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William Shakespeare * Introduction – Julius Caesar * CBSE Class 10 English

William Shakespeare is one of the world’s most famous and brilliant playwrights. Even after 400 years (died April 23, 1616), his plays are studied in English and translated plays are studied in other language mediums. William Shakespeare was brilliant at communicating how human beings behaved in all sorts of challenging situations and the dynamics between them. A very famous tragedy play that he wrote was Julius Caesar. An excerpt from the play Julius Caesar can be found in the CBSE Class 10 English textbook. It is a wonderful way to introduce Shakespearean plays and is laid out in a thoughtful and easy-to-read manner. Julius Caesar is in fact a very important play because it discusses democratic ideals, armed conflicts, politics, mob mentality and human dynamics during political upheavals. The play “Julius Caesar” also explores the psychology of people involved in … Continue reading

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World Renowned * William Shakespeare * 400 years afterwards

William Shakespeare is still remembered 400 years after he passed away on April 23, 1616. In fact, William Shakespeare is still regarded as one of the most world-renowned and brilliant playwrights and poets. Shakespeare was born in Statford-Upon-Avon in Warwickshire in England in 1564. His father was an aldernman (a member of a municipal assembly) and a glovemaker. His mother came from a wealthy landlord’s family. William went to one of the government-run neighborhood schools during the so-called Elizabethan era. William Shakespeare was very observant of the human beings he came across and met. William also studied literature in school and afterwards and had a very good knowledge of previous literature. Famous plays that he wrote include Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He wrote a total of about 38 plays and 154 sonnets. His plays include … Continue reading

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Essay * Algebra of Infinite Justice * End of Imagination by Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize for her astounding book “God of Small Things.” Arundhati is also a brilliant and satirical essay writer. Her book “The Algebra of Infinite Justice” contains many political essays filled with satire and immense passion. The title of the book, “Algebra of Infinite Justice” is in itself very thoughtful and satirical. Will human beings need to continue to sacrifice their lives, die and rise again, until justice, freedom and egalitarianism is achieved? Also, how should human beings fight for justice and principle-centeredness? Mahatma Gandhi and many unsung freedom fighters have taught us that “an eye for an eye” or a “tooth for a tooth” can turn the whole world “blind,” that is, a place without the wonderful presence of human beings. In a similar way, a nuclear bomb can destroy and ravage the whole Earth. … Continue reading

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Essay * Turning Point of My Life * Mark Twain

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) was a humorous writer, even though his life was challenging. Like clowns who try to cheer us up amidst sinister and wicked conditioning forces but are grieving, Mark Twain communicated in a humorous and satirical manner. Yes, as human beings, emotions like sadness, happiness, anger and so on come naturally to us. In fact, the word emoji or emoticon is the most recent word added to our world communication channels. On this note, let us read the essay, Turning Point of My Life by Mark Twain. Essay * Turning Point of My Life * Mark Twain In the essay, Mark Twain begins by talking about the the “crossing of the Rubicon” and the “human race’s life chain” in a humorous and satirical manner. Well, “crossing of the Rubicon” is one so-called “chapter” in how human … Continue reading

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Importance of Reference Books and Reference Resources for Students

Students need to go beyond the textbook in order to learn and discuss topics in a creative, problem-solving and innovative manner.  So, what are some reference books that students can refer to? When talking about reference books, I am not referring to some dry or intimidating guide book which used to be and is still being churned out for so-called exams.  Of course, there are some good guide books too.  However, students need to be alert and discerning as some books are being churned out for making quick and filthy money.  For example, if children are interested in physics topics like the big bang theory or even quantum physics, how can they go beyond the textbook?  Books like George and the Big Bang (George’s Secret Key) by Stephen Hawking and Lucy Hawking is a wonderful, joyous and interesting way to … Continue reading

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How to Deal with Study Pressure * Class 10 and 12 board exams

In class 10 and 12, many students across India write board exams.  Some students may even have to deal with study pressure from the school, teachers, parents, and also due to peer pressure.  Also, there is a huge trend in India to push students into engineering and medical professions.  Of course, this is also due to conditioning forces at play like financial factors.   So, students who may have a passion and talent for music, art or other careers may also be pushed to engineering and medical professions due to the prevailing conditioning forces.  Also, class 10 and 12 board exam marks may also determine a chunk of the entrance criteria to some good colleges.  So, the school, teachers and parents may end up pressurizing students to score top grades.  Of course, now with educational reforms and Right to Education Act, … Continue reading

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