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Hi Amritapuri Bloggers!!

The fourth round is up and we have a surprise for you! This time around you will have a choice of 3 topics from which you may write on any one you prefer.

A billion souls and an Olympic gold

The pride of Bharath

One gold for one billion. India’s proudest moment at the Beijing Olympics also showed one her most shameful statistics. Sports commentators in India and the world over often pondered over the reasons for our dismal performance. Many reasons are cited : poverty, malnutrition, genetics and even plain lack of talent. The answer eludes us even as Jamaica, another country mired in poverty manages to get 2 gold medals for every million of its people and China with a comparable population to ours, gets 51 gold medals. In almost every per capita medal statistics India rests peacefully at the bottom.

What do you think is the reason behind this? Do you think there is a way to bring a difference to this? Are there lessons we can learn from other countries?

Eve Teasing

The leering eye, the unwanted remark, the howl and whistle, eve teasing come in many forms. Many a woman suffer silently from the daily indignation in the streets, buses, sidewalks etc. This is unfortunately on the rise in India. Many of us have experienced it or at least know someone close to us who has experienced it. The majority of us tolerate it choosing to ignore the perpetrators as harmless road side romeos or even go as low as to blame the girl/woman for dressing or acting provocatively.

What are your opinions on this? Do you think there is a practical way to solve this growing menace?

I, inspired

inspiration comes to us slowly and quetly .. prime it with a little solitude

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

Patanjali

Inspiration can come anywhere at any time any place. Write about a person, film, story, event, book, character or any other thing that has inspired you to do something.

For example when the young Pandava prince Arjuna was having dinner a gust of wind blew out the oil lamp that lit the room. But due to force of habit he continued to eat. Then suddenly a thought came that if he can eat in the dark then he could also shoot with his bow in the dark ! He immediately went and started practicing in the dark. (You can read more about it from the Mahabaratha)

Submission

The link to your blog post should be emailed to samskriti108@gmail.com

Format of the email :

Subject – Fourth Round

Content –

Name: Your name

Roll Number: Your roll number

URL to the article on your blog

Example –

Subject: Fourth Round

Name: Ashtavakra

Roll:    AM108CS108

URL: http://mythoughts.wordpress.com/2009/05/mychosentopic.html

Points

1.  50 points for mailing us the link on or before 16th June’09 .

2. 40 points if you mail the link on or before 19th June’09.

3. 30 points, anytime after 19th June’09.

Samskriti Team : These are points that you automatically get for submitting the blog posts. Your contest posts will be evaluated qualitatively later by the judges.

Namah Sivayah and Happy Blogging!

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Hi bloggers!

Hope you are all working on your blog posts for the first week topics.

Meanwhile we are going to give out your third task!

Smoking Kills

As all of you know, smoking is one of the biggest killers in the world causing lung cancer, heart attacks and other pulmonary diseases.

These are some sad and shocking statistics available regarding smoking :

– About a third of the male adult global population smokes.

– Worldwide, between 80,000 and 100,000 kids start smoking every day.

– Every eight seconds, someone dies from tobacco use. Around five million people around the world die of smoking every year

– About 15 billion cigarettes are sold daily – or 10 million every minute.

– Among young teens (aged 13 to 15), about one in five smokes worldwide.

Smoking kills
Logo of the World No Tobacco Day

Today [31st May] is very significant for the anti-smoking effort worldwide as it has been declared as the World No Tobacco Day by the WHO.

Your task for this round is to blog about your thoughts regarding this. It could be about its effects on the individual or society, possible solutions, personal experiences etc.

Submission

The link to your blog post should be emailed to samskriti@amritapuri.amrita.edu or samskriti108@gmail.com

Format of the email :

Subject – Third Round

Content –
Name: Your name
Roll Number: Your roll number
URL to the article on your blog (about Smoking)

Example –

Subject: Third Round
Name: Kamal Krishnan
Roll:    AM105CS078
URL: http://mythoughts.blogspot.com/2009/05/smokingkills.html

Points

1. 50 points for mailing us the links before 7th June 09.

2. 40 points if you mail before 10th June 09.

3. 30 points, anytime after 10th June 09.

Samskriti Team : These are points that you automatically get for submitting the blog posts. Your contest posts will be evaluated qualitatively later by the judges.

Namah Sivayah and Happy Blogging!

Hi Amritapuri bloggers!

It is nice to see that so many of you have joined us for a great summer of blogging 🙂

The topics for the first week are the following two videos :

Video 1: Lead India campaign


Read about the Lead India Campaign here :

http://www.lead.timesofindia.com/

http://www.indiapoised.com/anthem.htm.

There are several such videos and websites about the lead india campaign on the Internet.

You are required to
a) Embed your favourite Lead India Campaign video on your blog and along with that
b) Write an article and publish it on your blog. (You are free to choose the title but it MUST BE related to the  Lead India Campaign, may be your thoughts, comments or your opinion etc)

Video 2: Chicken a la Carte


Original Link : http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/1081/Chicken-a-la-Carte

Write your comments about this short film by Ferdinand Dimadura. It could be your opinion about it, your thoughts, what it invoked in you, if it inspired you to do something, if it changed your view etc. You could see if there are other videos that talk about the same theme and link it on your blog.

Submission

The links to your blog articles (two posts, one for each of the video) should be emailed to samskriti@amritapuri.amrita.edu or samskriti108@gmail.com (You may publish more articles on your blog but only TWO articles should be submitted for evaluation, one for each of the videos above ).

Format of the email :

Subject : Second Round

Content :
Name: Your name
Roll Number: Your roll number
URL1 to the article on your blog (about Lead India)
URL2 to the article on your blog (about Chicken-a-la-Carte)

Example :

Subject: Second Round
Name: Kamal Krishnan
Roll:    AM105CS078
URL1: http://mythoughts.blogspot.com/2009/05/leadIndia.html
URL2: http://mythoughts.blogspot.com/2009/05/chicken.html

Points

1. 100 points for mailing us the links before 4th June 09.

2. 80 points if you mail before 7th June 09.

3. 60 points, anytime after June 7th.

Samskriti Team : These are points that you automatically get for submitting the blog posts. Your contest posts will be evaluated qualitatively later by the judges.

Namah Sivayah and Happy Blogging!

Amrita University at Amritapuri is hosting its first ever blogging contest this summer vacation! All Amritapuri campus students have the opportunity to earn some cool prizes and recognition by taking part in it.

These days blogging is turning out to be of major interest to employers as a strong indicator in resumes that sets you apart from others, as blogs showcases your original viewpoints, your technical knowledge & writing skills.

Visit this site to know more about the benefits of blogging – http://codebetter.com/blogs/jeremy.miller/archive/2008/01/25/should-i-blog.aspx.

To blag or not to blag ... That is the xkcd!

And also read about this young blogger Avinash Kaushik who made a lot of money after his blog was turned into a book! – http://www.kaushik.net/avinash/2008/05/benefits-of-blogging-a-practitioners-perspective.html

The details of the competition is given here at the official competition site – http://amritapuri.amrita.edu/summerofblogging/

Starting off is very simple – Just create a blog in wordpress.com,blogger.com and mail your college id and other details specified in the site above

There is no entry fees nor any last date for registration.

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