Archive for October, 2005

Inter-collegiate shuttle

Posted: October 31, 2005 in Personal

I wait for my shuttle to Georgia Institute of Technology almost every day. School is just about 10 miles away but it takes me exactly an hour and 27 minutes to reach. I wonder whether I should read a book or call a friend as I sometimes do. I look at my watch; the minute hand seems to make an effort to lift itself. I do neither. The time is perfect for the view, the campus and the route have to offer. Trees on the campus have changed color but here, the trees are still green. Fall has arrived and darkness has set in a little before 30 minutes past 5. Pale yellow light floods the sidewalk of the Emory University Hospital as I board the bus. As we leave the campus, I look at the Atlanta skyline; now a black silhouette against the fiery orange sky. The torch light atop the Sun Trust tower pierces the wispy clouds. The sight sends a wave of exhilaration through me. I take this route so frequently but today, the view was breath-taking. As we enter the quiet residential areas of Piedmont Park, orange pumpkin heads and witches look back at me. The houses which looked so pretty in the bright sunshine a couple of weeks back, now look spooky in the dark. I do not know why but today even the lights in the shuttle were not switched on. A sudden glare of light enters through my window. I immediately feel the presence of the crowd and the busy shops in the downtown area and realize that I am close to my destination. The shuttle turns onto Fowler Street and enters the campus. I make the same journey everyday. I take the same route everyday. My eyes meet a different sight everyday. Today’s is the most vivid.

Strictly Speaking

Posted: October 6, 2005 in Personal

Currently I am reading a book called ‘Strictly Speaking’ by Edwin Newman. It describes the usage of English in the present times- how English had changed to just a few ‘cool’ phrases and how the language is manipulated to describe simple situations in complicated terms to gain importance and how wrong English is used today as if there was nothing wrong in using it the way it is. I can very well identify with most situations described in the book. Using phrases like ‘funner’, ‘name of the game’,’ like this… like that…like like…’ does not and should not make you cool. Not using them does not make a person less funny or less interesting to talk to you but the use of these words in your day to day speech decide whether you are amiable or not. Spellings do not matter as long as you can convey the word. I purposely said ‘convey the word’ because I cannot understand how you can convey the meaning of a word without knowing the spelling. Words are not generated form phonetics; they are rooted in the meaning of your action or description of something. I have pointed out errors to my friend who often misspells words and does not find it worthwhile to pay attention to her spellings. ‘Everyone does it and nobody cares’ is the reply. Well not everyone does it and some people care. Think about it this way. ‘If I were to rite a leter to your compani and descryb myself as metyculous and efactive in comunication and that you would greightly benifit if you higher me’ what would you think of me? A person hiring you will definitely notice these controversies. What you write reflects on you as an individual. Words have the strength to characterize you for someone who reads what you write without knowing what kind of a person you are. They convey much more about you than their mere meaning. Words are not complete without their correct spelling, form and pronunciation.