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Devika Panikar

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δάσκαλος (dáskalos) means the teacher in Greek. Devika Panikar has been teaching English Language and Literature since 2006. She is an Assistant Professor with the Directorate of Collegiate Education under the Government of Kerala. She teaches at the Government Colleges coming under this directorate and is now posted at the Department of English, Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram. This website is a collection of the lecture notes that she prepared by referring to various sources, for her students’ perusal. It has been compiled here for the sake of future generations.

Passive Voice in Action

Active sentences are about what people (or things) do, while passive sentences are about what happens to people (or things). In academic writing, it is generally preferred to choose an active verb and...

Daffodils

The poem, Daffodils, is famous for its simplicity, sing-song-like rhythm, and thematic beauty. It is one of the best-loved poems by the fountainhead of romanticism, William Wordsworth. It talks about ...

Anchoring

Anchoring any kind of function is always a challenging task but with the right anchoring script, it is always easy. Introducing the program and the participants and controlling all the schedules as pe...

Woman as Protagonist and Victim

Silence! The Court is in Session is the first of Vijay Tendulkar’s plays to become part of the New Indian Drama phenomenon of the sixties and the first significant modern Indian play in any language t...

I Can’t Help Blossoming

Dr K Ayyappa Panikar is one of the pioneers of modernism in Malayalam poetry. In his poem, I Can’t Help Blossoming he speaks about the importance of having the contentment of accomplishing one’s own l...

Active and Passive

Voice refers to the form of a verb that indicates when a subject performs the action or is the receiver of the action. Active voice means that a sentence has a subject that acts upon its verb. Passive...

Tagore as a Poet

An outstanding poet, a legend of prose and a perfect philosopher – Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore is the greatest of the Indians writing in English. His fine writings which have been popularly describe...

Concord

The term Concord refers to the relationship between the subject and verb. The subject of a sentence may be a noun, a pronoun, or a group of words acting as a noun. The subject may be plural or singula...

The Song of the Road

Pather Panchali, a vibrant ballad that begins with joy and ends in determination, chronicles the glorious discoveries along the path of everyday life- from spots for secret picnics and the flavour o...

Speech Sounds

A language can be used in two ways for communication. It can be spoken or written. In most fields of study, language is thought of principally in terms of the written word, for it is in this form that...
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