|Hello, Dr M C Gupta !
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This is exactly the type of write I was hoping to find in this contest. I love that you went beyond a single event and dug deep into your life, creating a mini-autobiography. You gave your past influences and your present motivations. Clearly, you've put a lot of effort into the entry and I bet you got a lot out of it, too.
My brother was a great roughly equivalent to about ten dollars in those days influence....
those who right free verse
purpose for past 31 months
purpose for the past 31 months
"The ball came off of the wall", or, "The book was laying on the shelf".
I share your pain at the deterioration of written English. However, I am guilty of both errors in my everyday speech. I would never write that way, but it is hard to change patterns established in infancy and reinforced by culture. (As you know, being fluent in four languages.) Grammar is patterned first, so I'm sure my child is doomed, too. I think it is funny how we view this so differently--I think in English, and I can't turn it off. So if those examples were used in, say, dialogue between two teenagers, I'd find it perfectly acceptable.
It was my thoroughness in English that later saw me sail with ease through my medical studies and, later, law studies, since the education in both these fields is largely imparted in India in English.
I had not thought of this, although it makes perfect sense, as a former colony.
I have written about 1500 poems each in Hindi and English so far, over a span of five years.
Kudos on this amazing accomplishment!
Love that you give credit to your family members individually, describing exactly how they influenced you toward writing, as well as listing your motivations. You should be proud of your accomplishments in the fields of medicine, law, and poetry. Your story is one of a modern Renaissance man, and a joy to read.
Good luck in the contest.