Ielts task 2

When designing a building, the most important factor is intended use of the building rather than its outward appearance. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Model Answer 

Some individuals opine that the most vital aspect when designing a building is its function rather than its outer aesthetics. I somewhat agree with this viewpoint as although a good-looking building enhances the beauty of its surroundings, without meeting its basic function, it would be a waste.

On the one hand, a building that has an appealing appearance may be a source of beautification of its localitythat may be able to encourage people to visit it as it may serve as an incentivefor tourism, leisure or work. For example, the bath houses of Brighton are well-known for their bright and colorful designs and promote tourismin the state of Victoria. Similarly, attractive university campuses and office spaces are deemed to be popular study and work destinationsamong young adults.

However, the function of a building is of pivotal importance when considering its design. A building needs to accommodate the needs of its owners, residents and patrons. Specifically, one basic necessity of any building is safety, that is, it needs to be sturdy and durable. However, nowadays, there are many fashionable styles of buildings that compromise their stability and safety. For example, in India, an architectural firm gained popularity for its one-of-a-kind designs and, a few years later the designs were claimed as unsafe when many of the buildings collapsed during a minor earthquake. As a result, several resources were wasted and many lives were endangered in light of the importance given to outward appearance of the buildings over their basic functionality.

In conclusion, I agree to some extent that the purpose of a building is of utmost importance instead of the external aspects when designing it, as without serving the primary functions, a building would be a waste of essential resources and even risky.

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Note: The words in green: useful collocations, phrases, & grammar | The words in red: good vocabulary 

Opine (v) to state your opinion

Aesthetics (n) the beautiful qualities of something

Appealing (a) attractive & interesting

Beautification (n) the process of making visual improvements to a person, place, or thing.

Locality (n) particular area or district

Incentive (n) Inducement or supplemental reward that serves as a motivational device for a desired action or behavior.

Deem someone/something to be something(v) to consider that someone or something has a particular quality

Pivotal (adj) extremely important and affecting how something develops

Accommodate (v) to consider and include something when you are deciding what to do

Patron (n) someone who uses a particular restaurant, hotel, or other business

Sturdy (a) strong & not easily affected/damaged by what happens

Durable (a) able to stay in good condition for a long time and after being used a lot

compromise (v) settle a dispute by mutual concession

in light of (phrase) because of a particular fact

 

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Task 1 IELTS (academic)

 The chart below shows the percentage of female members of parliament in 5 European countries from 2000 to 2012
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(Introduction) The line graph illustrates the proportions of women elected to the parliaments in five different European countries including Germany, the UK, Belgium, France and Italy between 2000 and 2012.
The most striking feature of the graph is the percentage of female MPs in Germany was  far highest overall, the figure for France was lowest in each year shown.

(Detail) In 2000, Germany had the highest percentage of female MPs, at around 33%, followed by the UK, Belgium and Italy having approximately 27%, 25% and 22% respectively. The figure for France was nearly one seventh of that for Germany, at merely 5%.  Between 2000 and 2010, the figure for Germany increased slowly, WHILE that of the UK saw a significant rise.

In 2010, the UK overtook Germany as the country having the highest percentage of female MPs among five nations mentioned in the graph. Over the given period, Belgium and Italy witnessed a steady rise in the percentage of female MPs. By 2012, the figures for these two countries had increased by 7% and 3% respectively. From 2000 to 2008, the figure for France increased fourfold/quadrupled. Over the rest of the period shown, the proportion of women elected to the parliament in France remained relatively stable, at around 20%.
(Overall) Over the period shown, all the five European nations mentioned experienced upward trends in their percentages of female members of parliaments (MPs).

IELTS Speaking Cue Card – Household Equipment.

Speak about an equipment of your household.

  • what is it?
  • What are its features?
  • How did you get it?
  • How do you use it?
  • How do others in your family use it?

People these days are allured by fancy and attractive household equipments. In this fast moving life these gadgets are very helpful to save time and energy. I also use many kinds of equipments in my house like microwave, refrigerator, washing machine etc. But here I would like to talk about a refrigerator which I bought last year.

The refrigerator is of LG company with various unique features. It has smart Inverter Compressor. It has inbuilt stabilizer which provides protections against fluctuations. It has special refrigerator compartment for cosmetics and medicines. An antibacterial gasket is also provided to prevent bacterial growth. LG’s patented Ice Tray which is fastest in ice making. It has a moist balance crisper which can hold moisture hence prevents the vegetables and fruits from getting rotten.

I bought this refrigerator last year on the occasion of independence day. At that time companies were giving heavy discounts, attractive gifts and various exchange offers. So, I bought it on cash payment.

I use it regularly in day to day life. I keep fruits, cooked as well as raw vegetables and other eatables which are to be preserved in cool place in my refrigerator. In summer season, the equipment is really helpful to me to prepare ice-creams and puddings.

All other family members also use it for various purposes of storage. Sometimes on special occasions it is not possible to prepare the food and desserts on the spot, so we prepare them early and place them in the fridge. In this way this gadget saves our time and energy. I really feel comfortable with this equipment in this fast moving life.

How to play mp3 through linux command line.

To get the app :
You will have to make this package available about any linux distribution. Ubuntu users can find it in Software Center or from the command line with

sudo apt-get install mpg123

During installation you may get the following resolution error:

music1

Run following command in console window to solve the problem:

sudo apt-get update

After running this command, your installation will get completed and audio files are ready to run through command line.

To play mp3 file use command:

mpg123 file_name.mp3

Your are now able to listen desired song through CLI

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enjoy 🙂

A short guide to Meditation.

Life in this modern world is full of problems and tensions.

The best solution to these tensions is turn towards God in prayer. The Hindu method of prayer is “meditation” (dhyana) and “repetition of divine name” (japa).

Here is the earnest attempt to present this subject, including some practical hints, in as simple a manner as possible.

1. Introduction:

Since a human being wants complete cessation of all kinds of sufferings and a continuous enjoyment of bliss, all scriptures proclaim that spiritual life is the sole means of  attaining it.

Spiritual life, in primary sense, is rooted in the spirit, the Atman or God residing in one’s own heart, who is also all pervading and transcendent. That means only a muktapurusa , a saint who has realized God, can lead such a life. However, in a secondary sense, a way of life that helps us to realize God, can also be termed as spiritual life.

 2. God :

God is described as responsible for creation(srsti), preservation(sthiti) and dissolution(pralaya) of this world. He is also the law-giver, the Supreme ruler , who metes out punishment to the wicked and rewards the virtuous.

3. Istadevata:

Spiritual life that leads one to God-experience and hence gives moksa can be called “yoga“.

According to meditation on any one of these various aspects of God, will also lead to same God-experience or realization, ultimately resulting in moksa.

That form or aspect of God, which one likes to meditate upon , is called ‘Ista‘ or ‘Istadevata‘ (chosen deity). This Istadevata may be the traditional family deity or any other aspect, to which the spiritual aspirant is naturally drawn.

In cases where the aspirant is unable to decide the Istadevata, the issue can be left to the guru or spiritual teacher.

For practising meditation and japa(repetition of the divine name of the chosen deity) it is necessary that the aspirant takes mantradiksa (Spiritual Initiation) from a qualified guru.

4. Intitation or Mantradiksa:

Mantra or the divine name is that which protects the disciple when he repeats it and reflects on it. Diksa is the process of giving mantra to the disciple by the guru by which the sins of the disciple are destroyed or attenuated.

In Mantradiksa, the guru generally imparts the sacred mantra(divine name) to the disciple and also instructs him in detail about the step-be-step process of meditation.

5. Meditation:

Now a simple process of meditation may be described for the sake of who have not had the benefit of mantradiksa :

  • Choose your Istadevata. It can be your family deity or any other aspect of God which appeals to you most.
  • Choose two times in a day which are convenient to you for meditation. Once you choose the timings, try to stick to them as far as possible.
  • Choose a place for meditation in your home. It can be your puja-room or a corner of your living room.
  • Spread the asana or meditation-seat in the place of meditation and sit upon it with folded legs. Keep the backbone, neck and head erect. Let your hands rest on your lap. Close your eyes.
  • Think of the vast infinite sky without sun, moon, stars and also clouds, but filled with dim light, for a couple of minutes. This will help you to relax your mind and body.
  • Now, withdraw the consciousness into the region of your heart. Imagine that there is a beautiful 12 petalled red lotus there. Also imagine that your Istadevata is sitting on the same, fully living and conscious.
  • Mentally offer your prayer to the Istadevata. Pray for good health, peace of mind, faith and devotion.
  • Try to meditate for sometime, say 5 to 10 minutes. Eventhough the mind may run away from the Istadevata during this meditation, try to bring it back again and again and fix it on the deity.
  • Then do japa or repetition of the divine name of the Istadevata. Suppose the Istadevata is  Rama, you can simply repeat “Rama…..“. The minimum number of repetitions of the divine name should be 108. If you want to do more, it should be multiples of 108.

Do not immediately get up from the seat after meditation. Continue to sit there for some more timeamd do some chanting.

6. Significance of Mantrajapa:

A mantra becomes effective only when its japa is done. That is, it should be repeated a prescribed number of times as per the directions of the guru.

During japa, the counting can be done either by hand or by rosary(japamala).

7. Conclusion:

Meditation and japa help the spiritual aspirant to gain greater control over the mind and  concentration.

Generally they go together. However, id meditation deepens, japa may automatically stop.

If there is not much concentration, mere japa, especially if done in large numbers, can help one to get greater concentration and peace.

Hence all the spiritual aspirants are advised to take mantradiksa from a qualified guru and then practise spiritual disciplines as per his instructions.

This post is only like an appetizer that may increase one’s spiritual hunger.

“Continuous meditation will make mind so steady that you will not feel inclined to give up.”

To show relationship among different tables in database.

* SchemaSpy is a Java-based tool (requires Java 5 or higher) that analyzes the metadata of a schema in a database and generates a visual representation of it in a browser-displayable format. It lets you click through the hierarchy of database tables via child and parent table relationships as represented by both HTML links and entity-relationship diagrams. It’s also designed to help resolve the obtuse errors that a database sometimes gives related to failures due to constraints.

* It is free software that is distributed under the terms of the Lesser GNU Public License 2.1.

* Install Graphviz by running following command in terminal(Alt+Ctrl+T):

sudo apt-get install graphviz

* SchemaSpy uses the dot executable from Graphviz to generate graphical representations of the table/view relationships.

* Run the following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install libmysql-java

* After thet download the SchemaSpy Software from the following link:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/schemaspy/files/schemaspy/SchemaSpy%205

* Rename the downloaded package to your suitable name (say SchemaSpy).

* Now run the SchemaSpy with the following given command.Make appropriate changes in below command before running, like :

java -jar schemaSpy.jar -t mysql -o library -host localhost -db db_name   -u user -p password -dp /usr/share/java/mysql-connector-java.jar

Description of parameters used in above command:

    -t databaseType: Type of Database(e.g ora,db2 etc.)
-db db_name: Name of the Database to connect to.
-u user: Valid database user id with read access.
-s schema: Database schema.
-p password: Password associated with that user.
-o output Directory: Directory to write the generated HTML/graphs to.
-dp path/T/oDrivers: Looks for drivers here before looking in driverPath in [databaseType].properties. The drivers are usually contained in .jar or .zip files and are typically provided by your database vendor.

* Your Library folder has been created in /home/downloads , open the library folder and you can run any of the files in browser and understand relationships among different tables in database.

Note: In some cases,  it gives following error after running the above command :

The program ‘java’ can be found in the following packages:
 * default-jre
 * gcj-4.6-jre-headless
 * openjdk-6-jre-headless
 * gcj-4.5-jre-headless
 * openjdk-7-jre-headless
Try: sudo apt-get install <selected package>

* Run following commands to satisfy all the needs :

apt-cache search jdk

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk openjdk-7-jre

* Now again run the SchemaSpy with the above given command.It wll work.

Thats all 🙂

How to install Blender (software).

Blender is a popular 3D graphics tool that’s often used for modeling, texturing, UV unwrapping, rigging, smoke and water simulation, rendering, animating, and skinning. It is also used for simulating, editing non-linear work, compositing and for the making of 3D applications including visual effects, video games, and animated film.

Features

Features of Blender include simulation tools that are very advanced, such as realistic body simulators, cloth, fluid, dynamics for soft body rendering, animation tools for creating powerful bodies, node based materials, and script embedding technology. Blender has a feature set that is robust, and is comparable to high-end software such as Maya Cinema 4D, LightWave, and 3ds Max.

Download Blender

You can download the latest version of blender from the following link :

http://www.blender.org/download/get-blender/

Now install blender through terminal (command line tool) with the following command:

sudo apt-get install blender

To work on blender , type blender in terminal and you will get the following screen:

Your blender is ready to work 🙂