Making online jobs work

Everybody loves to be their own boss, set their own schedule and be able to plan their life easier. It may sound like a dream, but the truth is that there are thousands of people who have already realized that using the internet and new technologies to work is not only extremely convenient, but actually possible.

There is a big deal of online jobs available out there just waiting for you. Some of these jobs are freelance writers and editors, translators, bloggers, online teachers, or web designers. Freelance translators are very common in such an interconnected world. If you have some background studies and are fluent in a couple of languages you could make a pretty penny by the end of the month.

If you are good at writing, you can choose to be a freelance writer and provide articles for your clients, or you can also be hired to check and edit articles someone else has written. The amount of money you make depends on how much you are willing to work. The more you write, the faster your pockets will fill up. Another option if you like to write is to have your own blog (or work for one). You have to put in quite a bit of work to get started and get visitors, but it can be a good idea to keep in the back of your mind while you are working on something else.

Something increasingly common nowadays are online classes. There are many companies looking for teachers who are willing to teach online. This can be very convenient both for the teacher and the students since all both parties need is a computer. This way their availability increases and it is easier to fit the classes in their schedules.

In any case, these are only a few examples of everything that’s out there. Take some time to research and you will be surprised with all the work you can do online.

Malayali (or rather Indian) pronunciation errors

A visitor to this blog named Mathew has posted a comment to my blog post about Sreemathi teacher’s English. I found the comment useful because I make many of the pronunciation errors that he pointed out and he has put it in a way that is easy to understand the mistake and correct it. So here it is as a post for the benefit of others like me. Feel free to add to the list if you find any. And thank you, Mathew.


kangaroo (the worst offended word malayalees pronounce as “kanGAROO” instead of “KANgaroo”)

mixed, fixed (pronounced as miksed, fiksed instead of miksd, fiksd)

bear, pear (pronounced as ‘biyar’, ‘piyar’ instead of ‘bare’ and ‘pare’)

Queen (prounounced as “kyuun” instead of “kween”)

form (pronounced as ‘farum’ instead of “fom”)

biennale (pronounced as “binale” instead of “bienale”)

place names – Ohio, Seattle, Utah (pronounced as “ohiyo, seetl, ootha” instead of “ohayo, siyatl, yuta”

Tortoise (pronounced as ‘tortois’ instead of “totis” )

turtle (pronounced as ‘turrrtl’ instead of “tutl” )

Mascot Hotel (pronounced as “muskat HOtel” instead of “MAScot hoTEL”

heart (pronounced as ‘hurrt’ instead of “haat”)

bass (pronounced as ‘baas’ instead of “base”)

twitter (pronounced as “tyooter” instead of “twiter”

birthday (pronounced as “birthaday” instead of “buthdei”

garage (pronounced as “garej” instead of “gaRAZH”)

chassis (pronounced as “chasis” instead of “shasi”)

February (pronounced as “fibruari” instead of “februari”)

‘This Land is Mine’

I came across this video through Harini’s blog today. The video is an animated short by Nina Paley. It illustrates a brief history of the land that is now called Israel/Palestine. Nina Paley also has a viewer’s guide in her blog. Check out them both.

I was a bit sad and depressed after watching this video, staring at the amount of violence that goes on in the world we live in. Then Aashik sent me this link of a TED talk by Steven Pinker in which Mr. Pinker claims that ‘our ancestors were far more violent than we are, that violence has been in decline for long stretches of time, and that today we are probably living in the most peaceful time in our species’ existence.’ Checkout his excellent talk below.

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Sara Sara Saara Kaatthu
(Shared by Ranjit on Facebook)

This is a beautiful song with good cinematography and a beautiful female lead. The song is the debut work of composer M. Ghibran. I have been looping this song for many times already.


FOX Movies Cleavage TVC
(Shared on Facebook)

This is a wonderful TVC by Taproot India to promote Fox Movies in regional languages. Couldn’t get any better! And here is the story of the advt (but do watch the video first).


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Skyrim – Peter Hollens & Lindsey Sterling
(Shared by YouTube on Google+)

One voice, one violin and 120 tracks. That is how this song was made up. This truly beautiful music piece lead me to hear more of Peter Hollens’ work. Peter’s specialty is A capella, which means he uses only his voice and mouth to create songs. Watch Skyrim first and then one of Peter’s amazing works.


Celebrity for the day
(Shared by Nick Bilton on Google+)

This is a funny experiment where a man with the help of a few friends made others believe that he is some sort of celebrity. And people followed suit and the mall security came along and things like that. Check it out. 🙂


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Miniatur Wunderland
(Shared by Beena Nair through Email)

This one is truly amazing! Miniatur Wunderland is the largest model railway in the world, and one of the most successful tourist attractions in Germany. On the 1.300 m² large layout, far more than a thousand trains, aircrafts, cars and ships move about. A wonder of the world in miniature.


Sadaa by Agnee
(Via Facebook)

Here is a song that is still looping in my computer. This beautiful song by Agnee also has some beautiful visuals. See and hear.


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Art work by Andre Kohn
(Shared by Aashik Salahudheen in Google+)

Andre Kohn is a Russian artist based in America. Viewing his work is like watching real life frames through a glass window that has just been sprayed by the rain outside. Learn more about him in his website or check out a few of his works here.


Most beloved and creative street art
(Shared by Ranjit in Google+)

Check out more such cool creative street art in this page.


Smart thief caught on cam
(Shared by Kumar NM in Google+)

This is one of ‘the best’ ads I have seen recently. Go check it out yourself! 🙂

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Honda’s ASIMO
(from Google+)

You can’t watch this without a ‘wow!’ moment. Watching Honda’s robot ASIMO makes me think that Hollywood stories can really happen on earth. 🙂

And when I thought that was it, YouTube gave me more. See these videos. 🙂

Before and After Transformation in 5 Hours – EXPOSED!

This guy, ‘Furious Pete’, reveals the ‘Before and After’ secrets of the fitness supplement advertisements. Check it out.

Just Sharing – 4

Finnair flash mob
(from Facebook)

A Dance Crew surprises passengers after boarding of a Finnair flight to Delhi to celebrate India’s Republic Day on January 26th 2012.

Yeh Honsla – cover by Jonita Gandhi
(from George Kuruvilla on Facebook)

Here is a ‘candlelight cover’ of Yeh Honsla, the song from the Hindi film “Dor”, sung by Jonita Gandhi and arranged by Aakash Gandhi. A wonderful rendition and production.

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Six hands on one guitar
(from YouTube)

This one is yet another amazing collaboration. Three people, six hands, and one guitar. Check it out!


It’s never too late to help
(Video shared by Kumar NM through Google +)

“It’s never too late to help some on the right track” is a spcial media campaign from Norway, aimed at recruiting foster homes for young people between 15 and 17 years. This well done video is made as part of the campaign.