How true is the claim that the new generation is reading nothing?

How true is the claim that the new generation is reading nothing?

People have a general conception that nowadays the youngsters are not reading enough unlike the previous generation who used to read a lot of books. The ones who claim themselves to be coming from previous generations occasionally scold the so called new generation for not utilizing their time productively. I would say it is outright ignorance that makes these elders behave that way. To put it bluntly, youth nowadays are reading much more when compared to their parents’ generation. Only difference lies in the medium they use. That generation used paper books but this generation does it through the medium of LED screens.

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The difference between old and new generation itself is a bit confusing. New generation doesn’t imply the biological age of a person. I have known people in their teenage behaving as if they belong to stone age. I am also familiar with the people who are in their late eighties thinking very progressively and being active on steemit. In this sense the definition of new generation would be Those who can update themselves with the ever growing modern technologies. Now according to this definition let us analyze our topic of discussion.

New Vs Old


Now as per our definition those who are up to date are new generation and those who are stagnated the old generation. These oldies regardless of their young age are adamant in not complying with the technological revolutions. They uphold the old values and ancient culture. They uphold the religion, cast, community and the paper books. They think they are right and all around them are clowns. What value can one attribute to the words coming out of these old generation guys? In fact what knowledge do these old guys have? I would say their knowledge is something that doesn’t fit to this new era and are rotten some decades ago!

According to Tmes of India’s article, book reading is indeed declining among the youth. Youth is unaware of the works of William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. Because they have never given a thought on reading these books apart from having a glance at the profiles of these authors. But I would like to ask what is wrong in it? Should one really read these authors in order to get enlightened? If you ask this question to the oldies they will surely answer Yes!

The authors the oldies ask us to read lived some 3 or 4 decades ago. What can those books deliver to you besides giving a rough idea of the condition existed then? Nothing!

Nowadays we can have access to almost everything. We produce more data in one day than what the entire world could in one decade back in eighteenth century. We can gain knowledge in the field of our passion if we desire to work. I would say  there is need not to be adept at everything. In-depth knowledge in a particular field is more than enough for a person to survive here. In taking this fact into account we can undoubtedly say our new generation is far better.

Once upon a time we were able to get to know the things the author wanted us to know. But now we are in full control of what we should learn. The oldies doesn’t seem to understand the difference. And yes, I emphasize that the youth today are collectively reading and learning a lot than their progenitors!

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மேற்க்குத்தொடர்ச்சி மலையிலிருந்து ஓர் எழுத்தாளன்

மேற்க்குத்தொடர்ச்சி மலையிலிருந்து ஓர் எழுத்தாளன்

ஸ்டீமிட்டில் வலம் வரும் தமிழர்களின் எண்ணிக்கை மிகக்குறைவு. கை விரல்களால் எண்ணி விடலாம் என்பது என் கருத்து. ஆரம்ப காலத்திலேயே இப்படி ஒரு இடம் இருக்கிறது என்பதை அறிந்து விட்டோமே என்றெண்ணி மிகவும் பெருமைப்படுகிறேன். இனி வரும் எம்மொழியின மக்களுக்கு ஒர் முன்னுதாரணமாக திகழக்கிடைத்திருக்கும் இப்பெரும் வாய்ப்பு என்னை மெய்சிலிர்க்க வைக்கிறது!

Image is from the book Kallikkaattuu Ithihaasam by vairamuthu.

என் பெயர் சத்யா. பாரதிராஜா, இளையராஜா, வைரமுத்து என மண் வாசம் கொண்ட கலைஞர்கள் உருவான தேனி மாவட்டம் தான் நான் பிறந்த ஊர். வாசிப்பை நேசிக்கும் என் மனதை கவர்ந்த நூல்களுல் எம்மண்ணின் மைந்தன் வைரமுத்துவின் கருவாச்சிக்காவியமும் ஒன்று. அதைப்பற்றி சற்று பேசி விடலாம் என எண்ணுகிறேன்.

எங்கள் வட்டாரநடையில் எழுதப்பட்ட கிராமிய புத்தகம் கருவாச்சிக் காவியம். என் சிறு வயதின் சில நாட்களை ஒரு கிராமத்தில் கழிக்க நேர்ந்தது. கிராமம் என்றால் வளர்ச்சி எட்டாத ஒரு குக்கிராமம். அதற்க்கு ரெங்கப்பநாயக்கன்பட்டி எனப்பெயர். சரியாக இரண்டு வருடங்கள் அக்கிராமத்தின் ஒரங்கமாக எங்கள் குடும்பம் திகழ்ந்தது. புல் மேய்ந்த மண் குடிசைகள், இல்லாத புல்லை தேடித்தின்கின்ற செம்மறியாட்டுக் கூட்டம், பல் போன கிழவிகள், சொந்தம், பந்தம்… அனைத்துமே என் மூளையில் மிகக்கச்சிதமாக பதிவாகி விட்டிருக்கின்றன. சில நேரங்களில் சிந்தனையை திருப்பி விட்டு பழையதையெல்லாம் அசை போட்டு அழுவதும் என் வாடிக்கை!

வைரமுத்து பல ஆண்டுகள் கொண்டு கடைந்தெடுத்த புத்தகம் கருவாச்சிக் காவியம். இரண்டே நாட்களில் அதை முழுவதுமாக படித்து முடித்து விட்டேன். என் சிறு வயதில் நான் கண்டறிந்த, கேட்டறிந்த ஒவ்வொரு சிறு சலனங்களையும் உருக்கலையாமல் அப்படியே என் கண்முன் கொண்டுவந்து நிறுத்தி என் கண்களை கலங்க வைத்த ஒப்பற்ற இதிகாசம் இப்புத்தகம். சாதி மத கோட்பாட்டின் கீழ் படிப்பேதென்றரியாது வாழும் இனத்தில் ஒருவளாக பிறக்கும் பாமரப்பெண் கருவாச்சியின் வாழ்க்கைப்பதிவு தான் இக்கதை. பெண்களின் அவலநிலை ஏதென்றறியாதவர்களல்ல நாம். ஒரு பெண்ணாக பிறப்பதை இழிவாக காணும் மனப்பான்மை இன்னும் ஓய்ந்த பாடில்லை. இதுவே ஒர் எழுபது ஆண்டுகள் பின்னுக்கு போனால் அங்கே பெண்களை காண இயலாது, பெண்கள் என்ற பெயரில் நடமாடும் அடிமைகளை மட்டுமே காண முடியும்.

கருவச்சிக்காவியம் ஒர் சரித்திரப்பதிவு. வாழ வழி ஏதுமின்றியும் எதிர்நீச்சல் போட்டு வாழத்துணிந்த சாதனைப் பெண் கருவாச்சி. ஒரு பெண் தான் மகளாக, தாயாக, துணையாக ஒவ்வொரு பரிமாணத்திலும் எவ்வளவு துன்பங்களை சந்திக்க நேர்கிறது? இவைகளையெல்லாம் மனத்தைரியமும் துணிச்சலும் கொண்டு உடைத்தெறிந்த வீரப்பெண்மணி கருவாச்சி. வாசிக்கும் போது வாசகன் கல்லாக இருந்தாலும் அவன் மனதை கரைத்து கண்ணீரை வர வைக்கும் ஒர் அற்புதமான எழுத்து நடையை வைரமுத்து கையாண்டிருக்கிறார்.

இறப்பதற்க்கு முன் ஒர் தமிழன் கண்டிப்பாக படித்திருக்க வேண்டிய புத்தகம் கருவாச்சிக்காவியம். நீங்கள் வாசிப்பீர்கள் என நம்புகிறேன்.

 

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@sathyasankar

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Aren’t we tightly holding the rotten eggs by upholding traditional education system?

Aren’t we tightly holding the rotten eggs by upholding traditional education system?

This morning as usual I was reading the newspaper and stumbled upon to see a news which resembled much of my own experience. The news read ‘every one in four engineering students studying in India are struggling to get through the course!’. They are working on accumulating so called backlogs into their academic wallet. I had to go back to the days when I was an engineering student to recreate the actual condition in my mind. I had seen that all. I know what it takes to become an average engineering graduate in India. A survey published in economictimes saying 94% of engineering graduates are not fit for hiring adds to the dilemma of poor students!

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Back to my college days, I knew I was in  wrong path during the course but I didn’t know the way out. Hailing from an economically backward family I had witnessed my father’s struggles throughout my life. My father had to go through a lot of hardships to make the two ends meet. Me and my siblings were enrolled to a nearby public school where the expenses were minimal. Even being so we felt like we can’t make it beyond schooling at one stage of our lives. But due to the luck(Infact, I don’t believe in that word) and through the toil of my parents we surpassed that all.

In fact I wouldn’t have chosen engineering had i knew the internet and all in 2011. I was such a dumb back then and depended purely on others to determine what I should study. Eventually I ended up in an engineering college to pursue the graduation in mechanical engineering!

Obsolete system..


When I first heard the word mechanical engineering I thought I would be able to thoroughly learn the nuances of machines and the science behind it. I expected an entirely different atmosphere from what it was there in the school. But to be honest, the college and its environment resembled my school in each and every given aspect. I was disappointed. Quality of teaching staffs were not up to the mark that they didn’t even know the basics of subjects they teach. I would say the decision to join that college was the biggest disaster in my life.

The education system, especially in India, is a rotten egg. We are lagging behind in everything in comparison with the pace the world mpving with! In a world where every single moment counts, engineering colleges teach their students the technology which had expired in 1970s! There is no substantial update taken place enough to mention. We are forced to study the old methodologies without even getting a chance to get to know about new things. In institutions which are bound to teach technology a complete contradiction is what now taking place. Still I don’t understand the logic behind technical institutions not allowing mobile phones in their campuses!  What a ridiculous mindset?

A purge


A complete purge is what I propose to enhance this system. New methods of learning has to come in place. After all we are living in an era where access to everything is in our hand in the shape of mobile phones. one can get access to anything he/she learn in college and even more through internet. Being so, What is the need of following the old methodologies by means of traditional pedagogy? the role of teachers must be that of an enlightened friend who will guide when we fumble. It shouldn’t be more than that.

I think some rays of hopes have started to appear in some corners but expanding and proliferating them is where the success lies in. A lot of students fail to get through because of the stale system. Once fixed they will find the learning more interesting and will certainly land in a bright future! As of now all that I have are mere hopes!

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Power of using simple language while constructing a blog

Power of using simple language while constructing a blog

The other day I read a series of articles written by @adonisabril which are still on trending page on steemit. If you haven’t seen them yet please do pay a visit and read them here and here on steemit. He is basically a traveler and blogger. If you wish to know more about him and travel blogging, do consider visiting his blog. It is after a long time that we were able to witness quality adorning the trending page of steemit. Thanks to @steempress in particular for making it happen by setting stage for professional bloggers in this blockchain.

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He has brilliantly articulated the art of constructing a travel blog in the first post and ventured into teaching the community of traveling worldwide free of cost in the second. Both are top notch and worth enough to get 1000s of dollars of upvotes. In fact I have learned a lot of new things from those articles. These articles appears to me to be a coincidence as I have started my own wordpress blog just two days back. I was struggling to setting it up and experimented a lot of things myself only to see the site finally crashing. His tutorials helped me like anything!

Among plethora of things he has discussed over there, one specific thing that attracted me to the core was him mentioning the power of simplicity while writing blogs. He wrote that one should give some thoughts on the simplicity of the language used in their blogs.

DOES SIMPLICITY REALLY MATTERS?


Certainly does. Me being an Indian I can’t expect myself to be as fluent in English as a native speaker unless I’m exposed to their premises. When I look for a content on internet I expect it to be simple enough to understand. But unfortunately what happens is that whenever I search on internet, many websites turns out to be a show off of the authors. They use a language that even William Shakespeare may find difficult to understand. While even native speakers struggle to cope eith those usages, how can a person having a medium level of expertise in the language follow those blogs? It is impossible!

Although I’m not that good an English user, I can still distort actual things to make it look much harder on my blogs. That is where one should fail as a blogger. As the above mentioned blogger says in his article, a blog needs to be as simple as possible in its language and construction to attract even a 10 year old toddler into engaging. Failing which will result in the declining of audience. It is a mantra one should keep on telling to him/herself while involving with their blog. I can point out a lot of authors as examples to back this claim. But would like to refrain from that act because of the simplicity I would like to maintain in my blog!

Simplicity pushes readers to keep on engaging with the content without getting bored. How many of us would be ready to read a 5000 words article containing full of words whose meanings are impossible to find without the help of Oxford dictionary? Not most of us. Isn’t it? That’s where the importance of simplicity lies in!

Said that, In fact I’m trying to develop my vocabulary or else it would be hard to organize articles in the way I want. Beauty is that for a creator even the toughest of the words has to be familiar in order to make a simple content!

I’m on the process of learning and setting up a good website. Let us see how far I can be susccessfull.

Good wishes from,

@sathyasankar

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Fifa World Cup and India

I know I am already too late here in this topic considering the pace with which the world is moving . When it comes to India, football has always been a secondary thing. This custom has been in place ever since the time unknown. Rather, Cricket is the game which has stolen the hearts of Indian fans. It might be a weird fact to those who are not aware of the indian norms.

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But that doesn’t mean that Indians are completely noobs at this sort of things. India has its own national football team which is globally ranked at 97th place and also sets stage for club matches between the teams representing various metropolitan cities. Various organizations and government are putting lot of efforts towards enhancing the growth of football in this nation. After all, India is a country ranked second only next to china in the case of population. Among 1.3 Billion people, for sure a lot of Messies are there, a lot of Ronaldos are there. The only task India as a nation has to do is to sort and pull them out from the big crowd and provide them with proper arenas inorder to utilize their talent.

One thing that amazes us all is that the expertise level the national cricket team of India has is almost incomparable! The history of cricket in India dates back to more than hundred years when this nation had been in under control of the British. It was Britishers, ie the England, who introduced cricket here first. It used to be the game played by the elites in the society. Hence the name gentleman’s game become apt for it. Over the years cricket turned out to be the favourite sports of this nation despite having its own national game- Hockey! To put it frankly, Cricket is not actually being followed by many except for a handful of countries. Also football is not being followed by many in India.

Cricket Vs Football


This debate is in place in India for decades now. As of me, Football is the greatest game over all other games. Every subtle aspect of a player is challenged here in football. Your mind, physique, and everything must be perfect to become a decent football player. And the 90 minutes! god..The 90 minutes you play football is like you are dedicating everything that you have for the victory of your side. Although every game is great in their own limits, FOOTBALL IS THE GREATEST OF ALL!

In this world cup I’m going to support the team Argentina. I am a die-hard fan of Lionel Messi and the team Argentina. I remember the word cup of 2010 when I desperately hoped for the victory of Argentina and vigorously got into argument with my friends who supported other teams, especially Brazil . I thought the team in my hope would clinch the cup in 2014 but in vain. Infact, we have been expecting for that to happen for decades. I hope finally it will become a palpable reality in 2018!

What is your favorite team?

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My review of Steempress- A platform that can attract unprecedented quality into Steem Blockchain!

My review of Steempress- A platform that can attract unprecedented quality into Steem Blockchain!

This post is first of its kind as far as myself is concerned because this is for the first time that I’m using a different platform other than Steemit to draft a steem article! Those who are going to read this obviously belong to two entirely different blogging sites- One is obviously the one and only Steemit and the another is WordPress. I’m sure that a lot of people must have become aware of @steempress-io by now. To those of my followers and whoever read this who haven’t heard of such a thing, I would like to introduce Steempress in a glance.

# What is SteemPress? #

Steempress is a new plugin available in WordPress. By installing and entrusting it with the private posting key of steemit account, one can connect his/her WordPress website with their steemit profile. By doing so, blogs posted on WordPress will easily be replicated on Steemit.com. If you are a blogger on WordPress you can monetize your contents through the steem blockchain through this way. In case you are reading this article on my wordpress website, chances are very high that you might not have heard about steemit to this date. If so, please do read this [quora answer](https://www.quora.com/What-is-Steemit). To know more about steempress one for sure should visit their own [press release](https://steemit.com/steempress/@steempress-io/steempress-answers-to-common-questions-and-update-to-design)

# Me and WordPress and now Steempress #

So this story dates back to 2013. I was a first year engineering graduate student then. It was then that I got acquainted with various blogging sites. The very first such site was Twitter which is essentially meant for Micro-Blogging. Many twitter celebrities used to attach the link of their personal blogging sites in their Bio. Out of curiosity, I created an account in such a free blogging site where I wrote almost nothing. Years rolled on. I started to realize the potential of personal blogs from various sources. But starting such a Blogging site seemed not my piece of cake since by then I had realized that I wasn’t that good a writer! Also the huge costs associated with securing a good domain name and hosting service added to my concerns!

Image Source-[Pixabay](https://pixabay.com/en/home-office-workstation-office-336378/)

Literally, discovering quora and steemit turned a boon to me. It is quite evident from the datas available from my various personal social media profiles that my writing skills have been improved a lot since I had come to steemit! I even do firmly believe that with brushing something up I can undoubtedly become a professional Blogger!( I leave the full freedom with you to decide whether or not I’m joking!:) )

I would undoubtedly say that the introduction of steempress into the blockchain has shed a new ray of hope on my dreams of becoming a good blogger! It was through one of my friends on steemit @erode that I got to know about steempress. Later on, I started exploring more about it and ended up purchasing and possessing a wordpress account having my name as the domain. @bala41288 helped me in setting up a proper WordPress blog and server for a nominal fee. We have reached in consensus on making the payment through steem dollars! I’m really happy to announce that the very blog that you are reading right now is my very first post on wordpress!

# Let’s talk about Quality now! #

Steemit is just 2 years old as of now. Number of steem accounts which has been created here so far is mere 1million. Only a small percentage of that number accounts for real human. Rest represent bots and multiple accounts. If we break it down  further, it is easily understandable that the number of real and active users comes around 100k. Again, Lion’s share of these users come here for nothing but in search of some free money and hence it becomes a waste of time to expect quality from those users. They try their maximum but unfortunately the output is being categorized as pure crap! none and nothing to blame!

On the other hand, there is no dearth of good quality content producers in the ocean of internet. Most of them are confined within their worlds of blogging and other forms of contents creation. Bringing them to steem blockchain means bringing high quality to this place. Steempress is a pioneer concept towards achieveing this goal. Setting wordpress users as target is not a small thing considering the traffic and the alexa ranking the WordPress.com & WordPress.org now boasts of!

# A win-win situation! #

Steempress creates a win-win situation to those who are already on steemit and those bloggers on wordpress who are yet to discover the blockchain technology! As I said before, most of those who come here are laymen who are in search of making some extra bucks. If they are capable, introducing them to the wordpress opens a plethora of opportunities. They can discover everything and make themselves flexible to the suitable platform.

And when it comes to steemit which is already lacking quality because of the continuous upsurge of shitposts on the trending page, arrival of good bloggers would be a blessing. These bloggers from the wordpress on the other hand will feel satisfied to find such a great platform like steemit to showcase their talent! Indeed this is not just a win-win situation but, infact it is a **Win-Win-Win** situation as the all three parties involved, ie, WordPress bloggers, Steemit and Steemit users, directly benefit from this project!

# Final words #

My conclusion is that one should experiment everything inorder to come to a fine decision. Those who see this project with the eye of skepticism should give a try to undertstand the actual intentions. I see #steempress to be a revolutionary concept that has found its way to the blockchain!

WISHING ALL THE BEST TO @steempress-io AND LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING A PART OF THIS GREAT PROJECT!

All the contents are original and written by me,

@sathyasankar

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