July 18, 2014

Being Successful by Selling The Dream of Success

Photo of Indian Rupee coins stacks

Lately, I have been thinking about the difference in the earnings of people - questions like why do some people earn more than others, how come a retired person earn more pension than a young person working full-time?

I've had conversation about money with myself before. And it is taking time for me to realize, that with wealth comes a peace of mind and a carelessness and a lot less worry.
You seem to not give a damn when your pockets are deep.
Anyways, so I am thinking about why and how. I am looking at the affluent people and am trying to decode their success. Either they are businessmen, or people at the very top of big companies, or  (as I frequently notice) in the business of selling dreams of success.

I live in Jalandhar, which is a state in Punjab, India. Much of the Punjabi youth is fascinated by foreign lifestyle, immigration and benefits of foreign exchange. Those of us who are or belong to NRI families are among the affluent ones, and their wealth is always shining in front of others' eyes. Guess what, most of the young people in Punjab want to go abroad, to 'study'.

Now how do they do it? By clearing English language exams and other visa formalities. And herein lies the seed of this idea which is bouncing in my mind for so many days. There are many, many IELTS, TOEFL etc training institutes in Jalandhar alone.
The owners of these institutions and others involved in the process are prosperous, but they themselves never think of doing the same as they sell, and move abroad.
Come to think of it - why would they? It's all about a comfortable lifestyle and peace of mind. This convinces me that real success may lie in selling others the dreams of success.

Credits: Indian Rupee Coins image by Ramnath Bhat

April 20, 2014

I pay for education in Punjab (India). I know whom I'm _not_ going to vote for on 30 Apr 2014. Sorry Mr Badal.

March 26, 2014

The Excruciatingly Thorough IELTS Preparation - Table of Contents

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover 
  2. Preface
  3. Table of Contents 
  4. Language and How It Affects Human Thought
  5. Omnipresence of English (for Our Purpose)
  6. Immigration - Incentives and Motivation
  7. Why English?
  8. Why Should I Bother About IELTS? 
  9. What Do Standardized Tests like IELTS/TOEFL/ESOL Achieve?
  10. Ways To Prepare for IELTS
  11. Applying for Examination
  12. Format of IELTS
  13. Speaking
  14. Listening
  15. Reading
  16. Writing
  17. Vocubulary
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The Excruciatingly Thorough IELTS Preparation - Cover

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The Excruciatingly Thorough IELTS Preparation - Preface

Small book cover of The Excruciatingly Thorough IELTS Preparation on www.gopal1035.info

About Me

I am Gopal Aggarwal, an MCA from Guru Nanak Dev Univerity, Amritsar and before starting my IT career have taught IELTS for six months. I myself have not yet given the IELTS exam. Now, I too, just like lots of my fellow Punjabis would like to immigrate, and we require IELTS (or TOEFL etc) for it.

Now, I have a day job (as a Web developer) which takes around ten hours of workday. And I want to be thorough in my preparation. Actually, my plans for giving IELTS and following up with immigration are spread for the next few years and I am not in a hurry. 

About This Blog Series

In this blog series, I would like to share the knowledge I gain while studying, links to useful websites, practice questions, experiences, tips etc for my own and your benefit. 


You may ask why would I want to do this? Well, this gives me an excuse to spend time with the language I love - English. Also, the best way to learn is to teach.

Dear IELTS/TOEFL/ESOL etc or an English language learner, I want to interact with you. Kindly use the comment form at the bottom of the article or use the Contact Me page. I will surely follow up with you.

Let's start and may God fulfill everyone's desires!

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