Sonali V Sonali's Comments (member since Oct 12, 2010)

Sonali's comments from the Language & Grammar group.

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Feb 12, 2017 01:23AM

2740 In my mother tongue Bengali we do not have gender specification. But Hindi does have. So whenever Bengali travel out of their state & have to speak Hindi it is touch & go whether we are getting things right. I am not sure about the South Indian languages.. there are at least 4 main languages spoken in the various Southern states.
Feb 08, 2017 06:22AM

2740 I am trying to finish Italo Calvino 's Invisible Cities while correcting test copies.
Feb 07, 2017 05:45AM

2740 Do tell how you liked it. Then I 'll think of buying it...
Jan 29, 2017 10:00AM

2740 At the Kolkata Book Fair, these tiny versions of classic poems, rhymes, very short stories are found. Collectibles. I had quite a few, but don't know where they've gone. Could perhaps get the latest ones if I attended. The fair is huge. Thousands attend, coming from far flung districts. I don't go any more because of the crowd & resultant difficulty of returning home by public transport.
Jan 29, 2017 09:10AM

2740 I didn't know they were called chapbooks... We had them when I was small, and I think they are still found in the rural areas. I learnt all the Bengali mythological stories and folk tales from those slim printed volumes. I remember gazing at the pictures with rapt fascination.
Jan 28, 2017 09:58AM

2740 Same with me. And of course it's interesting to see what other like-minded people are reading. I get to know about so many different kinds of books. Do you know I had never heard of the Pippa Longstocking books. Someone mentioned it here, I think it was Ruth.. I looked it up, found it was available in Amazon and ordered for our school library.... Just one example... :-)
Jan 28, 2017 07:37AM

2740 I read a lot of books in my mother tongue Bengali. Naturally those don't count on Goodreads. And sometimes I forget to add books I've read. So the showing off to the world doesn't really happen for me.
Dec 01, 2016 09:10AM

2740 Just bought it on Kindle. Read the first two. They are such warm... felt.. poems....
Nov 26, 2016 12:05AM

2740 It's a mess actually on the ground level. There is extreme poverty in the rural areas & they depend on small denominations (we all do) for everyday necessities. There isn't sufficient Rs 100 notes. Result, people are unable to buy food items. Lots of things actually. Trucks bringing vegetables can't pay for the fuel any more, so prices are going up, a man who supports his family selling balloons & toys says they are starving because no one is spending Rs 10 or 50 as they need to to buy everyday items/pay for public transport etc. The poor don't have bank accounts. Economists are saying (it's generally known too) the existing cash black money is a tiny part of the economy. The real black money is obviously not in cash, it's in real estate & other things. I think it was a poll gimmick, he had made a poll promise of bringing in black money from banks abroad & people had started asking questions. Obviously he can't, because those people fund the political parties, this was just an eyewash, especially because polls are due in several states.
Nov 24, 2016 07:55AM

2740 Happy Thanksgiving to all my American virtual friends. Our festival season has just got over. We are in the midst of a horrible demonetising crisis. All of us ( the poor, the middle class) are hoarding the notes we manage to get from the bank after queueing for hours; markets are crowd-less, so is the public transport. We are only buying what is absolutely essential. Families which have weddings scheduled are in a total mess because you cannot withdraw money beyond a certain limit. Enough notes is yet to be printed and supplied to banks.
However we shall certainly be celebrating Christmas, going to see the various churches decorated and listen to the hymns and attend a prayer service, certainly to have cakes, an absolute must.. Colonial hangover, but who cares, the weather is balmy, schools usually have a week's break and real Hindus have always celebrated all festivals. So there... PM Modi... :-)
Oct 11, 2016 06:01AM

2740 That's fascinating Sally. Literary doppelganger...
Oct 10, 2016 11:13AM

2740 I think it was Sir Richard Burton, because we had a hardback copy at home. I remember being confused & then amused by his name, confusing the two famous Burtons.
Oct 10, 2016 08:24AM

2740 Cinderella certainly, but also various gruesome versions of Sleeping Beauty & Red Riding Hood. The Arabian Nights, Indian folk tales and how the genres affected European & English writers... it's all very interesting. I am only halfway through though..
Oct 10, 2016 05:35AM

2740 Halfway through Once upon a time by Marina Walker. The book is about how Fairy tales evolved and spread across borders, over time, how they were collected & then changed from stories told by elders of tribes to pass on wisdom, by firesides to being consciously collected with nationalism in mind. How that was put to political use but could not be kept bound & crossed borders again, how times dictated that they be sanitised & made fit only for consumption of children. But then psychoanalysis happened, and they were portrayed in a variety of art forms - musicals films theatre, rewritten in modern versions etc. Fascinating study.
Oct 05, 2016 09:09PM

2740 So true. :-) I remember simply mugging up Kant, page after page, before exams when I was in college without understanding much. Though Spinoza was worse.
Oct 05, 2016 01:45PM

2740 No NE, it's a sci-fi. I had heard a lot of good things about it & had wanted to read it ever since I got my head around Neuromancer & Pattern Recognition. Liking it. Though apart from the sci-fi stuff it's basically a crime-thriller. With a bit of philosophy thrown in.
Oct 05, 2016 08:37AM

2740 Reading Richard Morgan 's Altered Carbon.
Sep 27, 2016 08:22AM

2740 So interesting... I read Henning Mankel 's A Treacherous Paradise recently & loved it. Just finished Tana French' s Faithful Place, liked it a lot.
Sep 21, 2016 09:35AM

2740 The 'no' is a typical Indian manner of speaking :-) In many Indian languages the 'no' comes at the end/middle of sentences as if asking for corroboration, approval etc with typical head movements & facial expressions. It is most likely to be people who have picked up spoken English on their own. Those who go to 'English medium' schools are generally, consciously free of such mannerisms.
Thanks everyone for your help. English being our second language, we remain a trifle unsure. Actually there was a bit of a brouhaha about it & I felt bad that students were not awarded the mark.I needed to know that I wasn't wrong in my teaching.
Sep 19, 2016 11:33AM

2740 Thanks a lot Sally.

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