sure some of you might have found a few of my posts useful as well. Thank you for being with me on this journey.

So moving  to my last post on grammar and punctuation:

Are you confused about how to show the plural and the possessive of certain names that end with Z?

Like that of Lily Fernandez?

·         To show the plural of a name that ends with z sound, add es.
Example: The Fernandezes are on their way here.

·         To show singular possession of a name ending in  z, add ‘s on the end of the name.
Example: That is Mrs. Fernandez’s car.

·         To show plural possession of a name ending in z, form the plural first; then immediately use the apostrophe

Example:  Those are the cars of the Fernandezes’s.

This post is a part of the APRIL A-Z Challenge 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

You words

You-the pronoun of the second person singular or plural, used of the person or persons being addressed, in the nominative or objective case.
·         You are my inspiration.
·         Are you coming with us?
·         Do you think that I can win this competition?
·         Are you sure that he was behind this?
·         We lost the game when you dropped that catch.

Your - a form of the possessive case of ‘you’ used as an attributive adjective.
·         Your dress is so beautiful.
·         Will you finish your story this week?
·         Do you have friends in your school?
·         I know your number.
·         Is your name on the list?

You’re – is a contraction for ‘you are’.
·         You’re going to have fun at the party.
·         You’re always fun to be with.
·         You’re my best friend.
·         You’re so inspirational.
·         You’re my idol.

Yours - a form of the possessive case of you used as a predicate adjective.
·         Is this pen yours or his?
·         Which dress is yours?
·         Yours was the first mail I received.
·         Yours faithful friend.
·         He was yours from the beginning.

Your’s – Many use this form of the ‘you’ word but it is incorrect. Though we use apostrophe to indicate possession, yours is an exception.

  This post is a part of the APRIL A-Z Challenge 

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

X-Bar theory

X-bar theory is a component of linguistic theory which attempts to identify syntactic features common to all those human languages that fit in a presupposed (1965) framework. It claims that among their phrasal categories, all those languages share certain structural similarities, including one known as the "X-bar", which does not appear in traditional phrase structure rules for English or other natural languages. X-bar theory was first proposed by Noam Chomsky (1970) and further developed by Ray Jackendoff (1977). An X-bar theoretic understanding of sentence structure is possible in a constituency-based grammar only; it is not possible in a dependency-based grammar.

The letter X is used to signify an arbitrary lexical category (part of speech); when analyzing a specific utterance, specific categories are assigned. Thus, the X may become an N for noun, a V for verb, an A for adjective, or a P for preposition.

The term X-bar is derived from the notation representing this structure. Certain structures are represented by X (an X with a bar over it). Because this is difficult to typeset, this is often written as X′, using the prime symbol. In English, however, this is still read as "X bar". The notation XP stands for X Phrase, and is equivalent to X-bar-bar (X with a double overbar), written X″, usually read aloud as X double bar.

Read more about this on Wikipedia page on X-bar theory.

Watch this video which explains about the linguistic nuances in a detailed yet easy to understand manner.

 This post is a part of the APRIL A-Z Challenge 

Monday, 27 April 2015

Who/ Whom usage

Who/ Whom usage often confuses writers.

So here is an easy method.

Use he/him method to decide whether who or whom is correct. Check what (he or him) comes as the answer to the question.

If he comes as answer, then use who.
If him comes as answer then use whom.


·         Who/Whom doodled here?
He doodled here. Therefore, we should use ‘who’.
Correct usage: Who doodled here?

·         Who/Whom should I invite?
I should invite him. Therefore, we should use ‘whom’.
Correct usage: Whom should I invite?

·         We all know who/whom killed that dog.
This sentence contains two clauses: we all know and who/whom killed that dog. Who/ whom confusion comes in the second clause, so we need to answer that particular clause. He killed that dog. Therefore, we should use who.
Correct usage: We all know who killed that dog.

·         We understood who/whom the movie was about.
This sentence contains two clauses: we understood and who/whom the movie was about. Now we consider second clause because it contains who/whom. The movie was about him. Therefore, we should use whom.

The traditional rules are:

·         Use who as the subject of the verb.
Example: I know a person who lives in Park Street.

·         Use whom as the object of the verb.
Example: The actor whom we adore.

·         Use whom after prepositions.
To whom have you spoken?

Nowadays ‘who’ is replacing ‘whom’ in speech and less formal writing. Many avoid using whom altogether.

  This post is a part of the APRIL A-Z Challenge 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Verbal Noun

The present participle form of the verb used as a noun is called as a Verbal Noun. It is also called a ‘gerund’.

·         Smoking is not permitted here.

In this sentence though smoking is a verb, it acts like a noun.

·         I don’t like eating a lot at night.

Although the verbal noun is used as a noun, it also behaves like a verb. Let us analyse the second sentence.


don’t like
a lot
late at night


Because a verbal noun is partly a noun and partly a verb, it can raise questions when preceded by a noun or pronoun. For example, which of the following sentences is correct?

1.       She hates my doing that.
2.       She hates me doing that.

Traditionalists say that (1) is correct and (2) is wrong. In fact 90 percent of the time people follow the pattern of (2), and use of a possessive before a verbal noun as in (1) is largely confined to fiction and very formal writing.

This post is courtesy of Oxford A-Z of grammar and punctuation by John Seely.

 This post is a part of the APRIL A-Z Challenge