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Archive for October 29th, 2009

Writing in English….

……should have been easy, since all kinds of tools are available these days to proofread your content. Right?

Wrong!

I’d posted here about how Skitt’s law prevented me from commenting on grammatical mistakes made on other sites/links.

But this one, I couldn’t resist. It’s not a spelling mistake.  But it changes the meaning of the text entirely.

Let me not rant  more… see for yourself  (Click on the snap to get a better view):-

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'distress' or De-Stress ??

For those who cant see the text clearly, it says, ” Dark chocolate will also distress you and keep you skin looking radiant“.

Not only has the word ‘distress’ been used in the wrong context, the rest of the statement has also been worded incorrectly.

And to think, a reputed site life Indiatimes cannot afford proofreading!!!

Hire me 🙂 .

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Thats how the tea-wallahs on  a train call out to prospective customers at 4:30 in the morning. However groggy I am, a hot cuppa on a moving train never fails to delight me :).

The cool morning breeze (and I’m talking about non-AC section here. Even though I travel AC these days, it just doesnt capture the charm of the days past when we used to travel 1st class non-AC. Alas, I digress) , loads of greenery, lack of chatter (since most people are still sleeping), a hot cup of tea and maybe a favourite novel or magazine in hand. Sheer bliss.

On long journeys, I usually used to consume a cup (paper-cup, which in normal tea-terms would amount to a  ‘cutting chai’, exorbitantly charged at Rs.5 ) every hour.

All those memories came down crashing a few days back. Its taken me a while to recover. Tea drinking on a moving train is never gonna be the same again!!! Sob 😦 .

See the pics below . Got them in a mail forward by a friend. I tried to figure out if they were photoshopped, but naah. They seem genuine enough.  These people just killed some of the best memories of my life!!

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Heating tea 'water'

The water is obtained from the washrooms

Water is taken from the train's water storage (for washrooms)

Thats how "tea" is made here

Its IRCTC alright!!!

And all along, I used to believe that the tea came from the train’s pantry car. Nicely boiled on a blackened kettle. I was so mistaken.

Travelling by train wont be the same again 😦

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