Reading Suggestions: Day 108

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Recommendation 1 from ‘The New York Times’

Article Name:‘The Least Popular Subject’

By: ‘Gail Collins’

Gun Control


The article praises Nina Gonzalez as she raised the question regarding the much neglected topic of gun control in the US. It talks about the Democrats’ and Republicans’ views on the issue , giving statements from the debate , covering the recent incidents and all that was said by Gonzalez.

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Learn Words from the article:

Lore: Knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote
Lurched: Walk as if unable to control one’s movements
Irked: Irritate or vex

Recommendation 2 from ‘Mind Hacks’

Article Name:‘Fashions fade, style is eternal’

By: ‘Tom Stafford’

So when someone tells you that science is the ‘march of progress’ just remember that it’s actually more like that time when flairs were cool again


The article states that a fascinating study has revealed which brain areas are the most popular among scientists and which are more likely to get you published in the highest impact journals. The article displays an image showing the average brain activity from 1985 to 2008. According to the author, studying the red areas are what will get you published in the best journal.

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Learn Words from the article:

1: Ignominy: Public Shame or disgrace
2: Disgrace: Loss of reputation or respect
3: Stellar: Of or relating to star or stars

Recommendation 3 from ‘The Hindu’

Article Name:‘Are they children of a lesser God?’

By: ‘Dr. Tiny Nair’

At a time when children worldwide receive toys, these street kids sell them for food. I thought of my own children. As the car picked up speed, I put on my dark glasses.


The author when in Mumbai saw about half a dozen children at the Santa Cruz traffic lights. They swarmed in as the signal turned red. Armed with Christmas gifts, plastic flowers, table-calendars, photo frames and other cheap items. At a time when children receive toys worldwide, these little kids were trying to make some money to be able to buy food for the night. A disheartening view for the writer who had never seen something like this before.

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Learn Words from the article:

1: Predicament: A difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing situation.
2: Swarmed: Move in with a rush.
3: Complimentary: Free with some service or to complete something.


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