Recommendation 1 from ‘The Guardian’

Article Name:How the word ‘troll’ has been redefined by the powerful

By: Tim Dunlop

There are plenty people in positions of power and authority who simply don’t want ordinary people to have a voice in the public sphere and we shouldn’t let them set the rules of engagement.

Summary:

This is a different sort of an article and I am featuring it here because of the variety it offers. Broadly based on the usage of the word ‘troll’ (something we use very often as a slang), the article talks about right of individuals, how they are shut-out by the system and in general, the freedom of speech. A very well written article that forms perfect practice for Reading Comprehensions.

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Learn Words from the article:

Debilitating: Impairing the strength and vitality
Disquieting: Causing mental discomfort
Torrent: A heavy rain/An overwhelming number or amount
Panacea: Hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases; once sought by the alchemists
Utopia: An imaginary place considered to be perfect or ideal

Recommendation 2 from ‘The Times of India’

Article Name:Chauri Chaura is now pronounced ‘Chori Chori’

By: Bachi Karkaria

So, who says we have shackled freedom? On the contrary, we have democratised it. Can’t you see, it’s now a free-for-all.

Summary:

An article that covers it all: from politicians to scions to civil society members, the article leaves no stone unturned in exposing the major players of modern day India and how they are going about their business. Written in the usual dark and indirect style of Bachi Karkaria, the article is a wonderful expose of the ills of our system, and how things seem to going in modern day India. A wonderful article that given great reading practice by virtue of its indirect style of writing.

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Learn Words from the article:

Bleak: Offering little or no hope
Redeeming: Bringing about salvation or redemption from sin
Tryst: A secret rendezvous (especially between lovers)
Diktat: An order given by someone with authority, often unpopular or harsh

Recommendation 3 from ‘The Times of India’

Article Name:In India, poverty is not a state of mind but a mind of the state

By: Jug Suraiya

Eradicate the mind of the state. No mind of the state, no poverty. Have a mindless state.

Summary:

Satire and sarcasm at its ultimate best: Jug Suraiya takes an event of the last week, converts in into and pushes it out in the most ingenious ways. A thoroughly entertaining read, we hope you were able to catch the strong undercurrent of the article. What is the tone of this article?

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Learn Words from the article:

Eradicate: Kill in large numbers
Mantra: A commonly repeated word or phrase
Canaries: Someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police/A female singer

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