Monday, 2 May 2016

Research Documentation Made Easy

Dear friends,

I bet there are not many people who enjoyed reading The Modern Language Association handbook (MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Project) during their research documentation. Whenever I suggest to follow the guidelines of the handbook, students hesitate. They find the dusty, dull pages of the book alien and unfriendly. It is a hard task for all graduates to document their writings as per the detailed guidelines given in the handbook. Since the book is prepared for global research communities, students often feel the writing format disengaging.The over concern of external viva examiners on the writing format and the nuances of documentation make research an unfriendly business nobody wants to talk about. The size of the book , its traditional outlook and the mechanical tone keep graduates at bay. The timely updating of the guideline also contribute to the woes of learners. In addition to this, many of our students are unaware of the research documentation till the last year of their studies. A student edition of the handbook is also unavailable.

The online resource center The Purdue Online Writing Lab can provide easy and timely reference to our students/researchers. The layout and design of the website is very attractive. It provides quick access to the content and is timely updated. All the major sections of the MLA style guide is given in the sidebar. The style guide is narrated in an engaging manner and suitable examples are added.

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Works cited: Basic Format
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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

CALICUT UNIVERSITY English Open Course - Applied Language Skills- Details

Dear students,

Many of you have asked me to give the details of  English Open Course. Since we were busy with exams and completing portions in march, your queries were not satisfactorily answered. I would like to post the complete syllabus of the course here. Please go through the detailed syllabus, and choose wisely. A sample question paper is also attached.

Why should you choose English Open Course?
This is the last year of your three year degree programme. Once you have completed the course, What are your future plans? Do you want to study in reputed universities? Do you plan to work and support your family?. In any case, You need a set of skills to be employed/selected for further studies. Your ability to communicate in English, to present an idea in a convincing manner, to take part in a group discussion, and negotiate with people are crucial in forming your life. Consider our course as a finishing programme that prepares our learners to face the challenges the world thrust on them. A module on 'Career Skills' is added to add wings to your dreams.

Best of luck!


Click here to get the syllabus from the University Website. (Page number 85-87)

Friday, 5 June 2015

New Degree Syllabus of Calicut University 2015

Dear friends,

This post is to help those who are confused of the revised syllabus of Calicut University.

New Degree Syllabus of Calicut University 2015

Monday, 11 August 2014

New HSA English Syllabus

Kerala Public Service Commission has published the detailed syllabus of HSA English examination. This will make preparations very easy as they have listed specific texts to be studied. To view the syllabus, please click on the link below:

Monday, 29 July 2013

12 Angry Men film Review

"The cinema has now attained a stage where it can handle Shakespeare and psychiatry with equal facility."  Satyajithray

One of the key features of cinema is that it encompasses all forms of human thoughts. Film is a meeting place of music, dance,acting, technology and human creativity. It exposes different aspects of human existence. Can cinema function as a philosophical text also? Can it analyse the nature of justice, truth? A close watching of the movie 12 Angry Men by Sidney Lumet willhelp us to understand how cinema can expose the realm of philosophical speculation.

       12 Angry Men is an American drama film adapted from the teleplay of the same name by Reginald Rose. The film begins with the verdict of a murder trial and 12 men from various professions are asked to re-examine the court verdict. If they find the accused guilty, then he will be hanged.

           At the beginning of the film all the jurors except an architect voted the accused as guilty. He stood for a possibility of a different course of events which other jurors refused to accept. He was asked to explain and he demanded another voting in which he was supported by a wise and observant elderly man. As the homicide trial continues, the architect manages to convince others that the court trial is not as obviously clear as they thought. With his clever inferences and meticulous observation and analysis, he defended his point of view and eventually got majority. The accused is acquitted at the end of the film.

        The film exposes the nature of justice and the role of class, power and gender in forming one's sense of justice. It also points at the inability of man to come to final conclusion and brings out the attitude of jurors towards the trial and how social prejudices twists the objectivity of human understanding. It explores how ones sense of justice, truth etc... are influenced by various social forces.

Throughout the history of cinema, film makers have presented various philosophical issues which are fundamental in our understanding of the world.  Japanese film Rashomon (1950)  by Akira Kurasova and the recent Oscar winning Iranian film A Separation (2011) by Asghar Farhadi are examples of film makers attempt to dramatise some of these issues. In Rashomon, Kurasova lets three characters to report one incident in three different ways. The viewer gets the view of a Samurai, his wife and that of Tajomaru, a bandit. The three  narrates three stories in which the hero and villeins are alternated. A wood cutter sums up the narration by crossing the narratives of the first three. The spectators are not sure about the authenticity of any view. Kurasova ends the film with a pleasant note as the wood cutter takes care of the abandoned child. Through the film he poses the issue of the authenticity of human knowledge, truth and the essential nature of man. The film A Separation also presents the ambiguities we have in human experiences.

          Instead of presenting everyday experiences, its pleasure and sorrows, these films have challenged the existing human centered knowledge systems and its limitation to create any abstract concept. In this sense they match some of the philosophical texts written in this regard. They pleases the audience as a piece of art but explores values of their times. As Ray observed, the art of cinema has proved to be the master art that can include all other forms.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Kerala PSC HSA English Rank File Series – 8 Solved Model Question Paper [Descriptive]

Charles Lamb’s Prose Style

[Place of Charles Lamb among English essayists- two qualities that distinct his essays- personal and imaginary- humor filled with pathos- long sentences- use of old fashioned words-imitation of Elizabethan writers]
Charles Lamb is considered as one of the best essayists in English literature. He has published a variety of essays on various themes under the pseudonym Elia. His best essays are collected in Essays of Elia (1823) and The Last Essays of Elia (1833) which secured a place for him among the best prose writers of the language. Lambs essays are remarkable as it portrays the life of the people of his time. Two of the most distinctive features of his essays are the use of personal elements and the imaginative characters. Differing from all other essayists, Lamb’s essays are deeply personal and they present anecdotes from his memories. Lamb placed his life, longing and the life of the people as the central concern of his essays. The charm of Lamb’s essays lie in its ability to encompass the personal and the serious with the flavor of imagination. Dramatic characterization marks another peculiarity of his style. In many of his essays, he creates imaginary characters and weaves the story. For example, in essays like Dream Children: A reverie and The South Sea House he has introduced remarkable characters. In Dream Children, he imagines his unborn children Alice and John. The presentation is so captivating that the reader considers them as real until they declare that they are unreal. Similarly, in The South Sea House, Lamb introduces so many workmen at South Sea house who are imaginary. 

Humor and pathos are the key tone of Lamb’s essays. Though his portrayal of characters is humorous, the undercurrent of pathos can be felt by the readers. Almost all significant essays of lamb have been derived from his tragic experiences which he disguised in humor. Any sensible reader of Lamb may be caught by the underlying flow of pathos.

Lamb’s use of language is characterized by the use of long, unwinding sentences. He plays with language like ‘the wind plays with the leaves’. Just like Elizabethan writers, he also makes use of alliteration and compound words. Another noteworthy element of his essay is the use of old fashioned words and the quotes from various texts.

In a nutshell, Lamb’s prose style encompasses personal, imaginary tales in long sentences with is attractive in its humorous tone. Though the imitation of Elizabethan prose writers can be found in some of his essays, themes, characterization and humorous tone of the essays is his own.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

III semester MA (CSS-PG) result. 12/2012

Dear students

Calicut University has published  III semester MA (CSS-PG) result. The exam was conducted at 12 December 2012. To get the result, please click on the link below.

III Semester M.A. English(CSS-PG) 12/2012