English is devilishly hard: If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?

by Rashmee

Posted on April 20, 2015


English is really devilishly hard – for foreign learners, not to speak native ones as much as non-natives required (or nudged towards) learning. The last category includes trading partners and conquered subjects and the like. This was true in the days of the British empire, continued in the “American century” and remains valid today. The … Continue reading “English is devilishly hard: If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught?”

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Mark Twain & Miss Lou underline that other point of view about Chetan Bhagat

by Rashmee

Posted on March 22, 2015


Harshit Agarwal @Harshit248 tweeted in response to yesterday’s blog: “Are you saying that chetan bhagat writes in English? Hahaha what joke?” Sagar ‏@sagar_rpurohit  courteously offered: “@rashmeerl with due respect for u n @chetan_bhagat, I like to say that books by chetan r pathetic to be even considered as literature.” Wilson Dass ‏@wilson_007xlnc  said Chetan “Is a Disgrace to English … Continue reading “Mark Twain & Miss Lou underline that other point of view about Chetan Bhagat”

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English didn’t ruin Indian literature & Chetan Bhagat is our ‘Creole’ success

by Rashmee

Posted on March 21, 2015


Everyone’s raving about Aatish Taseer’s New York Times piece titled ‘How English ruined Indian literature’. In the article, Mr Taseer admits to being “a member of the English-speaking classes” and that he is a “beneficiary of the tremendous power” it exerts over Indian life. He goes on to bemoan the fact that English “re-enacts the colonial … Continue reading “English didn’t ruin Indian literature & Chetan Bhagat is our ‘Creole’ success”

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The peculiar joys of Indian English: He’s not on his seat, your good name?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 21, 2015


It’s always easy to make fun of the way certain countries speak a foreign language but there’s a different issue to consider with Indians speaking English. The imperial import is not really a foreign tongue any more and Indians have made it very much their own. In all sorts of ways, including with phrases that … Continue reading “The peculiar joys of Indian English: He’s not on his seat, your good name?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK