Five Books Expat Keralites must Buy for their children in their Life.

1.The Legends of Khasak

by O V Vijayan

Ravi embarks on a journey due to restiveness innate of guiltiness and wretchedness that culminates in the intriguing village of Khasak, a land past with myths and dreams. Ravi enthrals everyone around him and finally, he realizes that there is no escape from inexorable prescriptions of karma….. O V Vijayan’s much-applauded the first novel, it is an astounding accomplishment, a must read for young people of Kerala.

2.The God of Small Things

by Arundhati Roy

A modern book every Malayalee should read or recommend young ones to read and grow . You will never forget the life of twin siblings Rahel and Estha and their mother Ammu. A book that thrown Malayali individuality into international prospect when Ammu starts loving a man below her class…… It won the Booker Prize in 1997.

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3.Ente Katha (My Story)

by Kamala Surayya Das

An autobiography of Madhavikutty, Kamala Das or Kamala Surayya, one of India’s greatest poets, authors and the radical feminists that unknots the tempestuous life ever lived. People treasured her frankness and exposure of her private life those were completely against the prescribed social norms of behaviour for women in India. A must read for the young adults of India.

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4.Aadu Jeevitham (Goat Days)

by Benyamin

A life that touched the hearts of thousands of people around the world. In this modern world, we can’t even imagine that a man lived without seeing another human for 2 years but Najeeb’s experience with a herd of 700 goats makes readers to ruminate that they are also trapped like him…. A must read for expatriates and their family.

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Randamoozham (The Second Turn, Bhima: Lone Warrior)

by MT Vasudevan Nair

Bhima: Lone Warrior (Randamoozham “The Second Turn”) is considered as the masterpiece of the author. It redefined conservative mythological perceptions. The novel is the recapitulation of Mahabharata from the viewpoint of Bhima..

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Cambridge IGCSE® English as a Second Language Practice Tests 1

with Answers and Audio CDs (2): For the Revised Exam from 2019 (Cambridge International IGCSE)

Authors: Tom Bradbury and Mark Fountain
Edited by: Katia Carter and Tim Carter

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language Practice Test (For the revised exam from 2019)

Are you looking for an IGCSE English as a Second Language exam practice test for the revised examinations from 2019? If yes, you are in the right place.

Now you can prepare for the exam with practice tests written by current examiners. This write-in book contains four new extended practice tests that help students prepare confidently in the weeks before the Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language exam. By completing the tests, learners develop familiarity with the format of the assessment and enhance their reading, writing, speaking and listening technique.

With answers at the back of the book, this resource is perfect for learners’ self-study or for teachers to save time when marking. Audio for the listening exercises is on the accompanying CDs or on the Cambridge University Press website.

Write an email to your friend about your visit to a fast food restaurant.

Cambridge IGCSE ESL Email Writing

Hi Alex,

Sorry I haven’t written in ages, for I’ve been busy preparing for my exams and haven’t had time. Anyways, I thought you might like to know about my visit to the newly opened fast-food restaurant in our town.

Do you remember the fast food restaurant I told you a few weeks ago? Last Friday, I thought we’d pop down for a visit with my family to celebrate my younger sister Maya’s 10th birthday. We went to the Pizza Hut which was on the west coast with a spectacula view of Tsunami Memorial. It is an excellent place to relax and enjoy the evening.

Unlike the other places, the interior of the restaurant was painted with bright red and brown. Air was always filled with the aroma of delicious mouthwatering pizza and the only sound was the talk and laughter of people and light romantic music.I must say ,i was over the moon.

We ate something special! Guess what? My sister is crazy about spicy chicken pizza but all the family members couldn’t stand the smell of spices. So we all ate yummy Italian meatball pizza and coke.

Even though the food was extremely delicious, we thought it was unhealthy to eat every day.

Well, I hope you get some ideas about my visit to Pizza Hut. Do find my attachment of photos from the restaurant.

With love,


How to write a speech on leadership to deliver in school assembly?

Honourable judges, teachers, parents and my dear friends. Good morning one and all. I’m Ann Maria and today I’m going to express my views on the most important quality a student must have in his life.

What do you think is the most important quality for a student? I think it is the leadership qualit. Leadership is the action of leading a group of people in the right direction.

Dear friends, have you heard about the famous American president, Abraham Lincoln? When he was a boy, he was very poor. He did not get a chance to study well. He read books under the street light. But he had leadership qualities, that made him the most famous American president of all time.

I would like to share with you the important qualities that make good leaders. The first and most important quality is honesty and integrity. A leader should have confidence and he must inspire others. He must be a good communicator and should take responsibility and accountability. For me, a leader should be creative and innovative. Last but not least, a real leader should have decision-making abilities. Dear friends, if you want to become leaders, you should try to develop all these qualities.

Today I would like to remind you of a great Maldivian leader, Mohamed Thakurufaanu. You can see all the leadership qualities in him. Another great example is Mahatma Gandhi who was born with leadership qualities. He fought against British people and won freedom just like Mohamed Thakurufaanu.

Friends, in conclusion, I would like to say those leadership qualities are important things for becoming an ideal student. You all can become leaders. You all can develop these qualities. I hope these tips will give you an idea how to become great leaders. Thanks for listening. Have a great time.

Can video games like PUBG ruin students?

Cambridge IGCSE ESL Article Writing to School Magazine

Do you think mobile games are unimportant to students? If yes, should think about it. A significant number of parents argue that video games are harmful to students because it causes addiction.

One of the negative sides of video games is that it causes health hazards due to continuous games. Some people say video games destroy a good relationship in the family because players do not find time to interact with family members and finally they may be socially isolated. A few teachers believe that students do not study their lessons and their grades deteriorate because of their games such as PUBG.

However, I strongly believe mobile games play an important role in teenage life. I have many reasons to say video games are very important for teenagers. My first reason is that students learn problem-solving technique by playing the game. Another positive point of the game is that it enhances critical thinking and also helps us to enhance our hand and eyes coordination that is really important for the students. Another important reason is that it improves our social skills. Last but not least, mobile games help us to increase our concentration.

I remember a true story which I read in a kid’s magazine. Once there was a boy in China who was very poor in studies. His parents gave him a mobile phone and he started playing video games. Later he showed tremendous progress in studies. Researches illustrate that such games could enhance mental ability.

To sum up, video games have both advantages and disadvantages. It is inappropriate to say video games are completely hopeless for students. Video games have a multitude of benefits too. One of the most important things is that teachers and parents should understand the real value of mobile video games. However, students should not play excessively and destroy our lives. Many of my friends say that it is a shame if we haven’t played a game like PUBG!

How to write a public speech for students on bullying?

Honourable judges, beloved teachers and my dear fellow competitors. Good evening one and all.

Have you ever been bullied? Yes, I have been. I must say it is a total nightmare. So, friends, my name is Ann Maria, and today I am going to share my views on bullying.

What is the biggest problem in a student’s life? First thing is bullying. The second thing is bullying. And the third thing is bullying. Bullying takes place every single day. It takes place in this AV room. .It happens in our classrooms. It takes place even in social media.

We all see bullying. We know that it is there. We also do it even sometimes knowingly or unknowingly. We all bully others and why? For jealousy?  For popularity? Or for fun? And the whole time, we pretend we don’t care about anything that goes on around us.

Yet we all say and do things that we care about more. We allow bullies to grow. We keep quiet and we all make bullies one way or another. Whether it’s gossiping in the classrooms or a post on Facebook or pushing someone around, we all do it and allow others to do it.

However, all of us have been a victim of bullying too. We’ve all had those days when we were being mocked and harassed. And we were so terrified that we had to be alert every moment for their mischievous and inhumane actions.

Dear friends, bullying is an inappropriate way to vent your anger. So my advice for all of you is that we should stand for each other instead of creating conflicts between us. And fight back for your rights! 

Dear friends, to sum up, I hope you will never allow anybody to bully anymore.  And more importantly, you will stop bullying others.

Thank you for giving me your valuable time. Wassalaam Alaikum.

How to answer Reading Comprehension 2 Multiple Matching Exam Exercise of IGCSE ESL examination?

Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language

Exam Exercise 2
Are you one of them who is worried about the reading comprehension multiple matching, the new examination exercise 2?  If yes, GET A GRIP ON IT! Now you don’t need to worry anymore, and a solution has been found! Reading Comprehension Multiple Matching of Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language  Exam Exercise 2 in paper 1 and 2 of the new pattern of examination starting in 2019 Solved!

You are going to master this exercise by the simple steps given below

The best strategy

  • Read the questions or statements and underline the keywords.
  • Read each section or paragraph and find sentences matching with any of the questions.
  • You can repeat the same to find matching sentences with the other questions too.

An alternative strategy for solving it.

We can also solve this exercise in the following ways:

First of all, read quickly the full passage in the question paper and get a general idea.

Secondly, read again to get the detail idea of the topic.

Finally, read the statements or questions and match with the sentences.

Final tips!

Check for synonyms or paraphrases Underline the sentence in the paragraph which you think is matching with the question.
Your teacher will certainly ask you why you took that answer anyway!
Underline the answer sentence that will help you to find the reasons for your mistakes anyway
Be careful that there will be a lot of views from people.
So let us learn the vocabulary relevant to our reading comprehension.
Last but not least, the tenses in the question and the passage


  • Skim
  • Scan
  • Read in detail and match

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Why have you chosen an MBA course?

A frequent question asked to a person who wishes to join an MBA course not only by the business school teachers but also the family and friends is that why they had chosen to study an MBA course? One of the most important reasons why I have chosen an MBA course is to learn management skills since I have been working with my dad in my family business. MBA course is always a good option for me because an MBA degree is always valued all around the world and I hope it will help me to improve my career perspective and status.

MBA is essential for me because I’m looking for a superior position in my office as I can be at the top of the managerial position or being a part of the board of directors. Another positive side I see is the professional look that enhances my personality. Another merit is that the MBA is a safe and flexible course that I can pursue in my spare time. I strongly believe that the MBA enhances the communication skills, clarity, fluency and positive energy to live with confidence.   I also think that I am highly appreciated in society, family and even among my friends. Moreover, I hope that it will change my vision and perspective and surely makes it wider and more positive.

To sum up, it is my strident contention that an MBA course will improve my knowledge, skills, and ability. It will also provide me several opportunities to speed up my career growth and improve managerial skills. Furthermore, it is going to enhance my job efficiency and effectiveness. Finally, it is my unwavering credence that MBA improves my technical skills that are essential for my current position.

Report writing: Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language

Cambridge IGCSE ESL English as a Second Language

Report writing

Cambridge IGCSE ESL Examinations

This article focuses on the new topic of formal writing in the revised pattern of examinations starting from 2019 in Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language which needs to be answered together with a few basic rules related to formal register. It then describes various features you should include when you use the formal register. It also focuses on specific phrases and expressions used for reporting accurately, giving opinions and making recommendations, and also to put forward your views and arguments too.

Apart from friendly letters or emails, you need to produce either a report, a review or a school magazine article which you need to be completed in a formal register. You should never forget that your readers or audiences will be a group of students or your teachers so you have to present the facts and recommendations in a formal or semi-formal tone depending on the topics.

Formal language structure is the most important part of your writing that you need for making formal writing. An exam type question usually contains function words, for example, write a report giving suggestions or recommendations and opinion.

Language Tips

The best way to master the formal language is that learning to use phrases associated with language functions, for example, it is high time that a government increased the tax.

Some general tips for formal writing

1. When writing formally it is appropriate to include formal tone and register

2. You should not use the words and phrases that belong to the friendly register.

3. No slang words or phrases.

4. No humor because topics are serious of nature or factual.

5. No personal style (should be impersonal)

6. You should always keep your audience in your mind.

Basic tools for informal writing

Time fixer Phrases

I soon as we reached there…

We arrived at the site…

Once we all arrived  

The journey to the site was tranquil and scenic..

Phrases for introduction

The aim of this report is to highlight what we learned…

The report aims to highlight…

This report purports to highlight …

This report aims to investigate …

This report aims to recommend…

The purpose of this report to highlight…

This report aims to present what we learned from the trip…

This report back porch to highlight what we learned…

Phrases for generalisation

A significant number of students…

I love the number of parents…

Almost all students…

A vast majority of students…

A large number of teachers…

Please for the positive side

Many students were captivated to see…

Students were amazed to learn…

It was fascinating to see…

We all got insight into the importance…

We managed to study fascinating facts about…

The vast majority of students were stunned as they discovered …

Phrases for negative sides

It was appalling to see…

However many people felt that it was

Notwithstanding the boons, it was totally saddening to see that…

A large number of students found that the trip was a bit haphazard…

Opinion phrases

I strongly believe that…

I vehemently believe that …

It is my unwavering credence that…

Phrases for recommendations

I would recommend that…

Perhaps we could also consider asking…

For the reasons, I have mentioned I highly recommend visiting…

I am convinced that they…

In the light of what we observed from the visit that…

It is high time that…

In the remaining sections, we examine in detail performing languages which have been traveling to interactions positive signs recommendations and opinions

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