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Monday, November 25, 2013

Inspiring The Next Writers

Writers who don't proofread their work because they have editors/proofreaders are like coders who don't write tests because there's a QA team. Do you know what happens if coders don't write tests? Planes crash, machines go crazy and people may die :)

I regularly read Mauritian news online but with time, it has become less interesting to do so. I find many  (not all!) of the articles lackluster, sprinkled with grammar and spelling mistakes. My eyes tend to glaze over. To be fair, Canadian and American press also suffer from the same plague. One could argue that my expectations have gone up with time, but I'm not sure that's the case. It bothers me when newspapers don't hold high standards regarding the articles they publish. They are supposed to be authoritative sources of information! I wish people would at least proofread their work, ensure their verbs are properly conjugated and their sentences are proper.

When I was a student, I used to read the papers (English and French) to find new words and different ways of expressing ideas. Bhishmadev Seebaluck's "Dear Shakespeare" column was a staple in my weekly English diet. I would underline new words or interesting expressions and add them to my copybook, complete with definitions and examples. I would review them every now and then to refresh my memory, and these articles are what got me ranked in the top 10 in General Paper in my year. I am incredibly grateful to great journalists and writers who, through their work, have enticed me into pursuing eloquence and, by extension, excellence.

Columnists like Bhishmadev Seebaluck have inspired many readers (including myself) to develop vocabulary, creativity, and mastery of language. Writing is an art and a profession. Isn't it the goal of every artist to inspire others through their work? How can you inspire the next generation when your articles read like the noise in your head? Of course, it would be over-the-top to have every article à la "Dear Shakespeare", but a little effort in language mastery would go a long way to inspire the next generation of writers in Mauritius. The arts are so underrated in our educational culture already. There are many passionate young writers budding in our midst who could use some encouragement. So if you are a writer, please, be an articulate writer. We want to look up to you.

Some Mauritian writers who make me proud (I'll add to this list as I find more):
Bhishmadev Seebaluck http://www.defimedia.info/blog/itemlist/user/71-bhishmadevseebaluck.html
Ananda Devi http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananda_Devi
Jacques K. Lee http://www.amazon.com/Jacques-K.-Lee/e/B001KCHJI8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

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