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Grammar Lessons

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This is the outfit from Sunday evening and I was wayyyy too lazy to dress up!
So, please excuse my drab look! 
Winters have arrived by the way, and Kendi allows you to wear jacket without a penalty ;)
Wearing (18) (23) from My Picks: 30 for 30

Out of the total of 15 grandchildren I was the only one who had the privilege of learning (or rather being taught) by my Grandfather. He was an English Teacher and enjoyed teaching grammar and literature. Every day after he came back from his job [as a teacher/Principle], and took his afternoon nap, he would call me and have grammar-practice sheets ready for me. I was almost 2 classes [grades] ahead of my classmates as long as grammar was concerned. Also, felt very sly about it. I had heard about Shakespeare and Thomas Hardy from the age of 6 if I am not wrong. I am also the proud owner of my Grandfather's inheritance - His Books, published in or before 1950's. I couldn't believe no one else in my family [of 30 people] wanted them. Sure the pages are yellow, and the binding is barely holding it together, but they are my precious possessions. 

He always said that languages were meant to help people communicate effectively and express themselves, not to 'sound' intelligent. I distinctly remember that he always asked me (but I struggled) to keep my sentences short and avoid using 'and' 'but' 'also', unless absolutely necessary. Even today, his words are engraved in my brain - "Write in order to be understood." If you can say something in a sentence, do not write an essay about it. 

I have gone ahead and applied this lesson to my life in general as well. I dislike long discussions and arguments. Its my life's mission to constantly strive to improve the silence. Else, shut up! By the way, my poor grammar and/or writing skills do not reflect upon my Grandfather in any way! That is all my own doing *hangs.her.head.in.shame*!

And before I forget - Guys, my lace up boots (25) [seen here] didn't work out. I had to return them back 'coz it didn't look like they were for the long haul. Hence, I have replaced them with these Burnt Red Boots for my 30 for 30. From here on these will be #(25).

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47 comments

  1. Haha no way honey, you're good in your own way!

    And about the look, I think it's just me maybe but a simple, non-worked up, raw look is the freshest to me. You don't look drab at all. Love the whole look!

    I can totally relate when you talk about your grandpa. Mine was a school principal and my granny was a school teacher and so the family has been insistent on literature and language ever since. Fortunately, I could gather not just English, but also Gujarati literature knowledge from them all. And for a language lover like me, that's a boon! :)

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  2. Awwww...sounds so amazing, learning from your grandfather. Mine had a hugeeeee library full of wonderful and facsinating books. I inherit my love for books from him.

    And missy you don't look drab at all! Love them boots and the jacket is fabulous!

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  3. Love the look!

    Your story reminds me of my friend's story about her grandmother who was a Hindi instructor and also passed along her great grammar.

    How cool that you have your grandpa's books!

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  4. Love the post, not only coz of the look but also coz of your personal anecdote :) For a lover of books like me inheriting the family's books is the best thing ever :) Besides the yellow pages and that musty smell just add to the excitement quotient :)
    XX

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  5. LOVE your post babe!!! and you ROCK that striped tee & lovely boots!!!

    Kisses
    J
    xoxo

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  6. What a great pair of boots!

    ♥ kisses ♥

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  7. Not dressed up? C'mon Tanvi, if that's not a fabulous and hot outfit I don't know what is.
    Your Grandfather sounds a fascinating man. xxx

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  8. wow learning from your grandfather! my grumps died when i was little. i didnt get the chance to learn anything from him.except that i had to manage the furniture shop he started. :D and wow keeep goin with your 30 for 30!
    i was invited with the 365 project no shopping. but i declined. i cant wait that long! haha



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  9. I am no fashion lover but still love the way you dress yourself. I like this post especially because I can match here something with myself "The proud owner of my grandpa's inheritance". Keep Rocking!! Keep Smiling :)

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  10. O yeah! Thanks for the grammar lessons.. I am worst at that front.. Need lots of improvement ;)

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  11. What a privilege, Tanvi. Your granddad sounds like a very intelligent, educated man. I'm sure he would be proud of your writing which is always to-the-point!
    Lovely stripey sweater!

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  12. If only people would understand what effective communication is and not use big words, jargons and come straight to the point
    life would be so easy,I have no patience for such people and sometimes I interrupt people and very rudely ask them so as to what do they want to say,I know it's not nice of me but there is only so much a person can listen to.
    you definitely don't have poor writing skills and grammar is fine too,
    cute outfit

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  13. At least you put colours in your Sunday outfit, it looks cheerful and fun!

    xx

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  14. To me you look unwell or may be you were not in your cheerfull mood.What so ever you carry the outfit very smartly.
    you have been priviledged to spend time and learn fm Grand-parents.
    Books are the asset.

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  15. Well.....I think the love of writing was imbibed in you by your Grandpa himself.....so, in a way, we all should THANK him while reading your fabulous posts! Also, the details on the jacket are way too interesting.....& the boots are awesome!! And last, but not the least (pardon the use of 'and' & 'but'...I don't know any other way of using this phrase!), you rock in every way girl.....even when you are sporting a clean & not-made-up look!!! :))

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  16. This is your lazy look? Man, I need to up my style then. Look's awesome though

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  17. That's a lovely inheritance. I should say, your grandfather has done a pretty good job with your writing skills.

    What drab???? Lovely outfit for a weekend.

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  18. On my own I think I learnt this lesson (of grammar & life) quite late...I think I grew up with believing in long winded sentences, till I read something so simple, and powerful, that I realised the immense attraction it held, and decided to go by it. I try, not sure if I am there. But I know I try. You're a lucky girl, to have had the time with ur grandfather :) and you've got nothing to hang your head in shame for! I am sure he'll be proud of you!! :)

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  19. I think that is so cool that you inherited your grandfathers books. You do write very well. Those boots were my fav! I love you new boots as well. Hope you're having a great day so far.

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  20. Love reading about how your grandfather's influence instilled in you an appreciation of languages as what they are rather than as a 'to-sound' or 'to-be'. Clear and succinct is what I aim to be often, but definitely fall short!

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  21. Love reading about how your grandfather's influence instilled in you an appreciation of languages as what they are rather than as a 'to-sound' or 'to-be'. Clear and succinct is what I aim to be often, but definitely fall short!

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  22. That is a very interesting idea. I like that quote from your grandpa. :)
    Also, do you mind checking out my blog and answering my question if you know anything about it? Thanks!!
    xoxo Annie

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  23. You call that drab?! You look gorgeous :) Love your boots..and what a lovely post! :)

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  24. OMG lady...Those boots are seriously gorgeous!

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  25. Super color combination. Creative and stylish.

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  26. Your grandfather sounds so inspirational! Looks like he gave some great advice and taught really well.
    And how lucky that you received those books! I absolutely love reading, so can imagine how precious they'd be to you.

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  27. love ur skinnies!! ur drab look is any day better than my dressed up look:-)

    My grandfather had a huge library and I remember sitting and going thru the books every summer vacation..brings back memories..

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  28. Your grandfather sounds like he was an amazing man. Those are some remarkable memories you have of him. I also can't believe no one wanted to fight you for his books - those yellowed pages hold tons of stories!

    As for the outfit - I like it, even though you think you dressed down. Those skinnies are great and I love the boots!

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  29. super cute casual look! i love your boots; :) xx

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  30. Tanvi,

    The best post from you among all I read. Honestly I am jealous and proud of you at the same time. I wish I had inherited some books like you did and I am proud of you as you use the knowledge/wisdom gained and admit it.

    Your linguistic skills are excellent - not just grammar. But my judgment is simply based on:- I am able to quickly read your posts and get the point and details. I always liked reading you even though your posts are full of excellent pictures.

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  31. I love this outfit, I think striped shirts will always make an outfit look preppy chic! And I am in love with your nose ring! How long have you had it!!??

    XX

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  32. You don't look drab at all- way too chic for that. And I love the short boots. They work well with jeans. Lucky you for having your grandpa's book collection. Books will always be your companions.

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  33. that's not a drab look...you look fab!!! that sweater is hot! love the colors. your grandfather sounds amazing. you are so lucky to have his collection of books!

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  34. Sorry, but skinny cargo pants and bright stripes aren't drab!
    xo
    Laurel

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  35. You look gorgeous, are you kidding? Love the bright necklace and stripes! And your grammar is wonderful, Tanvi, no worries! XX!

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  36. nice blazer. and I agree the shorter you can get your point across the better, I fins that a lot at my work. and great blog, I'm your newest follower :)

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  37. I love the story about your grandfather. And how wonderful that you inherited his books!

    Now onto the outfit....love it! The boots are great. I have a similar pair but mine are higher. Now you have me wanting ones like yours :)

    Hope you're having a great day! xoxo

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  38. This is drab??! Not even! I love it so much--especially the boots. And the pants. And the shirt. And the blazer. You know what? I love EVERYTHING. Because you are FAB!

    ~Zabrinah

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  39. I don't think you look drab! And I'm pretty sure I have the same striped top, so I might not be impartial...

    xoxo, Ashley

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  40. you don't look drab you crazy woman...You look pretty!! I'm really liking your new cut...it really suits you!! Love the boots too

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  41. Love the stripes and boots and way to go for doing this 30 for 30. I wish someone could check the grammar on my posts. It's like I forgot everything I learned back in school. Ok I am off to watch some TV...haven't done that in a while.
    naina

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  42. Tanvii dear, I just noticed how fabulous your necklace is too, btw, the kangkong is vegetarian, come here, I'll bring you to these yummilicious restaurants :))

    Hugs and Kisses baby
    J
    xoxo

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  43. "...improve the silence..." or else shut up. Wow! I LOVE that!

    Alas... brevity is not my forte, particularly when writing... my editors have always had a 'problem' with me overwriting!! Speaking wise...

    Your grandfather... he passed on his depth of character too obviously... gosh, I am so awed by the many facets of you...

    Hon... you and I have so much in common... your grandfather... my father... he is the reason why I was 15 in my last year of school... I had skipped 2 grades because I could read perfectly by 5and recite shakespearean soliloquies by 8.... AND I inherited my father's first edition rare title books. !!
    I have kept only the not so financially valuable ones but they are of priceless sentimental value. The extremely valuable ones I sold because I could not do them justice, keeping them carefully, etc. I do have my father's old dictionaries and encyclopeadias...

    [oh dear... now that I'm old and senile... all I can remember is last week's shopping list... :D]

    Yes. You look drab. As drab as a rainbow after the rain has stopped and the sun has come out!!!!!

    Tanvivacious... you can never look drab. I say that honestly and with truth.

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  44. I'm sure he would be so proud to see how you have managed to find your voice in writing.

    What classic book is your favorite?

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