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Recommendation 1 from ‘The Guardian’

Article Name:SimCity for the real world

By: David Shariatmadari

The high street may be dying, but cities have always been subject to change. What we must plan for is life after death.


Is evolution only a feature of man? Well, read this article and you would realize that cities evolve too, go through the complete cycle, and when they go bust, the sight is not pretty. Interesting read, imaginative language, good figurative examples and a poignant discussion point: all these are good reasons for you to read this article.

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Learn Words from the article:

Rude: Socially incorrect in behavior
Wretched: Of very poor quality or condition
Exurbs: A region beyond the suburbs of a city, often inhabited by well-to-do families
Megalomania: A psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur

Recommendation 2 from ‘The Guardian’

Article Name:Our obesity crisis won’t be solved by ‘fitspiration’

By: Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Of course it’s better to be fit than too thin, but any fixating on an unattainable body image doesn’t help self-loathing women


This is all in one article: terms, references, slang words in use, statistics, reports, references etc. all clubbed into one; in other words, it is the perfect way to prepare for RCs as the challenge after reading such an article generally revolves around remembering the infinite details one has taken in while reading. You would definitely be richer in terms of knowledge related to various fitness obsessions if you follow the links given in the article.

Read the full article here.

Learn Words from the article:

Lackluster: Lacking brilliance or vitality
Sadistic: Deriving pleasure or sexual gratification from inflicting pain on another
Ubiquity: The state of being everywhere at once (or seeming to be everywhere at once)
Couch potato: An idler who spends much time on a couch (usually watching television)
Antipathy: A feeling of intense dislike

Recommendation 3 from ‘The Hindu’

Article Name:Who wants to be a whistle-blower?

By: Narayan Lakshman

The verdict against Bradley Manning leaves troubling questions about the Obama administration’s continuing belligerence not just towards free journalism but freedom itself


The article talks about the trial of a whistle-blower, the person who handed over the logs to Wikileaks and lead to the revelation of thousands of diplomatic cables. The way in which the US has persecuted Mr. Manning (the whistle-blower) raises a number of questions about the way governments function and the author highlights all of these in the article.

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Learn Words from the article:

Encrypted: Convert ordinary language into code
Exonerating: Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
Whistle-blower: An informant who exposes wrongdoing within an organization in the hope of stopping it



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