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Old Monday, January 21, 2008
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plz give this essay your ur critical look.

An essay on Holidays

A hen that lays golden eggs is important in that it lays ‘golden eggs’! However, if one were to get rich overnight he might consider slaughtering the hen for all the gold. Unfortunately such an idea yields no eggs but dead flesh to be eaten by scavengers. It is for this reason and for no other that proper care of the hen be taken. Proper feed, proper resting place and such as are necessary to ensure continuity of ‘eggs’

The idea of proper care is not only suitable to the hen but also to men who while arduously engaged in fatiguing work ignore it to take timeout.

It is a common experience that a puzzling thought finds answers when we are not literally working on it. Plot for a great story is discovered to us during our ‘idle hours’. It underpins importance of rest and enjoyment for efficient working. A sage has wisely said, “ the time that we enjoy wasting, is not wasted.” This is keeping in view the importance of enjoyment and leisurely hours in our life.

If men were robots they might at least not need ‘rest’. They would continue to work on a novel for days together, learn lessons of mathematics without intervening subconscious processing of thoughts. The efficiency and effectiveness would have been uninterrupted.

But men need rest, enjoyment, and change of routine. Therefore we cannot easily ignore importance of holiday, which has all the three ingredients. It alleviates anxiety of workload , takes away from hectic environment of office. Holiday is a ‘proper feed’ of mind, gives it ‘proper resting place’, and ‘timeout’. A day off from school, or office is indeed a boon from heavens. Protestation of political parties which result in holiday is bad for government but a good for students and workers who are tired of waking up early in morning, observing ‘useless’ dress code in schools, attending monotonous discourses of teachers for hours, which make a person of strongest nerve to yawn.

Other holidays include Independence Day, Defense day, Eid Festivals, winter vacations and Summer Holidays. For a student these are memorable days. Its importance can be gauged from the sighing expression of office workers who tag student for ‘kingly life’

From a psychological point of view, it is discovered that ‘stimulus variation’ is one of the most important needs of human beings. In one experiment both hands of man were cuffed, his feet were shackled and he was placed in a dark pit full of water with provision of oxygen. this setting was such that no change in stimulus could take place. It was found that the person did not find anything strange for few minutes but after sometime he had hallucinating voices and visions. When experiment was carried on it produced suicidal thoughts. Stimulus variation is one of our psychological needs, very much like sexual need, or sleep. Its importance in life can be realised from the fact that it even applies to our primary needs for a person who is provided with delicious food of only one variety gets bored of it in no time.

Holiday on the one hand provides us with changing atmosphere from monotonous work, and on the other hand it improves our output against monotonous nature of work. A holiday is a means that provides us with stimulus variation. People engage in different tasks, look to other corners of world, meet other people, make new friendships, all serving the purpose of variation.

From a sociological point of view, in ‘ Sociology’ by Paul B. Horton indicates that cause of emergence of new civilizations, cause of inventions, discoveries could be that people got ‘bored’ from previous things. This idea may at first seem ludicrous, yet no one can deny the need for a change. A change from one norm to another with a slow process can be rightly ascribed to our desire for change. constant nature of change is an impetus for which we appreciate arrival of a holiday.

Concept of change of routine work has gained almost universal concept, for almost all institutions of world make their employees to work from Monday to Saturday ,providing Sunday as a holiday.When a new week starts on Monday people join their institutes with newfound vigor and energy. A week without Sunday seems hellish, repulsive and burdensome.

A holiday is a time for celebration. It can be celebrated in a variety of ways. Students go out for a short trip to various historical places to meet different people, enjoy their cuisine, listen to their folk songs, and legendary tales. Or they may visit new institutes, engage in seminars, and discussions and enrich their experiences.
Besides that people enjoy playing games, joining health clubs, reading stories, learning new languages and skills going out for dinner with friends and families, watching movies and documentaries. some people get plenty of sleep thinking of rest instead of any work at all. All of these activities make amends for monotony of work

On a question whether it is good to make vocation of vacation, it depends upon the type of vocation and underlying idea of enjoyment. If one enjoys his vocation for a change then all is well, if vocation is another monotonous work in disguise it had better be put off for proper time. one can spend his vacation learning new skills but motivation should be self directed rather than parent-driven for then it would seem more like compulsion, and purpose of vacation would be wasted, which is indeed enjoyment.

Some erudite opine that people should not be given holidays lest they disturb continuity of work. Such people hold that men is born to work, and when he asks for resting hours he is finding a way to procrastinate. These people are perhaps ignorant about the importance of rest and happiness in life. Perhaps they consider men as mere machines.

A short anecdote would elaborate on this aspect of thinking: a man was busy cutting a tree with his saw. He was sweating. And spent a long time on cutting tree because his saw was not sharp. A passerby asked him to sharpen his saw at which the woodcutter said, “ Don’t u see old man , I m busy cutting this tree. I do not have time.” The old man replied smilingly, “ If u take few minutes to sharpen your saw, u would be able to cut in less time without more energy.”

It can be concluded that holiday is important for us for the reason of change from monotonous routine, provisioning of enjoyment and tool of ensuring efficiency.


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AOA,
Bro ur essay is well written and can fetch u good score.
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@ sohailpkDr :- thanks a lot ! your encouragement will go a long way with me.
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AoA

I agree to sohail, brother its a good attempt but you need to work hard for improvement of your essay.

I am trying to put my suggestions as under:

- its a good attempt that you tried to write on an odd subject. most ppl (including me) normally dont bother to write such type of essays.
- try to improve your grammer e.g. must try to use proper form of verb required for the noun/pronoun and use proper article
- the content of essay should go in continuity. there must be a linear flow of words so that the examiner may read the paragraphs in one go.
- in my thinking the first paragraph is not appropriate for this essay, try to think some other idea for the essay and it is advisable that you draft an outline for the essay before writing it
- you started your essay with story of hen that laid golden eggs, however, the words jumpled up in the sentences of paragraph:

A hen that lays golden eggs is important in that it lays ‘golden eggs’! However, if one were to get rich overnight he might consider slaughtering the hen for all the gold. Unfortunately such an idea yields no eggs but dead flesh to be eaten by scavengers. It is for this reason and for no other that proper care of the hen be taken. Proper feed, proper resting place and such as are necessary to ensure continuity of ‘eggs’

i tried to reshufle the paragraph as under:

A hen that lays golden eggs is important becuase it lays ‘golden eggs’! However, if one greeds to be rich overnight he might consider slaughtering the hen for getting all the gold at once. Unfortunately such an idea yields no profit but sorrow and grief for ever. It is for this reason that instead of killing the hen in one go, its proper care be taken for continous source of income. Proper feed, compoftable place, healthy environment and good habitat is necessary to ensure continuity of ‘golden eggs.’

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Yeah! you need to check your flow of sentences.
but over all it was a nice work.
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@Tabassum Shabir:- First of all, i want to thank you for your critical analysis. specially,about the use of active verbs. There is one thing on which i would like u to enlighten my understanding:
-what is wrong with example of hen? i think, it is one of the best aesop fables, in which P\Pc i.e productivity and proper care of productivity can be elaborated. frankly speaking i dont have a better starting point than this. As far as the skill goes,to initiate discussion of essay with relevant story is one of the effective tools to absorb reader.

2. In reshufled paragraph, active verb ''greed'' is more appropriate than 'if one were..' in second sentence it brings out its meaning where you say, ''Unfortunately such an idea yields no profit but sorrow and grief for ever.'' it however looses appeal with this sentence,"It is for this reason that instead of killing the hen in one go..." I think this sentence makes it boring because we have already mentioned that hen is slaughtered,although it maintains flow of the passage at the cost of arousing intrest.
Secondly, bro please make me clear on grammatical use of last sentence in your reshuffled paragraph where u write , ''Proper feed, compoftable place, healthy environment and good habitat is necessary to ensure continuity of ‘golden eggs." I think grammatically correct sentence would be: Proper feed, compoftable place, healthy environment and good habitat are necessary to ensure continuity of ‘golden eggs.

Bro, I checked in oxford learners, and American heritage dictionary. The word '' greed'' has no verb !

@superbguy:- Bro, thanks for encouragment.

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AOA, It is a wrong conception dat one's essay's every sentence shud b grammatically correct. If a writer is too much concern abt grammatical mistakes, his attention wil b diverted from the topic. He may not b able to produce a good essay then. In 2006 i scored 49 in essay , n honestly speaking my english isnt dat good, but the thing is if u write in simple n lucid language and most importantly one shud b able to develop the interest of reader. Just my experience , i may b wrong. best luck to all
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@ sohailpkdr

Chummy good to encourage that, "its wrong concept that one's essay's every sentence should be grammatically correct" agreed the statement made by u.

but remember: "when all goes right, understand nothing is right".

to make someone noticed of his mistake is the best way to make someone's help. means he got the chance once again to learn sth.
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@sohailpkdr:- I grabbed handful of 50 marks in last year's essay. i wrote on '' islam and its image in west' i just wrote 11 pages ! the paper asked to compose essay of more than 4000 thousand words,mine were around 1000 words ! but i made sure that i write well reasoned essay,so i did. would u believe it was my first attempt to write essay, i had not practisd any kind of essay before that not even a single line. even then i managed to get 50 marks. i m of the openion as brother sohail puts it v.rightly that if one involves v.much in mistakes one would mar quality,and intrest of the essay. so it is better to focuss on the essence than on grammatical mistakes,because without essence a perfectly written essay is bound to doom you,whereas few grammatical errors wont do u any harm and might even escape attention of your who would be engrossed in ur work.
Again it is my personal view and any one can disagree with me.

@shumail aijaz:- Brother you are right , all of us are learners, and we should know that a lot is to be learned,some one rightly said,'' Be curious for knowledge will not get you ; you must get it.'' in this respect i feel every word from your side is a treasure for me as it wud improve me. thanks !
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First of all, i want to thank you for your critical analysis. specially,about the use of active verbs. There is one thing on which i would like u to enlighten my understanding:
-what is wrong with example of hen? i think, it is one of the best aesop fables, in which P\Pc i.e productivity and proper care of productivity can be elaborated. frankly speaking i dont have a better starting point than this. As far as the skill goes,to initiate discussion of essay with relevant story is one of the effective tools to absorb reader.'
certainly it is an effective tool to absorb attention of reader to write story/anecdote in the essay, but brother the story of hen is not relevant to the title of essay i.e. "importance of holiday," you may write story of a wood cutter who remained buzy in cutting woods with less rest and his effeciency started deteriorating thn some one advised him to take rest in intervals so he remain fresh in

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2. In reshufled paragraph, active verb ''greed'' is more appropriate than 'if one were..' in second sentence it brings out its meaning where you say, ''Unfortunately such an idea yields no profit but sorrow and grief for ever.'' it however looses appeal with this sentence,"It is for this reason that instead of killing the hen in one go..." I think this sentence makes it boring because we have already mentioned that hen is slaughtered,although it maintains flow of the passage at the cost of arousing intrest.
i dont think that it will make the essay boring. . u may use more small words to make flow in the paragraph instead of write one or two heavy words...

and u must also try to make an outline of the essay. no doubt it is difficuilt to make outlines for such type of essays, however, it would be beneficial for you in arranging essay contents after making its outlines...

wish u the best of luck in ur endeavours...
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