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The main purpose of this book is to address the difficulties that arise when Indians try to communicate in English via writing. The text will help readers answer questions such as what contributes to the way we speak, why do we speak English in a passive voice, but switch to active when speaking in our native tongues, and why do most of us fear reading and filing official documents. Although the list of these types of questions is infinite, Sanyal attempts to answer them all.
In his book, he also traces the history of the English language in India drawing attention to the change in the quality of the language.
Readers will learn to identify and address some common everyday mistakes in their use of the English language.
Indlish: The Book For Every English-Speaking Indian is divided into seven chapters whose titles are the same as the articles that were originally published in The Statesman.
Here, Sanyal traces the way certain phrases are used, and provides an explanation as to why it is wrong. In Chapter 5 titled Those Troublesome Midgets, the author shows how misplacing certain words can alter the meaning of a phrase.
He states the English has a rigid syntax, whereas Indian languages are flexible. Therefore as non native speakers of English, Indians are more prone to syntactical errors.
In the final chapter, Sanyal offers readers tips and suggestions on writing well. The main point that readers should grasp after reading this book is that quality writing entails clarity and concision. Familiar words, an active voice, and lively verbs should always be stressed over Latinate words, strings of nouns or prepositions.
About Jyoti Sanyal Jyoti Sanyal is an author and journalist. Sanyal also worked as journalist for The Statesman for over thirty years. He now devotes his time to his website www.
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