Gifts under $50

Happy Monday! I can’t believe Dec 1st is here already and Christmas is almost here.  Have you you guys done your holiday shopping yet? Here are a couple of gift ideas for friends, co-workers or secret santa without breaking your budget. It is a good time to shop now as today is Cyber Monday and you will find a lot of great deals online. Let me know if you guys snagged some cool stuff!
Have a good week!

The Grammar Police

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Hello!

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. I thought for today’s post I would talk about something that has been on my mind a lot lately. Grammar. Huh?What are you talking about, you ask. Well, I’ll tell you. Let me preface this by saying that I am in no way proficient in grammar and I do make efforts to correct myself continously and learn from my mistakes.

So, I think this may resonate with you if you are from India and have moved to the US or the UK to study or work. You have a language barrier. Even if you have been conversing in English all your life, right from kindergarden and speak impeccably. Indians are taught the Queen’s English in school but somewhere along the way, we introduce a touch of Indianness and so it becomes Indian English. Let me say that when spoken properly Indian English is clear and concise. When you get to the Uk, things are fairly smooth language-wise except that you probably need to pay a bit more attention to how the words are being pronounced as we are not accustomed to the clipped British accent. You have to get used to slightly different dialects as you travel through the English countryside. Cockney is perhaps one of the hardest to follow. I cannot fault the British accent because (Mark Darcy no Colin Firth can do no wrong)  it is where all other English accents originated from and it is all very propah proper although they could afford to loosen up a bit!

Now, the American accent is a little harder for people who have come from India. Oh, sure a visit is easy enough but if you are to live and work here you better learn American English where the spelling and vocabulary is completely different. The grammar and pronunciation are poles apart from what we have learnt in school in India.  One of my friends was recently made fun of for using the word expired in relation to someone passing away. In India and perhaps the UK this context is acceptable but in the US, it doesn’t make sense as expired can only mean validity of a physical object. A lot of people don’t realize that one word can have different meanings in different parts of the world and that theirs is not the only correct definition. Isn’t that the beauty of the English language? Also, I think it is pretty cool that we need to remember Indian English, British English and American English all at once and change the grammar and pronunciation around to suit our audience :).

I’m sure English professors around the world shudder at what has become of the language today. That is because text messaging lingo is now used as an acceptable form of spoken English. Another reason is the concept of plugging in like and whatever anywhere in the sentence and it is considered the norm. The more likes you put in a sentence,the dumber cooler you sound. I think both these words are probably the most used world over. The only up side to this is that you can probably start a drinking game whenever you hear the offending words.

I’ve noticed that a lot of Indians who have been living in the US for a number of years confuse genders, mix up tenses and hit a hard J for jalapeño. I request you- pick up a grammar book for goodness sake! English is not our first language and we are in another country so why not make an effort to learn the language correctly. You are making the rest of us look bad for not trying!

My thought now as I finish this post is that I wish Professor Higgins  would give all of us a quick refresher in grammar or maybe I’ll just rent My Fair Lady this weekend.

What are your thoughts on grammar and today’s vocabulary?

 

I am…..Thankful

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Happy  Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day with family and friends!

Thanksgiving was new to me when I first came to the US. At first, I used to enjoy the holiday because I didn’t have to go to school or work. But of late, this holiday is more of a ‘Friendsgiving‘. I am lucky be around friends and share laughs over wine and plenty of turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pie!

Whether we celebrate Thanksgiving or not, I think it’s nice to take a moment every day to just be grateful and thankful for our blessings. One moment where we stop complaining and whining about all the things we don’t have in our life and instead focus on what we do have and the people in our life who make us smile. It’s not an easy thing to do but I do try consciously to remember to count my blessings.

I am thankful for everyone in my life- family, friends and workmates.

How was your day and what are you thankful for?

 

Weekend Story: Movie and Kipling Holiday Party

Hello peeps! This past weekend was quite a fun one so I thought I’d share it with you.

The weather in New York is super duper cold so my friends I decided to spend Saturday afternoon watching  The Hunger Games movie- Mockingjay at Lincoln Theatre in New York. I love this theatre because it looks old world compared to a lot of the other theaters in the city and the interiors are dimly lit. There are paintings and movie posters of some of my favorite old movies.

 

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There are a lot of negative reviews about Mockingjay. Anyone who has read the book knows the first half is building up to the final war so its bound to be focused on dialogue, less action among the main characters and angry glares from Katniss. The downer aside from a dressed down Effie is that you have to wait for the last part and by then you may have forgotten where you left off! Anyhow I enjoyed the movie except for this teenage kid who was sitting next to me decided to eat right through the movie. If he wasn’t crunch crunch on the popcorn, he was crackle crackle with his chocolate wrapper. Then it was pop, fizz, pop with his soda! But I guess this was way better than squealing girls in a Twilight movie.

After the movie, we went to Kipling’s Holiday Party in New York City. Kipling opened its first permanent store in the city on November 20th. We stopped by the holiday pop-up store in Soho where to celebrate their opening there were cookies and wine, fun stick-on holiday tattoos, photo booths, monogrammed notebooks and bags. Wait, did I mention this was free? Yay! They also had musical performances to keep their guests entertained. And just as we were leaving, we were given coupons to receive a free gift at the Macy’s store in Herald Square, New York. We were so surprised! Kipling really knows how to throw a cool partay! Thank you Kipling! This was also the first time I perused their website and they have a lot of really cool handbags and accessories which I’ll be checking out soon!

 

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My Goodies!!!

 

 

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All in all a good weekend, don’t you think? How was your weekend?