FROM THE PASSIVE TO THE ACTIVE-AN ELT GEAR SHIFT!

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FROM THE PASSIVE TO THE ACTIVE-AN ELT GEAR SHIFT!

Kuttanlifeissues

NEEDED: A GEAR-SHIFT FROM RECEPTIVE TO PRODUCTIVE ENGLISH!

Hearty Good Morning to ALL of you!

My personal experience with FB has been, if I forget for a moment the friendliness of those FB guys out there in their office, that my readers are quite good at receiving and comprehending whatever thoughts and opinions I may express in English, but that they are way too diffident and shy when it comes to voicing their own feedback of my writing. So few of them seemed to give me any kind of feedback though probably they glanced through it, or read it in depth, and then passed on after clicking a LIKE button!

The ONLY consistent exception to this eerie and weird silence on the part of my FB readers, whom I took to heart for whatever they were worth, was @G.S.Chandran, who impressed me with his easy breezy familiarity with English, and…

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FROM THE PASSIVE TO THE ACTIVE-AN ELT GEAR SHIFT!

NEEDED: A GEAR-SHIFT FROM RECEPTIVE TO PRODUCTIVE ENGLISH!

Hearty Good Morning to ALL of you!

My personal experience with FB has been, if I forget for a moment the friendliness of those FB guys out there in their office, that my readers are quite good at receiving and comprehending whatever thoughts and opinions I may express in English, but that they are way too diffident and shy when it comes to voicing their own feedback of my writing. So few of them seemed to give me any kind of feedback though probably they glanced through it, or read it in depth, and then passed on after clicking a LIKE button!

The ONLY consistent exception to this eerie and weird silence on the part of my FB readers, whom I took to heart for whatever they were worth, was @G.S.Chandran, who impressed me with his easy breezy familiarity with English, and his mellowness of viewpoint. When I took the trouble of meeting him on my own—I felt I owed it to myself to openly personally appreciate him!- I was not surprised to find him a gem among my FB friends for his personality traits!

Initially I was a bit demoralized by this oddity especially since I had made it my lifelong policy to lay my emphasis ONLY on those issues that either were ‘burning bright’ (somewhat like Blake’s Tyger!) across the nation or those that held within themselves the potential to cause a flare up in the near future.

Till date, my ballpark calculation is that I have covered >2000 such issues, thanks to FB and now thanks to WP!

I have a pet in this connection by name @Girija Harikumar!

She honestly told me that she couldn’t catch the meanings of many words or phrases I posted and that she sincerely wished to improve her command of the language. To me she is but a daughter quite invisible and unseen, and possibly I may not be able to see her too this life of mine! But that didn’t deter me from telling her how to go about it!

Almost all of them, when I meet them, use English with a distinct Indian and Malayali touch in their pronunciation. They speak in the thorough Indian style with a strange gudu-gudu-gudu flow frequency (too fast and too monotonous!) and have never heard of any accent or intonation at all through their education!

Even persons from Trichur area, who use their Malayalam with a high-low roller coaster mannerism, don’t seem to have any gumption of perfect English ACCENT and INTONATION!

I don’t blame them, for they are products from a silly school education system, so prevalent here!

In reality, the demoniac aspect of teaching English in this country is our basic detachment from it-though it’s not the detachment that our silver bearded monks advise! This detachment originates from our learning this tongue merely as one of the three subjects in Matriculation—as a SECOND or THIRD language!

It’s, unfortunately, way too based on RECEPTIVE language rather than PRODUCTIVE use of the same to get ahead in your life!

It’s not my contention that it must be made the first language—well it can be the mother tongue itself- but only that more PRODUCTIVE skills need to be imparted at school level by encouraging kids to SPEAK and WRITE something on their own.

Why can’t the Lower Primary teacher ask the kids to say something about their home, their parents, their surroundings their neighbors and their favorite films or bosom friends from among the classmates?

Why can’t she bring some object-say a ball or a doll – to the classroom and ask each kid to describe it as well as he or she can?

Why can’t she ask them to write 5 sentences about themselves without her help?

And finally why is it that she keeps herself at a safe distance from them instead of walking among them and monitoring whatever they speak or write?

When it comes to speaking with an excellent accent and intonation, I stand by one of the global classics-LIVING ENGLISH SPEEACH by Stannard Allen-and published by Orient Longmans.

Beautiful pronunciation—both accent and intonation– CAN certainly be given at school level without any difficulty.

AND it’s of paramount importance too once you are past 15, wherever you go and whoever you meet on the road!

You can’t survive in this world without speaking English on some occasions-and you need to speak English with a good accent when you face an Interview Board or panel!

Your very selection or rejection may depend on HOW globally acceptable and comprehensible you happen to be!

WHY my special emphasis on Lower Primary level?

Elementary! The more you use your mother tongue, the more your oral physiological system gets used to it.

It’s a gross mistake to believe that all the 44 or 47 English phonemes (which are basic units of sound like /k/ or /z/) are ‘naturally’ scattered among the 51 Malayalam sounds (which are actually (C+V) combos or equivalent to English syllables!).

Logically it’s a stupidity to think that all persons speaking Malayalam shall be able to speak English in an acceptable, comprehensible intelligible manner too!

Yes, many English plosives and affricates sound similar to our own sounds but the phonetic quality is different. Many phonemes you may have heard from foreigners as they spoke about something but not here in India!

In fact some English phonemes come from other Indo Germanic tongues and Romance tongues! Aspiration, a distinctive feature of English pronunciation, doesn’t exist in any Indian language too!

A Malayali kid, for instance,   starts using his or her mother tongue around 18 months after birth (or even sooner in crowded slum areas!).English teaching begins only around Standard 3, which is when he is 8 years of age or so. ONLY a little ‘harm’ has been done this far through using own mother tongue, when it comes to learning a new series of sounds from an alien language!

The system takes little time to get used to this new language and its new sounds. The little boy or girl switches back and forth with a smooth gear shift.

Given the reality that there is NO FREE LUNCH to be had in this whole world, its wiser and better, if not a mark of parental and teacher responsibility, to empower the kids who happen to be one’s wards!

By teaching English with earnest involvement, you are not only getting a lot of feedback on your teaching competence and also having some laughter in every class session but also actually empowering the kids to earn his daily bread anywhere on this planet!

Be a great teacher please!

Bye!

TOWARDS MIDWIFING WIN-WIN STARTUPS-PART III

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MIDWIFING SUCCESSFUL STARTUPS! PART III

INTRODUCTION:

An average nation with plenty of potential doesn’t attain supremacy as an intellectual One-and-Only unless its people learn to reach out to one another talent-wise. It’s not enough that ordinary men and women learn to do so but those that have the knowhow, the invention or discovery  must learn to reach out to those that have fire in their bellies enough to DO something with that knowhow and benefit society as well as themselves!

Reaching out to a promising entrepreneur doesn’t come easy for mentally fossilized bureaucrats and severely intellectual scientists here; both inhabit their own pet universes without thinking much about their larger obligations towards a GREAT India!

I understood this recently at an exhibition from a young scientist at a CSIR-funded Regional Research Laboratory. Such eggheads and R&D specialists can’t alone take the nation forward. It’s imperative that their knowhow trickles down…

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TOWARDS MIDWIFING WIN-WIN STARTUPS-PART III

MIDWIFING SUCCESSFUL STARTUPS! PART III

 

INTRODUCTION:

An average nation with plenty of potential doesn’t attain supremacy as an intellectual One-and-Only unless its people learn to reach out to one another talent-wise. It’s not enough that ordinary men and women learn to do so but those that have the knowhow, the invention or discovery  must learn to reach out to those that have fire in their bellies enough to DO something with that knowhow and benefit society as well as themselves!

Reaching out to a promising entrepreneur doesn’t come easy for mentally fossilized bureaucrats and severely intellectual scientists here; both inhabit their own pet universes without thinking much about their larger obligations towards a GREAT India!

I understood this recently at an exhibition from a young scientist at a CSIR-funded Regional Research Laboratory. Such eggheads and R&D specialists can’t alone take the nation forward. It’s imperative that their knowhow trickles down to grassroots level through business firms that can make their inventions popular among the people.

YES, this is one of India’s major lapses when it comes to her Start-up-Stand Up initiative!

Isn’t it undeniable that India does have hundreds of laboratories making discoveries and inventions and manufacture-worthy gadgets all the year round?

Aren’t many colleges also coming out with various useful inventions? How come these don’t reach out to the common man?

How is it that the person that invents something doesn’t really benefit from doing so?

If you care for a moment to think of the initial challenges of an entrepreneur you feel like helping him out and putting your own shoulder to his wheel but it’s not easy in this country! Not only the bank manager that disburses a piffling amount as working capital but also the parents of the person  concerned with their vinegar faces dampen and discourage any creative professionally qualified son or smart well skilled daughter from pursuing a business line.

Indeed India’s biggest challenge is her antiquated regulations standing in the way of anyone pursuing a business dream easily and smoothly.

YES, Ease of Doing Business -including the Permit to do business- is a formidable challenge here!

India has not learned from Red China how to smoothen the way for a budding entrepreneur at all.

(In China you apply for land and power to start a business—lo! And you get 100 times that areas plus all the facilities that you can dream of to do so within 72 hours flat!).

Here we are encumbered and embroiled within a huge mesh of 19th century colonial laws and numerous regulations –both those put in place before India gained her freedom to help the colonial power monitor business activity inland and also to impose taxes as it thought fit plus those added later by early Congress-led ministries in order to nurture what they all liked- earning extra money through bribery and corruption in giving out Permits and Licenses!!

EYELESS IN GAZA?

Every startup wishes to be propped up in the first few weeks and months by a panel of veteran professionals to be able to go through the teething problems.

Take the case of Affordable Housing, so intrinsic to the infrastructure in this nation. Imagine Ms. Susan, a civil engineer, getting into this realm with a capital to the tune of Rs 15 lakhs.

Imagine she wishes to erect houses for the commoner on a budget of Rs 5 lakhs. She has the standard design, say, by N.Mahesh, a veteran engineer here in Trivandrum, who recently designed such a house—600 sq.ft in area– within a Rs 4.65 lakh budget. Still, she is going to need some help from someone long used to constructing houses till she can take off on her own.

Will she be automatically registered as a responsible builder that is trustworthy by some government agency?

Will any CEO of a major construction firm send her a suitable assistant for a few days? Or will such a person visit the site and give her some helpful advice? Or will she get a gift subscription to a magazine for builders? Can the local church help her? How much will her own community rise to her dire need for a helping hand?

Bear in mind that, given the prevailing ambiance in this country, most startups have but family support at best in the initial crucial phases. The young men and women that have been bold enough to father forth such enterprises feel like blind people left in the middle of Gaza desert!

Yes, this lack of support is also a serious deeply frustrating issue!

A CHANGED ‘CAN-DO’ MODALITY!

Now, for a change from the above conventional approach, let’s espouse a CAN-DO one!

Imagine an India where ALL young persons are well employed in some manner-as businessmen, businesswomen, entrepreneurs, and otherwise. Imagine 100 % engagement and employment, so NO time is available for lounging or time wasting!

Imagine every professional college-both engineering and medicine-asking final year students to think of going along a business route of sorts instead of abiding by the overused Apply-Apply-No Reply job searching routine!

Those that fall in with this idea get interviewed by a panel comprising a few of their own teachers, angel investors, venture capitalists, Incubation Cell experts!

Some of them get campus-selected as promising entrepreneurs; they are then groomed to succeed in their chosen lines BEFORE they graduate through weekend class sessions and skill acquisition.

Medical students are imparted familiarity with the latest super-specializations to choose from—e.g. Ultra Sound Scanning, Brain Imaging, Nuclear medicine, Brain Surgery, In Utero Surgery–and the latest medical gadgets to recommend for varied conditions –and then then given the skills to start out on their own as practitioners!

Then they get interviewed by bankers individually and promised an advance amount to materialize their dream!

Local advertisers and publicists, are introduced to them so they can publicize whichever details of their facility they wish to tell the public in real time without delay. Technical help is offered to help have sales teams for products too. Data science driven insights about the performance of the products launched are offered through sites like http://www.pipecandy.in!

Result: More individual fulfillment, more startup industries in the small cap realm and less crowding in the job fairs!!

More medical diagnostic facilities, more health informatics research centers and more local clinics!

More improvement in lifestyle at any location, more facilities for getting expert service, and more economic and financial growth!

Isn’t THIS what you and I would so dearly wish for in this country?

All that is required is for every college to have a Placement Officer with a go-getter mentality!

None of this is happening now at any college or university efficiently anyway to my knowledge and information! All that is happening is 100% Campus Recruitment as Apprentice Engineers or as Junior Doctors!

Let me give a friendly tip to the women that read this:

Here are the ten career lines suggested by http://www.useyourideas.com,(a US website that encourages women to remain well earning at all times) for your good: Content Writing, Handmade Products, Cooking and Delivery, Tuition Classes, Beauty parlor, Health Circle/Fitness center, Fashion product outlet, Interior Designing, Blogging/Publishing, and Insurance agency!

DO we have in India any similar site dedicated to the wellbeing of our womenfolk?

NO!

In Part IV of this series we shall take a bird’s eye view of some individual sabotaging factors!

Bye!

TOWARDS A FOOLERY-PROOFED INDIA!

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WHY SOME INDIAN STATES FAIL!!

Let me begin with some statistics, so graciously posted by Mamita Mamita, Doha, Qatar, and which will come in handy to know of our strengths as an Indian State small in size!

Want to know some facts of K E R A L A   ??????

The first beggar-free city in India.

India’s first ‘Digital State’ -2015

The first state to have 100% banking inclusion – 2007

First school for girls (1859) unprecedented in the Indian subcontinent

The oldest mosque in India is 629 AD (7th oldest in the world)

The most ancient church in India (52 AD). Christianity has been in Kerala longer than it has been in Europe.

The oldest synagogue in India

(The oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations)

The first state in India to reach 100% literacy rate.

The first state in India to receive rain from the Southwest monsoon…

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TOWARDS A FOOLERY-PROOFED INDIA!

WHY SOME INDIAN STATES FAIL!!

Let me begin with some statistics, so graciously posted by Mamita Mamita, Doha, Qatar, and which will come in handy to know of our strengths as an Indian State small in size!

Want to know some facts of K E R A L A   ??????

The first beggar-free city in India.

India’s first ‘Digital State’ -2015

The first state to have 100% banking inclusion – 2007

First school for girls (1859) unprecedented in the Indian subcontinent

The oldest mosque in India is 629 AD (7th oldest in the world)

The most ancient church in India (52 AD). Christianity has been in Kerala longer than it has been in Europe.

The oldest synagogue in India

(The oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations)

The first state in India to reach 100% literacy rate.

The first state in India to receive rain from the Southwest monsoon 🙂

UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) designated Kerala the world’s first “baby-friendly state”

Listed in world top 5 family destinations by Lonely Planet repeatedly (in 2016 as well)

UN awarded Kerala for its global leadership in creating innovative initiatives for sustainable tourism, (the first time India has ever won the recognition)

A Nat Geo Pick-of-the Lot—“One of the Ten Paradises of the world’ among ’50 of the world’s top places to see!

Highest Human Development Index

The highest literacy rate

The highest life expectancy (77yrs)

The highest sex ratio (F more the M)

The highest media exposure (99%)

Highest % of elders (12.6 %)

Cleanest city 2016 -Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on the basis solid municipal waste management

Highest per capita liquor consumption

Highest gold buyers (20 % India yearly)

The highest mobile penetration

Highest road density in India (5,268.69 km per 1,000 sq. km

Highest home ownership (87.5 %)

The highest rural per capita consumption per month

Highest Remittances -40% of India

Rs 1 lakh crore ($14.9 billion) in the third quarter of 2015-16.

Highest hospitals beds 330 beds per 100000

Kerala with only 2.76 per cent of Indian population, utilizes nearly 15 per cent of the consumer durables in India

The leading destination for luxury cars (13 % sales of premium cars.)

BSNL-Kerala is the highest profit making circle in the country

Ranks second as state with least poverty (Goa is 1st) .7% while national average is 21.92%.

Lowest maternal mortality rate.

Lowest Infant mortality rate (12 per 1,000) India stands at 44!

Lowest Hunger index -17.66 (India is 23.31.)

The lowest population growth rate.

The least corrupted state.

All the 11 public services are ranked the least corrupt in the country.

25% of India’s 15,000 plant species are in Kerala.

Supplies 60% of world’s white coir fiber.

The world’s oldest teak plantation.

Has the oldest existing martial art form, Kalaripayattu, dates back more than 2000 years.

Has the oldest library.

Kerala is the only state in India with palliative care policy (Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness)

Kerala has only 3% of India’s population but it provides two-thirds of India’s palliative care services.

This level of learning by non-Brahmin learning was not seen in other parts of India.

Three gold loan companies in Kerala have more precious metal in their vaults than the gold reserves of Singapore, Sweden or Australia.

World’s Largest and Tallest Teak trees are in Kerala.

Worlds Only Teak Museum is in Nilambur, Kerala.

The only drive in Beach in India is Muzhuppilangadi, Kannur, North Kerala

Kerala is also the first ‘Open Defecation-free State’ in the country.

Now, if Modi was there, he would claim he has done this.

Luckily it is the people themselves and not the politicians that bring changes!” (From FB)

SIMPLY SUPER!

Inference: How can we EVER fail please?

AND YET our home State is a relative failure in many ways (E.g. Law and order issues, crimes against women etc.)

How come?

Let’s rewind the tape and go back to our industrial landscape to see what is wrong!

Factor One:

HRM GOOFS as a cue for failure!

John, an engineering final year student, has a brainwave about being the boss at an enterprise of his own somewhere and for going the entrepreneurial route. He discusses this with his close friends and trustworthy class mates. He starts a firm on the day of his graduation along with 3 of his friends a partners. The firm has a good demand for the technical services it offers the public and so it’s all roses, roses all the way till almost a year is over.

Fine! But then what happens?

John, a product from his parental home, is still very much of a green horn in the corporate world and has his own version of paranoia about others, including his friends at times.

One of them is the person that recruits a couple of employees at his form and he starts thinking of vested interests behind their being picked. When the first balance sheet of the firm reaches the office a furious argument about the absence of a visible profit shocks John (who has expected the firm to be a money multiplier in the first year itself!)

He dismisses one of the employees on his own as CEO alleging incompetence, which results in another difference of opinion.

There are many other factors behind the failure of an enterprise w, which we shall take up for analysis tomorrow!

LET’S LEARN FROM UP STATE ABOUT FORCED HIBERNATION!

At least, to my understanding, 5 Indian States have been in a forced hibernation for decades now. These are J and K (due to a host of reasons including needless nose poking by our neighbor and many reptile Islam-based outfits), Bihar (Gangster behavior as a way of life), UP (Illiteracy and Laughable notions), Rajasthan (Addiction to 1947 plus irresponsibility at the top) and WB (The Storm Petrel Syndrome plus organized corruption).

It depends primarily on the ministry in power to take the progressive step in the prevailing democratic administrative system in this country! If the ministers are utter fools and rascals, the people suffer without being aware that they are suffering.

The few dissidents can be quickly neutralized through elimination so the miasmal ambiance within the State borders continues unabated with the ruling ministries playing ducks and drakes with people‘s money till the next election or till Article 356 is applies to forcibly neck them out!

The scenario changes only when a new CM—forget his party! — With a very different view takes over charge.

Like in UP today!

UP had a forced sleep for over 50 years post Nehru!

Both Amethi and Rae Bareli, which were adopted by the Nehru clan as habitual constituencies, suffered utter unspeakable neglect despite grandiose announcements of new initiatives by New Delhi and Congress guns.

Illiteracy and ignorance were so widespread that an abominable dynastic CM ruined the largest and the most politically strong State almost beyond redemption along with his goons for five long years. Street gangs mo0lested the women folk. Whole villages starved. No one cared.

LO! What has happened now for a change?

Uttar Pradesh (=Northern State), in an effort to become Uttam Pradesh (=Best State) has been jolted into full alertness from the day after a new CM assumed power.

IIT Kanpur—Kanpur is in UP for your information—has launched INVENT (Innovative Ventures and Technologies for Development)-a fund that incubates startups in social ventures—in collaboration with TDB(Technology Development Board) and the DFID(Department of International Development, Government of the UK.

The corpus of this fund is INR 7.5 crores and it will incubate 40 social ventures that operate for profit in the social enterprise space! One such recent start up is Decentrik Technologies by funding INR 50 lakh, the upper limit of the fund per unit. (ET News Report)

WHAT HAVE THE OTHER STATES IN INDIA DONE AFTER READING THIS PLEASE?

Nothing!

It’s time all Indian states, both those straggling and those supposedly ahead, do a SWOT analysis of themselves and get self-cleansed at the earliest.

We Indians in South Asia, have a long road to go and a large distance to traverse! And we are sore pressed for time!

Bye!