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Essay for Mains 2020: tips, thoughts, and interesting things

Some things we could share for content: quotes, anecdotes, interesting pieces of data, possible topics etc

Some things for structure: instructive mocks, strategies, blueprints etc

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Some quotes I found that might be useful in an abstract topic


“We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.”  ― Rabindranath Tagore

“We live in the world when we love it.”  ― Rabindranath Tagore

“Men are cruel, but Man is kind. ” ― Rabindranath Tagore

“The roots below the earth claim no rewards for making the branches fruitful.” ― Rabindranath Tagore


I feel bad googling quotes and copying them not having read the works they’re from because it feels a bit like cheating, but I realised a quick search for quotes on a topic can be very effective in giving you a list of dimensions to it. So it has an added utility.

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Sorry about the highlights that make it tough to read, I'm useless like that. 

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Sorry about the highlights that make it tough to read, I'm useless like that. 

The place where he stayed in Beliaghata (in Kolkata) has now been turned into a museum. The place oozes with Bapu's energy. Do visit when you are in Kolkata :)

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This one I got from a Kurukshetra edition of 2015. 

May be helpful.

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Shastri ji

he bought car for personal use on loan of 5000 rs while being PM of India -- later his wife paid due after his death. PNB passed loan in just 2 hours. he then inquired if the bank was equally prompt in other cases 

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"How independent is the RBI?" asked the journalist. 

"The RBI is very independent. I have the permission of my Finance Minister to tell you that." replied former Governor Y.V Reddy.

From his autobiography "Advice and Dissent."

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O’Cracy, D.E.M., beloved husband of T. Ruth, loving father of L.I. Bertie, brother of Faith, Hope and Justicia, expired on June 26.

Obituary that appeared in the Times of India on June 28th, 1975, two days after the announcement of the emergency.
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1) "Unity without Uniformity and Diversity without disintegration" is the way forward for India's(or World's) multicultural society.


2)"Good men dont need laws to act ethically,while Bad men find out ways to bypass the strictest of laws"


3)'They alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive" -

Swami Vivekananda


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We read many honest & efficient officers story's but there are many whose stories are dusted in their famous works,this is one of those. 

Caution:

It may be in nature of baised/political but i feel the person behind the two famous projects has been out of limelight.

"You may die but you are work makes u alive in few minds"


Source:

https://www.pratidintime.com/lt-ashok-saikia-ias-was-the-architect-of-bogibeel-bridge/



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 View are personal

  • We know Bezawada Wilson for Safai karamchari Andoolan.
  • But there was a simple man who most don't know as a ias officer, relentlessly worked to for generating new life for many safai karmacharis.
  • We know Dr.Apj for his non materialistic life,If person like Dr kalam works in bureaucracy he would be Sankaran.
  • Dr.Apj famously known as Peoples President 
    Sankaran known among downtrodden as Peoples IAS.


    Atlast he is the ideal IAS officer who is honest at same time he who delivered the services to public effectively. 

    • His life summarize how a bureaucrat should be.

      Source:




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      Silly doubt: The journal or the researchers don't seem 'quotable' to be considering the generalistic tenor of essay. Might be wrong too, What do people who've given mains think?

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      @Archand  don't take "generalistic tenor" of essay too seriously. people are using their optional knowledge extensively. just make sure there is no technical word is used, if required simplify it. anything new for that 50-60 years old professor will get you marks. Regarding above journal you could say - according to an european journal.... and put the point. Moreover the given logic makes sense to me.. ex- kashmir, north east india, middle east etc.


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      My English Teacher in Class XIIth once gave me a piece of pretty solid advice regarding essays. He said, whenever you write, try to connect it in some way or another with your life as a common person, one way or the another. Either by an anecdote or anything. But try not to reveal your micro identities like Name, community, religion, or anything that has groupings in society. Instead use your broader identity, like a common middle-class person, a rural kid in an urban town, sole breadwinner of a household, identities like these.  It makes writing more real and personal. A highly rewarded essay.
      I have followed this advice throughout and have been rewarded handsomely plus, it gives me immense joy when I write something human rather than mechanical.
      Rousseau 1-0 Bentham. :P
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      @Archand  don't take "generalistic tenor" of essay too seriously. people are using their optional knowledge extensively. just make sure there is no technical word is used, if required simplify it. anything new for that 50-60 years old professor will get you marks. Regarding above journal you could say - according to an european journal.... and put the point. Moreover the given logic makes sense to me.. ex- kashmir, north east india, middle east etc.


      Thank you. 


      Yes, the logic makes perfect sense! We could mention how Japan cancelled the recent summit in Guwahati due to anti-CAA protests to substantiate. :)

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      O’Cracy, D.E.M., beloved husband of T. Ruth, loving father of L.I. Bertie, brother of Faith, Hope and Justicia, expired on June 26.

      Obituary that appeared in the Times of India on June 28th, 1975, two days after the announcement of the emergency.

       Don't we have a more contemporary example of this too?

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      O’Cracy, D.E.M., beloved husband of T. Ruth, loving father of L.I. Bertie, brother of Faith, Hope and Justicia, expired on June 26.

      Obituary that appeared in the Times of India on June 28th, 1975, two days after the announcement of the emergency.

       Don't we have a more contemporary example of this too?

      We do?! Do tell!

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      "Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace" - Kofi Annan

      Use in demographic dividend, youth, employment, agents of change and development.
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      O’Cracy, D.E.M., beloved husband of T. Ruth, loving father of L.I. Bertie, brother of Faith, Hope and Justicia, expired on June 26.

      Obituary that appeared in the Times of India on June 28th, 1975, two days after the announcement of the emergency.

       Don't we have a more contemporary example of this too?

      We do?! Do tell!


      Taking to Twitter, @kartiksahni tweeted, "Surprised, confused yet thankful that @the_hindu decided to carry my listing"


      The obituary reads:


      “With profound regret we announce the demise of Ms M.E. Dia, beloved daughter of Mr E.E Dom (F.R.) and wife of Mr T.ruth in New Delhi on 8 September 2020. Mourned by family and friends.”


      This happened in September (:

      AJ_,
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