Famous Proverbs in English with Meanings

What are proverbs? Proverbs are statements that express a general truth or a piece of advice based on the experience of humanity.   Some proverbs are idiomatic and their meanings cannot be inferred in a direct manner. Famous Proverbs in English with Meanings and Usage Honesty is the best policy is a famous English proverb.  This proverb could also be a topic for discussion or an essay topic.  Perhaps, you can jot down your own experiences on why you think “Honesty is the best policy.”  Are you always honest?  What happens in society when honesty or one’s integrity is compromised? Empty vessels make the most noise is another famous English proverb which you may have heard a teacher say.  It is idiomatic.  In your experience, note down why you think Empty vessels make the most noise.  This proverb means that those … Continue reading

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Idioms and Phrases in English with Meanings and Examples

What are Idioms? Idioms are phrases used in English in which the actual meaning of the phrase is different from what is literally expressed in the words of the phrase.  Idioms add color to the English language.  They also enhance any piece of literature as well as conversations. Meanings and Examples of Idioms and Phrases Read the following sentences.  Can you identify the idioms? She passed the entrance exam with flying colors.  She had prepared well and found that it was a piece of cake. Yes, “with flying colors” and “a piece of cake” are two common examples of idioms used in English.  Of course, you cannot take the literal meaning seriously! “With flying colors” means with great success and “a piece of cake” means very easy. Can you identify the idioms in the following sentences? The people of the … Continue reading

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Redox Reactions | ICSE Science Class 8

Rust is one example of a chemical reaction that is visible to us in real life.  So, why does iron become reddish-brown and also get “eaten” away?  You may have observed rusting in old iron gates or iron latches and some other materials with iron as a crucial component.  Let us review in brief Redox Reactions which is a topic studied by ICSE and other Science Class 8 students and also review the phenomenon of rusting. Oxidation and Reduction Reactions An oxidation reaction is defined as a reaction in which a reactant loses electrons.  A reduction reaction is a reaction in which a reactant gains electrons. Oxidation and reduction reactions can be remembered using the neat little mnemonic, OILRIG.  Here, Oxidation Is Loss of Electrons and Reduction Is Gain of Electrons.  With the vast amount of information to be studied, … Continue reading

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Law of Reflection | ICSE Science Class 8

Light is all around us.  We are able to see a myriad of images and the faces of our loved ones because of light.  Light in fact is a form of energy.  It is light that enables us to see all the sights of the world in their diverse and vibrant colors.   Observe the effect of light on different surfaces and media.  Perhaps, you can draw a pencil sketch with different shades.  Sketching and painting are in fact great ways to keenly observe the effect of light on various media.  Photography is another way to become more sensitized to the effect of light on various media.  Last but not the least, a leisure nature walk in which you just soak in the sunlight as it falls on trees and everything around you is also a great way to observe the … Continue reading

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Swami and his Friends, the Famous First Novel by RK Narayan

Swami and His Friends was the famous first novel by RK Narayan and was published in 1935.  RK Narayan was very much disturbed when the book was not accepted by many publishers when he sent the manuscript to his friend in Oxford.  Graham Greene, the famous English writer, who later became a mentor of RK Narayan, was shown the manuscript.  He was delighted on reading about the enchanting characters and suggested the title “Swami and His Friends” instead of “Swaminathan and Tate.”  The book in fact was inspired by his own childhood days. The book, Swami and His Friends, has a rather idyllic setting in the fictional village of Malgudi.  It is a lovely depiction of a small South Indian locale in those early days.  There is even a fictional river Sarayu in the book.  The book beautifully captures the … Continue reading

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Very Short Biography of RK Narayan, a Great Indian Writer (Born 1906)

RK Narayan is one of India’s most endearing and prolific writers.  A few of the vast collection of books he wrote include fictional books such as Swami and Friends (1935), The Bachelor of Arts (1937), The Financial Expert (1952), The Guide (1958), The Vendor of Sweets (1967) and The Talkative Man (1986).  His short story collections include Malgudi Days and An Astrologer’s Day and Other Stories.   Apart from his myriad fictional works, he also wrote non-fiction work like My Dateless Diary and mythological work like Gods, Demons and Others.  Most Indians are very much familiar with Swami and His Friends and the fictional village of Malgudi.  The beloved stories featuring Malgudi Days were made into a TV show.  The novel The Guide was also made into a Bollywood movie and also featured in a Broadway film.  The novel also bagged … Continue reading

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