Seniors demean themselves by ragging rookies

India is a synonym for Athithi Devo Bhav (The guest is god.), but many seniors flout the age old tradition during every college admission season, June-August. They trouble rookies, who are not their subordinates. In fact  rookies are guests. The guests definitely deserve a good treatment. Even subordinates qualify for…

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Are gifts a form of corruption?

Are gifts a form of corruption?

Every year gifts are exchanged in all parts of the world within the New Year week. The same ritual is still in progress.

But exchanging gifts is taxing in terms of both budget and moral.

Willing gift exchange among dear friends and relatives is a nice gesture.

However, giving gifts to an acquaintance or a complete stranger who holds a powerful post is definitely a form of corruption. The gift, big or small, an eatable or a durable good, is given with an expectation which may not be a positive one.

I think that the people who pelt stones and participate in other kind of noisy and violent protests against corruption should set their house in order by making small changes in their lives. For instance, they should not take and give gifts from / to the acquaintances and strangers holding powerful positions. A tiny step towards a corruption free world!

 

Is $1 for a 500-word Article Fair Rate of Payment?

Is $1 for a 500-word Article Fair Rate of Payment?

To cash in on cheap labor is perhaps a right of every businessman and businesswoman but paltry sum (e.g. $1 for a 500-word article) offered as compensation is unfair. Especially, in case of writing as it requires lots of time to search facts, think a new slant and write and rewrite before generating the final copy. One more thing, writing is not like mathematics where 2 + 2 is always four. In fact, an original 500-word article free of grammatical errors requires at least three hours if the topic is simple.

Original Sample Vs Published Sample

Original Sample Vs Published Sample

Why employers, especially website owners, demand an original sample from prospective freelance writers instead of published samples?

Through one advertisement they collect hundreds of original samples for free. With these samples one website can easily be built. Is it fair?

What is life?

What is life?

Life is a lot.

The lot of smiles and sorrows

 

Life is a lap.

The lap for you, me, and us

 

Life is a leap.

The leap from low to high and high to low

 

Life is a lane.

The lane with tracks for everyone

 

Life is a letter.

The letter that makes us better sometimes

The letter that makes us bitter sometimes

 

Life is a light.

The light that sparkles to stimulate

The light that flares to kill

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Interview vs. Writing Samples

Interview vs. Writing Samples

Many employers demand fresh writing samples (up to five) from both amateur and experienced writers for considering their writing job applications. However, this practice is unfair for two main reasons.

  1. Prospective employers may receive scores of fresh samples from needy writers. The large number of samples received is sufficient to build a complete website without spending even a single penny.
  2. In case of experience writers, published writing samples reveal both writing abilities and flaws of the likely employees.

Some employers claim that fresh writing samples in lieu of interview are justifiable but the catch is interview cannot be sold whereas fresh writing samples can be used to earn money without compensating the writer.

Virtual Diaries, Blogs: A Key to Consumer Behavior

Blogs, an abbreviation for “web logs”, are web sites maintaining an information chronicle on regular basis. Blogs, diary-type entries sprinkled with links to relevant articles published online, are generally presented in reverse chronological order. Subject matter of a blog could be anything ranging from how to exercise to black holes.…

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Reading revitalizes resources

  Reading revitalizes resources, including idea generation capabilities and writing skills. The British Council Library (BCL), India has made reading more affordable and convenient. The library gives access to over 70,000 online books and a rich repository of hard copy of books that can be borrowed from its local branches…

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Absence of role models, seniors weakens social foundations

  Every year youth icons are selected and person of the year awards are given in various fields around the world. But, the selection process is based on inconsistent and weird parameters. Education is promoted as a tool for better and high living standards. Seniors (parents, bosses…) at homes, schools,…

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Spiritual gurus are entrepreneurs in uniform. Aren’t they?

Who is a spiritual guru (baba)? I think a spiritual guru is an entrepreneur in maroon, red, saffron or white uniform who has mastered the art of leveraging fears and other weaknesses of ordinary people. These seasoned marketers ensure happiness and salvation from aftermaths of overwhelming emotions and materialism. They…

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