Thursday, 20 March 2014

Poem - When I talk to myself

When I talk to myself,
I kind of get relief,
Because I am not misunderstood,
Even if my words are brief.

As I am talking,
I am listening,
There is nobody else,
But its like a single,
Fish that in the silent,
Pond of water dwells.

There would be no turbulence,
But not even any cheer,
When other fishes,
In the pond are not near.

Squeaking, frolicking, swimming,
And jumping I enjoy,
I love being with other fishes,
Even if sometimes they annoy.

Somebody to break your silence,
Is necessary and essential,
Because you are on the Earth,
Not alone in the extraterrestrial!

                                      - N K Sran

       This poem has been written in response to the movie "Gravity". Really a great movie that I enjoyed last weekend with my family. It shows when you are all alone in the space, how much you miss hustle bustle of the Earth. The most annoying sounds seem like music to our ears. Mud and water seem like blessings. Human can be happy alone for few moments or few days but not for long time. Because this is how we are genetically designed. Nobody realises how much they love The Earth until they leave it!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Words and phrases - Echelons

Echelons

Meaning : a level or rank in an organization, a profession, or society.


A formation of troops in which each unit is positioned successively to the left or right of the rear unit to form an oblique or steplike line.

A flight formation or arrangement of craft in this manner.

flight formation in which each airplane flies at a certain elevation above or below and at a certain distance behind and to the right or left of the airplane ahead

Synonyms : level, place, position, step, degree, rank, tier, stratum

 The word echelons is derived from french word échelon meaning rung of a ladder. It is usually used for the various ranks in military or positions in an organisation. It is also used for formation of troops in lines.

Origin : French échelon, from Old French eschelonrung of a ladder, from eschiele,ladder, from Late Latin scāla, back-formation from Latin scālaesteps, ladder; seeskand- in Indo-European roots.

First known use of echelon :
       circa 1860

Sentences :


A squaddy from a rear echelon of the regiment had seen Kenworthy go to ground, and came to him.
Hilton, John Buxton DISPLACED PERSON
But this disparity in the higher echelon is not peculiar to the NHS.
TIMES, SUNDAY TIMES (2002)
It didn't take much for him to win over the Sena's top echelon , as his subsequent election to the Rajya Sabha indicates.
INDIA TODAY (1997)
Wellington's centre had withstood the attack of the first Guard echelon , the grenadiers.
Andrew Roberts, Series edited by Lisa Jardine and Amanda Foreman WATERLOO: NAPOLEON'S LAST GAMBLE (2005)
What's certain is that the remaining members of the Hussein regime's top echelon are frantically scrambling to avoid arrest.
GLOBE AND MAIL (2003)

Yet this is important for only the top echelon of global companies.
TIMES, SUNDAY TIMES (2002)


Sources : http://www.thefreedictionary.com/echelons
                http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/echelon
                http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/echelon