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The most commonly misused word in English language is….

The most commonly misused word in English language is….

In this post, I am not lamenting the plummeting standards of written and spoken English in India, but only compiling the tortures that even the most educated among us regularly inflict upon the most illogical but still a FUNNY language. ANYWAYS: There were many contenders for the top honour on this list. However, my vote […]

Mensen Ernst: the Ultra-marathoner

Mensen Ernst: the Ultra-marathoner

MENSEN ERNST was found dead beside the Nile in 1843 by British travellers, who buried him in the sand. Today the river bank is gone, swallowed in the water held behind Egypt’s Aswan Dam. No one could have vanished more totally than this man. Yet nearly 175 years after his death, Mensen Ernst still holds […]

Groom your kid into a winner

Groom your kid into a winner

When the lives of 95 Harvard University students from the 1940s were followed up into middle age, the men with the highest intelligence test scores in college were found not to have been particularly successful in their careers. Nor did they have the greatest life satisfaction or the most happiness with friendships, family and romantic […]

The Man who Defied his Destiny

The Man who Defied his Destiny

You are an ace pistol shooter slogging to make come true your dream of an Olympic gold. Barely months before the Olympics, a grenade explodes in your right hand, shattering along with it your Olympic Dream. Now, what do you do? Read on what Károly Takács a sergeant in Hungarian army did… In 1938, 28-year-old […]

Spare-time learners are usually the best learners

Spare-time learners are usually the best learners

Spare-time learners are usually the best learners. Their rate of learning is helped, of course, by the fact that they want to learn and consequently try to learn. But they are also helped by circumstances — they are forced to take their learning by easy stages. Edgar Burchell, the janitor who became a leading medical […]

A lone man in India creates a 1360-acre forest

A lone man in India creates a 1360-acre forest

It all began in 1979 when floods washed a large number of snakes ashore on the sandbar. One day, after the waters had receded, a 16-year-old local lad Jadav Molai Payeng wandering on the sandbar found the place dotted with the dead reptiles. The snakes died in the heat, without any tree cover. Payang wept […]

The Shadowland of Dreams

The Shadowland of Dreams

After leaving a 20-year career with Coast Guards in America, Alex Haley heads to New York to become a freelance writer. One year on, he still has not got a break. One day, an old acquaintance of his offers him a job that carries an annual salary of $6000. A huge amount in 1960. Alex […]