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Aren’t people absurd! They never use the freedoms they do have, but demand those they don’t have; they have freedom of thought, they demand freedom of speech. (Søren Kierkegaard)

I teach and research English as spoken and written in India, at a university in south India.

What’s with the smoke screen? Well, the purpose of a smoke screen is to obscure, to mislead. And to make the eyes smart!

That’s what words are, aren’t they? A smoke screen for thought. 

Read and go away rubbing your eyes . . .

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8 Comments »

  1. Anonymous said

    Interesting blog, will visit again.
    Why dont you allow comments?

  2. Quirky Indian said

    Really liked your blog. I like to believe that I’m a keen observer (and, I must shamefacedly admit, an imitator) of how English is spoken in India.

    Cheers,
    Quirky Indian
    http://quirkyindian.wordpress.com

  3. Nova said

    Good blog!!

    Adding you to my blogroll!

  4. Space Bar said

    you are UoH and we haven’t met? Or have we?

  5. Sent you e-mail, Space Bar. Don’t want to let the cat out of the bag here. 🙂

  6. Very nice.

  7. greycity said

    Just discovered your blog, and am enjoying it. And while I’m here, let me misquote Voltaire, because it seems appropriate:

    “Men use words to hide their thoughts, and thoughts to hide their intentions.”

  8. Aayush said

    Hi. I read your comment on Jai’s blog (Jabberwock) that you were interested in reading more about the Jaipur litfest. Well, I’ve just uploaded a photo-essay on my blog about it and you can have a look. As always, bouquets and brickbats are most welcome!

    Cheers!
    Aayush

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