Wednesday, 15 November 2017

English Vinglish Haye Rabba

English Vinglish Haye Rabba - The Neha Agrawal Blog
Though born and brought up in humble India, we all consider ourselves as the first cousins of Americans. Our face beams with joy and chest fill with proud if we are able to speak fluent English. It seems to have become our primary language, where a person communicating in regional dialect is seen and considered dumb.

I have seen people making a sorry face and giving an agonizing look as soon as they hear that the person standing next to them doesn’t know English. “Arrey tumhe English nahi aati?” is the most innocent question people ask, as not knowing English is some crime.

I agree that English is no longer the third world language, and we all (including me) use it daily; but why impart it such a coveted status? And more importantly, why disgrace others who are not that familiar with it?

Most of us don’t know Mandarin, Greek, French or Spanish. We don’t consider ourselves stupid or ignorant about this fact but show attitude to non-English speakers. My problem is not with the English language, or its special status (It is earning me bread and butter), my problem is with the way we look at others who can’t speak, read or write this language.

The purpose of any language is to let people express their feelings, and communicate with each other. We need to respect the fact that a person is capable of expressing himself/herself, else everything should be secondary. One should not be shy to accept if he/she doesn’t know any particular language; and this will happen only when we start giving respect to people irrespective of their region, culture or language.

Many foreign languages including English have been derived from Sanskrit and Devnagiri, and we all should be proud of it. We should also take a lesson or two from China and Japan who prefer their national language over English, and are making others learn Mandarin and Japanese.

I get amazed by the fact that most of the people I have met in South India know 3-4 languages, excluding English. Trust me; it’s not less an achievement, as I can manage to speak and read only two. There is no age and limit to learning, and I strongly advocate that we should learn as many foreign languages as possible. However, we should also make it a point not to disown our mother tongue in the quest for any other language.

I have seen many instances of children speaking fluent English, but not knowing how to communicate in their native language. Language is a part of our identity and culture; showing it our back will not only harm community at large but also deprive our younger generations of their rich cultural heritage.

Let’s pledge that we won’t let our languages die a miserable death and pay the same respect to every individual irrespective of their color, religion, region, culture, and language.
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Live and love,
Neha Agrawal

Thursday, 2 November 2017

4G Technology In a Nutshell


Telecommunications standards are constantly evolving to feed the public hunger of getting more content delivered to their portable mobile devices in the shortest possible time. Gone are the days when PC, laptop, and mobile phone owners were satisfied with the download speeds of 3.6 to 7.2 Mbps, connecting to the 3rd generation of mobile telecommunications networking technology. Anywhere, anytime is the buzzword these days, with people demanding browsing experience akin to their work environment, albeit on a larger scale, and that too, integrated to their desktops and mobile devices. 

What is 4G?

Fourth Generation Mobile System or 4G, the successor of 3G, 2G, and 1G mobile technologies ably caters to this demand. It empowers users with “always on” secure broadband access to streamed multimedia, voice calls, and data on their smartphones, laptops, netbooks, and other devices at an unbelievable 100 Mbps speed which goes up to 1 Gbps when stationary! 4G has incredibly revolutionized the way people access internet by drastically lowering the cost of voice calls and bringing a huge leap in terms of download speed at relatively lesser bandwidth. 

4G - History of its Evolution

Why opt for 4G?

·         Faster internet access to both stationary and mobile users
·         Higher bit rates and bandwidths
·         VoLTE (Voice over LTE) along with 4G has considerably brought down the call and data prices, providing low cost-per-bit
·         Scalability and service portability
·         Interactive multimedia, video streaming, teleconferencing, VoIP, and wireless internet support
·         Enhanced gaming, chat, and location services
·         Efficient integration with cellular technologies
·         Mobility and service portability
·         Better scheduling and spectral efficiency
·         Interoperability with existing wireless standards
These are just a handful of benefits that 4G, a miracle in the field of communication technology offers. The features and applications of 4G are aplenty, and that’s the reason behind the popularity and worldwide acceptance of this spectrum.

Road Ahead

The plan is to create a secure and robust infrastructure model that allows smooth functioning of applications and devices interlinked with 4G, and scalable enough to successfully migrate to 5G when it rolls out in the year 2020.

Happy Blogging!

Love and live,
Neha Agrawal

About the Author: A wordsmith and a storyteller who fell in love with information technology and did masters in computer applications, only to go back to her first love, writing! She is among the privileged few who know how to think and ink; loves her craft only second to her lovely daughter. Her friends and family love her funny side, which acquaintances seldom get to witness.