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Spell right or spell check

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Today morning I came across an unusual thing. I was surfing channels like every sunday. As usual I didnt find anything interesting until I hit the discovery channel. There the Classmate spell bee 2014 was going on. I just loved the format of the show. It was a competition in pure form just like we used to have in school days. The host Soha Ali Khan did a brilliant job of pronouncing the words and putting across the questions. The participants did the unimaginable job of spelling out the difficult words.

This reminded me of my school days. We did not have easy access to computers then. Hence for verification of spellings we used to refer to dictionary. To avoid using dictionary again we used to memorize the word, it’s spelling, pronounciation and meaning. That exercise used to help us a lot in essay writing as we never felt short of words to express ourselves. It also enhanced our vocabulary. I remember raising my hand whenever teacher asked about some word which I knew. The appreciation from teacher after spelling it and the applause from classmates, still makes me nostalgic. Although we have so many gadgets to help us in writing but our freedom to write is somehow curbed because we don’t trouble our minds with learning new words.

Let us make it a habit to learn atleast one new word every week. We can then use it in our tweets or comments in social media. This will not only help us remember it but also enhance our language. At the end of today’s episode, the host said “Its better to spell right than to spell check”. I completely agree with it. Let us remember the spellings and gain the freedom to express ourselves without referring to any gadget or option like spellcheck. I congratulate Times of India and Classmate for organizing the Spellbee. All the best to all the participants of spellbee.

Be a healthchaser

According to the statistics of WHO, more than 40 million children under the age of 5 are overweight. Today most of the parents are educated and aware of the problems of obesity then why do so many kids suffer from this problem. I observed a few kids and found the following:

1. Most of them have a liking towards fast food. Somehow I do not see this craze for fruits.

2. Many are glued to television or computer games for hours which explains the reason for the long queues for spectacles.

3. Some of the advertisements just point out the demerits of going out in the sun. As a result many people stay indoors.

I understand due to the fast growing cities, the number of playing grounds are reducing. But most of the schools still have their grounds. There are swimming classes at many places. Similarly most of the sports clubs also offer coaching. Also the parents can form an association and hire any sports ground for practice. In my building, the parents formed a group and hired a karate teacher to come and teach in our building premises. Last year a skating instructor was invited. There was no need to take the kids anywhere, which made it possible for working mothers also to send their kids for an activity. Every evening while returning from office, I used to get refreshed just at the sight of those kids learning something new on their vacations.

Today I read an article which mentioned about All India Kaustubh Memorial Basketball Tournament, Navi Mumbai Basketball League and Navi Mumbai under-16 Football League getting started. Kudos to Times of India for highlighting these news. I think even these small events need to have proper coverage, only then the kids will be motivated to pursue these hobbies. Also awareness related to healthy eating should be spread through television. One such initiative was launched by Radio mirchi to inspire people to pursue an activity. The parents need to understand that the kids should be motivated to go out, play and chase the sun to be healthy. I just hope the number of children suffering from obesity reduces.