of the week:
I think it's really funny how relationships change. Someone who was your best friend yesterday might suddenly become a stranger today. You might spend years hanging out with a person, and then discover you know nothing about him/her.
Instant Messaging, probably the most popular aspect of telecommunications today, has helped complicate matters. It's now possible to have a meaningful relationship, complete with a wide spectrum of emotional involvement, without the persons concerned ever meeting face-to-face. Sometimes, people find themselves able to express textually what they can't say in words or in person, and discover a side to themselves they never knew existed.
Dear readers, excuse that bit of idle philosophy. For the past few nights, I seem to have lost myself in this weird IM existence that feels more real to me than reality. The same people I chat with for hours on end, I can't carry on a decent conversation with them when I meet them up front, and that leaves me feeling disoriented. Speaking of chatting, we have this letter from X-Asheq, who writes:
"The problem that I want to tell you about is one type of cyber crime. Let me make it clear; if you chat regularly, then I am sure that some time or the other, you have faced some rubbish people who use erotic words with out any reason and offer nasty proposals. Most of them are boys, but there are also girls who engage in such activities. I can give you an example. I send e-cards to many people (known & unknown) different occasions from email@example.com. I had found a girl who sent me spam. I had told her to stop that, but she did not. I think these persons are mentally sick. However, I was very surprised when I come to know that some of my friends do the same thing. They take it as something to do for fun. It is my humble request to you; please write on this type of cyber sickness."
Well, Asheq, I don't
as a rule go to chat rooms. Most of my interaction with people unknown
to me is through the letters from my readers and my replies to them,
so I really haven't faced much nuisance…
Till our next tete-a-tete, take care, and have a great weekend!
your polls, opinions, and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org or
Enhance Your Word-Power
Think you've got a good vocabulary? Think again. When you've finshed thinking, take the following test. It might just shear some of your egos, but you'll always end up learning some really cool words.
ahead. No peeking.
2. anachronous - A: out of time. Imagine a character from Pride and Prejudice turning on a TV set. Exactly. Television wasn't even invented in that era. So it's an anachronous act. The derivation of the word is Greek chronos, which means time.
3.dollop - D: lump. Actually, dollop is a lump of semi-solid food. As in: She always loves a dollop of ice-cream on her custard.
4. adulation - C: flattery. In fact, adulation is flattery carried to an exaggerated, absurd extent. The word is derived from a Latin verb, which I am still searching for. I'll let you know when I find out.
5. termagant - A: an agressive, quarrelsome woman. Virago is a synonym to termagant, which is derived from vir the Latin for man. Hence, a virago or a termagant is a stereotypically masculine woman - coarse, aggressive, loud-mouthed. Make sure you use this word next time when you break-up with your girlfriend.
6. rex is the Latin for - C: King. It has nothing to do with rex, but you might find it interesting to know that in Greek mythology Incubus are devils which molest woman in the sleep. The devils that molest men are called Succubus. ( Now, who the heck says you can't learn anything from the U.S. Billboard Countdown?!)
7. inveterate - B: deep-rooted (usually of habit). An inveterate punter is one who has grown old in that habit. The word is derived from the Latin vetus, which means old.
8. dilettante - C: dabbler. If you're a dilettante, you take a superficial interest in subjects without a serious study of it. Its an insult, not a compliment... mind you.
1 point for every correct answer, your result:
By Phreak T
Scoring Goals in a Ruud Style
Ruud Van Nistelrooy
Ruud Van Nistelrooy has become a household name in the last 3 years. People refer to him as the "Goal machine" and some pundits have been comparing him to the legendary Dutch striker Marco Van Basten. Since his big money move to Manchester United 3 years ago the prolific Dutchman has scored an astonishing 110 goals in 145 matches and etched his name in United's folklore. People tend to forget that he came back from the same career threatening knee injury as Ronaldo suffered with such aplomb. Due to this injury his initial move to Man United collapsed in the 2000/2001 season.
United's manager Alex Ferguson kept his faith in him as Nistelrooy recuperated for one year. Finally Nistelrooy joined United in the summer of the 2001/2002 season as the most expensive striker in English football. United paid PSV a British record 19 million pounds to secure the Dutchman's services. In his first season although he scored 36 goals, United ended the season empty handed for the first time in 3 seasons. In his second season the master Dutchman scored an astonishing 44 goals that helped United to stage a comeback and snatch the Premiership from Arsenal's grasp. Although he scored 10 goals in the Champion's League United again missed out on the big prize as they lost to Real Madrid in the quarter finals.
The 2003/2004 season was very disappointing from United's standards as the awesome gunners romped to the title unbeaten and create football history. Nistelrooy had a poor second half of the season with a persistent knee injury that robbed him of many games. Still the awesome Dutchman proved his worth by scoring two goals in the FA Cup Final and helped United to lift the FA Cup for a record 11 times.
He was the second highest goal scorer in the recently concluded Euro 2004 and his four goals helped Holland to reach the semi finals in his first major international tournament. Holland didn't qualify for the last World Cup and he missed out on Euro 2000 because of his knee injury. The 2004/2005 season has just started but unfortunately Nistelrooy is out injured for a month. United is counting on him to come back and propel them to another successful season with his goals.
By Shakib Huq
Letter to Harry Potter
Mr. Daniel Radcliffe(HarryPotter),
We hope that you'll receive this message. We are lastly hoping, if you can kindly give us your e-mail address or contact address. Well, but it's true, that, even you have you won't give it to us, or the readers of RS (I am sure) will send you thousands of massages you wouldn't have expected! Don't mind, just kidding!
Well, now I think I have to shut up my pen because it writes too much and writes whatever it wants to write. I am sorry for if it has written any unexpected request!
- Ankita (that's me), Rubaiyat, Saima and Oshin.
By Meghmallar Bosu, Class-II, Ananda Niketon Europian School
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