Recommendation 1 from ‘Foreign Policy’

Article Name:‘The war for India’s internet’

By: ‘Rebecca Mackinnon’

The article states that India, the world’s largest democracy is shutting down various websites across the country and in this response protests are being organised across the country, as internet users in India believe that their right to free expression and online privacy is being violated by all these laws and regulations. Article has explored as to why government is blocking sites like Vimeo etc. Though there is also a political motivation to control, but more than that it is failure to maintain a balance between stopping crime, protecting children, protecting intellectual property rights etc, that sparks this and in response there are protests.

Summary:

It is true that somewhere there is a motivation to control what people say and share with each other, after all a revolution can be sparked right off Facebook. But, a benefit of doubt, perhaps government is trying to protect children from online predators and also trying to stop hate speech, which in the larger picture can spark off riots. But perhaps it is more complicated.

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Learn Words from the article:

Interconnected: Unified
Globally: Internationally

Recommendation 2 from ‘The New York Times’

Article Name:‘The sound of sentence’

By: ‘Constance Hale’

The article is talking about as to how sentences can be made into an instrument of delightful sounds. However, at the same time it also states that as we grow up these sounds make less sense and as the writer states, these sounds become less visceral. Consequently, article is an attempt to recover the sounds in language by helping the readers to know about various devices that can be employed for the purpose .e.g. assonance, consonance, alliteration and repetition etc.

Summary:

Article is an awesome read, especially if you are an English literature student, as it will make more sense. However, the revision of the devices will make you stop and look for such beauties in the language while you read novels or other books, May be you can make reading more fun.

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Learn Words from the article:

Assonance: Verse
Alliteration: Repetition of a particular sound
Visceral: Intuitive

Recommendation 3 from ‘The Times of India’

Article Name:‘The language of silence’

By: ‘Jug Suraiya’

The article begins with the story of two friends who when in company of each other sat down quietly for few hours and then left. Consequently, the article highlights the importance of silence in life, as meaning is in the silence. Writer states that the way to include silence in life is not cutting off from everything, but finding silence in the cacophony of the day-to-day things of life.

Summary:

Article will make you stop, considering all the times that you have or speak unnecessarily. Silence indeed is important to introspect and to deal with everything in life. With this article let’s learn the art of being silent.

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Learn Words from the article:

Duality: Character of being two-fold
Inevitable: predictable
Farewell: Send-off

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