Ranjit K Sharma

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Road Word of the Day: foofaraw

Originally posted on Zero Tolerance to Road Rage:

Here’s the road word for today:

foofaraw meaning, foofaraw pronunciation, foofaraw usage, foofaraws

If you are a word-lover, who wants to suggest us an alternative road usage sentence or even a new Road Word of the Day, you are welcome to speak your heart. We will try to incorporate your ideas in future posts. Also, you may send us constructive suggestions on our fight against road rage. Happy road-wording…

How to subscribe?
You can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service by any of the following ways:

If you are one of those users who are not wired to any of the above social media, you can still get your favourite Road Word delivered at your mail box. You simply need to either…

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1000 Likes Campaign Launched

Originally posted on Zero Tolerance to Road Rage:

Facebook campaign, 1000 likes, community pages, causes, volunteering, social media

The political, the corporate or the non-profit biggies, nowadays, spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for campaigning in the social media. The general purpose behind such campaigns usually ranges from sales, promotions and product awareness to after-sales service, thought leadership and personal touch.

It is now almost true that any social cause, however noble, can never expect to help its ultimate beneficiaries without the direct or indirect help of social media. This is evident from the rise of websites like Causes.com, Change.org or Thepetitionsite.com.

For ZTTRR, especially, this is more relevant, given the fact that we aim to sensitize the public in general and the road-users in particular about the evils of road rage and how to avoid it using the Gandhian principles of non-violence and non-compromise. Unfortunately, we do not have a fat budget, unlike most others.

At the same time, we are more than sure that there is no…

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Road Word of the Day: irascible

Originally posted on Zero Tolerance to Road Rage:

Here’s the road word for today:

irascible meaning, irascible pronunciation, irascible usage, irascibility, irascibleness, irascibly, unirascibility, unirascible

If you are a word-lover, who wants to suggest us an alternative road usage sentence or even a new Road Word of the Day, you are welcome to speak your heart. We will try to incorporate your ideas in future posts. Also, you may send us constructive suggestions on our fight against road rage. Happy road-wording…

How to subscribe?
You can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service by any of the following ways:

If you are one of those users who are not wired to any of the above social media, you can still get your favourite Road Word delivered at your mail box. You simply need to either…

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Road Word of the Day: gadabout

Originally posted on Zero Tolerance to Road Rage:

Here’s the road word for today:

gadabout meaning, gadabout pronunciation, gadabout usage, gadabouts

If you are a word-lover, who wants to suggest us an alternative road usage sentence or even a new Road Word of the Day, you are welcome to speak your heart. We will try to incorporate your ideas in future posts. Also, you may send us constructive suggestions on our fight against road rage. Happy road-wording…

How to subscribe?
You can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service by any of the following ways:

If you are one of those users who are not wired to any of the above social media, you can still get your favourite Road Word delivered at your mail box. You simply need to either…

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Road Word of the Day: uxorious

Originally posted on Zero Tolerance to Road Rage:

Here’s the road word for today:

uxorious meaning, uxorious pronunciation, uxorious usage, uxoriously, uxoriousness, unuxorious, unuxoriously, unuxoriousness

If you are a word-lover, who wants to suggest us an alternative road usage sentence or even a new Road Word of the Day, you are welcome to speak your heart. We will try to incorporate your ideas in future posts. Also, you may send us constructive suggestions on our fight against road rage. Happy road-wording…

How to subscribe?
You can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service by any of the following ways:

If you are one of those users who are not wired to any of the above social media, you can still get your favourite Road Word delivered at your mail box. You simply need to either join the Google Group or follow this…

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The gentlest weapon to slay the harshest adversary

Ranjit K Sharma:

A tribute to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi by me on the ZTTRR blog…

Originally posted on Zero Tolerance to Road Rage:

non-violence, satyagraha, Martyrs’ Day, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Gandhi, Gandhiji, Gandhian principles, peace, collage

Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhiji and Bapu are just a few names by which people today love to remember Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Besides successfully leading India’s freedom struggle against the British, Gandhi is known for presenting to the world a very powerful yet simple tool to fight injustices and conflicts through peace, truth, logic and steadfastness. This, he called, the principle of Satyagraha.

Satyagraha (pronounced, suht-yuh-gruh-huh), loosely translated as ‘insistence on truth’, is a policy of non-violent resistance or civil resistance. It is, however, different from passive resistance, as understood and practised in the West. In Gandhi’s own words, Satyagraha is different from passive resistance “in three essentials: Satyagraha is a weapon of the strong; it admits of no violence under any circumstance whatsoever; and it ever insists upon truth.”*

Satyagraha has proved to be the most potent weapon in the world. Peace attained…

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Road Word of the Day: pleonasm

Originally posted on Zero Tolerance to Road Rage:

Here’s the road word for today:

pleonasm meaning, pleonasm pronunciation, pleonasm usage, pleonastic, pleonastically, pleonasms

If you are a word-lover, who wants to suggest us an alternative road usage sentence or even a new Road Word of the Day, you are welcome to speak your heart. We will try to incorporate your ideas in future posts. Also, you may send us constructive suggestions on our fight against road rage. Happy road-wording…

How to subscribe?
You can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service by any of the following ways:

If you are one of those users who are not wired to any of the above social media, you can still get your favourite Road Word delivered at your mail box. You simply need to either join the Google Group or follow this…

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Road Word of the Day: femme fatale

Originally posted on Zero Tolerance to Road Rage:

Here’s the road word for today:

femme fatale meaning, femme fatale pronunciation, femme fatale usage, femmes fatales

If you are a word-lover, who wants to suggest us an alternative road usage sentence or even a new Road Word of the Day, you are welcome to speak your heart. We will try to incorporate your ideas in future posts. Also, you may send us constructive suggestions on our fight against road rage. Happy road-wording…

How to subscribe?
You can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service by any of the following ways:

If you are one of those users who are not wired to any of the above social media, you can still get your favourite Road Word delivered at your mail box. You simply need to either join the Google Group or follow this…

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A Road Word of the Day?

Road-Word-of-the-Day, collage

A collage of road words

The circulation of online goodies (I mean, services) such as Word of the Day or A Word a Day is as old as the Internet itself—actually, older! Times then and times now have always been rife with word lovers. Some like word service because of the spoon-feeding inherent in it—they get to learn a new word that adds up to their vocabulary everyday, without ever having to tire themselves while groping for that heavy dictionary! Others like it because they are keen to know the practicability and usage of words, besides being smitten by the novelty of words. There are still others—the adventurous lot—who like it because of the sheer surprise element involved in it—“Which word tomorrow?” “How many inflections?” “How difficult the pronunciation?” So on and so forth.

But my question is—have you ever had even an inkling of something as strange as a Road Word? A Road Word of the Day, at that? Hang on. It’s no rocket science! Post a Word of the Day. Prop it up with a creative sentence that illustrates its usage. Wait; there’s just one more step. The sentence is made in the context of roads, traffic or transport. Lo and behold! Your fresh-baked Road Word of the Day is ready to serve.

The whole idea behind this unique service is to popularize Zero Tolerance to Road Rage (ZTTR)’s efforts in wiping out road rage from the roads of the world through peaceful interventions. It envisages the road words receiving the highest number of discussions, likes, shares and follows. In fact, it will not be a surprise if you see some road words actually going viral!

The service solicits responses from word-lovers in the form of suggestions such as alternative road usage sentences or even ideas for new Road Words of the Day. Users are also requested to send constructive suggestions on ZTTRR’s fight against road rage.

Users can subscribe to the Road Word of the Day service on Facebook, Twitter, Google Group and WordPress.

From now on, I am making it a point to re-blog the Road Word of the Day, every day it is posted on the ZTTRR blog.  Here is the list of Road Words featured till now. Click on them to read the complete posts.

esprit de l’escalier logorrhea / logorrhea (US English)
solecism déjà vu
panjandrum factotum
mens rea je ne sais quoi
phillumenist ex nihilo
nolens volens discalced
bête noire oppugn
frisson alter ego

I will be glad to know your take on this. Leave a comment below.

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Is the bad better than the good?

I am shaken by the news story about a modern-day knight (I want to call him so), who was stabbed to death for daring to take on eve-teasers. Atrocities against women are on the rise in India’s capital New Delhi, as well as in other parts of the country. According to a special report, till November 2013, police have registered 1,450 cases of rape, 3,200 cases of molestation and 850 cases of eve-teasing in Delhi.

The heroic story of the person—who single-handedly raised his voice in opposition to crime against women—therefore, deserves widespread publicity from every woman and every sensible man. I dedicate this article to the Late Manoj Sharma.

While the chivalrous act of this martyr left me awestruck with veneration, his demise at the hands of the eve-teasers tormented me no end. The incident raised some serious questions.

Are supreme sacrifices like his a necessary price for keeping our women safe? Is it hinting that if you want to save one woman from the devils, you need to renounce one man as a quid pro quid? Is his end a triumph of the bad over the good?

My attempt to find out answers to those questions, led me to write an open letter to this valiant warrior. And I am reproducing it here:

Dear the Late Manoj Sharma,

I salute your martyrdom!

Martyr Manoj, you had but one life and you gave it away to save a lady from being eve-teased. You even don’t know if you were successful at teaching these hooligans a lesson.

On the contrary, by keeping yourself alive, heal and hearty, you could have possibly saved a thousand more women from being misbehaved in your lifetime. You were capable of bringing the medieval chivalry back to this century at a time when it is missing the most. People like you are an absolute necessity for our decadent society.

If only could you have been a little more vigilant, a little more mindful about the vicious and savage ways of the vice, you would have both saved the lady and taught the culprits a lesson for life.

Maybe, you could have called the police, shouted and built up a mob, or done anything else to save the woman and catch the miscreants at the same time. But should never become a prey to the evildoers and untimely snub your life, leaving behind your senile father, a bereaved wife and a young son.

RIP Manoj Sharma!

The only thing that I brought home to today is the reassurance of something that I have always considered an ideal to live up to. I am glad to share this with you:

The righteous always need to be one step smarter and ever more cautious than the corrupt. Or else, vice will annihilate virtue. People at large will falsely come to believe that the corrupt only triumphs. And that will be a pity!

If you are moved by the heroism of the late Manoj Sharma, please share this story with everyone you know. Let the world know that such a man did exist. If we succeed in inspiring even a single person to follow the ideals of this martyr, I think, we would have paid a real tribute to him.

Let Nirbhaya, the young girl whose plight shook the nation a year ago, be given a reason to be happy to see more Manojs coming forward.

The original news story can be read by clicking on this link:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/man-stabbed-to-death-for-taking-on-eveteasers/article5455391.ece

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