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IF you can tell...

Hi everyone! I’m not much into literary stuff, but there are few literary works, which I like to read over and over, yet they don’t let me be bored rather I enjoy reading them. Sometime we find a piece of work so true so near to what we believe and think, quoting them can be just like expression of our own inner deep feelings, or sometime it gets us to some realization, encourages us or gives us hope. It may help to get over something disturbing. In my case ‘IF’ , by Rudyard Kipling, is one of those literary pieces,  which I love to read. Everytime I read it, it equally moves and inspires me. It gives confidence and courage not to give up in trying times,  and it really does for me. so here it is. :)

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,

Or being hated, don't give way to hating,

And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

 

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

And treat those two imposters just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;

 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breath a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch;

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch;

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,

And—which is more—you'll be a Man my son!

So which literary piece  would you like to read time and again? and how do you feel reading it? :)





 

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Boredom

Hi everyone! It’s my first blog and it’s going to be about ‘’BOREDOM’’. It is expected that when you’ve read this blog you’d have learnt some new vocabulary, phrasal verbs and related idioms. So lets give it a go.

Boredom is the feeling you have, when you’re tired and sick of something, when you’re not enjoying anything, and you feel bad everything about. This feeling mostly comes when one is having nothing to do or having same routine, one feels like stuck in a rut--the feeling that life has got stuck and is not moving. Even a person who has job of his/her taste can feel restless sometime, because its human nature to long for change, something new and different from routine things would wish to do something you’ve never done.

But hang on! there is something interesting about Boredom too. Have you realized that it’s this feeling which stimulate in you the desire to do new and creative things or would wish to do something you’ve never done.? So, eventually, you come up with new creative ideas.

Are you bored? If yes, you’re not alone, because everyone in life from king to beggar, from actors to laborer get this feeling. One get to hear such expressions daily-- oh! I am so bored. I’m so bored, I could die. i’m feeling hell like bored. I’m bored to death. Now you can guess how common this feeling is.

There are different ways to staves off boredom, depending on individual’s taste, inclination and position. people like to stave it off by watching television, reading books, newspaper, or magazines, playing sports,long drive, social networking and hanging out with friends.

Some people like to kill it by eating.

Vocabulary:

be tired and sick of something:

to be angry and bored because something unpleasant has been happening for too long.

stuck in a rut:

remaining in the same negative situation in life.

restless:

feeling nervous or bored and tending to move around a lot : not relaxed or calm.

 

Long for something:

to feel a strong desire or craving especially for something not likely to be attained.

 

Hang on:

wait

 

stimulate:

to cause or encourage (something) to happen or develop.

 

come up with:

produce (something), especially when pressured or challenged.



bored to death/ I’m so bored, I could die:

very bored; extremely dull and uninteresting.

 

like hell:

very much, very badly

 

stave off:

to keep or hold off

 

hanging out:

to frequent a particular place, especially in idling away one's free time.

 

References:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/

http://www.urbandictionary.com/

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/

http://www.merriam-webster.com/

http://dictionary.reference.com/








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