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Hi! I’m Justin Raj, a stock broker by profession, is also a freelance Journalist, an amateur Filmmaker and an enthusiastic Marathoner who possesses the ‘bad habit’ of writing too much. And as long as that ‘bad habit’ stays with me, I keep on posting to my blog.

A blogger is basically a tech-savvy writer. He is a keen observer with a sharing mind, not a silent spectator to all events which happen around him. If a reader is a person who loves to gain knowledge, a blogger or writer is one who loves to share his knowledge and dare to speak out his opinions and ideas. Like a singer expresses by singing, dancer by dancing, actor through acting, a blogger blogs his feelings and ideas out. Literally, Freedom of Expression is his shield and the blog is his Sword.

Here in my blog, write-ups are archived in 9 labels. In ‘Sweet and Bitter’ you can read about my diverse life experiences and valuable lessons I learnt from it. ‘Published Articles’ offers you my articles which have been published in Daily Newspapers. In ‘Random Brain Waves’ you can meet up with my random (or at times, weird) ideas. Poetry writing has eventually become a new hobby as well as a part of my blog. You can read my poems in ‘Verses’. In ‘Marathon’ label, you can read about my marathon experiences, challenges and how running a marathon can shape a man’s life.

‘Vlog’ is a recent addition to my blog as I realize the potential future of visual media. Sometimes, a 3-minute video can do the magic of expression than a 3000 word article. In this label you can watch the short films, documentaries, advertisements et al I have made. ‘Favorite Articles’ consists of articles which have influenced my outlook and attitude on life. Being a tireless traveler, ‘Travel’ label takes you to various travel experiences of mine. Conducting researches is a part of Journalism. In ‘Research Articles’ label you can get articles which throw light on various researches I have conducted.

Every life meets with various challenges, diverse experiences and at the end, all those teach us valuable lessons for our future. Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own said H. G. Bohn. I learn more by my own mistakes than others. It doesn’t mean that I’m a fool! I learn from other’s lives too. My blog is a platform for sharing not only my life experiences but also the valuable lessons, ideas and poetry triggered by them.

To my mind, blog is a thinking man's tool. Blogging is more a passion than a hobby for me. It is as if talking something to someone somewhere in world. My words keep on talking to the visitors of my blog. I can feel the magic of words! And that’s the power of blogging!

Monday, April 20, 2009

You showed me the world.

This poem is dedicated to the most beautiful woman on this planet:my mother.

You showed me the world,
Its beauties and endless mysteries.
You showed me the life,
Its hidden surprises and thrills.

You are an angel born on earth,
Just to give birth to me;
Just to take care of me;
Just to guide me all the way.

You showed me how to kiss,
Kisses sweeter than honey.
You showed me the pain of miss,
Pain that pierces any heart.

Your bright smiling face,
Lights up my lonely dark hours.
Your love inspires me to live,
When my life hits road-blocks.

You showed me greatest life lessons,
Through the language of love.
You showed me what friendship is,
Through the language of care.

You stand as a pillar of support,
When failures bangs on my door.
You inspire to achieve higher goals,
When successes get on my head.

You showed me the might of wisdom,
When my life loses balance.
You showed me the meaning of life,
When my life loses sense.

You are the real insignia of womanhood,
The most beautiful woman on earth.
You are all I have in this world,
I love you, my dearest!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Is my English, okay?

Most of the Indians, even educated ones, fear to speak out any word in English. They don’t know how to begin or end the conservation through this foreign language. They resort to zipping their lips when it comes to the usage of English. The wiser ones survive with their ‘yeahs’, ‘nos’ and ‘okays’. Trust me; I have experience encountering those smart fellows.

We always forget one thing that English is not our mother tongue. People are putting so much effort to learn this foreign language. It’s only because it is considered as and also in real sense the universal language which is comprehendible by most of the world citizens and also by aliens in some Hollywood movies.

The effort we put to learn English is worth. It is a prerequisite for interacting with foreigners and also to get our ideas a worldwide reach. But, when it comes to perfection in using English most of us meets a roadblock.

Low self esteem, fear of rejection and lack of self confidence makes most of the people shy away from public. Although they have excellent ideas or information to communicate, they keep aloof just because they think they lack English fluency.

In India, especially in my native, Kerala, there prevails a misconception. The people who speak excellent English (whatever crap they say) is considered as creative, intelligent and exceptional. I can’t understand the real motive behind it. Parents force their kids to interact in English and try their best to permanently erase the mother tongue from their brain cells. People those can’t speak good English becomes a prey of teasing too.

Personally, I’m not so good at speaking English. I can communicate and convey my ideas well in English to anyone. I never bother about the British or American accents. The reason is quite simple: I’m neither an American nor a Briton. I’m an Indian and I’m proud in that. This very fact, at times, makes me thoughtful on Indian and world history.

Long back in world history (I don’t know exact year) people from a small island on top of Europe called England with their superior naval power embarked on the mission to conquer the world. I’m shameful of the fact that when those white, ambitious people started spreading their language and culture worldwide, my ancestors were busy fighting with each other.

Sometimes, I wildly imagine what would have happened if the quest for conquering the world had started from Indian subcontinent? Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and even my mother tongue Malayalam would have spread all over the world. Isn’t it? And, may be these languages would be considered as universal languages today. If it happened so, will the whole world citizens tries to learn and emulate our accents? I doubt whether they can speak our language exactly like we do. The obvious reason is Mother Tongue Influence (MTI)

We all are influenced by our mother tongue. It is difficult to speak exactly like Britons and Americans do. Even both the British and American English is contradictory in accent and style. I will not tell speaking fluent English is impossible. It is possible with hard work and training but what I’m telling is to eliminate that shameful feeling we all keep deep inside our hearts whenever we intent to speak English in public.

Let’s speak it out! Make your mind clear and convey the information and ideas clearly to people. Don’t worry about the way you speak English. Just take is as a language and concentrate on how you communicate and convey your ideas.

I have a humble request to people who use Hinglish (Hindi + English) Manglish (Malayalam + English) and Tanglish (Tamil +English). It’s really agonizing to hear the phrases such as ‘how are you da?’ ‘Where are you going da macha?’ ‘Come on yaar!’ English is such a beautiful language and please don’t spoil it. You can proudly use your mother tongue other than using these funny phrases.

If you are a BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) job aspirant or a person who is trying to get good score in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS(International English Language Testing System), my heartfelt apologies for wasting your valuable time by reading my article.


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