Recommendation 1 from ‘The Hindu’

Article Name:‘Old is gold – Yesterday, today and tomorrow’

By: ‘Sivamani Vasudevan’

Peace prevailed earlier, despite wars. There was trust. There was hope. People relaxed better. There was no clamor for things that one did not possess. The absence of those, that were not deemed essential to own, never made any difference to a happy life.


The author fails to realize as to how everyone’s old was good. All the old things may it be the old fashioned clothing, the old films or the old craftsmanship, all are considered to be better of what we have in the present. And all this has happened thanks to the fast changing world and the way life has changed or the way we see it has. Today the world has adopted the use and throw concept.

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Learn Words from the article:

1: Camaraderie: Mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together
2: Idiocies: Stupid behavior
3: Tranquil: Free from disturbance

Recommendation 2 from ‘Scientific American’

Article Name:‘Is the Amazon Rainforest drying out?’

By: ‘Barbara Fraser’

The trees and vegetation of the Peruvian Amazon are adapting to a warmer, drier future- but can they adapt fast enough?


Peruvian Amazon sites modern houses, rice paddies and oil palm plantations giving way to steep, forested mountains and then to green, unbroken forest that curves towards the horizon. The western Amazon has been under great pressure due to the rising climate and human population. Satellite images calculate that the country has lost about 6,475 kilometers of forest land which has caused reduction in precipitation, further stressing the remaining trees. Further the author says that major shifts in the basic configuration of Amazon can be witnessed in the coming future.

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Learn Words from the article:

1: Mottled: Mark with spots or smears or colors
2: Exacerbated: Make a problem or situation worse
3: Influx: An arrival or entry of large numbers of people or things

Recommendation 3 from ‘Time ideas’


Article Name:‘The lesson of the Boy in Pink Ballet Flats’

By: ‘Judith Warner’

But the magical bubble of very early childhood doesn’t last. Life happens to us all.


The article is about a small boy Sam who fell in love with a pair of Pink zebra-pattered ballet flats at a shoe store and then wore them to his first day at Pre-School. When his mother posted a picture online, a lot of relatives remarked that those shoes could turn him gay. This article describes best how we perceive things on a general mindset. The article is a further description of as to what reflections could it make.

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Learn Words from the article:

1: Quirks: A peculiar behavioral habit: “his annoying quirks”.
2: Ostracized: Exclude (someone) from a society or group.
3: Ridicule: The subjection of someone or something to mockery and derision.