Oxford Comma – to use, or not to use?

I happened to find this pic on my FB timeline:

Grammarly on Facebook
Source: https://www.facebook.com/grammarly/photos/a.158139670871698.33824.139729956046003/846877501997908/?type=1&theater

The graphic itself was hilarious. But apart from that, it brought back memories of an age-old controversy. The Oxford Comma – a debate probably as old as literature itself.

In school, I was taught that ‘using a comma just before a conjunction is a crime. Period’. That stuck. For a long long time. And being the dork that I was, I chose to blindly believe it.

I thought it would be appropriate that this matter get some limelight on my  small lil’ blog.

Just before I composed this post, I did a brief research (read ‘surfed online’) about it, and although it didn’t settle the debate, it made me change my allegiance. I now publicly declare that I support the use of Oxford comma, Harvard comma, or serial comma.

Why did I write this post?  Because I come across a lot of fellow-bloggers who excel at writing. And many of you adore the concept of grammar. I, for one, am obsessed with it. (not to imply that I am a master at it). But lets just say that whenever I see a grammatical mistake, I feel uneasy, restless, and irritated.

So, this is for all you grammar-lovers out there.

You can read more about this fascinating debate here, here, here, and here.

After you vote, do visit this site for a fun fact – http://tinyurl.com/mhjvftd


‘Never Let Me Go’ – My review

A close friend suggested me this movie and duly warned me that is ‘slow’ and could turn ‘gloomy’. I watched its trailer online and read few reviews of the author. I wasn’t sure I would like it. But I watched it anyway.

The Poster
The Poster

And I loved it!

More than anything, the fictional concept of organ donation was amazing and was handled with respect; well executed; emotions galore. Saying anything more would be a spoiler.

I haven’t read the book, so I don’t know if the movie did justice. But I loved it and would recommend it to anyone who likes meaningful and soulful flicks.

Does ‘The Making’ make it less special?

Came across this article in today’s newspaper.


It had me thinking. I generally am excited to see ‘makings’ and ‘behind the scenes’. I, in fact, make it a point to go to IMDb and look at these extra stuff. It helps me relive the movie.

But, on the flip side, I started wondering whether the above is right.

Imagine seeing a very serious and moving flick and then watch clips of its making which are generally hilarious. It takes away the feel and magic of the movie. May be it is better we confine ourselves to the movie alone?

The Middle-East Conflict – what do I know?

Not much, apparently.

The Middle East conflict between Israel and the Arabs is all over the news. Gaza, Cease-fire, Netyanahu, Hamas – terms that ought to be known. After all, this conflict is slowly developing into a war. And when it involves international superpowers, it means nothing but trouble. What the world definitely doesn’t want at this point, is another World War. Continue reading The Middle-East Conflict – what do I know?

10 lies in medical dramas that make us look cooler than we are..

Came across this very interesting post. All the medical TV series (however interesting and glamorous they are to watch) have built a certain steerotype of a medical professional. But the truth is that all physicians aren’t as smart as Dr House, nor good looking like Dr. Shepherd, nor as dedicated as Dr. Yang. We are normal people with a normal, albeit different, job.

I had myself thought of talking about this. But for now, this post summarizes the gist of my thoughts. 

Of scalpels, diapers and pinky-nude lipsticks.


Medical dramas have more often than not been immensely popular on TV. The intense life and death stories, Adonis like surgeons, uber- competitive super- attractive residents, wacky patients, natural disasters, passionate hospital romances, never- ending drama…..

Keeps the viewers hooked ….

And propagates a ton of lies and half- truths!

They present a seriously distorted concept of what a surgeon’s life is like!

Of course there are times, when interesting, intense, exciting things transpire in the operating room or in the surgical wards. After all art does imitate life. But most days in the “office” for the surgeon are mundane and uneventful. Some days can be borderline boring even!

Here are the top ten lies/ myths about surgeons that is often dispersed on medicine/ hospital based TV shows:-

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Catching up!

Chaddi buddies

July wasn’t in vain after all. Yeah! After spending thousands of my non-earned money and travelling countless miles across the country for a mission that eventually remained unfinished..

At least I met two of my closest buds from childhood. And that did compensate for a whole lot of frustration! Discussing things, incidents and people from school and college was more exciting than I ever thought it would be. The blabber was so effortless and spontaneous. Brought back good old memories (and a few bad ones too, if I may call them that).

To all who knew me back then, I’d like to stay in touch guys. If you happen to come across me anywhere, do give me a call or leave a message. It’d definitely be fun to catch up. So long amigos!

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