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Pleasant And Welcoming Changes in Language!

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Language is a means of communication in all species of animals. Be it humans or other animals, all use language. However, humans are the only species that are blessed with a rich vocabulary. In addition, the human system of language is also universal to a great extent. For instance, the Hindi spoken in different parts of the world may be different. For example, the tone, the use of words, the accent. However, in all these cases the underlying rules of the language are universal. A means that brings together and binds different words of the language is a dictionary. In this post, discover the Pleasant And Welcoming Changes in Language through this very means.

Pleasant And Welcoming Changes in Language

What changes in language are we talking about?

There are a lot of rapid changes which the language of today has gone through. However, the language that we are referring to here is only English. 

In Dictionary Terms…….

Changes in Language

There is a trend of releasing the “Word of the Year” that dictionaries follow. This is usually done by the end of each year. For example, in 2013, the “Word of The Year” was Selfie. However, this year, 2020, has been more eventful as it has to it more than just one Word of the Year.

There are already a lot of changes in the language that have taken place.

The popular US dictionary, Marriam-Webster Dictionary, has made its fasted update in these times of pandemic. For instance, the word Covid was coined by the WHO on February 11. However, by 18th, the word has spread across the globe and had also made a place in the dictionary for itself. This progress is the fasted ever.

In addition, they are also considering to add newly seen words like ‘doomscrolling’ and ‘doomsurfing’. Both of these are pretty recent words. The first one appeared on twitter in 2018. Later, the second one has been recently seen in March for the first time ever.

A huge shout out to the Marriam Webster Dictionary for their decision earlier this year. When a young university graduate sent them a mail pointing out the inadequate nature of their definition of ‘racism’, a pleasant change in language took place. According to the new graduate, the definition should include ongoing systemic oppression as a part of the definition. Later, the editors agreed to this. This extension of the definition will be soon available in the dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary is looking forward to an update with words like ‘WFH’, ‘Social Distancing’, ‘community spread’, ‘contact tracing’, ‘self-isolate’ and ‘contactless’ in the new edition.

In the Press…….

This one is a subtle yet important change. The news and the press companies will not be capitalizing the ‘Black’. For instance when race ethnicity or culture is being referred to.

The Scrabble Shines As Well………

We all know of the popular game scrabble. The North American Scrabble Players Association has come up with a new stand. They have a demand for restricting the use of 238 words that may stand out as racist or sexist slurs. For example, the N-word, ‘bitch’ or ‘culchie’ are all not welcome. However, the stand they have taken is indeed a welcoming one.

In India…..

Changes in Language

It’s not just in the US or UK, but also in India. For instance, a popular company has brought changes in their language. This is a big change in terms of their identity but a pleasant one. For instance, the brand ‘Fair and Lovely’ has taken a decision to drop ‘Fair’ from their name. The word has been a part of the brand’s identity and many households for many years now.

Brands ………

In addition, other brands that are re-branding are Uncle Ben’s rice, Beso de Negra cookies, Redskins lollies, Chico’s sweets, Eskimo Pie ice-cream, Aunt Jemima syrups and Darlie toothpaste.

Indeed seeing the change in language when it comes to using of derogatory terms or black mascots is a proud one. The idea of saying no to racial stereotyping for gaining profits shall soon end is all we happily hope.

In addition, read Anti-Racist Books That Everyone Should Read!

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Tips To Take Care Of Your Plants During Monsoon

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Monsoon is the time we all long for. Despite of the low temperature and humidity Monsoon is the best time to have plants. They offer roots the potential for growth. During the summer season, your indoor plants can absorb the humidity in the air and get rid of the excess sunlight they have.

Yet during this time of year you have to take extra care of your plants as well. There are many things to watch out for, from irrigation to bringing in fertilizers.

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Really, there is not a weekly or monthly task list. You need to run your eye over them everyday when you’ve plants. Doesn’t mean looking at every single one in-depth every day – just go to the places where the plants are to see if any of them look sad. Make sure you water them when they are hungry, and if they are dusty clean them with my hoodie’s collar.

In addition to that, crack the neem oil and cloth to clean them every month or so, but a schedule is not required. Just do that when I come across a lot of dusty plants.

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Technically, make sure all your plants are watered before you clean the house on a Saturday, but this is more so because you don’t want to trail the soil on a freshly vacuumed carpet. We highly recommend linking your homework with plant care-it’s so good when all is watered clean.

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Few tips to take care of your plants-

There is no restriction in following a routine for your plants, but their regular updates and changes must be noted down. If you’re a plant lover you must be knowing how difficult and full of patience it is to have plants. Make sure you take care of them in such a way only.

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1. Be sure to test their pots before watering them. They need only a small amount of water during this time. Overwatering can cause root damage.

2. Never water them after 3 PM.

3. Make sure the pots drainage system is correct, as there can be no stagnant water.

4. During the monsoon season the plants are vulnerable to worms. So, don’t forget to regularly check the beds for any infections. Earthworms are good for them, however, as they dig holes in the soil which helps to nitrate.

5. During the monsoon, the humidity level is high, so ensure plants get proper ventilation and light.

6. When you need fertilizers to be applied to your plant, do so between 7 am and 11 am in the morning.

7. Apply pesticide and fungicide once a week in your indoor plants to prevent pests and diseases, as they continue to attract pest easily during monsoon.

8. Instead of plastic sheets, you can use perforated sheets to cover your plants on the terrace or verandah if they are on. It will help in sprinkling water on them.

9. Pruning them before the Monsoon is always advisable.

10. Don’t forget to keep the saplings in the right place to save them from rain.

Also, read- 5 indoor plants to grow inside your home right now

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Mahabharata And Its Many Sides

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Mahabharata is one of the greatest Indian epics. It has been told and spread from ages. In addition, it is not just the Indians but also foreign scholars who look at the book in awe. Similarly, in modern days, more and more authors are presenting the text from different perspectives. Read about this book here in this post.

Mahabharata

The reason why the book is so popular and looked up to is that every possible dynamic of human relations, of statesmanship, of politics, warfare and diplomacy are all there in the book. Moreover, what makes it even more special is that all the things that have been written about are still relevant even today day.

However, Mahabharata was written centuries ago. Therefore, it is much different from what things are today. For instance, we got the term feminism now, women are much different than those times. Most women today even take up jobs and work for earning. In addition, due to the freedom of speech, more people can take up artistic fictional perspectives on the great epic.

Books that are Retelling of Mahabharata

The Palace of Illusions

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The book is written by Author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.  The book talks about the tale of Mahabharata from the perspective of Draupadi. Draupadi or Panchaali was the daughter of the King of Panchaal and the wife to five Pandav brothers. It is a celebration of womanhood, sacrifice and the strength of Draupadi. She indeed has seen a lot of hard times and this was beautifully captured from the woman’s perspective in this book by the author.

The book was available for free on Kindle when the lockdown started and it was surely a big gain for the readers.

Get the book here. 

Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of Mahabharata

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This book is one of the books written by famous mythological author Devdutt Patnaik. In addition, the speciality of the book is that it has more than  250 illustrations by the author himself. He has done a great job of simplifying the Sanskrit verses and adding details that are lesser-known.

Karna’s Wife: The Outcasts Queen

This is another of the feminist retelling. Kavita Kane is a famous feminist writer. It tells the story of Mahabharata from Uruvi, Karna’s wife’s perspective.

I, Duryodhana

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The book is written from the perspective of Duryodhana who is rather not on the good side as everyone may say. Get the book here.

The Kurukshetra War series

 

This series written by Aditya Iyengar consists of two books. The first book is about the thirteenth day of the way when the three most sought after warriors of the Kaurava clan left the battle. Similarly, the second part of the series follows the events that take place after the thirteenth day.

Ajaya

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Jaya means victory in Hindi. In Ajaya, author Anand Neelkantan has shown the other side of victory. That is, he has written the book from the Kauravas point of view. Get the book here.

Arjuna: Saga Of A Pandava Warrior-Prince

The book is a detailed retelling from the perspective of Arjuna. It follows his life right from his birth till his death. In addition, it also reveals a lot of the emotional side of Arjuna.

Yudhistar and Darupadi

The text is written in the form of a poem. The Hindi translation of the book is done by none other than Gulzar.

Mahabharat series

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This is also another series of two books. However, it is quite different from other series. Each of the two books puts forth two opposing views of the great war. For instance, one of it tells the story from the Pandavas side. On contrary, the other one says the story from the opposite view of the Kauravas.

Don’t forget to read Dr. Shashi Tharoor On What To Read

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How To Tackle Emotional Blackmail In A Relationship

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Emotional blackmail is when a person tries to manipulate you to make you do things their way. They use your feelings to control your behavior. And this kind of nature might be seen in some relationships where one partner manipulates the other to get their work done.

The examples of emotional blackmail are very subtle and they are generally exhibited in one’s body language and disappointment. So, people should prevent this kind of behavior when they feel that they are manipulated in a relationship. So, here’s everything you should know about it.

Examples of emotional blackmail and how to handle this?

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Signs of emotional blackmail

These are the subtle signs of this behavior:

Demand: They will demand from their partner to not meet a particular friend or do a specific thing. This would be conveyed in a subtle way.

Resistance: If the other person tries to resist it, then their partner will push again indirectly to make that happen.

Pressure: Next, they will pressurize directly. There are high chances that they will try to criticise or demean the person.

Threats: When nothing is working, they will directly threaten to get the things done.

Compliance: Then, they’ll have to agree with their partner and listen to what they say. The conflict will be over and their partner will be nice to them for doing what they want.

Repetition: When such a situation arrives, they will know how to play with your mind to make you do their work. They will keep controlling their behaviour.

Other examples of emotional blackmail

Some people use other tactics to manipulate their partner’s feelings such as the following:

Punish: They will punish their partners for not obeying their orders.

Self-Punishers: Here, people will punish themselves to make their partner feel bad for not listening to them.

Tantalizers: People will use kind gestures and words to manipulate their partner’s mind. They will be extremely nice while demanding something.

What to do?

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Handling this kind of situation is quite tricky. You have to be calm and think wisely to react to such things. So, here’s what you can do:

First, keep calm and take time to think about what your partner wants.

Start a conversation with him or her. Try to convey your feelings. Tell them how you feel when they demand something illogical.

Show them that love doesn’t include blackmail. It may seem common knowledge, but we do forget at a rapid rate as things are always going left right and center when we are alive. You need to instil the knowledge that whenever they demand something from you, they must be prepared for yes or no and not threaten you or start whining about hurting themselves when they get a response they did not expect.

You can also seek professional help to resolve these matters.

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