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From increasing your lifespan by 2 years to transforming you into an exceptional person, books can fulfill your wishes

Spiderman reads a book to boost his superpower
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Think before you speak, read before you think. — Fran Lebowitz

Last week, my friend complained that she hardly finds time to read books. I couldn’t believe her as she was one of the voracious readers I’ve ever known. She claims familial commitments and adulting to have impacted her reading habit.

The conversation piqued my interest. I wanted to know if this is true.

That’s when I came across an article in The Washington Post affirming that there is a significant decline in reading habits. Adults younger than 34 read the least, while those above the age of 75 read…


Master these rules to improve your writing quickly

A guide from the real experts
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Writing quality articles in English can be daunting, especially if you're a new writer or if English isn’t your first language.

I found it difficult to write quality pieces until I started studying the works of prominent writers. I quickly improved my writing by analyzing the anatomy and flow of their work, plus extensively researching and learning about grammar rules. Based on that, I’ve compiled nine obscure grammar rules that can help you write better articles.

As Joseph Harold Bunting, founder of Write Practice, says,

No one is born a writer. You must become a writer. In fact, you never…


A campaign that made the Costa Ricans go “Arggh”

KFC’s 2*1 campaign in Costa Rica that promotes breast cancer awareness.
KFC Campaign in Costa Rica — Image collage created by author using Canva

We Stand for the Cause

From brands siding with celebrity issues to using rainbow colors every pride season, it’s common for companies to use social causes to market their products. Corporate allyship has become so mainstream that it has almost lost its value.

KFC is one such brand that’s notoriously known to take its marketing programs a notch higher. Remember its partnership with Susan Komen’s “Buckets for the Cure” program? It sold fried chicken in pink buckets to promote breast cancer awareness and even vouched to contribute 50 cents for every bucket sold to support the research and development of a cure.

But the critics…


I’d describe the book in a single word — Hope

Bill Gates
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If I were to follow an influential leader’s reading list, it’d be Bill Gates.

I’m an advocate for fiction because I genuinely believe fiction can teach us a lot. But, when I want to read non-fiction, I prefer checking out the recommendations of influential people who’ve made it big.

I do this because so many self-help books with catchy titles, blurbs, and book covers turn out to be dull and unrealistic. Brent Underwood proved this point with his Amazon bestseller, ‘Putting My Foot Down’ — a book with a single photo of his foot.

Recently, Mr. Gates announced his summer…


Was the young model’s death an accident, a suicide, or a murder?

Rhonda Casto. Image Courtesy: People Magazine

He is either going to propose to me, or he is going to kill me.

- Rhonda’s last conversation with her family

Rhonda Casto was a beautiful young model from Portland, USA. She was a sweet, caring lady who often helped others. People loved her cheerful and entertaining attitude and often dubbed her as the light of the party.

But things didn’t go so well for the 23-year-old model.

Back in 2005, Rhonda’s mother, Julia, decided to rent a room. She saw an ad by a young man named Steven Nicols on Craigslist. Steve was a divorcee who needed money…


Master these tricks to level up your writing game quickly

A guide for sentence formatting by real experts
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Writing articles online can be daunting, especially if you’re a new writer.

Initially, when I started writing online, I found it difficult to write engaging articles. I had to spend hours analyzing the works of prominent writers and understanding the basics of paragraph formatting, contractions, grammar rules, etc.

While studying the building blocks of writing, I learned the importance of sentence structuring. Though there are only a few rules for sentence formatting, grasping the basics has helped me hone my writing skills. Based on that, I’ve compiled six sentence structuring tips that can help you write better articles.

As Joseph…


Byte-sized narratives are powerful, pure, and precise

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So many stories. So many emotions.

I firmly believe both fiction and non-fiction can teach us a lot. Books have superpowers that can make you confident, empathetic, reduce stress, and even turn you into a healthier person.

But what about short stories? Can stories with only six words have the same meaning and depth?

Absolutely!

Here’s a curated collection of thirteen nano-stories that I believe everyone should read at least once. Not because they’re by famous authors, but because they make you realize and consider some globally pervasive issues.

Sorry soldier, shoes sold in pairs.

Anonymous

Isn’t this heartbreaking?


And how it helped me understand Albert Einstein’s views on philosophy.

A cute puppy
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While their approaches and thoughts may be different, the ultimate goal of both philosophers and scientists is to find the meaning of life.

However, in today’s world, many perceive philosophy as obsolete with no relevance or footing. Renowned scientist Stephen Hawking in his book The Grand Design proclaims that philosophy, as practiced today, is a waste of time and philosophers a waste of space.

This disregard is not new. Albert Einstein explained it in his letter to Robert Thornton over 75 years ago. He said,

“So many people today — and even professional scientists — seem to me like somebody…


Whatever you do, don’t read the book with no name.

Anonymous author
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“Classic — a book which people praise and don’t read.”–Mark Twain.

I almost only read fiction because most self-help books don’t resonate with me. Even when my friends ask for book recommendations to improve different aspects of their life, my suggestions are always fiction. I firmly believe that fiction can teach us way more than we imagine.

Yet, a friend from my book club pointed out that I’m missing out on several remarkable books with my inclination towards specific genres.

And in a way, she was right.

Even today, when I search for new books to read, my search terms…


Being creative depends on one’s unique interpretation of everyday routines.

creative picture of a man holding a key
Image by Shutterbug75 from Pixabay

I once won an essay competition with a comment asking me to improve my grammar.

Let me rewind a bit.

I was in junior year, and my school was holding its annual inter-school competition. There were various contests such as singing, dancing, poetry, acting, and fashion. I opted to participate in the essay writing contest.

In my experience, the topics given in such competitions are generic. You can expect themes like ‘Are school uniforms needed?’ or ‘How does music affect your life?’ But that time, it was different.

The participants were given a picture and asked to pen down their…

Shenbaga Lakshmi

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