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Road Word of the Day: uxorious

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

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

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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

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

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:

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On a Race against Road Rage

This article is devoted to Zero Tolerance to Road Rage (ZTTRR). ZTTRR is a non-profit attempt to create awareness on the increasing incidents of road rage in India and elsewhere. ZTTRR considers the Gandhian principles of non-violence as the perfect way to systematically root out this social evil. It firmly believes that rage against road rage will only bring more rampage on the roads! On the other hand, a peaceful approach—imbued with love and understanding—can completely cure this menace.

The beginning
Consider these road rage facts:

  • “Intermittent Explosive Disorder—medical name for road rage—affects around 16 million people in the US.” —
  • “In one survey [in the US], 90 percent reported that during the past year they either were a victim of road rage or had witnessed it.” —Scientific American
  •  “Every year at least 1500 people [in the US] are seriously injured or killed in road rage.” —AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Washington, D.C.
  • “New Delhi: A young executive from Mumbai lost a finger and suffered stab wounds in the stomach when three persons, including a juvenile, attacked him in a case of road rage.” —India Today
  • “A man’s ear was bitten off in a road rage case after a minor accident took place in Harola area of Noida” —The Times of India
  • “Even typically calm, reasonable people can turn into warriors (road ragers) behind the wheel.” —American Psychological Association
  • “By the end of December 28 this year [2012], 462 lives were snuffed out in road accidents in Hyderabad” —The Hindu
  • “Young people and men were most frequently involved in road rage cases in Canada.” —Canadian Medical Association Journal
  •  “Tourist road rage attack damaged New Zealand’s reputation” —The New Zealand Herald
  • Hawaii: Two men were injured when a driver got out of his car armed with a golf club and smashed the rear and front windows of a 21-year-old man’s car. —Maui Time Magazine, Hawaii
  • “A 26-year-old engineer was stabbed and his car driver assaulted by three unidentified persons on an outer road in Pune.” —Sandprints Blog by Chandrashekhara
  • “A Long Island man has been charged in an alleged road rage-caused accident in September that left a 15-year-old bicyclist dead.” —The Wall Street Journal
  • “A couple is facing weapon-related charges following a road rage incident caught on camera in Newport, North Carolina.” —, United States
  • “Drunk Road Raging Thai Points Gun At Tourist Van” —Thai Visa Forum

Road rage is an unwanted bi-product of modernity. It is the most common yet the most neglected nuisance in the urban landscape. It has turned into a serious social issue in cities across the world and has already taken many lives.

All these mind-boggling facts annoyed me no end. I wanted to create a common platform that would try to find out viable solutions to road rage at large and provide awareness to people through social media and personal interactions.

I researched on the Internet to look for an existing platform, where I could add my two pennies’ worth. Unfortunately, except for newspaper reports on road-rage-induced accidents and a few writings here and there, I could not locate any suitable platform to network with like-minded people.

It is this lack of space that prompted me to start my mission unilaterally. On March 24, 2013, I launched the Zero Tolerance to Road Rage (ZTTRR) community by creating a Facebook page by the same name ( It was a culmination of an idea that occurred to me around a year ago.

I chose online platforms like Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and Google Groups over traditional ones because I believe in the power of the internet. People have been extremely successful in sending their messages across an unimaginably large number of people by making use of the power of social media.

Fundamental philosophy
ZTTRR has many unique features in its fundamental philosophy. I enlist them here:

  1. Road rage is a social evil and is a nuisance in all cities of the world. Therefore, the geographical purview of ZTTRR is not limited to a city or two in India but spread across the length and breadth of the globe.
  2. ZTTRR’s fight is against road rage not against the people who engage in road rage.
  3. ZTTRR aims at fighting against road rage using peaceful means. It adopts the Gandhian principles of non-violence and non-compromise.
  4. ZTTRR aims at creating awareness using the power of social media globally and personal interactions, outreach events and orientations locally.
  5. ZTTRR assumes the following premises:
    1. In a road rage incident there are always two parties involved—the aggressor and the provoker.
    2. Both the aggressor and the provoker are prone to getting harmed.
    3. Both these parties need the following orientations to save themselves from an aggressive situation:
      1. attitudinal orientation
        1. awareness about self
          (being conscious about one’s own action on the road)
        2. awareness about others
          (being conscious about the reasons that lead others to act in particular ways)
      2. technical orientation
        1. awareness about the surrounding
          (being conscious about the roads, the signages and the vehicles)
    4. ZTTRR aims to address both the aggressors and the provokers and to create awareness through orientations about their on-road behaviour and their surroundings.

What’s next?
Our first goal is to spread the word about ZTTRR to the maximum number of people using tools like personal interactions and social media. We are planning to organize outreach events and orientations at busy intersections in New Delhi and Noida. The aim will be to interact with road users and create awareness among them about the seriousness of the road rage issue. This will be followed by partnering with various driving schools to offer comprehensive sensitization and orientations to budding drivers. The plan also includes interacting with school children.

The next step will be to institutionalize these interactions and organize such events regularly in other cities of India as well. Finally, I am hopeful that every city in the world will lend support to this cause and help to summarily wipe out road rage from the roads.

Our biggest challenge
The biggest challenge for ZTTRR is time. Currently it has just a few volunteers! We have but only twenty-four hours at hand. A substantial part of this time goes into earning our livelihood. Supposing one person gets enough volunteers to duplicate their time, then the biggest challenge for us will be to reach out to a large number of people and educate them on the evils of road rage.

The next things in the pipeline are even greater challenges, namely—to institutionalize the road rage sensitization process by providing attitudinal and technical orientations. This involves the preparation, promotion and delivery of training material and requires both a huge pool of skilled manpower and a big financial support.

We want people to join hands with us in our peaceful fight against road rage—people from every walk of life, every corner of the earth. Endorsements from celebrities, the media and people with a special social standing can definitely help ZTTRR in sending its message to a large number of people.

Any kind of support in cash or kind can too help ZTTRR in promoting its mission, and in funding and organizing the outreach events and personal orientations for imparting the attitudinal and technical awareness. We solicit the support from everyone.

How you can help us
ZTTRR has a daunting task in front of it. Every mega-structure starts with the first brick. ZTTRR already has a strong foundation in place. We need your support. If you are thinking that you may not be able to give your time or funds enough to support ZTTRR, you may still advocate its cause by doing some seemingly simple yet powerful things:

  • Like the ZTTRR Facebook page to keep yourself updated on the activities of ZTTRR.
  • Join the ZTTRR Google Group to discuss ways to fight road rage with like-minded people.
  • Follow the ZTTRR blog to keep yourself informed on positive travel, traffic updates, interesting facts, interviews and inspiring stories.
  • Follow  ZTTRR on Twitter to keep yourself informed on positive travel, traffic updates, interesting facts, interviews and inspiring stories.
  • Share the ZTTRR Facebook page, Google Group and blog in the social media and ask your friends to join us.
  • Read this article in full and leave your comment in the Leave a Reply section. This will be very encouraging and educative for us.
  • Share this article with your friends in the social media and let the world know about it.

One for the Twitterati!
Let us take a stand or be a spectator to the increasing road rage violence and deaths! Join hands with us to wipe out road rage peacefully.

Ways to go
Here are some peaceful ways to wipe out road rage, quoted from the ZTTRR Facebook page:

  • providing awareness to road users,
  • campaigning for raising the standards of roads, signages, parking lots and other infrastructures, and
  • equipping drivers with more user-friendly vehicles.

ZTTRR community on Facebook can be accessed by logging on Do like us, invite your friends to do so and help us in spreading the word. ZTTRR also invites users to send their ideas and suggestions. You may share with us stories (and images) of road rage which you or your friends have experienced. Post directly to ZTTRR Facebook page or mail me at

Ranjit K Sharma, Chief Evangelist, ZTTRR

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Two Monkeys

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Last year my little daughter (who was three and a half then) had to participate in a story-telling competition at school. The challenge was that the story had to be both very, very short and unique at the same time. In spite of my several searches on the Internet, I couldn’t zero in on any such story.

Finally, I decided to pen it down myself. I also got it illustrated by sourcing freely-available images from the Internet and layouting them with some help from my colleague Sudhir Sharma.

What came out is in front of you. Do give it a read and please do not forget to leave a comment!

Two Monkeys


Once there were two monkeys. One was Chinu and the other was Duggu.

Chinu and Duggu

Chinu and DugguImage Courtesy: Internet, Ranjit K Sharma, Sudhir Sharma

Chinu used to eat only chocolates and fries.

Chinu's Junk Food

Chinu’s Junk FoodImage Courtesy: Internet, Ranjit K Sharma, Sudhir Sharma

Duggu loved to eat dal, roti and fruits.

Duggu's Food

Duggu’s Food – Image Courtesy: Internet, Ranjit K Sharma, Sudhir Sharma

When Duggu grew up, he became a famous doctor.

Duggu as Doctor

Duggu as Doctor – Image Courtesy: Internet, Ranjit K Sharma, Sudhir Sharma

Chinu too grew up but fell ill. He went to Duggu and said, “Dr Duggu, will you cure me?”

Chinu Fell Ill

Chinu Fell Ill – Image Courtesy: Internet, Ranjit K Sharma, Sudhir Sharma

And Duggu offered him treatments. Chinu finally got well.

Chinu left eating chocolates and fries. He promised to eat dal, roti and fruits instead.


Chinu became healthier and worked hard to be a famous farmer.

Chinu as Farmer

Chinu as Farmer – Image Courtesy: Internet, Ranjit K Sharma, Sudhir Sharma

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Are We Still a Democracy?

Democracy's Dance of Death (Illustration by Ranjit K Sharma)

Democracy's Dance of Death (Illustration by Ranjit K Sharma)

Imagine yourself standing next to your neighbourhood shopkeeper and bragging about your son’s smashing performance at the latest exam, while your domestic help appears in front of you all of a sudden only to inform on how your son’s school has sent him back to home today as a punishment for his bullying behaviour. Well, you are speechless, motionless! Isn’t it?

Indians too have found ourselves in a similar situation recently.

While Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen’s words, “mantle of democracy is now very much strongly held by India,” when addressing an audience at Oxford University’s Said Business School, highlight India’s strong democratic credentials, at the same time, the Jallianwala Bagh-like, mid-night crackdown on peaceful protesters, supporting Baba Ramdev’s fast unto death at Ram Lila Ground, New Delhi on Saturday night, tends to accentuate the glaring shortcomings therein.

Not in the distant past, we remember having settled down smugly self-satisfied at the victory of democratic values. The Indian democracy has deepened when members of the civil society such as Anna Hazare and others were included in the drafting process of the Jan LokPal Bill.

But with the above surprise, forced eviction, where thousands were manhandled, Indian democratic credentials have surely come under scrutiny.

Swami Ramdev’s demands might be too far-fetched. He may be a political greenhorn. He might be limelight-hungry. He might have assets worth over a thousand crores!

But that do not justify such undemocratic way of curbing his voice against the government; not to tell AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh’s uncalled-for statement of naming Baba a thug.

I think Baba has done the right thing by continuing his fast unto death.

The only positive sign about which he should feel lucky is the fact that he wasn’t arrested by the police, charged with an “attempt to commit suicide”, and force-fed though the nose like Irom Sharmila, who has been doing a Ramdev since November 2, 2000 for protesting against a similar, undemocratic law of the government.

Let’s cross our fingers and watch where we are heading towards!

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SEO Writing Can Be a Fun Way to Great Authorship

Sometimes back, I wrote an article for an American audience with the aforesaid title. Later, I thought it would be good to share it with my readers as this is really going to help those who have decided to write for the web but are unsure of their future. Here it is:

SEO Writing—the In Thing!

SEO Writing—the In Thing!

So you have made your mind and are all set to write for the web! You already know what on earth SEO is all about and by now recognize all its sisters, I mean, jargon such as keywords, meta-tags, alt-tags, social media optimization, etc.

You also are empowered with a flair for writing; you have a good stock of vocabulary, a sound command over the written word, an impeccable knowledge of writing styles, and a fairly good idea about coherence in writing.

And, most importantly, you are also aware of all the monetary benefits, and fame that SEO writing can eventually bring to you.

With all these tools and resources at your hand what is stopping you from taking the plunge and agreeing to the fact that SEO writing can be fun?

Okay, I understand. You must be thinking, “Taking the plunge into SEO writing is fine but I am wondering how this can, in any way, be ‘fun’, given the fact that it requires so much of preparation!”

“Moreover, I am not an expert, I mean; I am not a PhD in any particular field.”

No issues. You will agree with me, I am sure, if you read further to discover yourself the great fun elements associated with SEO writing.
Need No PhD
First of all, let me make it clear that for SEO writing you need not be an expert, writing for the experts. You need not have a PhD in any field to be able to write literary pieces or expert articles interspersed with jargon and technical mumbo jumbo.

So don’t worry; you are already SEO-writing-compliant! And that’s fun.

For writing for the web, you just need to understand the concepts, and organize your thoughts into well-drafted articles that provide the required information to the readers in an interesting way. You are actually writing in common language for the common people like you.

What are your tools then? In order to be a good SEO writer you need to have good commonsense, clarity of thought, and an ability to organize information. I tell you, these are more important than educational qualification, and writing experience.

Now the other elements associated with SEO writing—versatility! That means, after you start writing for the web, versatility in writing is assured. How?

SEO writing projects are often short, and therefore, most SEO writers are freelancers. As a result, as an SEO writer you work for more number of companies, and write for more number of topics than you would possibly do as an in-house writer in a publishing house, or a content-selling corporate house.

Isn’t it interesting to read and do research on a wide variety of topics and subjects, and then write unique, informative articles on them?

Your areas might touch writings for e-books, websites, mailers, e-zines, e-brochures, online ads, etc. These may entail research on a variety of topics such as legal, medical, academic, business, and financial. Don’t you become versatile?

Freedom is the third fun element identified with SEO writing.

In spite of an abundance of topics and subjects to write for, you, as a writer, still have the power to pick and choose only those areas that are close to your heart? You are not straitjacketed by your employer to write only on pre-defined areas like newspaper and magazine reporters who are closely regulated and directed, or like corporate writers who are tightly controlled.

Moreover, as a freelance writer you decide your own working hours, your own working pace, and your own volume of writing.

Great Future
A great future is the last, but not the least, element of fun connected with SEO writing in my list.
With your numerous contributions to the web in the form small articles and write-ups, you are actually creating a huge compilation of your published work.

Your résumé is enriched. At a certain point of time later when you plan to write a fiction, or a non-fiction, you have twice as much chance to get a reputed publisher than a non-SEO-writer, who isn’t published yet!

Fun, isn’t it?
With this, let me give rest to my flying fingers, and wish you a happy SEO-writing career and a superb future, waiting to embrace you!

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