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

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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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The True Indicator of Success

"Nobody kicks a dead dog", Dale Carnegie
I recently received an image of Aamir Khan with some people on WhatsApp which claimed that he has ties with terrorists. His current (Mar 2014) social change initiative 'Satyamev Jayate Season 2' is a success, and he already is a big guy.

Lately, a person I know is being sued by his former employer for starting his own business. I guess his business must be doing good. Otherwise, why would a company which hires decent number of employees (who are hired and fired routinely) care what one of the ex-employee is up to?

I am too being sued by a former employer because I left them (I completed the contract obligations) and joined their rival company.

How about Kapil Sharma the comedian? His charm and wit is winning him fans in Indian community throughout the world. Someone burnt his shooting set and some people don't laugh at his jokes that much as a statement.

Now, I feel that you are truly successful only if people are criticizing you, framing you and your number of enemies are on rise.

March 2, 2014

'Never try to keep someone who does not want to keep you', Doc Love

Doc Love is a relationship master who shows us men the truth about long-term romantic relations - how to choose better, maintain better and end it when unsalvageable. Most of his principles are common-sense and applicable to life in general also.

He says,
'No. 2 Rule: Never try to keep someone who does not want to keep you'
Once I followed this rule (it was difficult while in the moment), and I got peace of mind, and in hindsight, letting go of an increasingly one-sided relationship was the best thing to do.

Alright, Doc Love is great, his simple rules are proving true time and again. But later, on an another occasion, I shoot myself in the foot, get blinded by my interest level (which is inconsequential) and choose to ignore the writing on the wall and went on to do the opposite. Now, my personal life is in deep mess, and it does permeate into professional and other areas of life.

Anyways, now, with the steadfast support of my family members and a couple of best friends, I am biding my time till this mess gets over. And after that I plan to follow him steadfastly, and not repeat the mistakes I've done till now.

I recommend Doc Love to all guys who are not 'naturals'. Go read his articles on AskMen.