The Ailing Planet – Nani Palkhiwala

We study hard so that we get a good, ground-breaking degree. We secure a job with a degree certificate and earn $10,000 per month. We marry the best models in the locality and have children - one, two, three, four, or whatever. And then? We send them to the best schools, train them to get a better degree, say robotics or Space Engineering. What next? Sure that they will have enough oxygen to breathe and water to drink and fire to cook?

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Summary

More than ever the planet earth is losing its vitality and freshness. Due to human development activities throughout the globe the earth has become highly polluted, highly irreparable and highly damaged. We have taken out petroleum, coal and a lot of natural resources from the earth. We have removed more than half of world’s vegetation and emitted large quantity of carbon and a lot of other chemicals. We have destroyed marine life and made rivers dry. Moreover our greed for more and more wealth resulted in depleting the protective ozone layer and invited all harmful rays to the earth’s surface. Besides, we have brought out a great imbalance between humans and the other species of the earth.

Human beings are the only ones who attend schools yet they are the only ones who have learnt nothing to save the earth!

Bit/Bits

  • The earth is an ailing, dying planet.
  • Human development process brought the planet to the verge of dying.
  • Human beings are the most dangerous animals among the millions of other specie.
  • We have been exploiting this planet recklessly by building cities, by clearing forests and by a number of other activities including mining.
  • We have caused the depletion of the four major resources – forests, grasslands, crop lands and fisheries.
    • Fisheries collapse – Over fishing
    • Forest disappears – For firewood for cooking; with the arrival of the humans marks end of forests and the appearance of deserts; we are losing 1.5 acres/second
    • Grasslands are converted to barren wasteland
    • Crop land deteriorate.
  • For long we hadn’t been aware of our responsibilities to the planet’s health but the Green Movement marked the beginning.
  • The Green Movement corrected some of our incorrect judgment in connection with our understanding of the planet.
  • We are not the owners of this planet. We are not the bosses but partners in survival.
  • We should understand that it is our duty to leave the earth serene. We don’t own the planet, not an acre land; we live in a rented planet and therefore have no rights to construction or destruction.
  • Population control is the foremost remedy.
  • It is time for the most populated countries in the world – India the “worst example,” are we giving birth to more people or more burden?
    • It claims that forests are to be preserved but deforestation thrives here without any control.
    • India loses 3.7 million acres of forests every year. May be more?
    • In India there are “reserved forests” but most of these forests are virtually treeless.
Meaning of some important terms
  • Inter alia – Among the other things
  • Decimate – Destroy; kill; wipe out
  • Patrimony – Valuables inherited from one’s father
  • Endeavor – Attempt
  • Anguish – Pain
  • Bounded labor – Forced labour
  • Catastrophic – Dangerous
  • Sustainable development – Development without hampering the resources meant for the coming generation
  • Holistic view of the earth – Placing the earth’s welfare in the first place
Analysis
  1. Why is the earth said to be an ailing planet?
    Due to the insensitive exploitation by humans for his survival and development, the earth has lost almost all its vital resources. With drying rivers, depleting and polluted environment and deteriorating forests and greenery, the earth is now breathing hard for its survival and thus it is an ailing planet.
  2. “We have shifted from the mechanistic view to a holistic and ecological view of the world.”
    In the past, people were not aware of the pace of environmental degradation that the earth was undergoing.
  3. “It is shift in human perceptions as revolutionary as that introduced by Copernicus who taught mankind in the sixteenth century that the earth and the other planets revolved round the sun. What was revolutionary about the two shifts mentioned above?
    The two shifts mentioned in the context are the two discoveries – that the earth was not the center of the universe, and, that the earth was a living, breathing organism that need to be taken care of.
  4. What is the significance of Green Movement in the modern world?
    The Green Movement that was found in New Zealand in the year 1972 brought a great awareness to the humanity. It taught us that we are just partners on the earth having equal rights to inhabit this planet as any other living organism has. Having learnt this, human beings worldwide stopped large amount of destruction that it used cause upon the earth. People realized that the earth’s existence was threatened and began to do whatever was possible by each individual and each nation.
  5. What did the most dangerous animal on the earth learn in the recent time?
    The most dangerous animal, man, has learnt in the recent years a new lesson – that he is not the master of the planet but just one among the rest of the animals and trees, plants and insects, who should live like a partner in survival, the safeguard, trustee of the earth.
  6. What was the question raised by the First Brandt Commission? What does it suggest? What is the significance of this question?
    The first Brandt Report raised the question, “Are we going to leave behind for our successors a scorched planet of advancing deserts, impoverished landscapes and ailing planet?” This question finds an answer in our minds but we quite conveniently forget this answer. It has been proved in the recent years that the earth is becoming hotter planet every year and another ice-age is under way. This question is still significant and will remain significant until the only schooled animal of the earth stops his war against the planet.
  7. “What goes under the pot now costs more than what goes inside it.” Explain. 
    With a growing population and the pace of the global developments taking wings, the cost of food touched a new height, all time high. Amazingly, the cost of cooking-gas overtook that of food-grains, fish, meat and vegetables, thus the fuel to cook – gas, firewood and electricity – now costs more than the raw-food.
  8. Why is it said that forest precedes mankind?
    No animal on the planet earth ever caused damage to it but humans have been causing serious destruction upon the earth ever since they had evolved. By cutting down trees for their survival and development, humans have established their monopoly over the other species. Thus, with the coming of humans, the existence of forest was threatened and in their places humans constructed cities and megacities, always at the cost of these forests. As a result, forests are forced to surrender to deserts – that is, the green forests gave space for deserts.
  9. What did Lester Brown mean when he said that we have not inherited this earth from our forefathers, we have borrowed it from our children?
    Lester Brown believes that the present population of the earth has no right to think that the earth is its property. Each one has to believe that he is having full responsibility to keep the earth protected from all kinds of misuse. He has to feel that the earth is a place that he has to return to the generations to come. Brown further furnishes that human beings have no right to misuse the earth because we are accountable to the new generations after us.
  10. How is population-explosion the biggest threat to the existence of the ailing earth?
    Human population is the biggest threat to the existence of the earth. Though it reached a billion in a million years, another billion was added to the world-population in just another hundred years. Every four or five days the world population increases by one million. The effects of this dangerous increase in world population are endless yet the most catastrophic one is our present struggle for existence.
  11. What does the empty cage and the board in the zoo in Lusaka mean?
    In a zoo in Lusaka there is a mirror kept in one of the cages that is said to be the cage of the most dangerous animal in the world. The visitors see their own faces in the mirror and realize that they is that most dangerous animals. The message is that human-beings have proved that they are more dangerous than the wild animals.
  12. What was the question raised by first Brandt Commission?
    The first Brandt Commission raised a very serious question to the humanity regarding its obligations to the ailing planet. It asked if we are to leave our successors a scorched planet of advancing deserts, impoverished landscapes and ailing environment.
  13. What are the four principal biological systems? How are they the foundation of the global economic system?
    The four principal biological systems of the earth are fisheries, forests, grasslands and croplands. In addition to supplying our food, these four systems provide virtually all the raw materials for industry except minerals and petroleum-derived synthetics.
  14. Why is tropical forest called the powerhouse of evolution?
    It is in the heart of the tropical forests where newer plants and animals evolve to more adaptable forms.
  15. How is population responsible for the environmental degradation?
    With rising population, space that nature assigned for forests and animals is occupied by humans for their development and survival. More population means less forests and animals. Unfortunately man’s first choice is nature and it is sadly vulnerable and an easy prey. When cities and megacities occupy the major portion of the earth, the ecological balance is said to be lost.
  16. What does more children mean to the poor section of people of India?
    Poverty is directly caused by illiteracy and lack of awareness. The illiterate and uninformed poor people of India believe that more children bring more income. In fact, more children means more responsibility and more poverty and an unhealthy family and an impoverished individual and society.
  17. What does Mr. Edgar S Woolard mean by assuming the post of his company’s Chief Environment Officer?
    Edgar S Woolard, chairman of DuPont, an international manufacturer, by co-assuming the post of the company’s Chief Environmental Officer (CEO), stands a model for the owners and chairpersons of all the industries worldwide. He implies that the chief motive of an industry is to preserve the stability and life of the earth whereas profit comes next.
  18. Margaret Thatcher says, “No generation has a freehold on this earth. All we have is a life tenancy – with full repairing lease.” How is this statement significant today?
    Everyone says, “it is my land” and “that is your land.” People fight for other territories and encroach the neighbor’s land. It is here what British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher’s observation, gains importance. We are not supposed to occupy the earth considering that the planet belongs to us and that we can exploit the planet any way we like. We, on the contrary, h ave to extract the resources so carefully that the generation that comes after us will have a better land and sea, more dense forests, cleaner water and clearer sky.
  19. What are our ethical obligations to the ailing planet?
    Human beings have the greatest obligation to the earth to safeguard this planet from all advancing deterioration and keeping it safe so that it can be handed over to the coming generations to inhabit here peacefully and in the midst of abundance.
  20. How do you explain the concept of sustainable development?
    Sustainable development is the kind of developmental activity that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This kind of development is expected to be undertaken without stripping the natural world of its resources that the future generations would need.
  21. How do fisheries, forests, grasslands and croplands form the foundation of global economic system?
    A majority of the world population depends on sea-food for its survival while forests provide firewood for cooking, raw materials for production and timber for construction. Grasslands are the destination of cattle and herds of animals and without them – domestic and wild animals – the global economic system cannot survive. Each one is depending on the other for survival. There are nations, except the gulf countries that depend on petroleum, that solely depend on forests and fisheries and croplands for trade and sustenance. Thus,
  22. Is Indian constitution capable of safeguarding its forests?
    So far, with all the measures adopted, the government has not been able to safeguard its forests effectively. India’s constitution is ostentatiously rich and effective but when it comes to enforcement, it miserably fails or it is not entirely successful.

 

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PFP or People’s Forest Project

PFP aims to make every child of the globe plant, protect and own 10 trees. It shall be mandatory for him/her to secure a college admission, a driving licence or a passport. The government will have to allot land such as roadsides and wastelands for this.

PCP or Population Crunching Project

Just imagine how beautiful your city would be if the present population is a million people rather than the 3 billion at present? Students, teachers, please do not ignore this. The time is not far off when you will have to pay for oxygen! The three or more children you have are humans, the two children you have are angels but the single child you have is a God!

5YP or 50 Year Party

The 50 Year Party concept is just a concept for some of you in the developing countries where corruption and dead-policies are the hurdles to development. The party aims to come to power, regulate and cleanse corruption and then disperse at the end of the 50th year. So study well, get good knowledge and stay inspired. One day the nation will need you and call you to be its ruler. Stay inspired!

This article unveils the reasons why women are not respected as they used to be in the past. Women have reduced their worth in the society, at least in India, with their rude behaviour, condescending way of looking at men, seducing way of dressing and trying to be like men than being just women.

The Widening Divide

The divide between man and woman has been alarmingly widening in India. It has acquired an equal significance with the continental drifting that separated many countries from their native continents thousands of years ago. The drift is so alarming that now one wonders what had made God in the garden of Eden see the awkwardness of man left alone without a pair. Will man and woman drift away completely and will one of them go in the path of extinction?

Here, most people say that women have no safety because it is like that . Since the day Sita was kidnapped by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (Mr. Ravan) and Helen by Paris, women say they are unsafe in the evenings and nights. If she happens to be walking home from her office or hire a taxi to her aunt’s home at 8 pm, she is prone to being raped. Although 90% such rapes happen in movies, on Whatsapp and newspapers, the 10% rapes are real. The irony is, the same rule applies to a 10 year old boy if he happened to be traveling at the same time by the same road provided he had to carry a bag of money. The same happens to a boy of 7 if he falls into the hands of some kidnappers. Where is the difference? Why is woman always projected as the targets or victims an man and boys not?

Here you will hear everyone talk about women’s safety problems but if you are a woman and slap a gentleman on his face, out of anger at someone else, a dozen hands will join your hands to slap him. If you are a man and you tried to stop a woman snatcher by her collar (you will have to broaden your search for a collar), you will not get any support. In most cases, it will be you who would probably go to jail.

Bad Women and Bad Men

It appears that the world is full of men who are mostly bad. Man beats his wife, man rapes, man joins IS, man drinks, man smokes, man loots, oh, man! If a man looks at a beautiful woman out of adoration, he is accused of staring and he is a termed bad and if a woman looks at a man, he doesn’t complain. The society has no known objection. Why is this discrimination? If a woman has the right to look and study a man’s appearance or gait, he too has the same. If you do not want to be looked at or studied, for whom are you decorating yourself? Out of the millions of species in the earth the only one who adds decoration to its natural appearance is human being and 90% of the decoration, woman! Some of my female friends have honestly confessed that they are not decorating or styling for men! Queer, if they said it correctly. Then for whom are they making up? For themselves? Or to feel superior among her equals?

If you have a sister, you can’t find anything wrong with your sister’s dressing-sense because you look at her as a brother does. When you get her out and take her to a mall in her short, tight and revealing clothes, the world around you look at her differently. How can you expect every man in the mall look at her the way you look at her?

In Delhi I met the most hostile, the most pompous women and in Dubai I met a different kind and on Facebook some more hostile ones. Pampered by fathers and new generation brothers, liked by facebook and followed by twitter and instagram, flattered by boy friends and husband’s, most girls are vanity incarnated. Have you not noticed a condescending feel immediately above the lips of some pretty girls when they pass you by? This is degree higher in close comparison to the same expressed by boys with an appealing look and hard-earned muscles. Why are we so? Your creamy body, dear girl, your rocky biceps, dear boy, cannot stand an earth quake. You will be just broken bones and crunched flesh under the fallen concrete. Why are you so much proud of yourself? What have you done so much as to feel condescending? Your life has been all about eating, excreting and tempting poor men.

Man is never against women wearing sleeveless blouses, skin tight leggings, bikinis, anything or nothing. In fact it was man, the only tailors until the last century, who decided what women should wear – how short, how long, how exposing and how covering.

The point is, woman is an ordinary man who keeps her hair long, face clean and heavily ornamented and decorated. No woman deserves any more respect than any man does. I hate facebook posts that glorify woman as a mother while man as father is often overlooked.

Sounds sacrilegious? May I explain? Man does as many works as woman does. As a boy I used to run all errands like running five miles down the town to buy vegetables, grains, grams, kerosene oil, ration provisions and to sell processed rubber sheets, cashew nuts and crab apple while my sister stayed home, doing her hair or going to tuition. When I grew up my brother took my place and ran the same errands, my sister now married. The most adventurous thing she did was delivering two babies. My brother in law did all the works from buying, selling and toiling like a donkey all the time.

After all these years I still listen to the Sunday sermon in the church – the priest raising women’s status sky high and talks of man’s drinking habits. I do not attempt to look down at a woman’s contributions to her family and society. On the contrary, I mean to assert her equality in the society. She is mother as he is father. If she is goddess, then he is God. She is at times evil as he is. Where is the difference?

When you understand woman this way, there goes all the questions of equality and inequality into their graves. The greatest paradox is that, in spite of all the slogans that women shout in the rallies, woman is not ready to admit that she is man’s equal. I am sure you have started distrusting me. Yes, woman is not demanding absolute freedom but a conditional one. She is not interested in buying her freedom from her arch rival, man, with all the responsibilities.

I will explain this point. We have seen men being beaten up in case he is caught stealing, passing comments at women, driving carelessly or ramming into other cars. The society is, irrespective of the size and brand of his car, rude with his carelessness and misbehavior. I would want women to think over this. The society is always a lot of patient and tolerant with women. If she happened to ram into someone’s car, the society is not as mad with her. The society of man and woman alike is concerned with her. You have always missed that out!

From this point I am going to write without any mask – honest and blunt. You may feel offended. A few words about dressing. Can you imagine a man or boy wearing a tightly fit legging with a padded underwear such a way fitted that his penis gets a little attention? I feel like loathing me for writing such a line but what about women who wear padded bras to project a very sexually sensitive part like breasts? One day she wears a sari that exposes her naval and the next day she puts on a tee whose lower brims she pulls down all the while because she doesn’t want the wind pull it up and expose her naval! What a paradox, ladies!! A day before the whole world saw that part of yours!

If a man or boy goes around in underwear or no-wear, the crowds will laugh at him or stone him away but when a woman goes around likewise, she is seducing men.

The other day I happened to observe two friends – a young man and a young woman, hardly in their early twenties, college students – in live conversation on a bus in Delhi, India. Closely watching their body language and gestures, I saw that the girl was very carefree with her hands while calling his attention to the topic of their conversation. She poked her male friend on his chest, quite unaware of the sensitivity his body parts expressed with her poking and touching. Her fingers quite innocently played on his belly, naval and his nipples. I was wondering what if the boy had done the same with the girl. What if he had poked her breasts and nipples as casually and innocently as she had done with his! Apparently it was not going to be the same. From this, I learnt that male and female are only in the feeling or understanding levels.

I am not a male chauvinist in the first place. I respect women as I respect men. I have a stand with men as well as women. I don’t respect drunkards, rapists, pickpockets, smokers and porn stars among men as I with sluts who put on too much make up and too little clothes.

Dress up or Dress down!

So here is it all gathered together. If you feel comfortable in the Western outfits, no one stops you from doing so but be fully western. The element of sex is nothing more than the element of eating and drinking in those countries. There are hardly any teenager who hasn’t had sex with his or her classmates in America or in Europe.

Get ready to give company to your boyfriend who wants you to be more than just close with you.

I am not being sarcastic at all. Your Western dressing sure seduces man and boys so why don’t you create a western society in our midst? Let’s be completely Western! After all, you have been asking men to change their perspective and now it is your turn to change. If Eastern be fully Eastern or else be Western, fully. Anyone ready? Any rotten tomatoes for me?

PS
  • WOMan is Woe Of Man
  • The author is not an anti feminist. He feels greatly hurt to see that the divide between male and females in India (and elsewhere) has been widening.

Who doesn’t like to be the CEO of facebook or Google? If you are a little over creative and hardworking, you can be running a website that millions of people will reach.

Advantages of owning a website

One of the prime advantages of owning a good website is the big money it can generate. Believe me, there are so many people who become very rich with a website that they own.

Who pay you money?
  1. As far as I am concerned, Google Adsense is the number one ad network. All you have to do is to have a good website, get a good traffic like 1000 visitors per day, apply to Google and get approved. Once you are approved by Google, you can create ads and place codes on your site. It is very simple. It is very easy. For any solution, just Google and watch videos. The internet is really full of information.
  2. When your website becomes more popular, say, 10000 visitors per day, people will approach you with their ads. You can display their advertisements on the top or on the sides of your site and charge them for a month or for a year. That’s really big money.
People use Ad Blockers these days. Will that affect?
  1. I have noticed that only 20% of the browsers are using Adblockers. The rest does not mind ads. In addition, you can make the adblocked browsers to disable adblockers.
  2. In the casse of individual advertisers, adblocks will never matter because you are not placing a code in this case.
  3. Hopefully there will be a solution for adblockers very soon. Google may find a solution for that so let’s wait for a while and continue our work.
Okay. Now, how to choose a niche for my site?
  1. A niche tells search engines (Google) and advertisers (Adsense) what your site is all about.
  2. Choosing a niche or genre or subject or theme is very important. Stick to just one because advertisers can see your presence. If you have a number of niches, like education, movies, property, business, loans, law, marriage, dating, etc. all thrown together, advertisers will not be able to see you.
  3. Which are the best niches? It is a little hard to decide that. Use your brain and calculate this way:
    1. What do people search on the site?
    2. How can I make them stay on the site for longer so that their focus will fall on the advertisements.
    3. How can I make them addicted to my site?

 

Shall I choose WordPress for my site?
What shall I consider while buying a theme?
  1. Themeforest.net
What hosting shall I prefer? Shared or Dedicated?
  1. You will begin with a shared hosting. A shared hosting means you are sharing a super server with hundreds or thousands of websites. The only trouble is shared hosting is pretty slower than dedicated servers. In terms of cost, a shared hosting is very cheap. Well, let’s think of dedicated hosting at an advanced point of time.
  2. There are number of hosting available. Among them netmagic, bluehost, eworld, etc. are really cool. They give us the best services and timely response.
Can you suggest some reliable hosts?
  1. Bluehost.com
  2. Hostgator.com
  3. eWorld.in
Analyzing Site Growth

Next Level is analysing your site’s growth. Using Google Analytics, you can see how many pages of your site are being views, how many visitors are online, where are they from, what are they searching for, etc. Based on this analytics report you can add or remove pages in tune with your viewers’ interest.

Getting Money is here!

Next level is to get connected to adsense. Don’t you want income? If you have some 1000 visitors per day or 3000 page views, you will get approved by Google’s Adsense. In many cases, you can get approval earlier! Once you have been approved, proceed to the adsense login page and sign in with your email account associated with your adsense account. On the top of that page you can locate “my ads.”

Click this and make as many ad units you want. Be careful not to create too many. For best results, create responsive ad units so that ads will automatically change size when your pages are viewed on smaller devices like mobile phones or tabs. Now the last step is to copy the code from the ad unit and paste it in your pages. You will get to know how and where to paste your pages.

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    Short Test Paper C10 English
    Grammar | Omission (Only Modal Verbs)
    1. You have remembered that this country is very
    2. strict about traffic rules. You have thought that the cops
    3. would not stop you or fine you. You to have followed
    4. the traffic rules with great care. Here in Dubai the cops not
    5. always be found in the open but a hundred cameras be
    6. watching you. If you do not want to be caught, you wear
    7. seat-belts and keep to your side. This way you be a good
    8. citizen here in Dubai and you not worry about the cops.
    Grammar | Editing (Under construction)
    1. I have lived in Delhi for the past 15 years. While
    2. everyone has become part of Delhi’s identity, I still
    3. stand far apart from Delhi. I can’t agree with a dozen
    4. habits and practices in Delhi. For example, I find it
    5. disgusting to turn the gate’s handle because it gives
    6. me a greasy, sticky feeling to touch a handle,
    7. be it a gate handle or the handle
    Grammar | Editing
    1. One of the first priority for attempting editing is
    2. understand the given text. Rather than finding the
    3. missing word or incorrect word, the candidate can
    4. try to understands the theme and context of the content.
    5. To this end, the candidate should reads the content
    6. from the first word to a last word.
    Grammar | Reported Speech / Gap Filling
    • Mercury – What a weird name is yours, Chlorine! Why did your parents name you so? I find it very funny.
    • Chlorine – Funny? Well, I should tell you that your name is funnier than mine. I think your father’s name is Led and mother’s Tin.

    Mercury told Chlorine that she thought ….. (a). She asked Chlorine ….. (b) and remarked that she ….. (c) name very funny. In her turn, Chlorine found Mercury’s remark a little surprising. She told Mercury that ….. (d). She went on and said that she thought that …… (e) mother’s name Tin.

    Grammar | Addition (Add a missing word)
    1. If you are planning launch your own website,
    2. it is not at a difficult task. Nor is it very expensive.
    3. Decide a domain name, kiddingtown.com.
    4. For you can contact service providers like Bluehost
    5. or hostgator or eworld. Next, you need to get platform.
    6. Go for WordPress which a free platform. We will think
    7. of a customized design the site is made known.
    Unjumble Sentences | Reorder the words
    1. There / exams are / are rumors / class 10th / that / board / returning.
    2. it is / for others / a good news / For some, / while / news. / it is a bad
    3. in class 10th / Personally / I welcome / in class 12th / board / speaking, / exams / as it is
    4. young students / opportunity / If boards / to prepare / return,  / will get a great / tougher exams / better for their.
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    Short Test Paper C11 English Core
    Gap filling | Reported Speech

    Question 01

    1. Salim : Where have you heard that Meera is quitting the company?
    2. Sajan : Well, yes, the boss himself told me about that. Don’t you think it is just a rumor?
    3. Salim : It cannot be because Meera has quarreled with the boss over and over.

    Answer

    1. Salim asked Sajan ………… (a) quitting the company.
    2. Sajan, a little surprised, replied …………(b). To get himself reassured, Sajan asked Salim ………… (c) just a rumor.
    3. Quite without a second thought Salim told that ………… (d) with the boss over and over.

    Question 02

    1. Richard : There was enough time for you to inform me about the bursting of the dam. I am shocked you didn’t call me up to inform that.
    2. Parker : Please do not suspect me, Richard. Do you think that I deliberately delayed the call? Hadn’t I called up your brother Robert?
    3. Richard : What the use is calling Robert who is always asleep? Did you think he would have run ten miles to pass the message?

    Answer

    1. Richard blamed Parker saying that there was enough ……….(a) bursting of the dam. He further told that …….. (b) up to inform that.
    2. Parker pleaded Richard ……… (c) and asked him ……… (d) deliberately delayed the call? He asked Richard ……..(e) brother Robert.
    3. A little annoyed, Richard asked Parker ……. (f) always asleep. He then wanted to know if Parker …… (g) ten miles to pass the message.
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    Short Test Paper C12 English Elective
    Under Construction

    Questionnaire

    Editing/Omission

    Literature
  • Professor – Honestly, do you love your Country, India?
  • Rajesh – Yes… honestly, yes.
  • Professor – What if you get an offer from the US to study and then settle down there with family?
  • Rajesh – That has nothing to do with my love for India. Who won’t? I will accept the offer and move to the US.
  • Professor – You are quite frank so you won’t mind my asking the second question. Suppose now you are in the US, well settled with wife, kids and your parents. What if India offered you a job with double your salary and call you back to settle back down here?
  • Rajesh – But my life is well settled here in the US and my kids, wife and parents don’t like to make another move. Besides, India is too polluted, too lawless and people are too prejudiced. I hate being there. People eat paan and spit, even the gang-rapists are not punished, politicians are corrupt, men do not have any voice if they are falsely accused by women and women are Western only in looks but not in outlook. I can’t bear the sting of the mosquitos there and the stinking lanes that smell male urine. I am sorry, I can’t think of a return.
  • Professor – If you get a transfer to Germany or Spain or Switzerland, will you be equally unwilling?
  • Rajesh – I get your point. I am an honest man so my answer is honest too. Should I go, I will be glad to any of those three countries. They are too sweet to refuse.
  • Professor – But then… your aged parents and family?
  • Rajesh – They will accommodate. Five out of ten Americans are crazy about those countries. The people there are the same inside and outside. The water flowing in the canals are cleaner than the water supplied by Delhi Jal Board.
  • Professor – My last question. Do you really love India?
  • Rajesh – Honestly, I wish there were anything worth loving India.
  • Professor – Thank you, Rajesh. (To himself) Indian youth cannot be blamed for this! Will the day come when every Indian will be proud of India?
Questions
  1. Do you think that Rajesh is an honest man? Support your answer with evidences. (2 marks)
  2. Why are Rajesh’s first answer and last answer different? (2 marks)
  3. Mention any 4 reasons for which Rajesh hates India. (2 marks)
  4. What is your personal opinion – do you love India? What makes you love India/what not? (2 marks)

This article unveils the reasons why women are not respected as they used to be in the past. Women have reduced their worth in the society, at least in India, with their rude behaviour, condescending way of looking at men, seducing way of dressing and trying to be like men than being just women.

The Widening Divide

The divide between man and woman has been alarmingly widening in India. It has acquired an equal significance with the continental drifting that separated many countries from their native continents thousands of years ago. The drift is so alarming that now one wonders what had made God in the garden of Eden see the awkwardness of man left alone without a pair. Will man and woman drift away completely and will one of them go in the path of extinction?

Here, most people say that women have no safety because it is like that . Since the day Sita was kidnapped by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (Mr. Ravan) and Helen by Paris, women say they are unsafe in the evenings and nights. If she happens to be walking home from her office or hire a taxi to her aunt’s home at 8 pm, she is prone to being raped. Although 90% such rapes happen in movies, on Whatsapp and newspapers, the 10% rapes are real. The irony is, the same rule applies to a 10 year old boy if he happened to be traveling at the same time by the same road provided he had to carry a bag of money. The same happens to a boy of 7 if he falls into the hands of some kidnappers. Where is the difference? Why is woman always projected as the targets or victims an man and boys not?

Here you will hear everyone talk about women’s safety problems but if you are a woman and slap a gentleman on his face, out of anger at someone else, a dozen hands will join your hands to slap him. If you are a man and you tried to stop a woman snatcher by her collar (you will have to broaden your search for a collar), you will not get any support. In most cases, it will be you who would probably go to jail.

Bad Women and Bad Men

It appears that the world is full of men who are mostly bad. Man beats his wife, man rapes, man joins IS, man drinks, man smokes, man loots, oh, man! If a man looks at a beautiful woman out of adoration, he is accused of staring and he is a termed bad and if a woman looks at a man, he doesn’t complain. The society has no known objection. Why is this discrimination? If a woman has the right to look and study a man’s appearance or gait, he too has the same. If you do not want to be looked at or studied, for whom are you decorating yourself? Out of the millions of species in the earth the only one who adds decoration to its natural appearance is human being and 90% of the decoration, woman! Some of my female friends have honestly confessed that they are not decorating or styling for men! Queer, if they said it correctly. Then for whom are they making up? For themselves? Or to feel superior among her equals?

If you have a sister, you can’t find anything wrong with your sister’s dressing-sense because you look at her as a brother does. When you get her out and take her to a mall in her short, tight and revealing clothes, the world around you look at her differently. How can you expect every man in the mall look at her the way you look at her?

In Delhi I met the most hostile, the most pompous women and in Dubai I met a different kind and on Facebook some more hostile ones. Pampered by fathers and new generation brothers, liked by facebook and followed by twitter and instagram, flattered by boy friends and husband’s, most girls are vanity incarnated. Have you not noticed a condescending feel immediately above the lips of some pretty girls when they pass you by? This is degree higher in close comparison to the same expressed by boys with an appealing look and hard-earned muscles. Why are we so? Your creamy body, dear girl, your rocky biceps, dear boy, cannot stand an earth quake. You will be just broken bones and crunched flesh under the fallen concrete. Why are you so much proud of yourself? What have you done so much as to feel condescending? Your life has been all about eating, excreting and tempting poor men.

Man is never against women wearing sleeveless blouses, skin tight leggings, bikinis, anything or nothing. In fact it was man, the only tailors until the last century, who decided what women should wear – how short, how long, how exposing and how covering.

The point is, woman is an ordinary man who keeps her hair long, face clean and heavily ornamented and decorated. No woman deserves any more respect than any man does. I hate facebook posts that glorify woman as a mother while man as father is often overlooked.

Sounds sacrilegious? May I explain? Man does as many works as woman does. As a boy I used to run all errands like running five miles down the town to buy vegetables, grains, grams, kerosene oil, ration provisions and to sell processed rubber sheets, cashew nuts and crab apple while my sister stayed home, doing her hair or going to tuition. When I grew up my brother took my place and ran the same errands, my sister now married. The most adventurous thing she did was delivering two babies. My brother in law did all the works from buying, selling and toiling like a donkey all the time.

After all these years I still listen to the Sunday sermon in the church – the priest raising women’s status sky high and talks of man’s drinking habits. I do not attempt to look down at a woman’s contributions to her family and society. On the contrary, I mean to assert her equality in the society. She is mother as he is father. If she is goddess, then he is God. She is at times evil as he is. Where is the difference?

When you understand woman this way, there goes all the questions of equality and inequality into their graves. The greatest paradox is that, in spite of all the slogans that women shout in the rallies, woman is not ready to admit that she is man’s equal. I am sure you have started distrusting me. Yes, woman is not demanding absolute freedom but a conditional one. She is not interested in buying her freedom from her arch rival, man, with all the responsibilities.

I will explain this point. We have seen men being beaten up in case he is caught stealing, passing comments at women, driving carelessly or ramming into other cars. The society is, irrespective of the size and brand of his car, rude with his carelessness and misbehavior. I would want women to think over this. The society is always a lot of patient and tolerant with women. If she happened to ram into someone’s car, the society is not as mad with her. The society of man and woman alike is concerned with her. You have always missed that out!

From this point I am going to write without any mask – honest and blunt. You may feel offended. A few words about dressing. Can you imagine a man or boy wearing a tightly fit legging with a padded underwear such a way fitted that his penis gets a little attention? I feel like loathing me for writing such a line but what about women who wear padded bras to project a very sexually sensitive part like breasts? One day she wears a sari that exposes her naval and the next day she puts on a tee whose lower brims she pulls down all the while because she doesn’t want the wind pull it up and expose her naval! What a paradox, ladies!! A day before the whole world saw that part of yours!

If a man or boy goes around in underwear or no-wear, the crowds will laugh at him or stone him away but when a woman goes around likewise, she is seducing men.

The other day I happened to observe two friends – a young man and a young woman, hardly in their early twenties, college students – in live conversation on a bus in Delhi, India. Closely watching their body language and gestures, I saw that the girl was very carefree with her hands while calling his attention to the topic of their conversation. She poked her male friend on his chest, quite unaware of the sensitivity his body parts expressed with her poking and touching. Her fingers quite innocently played on his belly, naval and his nipples. I was wondering what if the boy had done the same with the girl. What if he had poked her breasts and nipples as casually and innocently as she had done with his! Apparently it was not going to be the same. From this, I learnt that male and female are only in the feeling or understanding levels.

I am not a male chauvinist in the first place. I respect women as I respect men. I have a stand with men as well as women. I don’t respect drunkards, rapists, pickpockets, smokers and porn stars among men as I with sluts who put on too much make up and too little clothes.

Dress up or Dress down!

So here is it all gathered together. If you feel comfortable in the Western outfits, no one stops you from doing so but be fully western. The element of sex is nothing more than the element of eating and drinking in those countries. There are hardly any teenager who hasn’t had sex with his or her classmates in America or in Europe.

Get ready to give company to your boyfriend who wants you to be more than just close with you.

I am not being sarcastic at all. Your Western dressing sure seduces man and boys so why don’t you create a western society in our midst? Let’s be completely Western! After all, you have been asking men to change their perspective and now it is your turn to change. If Eastern be fully Eastern or else be Western, fully. Anyone ready? Any rotten tomatoes for me?

PS
  • WOMan is Woe Of Man
  • The author is not an anti feminist. He feels greatly hurt to see that the divide between male and females in India (and elsewhere) has been widening.