Archive | April, 2012

A brief introduction

19 Apr

It’s just the fifth season but it has already become a type of drama that I would never recommend anyone to watch! Any guesses to which show I’m talking about? I can almost feel like I’m watching the Ekta Kapoor serials, you know the same story going on and on again. Nothing new happens ever but still you watch the new episode (and tweet how much you disliked the current episode afterwards). The same plotting, scheming, pairing, events, the only thing that has changed since season one is that they are no longer in high school! You must have known the name of the show by now. Yes, it is Gossip Girl, the show in which you can’t expect anything exciting to happen these days.

Let me give you a brief history of the show. Serena, Blair, Nate and Chuck are the Upper East Siders and friends since childhood. Serena and Blair, Nate and Chuck are best friends. B and N had been dating since kindergarten but during high school N falls for S. N and S end up sleeping together and afterwards S leaves town. Now B and S are no longer friends. B and N are still dating in the first episode but when S returns N’s feelings can’t stay true to B. While N is too busy to pay attention to B, she cheats on him with C. God knows what happens to N then but he again starts loving B once again. But, poor C, he has also fallen deeply for B! N breaks up with B when he learns about her and C. Then starts the whole B and C thing, they like each other but something always stops them from being together. I recall B getting back together with N for a short duration but this time B breaks up with N. Confused already? Don’t be, there’s more. What happened to S during this whole time? If N and S weren’t together then who did she date? Enter Dan, Lonely Boy from Brooklyn whose sister lil J for me is one of the most annoying characters after B and S themselves. S and D are so in love, working out their differences perfectly. But, what can they do against fate? Turns out S’s mom and D’s dad had been in love when they were young and, after all these years, decide to get married. So from being lovers they go to being to brother and sister!

I’m gonna leave all other characters and just concentrate on these five people. So, S and D are not together, B and C never seem to be ready to get committed to each other (no-one knows why) and N is the hottest, cutest guy on the Upper East Side. S and B go back to being best friends but Gossip Girl keeps coming between them and well they also let her. After high school, B and D attend college just for few episodes. Obviously, who has the time for college when they are too busy plotting against their friends and family? C and B go on and off, on and off over and over again. Sometimes a prince, sometimes an accident, sometimes another girl and a list of things prevent them from being together. When they finally get a chance of the happiness they have always dreamed, B chooses otherwise. I’ll get to that later, now let’s move on to S, N and D. N always had a thing for S so after everything he still wants to be with her in third or fourth season. Apparently D can’t also forget about her. After an series of Tripp, Carter, Vanessa, a character Hilary Duff played, Juliet and so on in these three characters lives, S has to choose between N and D. But, all it took was one evil move from Juliet and lil J, and both the guys choose not to be with her.

Afterwards, D and B set off on a mission together for helping S. Well we had S and N, S and N, B and N, B and C (the only thing that stopped the writers from creating a S and C pair might have been the fact that before marrying D’s dad, S’s mom had married C’s dad making them brother and sister). So now the only pairing left is B and D, and of course we have it. Somehow Dan Humfrey, Lonely Boy from Brooklyn ends up liking Blair Waldorf, the Upper East Side princess and more surprisingly, B returns his feelings. Oh, I almost forgot to mention B getting pregnant at the age of 19 and ready to marry Prince Louis before all this happened. But as she is still in “love” with C, Louis doesn’t accept their marriage. On her wedding day, she confesses how much she loves C and on the following day when C tells her to be with him, she refuses. Laughable, isn’t it? Finally she tells C that though she will always love him, her heart belongs to D and hence B and D! That’s not all. S wants to get back together with D again but as he chooses B now, their friendship gets affected. Oh and due to her own meddlesome nature, S gets into a dispute with N as well. Honestly, when will this girl ever change?

In the recent episode, S totally sabotages her cousin’s chance to pursue her dream, the very same cousin whom she had lectured about how they were family and all in the previous episode. And, why did she do it? Simply because, she didn’t have anything else to do with her life! Doesn’t her attitdue make you want to slap her? Meanwhile B doesn’t want to invite N or S to her and D’s coming out as a couple event. Why she makes this choice is completely beyond me. But, as always everyone gather at the party and a huge bomb of information is dropped.

B or S have never matured, B is still the same as she was in high school. No matter how many relationships she has been through and how many problems she has faced, we can see no level of maturity. I agree there have been parts when I felt so sorry for her that I cried but then she goes back to being her high school self again and I forget it all. And, S, well it seems like friends and family mean nothing to her. The only person she cares for appears to be herself. But, N and C, they are a different story. It’s true that whenever a new girl arrives N gets involved with her and might not think of his friends but he is there for them at the end. And, C is always the guy whom your heart goes out to. He has changed a lot since high school as well, from being the spoilt, bad-boy in first season, he seems like a gentleman now.

So this is the basic, brief story. In between there are so many parts that have been left. Hard to keep track right? The dating circle goes on revolving round the five of them and any new character that appears on the show seems to have a negative motive and gets thrown out at the end. I sometimes wonder why I still watch this show, and even though there is no answer, I just can’t give it up. Story of my life!

Big city or countryside

19 Apr

It is better for children to grow up in the countryside than in a big city. I disagree with this statement. Growing up in a big city has a lot of benefits than doing so in countryside.

First and foremost, the development. Health care, education, entertainment, transportation; every aspect in general is better in city. Generally, the good schools and colleges are usually located in big cities. People from countryside also end up coming to cities to pursue their higher education. Same with the hospitals and clinics. From diagnosis to treatment, the health service is far better as compared to the countryside. And, not to forget, different parks, museums, libraries, etc. are present for the kids to enjoy.

Secondly, there is technology and it’s advancement. In today’s world, knowledge of technology and it’s advancement has become a must. All the new gadgets and services are generally concentrated in the big cities so children can have knowledge about these from the start. Furthermore, the provisions for extra-curricular activities, like sports, singing, dancing, etc. are more pronounced in cities. Summer and winter camps, training institutions and everything help to sharpen the children’s skills from the very beginning. Ultimately, all of this aids them to secure a bright future.

However, growing in countryside also has its advantages. Peaceful and fresh environment sounds better than the noisy cities. Growing up in an area filled with pure natural beauty indeed proves to be a better option than among huge buildings.

To summarize it, I would say that growing up in big cities is better than growing up in countryside.

Technology reduces thinking capacity (GRE)

18 Apr

Technology, the thing on which people depend for their lives after air, water and food! Living in such a world, it is basically impossible to imagine us devoid of any technical development. Widespread and rapid progress in technology obviously has uncountable benefits; it has definitely made our lives far more comfortable and easier than each previous day. But, the fact that people have become more dependent and somewhat lazy as well cannot be overlooked. Rather than using own creative ideas to get through a problem, we all rely massively on technology.

Let us think about how far technical development has gone; the height of development is so huge that we can’t possibly even realize it. Devices with mental and logical capabilities are not a new thing for us; computers are only just an example. The problem with such devices is that though they help greatly by saving our time and doing all the hard work for us, they have weakened thinking capacity of people. Obviously, if you have something else take care of the problems, why even bother trying to do that yourself! This has become our viewpoint. With each passing day, we are becoming more dependent on technology. In fact, so much dependent that eras prior to technology seems to be from alien world. During early school years, when students are not allowed to use calculator for basic mathematical problem solving, everyone can recite the multiplication tables, can easily answer what twelve times eleven equals. But, once they lay their hands on calculators, even seven times four confuses and makes them compelled to check the result. This dependency only keeps on growing.

Then, of course, there is internet; greatest joy and pride of those who have access to it. Worldwide search engines have ensured information about something from any part of the world is accessible to people. Everything you need to know is simply a click away! The vivid effect of this fact on people cannot be ignored. Since answer to almost every question or problem can be found in the internet, thinking about it by oneself feels unnecessary. You get a problem in a program code you are trying to write, simply input your query to the giant search engine. Viola! Problem solved and you didn’t even have to rack your brains for it. Starting to write a book report without going through a handful of old available similar reports on the web first seems idiotic. Think less, depend more has almost become our motto now.

No matter how luxurious our lives have become, due to all the advancement in technology, the point that thinking power of people is waning and relying heavily on technology is soaring can’t be denied. It is undisputable; this dependency can cause great adversity to human themselves in near future. Sure the world is a better place to live in now but the fact still remains that new services and devices have aided in making people reluctant to make use of their mental capability. Thus, we can easily conclude that development in technology has reduced thinking capacity of people.

Self or combined study

18 Apr

Some students prefer to study alone. Others prefer to study with a group of students. Personally, I think studying in group is a better option.

First of all, group effort is definitely better than individual work. Different people have different fields they know more about. Thus, a tough problem for one can be easily solved by other. While studying together, this proves to be an important point. For example, you maybe very good at history, some of your friends maybe math geniuses, some may do well in chemistry, some in other subjects. If you study alone, you might face problems while studying everything together but in group study, you have your friends to help you. The problem is shared among everyone and there is always a high possibility that one person in the group would be able to solve it.

The other point is everything, even studying, seems enjoyable when we are with friends. Furthermore, most of the times, it is easier for us to learn from our friends than from our teacher. I myself have been through this situation many times. The ideas and solutions that I wasn’t able to grasp in an hour lecture became so easy for me to understand in fifteen minutes when my friend explained it to me!

However, reading alone also has its benefits. In some subjects, studying alone is the best option. And, obviously in four hours study-session with friends, we tend to spend about an hour studying while rest of the time gets devoted to chit-chats, gossips and giggling.

Thus, in my opinion, studying with friends is a better option rather than studying alone.

Watching Television is bad for children.

18 Apr

It is usually said that watching television is bad for children. Many experiences with the kids around me has made me believe that this is true.

First of all, watching television is really addictive. Even grown-ups get hooked to a show they have been watching and obviously children are no different. Children these days spend most of their free time watching television. And, to such an extent that they sometimes even pay little attention to their daily activities! First thing they do after returning from school is turning on the television. Some children need to be in front of television even while eating. I know this for a fact since my cousins do the same. Apart from giving them less time to spend with their family, this affects their studies greatly as well.

Secondly, television has taken away the children’s time to play and exercise. Back when we are little kids, we used to go out and play a lot. But, these days, kids are reluctant to step out of the television room. No wonder obesity is spreading so much more these days than in previous years. The only exercise kids these days do seems to be of their fingers; using the remote control. And, also television shows a lot of shows or programs, advertisements which are not suitable for children. They learn a lot of things from watching television; violent actions and negative messages also fall under that. Children might get the false idea that such fights and acts are okay since the programs are full of them. This will not only affect their present behavior but might also have a negative impact on their future life as well.

Even though watching television has various negative impacts, the positive aspects associated with it can’t also be forgotten. It is a means of entertainment and enjoyment. The pressure of studies, the difficulties in solving a problem can all be forgotten momentarily while watching television. And, it’s not like the shows only give out negative vibe and examples. Kids can get positive and encouraging messages that will be beneficial for them.

In conclusion, I would like to say that watching television too much is not good for children however it ought not to be stopped completely.